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Grassroots beginings

Through the efforts of parents and volunteers who recognized that individuals with developmental disabilities finishing their high school careers needed to engage in productive activities, what was originally known as Pleasantview Achievement Center was established in 1969. Seeking to create opportunities for training, education and support services, the grassroots efforts began to take shape in a small bungalow in rural Saugus where Central Park now sits. 

Over time, the program grew and developed, becoming one of the oldest non profits and businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley. Identifying opportunities for vocational skill development and a desire to support the growing business community, the agency's name was later changed to Pleasantview Industries, Inc.  

In 1974, Pleasantview hired it's first employee, Executive Director Gerry Howard. Through the years, Gerry expertly guided the agency through much growth and development. Becoming a Community Resource Provider for the Department of Rehabilitation and a vendor for the newly established Regional Center system local office, North Los Angeles County Regional Center, aproviding Pleasantview a steady stream referrals and revenues.

By focusing on serving on providing services in the Santa Clarita Valley, the agency has become uniquely skilled at understanding the needs of the individuals who reside in Santa Clarita, who work in Santa Clarita and who own businesses in Santa Clarita. 

Board of Directors

Pleasantview is governed by a Board of Directors which provides oversight of the mission, programs, policies and procedures that guides our work. Theirs is a job with goes largely unnoticed and acknowledged yet they are dedicated and committed to ensure that Pleasantview provides quality services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Santa Clarita Valley. In an effort to honor the work they do on behalf of the clients we serve, we want to introduce you to each of our Board members.

Ed Colley

President

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Rebecca Mendoza

Vice President

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Shelby Kaplan

Secretary

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Judy Morris

Treasurer

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Melissa Cantu

Member

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Shawna Lubs

Member

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Commy Sadra

Member

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Moises Chacon

Member

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Ricki Macken Chilvers

Executive Director

Ricki joined the Pleasantview team in October 2018 as the Transition Coordinator for Pleasantview's newest service, the Community Integration Program. Ricki's education and training in psychology and marriage and family therapy has reinforced her desire to support the whole person, both those served and the direct service professionals providing services.  She has almost 30 years experience working with special populations, including children in residential treatment, foster youth and most recently, adults with developmental disabilities, while working as a Consumer Service Coordinator at North Los Angeles County Regional Center. In 2020, Ricki was promoted to Executive Director where her focus was to bring the agency into the future by utilizing technology in work processes and bring community awareness to Pleasantview's work and mission. 

Ricki can be contacted at ed@pleasantviewindustries.org.

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Meet The Amazing Management Team

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Cindy Fernandez

Community Integration Program Coordinatort

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Danae Saco Gilbert

Supported Employment Program Coordinator

Mission Statement

Provide work services, supported employment and other support services for adults with developmental disabilities. 

Develop, maintain and/or maximize skills and capabilities to assist program participants in gaining their maximum potential vocationally, psychologically and socially and greater independence within the community.

Pleasantview prides itself on transparency within our services and as an agency. Please review our updated Strategic Plan and 990 documents below for more information about what we are doing and our financial status. 

Pleasantview Industries- Strategic Plan and 990

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