Robert S. Nelsen

President, Sacramento State

Robert S. Nelsen is the eighth president of California State University, Sacramento.

Prior to his arrival at Sacramento State, President Nelsen spent more than 20 years as a leader in Texas higher education, most recently as a special advisor to the University of Texas’ executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. From 2010 to 2014, Nelsen was president of the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, a position he held until the university merged with its sister campus in Brownsville to form the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Much of Nelsen’s academic career was at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he served as vice provost. He also launched its creative writing program and received the Chancellor’s Council Award for Outstanding Teaching. From there, he moved on to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he was associate vice president for Academic Affairs and a professor of English.

President Nelsen holds a doctorate with an emphasis in philosophy, political science and literature from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought.

Robert Nelsen

Pam Stewart

Former CEO, CPS-HR Consulting and Community Volunteer

Pam Stewart is a longtime supporter of Sac State, serving on the Foundation Board and the President’s Committee, among others. She was a charter board member and CEO of an international HR/Management Consulting organization and in retirement has redirected her energy to consulting and volunteering. She is passionate about Sac State and its students. 

In 2011, Stewart was honored with a President’s Medal for her outstanding service to the University and has also been named an Honorary Alumna. Stewart serves on numerous boards for professional and charitable organizations, including the local and national American Leadership Forum and the United Way-California Capital Region.

Pam Stewart

Alice Perez ’99

Chair, Audit Committee
External Affairs Manager, AT&T

Alice Perez ’99 (Business Administration) is an external affairs manager for AT&T.

She previously led the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She was named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s Women who Mean Business in 2013. The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient also received KVIE’s Hispanic Community Leader Award in 2006. Perez is a founding board member of City Year Sacramento.

Alice Perez

Holly Tiche ’89

Secretary and Co-chair, Governance Committee
President, Placer Ranch

Holly Tiche ’89 (Accounting) is president of Placer Ranch, a large development in Placer County which has provided acreage for a proposed satellite campus. The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient has chaired numerous capital campaigns and fundraising events in the region for local non-profit causes and higher education. 

Holly Tiche

Tina Treis ’80

Chief Financial Officer and Co-chair, Governance Committee
Partner, Crowe Horwath LLP

Tina Treis ’80 (Business Administration-Accountancy) is a devoted supporter of Sac State and her community. She is a former Sac State Alumni Association president and has been an Alumni Association member for more than 25 years.

Treis has also volunteered with Leadership Sacramento, the Sacramento Science Center and the Roseville Urban Forest Foundation. The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP.

Tina Treis

Christine Ault

Brand Consultant, 3fold Communications

Christine is a proven communications professional with long-standing relationships across the Greater Sacramento community. She has years of experience spanning radio, television, newspaper, start-up ventures, nonprofit organizations, private industry and public agencies. Since 2008, Christine has provided freelance communications services to some of Sacramento's top agencies, local companies and nonprofits.

Christine grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating in 1992 with a BA in Communication Studies from Sacramento State. She chose to launch her life and career in Sacramento and hopes to continue growth while bringing her talents to Sacramento State.


Margot Bach ’72

Small Business Owner, Miz BunnyCakes Bakery

A former Sacramento State Alumni Association president, Margot Bach ’72 (English) continues to support her alma mater, and many other non-profit organizations in the area. She recently retired from her position as an information officer with the communications office for the California Department of Corrections.

Bach is an active volunteer for the Junior League of Sacramento, Eskaton Foundation Board, River City Community Services Food Bank, Trinitiy Cathedral Church and the Samaritan Counseling Center.

Margot Bach

David Bugatto ’86

President and CEO, Alleghany Properties LLC

David Bugatto ’86 (Business Administration) joined Alleghany Properties as senior vice president in 1994 and became president and CEO in 2000. He previously worked as vice president of the real estate investments division of Sacramento Savings Bank. Bugatto serves on Sac State’s Honors Advisory Board.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is a director of Sonoma West Holdings, Inc., a managing trustee of the Lambda Chi Alpha Scholarship Fund and an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

David Bugatto

Sonney Chong

Dentist, Dental Office of Sonney L. Chong

Sonney Chong has been practicing dentistry in the Sacramento area since 1981 and has been recognized for his professional excellence numerous times, including being named a “Top Dentist” in 2012 and 2013 by Sacramento Magazine.

