Our Team

Meet the group of dedicated individuals powering GOAL

Improving adult education in Santa Cruz County takes time, dedication and a heart for the adult learner. We’re so thankful to have these four groups of educational advocates leading GOAL. Together we learn, collaborate, make decisions and do the work to improve adult education in Santa Cruz County.

Our Board Members

Dr. Faris Sabbah


Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Kris Munro


Santa Cruz City Schools

Dr. Michelle Rodriguez


Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Dr. Matthew Wetstein


Cabrillo College

Andy Stone

Workforce Development Board Director

GOAL Staff

Josue Barajas  

Transition Specialist,
Cabrillo College GOAL

Annabelle Rodriguez

GOAL Director,
Cabrillo College GOAL

Doreen O'Donovan

Grants Analyst,
Cabrillo College GOAL

Our Steering Committee represents the educational and community organizations that help support and guide the efforts of GOAL in coordinating, expanding, and improving adult education in Santa Cruz County.

Our working group brings together representatives from Cabrillo College and our three school districts. Each representative provides an area of expertise to help align our partners around specific goals, such as building career pathways for our community. Our working groups help the GOAL consortium continue to create and meet goals that realistically serve the needs of adult learning our community.


Our working group core areas of focus:


1. ESL: Aligning course curriculum with Adult Education to Cabrillo’s non-­credit courses or credit English as a Second Language courses.


2. Data Research Outcomes: Designing and implementing a tracking system to record the progress of students


3. Marketing: Building a brand for the consortia, as well as ways at looking to build regional marketing

4. CTE/ Apprenticeship: Developing pathways from Adult Education CTE classes to Cabrillo College and/or to employment

5. ABE/ASE: Looking at ways to develop and increase availability to taking the GED. Identifying ways to build programs back into sections of the county that haven’t had support


6. Parents: Setting up parameters given to the group for current parent programs

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