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

This month's highlights include:

Matthew Xavier Cortez (ASVC officer), Samuel Martinez (Plumber), Steve Turner (Instructor EAC), and Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz (VP of Academic Affairs and Student Learning)

Matthew Xavier Cortez, Student

Matthew Xavier Cortez head shot

Name: Matthew Xavier Cortez

Role at VC: VC Associated Students - Director of Finance 

Major: Biology

Years at VC: 2nd year

Family life: Two older brothers and I’m 1st Gen in my family.

Hobbies: Video games, hiking, listening to music, watching anime, cooking, baking, and listening to rain fall.

Favorite Food: My Mom’s Cooking

Favorite Movie: The Accountant 

Favorite Song: Slide by Calvin Harris

Something Fun, interesting, and/ or unique about you: I have a scar close to my right eye. I am left handed. I am planning to be a Forensic Scientist. 

Samuel Martinez, Plumber at VC

Name: Samuel Martinez

Primary role at the College: Plumber

Years of Service: 1 Year

Family: 4

Hobbies: Hiking +Fishing

Favorite Food: sushi + pasta

Favorite Movie: The Fugitive 

Favorite Song: Hotel California

Something fun, interesting, and/or unique about you: love the outdoors +camping 

Steve Turner, Instructor EAC
photo of steve turner sitting in a garden area

Name: Steve Turner

Primary role at the college: Instructor EAC

Years of Service: 22

Family: Partner/Wife Rolanda, Sons Matthew (20) & Michael (19), and Daughter Stephanie (14)

Hobbies: Biking, Volunteering, Hiking, (Slow) Running, and water sports

Favorite Food: Pizza (No anchovies or meat please)

Favorite Movie: Tie: Big Lebowski / Casablanca

Favorite Song: Tie: Talking Heads, Life During Wartime / Radiohead, Fake Plastic Trees

Something fun, interesting, and/or unique about you: I am an orphan/adoptee, an adopted parent, and an advocate for diverse families, as it does take a village.

Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Learning
Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz

Name: Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz ​

Primary role at the College: Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Learning

Years at VC: 3 years and 3 months as VPAA, I also taught Sociology and Psychology as an Adjunct from 2011-2014

Family: Husband - Jack Goetz, Daughter - Elena Moreno-Kalfsbeek, Bonus Daughter - Rachelle Goetz, Bonus Son - Jason Goetz. Mother - Marsha Kalfsbeek, Father - Lee Kalfsbeek.

Hobbies: Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP), traveling and hiking with Jack, sewing, and going to musicals and Dodger games!

Favorite food: cheese!

Favorite Movie: The Color Purple

Favorite Song: I Hope You Dance

Something unique or interesting about you: My 24-year-old daughter Elena was born in Spain, and I lived and worked in Spain when she was very young. Elena has dual citizenship in Spain and the U.S.

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