Sac State's Parents & Families Council

We're here for YOU!

Sac State's Parents and Families Council members

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. 

What is the Parents & Families Council?

The Parents & Families 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 haven't been through the college system before or simply need support as their student transitions into 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. When a parent joins the Parents and Families Council it also sets a positive example for students and encourages them to also be an ambassador for change on their campus.  

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 send this 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, Co-chair - Petaluma, CA

Bridget and her husband and soulmate, Charlie, have two daughters who are both Sac State Hornets. Their youngest daughter is majoring in criminal justice and is in a sorority. The oldest graduated in June 2013--in 4 years--with a business degree. Bridget hosted the first summer send-off party in the Bay Area for students, parents and families new to Sac State in summer 2013, and is full of Hornet spirit! Email Bridget at

Danny Reynolds - Stockton, CA

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

Jack F. Hall - Redondo Beach, CA

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

Linda Mitchell - Hayward, CA

Linda is the proud mother of Nehemiah, a Sac State football player studying Business Administration, and teen twins Natalie and Nathanael. Look for Linda and her husband Robert tailgating at every football game, rain or shine. She would be happy to talk with any other student-athlete parents about athletics-specific questions. Email Linda at

Lynne Mitchell - Elk Grove, CA

Lynne Mitchell is a Sacramento State Alumnus and proud Sac State mom. Her son, Tyler, is a pre-nursing major in the Honors Program. He is enjoying his classes as well as the priority registration, tightly-knit community, and personalized instruction that comes with being in the Honors program. Lynne would be happy to answer questions about the Honors Program and what it's like to have her college-age son live at home while he attends school. Email Lynne at

Tracey Schaal, Co-chair - Carmichael, CA

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

Tremain Downey - Elk Grove, CATremain Downey

Tremain has two sons attending the California State University. His youngest son, Vinny, lives at home and attends Sacramento State. Vinny studies Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is actively involved in a variety of student clubs and organizations on campus. Email Tremain at