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Chapter Volunteer Service Award

Volunteer Service Awards
Alumni Chapters

The Alumni Association honors the individuals who organize and lead the large network of alumni chapters which support the work of the Association. These individuals serve as role models to current students and work tirelessly to support the constituency in which they belong.

2014 Alumni Chapter Recipients

 

Deborah Logue 
2002 B.S. Accounting and Information Systems
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter

Deborah Logue graduated from CSUN with a bachelor’s degree in accounting more than ten years ago, and has continued to dedicate herself to volunteer work at her alma mater. She currently serves as the secretary of the Accounting & Information Systems (AIS) Alumni Chapter. Deborah imparts her knowledge at various events, including the annual Meet the Firms event – the Accounting fair at which companies recruit students who are looking to advance careers in Accounting and Information Systems.

 

 

Ian Leslie  
1987 B.S. Biology   
Biology Alumni Chapter

Ian Leslie helped to re-establish the Biology Alumni Chapter in 2011 and has served as president since the chapter's formation. With his wife Kathy, a lecturer in the CSUN Department of English, Ian has established a number of scholarships that illustrate the couple’s investment in the education of undergraduate students.The couple created the Ian and Kathy Leslie Scholarship in Biology Endowment, which is awarded to biology students who juggle occupational and scholastic responsibilities.

Ian is a member of the Heritage Society Steering Committee. The Heritage Society recognizes alumni and friends of CSUN who have dedicated themselves to making a long-term financial contribution to the betterment of the campus. Ian has also served as a member of the Volunteer Leadership Summit Steering Committee. As a committee member, Ian worked  with other alums to promote a greater dedication to volunteer and advocacy work within the university. 

 

Debra Hammond 
Black Alumni Association

Debra Hammond has demonstrated an exemplary dedication to CSUN and the Black Alumni Association. She has supported the BAA in bringing programming and events that enhance the experience of African-American students, faculty, staff and alumni, including bringing the late Nobel Laureate Dr. Maya Angelou to CSUN. She also supports the BAA's reception featuring black photographers, the black faculty and staff holiday party and the black family reception at Explore CSUN. She also serves as a mentor to professional staff and faculty and has shepherded the highly successful Sistahood mentor group, which provides support to female students of African descent. 

 

Roya Gabbaie Vetter 
1985 Child and Adolescent Development 
Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter

Roya Gabbaie Vetter has been a member of the CADV Alumni chapter since 2010, participating in the assessment of chapter responsibilities and committees. Roya has been a panel member for the Peer Mentoring Event for the CADV department, sharing her professional experience with undergraduate students. In addition, she established the Nedjat Gabbaie Scholarship, which is awarded to a CADV major who intends to pursue a career working with children and adolescents who have learning disabilities. Roya has also been the Cultural Events Committee chair for the last three years. In that role, she has arranged activities for CADV alumni and supporters. 

 

Connie Stratton 
Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Chapter 

Connie Stratton is a faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. She is a clinical supervisor for CSUNFlowers, which is a preschool program made available through the Speech, Language and Hearing Center on campus. The language-based program allows young children to learn about language through interactive experiences. Connie helps CDS graduates by promoting them at professional functions and in work-related settings. She has volunteered endless hours and resources to help graduates. 

 

Daniel Rozzen
2010 B.A. Cinema and Television Arts
Entertainment Alumni Network

Daniel Rozzen graduated from CSUN in 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in cinema and television arts. Unwilling to leave his alma mater behind, he created the CSUN Entertainment Alumni Network (EAN) in 2013. As President of EAN, Rozzen advocates building a community of professional relationships and friendships that will propel the CSUN legacy into the professional world of entertainment.

 

Yvonne Sucich  
2002 B.A. Environmental and Occupational Health, 2011 M.S. Environmental and Occupational Health  
Enviornmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

As an undergrad, Yvonne Sucich was a member of EOHSA (Environmental & Occupational Health Student Association). She was also a supporter of the EOH Alumni Chapter. In 2011, she joined the alumni chapter and has come to be an essential constituent of the organization.
Yvonne has managed planning the chapter’s speed mentoring event and EOH Technical Symposium. She continues to contribute to the College of Health and Human Development as an EOH consultant, using her experience as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) to establish a standard of professionalism and service.

 

Cesar Gonzalez
2001 B.A. Finance and Real Estate
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Alumni Chapter 

Cesar Gonzales is the president of the FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) Alumni Chapter. Cesar has help to reestablish the chapter in many ways. There have been two successful mixers conducted under his leadership – one on-campus networking event and one off-campus networking event. He has instituted more meetings in order to improve club management and organization. FIRE is working to organize another event this fall. 

 

Cathy Rusch 
2008 M.S. Health Administration
Health Administration Alumni Chapter 

After earning her master's degree in 2009, Cathy Rusch joined the Health Administration Alumni Chapter (HAAC). As the board’s vice president during the 2013-2014 term , she presided over meetings and helped manage the business of the chapter. For almost two years, she has been adjunct faculty, teaching health administration to graduate students. Cathy is teaching two courses this semester.

 

Bob Tarlau
1965 B.A. Journalism 
Journalism Alumni Chapter 

A retired journalist, Bob has been serving as president of the Journalism Alumni Association for two years. As head of the alumni chapter he has guided the executive board in organizing programs that are beneficial to current journalism and public relations students. This included Speed Mentoring events connecting students with professional journalists and providing support to the Journalism Department in staging its annual Career Day. A new program added this pas year is online coaching, supported by the chapter, with the goal to help students struggling with grammar, writing style and comprehension. 

 

Griselda Corona 
2009  
La Raza Alumni Chapter 

Griselda Corona is active member of the La Raza Alumni Association (LRAA). The association is the most prevalent Latino alumni organization at the university. Though Griselda is not a board member, she is a major asset to the association. She mentors her students on how to be leaders and role models for their peers. She also gives her time fundraising for scholarships that benefit undergraduate students who pursue their educations in Chicana and Chicano Studies. In October, the association held its 45th Anniversary Benefit Concert. The concert not only raised money, but shined a light on all of the community-building work that the association is doing today. 

 

Jose J. Ramos Jr.
2011 M.P.A. Master's in Public Administration
Public Administration Alumni Chapter

Jose Ramos has always been interested in the public sector, having earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in public administration. He became vice president of the Master’s in Public Administration Alumni Chapter in 2013. In May of this year, Jose and his board hosted a grant writing workshop at Los Angeles City Hall. 

 

Kelley Cooper
2010 M.P.H. Master's in Public Health
Masters in Public Health Alumni Chapter

In September 2013, Kelley Cooper became president of the Public Health Alumni Chapter. After overcoming a number of setbacks during the early stages of her presidency, the chapter was revitalized. Throughout the past year, Kelley and her board have organized and hosted six social events, including successful networking and hiking events that have recruited dozens of members to the chapter. The chapter has numerous events planned for the upcoming year.

  

Luis O. Curiel
2003 B.A. Psychology, 2010 M.S.W. Masters in Social Work
Masters in Social Work Alumni Chapter

Luis Curiel is a field consultant for the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) public child welfare grant at CSUN. Through CalSWEC, Luis assists students in their preparation for careers in public child welfare. While completing his undergraduate study in psychology, Luis heavily invested himself in the CSUN community. After earning his master’s degree in social work, he became the founding president of the MSW Alumni Association. In Spring 2011, he became CSUN faculty, teaching child welfare services elective courses. Luis is the first CSUN MSW alumni to join faculty in the Social Work department.
Additionally, Luis is as an IUC (Inter-University Consortism) consultant and lecturer at CSUN. The IUC is a hub for social science research. Luis oversees the Child Welfare Stipend program, which provides students with funds to complete the social work program.

 

Dana Foster Armendariz
1992 B.A. Deaf Studies
National Center on Deafness Alumni Chapter

Dana Foster Armendariz is the acting chapter president of the NCOD (National Center on Deafness) Alumni Chapter. She has been with the chapter for years, having served as secretary between 2008 and 2010. NCOD provides services to deaf and hard-of-hearing CSUN students, as well as a means of networking with members of the chapter.

 

Danny R. Lopez
2012 Radiologic Sciences
Radiologic Sciences Alumni Chapter

As one of thirteen founding members of the Radiology Sciences Alumni Chapter, Daniel Lopez has made himself available to promote the betterment of the board and the development of connection between students and alumni. He participates by helping to organize and plan events. He goes a step beyond during professional development and mentoring events, encouraging students to contact him personally with any questions about his career. Daniel also serves as the chapter’s historian and photographer. 