Chong is chair of the California Exposition and the State Fair Board of Directors, chair of the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership, and a member of the Sacramento Outreach Community Advisory Board.

Sonney Chong

Mark Drobny

Founder, Drobny Law Offices

Mark Drobny has volunteered countless hours and helped direct more than $40 million in planned gifts through conducting Sacramento State’s popular Estate Planning 101, and now 201, seminars to help potential donors understand the benefits of planned giving.

Drobny founded the Drobny Law Offices in 1989. He is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law. A recipient of the President’s Medal, Drobny has served on the boards of the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Sutter Hospitals Foundation and St. Hope Academy. 

Mark Drobny

Roxanne Elliott

Administrator, Elliott Family Foundation

Roxanne Elliott serves as foundation administrator for The Harry C. & Deborah L. Elliott Foundation, the philanthropic arm of builder and developer Elliott Homes. In addition to her work with Elliott, Roxanne volunteers for several other local nonprofit organizations.

Originally from the Bay Area, Roxanne moved to the Sacramento Area at age nine, where she remained through high school. She received her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from Scripps College in Claremont, a master’s degree in teaching and an additional master’s in translation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Roxanne spent a decade in Europe and Asia working as a translator and teacher before returning to Sacramento with her family in 2008.


Vanessa Guerra '08

Community Development Manager, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

Vanessa Guerra is a community development professional with over 10 years of experience working on community development initiatives including community planning strategies and managing the development of safe and sustainable affordable housing throughout the Sacramento Region.

Ms. Guerra’s current role as Community Development Manager for Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a tribal government recognized by the United States, involves managing the implementation of local economic development, resource allocation, technical assistance and community development initiatives that improve the lives of Native people and citizens of California.

Ms. Guerra also serves as a Board member for the California Coalition for Rural Housing, an organization that advocates for rural housing improvement throughout the State of California and focuses to strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit and public sectors to provide affordable housing and related facilities throughout the rural regions of the State.


Paul Lau ’84

Chief Grid Strategy and Operations Officer, SMUD

Paul Lau '84 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) is the chief grid strategy and operations officer at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). He is responsible for the operations of SMUD's power markets, transmission and distribution grids, including the Balancing Authority of Northern California, the development of a holistic smart grid strategy and SMUD's research and development programs. 

Lau serves on a number of boards, including the Transmission Agency of Northern California and Smart Electric Power Alliance. He's also the past chair of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce and is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum. 


Bob MacIntosh '61

Retired President and CEO, Pier 39

Bob retired from Pier 39 in 2012 after 30 years with the company. In this role, Bob was responsible for managing over 200,000 square feet that housed multiple businesses, including gift shops, eateries, and activities such as cruises and amusement park rides. He has vast experience in real estate management and retail industries, including 10 years at Price Waterhouse and over 10 years with Lucky Stores and Pacific Stereo Corporation. Bob has serves on the boards of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the California Travel Industry Association.

Bob has been a steadfast supporter of Sacramento State. He is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, has served multiple years on the College of Business Administration Advisory Council and has hosted past alumni events in San Francisco.


Garry Maisel ’80

President and CEO, Western Health Advantage

In 1996, Garry Maisel ’80 (Business Administration-Finance) was the first employee of Western Health Advantage, a non-profit organization that now includes 250 employees and more than 130,000 members. Maisel is an active community board member, he currently lends his expertise and experience to Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE), Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council and the American Heart Association, among others.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is active with numerous other non-profits, including Valley Vision, the Mercy Foundation, B Street Theatre and Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Garry Maisel

Sue McGinty

Chair and Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Physical Therapy

Susan McGinty is an exceptional friend to Sacramento State and the Sacramento community. Her contributions on and off campus reflect the impact of her work as a physical therapist, professor, and community advocate. Mrs. McGinty played a pivotal role in securing the program’s initial accreditation which provided an affordable path for the region’s students pursuing an education in physical therapy.

