Honoring Alumni 

Established in 1972, the Distinguished Alumni Awards are given jointly by the University and the Sacramento State Alumni Association to recognize alumni and faculty for their professional achievements and community service.

Nominations are received from all University constituencies throughout the year. Nominees must have achieved prominence in their chosen fields of endeavor and must have brought distinction to the University and/or community through their accomplishments. 

Congratulations to our 2015 Honorees

Order of the Hornet 

President Alexander Gonzalez

President Alexander Gonzalez, President, Sacramento State

Dr. Alexander Gonzalez has served more than three decades as a professor and education leader, including the last 11 years as the seventh permanent president of California State University, Sacramento, one of the largest universities in the California State University 23-campus system. A native Californian and the first person in his family to graduate from college, Dr. Gonzalez has devoted his career to ensuring greater opportunities for students. Read profile

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jan Scully

Jan Scully ’73 (Government/Journalism), Retired District Attorney, Sacramento

A sound education and a resolve gained from decades of success made Jan Scully ’73 (Government/Journalism) a trailblazer, and an impactful leader in the Sacramento community. Scully retired from her post as Sacramento County District Attorney last year after 20 years as the county’s top prosecutor. She is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sac State Alumni Association for her ongoing dedication to helping people in her hometown. Read profile

Distinguished Service Award

Cate Dyer

Cate Dyer ’05 (Sociology), CEO/Founder, Stem Express

Efficiency and breakthroughs in healthcare don’t often go hand in hand. Cate Dyer ’05 (Sociology) set out to change that. Her company, StemExpress, supplies human blood, tissue products, cells and other clinical specimens to biomedical researchers around the world. Since it launched in 2010, it’s blossomed into a multi-million dollar company, based in a beautiful, 19,000 square-foot building in downtown Placerville. Read profile

Pat Fong Kushida

Pat Fong Kushida ’85 (Business Administration), President/CEO, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce

Pat Fong Kushida ’85 (Marketing) never lets expectations hem her in. The youngest of five children born to Chinese immigrants, she wasn’t expected to aspire beyond marriage and raising children. But Fong Kushida thrived as a businesswoman and her efforts in raising the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce to statewide prominence have altered the standards for business chamber groups. Read profile

Jim Gomez

Jim Gomez ’71 (Business Administration), CEO, California Association of Health Facilities

Jim Gomez ’71 (Accounting) tends to find himself on the front lines of major issues in California. In the late 1980s and early 90s, as California’s prison system evolved into one of the countries largest—and most politically touchy—Gomez was at the helm. His latest charge is helping a rapidly aging population manage a health facility industry that is facing tough challenges. Read profile

Lee Ritchey

Lee Ritchey ’67 (Electrical Engineering), Speeding Edge and Sensorium Wines

When Lee Ritchey ’67 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) gazes up at the moon at night he can beam with pride, though it’s not in his nature. Ritchey reached an incredible professional peak just two years after graduating from Sac State, designing an advanced transistor radio for the Apollo missions. His handiwork was a part of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong’s moon landing. Read profile

Tami Bogert and Scott Yuill

Tami R. Bogert ’93 (Criminal Justice) and Scott Yuill ’85 (Business Administration, Finance & Insurance), Judge, Sacramento County Superior Court (Tami) and President, Scott Yuill Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. (Scott)

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. Read profile

Rising Star Award

Philip Person

Philip I. Person ’08 (Communication Studies), Litigation Associate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

As a freshman at Sac State, Philip I. Person ’08 (Communication Studies) envisioned racking up honors as a sprinter for the Hornet track and field team. Ten years later, he’s garnering awards, but in an entirely different arena. The attorney’s latest accolade is the Rising Star Award from the Sac State Alumni Association. Read profile

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are several sponsorship opportunities available. Please review our sponsor information sheet (PDF). To learn more about how you can benefit from partnering with the Alumni Association, please visit our Sponsors/Affinity Partners page

For questions, please contact Jennifer Barber, Executive Director at jbarber@csus.edu or (916) 278-3797.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Title Sponsors


Douglas and Barbara Patiño

University Enterprises, Inc.

Wells Fargo

Western Health Advantage

Gold Sponsors

California Association of Health Facilities  Liberty Mutual ♦ Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) ♦ Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region 

Silver Sponsors

Margot '72 and Dave Bach ♦ Lee Ritchey '67 and Kella Knack ♦ Scott Yuill Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors

John Abbott, MA '04 and Dr. Kimo Ah Yun '90 ♦ John Barney '85 ♦ Paul, MBA '03 and Deborah Finn ♦ Eric Guerra '03, MPPA '08 and Christina Lokke, MPPA '07 ♦ Richard Keegan, MS '04 ♦ Sharon '88, MS '09 and Gary Krause ♦ Amanda '12 and Michael Merz ♦ April '85 and Cory '85 Parish ♦ Marco '91 and Elva '95 Rodriguez

In-Kind Sponsors

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly ♦ Classic Party Rentals ♦ MetroMedia Productions, Inc. ♦ Monkeyglue Confetti & Lighting ♦ The Sacramento Bee