Meet the 2014 West Campus Career Staff Association


Please welcome West Campus Career Staff Association (CSA) leaders (pictured above from left to right) Frances Middleton, secretary and treasurer for West Campus and collegewide, Ozella Knox, chair and training, and Michelle Rodriguez, chair elect.

The goals of the CSA are to address employee concerns, provide staff development and community outreach opportunities and to raise awareness about the CSA and its benefits. Your CSA leaders all share a commitment to service, advocacy and professional development.

“I believe that the definition of leadership is to serve and the leadership and networking opportunities provided by participation in CSA allow me to serve in many ways,” states Ozella.

Ozella is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s quote, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” She finds that CSA “offers a sense of community, celebrates our accomplishments and good work, builds relationships, encourages professional development and provides leadership opportunities.” And she shares that her involvement aligns well with what she is learning in the PIVOT 180 program.

As chair, among the initiatives she looks forward to is, raising awareness and funds to support Pooky’s Pantry, the College-based food bank that helps students year round.

Ozella is currently a training support specialist for continuing education for health professions and simultaneously works in clinical compliance for allied health and nursing. In the past, she has served as staff III in internship and workforce services.

Michelle, accounts receivable representative, shares that involvement in CSA increases her feelings of connectedness to Valencia and her fellow staff members.

“As an active member of CSA, I have the opportunity to sit on committees and attend events I may not have even been aware of before. I enjoy organizations that give staff an opportunity to get involved and not just come to work at eight and leave at five.”

Raising awareness of CSA’s benefits is important to her. “I really want staff to understand that we represent them and will continue to work for and with them to improve their College experience.”

Michelle previously worked as a volunteer coordinator on the East Campus.

Frances, records document management systems specialist, joined CSA because she believes in making a difference.

“Through CSA, I am able to promote good morale and assist in employee development, which includes addressing employee concerns and finding the best resolution for them.”

Becoming a well-balanced leader and more knowledgeable about the many facets of College operations are goals she hopes to achieve in order to better serve others.

All career staff are encouraged to get involved to strengthen the organization. You’ll find great networking, workshops and an avenue to stay well informed of changes and/or new College programs and initiatives through your CSA membership.

CSA meetings are generally held the third Wednesday of each month from 2– 3 p.m. in Building 6, Room 202.

To join, please contact Ozella Knox at or extension 1793, Frances Middleton at or extension or extension 5486 or Michelle Rodriguez at or extension 1969.

Upcoming West Campus CSA events:

Cinco de Mayo Mixer and Fundraiser
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Location: 6-202

Please join us for fun, music, light refreshments and a drawing for a fabulous Cinco de Mayo-themed basket. Look for an email announcing ticket sales for the basket drawing beginning Monday, April 21, 2014, through Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Learn About PIVOT Programs and the EDGE
Guest speaker: Erin Tuttle, coordinator, supervisor development
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Location: 6-202


  • Donna Deitrick said:

    Congratulations ladies! You are the difference. Thanks for your work.

    PMMon, 21 Apr 2014 15:02:19 +0000Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:02:19 +0000pm14,3:02 pm

  • Carol J Millenson said:

    In the past year under the leadership of Donna Deitrick, the Career Staff work on the West Campus has displayed a new presence and energy. Donna has mentored the current leadership, specifically Ozella Knox, the 2013-2014 chair.

    I am Ozella's supervisor and I am so pleased that she is utilizing her strengths and evolving as a leader in her Career Staff role. During her PIVOT 180 involvement in recent months, she has really focused on learning how her style and strengths can be key to meeting her goals. She has my full support as she continues to develop professionally and provide leadership with her colleagues.

    AMTue, 22 Apr 2014 11:39:20 +0000Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:39:20 +0000am14,11:39 am

  • Karen Cowden said:

    Such a wonderful goal – fundraising for Pooky's Pantry, and making a difference. Thank you!

    AMThu, 24 Apr 2014 09:37:11 +0000Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:37:11 +0000am14,9:37 am

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