Sac State's Parent Ambassadors

We're here for YOU!

Get to know your ambassadors!

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 a Parent Ambassador?

The Parent Ambassadors are 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, ambassadors 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, ambassadors 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 to be an ambassador for change on campus. Apply to serve as an ambassador today!  

Can I serve as an Ambassador? 

If you would like to learn more about serving as a Parent Ambassador, please read the role description and email this completed application to Parents & Families Program director Haley Myers Dillon 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. There are lots of ways to volunteer. You can volunteer as someone who attends an event, hosts an event, or advises another parent. Volunteerism can be structured (i.e., hosting a table at the Career Center's Etiquette Dinner), or loose (i.e., talking with a parent who is worried about their student). Please email Haley Myers, director of the Parents & Families Program, to discover ways you can help. 

From top left: Antoinette Vojtech, Danny Reynolds, Jack Hall, Debbie Smith, Stephanie Clendenin, Dr. Marcellene Watson Derbigny, Caitlin Osborne. Bottom row, from left: Dalia Sadek, Haley Myers, Eileen Scates, Bridget Lyons. Photo by Manuel Pacheco.

Meet the Parent Ambassadors!

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

Debbie Smith

Debbie 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

Eric Marenoff

Eric Marenoff, Simi Valley, CA

Eric’s daughter Jessica is a senior studying early childhood development. She currently lives on campus. Eric enjoys Parents & Families events such as Summer Send-Off parties and Homecoming & Family Weekend. Email Eric at

Isabelle Johnston

Isabelle Johnston, Antelope, CA

Isabelle is an alumnus of Sacramento State. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Her son is a sophomore, studying Mechanical Engineering and Physics. He lives at home with Isabelle in Antelope. Isabelle believes that a college degree enables students to get successful careers and brighter futures. Email Isabelle 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

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