Board of Directors

Board InstallationThe Sacramento State Alumni Association Board of Directors is a group of alumni volunteers who lead the organization in its service to Sacramento State and its alumni.

Leadership provided by the Board is essential to the successful implementation of programs designed to accomplish the mission of the Association.

The Board meets bi-monthly to establish policy, develop goals and objectives, assist with long-range planning and monitor Alumni Association finances. The Board's mission is to enhance interaction among alumni, students, the community and the University.

New Board Member Documents 

2013-14 Board Meeting Schedule

Monday, Aug. 26 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 21 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 2 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7
   ◊ Annual Planning Retreat
8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Monday, March 10 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Monday, May 19
   ◊ Board Meeting
   ◊ Installation Ceremony & Reception
5–6:30 p.m.
6:30–8 p.m.

2012-13 Executive Officers

John AbbottJohn Abbott, MA '04 (History)
President
Life Member

John Abbott was a former tax attorney with the California State Board of Equalization who specialized in sales and tax use law. Abbott lends his volunteer support to Sacramento State’s Honors Program as a board member and a mentor for the Guardian Scholars Program. He currently is active with and serves as a board of trustee member for the Unitarian Church of Sacramento. Abbott’s academic background consists of a B.A. in history from Yale University, an M.A. in history from Sacramento State, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. His wife Lori holds a degree from San Francisco State University and served as an administrative law judge. Abbott has three children and a granddaughter.

Marco RodriguezMarco Rodriguez '91 (Business Administration)
President-Elect & VP of Administration 
Life Member

Marco Rodriguez is a managing director and senior financial representative with Principal Financial Group. He serves in a number of volunteer capacities including: appointee to the State Independent Living Council by Governor Brown, board president for the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California, current member of American Leadership Forum and past chairman of the board for the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. During his student tenure with Sacramento State he was a board member with Epsilon Sigma Rho, the Latin Business Student Association and the Chicano Latino Graduation Committee.

Margot Shinnamon BachMargot Shinnamon Bach '72 (English)
Immediate Past President & VP of Nominating
Life Member

Margot Shinnamon Bach formerly worked with the California Department of Corrections Ombudsman Office for the Pelican Bay State Prison. Bach has extensive background in the communications field working with media representatives from local, national and international outlets, leading to her receiving the California Public Information Officer of the Year award in 2007. Bach’s career has included working with the UC Davis Extended Learning Center as a senior editor and with the Lockheed Corporation. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Sacramento and was named Sustainer of the Year for 2012. She serves on the League's Endowment Advisory Board and also volunteers with the Los Niños Service League. Bach holds an M.A. in English literature from Stanford University.

Matt ColognaMatt Cologna '94 (Business Administration)
VP of Membership & Fund Development
Life Member

Matt Cologna is a senior director with Cushman and Wakefield. Prior to this he served as a senior vice president with Grubb and Ellis, and was in management with Sleep Train, Inc. His expertise in real estate includes landlord and tenant representation, land assemblage, user and investments sales, and consulting. Cologna devotes his time diligently between community volunteer work with Sierra Child and Family Services, the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and the Association’s Business Alumni chapter. In 2009, he received the Alumnus of the Year award from Sacramento State’s College of Business.

Kenneth EhrmannKenneth Ehrman '96 (Criminal Justice)
CSU Alumni Council Representative
Life Member

Kenneth Ehrman's study of criminal justice has taken him through two police academies and kept him current in his field as a peace officer. His career began with the California Department of Corrections and has taken him to the California Department of Motor Vehicles as an investigator. He volunteers his time with many organizations including sitting on the board for the Association of Motor Vehicle Investigators of California and remains an active member of the Criminal Justice Alumni chapter. He believes that Sacramento State is a special place and that the Association’s mission to enhance interaction is of the utmost importance.

Eric GuerraEric Guerra '03 (Electrical & Electronic Engineering), MPPA '08 (Public Policy & Administration)
VP of Chapters & Alumni Development
Life Member

Eric Guerra is chief of staff for Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi. His work is conducive of higher education, workforce development and transportation policy. Prior to this current role, Guerra was chief of staff for Assemblyman Furutani and a senior consultant to Senator Cedillo. Currently he stays busy as president of the Hornets Policy and Politics Alumni chapter. During his time at Sacramento State he served as president of Associated Students Inc. and as a board member for the University Union and University Enterprises Inc. These board capacities along with a fellowship in the Center for California Studies at an earlier age have prepared him for his current career.

Bruce HohenhausBruce Hohenhaus '76 (Business Administration)
VP of Finance
Life Member

Bruce Hohenhaus is a senior director at Cushman and Wakefield. His background in real estate dates back to the late 1970s when he worked as a regional partner for the Lee Sammis Company. Hohenhaus later moved to Colliers International, where he focused his efforts on the sale and leasing of office buildings along with tenant representation. Hohenhaus remains active by volunteering with the Special Olympics and as a former board member for the Arthritis Foundation.