 

2013 Alumni Chapter Recipients

 

Carlos Patron
1999 B.S. Accounting and Information Systems
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter

A member of the Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter since 2000, Carlos currently serves as president of the chapter and has played an integral part in organizing chapter events including Meet the Firms, where students engage with potential employers in a professional setting, and a faculty dinner. He and his wife — alumna Maria Patron ’93, ’99 — have solicited donations and raised funds for student scholarships. They fund two awards for the annual Accounting and Information Systems Department Student Merit Awards.

 

 

William Watkins 
1974 B.A. Urban Studies   
Black Alumni Association

William Watkins has served CSUN and the Black Alumni Association (BAA) with distinction, honor and dedication. As an undergraduate at CSUN, he was the first African-American elected Associated Students president. Beginning his career as a work-study student, William has logged nearly 40 years of continuous service as an employee at CSUN and now serves as vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. For the Black Alumni Association, William holds a special place as one of the first signatories on the chapter charter. He joined as one of the first lifetime members of the BAA and has supported all chapter events, including attending planning meetings and small gatherings. He is a recipient of the Administrator of the Year Award from the CSUN Associated Students.

 

Carol Kelly 
Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter

Emeritus professor Carol Kelly is being honored for her ongoing and significant contributions to the Child and Adolescent Development (CADV) Alumni Association Chapter. Eight years ago, Carol — with a small group of alumni — re-established the CADV Alumni Association Chapters. Carol’s professional connections at the international level have resulted in many alumni presenting at conferences, which has drawn attention to the caliber of alumni, as well as shined a spotlight on CSUN and the profession of child and adolescent development. Carol’s commitment to teaching and mentoring students was recognized in 1995, when she received the CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award. She serves on the board of the Association of Child and Youth Care Practitioners, where she has served on several national committees, including the National Certification of Child and Youth Care Professionals. In 2009, she received the CSUN Alumni Association’s Dean Ed Peckham Award.

 

Gail Wilson Lew
1986 Credentials 
Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Chapter

As a recognized fluency specialist in stuttering, Gail Wilson Lew is an adjunct instructor for the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. She also founded and supervises a stuttering clinic at CSUN’s Language, Speech and Hearing Center. She hosts numerous community events to promote stuttering awareness and to support hands-on experiences for students. Gail has worked with several school districts and was the facilitator/director of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Stuttering Association for 14 years. She has also received an honorary alumna award from the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences and a Polished Apple Award from the CSUN University Ambassadors, given to a faculty member who has made a difference in students’ academic lives. 

 

Arlene Feingold
1984 B.A. Environmental and Occupational Health, 1991 M.S. Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

Arlene Feingold has been a valued contributor to the Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Alumni Chapter board for several years. Arlene’s support of the EOH Annual Technical Symposium has been instrumental in its continued success. The symposium is attended by more than 150 professionals and students each year. Her personal efforts securing sponsors and attendees for the 2013 symposium allowed the chapter to fund student and laboratory needs through the Ralph Jones Giving Fund. 

 

Roberta Wax
1973 B.A. Journalism
Journalism Alumni Association

Roberta Wax has been volunteering at CSUN since she was a journalism student. After graduation, she joined the professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and continued to be active with the student chapter at CSUN as a tutor, mentor, guest speaker and fundraiser for the Department of Journalism. Roberta has been a member of the Journalism Alumni Association (JAA) executive board for several years and serves as the editor of JAA’s newsletter, The Full Scoop. Currently, she is JAA’s vice president and was recently involved in organizing a successful speed mentoring event, bringing in editors, reporters and public relations professionals to talk with students about careers. 

 

Mitzuko Osuna 
2011 M.P.A. Public Administration  
Masters of Public Administration

Mitzuko has been a vital member of the Masters in Public Administration Alumni Chapter executive board, serving as treasurer, and as the current president. In addition to overseeing the chapter’s finances, she was a key contributor to the development of a five-year strategic plan for the chapter. The only chapter member who was part of a cohort during her studies, Mitzuko provided information to other chapter members on the operations of the cohorts and reached out to her fellow cohort members to join the chapter. She also worked diligently to plan, promote and successfully execute the 2012 Annual MPA Student Alumni Networking Event.

 

 

Bob Ortego 
1985 Radiological Sciences
Radiological Sciences 

As a founding member and first president of the recently chartered Radiological Sciences Alumni Chapter, Bob Ortego has been responsible for steering the new association and reconnecting a group of alumni who had never been formally organized. He serves as a proactive board member, running monthly meetings, and is playing a key role in organizing a radiological sciences alumni reunion. Bob is a principal radiation protection specialist for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health–Radiation Management and has been a part-time instructor in the radiologic technology program, which deals with the importance of radiation protection in the healthcare environment. 

2012 Alumni Chapter Recipients

 VSA_Susan Barney

Susan Barney
2004 B.S. Accounting
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter

Despite a demanding schedule as a tax professional, Susan Barney has played a key role in the management of the Accounting & Informations Systems Chapter. Now in her second term as treasurer of the chapter, Susan has participated in many events and programs such as Meet the Firms and the annual awards banquet. Last year, for her continuing support of Alpha Beta Psi, the national accounting student honor society, she was named an honorary member.

 VSA_Hasmig Baran

Hasmig Baran
1995 Credentials, 1997 M.A. _____
Alumni and Friends of the Armenian Studies Program

An educator in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Hasmig Baran is a teacher and GATE coordinator at the North Hollywood High School Humanitas School for Advanced Studies. As a very active member of the Armenian community in greater Los Angeles, she holds leadership positions in many organizations. For several years, Hasmig has served as the president of the Alumni and Friends of the Armenian Studies Program (AFASP) at CSUN. As such, she has promoted CSUN within the Armenian community at large. She has been involved in fundraising and organizing events, including banquets, to promote the AFASP and scholarship programs. She is an exemplary ambassador of CSUN.

 VSA_Shante Morgan Durisseau

Shanté Morgan-Durisseau
1990 B.A. Journalism
Black Alumni Association

Under Shanté Morgan-Durisseau’s leadership, the Black Alumni Association was granted a charter from the CSUN Alumni Association board of directors on Sept. 27, 2011. As president, Shanté led the new organization through its inaugural year with vision, commitment and dedication. In seeking a charter, Shanté engaged alumni from diverse academic units who graduated from the 1970s to the present. She worked to host an inaugural reception in November of 2011, where Assemblyman Mike Davis, a CSUN alumnus, served as the keynote speaker. She also collaborated with the Department of Pan African Studies in celebration of its 42nd anniversary. When John Harris was selected as the first African-American alumnus to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award, Shanté coordinated an event for undergraduate students to meet him. She also collaborated with the students coordinating the 41st annual Black Graduation Celebration.

 VSA_Joyce Munsch

Joyce Munsch, Ph.D.  
Faculty
Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter

Joyce Munsch has served as the department faculty liaison to the Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter for five years. Her contributions have been significant, diverse and important to the chapter’s success, including sponsorship of the Edith Munsch Scholarship to a First Generation Student, moderating panels at chapter programs, and encouraging faculty to attend and support student attendance at chapter programs and events. A co-author of three textbooks, Joyce has donated copies of “Child Development: An Active Learning Approach” to be used as door prizes at chapter-sponsored events. At CSUN, she has administered the Jumpstart program for more than nine years. Joyce's commitment to community service learning was recognized in 2005, when she was awarded the CSUN Faculty Senate Visionary Community Service Learning Award. Her consistent support of the alumni chapter, sharing of her expertise and modeling volunteer involvement makes her an invaluable volunteer and mentor.

 VSA_Laurie Cartwright

Laurie Cartwright
1970 B.A. ________, 1992 Credentials, 1992 M.S. ____
Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Chapter

For more than 10 years, Laurie Cartwright has worked at CSUN as a clincial supervisor and an instructor for the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. As a certified speech-language pathologist, she supervises students in performing hearing and speech screenings. She is an avid supporter of the alumni chapter, attending its events and programs. She also promotes activities of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Additionally, she lends her expertise and experience to the summer boot camps offered by the Language, Speech and Hearing Center.

 

Robert Finkelstein
1978 M.S. _____
Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

Although he served as a speed mentor several times over the years, Robert Finkelstein fully reconnected with the Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Alumni Chapter in August 2010. As a new board member, he took on the responsibility of serving as Lead Chair for the 2010 Speed Mentoring Event. With the unfortunate illness and passing of Chapter President Ralph Jones, Robert stepped in as president in November that year and worked closely with the chapter board, the EOH department, EOHSA Student Organization and Alumni Relations to manage and present the 2011 Technical Symposium event and speed mentoring events. This year he co-chairs the planning committee for the 2012 Speed Mentoring Event and 2013 Technical Symposium. Over the years, the Technical Symposium has become a premier event recognized nationally by academic and professional communities. The Speed Mentoring Event and the Symposium drew between 160 and 180 participants. He also developed a formal Chapter Plan, reaching out to students, faculty, university and the business community to support and enhance the already successful outreach of EOH graduates.

