Oxnard College Foundation Welcomes New Leadership


The foundation welcomes three new members to the Board of Directors; five total over the past two years.

The Oxnard College Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Yolanda Benitez, Susan Lefevre and Yolanda Plascencia to the Board of Directors. The three new appointments make for a total of five new members added to the Board over the past two years.

Benitez recently retired from a 40-year career in public education where she served children and parents in multiple roles – as a teacher, principal and superintendent. Prior to retirement, she was the Chief Academic Officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the nation’s largest county school system.

Lefevre is an adjunct professor of Communications/Non-Profits and University Studies at California State University, Channel Islands.  She also serves as Program Director for the Young Entrepreneur Academy of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce.

Plascencia serves California’s Spanish-speaking communities creating culturally relevant radio and digital media programming alongside her husband Alfred Plascencia, president and Chief Executive Officer of Lazer Broadcasting Corporation.  She also holds various leadership roles for a number of non-profits throughout Ventura County.

In addition to the three new appointments, the foundation welcomed Maureen Rodriguez and Terri Miller to the Board of Directors in 2015-16. Rodriguez is a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles and Miller is the Branch Manager of Premier America Credit Union in Oxnard, an alumna of Oxnard College and a long-time resident of the City of Oxnard.

“Collectively, these five new inductees will build on 40+ years of high-impact work and results. We could not be more excited about the experience and energy that this group of leaders will bring to our foundation’s great work supporting student success,” said Connie Owens, Oxnard College community development and institutional advancement specialist.

The Oxnard College Foundation is led by Board President Robert Cabral and President Elect and Alumni Relations Mike Barber. Board secretary, Florence LaManno is the longest serving member with 33 years of service. The recent appointees will join the Board and bring the total to 17 members. Oxnard College President Cynthia E. Azari, Ed.D., added, “It’s a great privilege to have such a strong group of mission-driven leaders at the helm of our foundation.  For decades, their philanthropic work has helped to expand educational opportunities for generations of Oxnard College students.  I look forward to welcoming all of the newest members.”

Established in 1975, the mission of the Oxnard College Foundation is to provide support for campus development, student scholarships, educational programs and other needs to promote the progressive and continuing advancement of Oxnard College, to further educational excellence, and to enable the college to serve as an exemplary multi-cultural community resource.

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