Penny KastanisPenny Kastanis '57, MA '59 (Music), MA '61 (Librarianship)
VP of Scholarship
Life Member

Penny Kastanis has extensive knowledge of the education system, in particular the K-12 system, in which she served as a librarian until retirement. She has worked with the University in multiple capacities from developing programs to teaching in the Library Science and Librarianship program. Her knowledge of education has helped her write two legislative bills and implement them into the education system. Aside from education, Kastanis is involved with the Greek Orthodox Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013-14 Board of Directors

Kimo Ah YunKimo Ah Yun, PhD '90 (Communication Studies)
President's Designee
Life Member

Kimo Ah Yun currently serves as the department chair for Communication Studies and is a professor in the department. His background and knowledge are steeped in education previously receiving the 2002-03 President’s Award for Research and Creative Activities and the 2006-07 Outstanding Teaching Award from Sacramento State’s College of Arts and Letters. Dr. Ah Yun holds a B.A. in communication studies from Sacramento State, an M.A. in speech from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. in communication from Michigan State University.  

Rob AllenRob Allen '91 (Business Administration)
Life Member

Rob Allen’s collective background of sales, marketing and program development lend to his success as an insurance agent and broker. His combined 17-year portfolio has involved surgical sales, financial services, event planning and leadership initiatives. Staying involved with his fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha and being an active member of the 20-30 Club have kept Allen grounded in his volunteer efforts while at the same time bringing him in contact with hundreds of people each year.

John BarneyJohn Barney '85 (Business Administration)
Life Member

John Barney has been in commercial real estate and property management in the Sacramento market for nearly 30 years. Barney is currently an assistant vice president, trust asset manager with Wells Fargo Private Bank. During his career, Barney has worked with Equitable Real Estate Investment Management, Inc., (one of the nation's largest real estate equity advisors), as well as Grubb and Ellis, Colliers International, and U.S. National Leasing. Barney previously served as the alumni representative on the University Union Board (1998-2002) and is a former president of the Board.

Joan CarnagoJoan Carnago '97 (Business Administration)
Life Member

Joan Carnago has a strong background in the construction industry managing projects predominately in the health care and education sectors. For the past 16 years she has had oversight on million dollar projects, provided management and expanded departments. Most recently while with Airco Mechanical she led and expanded their safety department. Carnago is an active member of the Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors, Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange, American Society of Professional Estimators and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parent Booster Club.

Paul FinnPaul Finn, MBA '03 (Business Administration)
Life Member

Paul Finn is currently the western sales region account manager for the U.S. Post Office. During his 30-year career with the USPS, Finn served in a variety of positions including: rural route letter carrier, shop steward, new employee trainer, carrier supervisor and customer service representative. Finn is currently the president of Sacramento State’s Business Alumni chapter. He is also a board member and former chair for the Combined Federal Campaign and is the chairman of the Northern California International Visitors Council.

Nielsen GabrielNielsen Gabriel
ASI President

Nielsen Gabriel is the 2013-14 Associated Students Inc. president. Before being elected president, Gabriel served as executive vice president and director of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. In addition to his involvement with student government, he is a research assistant at UC Davis Health System.  

Rebecca Gardner-MoyRebecca Gardner Moy '99 (Government/Journalism & Humanities)
Life Member

Rebecca Gardner Moy is an attorney with HMS Law Group LLP whose area of practice is estate planning, trust administration, probate, and special needs trust and art law. Gardner Moy is also part-time faculty in the communication studies at Sacramento State. She is a current member of the Crocker Art Museum Planned Giving Committee, the Sacramento Estate Planning Council, Professionals in Estate Planning, the Sacramento Area Special Needs Trust Study Group and the Sacramento County Bar Association, Probate and Tax Sections. She is also a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA, currently serving her third term on the board. Gardner Moy holds a juris doctorate from UC Davis, King Hall School of Law.

Daniel HahnDaniel Hahn '95 (Business Administration)
Life Member

Daniel Hahn is chief of police for the City of Roseville. Prior to being sworn in as chief of police, Hahn served as a captain for the Sacramento Police Department. During his 23-year tenure with the department he held several positions including: public information officer, high school criminal justice academy coordinator, watch commander, special investigations commander, patrol commander and personnel division commander. Hahn has an M.A. in public administration from National University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, P.O.S.T. Command College, and the Sierra Health Foundation Leadership program. He is an active board member with numerous boards throughout the region and current member of the California Police Chiefs Association.

Tracy HamiltonTracy Hamilton '93 (Mathematics)
University Faculty Representative

Tracy Hamilton is an associate professor for the department of mathematics and statistics at Sacramento State. Hamilton currently serves as the University faculty representative. She is also an active member of the University Senate Faculty, serving as its graduate and credential post-baccalaureate committee chair. In March 2013, Hamilton received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Faculty Senate recognizing her commitment to teaching excellence. 