 VSA_Joel Fisher

Joel Fisher
2007 MPA Masters of Public Administration
Masters of Public Administration Alumni Chapter

As former treasurer and current president of the Masters in Public Administration Chapter, Joel Fisher has worked diligently to revive a previously inactive program, leading a new and energetic chapter board of directors. He has worked to plan, promote, execute and improve participation in the Annual MPA Student/Alumni Networking Event, resulting in a four-fold increase in attendance. Joel has worked to develop the chapter website to include useful features such as career and job links, video library and an alumni showcase. In addition, he initiated the process of developing a five-year chapter strategic plan. During his tenure as president, Fisher has attended the CSUN Inaugural Volunteer Leadership Summit, participated in the CSUN Government and Community Relations’ Inaugural Legislative Advocacy Training, and attended the 2012 CSUN Distinguished Alumni Awards.

2011 Alumni Chapter Recipients

 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Mahin AlamdariMahin Alamdari
2005 B.A. Child Development, 2007 M.S. Educational Psychology
Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter

Mahin Alamdari has provided leadership in the Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter for five years. She has served as scholarship chair, vice president, president, and past president during which time she assumed the president’s responsibilities when the president was on maternity leave. During her administration, the chapter has presented high quality professional development opportunities for alumni, undergraduates and others interested in topics such as childhood obesity and careers within the profession. To thank CSUN professors and the department for her high quality education, she sponsors the Alamdari Scholarship to support a deserving student‘s continuing education. Mahin has mentored many students and alumni. She is knowledgeable and shares her expertise as a therapist and refers those she mentors to appropriate graduate programs, internships and potential positions in this profession. Because of Mahin’s expertise in cultural diversity, she was encouraged to work with two other alumni to present a workshop at the North American International Child and Youth Care Conference in 2006.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Leslie MartinLeslie Martin
1984 B.A.   ______, 1986 M.A. Communicative Disorders, 1986 Credential
Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Chapter

Leslie Martin has been very supportive of the Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Association (CDSAA) as an organizer and leader.   Involved with the CDSAA for a decade, Leslie is a reliable volunteer and always willing to share her knowledge and expertise.  She has served on the association board of directors and has coordinated the career panel to help mentor CDS students about the speech-language pathology profession. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Ty AvendanoTy Avendano
1993 B.S. Health Sciences
Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

Ty Avendano has been a steady contributor to the Enivronmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Alumni Chapter since its inception.  Despite his busy schedule, he is an individual the board and members can count on to get things done.  Ty's support for the annual EOH Speed Mentoring event, including serving as a mentor, helped to insure a successful program.  As a team member for the annual EOH Technical Symposium, the program and communications were properly handled and the event was outstanding.  His insight and input have truly helped the chapter become a successful group. At CSUN, he continues to be a member of executive board of the EOH Chapter.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Talin KeshishianTalin Keshishian
2006 B.A. Sociology, 2009 M.P.A. Masters in Public Administration
Masters in Public Administration Alumni Chapter

When Talin Keshishian received her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree in 2009, the MPA Alumni Chapter had been inactive.  As chapter president, Talin revived a previously defunct alumni chapter and formulated a strong board of directors, along with an advisory committee and spearheaded initiatives to restore program interest for alumni and students.  She provided networking resources, job assistance, and social and professional outreach to alumni and students alike. In her leadership role, Talin recruited prospective students to the Master's program and fundraised for the chapter. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Adria RhyneAdria Rhyne
2007 B.A. Art
National Center On Deafness Alumni Chapter

Adria Ryhne received a B.A. in Graphic Design from CSUN in 2007.  As a volunteer for the National Center on Deafness (NCOD) Alumni Chapter, she was instrumental in creating beautiful artwork for the chapter’s 2010 reunion, including brochures, posters and signage.  Her other services to the NCOD include designing artwork for the Sign n Run, De’Via Art Galas, interpreter workshops and student leadership conferences.  Adria also helps out the NCOD staff and deaf CSUNians on various projects. Adria has received two NCOD Art Awards for Granville Redmond calendar in 2006 and art projects in 2008. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Felicia ConlanFelicia Conlan
2009 M.S. Communicative Disorders and Sciences
Communicative Disorders and Sciences Alumni Chapter

Since receiving her Masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) Felicia Conlan has been president of the CDS Alumni Association (CDSAA).  Under her leadership the chapter has been actively involved with the department sponsoring programs focused on mentorship, professional development, membership recruitment and social events. They also organize professional development workshops and seminars and support the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. As an alumna, she has participated in the CSUN Visiting Professor for a Day and was the alumni representative for the College of Health and Human Development 2010 Commencement. She participated in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Minority Student Leadership Program and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the San Fernando Valley Alumnae of Zeta Tau Alpha. She is involved with the CDSAA Alum Chum Mentor-Mentee Program which offers one-to-one mentoring for CSUN students, recent graduates and CDS alumni returning to the workplace.

2010 Alumni Chapter Recipients

 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Maria PatronMaria Patron
1993 B.S. Accounting, 1999 Credential
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter

The AIS Alumni Chapter is honored to recognize Maria Patron for her many years of dedicated service to the chapter and the department.  A member of the executive board since 2002, her support included two years as chapter president in which she was instrumental in attracting over seventy-five alumni members to attend CSUN’s 50th Grand Reunion.  Maria also has solicited donations and raised funds for student scholarships, including two awards which she and her husband, alum Carlos Patron ’99, fund for the annual Accounting and Information System Department Student Merit Awards each year.

 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Ara InjiianAra Injejikian
1985 B.A. History
Alumni and Friends of the Armenian Studies Program

As the founding president of the Friends of the Armenian Studies Program, Ara Injejikian has played an active role in raising awareness of the program in the Armenian community. Since organizing the first annual banquet he continues to work with Alumni & Friends of the Armenian Studies Program by being instrumental in fundraising for the program.  In addition, he encourages high school graduates to attend CSUN and to participate in the Armenian Studies Program.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Houri KeshishianHoury Keshishian
1998 B.A. Child Development, 2001 M.S. Family and Consumer Sciences
Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter

Houri Keshishian has served on the Child and Adolescent Development Steering Committee for three years. She has assumed responsibilities as chair or co-chair of the social committee and in this capacity she managed hospitality for all chapter events including the annual Fall Welcome, professional development programs, and the Celebrating Excellence end of the year event. Houri has not only volunteered her time and expertise but has also involved other alumni in the social realm of the program. She is reliable and volunteers to assume various responsibilities which enhance the development of the chapter.  Her expertise within the child development field is readily shared with undergraduates as well as alumni. She has also volunteered in CSUN’s Armenian Department.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Helen Sherman WadeHelen Sherman Wade
1976 M.A. Communicative Disorders, 19__ Credential 
Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Association

Helen Sherman Wade has contributed a great deal to the CSUN Communication Disorders and Sciences Department, CDS Alumni Association and to the speech-language pathology students.  She generously shares her knowledge, talents, and resources and has been an invaluable asset to the community.  She is sought both locally and nationally for her advice as a speech-language pathologist.  Her volunteer spirit and love for CSUN are evidenced by her generous contributions to both the CDS Department and the Alumni Association. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Hebrew University in Israel, Helen came to CSUN and earned a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders with a minor and teaching credential in Special Education and a credential in Speech Pathology.  She has been an adjunct instructor at CSUN for over twenty-five years. She has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the CDSAA.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Laura Drew

Laura Drew
1987 B.A. Modern Classical Languages and Lit, 1996 M.A. Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental & Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

As a member of the executive board of the Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Alumni Chapter, Laura Drew has been an exemplary volunteer.  In this capacity, she has been a strong contributor to advancement efforts for the chapter and the EOH program.  As an alumna she has never lost her appreciation for all the university has to offer or her love for the EOH program and has demonstrated leadership, loyalty and passion in her role as an EOH Chapter volunteer. As an alumni representative on the EOH Technical Symposium Steering Committee (ETSSC), which includes the department chair and faculty members, and as an active member of the EOH Technical Symposium Working Group (ETSWG), she developed and delivered technical symposia on emerging environmental and occupational health issues.

Laura has been a mentor to EOH students, co-chaired the 2008 EOH Speed Mentoring Event and in 2009 she chaired one of the most successful chapter mentoring events.  She took an active role on EOH Grand Reunion planning committee and added her special touch to ensure a successful outcome.  The EOH Chapter honors Laura for her outstanding volunteer spirit, commitment to the university, loyalty to the EOH program and demonstrated leadership.

