2015 B.S. Accounting
Accounting and Information Systems Alumni Chapter
Adilene’s spirit for volunteerism to CSUN comes from her appreciation for all the university did for her. She calls the school her second home — a place where she met so many individuals who inspired and supported her through her academic career. She was part of the CSUN Accounting Association for three years and held two directorships within that time. One of her directorships was the “Meet the Firms” career fair, in which she helped organize the event for that semester. CSUN’s Meet the Firms is the largest in Southern California. The second directorship was historian. Adilene attended all recruiting events related to the Accounting Association to capture the interactions photographically, and she then created a digital scrapbook. She also worked alongside the AIS Chapter to create a group called “Women in Business Connect.” This group was created and intended to provide a support system for professional women. Panels were held in which topics important to working women were discussed. Mixers allowed attendees to network.
Annette Terzibashyan Kosker
1986 B.S. Home Economics
Alumni & Friends of Armenian Studies Program
To Annette, every organization needs a helping hand. So she helps — a lot. For the Alumni & Friends of Armenian Studies Program, she can best be described as a promoter. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the chapter’s events and promotes them whenever and
wherever she can. She is playing a significant part in helping to organize and promote the chapter’s annual fundraising event in April 2016. She’s also present at many of the chapter’s events, such as mixers and other get-togethers.
Annette volunteers and serves on the Parent-Teacher Organization board of C&E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School in Sherman Oaks. Her daughter, Melanie, attends the school. She also serves on the board of the Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) and volunteers at church.
1995 B.S. Finance
Attorney Networking Group
David is the president and co-founder (with Michael Attar) of the CSUN Alumni Attorney Networking Group. The group hosts monthly meetings at his office (David is an attorney and partner in the personal injury practice group at Lewitt Hackman Shapiro Marshall and Harlan in Encino), where they provide a speaker for continuing education credit and a full dinner all at no charge to CSUN alumni.
Off campus, David is a volunteer and committee member for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He is a former board member of Knapp Ranch Youth Baseball League and is a past nominee of Character Counts coaching award for the city of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation youth sports programs.
1993 B.A. Cell & Molecular Biology
Biology Alumni Chapter
Ani said she is living proof of the American dream. Ani, of Armenian heritage, came to the United States from Venezuela 35 years ago. She found a passion in biology in seventh grade and thus pursued a career in the field
and succeeded in it. Ani worked at Caltech for more than five years as an associate research scientist, electron microscopy. Her last position was as a lecturer in electron microscopy.
Ani also worked at CSUN for a year managing the Electron Microscopy Facility in the Biology Department. She supports students in higher education, especially encouraging their interest in science. The passion also extends to connecting with and assisting CSUN biology alumni rise in their careers. She is currently the president of the Biology Alumni Chapter for the 2015-16 term and was the vice president for 2013-2015. During that time, the chapter had two very successful mixers and a well-received speed-mentoring event.
1992 B.S. Engineering
Black Alumni Association
Roxanne has been a significant figure in the Black Alumni Association throughout the chapter’s lifetime. As a proud alumna of CSUN (engineering), she didn’t hesitate to answer the call to assist in chartering the Black Alumni Association. She served as the financial secretary and last year chaired the BAA’s Inaugural Scholarship and Awards Brunch. As a student at CSUN, Roxanne was an active force on campus, serving on several committees and in many organizations. As a student worker in campus activities, she served as a speaker/presenter for the first AIDS Speakers Bureau. She was president of the Black Greek Letter Council. She was an active member of the Theta Psi Citywide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as an active member of National Society of Black Engineers, serving as the Region 6 Chair managing chapters in more than 13 states while sitting on the National Board.
Roxanne continues to serve her community as a member of the Family to Family Community Development Corp. of Spirit Filled Family Church in Hesperia. She has been an adjunct faculty member at West Los Angeles College, teaching personal finance. She currently sits on two other boards, Camille Russell Wooden Ministries and KnowLeadership, which educates at-risk students about college.
