Meet the Office
Ashley Rodriguez – Reservationist, is a Ventura native and has worked for Island Packers since 2012. Before her current position, she was attending Buena High School and is now attending Ventura College. She is currently pursuing an A.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Biotechnology. She has a love for animals and has volunteered with Canine Adoption and Rescue league as well as Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, drawing and painting as well as furthering her knowledge of the Channel Islands and their history.
Candy Cassidy –Retail, is a Southern California native. She is an accomplished artist who paints and creates beautiful ceramic artwork. She loves being on and around the ocean and is very passionate about animals. She is very involved with the conservation of endangered species. Outside of working at Island Packers she enjoys home improvement and landscaping her yard.
Cheri Ambrose-Reservations, joined us in 2016 after being a customer on several Island Packer’s trips. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan but grew up in Arizona. She loved living in the Sonoran desert but has always wanted to live by the ocean and decided to make the move this past January. She has a lot of experience in customer service, anything from retail to banking. She is an amateur birder and loves seeing animals in their natural habitat.
Cherryl Connally – Co-owner, a native of Ventura and graduate of Ventura College, has been with the family business for 47 years. In the beginning, she worked as a crew member on the boats and as a young adult, she worked for TIC Corporation with her father, Island Packers founder, Bill Connally. Cherryl has also worked as the marketing director for Ventura Harbor Village and for the non-profit organization Friends of the Channel Islands National Park. For fun, Cherryl enjoys kayaking, diving, hiking and boating but most of all loves spending time with her family especially her grandson.
Crystal Castro – Office Operations Manager, is a Ventura native and has been on the Island Packers team since 1997. Prior to this job, Crystal was a student and worked as cashier for Andria’s Seafood Restaurant in Ventura Harbor. She earned an Associate’s degree from Ventura College in Liberal Arts and Sciences and is looking to further her education in Environmental Studies. She enjoys exploring her hometown and taking road trips. She especially enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. A nature lover, Crystal is extremely passionate about the environment and conserving our natural resources
Donna Hendricks – Reservationist, was born in Milton, Florida but grew up in the “Valley” in Southern California. She joined the Island Packers team in April 2015. Before working here, Donna served in the US Navy and worked for large corporations. Most recently, she has been working as a professional photographer. In addition to her love of photography, Donna enjoys hiking, boating and playing World of Warcraft. She enjoys spending time with her family, her sweet dog Alice and her kittens Mango and Heather.
Donna Huston – Bookkeeper, was born in Winnipeg, Canada and has been working at Island Packers since 1992. Before working as bookkeeper, Donna worked on boats as a wood finisher. She studied Psychology and Drug Intervention at the University of South Florida. When not at work, her favorite thing to do is read. She describes herself as a huge dog lover and adores her dogs.
Izumi Kiesel– Accountant, is originally from Japan and joined the Island Packers team in 2014. She has a passion for traveling to new and exotic places and becoming immersed in the local culture. Izumi also enjoys backpacking, swimming and cooking.
Jackee Salinas- Reservationist is an Oxnard, California native. She is a bilingual speaker and has worked for Island Packers since the year 2000. Before her current position, she was a high school student and worked at her first job in the fast food industry. She enjoys marine wildlife and has even traveled to Mexico during the winter months to encounter the Gray Whales in the lagoons. Jackee loves to travel, especially to foreign countries and has explored Europe extensively. She truly enjoys immersing herself in the different cultures. Jackee holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Santa Barbara Business College.
Karon Hunnicutt – Reservationist, has lived in Ventura County for 30 years. Prior to joining the Island Packer team in 2014 she worked in accounting and sales. She was introduced to the Channel Islands through her son . Since joining Island Packers she has become an island enthusiast. Karon loves the outdoors and enjoys water skiing, hiking, snow skiing and camping.
Leah Ross – Reservationist, a Ventura, California native, has been working for Island Packers since 2006. Leah is a graduate of Ventura College, where she competed on the women's soccer team. She enjoys surfing, snowboarding and traveling the world. Her biggest passion in life is caring for her two children and spending time with her husband.
Lilian Connally – Founder, is a Laton, California native and has been with Island Packers since it’s inception, in 1968. Before founding the company, she raised her children and created a family home. After the children were older, Lil worked part-time at a liquor store. When not on the job; she enjoys bike riding, taking cruises, and going to casinos. Lil is very dedicated to the business and it’s continued success. Lil has a great sense of humor and brings a lot of laughter into the office. She also enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Mary Reed – Group Charter Coordinator, Webmaster and Accounts Receivable, is a Southern California native and has been on the Island Packers team since 2003. Previously, Mary worked in office management as well as customer service. When not at work, she enjoys gardening and landscaping. She also enjoys spending time with her girlfriends. Mary loves to travel and visit her family.
Monica Baker – Reservationist, was raised in Simi Valley, California. She joined the Island Packers team in 2000. Prior to her current position, Monica worked as a nanny, preschool teacher and camp counselor. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from San Diego State University and is currently continuing her education in teaching. She loves to explore nature and spending time at the beach. She also enjoys camping, embroidering and spending time with her family and friends. Her greatest passions are working with people, being a mom and teaching children.
Shanna Munoz- Assistant Office Operations Manager is a Seattle, Washington native where she studied Administration and Business at Bellevue College. She joined the Island Packers team in 2013. Shanna is passionate about helping customers and giving great service. She loves going to the Channel Islands and sharing her love of the islands with others, especially newcomers to the area. She also enjoys playing at the beach, kayaking, hiking, camping, reading and writing. Spending time with her friends/co-workers and her family are also very important to her. Shanna is an avid environmental conservationist and endeavors to leave the planet a better place for future generations.
Todd Taylor- Retail is originally from Long Island, New York. He started at Island Packers in 2000. Prior to working here, he was a clerk in a retail store. Outside of work he is a very active member of his church. He also belongs to a bowling league and loves traveling especially to visit his family.