Featured Colleague: Brenda Webb Makes a Clean Start at Valencia


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

By Jennifer Keefe

Ask Brenda Webb, and she’ll tell you that she got to where she is today with a change in her luck, perseverance and all the right relationships.

Brenda is the lead custodian at the West Campus. She leads the team that cleans and sanitizes the campus each night, making it safe for faculty, staff and students each day.

But Brenda’s personal story hasn’t always been shiny and bright.

“There was a time in my life when I was down on my luck,” she explains.

Brenda was fortunate enough to meet Manager of Career and Workforce Education LeSena Jones, who introduced Brenda to the right people to help her find and apply for a job at the College as a member of the custodial staff.

She recalls, “The day I was offered the job, I was so excited. I had no idea how much it would change my life!”

That day was in 2016. A few years later, Brenda was promoted to her current role as lead custodian.

She just celebrated her five-year anniversary with the College, an accomplishment she is really proud of.

“Wow! I can’t believe it,” she says. “During the past five years, I have met so many great people, and my life has definitely changed for the better. I never dreamed I would be where I am today.”

In her time at Valencia, Brenda has earned her Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification and several other certificates of achievement.

Her hard work has also earned her several badges in the College’s recognition program in the Valencia EDGE.

“When you work behind the scenes, it always feels good to know that your hard work and effort is being noticed,” Brenda says.

She jokes that her favorite thing about working at West Campus is the Dunkin’ Donuts (something we are all a little thankful for, right?).

Really, though, she says she loves “the people, the atmosphere, the opportunities to grow and improve, and how everyone comes together and supports each other,” Brenda explains. “We are like one big family. And it’s not like that everywhere else.”

Brenda is really proud of her night shift custodial team and works to support them in any way she can.

She also finds great support in her team of supervisors.

Mel Davis, custodial assistant supervisor at West Campus, appreciates that Brenda is “always willing to help.”

Brenda also appreciates interacting with and helping our students and staff at the College.

“I always enjoy it when I can do something that helps make someone’s day a little brighter,” she says.

Brenda sees Valencia as a major asset to the community, a place that gives students options and opportunities to succeed.

“Valencia is one of those places that give people second chances and the opportunity to turn their life around,” she comments. “I know, because Valencia did that for me.”

When Brenda is not hard at work, she spends time with her niece and nephew. They go to the park, watch football and movies and even feed the homeless.

She knew her personal values of working hard and not judging others were rubbing off on them when her 9-year-old great nephew decided to donate his birthday money to the homeless instead of spending it on himself.

“That really touched my heart,” she recalls.

Brenda says she is grateful to the College for the opportunities she has been given and the friends she has made here.

She’s optimistic about the future now, something she might not have been able to say just a few years ago.

Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for at least one year? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu. He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval.

24 Comments

  • Beth King said:

    Great job, Brenda!

    AMTue, 11 Jan 2022 11:14:00 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 11:14:00 +0000am22,11:14 am

  • Nardia said:

    Thank you for your service, Brenda. This is a great piece!

    AMTue, 11 Jan 2022 11:19:15 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 11:19:15 +0000am22,11:19 am

  • Regina Seguin said:

    Congrats on your 5 year anniversary, Brenda! Hope to see you again soon!

    AMTue, 11 Jan 2022 11:38:06 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 11:38:06 +0000am22,11:38 am

  • Rose Vu said:

    Thank you for everything you do on the West Campus, Brenda! I miss seeing you and the conversations we would have. You care so much about your work and the people you serve. You are so appreciated!

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 13:55:26 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:55:26 +0000pm22,1:55 pm

  • Terri Graham said:

    It is such a pleasure to work with Brenda. She goes out of her way to ensure everyone has what they need. I've enjoyed chatting with her when she checks in to see if I need anything. A true servant leader.

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 14:09:05 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 14:09:05 +0000pm22,2:09 pm

  • Carolyn said:

    Brenda is truly a gem. Her integrity and diligent work shine almost as bright as her fabulous personality. Brenda embraces everyone as if they were already friends. We aren't just lucky to have Brenda as part of our Valencia family, we are blessed. Shine on Brenda. 🙂

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 14:25:33 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 14:25:33 +0000pm22,2:25 pm

  • Carrie Black said:

    Congratulations Brenda on much deserved recognition! We appreciate all you do! Hope to see you soon.

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 14:27:30 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 14:27:30 +0000pm22,2:27 pm

  • Laura D'Alessio said:

    You are AWESOME Brenda! I look forward to seeing you in the Spring in AHS 😀

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 15:07:40 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:07:40 +0000pm22,3:07 pm

  • Jeannie Rodriguez said:

    Congratulations, Brenda! We are lucky to have you on West.

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 15:12:06 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:12:06 +0000pm22,3:12 pm

  • Kelley Matlock said:

    Brenda is such a bright light on West Campus. She is always eager to help whenever needed. I appreciate her commitment to the college, her work ethic is admirable. West Campus is a magnet for great people who work hard and care deeply for the faculty, staff and students.

