Island Packers Cruises

Cruising the California Channel Islands for Education, Recreation and Research since 1968

Home Office: Ventura Harbor
1691 Spinnaker Drive, #105B 
Ventura, CA 93001

Satillite Office: Channel Islands Harbor
3550 Harbor Boulevard 
Oxnard, CA  93035

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(805) 642-1393    
Office Hours 9:00 am  to 5:00 pm 
7 Days a Week
Info@islandpackers.com

From the Beginning 

Owners and Founders

Lilian Connally

Founder

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 Lillian (Lil as we call her) 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, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Cherryl Connally

Co-Owner - Marketing Director - Office Manager

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Co-owner, a native of Ventura and graduate of Ventura College, has been with the family business for 49 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 with her husvband on their boat. Most of all loves spending time with her family, especially her grandson. 

Senior Staff Members

Crystal Castro

Office Operations Manager

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Crystal 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. 

Shanna Munoz

Assistant Office Operations Manager

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Shanna 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.

Mary Reed

Account Manager - Group Sales Coodinator - Web Master

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Mary 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, landscaping, sewing and leather work.. She also enjoys spending time with her girlfriends. Mary loves to travel and visit her family.

Leah Ross

Customer Service - Reservationist

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Leah is 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. 


The Front Line

Candy Cassidy

Retail - Purchasing - Shore-Side Operations Assistant

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Candy 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. 



Jackee Salinas

Reservationist

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Jackee is an Oxnard, California native. She is a bilingual speaker and has been with Island Packers since 2000. While in high school she worked at her first job in the fast food industry and then joined Island Packers. She enjoys marine wildlife and has traveled to Mexico during the winter to see the Gray Whales in the lagoons. Jackee loves to travel, especially to foreign countries and has explored Europe. She truly enjoys immersing herself in the different cultures. Jackee holds an AA degree in Business Admin. from Santa Barbara Business College.

Donna Huston

Bookkeeper

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Donna 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.

Todd Taylor

Retail

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Todd 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.

Donna Hendricks

Reservationist

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Donna 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.

Monica Baker

Reservationist

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Monica 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.

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