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Business Advisory Council
The Business Advisory Council (BAC) provides input and assistance to the College of Business (COB) as it seeks to fulfill its mission, including issues related to resource development, external relations, and strategic planning. The BAC is comprised of alumni, community leaders, corporate partners, and other friends of the University. Individuals selected have demonstrated leadership in their chosen field, and are committed to the mission, vision, and success of the COB.
John 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.
President and CEO, Five Star Bank
Mr. Beckwith has served as Five Star Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2003. Mr. Beckwith is deeply connected to the Sacramento community and has chaired several community-based organizations including the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Valley Vision and KVIE (the local PBS affiliate). Mr. Beckwith is currently the Chair of the Western Bankers Association, a Private Sector Director with Greater Sacramento Economic Council, a board member of Crocker Art Museum and a member of the Sacramento State University College of Business Advisory Council. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington where he was class president. In 2020, Mr. Beckwith was recognized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce as the Businessman of the Year. He was named among the Most Admired CEO's of 2020 by the Sacramento Business Journal. In 2021, Five Star Bank received the 2021 Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber Corporate Steward Award and the 2021 Corporate Champion of the Year Award from the Sacramento Business Journal.
Vice President of Enterprise Analytics at Altais Health
James Berkery is currently the Vice President of Enterprise Analytics at Altais Health, an organization dedicated to activating an exceptional healthcare system that cultivates the health and well-being of physicians, patients, and the clinical community. He leads teams in Actuarial Services, Financial Planning, and Healthcare Analytics. A healthcare industry veteran, James has served in different roles across the care continuum for nearly 20 years in hospitals, insurers and providers spanning operations, finance, and technology roles. He is active with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), currently pursuing a fellowship and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). James is a proud product of California public universities, graduating from University of California - San Diego (UCSD) with a degree in Economics and completed his Master’s in Business Administration at California State University Sacramento. He has had the privilege to serve as a mentor through the UCSD Alumni Association and industry programs. He is grateful and excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the Business Advisory Council. He resides in Granite Bay, with his wife, an Oncology Nurse, and two children. Outside of work, he is very engaged in his children's scholastic and sporting activities.
CFO of Rhombus Systems, Inc.
Paul Coccovillo is the CFO of Rhombus Systems, Inc., a next generation video security company that is working on blending A.I. and machine learning to advance the field of safety. Paul has over 20 years of finance experience and progressive leadership positions throughout the tech industry in Silicon Valley having worked in 4 other start-ups previously. He joined Rhombus Systems in 2021.
Before joining Rhombus Systems Paul was with Unicorn companies Oculus VR, Juul Labs, and held roles at Meta (Previously Facebook), and Microsoft. Paul has an undergraduate degree in Accountancy from Bentley University in Waltham, MA, and an MBA in Corporate Finance from California State University, Sacramento.
K-deep Dhaliwal, Partner Moss Adams LLP
K-deep received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (Accountancy) from CSU Sacramento in 2005. After working in finance and operations in the wine industry from 2005 to 2007, K-deep joined the firm of Moss Adams where he currently serves as a leader of the audit practice for the Northern California region of the firm as well as the Agribusiness practice leader for California. K-deep leads a team of over 150 auditors, CPAs, and agribusiness experts. In 2021, K-deep was recognized as a member of the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class. K-deep resides in Folsom, CA with his wife and their 3 children.
President and Founder of Estrada Consulting, Inc. (ECI)
Rafael Estrada is the President and Founder of Estrada Consulting, Inc. (ECI), a leading IT consulting company based in Sacramento. Under Rafael's leadership, ECI's senior teams have delivered IT solutions to over 35 state organizations spanning more than 20 years. Recently, ECI expanded its operations to Mexico and opened an office in Guadalajara to support nearshore development projects. ECI specializes in various areas including business intelligence, application development, enterprise architecture, project and program management, as well as COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) and software solutions.
Rafael holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Sacramento State, which he earned in 1995. He further pursued his education and obtained an MBA in 1998. Additionally, he actively participates in Sacramento State's Professional Pathways Networking Program, where he offers business leadership mentoring to current students.
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.
HR Organizational Training and Development Manager, InterWest Insurance Services
Dana is a Senior Human Resources leader and business partner who brings over thirty years of managerial, operational, and human resource expertise. Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Personnel and Industrial Relations from San Francisco State University and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University. She has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors in Environmental Protection, Real Estate, Telecommunications, and in Insurance.
Dana worked for the Sierra Club for fourteen years and served as the Director of Employee Relations at their headquarters office in San Francisco. In 2008 she moved to Sacramento and married her husband Bob who is a Sacramento State Alumni. After moving to the Sacramento area, she served as Director of Human Resources for InterWest Insurance Services until 2019 when she changed her role to focus on her love of training, development, and oversite of their internship program. The internship program has successfully introduced many students from universities such as Sacramento State, Chico State, and Sonoma State to a career in insurance.
As a HR Organizational Training and Development Manager, Dana champions student entry and career development in our business community. She takes pride in designing and implementing strategies and programs to motivate, engage, and educate a committed high performing workforce.
Senior Business Advisor to Chief Human Resources Officer
Gail has been with VSP Global Human Resources for nearly 25 years, currently serving as the Senior Business Advisor to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). In this role, Gail manages key initiatives and high-level projects assigned to the CHRO from VSP’s Chief Executive Officer/President and Board of Directors; ensures successful implementation of HR initiatives/objectives and recommends solutions thereof; and serves as trusted advisor and confidant to the CHRO. Previous roles at VSP include HR Operations Manager, HR Business Specialist, Communications Specialist, Generalist, Trainer and Recruiter. Gail is sought after for her expertise in operational efficiencies, process improvement and communications.
