Tami R. Bogert ’93 (Criminal Justice) and Scott Yuill ’85 (Business Administration, Finance & Insurance)
2015 Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Scott: "I'm proud of Sac State, and I'm thrilled with its future expansion into Placer County and the economic vitality it brings to the area."
The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate the success and impact of Sacramento State through its alumni. Tami R. Bogert and Scott Yuil were chosen for their personal achievements and service to the community.
In 2013, Scott Yuill ’85 (Business Administration, Finance & Insurance) and Tami R. Bogert ’93 (Criminal Justice) played a scene straight out of a romance movie.
There was Yuill, raising his right hand as Bogert, his wife, swore him in as mayor of Rocklin.
“It was prideful and humbling, for both of us,” says Bogert, who is a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge. “It was a low-key ceremony, yet apropos of the nature and importance of public service. Scott was honored to be entrusted as Rocklin’s mayor and swearing him in meant the world to me.”
Though that day seemed almost scripted, the couple’s devotion to community and family is genuine, which is why they are receiving a Distinguished Service Award from the Sac State Alumni Association.
Yuill had a clear destination when he arrived at Sac State and he never wavered. His father was in the insurance business and Yuill set out to follow in his footsteps. He is quick to credit professors Hamid Ahmadi and Thomas Heflin for their guidance and wisdom.
“While it was many years ago when I sat in their lectures, I continue to benefit from their teachings,” Yuill says.
Scott Yuill Insurance and Financial Services opened 26 years ago in Rocklin and Yuill has taken a major leadership role in the thriving Placer County city.
Bogert came to her position as Sacramento County Superior Court Judge via a more circuitous route. She was uncertain about her career plans as a 17-year-old freshman, but her time at Sac State helped change that. Bogert earned her degree in criminal justice and enrolled at Lincoln Law School.
“At the risk of sounding unmotivated, I had no career plans when I started at Sac State,” she says. “Shortly before graduation, I set my sights on law school and I fell in love with the law.”
In two decades, Bogert has built a remarkable career in the field, including high-profile and other coveted work as an attorney. She served in the Office of Legal Affairs for both Govs. Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. She was appointed to the Sacramento Superior Court by Schwarzenegger in 2010 and won the 2012 election in resounding fashion.
“That is the professional accomplishment of which I’m most proud,” says Bogert of being selected and serving as a Superior Court Judge.
Yuill is keeping up his end of the bargain when it comes to the family’s dedication to civil service. He says his passion for supporting small business was a major factor that prompted him to run for a seat on the Rocklin City Council. Elected three times, he took the helm as mayor for a second time (a position elected by the City Council each November) in 2013 and served through 2014, now serving his third term on the City Council.
Yuill’s other volunteer activities include serving on the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency and Sacramento Area Council of Governments.
Both Sacramento natives, their journeys to Sac State involved heavy family ties. Yuill’s brother graduated from Sac State; so did Bogert’s. Bogert’s parents also matriculated at Sac State, earning master’s degrees. Several other family members are Hornets as well.
Yuill says being honored by their alma mater was a major surprise.
“Tami and I were both quite shocked to learn of it,” he says. “Many Sac State grads are accomplished business and community leaders in our region. I’m privileged to be considered among them and I’m most proud to be married to one.”