Current Board Members

Tricia McClain, President

Tricia McClain is a lifelong resident of Ventura County. Having enjoyed the benefit of being raised by a stay-at-home mom, it is the choice she made when starting her own family.  She has two wonderful children, one of which has already graduated from Ventura Charter School and a soon-to-be graduate. 

She has been an active volunteer in the community not only with her children’s school since preschool, but also in coaching youth soccer teams through AYSO.

With her children’s high school graduation on the horizon she has returned to school to further her own education at Ventura College. She will be receiving an Associate Degree in Accounting in the spring of 2016.

Having been actively involved at VCS since its founding, joining the Board in June of 2015 seemed the natural progression to continue her dedication to the educational philosophy which has been the foundation of her children’s excellent education. It is very important to her that parents have choices in the educational experiences of their children. She feels that the educational approach VCS offers, benefiting the whole child, is a wonderful addition to the educational choices available in Ventura. She is proud to serve on the Board to help ensure the sustainability of the school for years to come. 

Cecilia Johnston,  Secretary
Cecilia’s family came to Ventura County in 1874.  She loves our beautiful community and is passionate about educating our children.  A non-practicing attorney, she owns her own small business as a College Applications Educator, conducting workshops and providing families with the tools they need to navigate college admissions.  She and her husband have three children, two of whom are grown and she has been an active volunteer in area schools for almost 20 years.  Cecilia enjoys working with and learning from the unique community, which is, Ventura Charter School.  
Liz Smiley, Vice President

Liz Smiley made Ventura County her home in 2013 after moving here from the East Coast with her husband Eugene and son Max. She has 27 years’ experience in personal and business performance management, training, and development. She is also an expert at creating events and motivating volunteers, especially for large projects.

She is the Admissions Officer and Registrar at Influence Ecology, the leading business education in transactional competence. Delivered internationally, their business programs teach participants how to make business offers that satisfy their work, career, and financial aims.

 When introduced to the mission and values of VCS, she knew that it was a perfect fit for her son and a new way for her to contribute and positively impact the community that she now loves and calls home.

Tom McNerney, Chief Financial Officer

Tom Mc Nerney was born and raised in Ventura County. He has been involved in the technology field for 20 years and currently works at Ventura County Office of Education as an Application Specialist. His professional experience is with working with school districts, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. He currently lives in the Ojai Valley with his wife Erin and sons Bill, Ben, and James. During his free-time you can find him at the park or beach with his family and fishing on the Ventura Pier with his boys. He is excited to serve our school community in the capacity of a board member.

Dominic Aguirre, Board Member  
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Dominic is a School Counselor for Ventura Unified School District.  He holds a double major in Fine Art/Sociology, a Master’s of Science in Educational Counseling, and a PPS Credential.  He has been certified as a Restorative Justice trainer which includes Full School/District Implementation, and specializes in building programs that engage families and kids.  Before working for VUSD as a Site Counselor he directed and built afterschool programs for kids for over 15 years.   He has worked in conjunction with VC Social Services, CFS, and various community agencies across the County. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with students.  He is a huge advocate for student rights and has a passion for sharing Restorative Practices.