Lois Harper-MatticeLois Harper-Mattice '87, MS '94 (Physical Education)
Annual Member

Lois Harper-Mattice is the associate athletics director for internal affairs/senior woman administrator for Sacramento State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Harper-Mattice is also a licensed physical therapy assistant and a 25 year member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. She has supervised men's and women's soccer, gymnastics, softball and sports medicine. From 2008-12 Harper-Mattice served on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports committee helping to create safe and healthy competitive experiences for student-athletes.

Sharon Saunders KrauseSharon Sanders Krause '88 (Communication Studies), MS '09 (Counseling)
Life Member

Sharon Sanders Krause is a career counselor with Sacramento Employment and Training Agency. Building on a 20 year career as an independent contractor, Saunders Krause joined forces with her husband to build Capitol Utility Specialist, Inc. Despite essentially working two jobs, she spends time volunteering at St. Johns Shelter for Women and Children, Folsom Lake College, THINK committee, and Oakhills Community Church.

Kevin MackeyKevin Mackey ’10 (Economics & Religious Studies)
USA Staff Representative
Annual Member

Kevin Mackey currently serves as a benefits analyst for the Office of Human Resources at Sacramento State. Prior, he worked for University Enterprises Inc., University Advancement and Kinesiology and Health Science. Mackey’s active university service includes serving on the Transportation Advisory Committee, and the Strategic Planning Council. He graduated from Sacramento State in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Religious Studies. 

Mamie MierzwakMamie Mierzwak '85 (Mathematics)
Life Member

Mamie Mierzwak is the retail services supervisor of residential programs for Roseville Electric. Her background with MCI WorldCom, NetStream, and the City of Roseville have provided for oversight and management of employees and projects keeping them moving forward within budget and time frame. Her position with Roseville Electric manages the programs responsible for public benefit in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable resources, assistance for low-income residents, customer complaints, and outage response.

Cory ParishCory Parish '85 (Business Administration)
Life Member

Cory Parish is the CEO and president for the Conference Claimants’ Endowment Board of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the Methodist Church. He manages all daily operations and oversees the assets, leadership, and strategic development of the Board. Parish has a strong background in real estate transaction, property, and portfolio management. He previously served as the president of the Sacramento State College of Business Alumni chapter, a project team leader with Habitat for Humanity, and an active member with the YMCA and Boy Scouts of America.

Alice PerezAlice Perez '99 (Business Administration)
University Foundation Board Representative
Annual Member

Alice Perez currently serves as the president/CEO of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Before being hired by the chamber in 2011, Perez worked as the director of U.S. Bank’s multicultural banking program. Outside of the chamber, Perez is passionate about education. She currently serves on Sacramento State’s University Foundation board. She is also a founding board member of the Sacramento chapter of City Year, which places young college graduates as mentors in struggling schools. 

Mike RizzoMike Rizzo '89 (Business Administration)
Life Member

Mike Rizzo is the senior vice president of commercial and emerging business banking at Five Star Bank. A 20 plus year background in the banking industry has led to Rizzo helping clients reach their envisioned successes, with particular focus on those in the technology, life sciences, and clean energy. Rizzo is a board member for Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance and the Center of Land Based Learning. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Vince A. SalesVince A. Sales
VP for University Advancement
Life Member

Vince A. Sales is the vice president for University Advancement at Sacramento State. In this capacity he oversees fund development, advancement communications and stewardship, and alumni relations. As vice president for University Advancement, he also serves an executive officer for Sacramento State’s University Foundation. Sales has also served as an executive director and consulted for non-profit organizations such as CompassPoint, Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Asian Pacific Fund, and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.

Tim SbrantiTim Sbranti '97 (Government)
Annual Member

Tim Sbranti is the Mayor of Dublin and teaches at Dublin High School. Sbranti is on the board of directors for several Tri-Valley charitable organizations, the former president for the Dublin Lions Club and running for the 16th Assembly district seat currently held by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan. He also publishes the Around Dublin weekly column for the Valley Times and volunteers as the baseball coach, student activities director, varsity boys tennis coach and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Dublin High School.

Sam StarksSamuel Starks '86 (English & Sociology)
Life Member

Samuel Starks is a customer relations manager for Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Starks community activity keeps him busy as a community board member for many nonprofit organizations to include: Nehemiah Corporation of America, the African American Genealogical Society, and SETA. He also founded two nonprofit organizations, MLK365 and California Forum Crossroads.

Nancy TookerNancy Tooker, EdD
Retirees Association Representative
Life Member

Nancy Tooker is dean emeritus for the College of Arts and Letters, completing a combined 33 year academic profession at Sacramento State. During her tenure with Sacramento State she served as associate dean for the College of Arts and Letters and director of the Learning Skills Center. Dr. Tooker held a number of senior leadership positions with the University to include department chair and faculty senate. Her appointment by the Sacramento State Retirees Association continues her leadership position with the Board, a service she has continued since 2006.