Meet the Team

Victoria Maxey | Life and Career Coach | vmaxey@pvcc.edu 

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 a Life and Career Coach 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 | rschuyler@pvcc.edu

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/RFA Administrator| msmith@pvcc.edu

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 | fsquillace@pvcc.edu 

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 | Life and Career Coach | alzarzuela@pvcc.edu

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 a Life and Career Coach, 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.