Sac State's Parent Success Council

We're here for YOU!

Get to know your council members!

They represent you and bring your concerns to the University when you might not be able to do so. Read their biographies below, talk with them at campus events, read the "Parent to Parent" section in the e-newsletter Hornet Parent News, chat on Facebook, or connect with them through email. 

Sac State Parent Success Council Members

What is the Parents Success Council?

The Parents Success Council is a volunteer board of parents and family members of current Sac State students. The members of this dedicated team are ambassadors for Sacramento State within their communities and throughout the state. They also serve as a voice for students' family members, a sounding board for University leadership, and are here to talk with other parents and family members--particularly those who are new to the Sac State family. 

In addition to representing Sacramento State parents, Council members take an active leadership role in reaching out to offer advice to parents who have not been through the college system before or simply need support as their student transitions to college. On a monthly basis, Council members work under the direction of Parents & Families Director, Haley Myers, to host events, foster communication, and build a community for Sac State parents.

Set a positive example for your student and encourages them to  be an ambassador for change on their campus. Apply to serve on the council today!  

Can I serve on the Council? 

If you would like to learn more about serving on the Parents & Families Council, please read the role description and email this completed application to Parents & Families Program director Haley Myers at

Volunteers Welcome! 

If you would like to volunteer, but your time is limited, there are many volunteer opportunities throughout the semester that do not require a long-term commitment. Please email Haley Myers, director of the Parents & Families Program, to discover ways you can help. 

From left: Lynne Mitchell, Bridget Lyons, Dr. Lori Varlotta (VP-PEMSA), Linda Mitchell, Tracey Schaal, Haley Myers (Director-Parents & Families Program, seated), Faydra Koenig, Vince Sales (VP-Advancement), Danny Reynolds, Azucena Vera (Student Assistant-Parents & Families Program), Jack Hall. Not pictured: Tremain Downey. Photo by Jules Ramzy.

Meet Your Council Members!

Bridget Lyons

Bridget Lyons, Petaluma

Bridget and her husband Charlie have two daughters who are both Sac State Hornets. Their youngest is majoring in criminal justice and is in a sorority. The oldest graduated in June 2013 with a business degree in four years! Ask Bridget a question at

Dalia Wardny

Dalia Sadek, Elk Grove

A proud alumna, Dalia is a parent of two Sac State students, both Biology majors. Her daughter, a third year in the Honors Program, works as an assistant in the Biology lab. Her son is a freshman participating in First Year Experience, a University Learning Community, and athletics. Ask Dalia a question at

Danny Reynolds

Danny Reynolds, Stockton

Danny is the proud father of three Sac State students. His youngest two daughters currently attend Sac State, and his eldest daughter is a Sac State graduate. Each of his daughters lived in the Residence Halls on campus, and has some experience working for Sac State. Say hello to Danny at campus events like the President's Spring and Fall Address, in the Parents & Families Lounge on Move in Day, and at home football games. Email Danny at

Debbie Smith

Debbie and Tony Smith, Galt

Debbie and Tony are proud parents of Sacramento State student Lindsey who is a Civil Engineering major. Lindsey is their first student in college, and commutes to campus. Ask Debbie and Tony a question at

Eileen Scates

Eileen Scates, Camino

Elieen Scates is the mother of third-year student Laake, who has lived on campus all 3 years. Laake is studying mechanical engineering, works while he is in school and runs recreationally. Email Eileen about volunteering and social opportunities at

Jack Hall

Jack F. Hall, Redondo Beach

Jack's daughter Madison, who studies business at Sac State, lives and works off campus. Jack lives in southern California, and would be happy to talk with you about what it's like to parent a college student from afar. Email Jack at

Maria and John Thomas, Sebastopol

Maria and John have two college-age daughters. Their youngest, Anita, is a Sacramento State student who lives on campus and is in the Honors program. Their oldest daughter attends UC Santa Cruz. Ask Maria and John a question at

Stephanie Clendenin

Stephanie Clendenin, Antelope 

Stephanie has two students at Sacramento State. Brittanie is a forensic chemistry major, and Brandon is studying business administration. Stephanie's students live at home, which is common for those students living in the greater Sacramento area. Ask Stephanie a question at

Tracey Schaal, Carmichael 

Tracey is a proud parent of a Sacramento State student who lives in the Residence Halls. She and her son Drew joined the Sac State family in Fall 2013. Tracey would be happy to speak with families about having a student at Sac State and what it means to join the family. Email Tracey at