 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Tony Machado

 Antonio Machado
1993 B.A. Environmental Biology, 1994 M.S. Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental & Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

A CSUN alumnus, Dr. Antonio Machado is a Professor of Toxicology in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH). Since joining the EOH Department staff, Machado continues to be a strong advocate for an EOH Alumni Chapter.  In 2003, he was instrumental in the successful establishment of the current EOH Alumni Chapter. He has demonstrated leadership, loyalty and a sincere passion for the chapter, serving on the executive board and the EOH program as a volunteer. 


He is actively involved in the successful implementation of projects designed to enhance the professional development of both EOH students and alumni. Since 2004, Dr. Machado has been the EOH Technical Symposium technology leader, responsible for identifying the program theme, diligently scanning the environmental health horizon to identify emerging issues and leading the search for nationally recognized experts to speak at the event. 
The recurring success and professional quality of each symposium is, in large part, a direct result of Dr. Machado’s involvement, dedication, commitment, and exceptional volunteer spirit. In addition, he is a member of the college’s professional advisory board.

 

Karin Duran (Deceased)
1970 B.A. Modern and Classical Languages and Literature
La Raza Alumni Association

The university suffered a great loss with the passing of Dr. Karin Durán earlier this year.  She worked as a librarian in the Oviatt Library for thirty-eight years and was a graduate of CSUN with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She went on to take her Master’s and Doctorate in Library Science at USC. Since 1977, Karin was an instructor with Chicana and Chicano Studies and very engaged in the life of the department. She was devoted to the students who learned a great deal through her research course. Karin was a driving force in the La Raza Alumni Association (LRAA), serving as the chapter treasurer and coordinator of LRAA annual scholarship banquets.  She was energetic and always willing to step in and perform even minimal tasks.  Karin often operated on the sidelines working hard and without seeking recognition.  She worked diligently to communicate with CSUN alumni and encouraged them to join the LRAA and the university’s other alumni programs. Through her work in the Library she had contact with many students and was able to connect them with LRAA and other groups.


On campus Karin served on a variety of committees and initiatives.  She has been honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the LRAA and also a Service to Society Recognition from the CSUN Alumni Association.  She has received commendations for her service to a variety of community organizations including Comision Feminil de San Fernando Valley.

 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Lorraine Macnaughton & James Syms

Sheryl Low
1986 B.S. Health Science, 1991 MPH Masters in Pubic Health
James Syms
1987 B.S. Health Science
Physical Therapy Alummni Chapter

As practicing physical therapists, Dr. Sheryl Low and Dr. James Syms have promoted the profession of physical therapy and the Physical Therapy Program at CSUN throughout their careers. Dr. Low is chair of the CSUN Department of Physical Therapy and has been a faculty member since 1999.  Dr. Syms is an assistant professor of Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health.  As the profession progressed and the educational standards moved towards the requirement of entry level doctoral preparation, physical therapy programs had to evolve to meet those standards.

As members of the California Physical Therapy Association and its Governmental Affairs Committee, these two alumni have worked diligently this past year to have a bill introduced in the state legislature to allow CSU Physical Therapy programs to transition from Master to Doctoral degrees.  Assembly Bill 2382 was a result of these efforts.  Finally their hard work of meeting with legislators, testifying at hearings and letter writing campaigns paid off and the bill was passed. On September 28, 2010, the governor signed AB2382 which will allow California State Universities to confer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) professional degree.  CSUN plans to implement the entry-level DPT by August 2013.  Discussion is also under way to implement a transitional DPT degree for licensed physical therapists who are alumni of the program. The Physical Therapy Alumni Chapter recognizes these loyal alumni for their energetic efforts to support and maintain their program.  They are shining examples of the high caliber and dedication to commitment that can be expected of CSUN alumni.

2009 Alumni Chapter Recipients

Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Dimitrious Alexioou Dimitrios Alexiou
2001 M.S. Health Administration
Health Administration Alumni Chapter

Dimitrios Alexiou has served on the Health Administration Alumni Chapter board for eight years, twice as president. He has been an active leader with a hands-on commitment to the chapter. He developed and maintains the chapter website for members. As an adjunct faculty member in both undergraduate and graduate level programs, Dimitrios is also instrumental in maintaining ties with students through his involvement in the mentor program and the HA Student Association softball games. He has assisted in coaching the Health Administration College Bowl teams.  As a student at CSUN, Dimitrios was a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee and the Health Care Executives College Bowl Competition Team. As a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, he attends and encourages students to attend community health care forums.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Marta GonzalezMarta Gonzalez
2006 B.A. Child Development 2009 M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy
Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter

As President and Vice President of the Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter, Marta Gonzalez provided exemplary leadership. Under her guidance, the chapter offered outstanding career development and mentor programs to students and alumni. She effectively reached out to the department’s undergraduate organization, CADA, involving them in alumni programs and encouraging their leaders to become involved with the chapter to enhance future leadership. She served on the scholarship selection committee and spearheaded a children’s play area for the CSUN 50th Anniversary Grand Reunion. As an undergraduate and graduate, as a leader and researcher, garnering outstanding academic achievements, balanced with being a single parent, Marta is a model of service to CSUN students.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Laura PrinceLaura Estay-Prince
2005 B.A. Journalism
Journalism Alumni Association

As soon as she graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism, Laura Estay-Prince joined the Journalism Alumni Association (JAA). For almost four years, she served as the editor of the chapter newsletter The Full Scoop. She was instrumental in spreading the word to alumni about chapter and campus events, including the CSUN 50th Grand Reunion and the JAA 50th Anniversary Reunion. As a student, Laura was a staff writer for The Daily Sundial and copy editor for the Spanish publication El Nuevo Sol. She also served as vice president of the CSUN Society of Professional Journalists Chapter, designed their first newsletter SPJ Monthly, and continued as its editor until her graduation.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Kurt RaynersKurt Rayners
1995 B.S. Organizational Systems & Mgt., 2000 Masters in Business
Masters in Business Administration Alumni Chapter

Kurt Rayners has been involved with the Masters in Business Alumni Association (MBAA) for several years and served as president of the chapter for two years. He has served as the keynote and guest speaker at chapter events and many MBA program events focused on mentoring current MBA students. Despite an intense schedule, Kurt has always remained committed to giving back to his alma mater.  Kurt is vice president on the CSUN Alumni Association board of directors. He is the vice president and general manager of Regency Lighting in Van Nuys. Kurt and his wife Katie, a CSUN alumna ’97, have three children.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Lorraine SedlakLorraine Sedlak
1985 M.S. Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

As an active member of the chapter executive board, Lorraine Sedlak has demonstrated leadership, loyalty and a sincere desire to serve CSUN, the chapter and the EOH program. Exhibiting exemplary character and integrity, she shares a willingness to go the extra mile to meet objectives. She continues to be a strong contributor to advancement of the chapter and the EOH program. She serves as an active alumni representative on the EOH Technical Symposium Steering Committee. During the past two years, she has been a member of the EOH Technical Symposium Working Group (ETSWG), which produces technical symposia on emerging environmental and occupational health issues. Lorraine is the chair for the ETSWG and the next technical symposium on Sustainability in Environmental and Occupational Health, scheduled for February 2010.
 Leadman Yep
1989 B.A. Accounting Theroy and Practice
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter

Playing an integral part in planning and coordinating the chapter’s role in the university’s 50th Grand Reunion, Leadman Yep was able to promote this major campus event to alumni and was instrumental in the excellent attendance from accounting alumni and their families. He spent many hours communicating with alumni to ensure a good turnout. His efforts on behalf of the chapter have helped to energize the Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter.

