She made it to first when she graduated from Victor Valley College a decade ago; doubled when she completed her Bachelor's Degree at Cal State Fullerton; slid into third as the youngest General Manager in the Northwest League and crossed home plate with a corporate award for excellence as a baseball executive. Yet, Monica Ortega will tell you that her Grand Slam home run came when she was notified that she would be inducted into the Victor Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame this year.
"VVC sets itself apart with a dedication to students that exceeds normal classroom and office hours. It's the personal attention and bonds formed between students, faculty, and staff that make the VVC experience so invaluable."
While at VVC, Monica dreamt of a career in sports marketing and worked hard to make that dream come true. Her creativity, energy, and drive set records and led her to her current role as a Vice President for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Her path to this post carried her through a stint as Assistant General Manager with her hometown team, the High Desert Mavericks and to Washington State where she served as the Vice President / General Manager of the Tri-Cities Dust Devils. At only 27, she was the youngest person in the Northwest League to hold that title and only one of three women in all of baseball.
Each of these posts has come through her affiliation with Brett Sports which recognized her with the company's coveted "Kemer Award" in 2006. This award is given to only one employee in the entire organization to recognize character and leadership.
"Other than my induction into the VVC Hall of Fame, this is the award I am most proud of based on the fact that we have so many deserving people working with our company," Ortega said of her Kemer Award.
For setting records at a young age and breaking through the glass ceiling in a field not commonly known for female executives, Monica Ortega is the 2011 Victor Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee.