Meet the Team

Louisa Candelario | Job Seeker Network Coordinator |

LouisaLouisa joined the Network2Work @PVCC staff right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and has not looked back.

Louisa has an extensive customer service background and enjoys working with people. She is enthusiastic and looking forward to assisting job seekers with enrollment in N2W and providing support services to our entire team. She is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, Louisa enjoys watching her children play basketball and assisting with the PTO at their school.


Monica Johnson | Life & Career Coach |

Monica JohnsonMonica is a native of Charlottesville and holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is currently working on her LCSW. 

She has worked with adults and children who have had various mental health issues. She has also worked as a reentry social worker at a women’s prison. Having been raised by a single mother in Charlottesville, Monica knows how tough it can be in the world. She loves the idea of giving back to her community through her position at Network2Work @PVCC. Her role as the Life and Career Coach enables her to be somewhat creative while tying in her mental health background to further empower and equip Job-Seekers with the tools they need to reach self-sufficiency. The idea of helping people realize their potential through identifying areas of improvement, while empowering them to achieve their overall goal (stable employment), is something that speaks to both Monica's heart, and her mind and spirit. She believes having stable employment, with good financial management, can be life changing. Monica wants to see others have the chance to reach their full potential through accessing good paying jobs, supportive resources and personal development techniques.

In her free time, Monica enjoys working out and competing in a sport called Strongwoman. Currently, she is ranked number two in the nation for a heavyweight amateur women in this sport. Monica enjoys traveling to Ohio to see her niece, and traveling to other states to feed her more adventurous side. She considers herself an avid learner, enjoying educational and informative podcasts and audio-books; “Ear Hustle” being her current favorite podcast.

Victoria Maxey | Provider Network Coordinator | 

Victoria MaxeyVictoria started as an Enrollment Specialist with PVCC Workforce Services, made a smooth transition as the Administrative Assistant and finally landed in her current role as Provider Network Coordinator with Network2Work @PVCC.

She is born and raised in Buckingham County, Virginia and her entire work history has involved her striving for exceptional customer service.  She has a strong desire to help others, which makes the position she holds in the program a great fit. She and her husband have four beautiful children, whom they truly adore.  


Ridge Schuyler | Dean, Community Self-Sufficiency Programs |

Ridge Schuyler

Ridge serves as dean of Piedmont Virginia Community College’s two Community Self-Sufficiency Programs (Network2Work @PVCC and TJACE @PVCC) which utilize multiple resources in our community to identify and support people being left behind in our economy, and provides the training and supports they need to find quality employment in our community. 

He graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Law. Ridge spent 10 years on Capitol Hill serving as chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher and chief policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia. In 2011, Ridge published the Orange Dot Report which analyzed the economic struggles facing a considerable portion of Charlottesville’s families and suggested solutions. Ridge founded and directs the Charlottesville Works Initiative, a partnership between the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Virginia Community College, to implement those solutions.

Malena L. Smith | Office Manager/Education Support Specialist|

Malena Smith

   Malena joins Network2Work having eleven years of experience working at the college in various roles, including
   previously managing PVCC's culinary campus at the Jefferson School City Center. While there she also obtained
   her Associates degree in Culinary Arts. Malena also has an extensive thirty year background in executive and office
   management. Having served as the human resource manager for several years at an adolescent mental and
   behavioral health hospital, Malena fully adopted the moto of circumstances do not define a person. She is excited to
   join Network2Work and be a part of a collective team who shares this same outlook. Malena strives for excellent
   customer service and is eager to be a part of helping our job seekers understand they too can overcome anything
   and make successful life and career changes.

In her spare time Malena enjoys growing her photography portfolio specializing in nature and historical architecture. She is heavily involved in animal advocacy and prior to the pandemic was an active member of a community emergency management animal response team. She also has a small farm where she cares for twelve abused, neglected, and disabled farm and companion animals.

Frank Squillace | Director | 

Frank SquillaceFrank serves as the Director of Network2Work @PVCC. In addition to managing the program, his focus is on encouraging local employers to offer quality employment to the network of job seekers in central Virginia. 

He graduated from Saint Bonaventure University and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Frank has over 37 years of administrative experience in various positions. He has specialized in operations, relationship-building and customer service.  He was instrumental in establishing several of the programs, services and networking at Martha Jefferson Hospital, the Church of the Incarnation and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, all in Charlottesville. Frank is originally from Syracuse, New York and enjoys spending time with his wife Jane, his two children and four step-children, reading, sports and playing cello in his rock band, 180.

Alicia Zarzuela | Enrollment Specialist |

Alicia ZarzuelaAlicia is a graduate of Old Dominion University, with her B.S. in Human Services, and is currently working on her MSW at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alicia has a passion for helping people! No matter who that person is, she is always ready to help. After working alongside the child welfare system, she is more than eager to continue her desire of helping people as the new Enrollment Specialist, where she will ensure that a pathway is made for anyone who seeks a job with Network2Work @PVCC. Watching and helping others excel is one of the most rewarding feelings for Alicia because caring for other’s success and happiness, brings her happiness. In her free time, she loves taking care of her baby nephew, reading her favorite books, practicing self-care (i.e. journaling, yoga, exercise), and safely spending time with friends.