2008 Alumni Chapter Recipients

Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Bonita Campbell Bonita Campbell
Retired Faculty
Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Chapter

Bonita Campbell is a trailblazer who in her 33 years of service to the university has left an indelible legacy of leadership and achievement. Bonnie became the first woman in engineering at CSUN to hold a tenured faculty position and to serve as a department chair, a position she held for a cumulative total of 13 years. She also held the position of associate vice president for academic planning for five years. During her last years at CSUN, Campbell pioneered the creation of the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management, and while serving as the founding department chair, established five degree programs, quintupled department size, gained the first program accreditation, funded department endowments, and supervised hundreds of graduate students. Of particular note, Dr. Campbell was largely responsible for quintupling the percentage of women students who were in enrolled in engineering programs.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Shannon CoulterShannon Coulter
2002 B.A. Child Development, 2009 M.A. Early Childhood Education
Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter
 
Shannon is a founding member of the Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter. Serving as the chair of the Communications Committee, she created and maintains the chapter web site, and edited its first newsletter. In addition, she has served as an alum-mentor at chapter mentoring events, sharing her expertise in elementary education.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Bonnie FahertyBonnie Faherty
Retired Faculty
Nursing Alumni Chapter

With 40 years of leadership in the nursing field, Bonnie Faherty is internationally recognized as a nurse practitioner and as a patient advocate.  Bonnie’s leadership has been critical to the Nursing Alumni Chapter where she has assisted with the development of the Honor Society of Nursing. Bonnie is a role model who feels personally enriched when she has the opportunities to mentor nurse leaders as she helps the nursing program to continue to flourish.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Scott FifeScott Fife
1993 B.S. Health Sciences, 1996 M.S. Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

Scott Fife has demonstrated leadership and loyalty by advising students at chapter speed mentoring programs. He has also worked diligently on the chapter’s project to honor EOH professor Kelly and was instrumental in facilitating a Safety and Health presentation at the Getty Museum.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Enrico PenaEnrico Pena
1986 B.S. Accounting
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter

Since graduating from CSUN, Enrico Pena has been very involved with the AIS Alumni Chapter, holding the positions of historian, secretary and currently serving as first vice president. He also serves as the official photographer for the chapter.  As a student he volunteered at the Center for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Sunny RobertsSunny Roberts
1998 B.A. Speech Communication
Journalism Alumni Association

Alumna Sunny Roberts exemplifies the finest qualities of leadership. Since 2002, Sunny has been one of the key anchors of the Journalism Alumni Association board of directors, having served as treasurer and secretary and member of several JAA committees. Her leadership was central to the success of the JAA’s Journalism Reunion Silent Auction that raised $11,000. Sunny was another former highly involved student…she was the  managing editor of Scene Magazine.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Janice WoolseyJanice Woolsey
1989 B.A. Communicative Disorders, 1991 M.S. Communicative Disorders, 1992 Credential
Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Chapter

Janice Woolsey serves as the liaison between the CDS Department and the Alumni Chapter.  She developed an annual boot camp event that helps students bridge the gap between academics and clinical case work through hands on assignments.  She has also developed a course in supervision training for RPE supervisors.
 Marty Zisner
1975 B.S. Health Science
Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

Marty Zisner serves on the EOH Alumni Chapter executive board. He participates and helps organize chapter programs and events including Speed Mentoring, the EOH Technical Symposium Steering Committee, and EOH graduation receptions.  He also serves Southland residents as a member of his local Community Emergency Response team.

2007 Alumni Chapter Recipients

 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Damon CianciDamon Cianci
1996 B.S. Health Administration, 2002 M.S. Health Administration
Health Administration Alumni Chapter

Damon Cianci has worked closely with the Department of Health Administration since his undergraduate study.  While a student, he was a volunteer at the Student Health Center, conducting new student orientations. He also assisted the Director of the Center in developing business strategies for facilitating Health Center growth and in obtaining student feedback on services provided by the center. Since 2002, Damon has been an active member of the Health Administration Alumni Chapter, serving as the membership officer, vice president and most recently, president.  During his tenure on the chapter board, Damon has made significant contributions to the chapter by providing leadership in establishing events for Health Administration students and alumni.  Damon was instrumental in developing the speed networking model and the Health Administration Chapter was the first alumni chapter to conduct this event.  Speed networking allows students to speak one-on-one with health care professionals who provide them with a better understanding of what it takes to achieve success in a particular field of interest. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Deborah CoursDeborah Cours
Faculty, College of Business
Masters in Business Administration Alumni Chapter

Dr. Deborah Cours has been a member of the Marketing faculty in the College of Business & Economics since 1994. Currently, she is the Director of Graduate and Evening Programs for the university. Debi was instrumental in establishing the Wells Fargo Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at CSUN; she was its founding director. Debi founded the MBA Alumni Chapter and has been one of its most consistent supporters. She donatesnher time and expertise to help the chapter develop and coordinate some of its most successful events, including the Masters in Business Speaker Series.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Lisalee EgbertLisalee D. Egbert
1992 B.A. Liberal Studies, 1995 M.A. Deaf and Hard of Hearing
National Center on Deafness Alumni Chapter

Lisalee D. Egbert is the president of the CSUN/NCOD Alumni Capital Regional Chapter in Northern California. Her research, exploring young children and their development has enabled Lisalee to present papers at a variety of conferences, forums, and workshops on Reading, Bilingualism, English as a Secondary Language (ESL), and other areas related to deaf studies. As president of the regional chapter she spearheads the chapter’s bi-annual mini-reunions. She also coordinates monthly events for alumni to socialize and fund-raise. Even though the chapter is very new, they have been able to sponsor both Miss Deaf CSUNian and Miss Sacramento for the upcoming Miss Deaf California pageant as well as organize a summer reunion.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Gevork GabrielianGevork Gabrelian
1994 B.A. Cell and Molecular Biology
Alumni and Friends of the Armenian Studies Program

At CSUN, Gevork Gabrelian became an active member in the Armenian Student Association (ASA), one of the largest Armenian campus associations in the United States.  His leadership and mentoring skills, developed through his involvement in the ASA, led to his appointment as Director of the Armenian Tutorial Project. The project, a campus-chartered organization, mentors underprivileged, newly-arrived Armenian high school students with specialized tutorial assistance that helps them assimilate into a new culture. In 1999, Gevork joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Papua, New Guinea where he applied his educational training as a general science and biology high school teacher. Since returning to the US, he studied graphic and web design, and has become a successful web designer.   In 2005, he joined the “Returned Peace Corps Volunteers” board and began his involvement as an active member of CSUN’s Association of Armenian Alumni and Friends.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Ralph JonesRalph Jones
1996 B.S. Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter

After attending California State University, San Diego, majoring in mathematics and engineering, Ralph Jones spent thirty-two years in the Aerospace industry holding various positions from Senior Test Systems Engineer to Assistant to the Vice President of Logistics Support.  In 1991, he took an early retirement and returned to school to study Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), earning a B.S. degree in 1996.  Before retiring again in 2001 he spent over six years as plant safety manager for an explosives manufacturing company. Currently, Ralph is a Senior Independent Safety Consultant for DuPont Safety Resources. Ralph graduated with honors having received several awards including American Industrial Hygiene Association Chapter Student of the Year and the Academic Achievement Award from Northridge's Educational Equity Program.  He currently serves on the Environmental and Occupational Health Professional Advisory Board.  With Ralph as president, the EOH Alumni chapter successfully expanded the chapter's speed mentoring programs to alumni and students. 
 

Tahseena Khan
2003 B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2005 M.S. Engineering Management
Engineering & Computer Science Alumni Chapter

Tahseena Khan was a founder and president of the Engineering & Computer Science Alumni Chapter. She organized speed mentoring events where alumni came to campus and advised students in the senior design class. Tahseena was instrumental in building partnerships with professional engineering organizations in the San Fernando Valley and helped bring outstanding speakers in technical fields for the monthly Speaker’s Series. That series provided networking experience and opportunities for alumni and students.

 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Marcy NewmanMarcy Newman
2004 B.A. Communication Studies
Education Alumni Chapter

As an undergraduate at CSUN, Marcy Newman was actively involved in several student organizations including the Orientation Program, TAKE 16, the Order of Omega and Alpha Xi Delta.  She joined the Office of Alumni Relations in 2005 serving as the Chapter Programs Coordinator.  Marcy was responsible for event planning and coordinating chapter events for over 20 alumni chapters. She went above and beyond the scope of her job to assist the Education chapter volunteers in setting annual goals and accomplishing their plans. Her personal involvement made the volunteer experience warm and welcoming.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Patricia TabidianPatricia Tabidian
1998 M.S. Recreation
Recreation Alumni Chapter

Patricia Tabidian earned her M.S. in Recreation in 1998, while working as a full-time staff member at CSUN.  She began in the College of Business in 1990 and joined the staff of Recreation and Tourism Management in the College of Health and Human Development as the department secretary in 1993.  Pat had a brief stint in the College of Heath and Human Development Office and then rejoined RTM in 2005 as department coordinator. She was an involved student as an active member of the Recreation Majors Association, Chi Kappa Rho Recreation Honors Society, Rho Phi Lambda Recreation Student Society and the NRPA and CPRS. She is also on the executive board of the Recreation Alumni Chapter.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Donna WatkinsDonna Watkins
2001 B.S. Accounting
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter

Donna Watkins has held numerous leadership positions in the Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter, one of the largest alumni chapters of the CSUN Alumni Association. Donna served as treasurer, then vice president of membership before becoming president of the chapter. A CPA, Donna is program coordinator for The Wayne and Roberta Colmer VITA program. VITA was founded at CSUN in 1971. The program provides timely and relevant federal and state information to the community concerning taxpayers’ rights and responsibilities. Through this program, CSUN students are able to combine academic study and community service. Under Donna’s leadership, and with the support of the AIS Alumni Chapter, students are improving their technical skills and becoming more competent, disciplined and confident while providing a much needed service.

