Meet the Team
Danielle Sanchez (she/her) is a sociology major at College of the Canyons. She is pursuing an
associate's degree with the hopes of transferring to a 4 year to obtain her undergraduate degree
and attend graduate school. She joined the PLACE Project in order to address housing
insecurity and mental health among her peers and those who reside in SCV.
She currently works on social media management for the PLACE Project to support her peers and those living in Santa Clarita Valley to share resources for those in need. Her goal is to help those who come from underrepresented communities to create a more diverse and inclusive environment.
I'm Jericho Perez, a member of PLACE Project at College of the Canyons since 2019. I'm a graphic design student, and my responsibilities for the PLACE project include designing some of the covers, posters, and advertising for the group. Being born in the Philippines with Cerebral Palsy, my cousin would help me out with school projects and show me how I could express myself through art.
After my dad introduced me to comic books such as "Spawn" I found my passion and have been pursuing art ever since.
James Lee is a freshman studying economics at College of the Canyons to transfer to a UC institution to major in business economics. He places a high value on discipline and quality work, and he consistently strives to apply these qualities both inside and outside of school.
His ultimate objective is to succeed in business, as he is interested in the corporate sector. He is also dedicated to serving his community with his problem-solving skills and disciplined mentality and places a great deal of importance on building strong relationships and expanding his network of contacts.
Christine Flores is in her last semester at College of the Canyons. She will be earning her associate's degree in Paralegal Studies. This will be her second associate's degree, the first one in Liberal Arts from Ventura College.
In her free time, she likes to listen to funny and educational videos. She also likes to go bird watching and listen to Spanish oldies music as well as music in English like Selena Gomez and Coldplay.
Hayley Mongeon is a first-year student at College of the Canyons working towards an associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies. She plans to transfer to a UC and then later to law school. Hayley is dedicated to advocating for civic engagement and community service, and through the PLACE project, she can work with the citizens of Santa Clarita Valley to highlight and give voice to organizations working for the community and inspire a new generation of leaders.
Helena Oda is a second-year honors student at the College of Canyons pursuing an associate degree in business administration with plans of transferring to a four-year University to obtain a bachelor’s in business economics. Her goals are to incorporate her passion for film and economics to better serve local communities and advocate for fundamental resources.
Lauren Down is a second-year biochemistry/pre-law student at College of the Canyons. She joined PLACE because of her personal connections with homelessness as well as wanting to be a part of a movement to progress the very community that has been my home for a decade.
Besides having a passion for her community, her heart also lies with developing biotechnology as well as writing all facets of literature, such as screenplays, novels, poems, and music.
Ray Appelbaum (he/him)
Rae Appelbaum is an art major at College of the Canyons. He mostly specializes in comics and cartoon illustration; however, he is also involved in many other forms of art. Part of his role in the PLACE project is focusing on art and comic creation to help spread a message and sense of community.
Hey y'all! My name is Steven M. Brentnall (they/them), I'm a genderqueer interdisciplinary artist currently at CSUN studying art education and children's illustration. I graduated from College of the Canyons with a 3.5 GPA in the Spring of 2020 with 3 degrees; Studio Arts, Fine Art Photography, and Commercial Photography. I’ve also taken several Human Resources and Career building courses through the Non-Credit School of Personal and Professional Development through COC.
So basically, I have a lot of pieces of paper in frames.
Steven M. Brentnall
Ebony Beyah is a psychology major who is currently earning her bachelor’s degree at UCLA. She graduated from College of the Canyons with an associate degree in psychology in 2022 and has been working with PLACE Project since 2020. She has an interest in identifying and sharing resources for mental health and financial insecurity. As a member of the PLACE Project and as an aspiring psychologist, her goal is to provide everyone in her community with an equal opportunity to succeed and live fulfilled lives.
Abigail Royster is a freshman at College of the Canyons majoring in English with a concentration in Pre-Law. She plans to transfer to a UC school to pursue a Juris Doctorate degree. Royster excels in creative writing, which has helped her greatly in her extracurricular activities.
In the past year, she was involved in theatre arts and served as Editor-in-Chief of her senior yearbook, inspiring her passion for networking and management. Royster enjoys being involved in her community and is excited to use her exuberant personality and leadership skills to make connections with her peers.
I have worked at College of the Canyons for close to 22 years and have served in various roles at the college, including professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Sociology, and Dean, Social Sciences and Business Division. I have worked for many years with the former Service-Learning program, as well as managed the Honors Program
Peggy Edwards, M.P.A.
is an experienced consultant and facilitator in areas of strategic planning, organization development, community and employee engagement, and board and executive development. She is a subject matter expert in homelessness and community reentry from incarceration, having founded and served as Executive
Jessica Edmond is a native Californian who has been living in Santa Clarita since 1992. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at California State University, Northridge in 2017.
Nicole L. Feast-Williams, MPA
Nicole L. Feast-Williams is the Shelter Manager for Bridge to Home. Nicole has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Theory from University of Phoenix, a Master of Public Administration (Leadership and Management) from University of LaVerne and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership.