President Emeritus: Patrick Backes

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Patrick joined the College of the Canyons staff in April 2007 as an Administrative Assistant in the Program Development Department and now serves as the Curriculum, Articulation and Special Project Coordinator in the Academic Affairs Department.  Patrick completed his Associate’s degree in Social Science from College of the Canyons and went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Economics at U.C. Santa Barbara.  Before joining the Classified staff, Patrick worked in the real estate development and sales industries in San Diego and the Santa Clarita Valley.  In addition to his curriculum and articulation duties, Patrick is a LEAP graduate, currently serves as the Classified Senate President, and helps facilitate the First Year Experience (FYE) program and many Career Technical Education events on campus.  Patrick is the son of Mimi Spankroy, the Director of Payroll Services at College of the Canyons.

Patrick and his wife Brooke reside in Valencia with their daughter Thea and son Reid.  Patrick grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and attended Canyon High School where he was name the “Male Athlete of the Year” in 1994.  Patrick still stays active in sports mainly on the soccer field, the golf course, and running half marathons.  When not competing himself, Patrick can be found in the Cougar Cage watching a basketball or volleyball game, or out at the Cougar baseball field enjoying a game with the boys up on “the hill”. 

President: Justin Hunt

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Treasurer/Secretary: Andrea Varney

I was born in Burbank, California; three short years later we moved to Santa Clarita.  At the age of five I was diagnosed with Leukemia, which I am now cured.  I completed my High School education at Saugus High, after which I came to College of Canyons to complete my Associates Degree in Child Development.  While attending COC I worked two jobs; part time in the Admissions & Records Office and full time at Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital.  After seven and a half years working part time in the A&R Office, I was hired full time in 2006.  In the fall of 2006 I transferred to CSUN and completed my Bachelors in Child and Adolescent Development in the spring of 2008.  A year later in July of 2009, I gave birth to my son Caden. A few years later another addition to our family came along in October of 2013, my daughter Celenea.  I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies, being active in both my Philanthropic Sorority, and CSEA.

Public Information Officer: Catherine Parker

An alumnus of COC, Catherine returned in 2007 as an Adjunct Psychology Instructor after earning her BA in Psychology and MA in General Experimental Psychology. Catherine joined the Classified team in 2011 as a Research Analyst in Institutional Research. Catherine was also an Adjunct Psychology Instructor at Glendale Community College for 6 years. As a Research Analyst, Catherine provides the college with survey data, student retention and success data, and other institutional data.  
Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son, and black lab. She also enjoys pushing herself beyond her perceived physical and psychological limits through exercise and gym challenges.
Catherine is excited to be a part of the Classified Senate Eboard and work with the team to accomplish the goals of Classified Senate and support Classified staff. 

Valencia Campus Senator: Mauricio Escobar

Mauricio began working as a computer technician for the Computer Support Services department in August, 2001. Before coming to COC, Mauricio worked for the IT department at Antelope Valley College. Besides his role as a computer technician, Mauricio also serves as the bilingual Technology Integrator, helping to translate College of the Canyons web sites from English to Spanish. When asked why he joined the Classified Senate, Mauricio stated that he “…wanted to be more of an asset to my colleagues and help provide services that had been discontinued.” In his off time, Mauricio enjoys Snowboarding, piloting his home built drones, and of course, spending time with his wife and two sons.

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