2013 Recipients

David BugattoDistinguished Service Award Recipient

David Bugatto '86 (Business Administration)
is the president and CEO of Alleghany Properties, managing a diverse portfolio of real estate properties in the greater Sacramento region. He chairs the Sac State Honors Program Advisory Committee and has been instrumental in launching its Honors Internship Program. He is also active in several organizations including the RCA Community Fund, the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Lambda Alpha International and NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Read full profile»




Cheryl DellDistinguished Service Award Recipient

Cheryl Dell '82 (Communication Studies)
leads the fifth-largest newspaper in California as the president and publisher of The Sacramento Bee. Her news career spans 25 years including stops in Texas and Washington. She is active in the community, serving on the boards of Valley Vision, the Salvation Army, the Sacramento Area Trade Organization and the Inland Press Association. In 1999 Dell was named one of Presstime Magazine’s “20 Under 40” newspaper people to watch nationwide. Read full profile»




Michael KuhlmannDistinguished Service Award Recipient

Michael Kuhlmann '69 (Electrical & Electronic Engineering)
is the founder and president of Residential Control Systems, Inc. and RCS Technology. Since founding the company in 1993 he has created more than 100 automation and control products for energy management and HVAC systems, and he has emerged as a leader in developing energy efficient solutions. In 2012, Kuhlmann won both the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance/CleanStart Innovator of the Year award and SMUD’s Capstone Award for Powering Innovation. Read full profile»




Garry MaiselDistinguished Service Award Recipient

Garry Maisel '80 (Business Administration-Finance)
is president and CEO of Western Health Advantage. He leads more than 100 employees at the company, which aims to improve healthcare access and affordability and develops programs to expand coverage to the uninsured. Maisel is active in numerous non-profit organizations in the region, including the Crocker Art Museum, Valley Vision, B Street Theatre, the Mercy Foundation, the Non-Profit Resource Center, WEAVE and the For Art’s Sake Initiative. Read full profile»




Rhonda Staley-BrooksDistinguished Service Award Recipient

Rhonda Staley-Brooks '95 (Child Development)
is the president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area. Her tenure with Big Brothers Big Sisters began as a case worker while she was a student at Sac State and she now oversees nine employees for the non-profit organization that served nearly 400 children last year. The Sacramento Business Journal honored Staley-Brooks with a “Women who Mean Business” award in 2012 and she was Sacramento Magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2006. Read full profile»




Christina PrestonRising Star Award Recipient

Christina Preston '11 (Anthropology)
founded the charity Shoes4Sacramento while she was still a student at Sac State. Her charity partners with other local organizations to provide shoes to those in need. Preston works in Sacramento State’s Department of Anthropology as an assistant on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act compliance efforts and is working toward obtaining her certification in tribal law from UCLA. Read full profile»