Volunteer Service Awards
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.
Chapter Volunteer Service Award
Volunteer Service Awards
2014 Alumni Chapter Recipients
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.
During her undergraduate study at CSUN, Deborah earned the 2007 INROADS Alumna of the Year award for her internship with Kaiser Permanente. She currently serves as a workflow consultant with the company.
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 L. Hammond
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 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.
Among her many recognitions and awards, Debra was the recipient of the Butts-Witing Award in 2006 form the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), bestowed upon those who have made significant and lasting impressions on their profession, and Woman of the Year from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Roya Gabbaie Vetter
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.
Roya currently works as a child development specialist at Nurturing Tots, a company that works to maximize the developmental potential of young children.
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 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.
Daniel has worked as a a technology officer for multiple entertainment companies. He created his own tech company, Rozzen Tech, in 2012.
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 planned 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 Gonzales is president of the FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) Alumni Chapter. Cesar has help to re-establish the chapter in many ways. He has instituted more meetings in order to improve club management and organization. In addition, there have been two successful mixers conducted under his leadership – one on-campus networking event and one off-campus networking event. FIRE is working to organize another event this fall.
In 2012, Cesar co-founded the real estate firm Parker + McQueen, Inc., a full service, luxury real estate brokerage.
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. The annual Career Boot Camp continues to be the highlight of her service to the chapter.
For almost two years, Cathy has been adjunct faculty, teaching health administration to graduate students. She is teaching two courses this semester.
A retired journalist, Bob has been serving as president of the Journalism Alumni Association for two years. As head of the Journalism 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 past year is online coaching, supported by the chapter, with the goal to help students struggling with grammar, writing style and comprehension.
Bob has earned numerous local Emmy awards and honors from the Society of Professional journalists, the Southern California Radio and Television News Association and the Associated Press.
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.
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.
Jose and his wife, Jackie, opened a Boys and Girls Club in Perris. With more than 100 children enrolled, the organization is a flourishing success.
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.
Kelley is currently a program manager with Perinatal Advisory Council/Leadership Advocacy Consultation (PAC/LAC), whose mission is to positively impact the health of women and their families.
Luis O. Curiel
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.
In addition, 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
Dana Foster Armendariz is the acting chapter president of the National Center on Deafness (NCOD) Alumni Chapter. She has been with the chapter for several 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.
Currently, Dana is a senior associate with Cognizant Technology Solutions.
Danny R. Lopez
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.
Danny currently works as a radiologic technologist with Mediscan.
2013 Alumni Chapter Recipients
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 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.
Professor emeritus 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 also 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.
Carol’s commitment to teaching and mentoring students was recognized in 1995, when she received the CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2009, she received the CSUN Alumni Association’s Dean Ed Peckham Award.
Gail Wilson Lew
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.
Gail has 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 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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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. In addition, she also collaborated with the students coordinating the 41st annual Black Graduation Celebration.
Joyce Munsch, Ph.D.
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. Her consistent support of the alumni chapter, sharing of her expertise and modeling volunteer involvement makes her an invaluable volunteer and mentor.
Joyce's commitment to community service learning was recognized in 2005, when she was awarded the CSUN Faculty Senate Visionary Community Service Learning Award.
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. In addition, she lends her expertise and experience to the summer boot camps offered by the Language, Speech and Hearing Center.
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.
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
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. 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.
Leslie is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and received an Award for Continuing Education from the association. Currently she is the Coordinator of Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation at Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Ty is an environmental consultant in the Environmental Casualty Division of Chartis Insurance.
Talin is Founder and Executive Director of Allied Cultures Against Discrimination (ACAD) in Reseda, a non-profit focused on diversity training and multiculturalism.
Adria has received two NCOD Art Awards for Granville Redmond calendar in 2006 and art projects in 2008.
Felicia 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. She is also 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
Currently, Maria is an elementary teacher at Fenton Primary Center in Lake View Terrace.
Since 1994, he has served as a Deputy Public Defender III with the Law Offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender.
Houri is currently a pre-kindergarten teacher at Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park.
Helen Sherman Wade
Helen has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the CDSAA.
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.
He is actively involved in the successful implementation of projects designed to enhance the professional development of both EOH students and alumni. Since 2004, Antonio 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.
Karin Duran (Deceased)
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.
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's to doctoral degrees. Assembly Bill 2382 was a result of these efforts. 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
Leadman is Director of Accounting for J.D. Power and Associates in Westlake Village.
2008 Alumni Chapter Recipients
2007 Alumni Chapter Recipients
Lisalee D. Egbert
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.
2006 Alumni Chapter Recipients
For the last seven years. Sandra has served as an environmental and safety engineer for Technicolor Home Entertainment Services.
Denise owns Miller and Standel, her own private speech language pathology practice.
2005 Alumni Chapter Recipients
Ghassan "Gus" Elias
Lorraine is currently employed full time with Kaiser Permanente, home health physical therapy division.
Maria is currently working in Mexico City, Mexico, for the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation.
2004 Alumni Chapter Recipients
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. 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
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.
2002 Alumni Chapter Recipients
David E. Brady
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.