Mrs. McGinty was elected department chair in 1996 and, for the next 16 years, led the department through significant change, including the transition of the bachelor’s into a master’s degree program; in 2011 the University officially moved to establish the doctoral program, Sac State’s second.

Since her retirement, Mrs. McGinty has pursued her advocacy efforts community-wide. She continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member, worked as a professional advocate with the Government Affairs Committee of her professional association, with Covered California as a volunteer outreach and community educator, and with a coalition of local not-for-profits working on youth voter engagement and voter registration.


Gary Quattrin ’65

Retired Attorney

A retired attorney, Gary Quattrin ’65 (Physical Education) is a dedicated supporter of Sacramento State. He played both football and baseball for the Hornets and was an assistant football coach for many years.

Quattrin ’66 (Recreation Management), MS ‘99 has been involved with the Stinger Athletic Association, now known as the Hornet Club, and was one of the inaugural recipients of the Golden Hornet Award, now the Distinguished Alumni Award. He and his wife Judy have established numerous scholarships at Sac State. 

Gary Quattrin

Scott Syphax '91

President and Chief Executive Officer, Syphax Strategic Solutions

Scott Syphax is the CEO of Syphax Strategic Inc., a full-service management consulting and business development firm focused on the real estate development, financial services, and healthcare sectors. For 16 years, Scott served as Chairman & CEO of The Nehemiah Companies, a national financial services, and real estate development firm. Syphax serves on the boards of NORCAL Mutual Insurance, Medicus Insurance, FD Insurance, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, MLK365, Nehemiah Community Foundation and the Sacramento Community Regional Foundation. Scott is the founder of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP) that trains and coaches under-represented millennial professionals for C-suite leadership positions as well as civic leadership opportunities through board service. In its 10th year, the NELP program has graduated over 120 fellows currently serving on over 250 private business, non-profit, and government boards and commissions throughout the United States.  Scott is also the Executive Producer, Head Writer and Host of Studio Sacramento, the region's Emmy award-winning program featured on PBS – KVIE Public Television.


Matt Cologna '94

Alumni Association Representative
Senior Director, Cushman and Wakefield

Matt Cologna '94 (Business Administration) is a senior director with Cushman and Wakefield. Prior to this he served as a senior vice president with Grubb and Ellis, and was in management with Sleep Train, Inc. His expertise in real estate includes landlord and tenant representation, land assemblage, user and investments sales, and consulting. Cologna devotes his time diligently between community volunteer work with Sierra Child and Family Services, the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and the Association’s Business Alumni chapter. In 2009, he received the Alumnus of the Year award from Sacramento State’s College of Business.

Matt Cologna

Bernice Bass de Martinez

Faculty Representative
Special Assistant, Office for Inclusive Excellence and the College of Arts and Letters

Dr. Bass de Martinez has taken on many leadership roles at Sacramento State, including provost, special assistant to the President, and chair of the University's Special Education, Rehabilitation and Human Services. She was also chair of Fresno State's Department of Teacher Education. 

She is also the founding chair of William V.S. Tubman University's foundation board and serves on the Elk Grove Multicultural Committee. Bass de Martinez was recently appointed to the state Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. 

Bernice Bass de Martinez

Noel Mora

Student Representative
President, Associated Students, Inc.

Noel Mora currently serves as the President and CEO of Associated Students, Inc. at Sacramento State, which enriches lives through experiential learning, student services, and leadership opportunities and is the recognized voice of students.

He completed his undergraduate degree in Government at Sacramento State, and is now pursuing a graduate degree in Public Policy and Administration. Mora has previously on the Associated Students Board of Directors as an Executive Officer. He is also an advocate for educational equity in the Sacramento area.


Craig Barth

Ex-Officio Member
Director of Finance, University Enterprises, Inc.

Craig Barth is the Chief Financial Officer for University Enterprises, Inc., a non-profit auxiliary organization of Sacramento State that creates and manages programs and services that enhance the University’s educational mission.

A certified public accountant, Barth previously served as vice president for finance
at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz. and as the chief financial officer for Century Distributors in Rockfille, Md. He worked in a similar capacity for non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.

Craig Barth