Highlighting the amazing Administration, Faculty, Classified Professionals, and Students that make up our pirate family. 

This month's highlights include:

Nenagh Brown (Admin), Jorge Membreno (Classified), Hadassa Cazares (Student Worker), and Monica Furmanski (Assistant Professor of Photography)

Nenagh Brown, Interim Dean, Student Learning

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Name: Nenagh Brown

Role at VC: Interim Dean, student learning

Major: English, Math, Communication and Learning Resources

Years at VC: 0 at VC - but just over 20 at Moorpark College

Family life: suffering and patient husband along with two daughters, who have now both left home for new adventures

Hobbies: Mountains, trees, snow, seasons – all found up in the Sierras, along with beaches, sun, and sand – all found right next to campus! How lucky are we?

Favorite Food: Indian, due to my English heritage (England’s most popular meal is not fish and chips but chicken tikka masala)

Something Fun, interesting, and/ or unique about you: Before moving to Ventura College as the interim dean of English, Math, Communication, and Learning Resources, I was a tenured history faculty member at Moorpark College where I also served as Academic Senate President, a Guided Pathways lead, and the faculty Professional Development lead. In prior lives before falling in love with the work of community colleges, I taught and managed departments at several four-year universities, including running a drug prevention program for the US Navy. I also worked for a non-profit organization in England administering a huge stately home in England - think Downton Abbey. I am honored and excited to be in this new position where I can continue working to increase the success of all our amazing students.

Jorge Membreno, Classified
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Name: Jorge Membreno

Primary role at the College: Admin Assistant for HSI-STEM

Years of Service: 6 months, used to be a former student and student worker

Family Life: Oldest of three siblings and the first in my family to graduate from college! Extremely grateful to my mother and my extended family for supporting me the whole way. 

Hobbies: Discovering new music, playing video games, and reading! 

Favorite Food: Enchiladas Suizas or Baja California Tacos

Favorite Book: Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson 

Favorite Movie: Dunkirk

Favorite Song: Do It by Tuxedo

Something fun, interesting, and/or unique about you: I have played saxophone for 12 years!

Hadassa Cazares, Student Worker
Hadassa Cazares

Name: Hadassa Cazares 

Primary role at the college: Student Worker in FYE

Major: Political Science

Years at VC: First Year

Family life: One of three siblings, the only girl! My parents and three doggies too…

Hobbies: Swimming and Drawing

Favorite Food: Any kind of pasta

Favorite Movie: Never Been Kissed

Favorite Song: Normal Girl by Sza

Something Fun, interesting, and/ or unique about you: I have a snow globe collection. 

Monica Furmanski, Assistant Professor of Photography
Monica Furmanski

Name: Claudia Solorzano

Primary role at the College: Assistant Professor of Photography

Years at VC: 10 years

Family: My husband and I have lived in Ventura for 20 years, and we are proud parents of three grown children. In addition to both being arts educators, we operate a not-for-profit art gallery, 643 Project Space on Ventura Avenue and are both professional artists.

Hobbies: Photography, of course! Hiking, reading, travel, yoga, camping. 

Favorite food: Chips and Salsa

Favorite Movie/Book: Cinema Paradiso

Favorite Song: Depends on the day

Something unique or interesting about you: Such a difficult question to answer for oneself! My husband and I did take our children traveling around the world for a year. 

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