2006 Alumni Chapter Recipients

 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Richard KatzRichard Katz
1979 B.S. Physical Therapy, 1985 M.A. Kinesiolgy
Physical Therapy Alumni Chapter
 
As a physical therapist, Richard Katz developed programs for cardiac, pulmonary and stroke patients and was affiliated with a Sports Injury and Coaches Clinic. Rick has taught courses in biomechanics, therapeutic agents and physical therapy management at CSUN for 10 years. He has held numerous elected and appointed positions at the state and local levels of the American Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) including finance officer, chairperson of the government affairs committee and member of the executive committee. Somehow, Rick has found time to become a volunteer leader at his alma mater, serving as the inaugural president of the Physical Therapy Alumni Chapter.  
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Sandra LandauSandra Landau
1986 Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter
 
Sandra Landau began her career in environmental health and safety simultaneously with the enactment and formal implementation of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts of the 1980’s. Sandra started off as a paid intern at PaperMate through Professor Dennis Kelly, then she held environmental engineering positions at Northrop Grumman before heading to Harmon International to establish that company’s first Environment, Health and Safety Department. For the last seven years she has served as an environmental and safety engineer for Technicolor Home Entertainment Services. In her role, she has helped develop Environmental Health and Safety Systems designed to protect human health and the physical environment of the company. Over the years Sandra has been a member of the EOH program. She served as the first EOH Alumni Chapter president and organized a speed mentoring event, an electronic waste symposium and various social events for the chapter. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Ellen McfaddenEllen McFadden
Retired Faculty, Department of Health Science
Nursing Alumni Chapter
 
Ellen McFadden came to CSUN in 1995 as director for the Nursing program in the Department of Health Sciences and now is professor emeritus. Ellen had exceptional tenure as director in the program through its first nine graduating classes, achieving national accreditation. In retirement, she continues to support the program and lend her expertise. These efforts include her award-winning work with the China Institute, representing the nursing program at local, state, and national meetings, guest lectures in nursing classes, unpaid consultation with current nursing faculty, guiding the Honor Society of Nursing toward national recognition, providing guidance to the BSN Student Association, and supporting the Nursing Alumni Chapter. Ellen is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
 Denise Middleton
1983 B.A Communicative Disorders, 1986 M.A. Communicative Disorders
Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Chapter
 
Denise Middleton is one of our university’s greatest examples of a loyal and dedicated volunteer. She served as the CDS alumni leadership board from 1991 to 2006. Once the organization was formally affiliated with the Alumni Association, she served as vice president and then as chapter president from 2004 to 2006. In addition to her alumni leadership roles she served on the board of directors for the American Academy of Speech Pathologists and Audiologists in Private Practice and has served on the board of directors of the California Association Speech Pathologists and Audiologists. She has dedicated much of her time to the Alumni Association and to helping students through externship opportunities.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Joyce OsbaldstonJoyce Osbaldston
1969 B.A. Psychology, 2001 M.A. Secondary Education
Education Alumni Chapter
 
Joyce Osbaldston has been an educator for 30 years. She began her teaching career working as an elementary teacher for Alhambra City Schools. After 10 years of service, she resigned to begin a family and assume an administrative position with Tutoring Plus in Chatsworth. Joyce assisted in the employment, assignment and training of tutors assigned to all levels of education from elementary to college. In addition to her teaching assignments, she has been a student advisor and department chair in mathematics for the last ten years. She assumed her duties as chapter president of the Education Chapter in 2005. She is a member of the California Math Council, National Council of Teachers, and the National Board of Mathematics Teachers.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Toby ReyesToby Reyes
2003 B.S. Accountancy
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter
 
As a student, Toby Reyes was a member of the Accounting Association, eventually becoming a director and executive board member. In 2002 he was elected the organization’s president. Not surprisingly, Toby become the president of the AIS Alumni Chapter within a few years of his graduation. Even in his role as past president of the group, he has insisted on serving as membership vice president. Somehow, Toby found time to participate in the VITA program, first as a preparer and co-coordinator and eventually becoming a director. He continues to volunteer his time as an alumnus trainer and mentor. 
 Mattie Schmidt
2003 B.A. Cinema and Television Arts
Entertainment Alumni Network
 
Mattie Schmidt is one of the founding members of the Entertainment Alumni Network. The chapter organizes alumni networking and mentoring events for the thousands of CSUN alumni who are connected in some way with film and television. When she’s not volunteering with CSUN she serves as a coordinator for Allan Padelford Camera Cars. The company builds vehicles and platforms for high performance mobile filming for motion pictures and television. Many of the stunt sequences for the NASCAR comedy “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” were coordinated through Mattie’s company and with her assistance.
 Scott Selna
1992 B.A. Liberal Studies
National Center on Deafness Alumni Chapter
 
Whether in his campus administrative role for the National Center on Deafness or in volunteer capacities on behalf of the NCOD Alumni Chapter, Alumnus Scott Selna is always helping other people. As a print communications coordinator for NCOD, Scott organizes and places 30 professional hourly note takers and 75 stipend note takers to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students receive notes at the conclusion of the class period. In addition, he ensures that real-time captioning is available to students who prefer that method of note taking. Scott serves as an advisor and mentor to the Deaf CSUNians organization. That involvement parlayed into leadership capacities with the NCOD Alumni Chapter. He has been instrumental in coordinating alumni reunion activities as well as the annual NCOD alumni and friends Dodgers baseball picnic and game. Since his student days on campus, he has remained active and involved in the National Softball Association for the Deaf. 
 Brian Skipper
1975 B.S. Engineering
Engineering Alumni Chapter
 
Brian Skipper is the owner of Sway-A-Way, Inc., a local performance-parts maker. Under Brian’s leadership the company has nearly doubled its revenues in recent years and has expanded a product line catering to off-road vehicles and suspension systems for sprint cars and Winston Cup racers. Brain continues to serve as an advisor to the Mechanical Engineering Department, has worked closely with the formula car team and sets a great example for other alumni volunteer leaders to follow.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Lisa Welker-Finney.Lisa Welker-Finney
1985 B.S. Recreation, 1988 M.S. Recreation
Recreation Alumni Chapter
 
Lisa Welker-Finney is the director of talent management and organization development at WellPoint Health Network. Lisa has applied her own expertise in recruiting, training, assessment and career-development to organize and enhance the Leisure Studies and Recreation Alumni Chapter. She has designed, written and edited the LSRC semi-annual Alumni Newsletter and developed and created an internship database. Practicing what she preaches, she has hired students from the department to serve as interns at WellPoint. She served as an adjunct professor from 1988 to 1991 and continues to teach conflict resolution and guest lecture on other topics for the department. Each semester she assembles an interview panel of professionals and organizes interview/job search/mentoring night for senior seminar students. At WellPoint, she has created health and wellness fairs, organized employee services campaigns and raised funds for breast cancer awareness.

2005 Alumni Chapter Recipients

Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Jose Castellon Jose Castellon
1984 B.S. Electrical Engineering
Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Chapter
 
After completing his bachelor's degree at CSUN and earning his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford, Jose began his career with Northrop Grumman. Currently serving as their Space Technology Platforms & Integrating Technology Director, Jose is responsible for spacecraft platform strategy and all the associated research and development activities for Mechanical Systems, Avionics, Electrical Power, Propulsion, Autonomy & Controls, and Robotics. A loyal and supportive alumnus, Jose also serves on the Industrial Affiliates Board for the CSUN College of Engineering and Computer Science.
 Ghassan "Gus" Elias
1994 B.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, 2001 M.S. Engineering Managment
MSEM Alumni Chapter
 
Ghassan Elias is the Material Control Manager and Senior Certification Engineer of Moore Industries International in North Hills. As a founding part-time faculty member of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management Department, Gus helped the department become operational. He has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of the online version of the degree program, for which he teaches and serves as the Academic Program director.
 Claudia Garcia
1994 B.S. Management Information Systems
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter
 
Claudia Garcia has been employed at CSUN since 1989, first as a student assistant and, following graduation, as a professional staff member in the College of Business. Claudia is currently a business information technology consultant for the Office of Information Systems in the College of Business. As a student, Claudia was an active volunteer, and she has continued this tradition by serving as vice president and, subsequently, president of the Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Joy GuihamaJoy Guihama
1995 M.P.H. Public Health
Masters of Public Health Alumni Chapter
 
