Meet the CHDV-WFI Team
Linda StroudProject Director
Linda Stroud has been teaching Child Development at Pasadena City College for 29 years! However, she still looks forward to each semester with butterflies in her stomach, as she anticipates meeting new PCC students.
She began her educational journey at a community college, just like many of her students.
After 20 years of going to school part-time, she finally received an A.A at Long Beach City College, a B.A. at CSU Chico, and an M.A. at Pacific Oaks. During that time she also had 6 children and now has 9 grandchildren; the oldest is 6 . It is like her own preschool when they are all together and it has been a wild crazy and wonderful journey.
In her spare time she completed a certificate in Multiple Intelligences, traveled to Reggio Emilia, Italy to observe and study children's programs and recently studied best practices for teaching online courses. She is also on the Board for the Guild of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. So, I guess you might say Babies are her business and she loves it!
Jennifer KennedyProject Coordinator
Jennifer Kennedy is a former Pasadena City College student. Where she received both her Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees, she remembers her Child Development and Art History courses as being the most rewarding. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Human Development from Azusa Pacific University and is currently working on a Masters of Education with a specialization in Children's Literature and Family Literacy from Pennsylvania State University's World Campus.
Jennifer has worked in a variety of positions related to Early Childhood Education including Instructional Assistant, Literacy Intervention, family childcare center provided, and working for a non-profit collaborative as a Family Literacy Coordinator. She has volunteered as a reading coach for struggling students and feels passionate about teaching the importance of Early Literacy and early exposure to text.
Jennifer has worked at Pasadena City College for almost ten years. She started in the Social Sciences Division Office as a college assistant before joining with Linda Stroud to assist in the Child Development program. Jennifer is an organized and creative individual who always enjoys working with and assisting students. In her free time Jennifer enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, reading, and all manner of crafty and creative pursuits. Plus, she has two teenage children who still keep her busy.
She is thrilled to be a part of the Child Development Workforce Initiative team and looks forward to coming into work each day.
Janis DwyerAcademic Counselor
Janis Dwyer has been a Counselor at Pasadena City College since 1985, enthusiastically helping students attain their educational goals. Janis received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and her Masters of Science in Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles. She also studied at University of Oregon and spent a year studying in Aix En Provence, France.
At Pasadena City College, Janis helped revive the dormant Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society and then served as its adviser for 17 years. Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society became the largest student organization on campus and continues as a strong organization today. Janis also joined her colleague, Dr. Michelle Ireland-Galman, in implementing the Teacher Preparation Program at PCC, assisting in the articulation of programs with several colleges and universities, along with creating scholarships and internships for the teacher preparation students.
Janis has served on numerous committees for many years. Some of these include the PCC Curriculum and Instruction Committee, the Academic Rank Committee, Accreditation Review, and the Program Review Team for Counseling, which resulted in the creation of a New Student Group Counseling format. Janis is a member of OMD, the PCC Honorary Service Organization and also received the Ralph Story Award for Outstanding Service.
In the community, she happily serves as a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and has been an active supporter of Young Life for over 30 years. She is married and a mother of three grown children whom are her pride and joy!
Azucena NavarreteProgram Assistant/High School Outreach Specialist
Azucena Navarrete was born in the City of Pasadena where she discovered at an early age that helping others was her passion. In high school, she was the Community Service Coordinator for the Puente Program for two years where she organized different events around the city for approximately 60 club members. When she left to San Diego State University she decided to run for President her sophomore year for an environmental organization called Association of Environmental Professionals where she remained president until her senior year. She majored in Geography and Minored in Sustainability and Environmental Studies and received a Bachelor's Degree in 2011.
She then decided to attend Pasadena City College to acquire her Occupational Certificate in Child Development and is currently working in a Community Center in Pasadena as a Level III Recreational Leader and at Pasadena City College as a High School Outreach Coordinator for the Child Development Workforce Initiave (CHDV WFI). She is always looking forward in being part of new projects that can benefit the lives of others and bring change to the communities. Having built many wonderful and life changing experiences over the years with different individuals, she can proudly say that she is on her way to reaching her main goal, which is to work with communities, schools, and community centers and plan workshops about nature, recycling, conservation, etc. "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein