CBA Advisory Council

The CBA Advisory Council (CBAAC) provides input and assistance to Sacramento State’s College of Business Administration as it seeks to fulfill its mission, including to the College Dean on issues related to programs and curriculum, resource development, external relations, and strategic planning. The CBAAC is comprised of a cross-section of corporate, alumni, and government leaders. Individuals selected have demonstrated leadership in their chosen field, and are committed to the mission, vision, and success of the CBA.

John AllenJohn L. Allen

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley

John grew up in Sacramento and joined Merrill Lynch in 1995 where he eventually established the Allen Feest Group, relocating his team August 2016 to Morgan Stanley. He is a co-founder and board member of the Sacramento Angels (a private investment group), president and CEO of Loomis Tank Lines, Inc., President of A&H Ventures, founding member of Sacramento Business Owners. He graduated from Sac State in 1969 with a BS in accounting.

John AllenJames Beckwith

President and CEO, Five Star Bancorp.

James is President & CEO, Five Star Bank and its holding company, Five Star Bancorp. He has served on the College of Business Administration Business Advisory Council. He is a member of the President’s Campaign Committee. He also serves on the boards of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, KVIE, Valley Vision, and the California Independent Bankers. His past service includes LEED (Linking Education & Economic Development) and SACTO. He received his BS from San Francisco State University in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Jill BrownJill Brown

President, Principal Funds Distributor

Prior to being appointed to her position in 2010, Jill was Chief Financial Officer of Principal Financial Group. Jill has been instrumental in securing gifts from Principal for scholarships and for financial services equipment (i.e. Bloomberg Terminals) for our Finance concentration. Principal as provided gifts in excess of $70,000 to the CBA, including $25,000 in each of the last two years. They have also approved $25,000 for our Bloomberg Business Terminals.

Crystal ColemanCrystal Coleman

Partner, Assurance Services

Crystal Coleman is an audit principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, the Minneapolis-based accounting firm that recently merged with Sacramento's Gallina LLP. Prior to the merger, she was an audit partner with Gallina. Crystal served as a part-time lecturer in the College of Business where she taught both undergraduate and graduate level accounting courses for about 14 years. She previously served on the University Enterprises, Inc. Board of Directors and as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees of the Sacramento Construction Management Education Foundation (SCMEF), the private foundation that supports the Sacramento State Construction Management Program. Crystal is a licensed CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

Matt ColognaMatt Cologna

Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield.

Matt is on the Board of the Alumni Association and Vice President of their Membership and Fund Development Committee. He graduated from Sac State in 1994 with a degree in Strategic Management and received a College of Business Administration Alumni Award in 2009. He is married to Christine Cologna '94 (Business Administration). He and Christina are lifetime Alumni Association members.

Deanna DalyDeanna Daly

Principal, The Daly Consulting Group

Deanna is currently the principal of her own business, The Daly Consulting Group. She is also a professor in the College of Business. Deanna has been a long time board member of the Business Alumni Chapter and currently serves as the chapter's president. She is an annual Alumni Association member. Deanna graduated from Sac State in 2001 (Strategic Management and Marketing) and also received her MBA from Sac State in 2009.

Michael FabbriniMichael Fabbrini

Pacific Region Director of Finance for UNFI

Michael is the Pacific Region Director of Finance for UNFI, the nation’s largest distributor of Natural and Organic foods. He graduated from Sac State with a degree in Finance (2013) and received his MBA from Sac State (2016) while earning several recognitions, including Outstanding Student Award in Finance, MBA Outstanding Student Award, and Best MBA Public Speaker Award. Michael frequently returns to Sac State to speak at MBA information sessions and MBA Networking Association events such as the semester end Send-Offs and Professional Development Events. In 2017, he earned a certificate in Leading Strategic Growth and Change from Columbia University. In his free time, he enjoys attending live music events and classic car shows, trying new restaurants, or spending time with his better-half, Rebecca, and their two Labrador Retrievers.

Pat Fong Kushida

Pat Fong Kushida

President and CEO, Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce.

The Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce (SACC) is the largest Asian Chamber in Northern California. In 2010, she launched the California Asian Chamber of Commerce. The SACC is partners with the University to support an internship in STEM and the SACC Foundation supports the Asian Pacific American Community Leadership Scholarship Fund. Pat is on the Full Circle Advisory Committee and received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. Pat is a Sac State graduate in Marketing in 1985.

Dennis GardemeyerDennis Gardemeyer

President, Zuckerman-Heritage, Inc.

