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Raul Castillo, Executive Director of the Foundation at LAVC
Raul Castillo, Executive Director of the Foundation at LAVC

Shortly before Raul passed away, we talked about the joy of his life’s work in connecting those in the community who wanted to help students who were in need. His legacy to LA Valley College is an $8.5 million dollar endowment in addition to a roadmap on how the Foundation can move forward. This interview is his love letter to LAVC. On the way, we learn about the fascinating world of fundraising.

Raul Castillo, Executive Director of the Foundation at LAVC
Raul Castillo, Executive Director of the Foundation at LAVC

Shortly before Raul passed away, we talked about the joy of his life’s work in connecting those in the community who wanted to help students who were in need. His legacy to LA Valley College is an $8.5 million dollar endowment in addition to a roadmap on how the Foundation can move forward. This interview is his love letter to LAVC. On the way, we learn about the fascinating world of fundraising.

Preethamol Puthiakunnel - Director of Nursing Program, Department Chair of Health Science
Preethamol Puthiakunnel - Director of Nursing Program, Department Chair of Health Science

Sometimes unintentionally falling in love takes you on an unplanned adventure. Follow Preethamol’s life from India to the US as she experienced nursing at intensive clinical, teaching, and administrative levels.​ Listen to the Valley College Connection Podcast and be inspired.

Jose Arrieta, Professor of Chicano Studies
Jose Arrieta, Professor of Chicano Studies

How does a ten-year-old boy running the streets of LA homeless find his way to become a professor at LAVC? Listen to the Valley College Connection Podcast and be inspired.

Dr. Eric Maceyko, Associate Professor of Reading
Dr. Eric Maceyko, Associate Professor of Reading

Sometimes a love of learning languages takes you on a lifelong adventure. Listen to Dr. Eric Maceyko’s inspiring journey that brought him to Valley College. Listen to the Valley College Connection Podcast and be inspired.

L. Denice Labertew, J.D.  – Professor of Sociology
L. Denice Labertew, J.D. – Professor of Sociology

How did volunteering at a crisis hotline for domestic violence open the door to writing legislation to protect abused women and monitor human rights for the United Nations?

 

Luis Cabrera – Outreach & Mentoring Coordinator for Science/Engineering/Nursing Students
Luis Cabrera – Outreach & Mentoring Coordinator for Science/Engineering/Nursing Students

In high school, Luis joined Upper Bound which helped him navigate his way from South Central to UC Irvine. Now he is building a career on helping those same students navigate STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) careers at LAVC. 

 

Chauncey Maddren, Associate Professor  of Music; Academic Senate President
Chauncey Maddren, Associate Professor of Music; Academic Senate President

Listen to Chauncey’s uplifting decades-long journey of starting at LAVC as a music major, working at every level of the college, until eventually becoming a tenured faculty and President of the Academic Senate. 

Dr. Ron Mossler – Chair of the Psychology Department
Dr. Ron Mossler – Chair of the Psychology Department

Ever wonder what you can do with a Marriage and Family Counseling Master's Degree? Join our conversation with Ron Mossler as he describes his journey through graduate school at CSUN and UCLA and a rich career including his own counseling practice, textbook writing, research, and teaching.

 

Sabrina Luna - LAVC Alumna/UC Berkeley Student/Philosophy Major
Sabrina Luna - LAVC Alumna/UC Berkeley Student/Philosophy Major

How do you go from learning the multiplication table to UC Berkley? You do it one step at a time. Listen to Sabrina’s journey to Berkley and the advice she was given every step of the way from family and faculty.

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