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Parent Ambassadors

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.

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.

Jodean Giese

Hometown: La Crescenta, CA

My name is Jodean and I'm from La Crescenta, California. Mt student, Robert, is a fourth-year majoring in Electrical Engineering enjoying college life here at Sac State. I'm happy to help Sac State families with anything they might need and believe that it is my role as a parent ambassador to support the Parents & Families program with their events and efforts. Email Jodean at

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Jeffrey Ingles

My name is Jeffrey Ingles and I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Both my son and daughter are attending Sac State. My son graduated from CSUS in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and minor in Counseling and will complete the mild to moderate special education teaching credential program in May 2020 — then he will continue to work towards his Master of Education/Special Education degree, also at CSUS. My daughter will graduate from CSUS in May 2020, with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, is in the Honors Program and will be applying to veterinary schools to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. I myself am a 1982 CSUS graduate and an Alumni Association Life Member. As a parent ambassador, I'm happy to help in any way I'm needed: you can ask me a

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Aury Gutierrez-Zavala

Hometown: Elk Grove, CA

My name is Aury and I'm from Elk Grove, California. I have two students on campus: Andreya is a junior majoring in Child Development and Brendon is a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology. I myself graduated from Sac State twice, for my B.A. in Ethnic Studies and an M.S. in Counseling. I love that Sac State is a very culturally diverse campus and that it cares about parents' participation on campus. As a Parent Ambassador, I want to provide more bilingual support services to our Spanish speaking parents and encourage them to be more actively engaged. Ask her a question at

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Armando Rosales

Hometown: Oxnard, CA

My name is Armando and I'm from Oxnard, California. My student, Alyssah, is a junior majoring in Criminal Justice here at Sac State. I'm a parent ambassador who is also fluent in Spanish, and want to help parents of students with any questions or concerns they might have. I want to assure them that their child has picked a great school and will do all they can to make sure their child succeeds! Email Armando with questions at

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Brenda Rosales

Hometown: Oxnard, CA

Her step-daughter Alyssah Rosales, Sac State student is majoring in Chemistry. Brenda earned her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at California Lutheran University. She is bilingual in Spanish and has volunteer experience in raising donations for Special Olympics, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and at their local relay for life chapter. Brenda would like to "serve as a role model" to her students to be involved in Sac State. Contact Brenda with your questions at

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Isabelle Johnston

Hometown: CA

Isabelle graduated with a degree in business administration from Sacramento State. Her son Nicholas, graduated with a double major in mechanical engineering and physics. Isabelle believes a college degree enables students to get successful careers and brighter futures. Email Isabelle at

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Keena Martin

My name is Keena and I'm from Sacramento, California, originally from Fresno. My student, Caprice, is a sociology major here at Sac State and is getting involved in groups and clubs across campus to figure out what she might want to do for a career. As a parent ambassador, I want to help the Parents & Families Program accomplish its overall goals and mission while building relationships with other Sac State families.

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Leslie Neri

Hometown: Norwalk, CA

My name is Leslie and I'm from Norwalk, California. My student, Eric, is a third-year civil engineering major here at Sac State. As a parent ambassador, I want to help parents struggling with their student's transition to college life and to let them know that we are here to support them with any questions or concerns we might have. I am multilingual and want to help Spanish-speaking Sac State parents as well. My email is

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Jesus Neri

Hometown: Norwalk, CA

Hello parents! My name is Jesus, but I also go by Jesse. I am from Southern California. My son Eric is a third-year student, majoring in Civil Engineering here at Sacramento State. This is our third year as parent ambassadors. So far we have had a great experience. I also speak Spanish! If anyone has any questions you can email me at We are here to help you.

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Lisa Meline

My name is Lisa and I'm from Sacramento, California. Both my husband and I are Sac State alumni from the mechanical engineering program and our youngest son is now a freshman majoring in Flute Performance. As a parent ambassador, I want to become more educated in the university's policies so I can help other parents with unique needs and challenges to be successful. I've been a student, advisor, and mentor at Sac State, and now I'm pleased to be an ambassador to help share the goodwills.