Gail is a former inaugural Board Member of VSP’s Political Action Committee. Active in the community, she volunteers as a Foundation Committee Member and workshop facilitator for the Youth Leadership Collaborative sponsored by the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce; and has also donated her time to teach Human Resources and process improvement workshops to small business owners through the Women’s Business Center at California Capital Financial Development Corporation.
Gail has an Associate Arts Degree in Legal Assisting; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Human Resources (2004) and a Master of Business Administration for Executives (2011) both from California State University, Sacramento. She regularly participates in the EMBA Program’s recruitment and orientation events; enjoys mentoring young people; is avid sports fan (Sac Kings, 49ers!); and also does print/web/commercial work as a lifestyle model.
David J. Lopez is a professional investor focused on public markets and startups. He previously worked as a portfolio manager managing investment selection and allocation for ultra-high net worth individuals, foundations, and institutional clients, and on buy-side investment teams overseeing billions in assets.
David graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and a minor in Government, where he served as President of the Student Investment Fund, a program he remains engaged with.
He currently serves as a board member at the University Foundation at Sacramento State where he leverages his background on the Finance Committee, and funds the David J. Lopez Scholarship for Diversity in Financial Services which provides financial support to high achieving students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. David is also an active member of the Sacramento Angels, serving on the deal selections team. While in college, he was also appointed to a Sacramento County planning advisory council where he served as Co-Chairman.
Executive Director, Community Impact & Public Affairs
Chelsea Minor is the Corporate Director for Consumer & Public Affairs for Raley's, an innovative, regional, family-owned grocery chain, operating in Northern California & Nevada. She serves as the spokeswoman for the organization, while developing and executing the company's consumer, public affairs and brand reputation strategies. She manages Raley's brand and external communication, including customer engagement, media relations, blogs, social media, sports marketing and community relations. Minor graduated from California State University Stanislaus with a degree in Social Science and completed her Master’s in Business Administration for Executives at California State University Sacramento.
SVP/Chief Operations Officer and Chief DE&I Officer, Five Star Bank
Ms. Ramirez has extensive experience in senior level banking and is skilled in strategic operational process and sales management. Ms. Ramirez serves on the board of directors of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber and the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber PAC. She also serves on the board of directors of the Sacramento Black Chamber and the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. She also serves on the board of directors of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and is a member of the Sacramento State University College of Business Advisory Council. In 2022, Ms. Ramirez was recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal among Women Who Means Business honorees and was among the Sacramento Bee’s inaugural class of Top 25 Latino Change Makers. Ms. Ramirez graduated from UC Davis, with a BS in Psychology and BA in Spanish and from Sacramento State, with an MBA. She is also a graduate of CBA Executive Banking School.
Dana C. Smith
Director, US 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.
Director of Community Relations, Outreach & Support for SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District).
In this role, Staley-Brooks manages and oversees SMUD's community outreach programs, initiatives, partnerships, tradeshows, sponsorships, and events. She also develops and maintains relationships with community-based organizations, businesses and ethnic communities to promote customer education and achieve SMUD's business and community goals in support of our diversity and inclusion principles.
Prior to SMUD, Staley-Brooks has 18-years of experience as an Executive Director of 2 major Non-Profits - Nehemiah Community Foundation (NCF) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento. She holds a BA in Child Development and an MBA from Sacramento State. She is a Senior Fellow of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program, Leadership CA and Leadership Sacramento.
Staley-Brooks has received numerous local recognitions including the Sacramento Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 and Women Who Mean Business awards and the CSUS Distinguished Alumni Award to name a few. She serves on the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Board, Advisory Council for Sacramento State Anchor University Council and is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.
Executive Officer, Franchise Tax Board of California
Selvi Stanislaus was appointed the Executive Officer of the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) on January 11, 2006.
As FTB’s fourth Executive Officer and the first woman to hold this position, Selvi oversees the second-largest tax department in the nation, with more than 6,000 employees in California and its three out-of-state offices in New York, Chicago and Houston.
Under Selvi’s Leadership, the FTB has:
• Increased development of a positive workplace culture that has made FTB a destination employer.
• Successfully launched the Enterprise Data to Revenue (EDR) Project. The project’s one-time costs were approximately $522 million with over $5.1 billion in revenue collected by the FTB for the State of California.
• Launched a new, streamlined version of FTB’s public website focused on an improved user experience.
• Successfully implemented growth of Leadership Development Programs. These programs are a key component of FTB’s strategic commitment to invest in their employees.
• Enhanced MyFTB, a FTB website tool that provides taxpayers and representatives access to more tax information, new self-service options, and an improved platform for communicating.
• FTB effectively administered new tax programs such as the California Earned Income Tax Credit and Young Child Tax Credit which provide refundable (cash-back) credits for qualified lower income working Californians.
Tim Stenvick, CPA
Tim retired in 2019 after 37 years of professional experience with Deloitte. Tim was the Managing Partner for Deloitte’s Sacramento office for many years and also held other leadership roles for the firm. While at Deloitte, Tim led the Firm’s services to many large public and private organizations, and advised his clients on numerous corporate finance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, and equity and bond offerings. Tim’s clients included some of the most well-known organizations in the US. Over the years, Tim has had extensive interaction with the governing boards of both public and private entities.
Since retiring, Tim has remained active in both his local and professional community, and he is a past president and current board member of several organizations.
Tim received his BS degree in accounting from California State University, Sacramento.
Divisional President & Head of Community Banking, SoFi 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.