Joy Guihama currently serves as Division Manager for the Health Promotion and Policy Development Division of the City of Pasadena's Public Health Department. As division manager, she is responsible for all administrative, programmatic, and fiscal oversight of the Health Promotion and Policy Development Division. In addition, as the Public Health Department's Public Information Officer, Joy is responsible for reviewing department public relations materials and monitoring all media communications. Joy started her volunteer work at CSUN as a member of the Master of Public Health Department Advisory Council and served as the inaugural president of the MPH Alumni chapter in 2003. She also spearheads the continuing education committee for the council. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Claire HerczegClaire Herczeg
2000 M.B.A. Masters of Business Administration
Masters of Business Alumni Chapter
 
Claire Herczeg is a founding member of MBA Alumni Chapter. Claire helped develop the chapter in 2003, serving in several different leadership roles. Her work has enabled the chapter to grow its membership and plan several successful events. Claire's support of CSUN, particularly the MBA program and her willingness to go the extra mile to take the chapter to the next level, is second to none. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Lauren KinastLauren Kinast
1994 B.A. Graphic Design, 2005 M.A. Educational Administration
National Center on Deafness Alumni Chapter
 
Lauren Kinast has been involved with the NCOD Alumni Chapter since its inception in 2003. For the last four and a half years, she has been employed by the National Center on Deafness as coordinator of Interpreting Services. As co-chair of the recent NCOD reunion weekend, Lauren helped to plan several events for over 200 alumni, including a reception, banquet and family picnic. She has been a driving force behind the chapters recent successful growth in membership.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Lorraine MacNaughtonLorraine Macnaughton
1983 B.S. Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Alumni Chapter
 
Giving back to her alma mater, Lorraine Macnaughton has lectured in several of CSUN's physical therapy master’s degree classes, and participated in the selection and interview panels for new physical therapy major candidates. Lorraine was one of the founding members of the Physical Therapy Alumni Association. Lorraine is currently employed full time with Kaiser Permanente, home health physical therapy division.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Cynthia McAuleyCynthia McAuley
1975 B.A. Philosophy, 1983 M.S. Recreation
Recreation Alumni Chapter
 
Cyndi McAuley has volunteered in several capacities at the Department of Leisure Studies and Recreation since earning her master's degree in Recreation in 1983. Serving as an alumni spokesperson on a number of accreditation committees and as a member of the department advisory council, Cyndi has remained a strong supporter of her alma mater. For the last three years, she has served as the council secretary and co-editor of the newly published LSRC Newsletter. Cyndi has also been instrumental in working with the College of Health and Human Development to provide CSUN students with internship opportunities at the Therapeutic Living Center for the Blind (TLC) in Reseda, where she serves as associate director for the facility. TLC provides year-round, 24 hour a day residential care for multi-handicapped adults challenged by developmental disabilities and blindness.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Maria RamosMaria Ramos
1993 B.A. Mexican-American Studies, 1995 M.A. Educational Leadership
Education Alumni Chapter
 
Maria Ramos helped the Alumni Association organize two “Day at the Opera” events for local teachers, with more than 100 teachers attending each event. She was the founding president of the Education Alumni Chapter, and in just two years, was instrumental in providing the energy, enthusiasm and organizational skills that transformed the chapter into one of the university’s chapters. She currently serves on the Alumni Association board of directors as the Chair of Chapters. Maria Ramos served as education manager for the Los Angeles Opera in their Education and Community Programs division, helping to develop a wide range of educational opportunities for students and teachers in the region.Ramos is currently working in Mexico City, Mexico, for the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Marianne Stone-SmithMarianne Stone-Smith
1992 B.A. Communicative Disorders, 1995 M.A. Communicative Disorders
Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Chapter
 
The recipient of the California Speech Language Hearing Association Service Award and the chapter’s Alumnae of the Year Award, Marianne Stone Smith is a highly respected speech pathologist and loyal alumna. As an active member of her alumni chapter, Marianne helped organize continuing education workshops, participated in career nights and organized two rummage sales and a vendor fair. She also helped develop the criteria for the Ruth Harris Award for Clinical Excellence and assists with the annual hooding ceremony at graduation. 
 Cassandra Yeh
2003 B.S. Finance
Finance and Real Estate Alumni Chapter
 
As a student, Cassandra Yeh was an active member of the Student Finance Association and volunteered at the Career Center. Through her dedication and leadership, she helped create traditional events that still take place in the Student Finance Association today. Since graduating, Cassandra has continued her activities with the Career Center through outreach to students and participation on speaker panels at career information days. For the last two years she served as president of the Finance and Real Estate Alumni Chapter and instituted several alumni-student mentoring programs. Cassandra continually challenges students to make the most of their time in college. 

2004 Alumni Chapter Recipients

 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Paul AlbertPaul Albert
1997 B.S. Health Administration
Health Administration Alumni Chapter
 
Paul Albert is an essential member of the Health Administration Alumni Chapter. As chair of professional development for the chapter, Paul recruited several executives from Kaiser Permanente to participate in a speed-networking event.  The event, which was viewed as a great success, allowed students to interact with health care leaders in the industry. Currently, Paul is the vice president of the chapter.   
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Kristin AmeyKristin Amey
1992 B.A. Child Development, 1995 M.S. Marriage, Family, Child Counseling
National Center on Deafness Alumni Chapter
 
After graduating, Kristin Amey became a counselor for abused deaf children at Five Acres in Altadena, CA. Kristin started working as a student personnel specialist at NCOD in May of 1997 and continued here in that capacity until 2003.  At that time, she switched her focus at NCOD and began working with the Western Region Outreach Center & Consortia where she is now the project director. She has been instrumental in spearheading a grass roots campaign to start the NCOD Alumni Chapter.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Keith JajkoKeith Jajko
1990 B.A. Journalism
Journalism Alumni Chapter
 
KeithJajko has served in various leadership positions for the Journalism Alumni Association and became chapter president in 2003.  He’s been instrumental in helping the chapter communicate to alumni through print and web communications the needs of the Journalism Department. Since graduating in 1990, he has spent 14 years in journalism, politics, public relations and corporate communications. 
 Dewayne Jones
1992 B.S. Finance
Finance and Real Estate Alumni Chapter
 
After graduating, Dewayne Jones began working as a consultant Sourcetek Company, placing executives in the field of engineering and computer science. Dewayne continued supporting CSUN by volunteering to start the first Finance and Real Estate Alumni Chapter. Working diligently the first year to draft the charter and bylaws, recruit an executive board, and plan events, he built the foundation for one of the largest alumni chapters to date. Now serving as past president for the chapter, Dewayne remains connected to the chapter and the university.
 Annie Ksadzhikyan
2003 B.A. Political Science
Association of Armenian Alumni
 
Annie Ksadzhikyan serves as secretary of the Association of Armenian Alumni. Annie has streamlined chapter meetings and helped the chapter focus on how it may not only serve Armenian students and alumni but the university as a whole. From her vibrant meeting minutes to her leadership abilities during the chapter’s biggest event of the year, the Armenian Graduation Recognition Reception, Annie has shown time and time again her dedication to the chapter. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Tammy TolgoTammy Tolgo
2002 M.B.A. Masters in Business Administration
Masters in Business Alumni Chapter
 
Tammy Tolgo joined the MBA program as the assistant director shortly after graduation. Despite a lean staff and responsibilities that spanned from recruitment to academic counseling, Tammy volunteered her own time to support and join a group of recent MBA graduates in founding the MBA Chapter.  Her close contact with the College of Business and Economics enables her to reach fellow CSUN alumni and current MBA students to assist them in taking their careers to the next level. Currently an executive recruiter with Ajilon Finance, Tammy continues to add value to chapter via her tireless planning and networking as the director of membership.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Giovanni TrivinoGiovanni Trivino
2000 B.A. Liberal Studies, 2002 M.P.A. Public Administration
Association of Latino Alumni
 
Despite his busy professional life, Giovanni Trivino finds additional spare time to serve as one of the chief volunteers for the Association of Latino Alumni. Giovanni’s leadership has been essential to the growth of the Alumni Chapter. He has taken on marketing responsibilities for the chapter’s Fiesta Mexicana event that annually attracts over 1200 people to the Ford Amphitheater. Proceeds from the event helps support the Alumni Association’s First Generation Scholarships. 
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Diane VisencioDiane Visencio
2001 M.P.H. Public Health
Masters of Public Health Alumni Chapter
 