Dennis is the CEO and co-owner of Zuckerman-Heritage in Stockton, the largest sod producer in California, along with Ed Zuckerman. He is also CEO and co-owner of Zuckerman Family Farms, Inc., which rotates crops of commercial potatoes, seed potatoes, tomatoes, corn, wheat, asparagus, wine grapes and olives on over 10,000 acres in Stockton. He is also the co-owner of Heritage Land Co., Inc., which leases land, equipment and labor in the Stockton area. Since 2012, he has been Chairman of the Board of Heritage One Door and Building Solutions, LLC, which is the largest pre-hung door company in California. He is also chair of the board and co-owner of Delta Growers, Inc., a chemical and fertilizer distribution company; and on the Board of Trustees for the California Agricultural Network (CAN) Self Insured Group, the largest Agricultural SIG in the state. He has received a CBA Alumni Award in 2000 and a Distinguished Alumni Award and Order of the Hornet Award in 2001. Dennis graduated from Sac State in 1971 (Finance) and also received his MBA from Sac State in 1974.

JoDee HarrisonJoDee Harrison

Business Banking Manager, Northern and Central California Business Banking Group

A 23-year veteran of Wells Fargo, Harrison started her Wells Fargo career in 1995 as a Retail Store Teller. Her success over the years promoted her through various positions as a Customer Service Representative, Personal Banker, and Store Manager. In 2005, she followed her passion of partnering with business clients and joined the Business Banking team. Harrison has excelled during her last twelve years and has held various positions from a Business Relationship Manager to the role of Business Banking Manager. Harrison is a native of Northern California and graduated from Sac State with a degree in Business Administration in 2000.

Ken MaciasKen Macias

President and CEO, Macias Consulting Group, Inc

Ken is the Founder and a past Board Chairman of Macias Gini & O'Connell LLP, one of the fastest growing CPA firms in the nation. Ken has more than 35 years of experience in accounting. He was appointed to the prestigious AICPA Governing Council. He is the past Chair of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2003. He received an MBA from Golden Gate University and his master's degree and doctorate in public administration from USC. He received both a CBA and Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. He has two degrees from Sac State: Marketing, 1979, and MS Accountancy, 1990.

Jim PruittJim Pruitt

Vice President, LMP and Labor Relations, The Permanente Foundation LLC (Kaiser)

Jim Pruitt is Vice President of Labor Partnership and Relations for the Permanente Federation. The Federation represents the national interests of the Permanente Medical Groups which are physician-owned organizations which provide and arrange for medical care for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan members in the US. His responsibilities include: representing the Federation in working with the unions in negotiations and partnership activities. Jim has worked for Kaiser Permanente since 1974 in labor relations roles. He was in National Bargaining in 2000, 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2015. Jim graduated from the University of California in 1972 and received his Master of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University in 1974.

Robert RiviniusRobert Rivinius

Executive Director, Family Business Association of CA

Bob is the Executive Director of the Family Business Association, and new trade association representing family businesses in California and addressing public policy issues affecting family businesses. Prior to these ventures, he was the President and CEO of the California Building Industry Association. He has received a CBA Alumni Award and a Distinguished Alumni Award. Bob graduated from Sac State in 1968 with a degree in Marketing.

Debra SleighDebra Sleigh

Executive, Adventist Health IT, Cerner Corporation

Debra Sleigh recently left her position as the National Vice President of Information Technology, Strategic Transactions for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a faith-based, non-profit healthcare provider based in Colorado. CHI provides services for over 76 hospitals and 42 long-term healthcare facilities across 20 states. She was recognized by ComputerWorld Magazine as one of its “Premiere 100 IT Leaders for 2007”. She has two degrees from Sac State: Business Administration, 1983, and MS Management Information Science, 1986.

Dana C. SmithDana C. Smith

Vice President, Union Bank

Dana has been in the banking industry for over 30 years. He received an Alumni Honors Award from the Management Department of the College of Business. While he was earning his MBA, Dana was the student coordinator for the CBA's Small Business Center. He has two degrees from Sac State: Marketing, 1983, and an MBA, 1985.


Virginia VarelaVirginia Varela

President and CEO, Golden Pacific Bank

Virginia Varela is the President and CEO of Golden Pacific Bank, a Sacramento based community bank with a mission of providing exceptional personal and business banking services and creating customer loyalty and satisfaction. Virginia is a seasoned banker with over 30 years of successful community banking experience, both as a bank executive and as a former banking regulator. Virginia held various positions of authority with regulatory agencies including the Federal Reserve Bank and the US Treasury Department. She was a manager of examinations and supervision, helped develop banking law, drafted Congressional presentations, and provided expertise to financial institutions of all complexities. After retirement from the Federal government, Virginia was President of San Luis Trust Bank in San Luis Obispo, CEO of the Bank of Rio Vista, and COO of the Bank of the Orient in San Francisco, responsible for managing ten branches, including three in Hawaii, and one in China. 

Steven H. WeissSteven H. Weiss

President, The Weiss Group, LLC

Steve has years of experience guiding companies as they evolve, expand and succeed through the consulting firm he started in 2007. He was previously the Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs at the Sacramento Bee, Board Chairman at KVIE Public Television and the Director of UC Davis Presents. He is a member of the Capital Public Radio Board of Directors.