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 15:39:07 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:39:07 +0000pm22,3:39 pm

  • Neisa Fetes said:

    You are just the BEST, Brenda, and we are truly so lucky to have you here at the College. Your positive attitude, work ethic, generosity, and kindness are appreciated. Thank YOU! 🙂

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 15:43:05 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:43:05 +0000pm22,3:43 pm

  • LeSena Jones said:

    Congratulations Brenda! We are so proud of you!!! You have come so far and have such a bright future ahead of you!

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 15:47:30 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:47:30 +0000pm22,3:47 pm

  • Karen Murray said:

    I'm glad your luck changed for the better, Brenda. Congrats on your promotion and 5-year anniversary!

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 16:31:06 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 16:31:06 +0000pm22,4:31 pm

  • Bob Gessner said:

    Congratulations Brenda on 5 years at Valencia. I first met you at our fall Grad Finale, and you left such a great impression on me. Just by speaking with you, I felt uplifted after our conversation. Thank you and your team for helping to create an environment where students, faculty and staff want to come to learn and work.

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 17:03:37 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 17:03:37 +0000pm22,5:03 pm

  • Cathy said:

    Congratulations Brenda we are all so very proud of everything you have accomplished here at Valencia.

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 17:33:53 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 17:33:53 +0000pm22,5:33 pm

  • Lynn Sims said:

    Happy 5 year anniversary! It is always a pleasure seeing your smiling face (even with the mask on) in HSB and AHS. You are so friendly and have such a positive outlook!

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 18:35:42 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 18:35:42 +0000pm22,6:35 pm

  • Paul Rooney said:

    Brenda is a ROCK STAR!!! She is always so positive and upbeat. Brenda is also so proud of the work that she along with her custodial team perform on a routine basis. I met Brenda soon after she was hired and she was so thankful to have a position with such great benefits and a sense of “belongingness”. It would be difficult to find an employee that is more loyal, dedicated and thankful than Brenda. Brenda…thanks for all you do and for reminding us that we are a “big family”. Congrats on 5 years and many more to come.

    PMTue, 11 Jan 2022 20:19:17 +0000Tue, 11 Jan 2022 20:19:17 +0000pm22,8:19 pm

  • Paul Wilder said:

    Congratulations on 5 years, Brenda! We appreciate you!

    AMWed, 12 Jan 2022 00:43:01 +0000Wed, 12 Jan 2022 00:43:01 +0000am22,12:43 am

  • April Montallana said:

    Kudos well-deserved! We love having Brenda in our building – she is always so kind, positive, and helpful.

    AMWed, 12 Jan 2022 08:20:52 +0000Wed, 12 Jan 2022 08:20:52 +0000am22,8:20 am

  • Cynthia. C. Jordan said:

    I am certain that even when Brenda was down on Her Luck she was still kind to people and willing to help if she could. I have known Her for many years and to me She has always been the same kind and gentle person who has the ability to make you feel really special when she greets you!!! Truly One of a Kind!!! Thanks Valencia Staff for giving Brenda the Chance to Let Her Light Shine even Brighter by Touching the Lives of The People She Encounters At Work!!!👍🤗❤️

    PMWed, 12 Jan 2022 12:23:53 +0000Wed, 12 Jan 2022 12:23:53 +0000pm22,12:23 pm

  • Betty Williams said:

    I’ve also had the opportunity to work with Brenda in the pass years ago and to know her you would love her. Brenda is a good hard worker, a team player that you would appreciate to have on your team. We were then young adults just starting out around 19yrs. old and she is still making accomplishments and loved. That tells a lot about her as a person. Keep striving and glowing your best reward is in heaven.

    PMWed, 12 Jan 2022 12:40:32 +0000Wed, 12 Jan 2022 12:40:32 +0000pm22,12:40 pm

  • Troy Rogers said:

    We are proud to have Brenda as part of our West Campus Facilities Team! She is always willing to lend a helping hand and goes above and beyond to deliver excellent customer service. Thank you Brenda for all you do!!

    PMWed, 19 Jan 2022 12:42:49 +0000Wed, 19 Jan 2022 12:42:49 +0000pm22,12:42 pm

  • Mary Jane Jones said:

    Brenda, you so deserve this recognition. You are one of the people I miss talking with since retiring and feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know you. You always went above and beyond on everything you did.

    AMSat, 22 Jan 2022 11:31:47 +0000Sat, 22 Jan 2022 11:31:47 +0000am22,11:31 am

  • Eileen Perez said:

    Congratulations, Brenda. It was a pleasure meeting you in person during this past graduation. I enjoyed your upbeat personality and willingness to help. Thank you!

    PMFri, 25 Feb 2022 15:05:40 +0000Fri, 25 Feb 2022 15:05:40 +0000pm22,3:05 pm

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