Diane Visencio has played a vital role in developing the Masters of Public Health (MPH) Advisory Council and MPH Alumni Association. Through her various professional roles, she has always served as a wonderful mentor, and without her enthusiasm many programs and individuals would not be where they are today. She currently serves as adjunct faculty for the Masters in Public Health program at CSUN and volunteers her time serving on both the Alumni Chapter and MPH department advisory boards.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Lisa WhiteLiza White
1979 B.A. Communicative Disorders, 1980 M.A. Communicative Disorders
Communication Disorders and Sciences Alumni Chapter
 
After retiring from practice as a speech therapist, Liza White turned her attention to community-building activities, becoming active in the earliest attempts to create an alumni chapter for the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. Responding to a department call for alumni to raise funds to furnish rooms in its new home at Monterey Hall, Liza took it upon herself to engage dozens of alumni. Along with Barbara Samuels, she was instrumental in writing the first bylaws of the CDS Alumni Chapter. From 1999 to 2004, she served as the chapter's president and helped establish a mission to sustain interaction among alumni, students and faculty as well as worked in collaborative ways to enhance the best interest of the department and the university. 
 Morris Zagha
1998 B.A. Accounting
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter
 
Since graduating, Morris Zagha has always been determined to volunteer his time and expertise to his alma mater. An honors student in accounting, Morris served as student president of the Accounting Association and earned status as a lifetime member in Beta Alpha Psi at the time of his graduation in 1998. Almost immediately, Morris committed to helping current students by serving as an alumnus mentor and serving as treasurer for the AIS Alumni Association. As an officer of the chapter he and others were instrumental in taking on the sponsorship of the accounting graduation ceremony and presenting programs such as the Alumni Career and Resume Review Workshop. In 2000 he became president of the chapter and nearly every year since 2001, he has volunteered his time as an instructor for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. In addition, he has often been a speaker for informational meetings that has given students keen insights into the accounting profession.   

2003 Alumni Chapter Recipients

Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Earl Weiss Earl Weiss
Faculty Member, College of Business and Economics
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter
 
Earl Weiss has been a member of the CSUN faculty for almost 20 years. He previously served six years as Special Assistant to the President under presidents Cleary and Wilson; currently, he serves as the chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. Through the years, he has demonstrated commitment to the Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter by embracing it as an integral part of the department and donating his time and support to the achievement of its mission. Earl has also served on numerous campus committees, and has supported the university in the public arena and at hundreds of cultural and community events.
 Carol Shepherd
2001 M.S. Health Administration
Health Administration Alumni Chapter
 
Although not directly involved in health care at this time, Carole Shepard has maintained her support of the program by volunteering to serve as the first president of the newly formed Health Administration Alumni Chapter. Carole recruited and led an active volunteer board that has revitalized alumni interests, increased membership and hosted successful events to support the health administration program. After 18 months as the chapter’s founding president, she has turned over the reins, but continues her service to the chapter as its past president.
 Alumni-Picture-ChapterAward-Nolan StewartNolan Stewart
1976 M.S. Recreation
Recreation Alumni Chapter

As an alumnus and member of the Department of Recreation Parks and Tourism Management Advisory Board, Nolan’s skills were instrumental in the creation of the Recreation Alumni Chapter. He is a consummate volunteer for education and enlightenment of his profession. In 1978, he was recognized by the California Park and Recreation Society’s Therapeutic Section for his applied practices and his lifetime achievements in the profession. Since 1967, he has served as a consultant to several nursing homes and mental health facilities. After more than 31 years with the Los Angeles County departments of Health Services and Mental Health, he retired from service in 1998. He has extensive experience in developing and conducting psychosocial rehabilitation programs that have contributed to the discipline here at Northridge, and the community as a whole.

2002 Alumni Chapter Recipients

Robert Barker
Faculty Member, College of Business and Economics
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter
 
Although serving as a member of the faculty and then chair for the Department of Accounting and Information Systems until 1997, Robert Barker's strong volunteer spirit drives him to become even more involved with the university. Robert was instrumental in the formation and continued advancement of the AIS Alumni Chapter, one of the first alumni chapters organized on campus. Although he now serves as the university controller, Robert still attends monthly meetings when his schedule permits, encouraging alums to participate in events or to become involved in the executive board. 
David E. Brady
1992 B.A. Journalism
Journalism Alumni Chapter
 
After his job moved him across the country, David Brady became one of the Journalism Alumni Chapter's best virtual volunteers. Credited with creating and launching the Journalism Alumni Association web site, csunjaa.org, David is an invaluable member of the JAA board. From Florida, he is constantly communicating with board members, reminding them of items of importance and raising issues early on to prevent them from becoming big problems later. As a student, David served as a writer, editor and writing coach for the Daily Sundial, and upon graduation was honored as the Journalism Department’s Outstanding Graduating Senior in 1992. 

Sesar Carreno
1995 B.A. History
Association of Latino Alumni
 
Sesar Carreno has been an educator for eight years, the last four as a middle-school teacher with the Los Angeles Archdiocese at St. Rose of Lima in the city of Maywood. He has spent the last five years cultivating interest in forming a chapter for Latino alumni.  Many days were spent drumming up interest, handing out literature at events, writing the chapter bylaws and responding to inquiries. This year, it finally paid off and ALA was officially chartered.

All of the Carreno family siblings have graduated from CSUN, leaving quite a legacy. Sesar’s brother Alex graduated in 1996 with a degree in business administration and his younger brother Carlos will follow in his footsteps with a degree in history, upon graduation this May.

Loree Fink
2000 B.S. Nursing
Nursing Alumni Chapter
 
Loree Fink didn’t realize when she started her senior seminar assignment that it would turn into the Nursing Alumni Chapter one year later, but that’s exactly what happened. Beginning as a newsletter to connect fellow students in the R.N. to B.S.N. program with alumni practicing in the field, Loree expanded the vision and launched a full-fledged alumni chapter. When she graduated, she enthusiastically agreed to continue as volunteer to keep the momentum going.  With a full time job, five kids at home, a new marriage, and enrollment in the school nurse credential program, Loree found time to plan a five-year reunion for the first B.S.N. graduating class and several networking mixers for nursing alumni. Loree is currently chapter president.
Joni Novosel
2001 B.S. Finance, 2006 M.S. Health Administration
Finance Alumni Chapter
 
Despite working full time as a managed care regional manager for the National Healthcare Review, Joni Novosel immediately became involved in the newly formed Finance Alumni Chapter. Serving as the vice president of membership, she is constantly on the phone, e-mail, and fax encouraging other alumni to become actively involved with their alma mater. Joni routinely volunteers above and beyond the average commitment level, filling in for vacant chapter officer positions and many times holding dual roles. Her accelerated level of enthusiasm has resulted in the Finance Alumni Chapter becoming one of the largest newly chartered groups. Joni and her husband Nicolas, another CSUN alumnus who works on campus, often joins the Alumni Association at several social events throughout the year.
James Overall
1982 B.S. Recreation
Recreation Alumni Chapter
 
In his role as the recreation therapist at the Child and Family Guidance Center in Northridge, for more that 12 years, James Overall has tirelessly volunteered as an on-site supervisor for recreation therapy interns and undergraduate recreation practicum students working toward their degree at CSUN. As a CSUN graduate himself, Jim recognizes the value of co-curricular experiences for students and has continually sought to create further opportunities in the field. In 2000, he was asked to serve as chair of the department’s curriculum advisory committee, and was charged with reviewing current course requirements.  Following accreditation, he volunteered to remain in the role to further advice faculty on continuing issues facing the department. Jim also teaches part-time at the university.
David Phelps
2000 B.A. Political Science
Matadors By the Bay Alumni Chapter
 
While a student, David Phelps excelled in extracurricular activities.  He was an honored member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, a student representative on the USU Board of Directors, and was elected Associated Students vice president.  In addition to his public roles, David also served as the Matador mascot, entertaining longtime fans and future Matadors alike. Upon graduation, David didn’t stop volunteering. After moving to San Francisco, David continued his involvement by contributing to the creation of the first regional alumni chapter, Matadors by the Bay, including drafting the charter and bylaws as well as taking responsibility for event planning. Although he has recently moved back to the Los Angeles area, serving as a field representative for the State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Robert Hertzberg’s office, David continues serving Matadors by the Bay through his attendance at alumni board meetings as the local representative.
Chris Whittington
1989 B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2001 M.S. Engineering Management
Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management Alumni Chapter
 
Upon graduation, Chris Whittington was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student for the engineering department and now works as the manager of manufacturing engineering at Easton Sports. Serving as a member of the advisory board for the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management, Chris played an instrumental role in the formation of the new department within the College of Engineering and Computer Science. A significant contributor to the development of the Manufacturing and Processes Learning Enterprise project, his volunteer work continually benefits undergraduate students working toward their own degrees at CSUN.