2013 B.S. Accountancy
Business Honors Chapter
Spencer, a triple major in accounting, finance and business administration, graduated magna cum laude from CSUN’s Business Honors Program. He co-founded and is the first president of the newly formed Business Honors Alumni Chapter. The BHAC was founded to develop a tight-knit community of business honors graduates who are committed to supporting the personal and professional growth of fellow alumni and current students alike. The chapter is on its way toward meeting its initial scholarship and legacy investment fund goals. Spencer himself has seeded the first $1,000 toward meeting the legacy investment fund and plans to keep giving. Spencer has also led the chapter’s effort to collaborate with the Business Honors Program to create an honors alumni class where the alumni can share their real-world experience and diverse industry knowledge with students.
1993 B.A. Child & Adolescent Development
Child and Adolescent Development
There is a word they use for people like Peri. They call them the “glue.” Peri joined the Child and Adolescent Development Chapter’s executive board in 2014, and in a year’s time she has made an impact so large that she is being recognized for her service today. Doing all the little things and being a consistent presence and help for the chapter make up that large impact. Peri serves as the chapter’s website co-chair but has also been active in chapter events — in both making them happen and participating in them. Her love of dance (Peri’s long-term goal is to work with patients in dance-movement therapy) was recently included in a mentorship workshop where she spoke about how one becomes a dance-movement therapist and the rewards of working in the field. Peri is currently a marriage family therapist intern and works at an eating-disorder treatment facility. After receiving her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara she was encouraged from her mentor and former professor at CSUN, Dr. Carol S. Kelly, to reconnect with CSUN.
2011 M.S. Communicative Disorders
Communication Disorders & Sciences
Friend of the University
Communication Disorders & Sciences
Amalia is the one up front, and Ursula is the one who is more behind-the-scenes. Make no mistake, though, they’re a volunteer team.
Amalia, a speech language pathologist who was one of the first recipients of the Ruth Rothman Scholarship for CSUN education and speech-language pathology students, served as a board member for one year and as president for the past two years of the Communications Disorders & Sciences Chapter. She helped with networking, social and fundraising events, and award recognition
events for CSUN students and alumni. As a student, Amalia was the community event and fundraising chair for the student speech and language organization National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA). The group co-hosted networking events with alumni, volunteered time to clean and beautify the organization’s outdoor clinic, and provided informational opportunities to students.
Amalia’s mother, Ursula, has supported her, but in turn has also supported the alumni chapter. Ursula, a retired educator from the Los Angeles Unified School District, wrapped baskets and grad gifts. She solicited gift baskets for silent auction items. Ursula was part of the “village” that helped create alumni events.
2003 B.S. Mechanical Engineering
A driving force around campus, Doris is the Sigma Chi Zeta Xi fraternity adviser and an adviser of the Layer 8 Cyber-security Club (an IT Cybersecurity and Computer Science program she created). She organizes and works fundraising, community and career events that have made a major impact on students and alumni in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Her aim has been to help students cultivate a strong relationship with their major by developing successful study skill habits that will allow them to succeed in their course work. She has taken it a step further by helping them develop hands-on skills by providing workshops and training-seminar programs that integrate them into their majors and into the workforce. Doris’ early experiences at CSUN set her volunteer spirit into motion. She persevered after early struggles as a student and rose to new heights because of the help and mentorship she received and the hard work she put in.
2011 B.A. Electronic Media Management
Entertainment Alumni Network
When Nicki graduated from CSUN, an entertainment alumni chapter didn’t exist. In an industry where who you know is so vital, Nicki helped create an opportunity for CSUN alumni like herself to network. She co-founded the Entertainment Alumni Network Chapter in 2013. There was a lot of hustle involved in getting the chapter off the ground floor. She was instrumental in getting the chapter’s board together, establishing a constitution, and generating an active social media presence for recent grads and alumni to connect. In a little more than a year’s time, the organization is thriving. Nicki helped facilitate the chapter’s kick-off mixer in Hollywood and its first career networking event. And plans are afoot to build on the early successes.
1981 M.S. Environmental Occupational Health
Environmental & Occupational Health (EOH)
Angelo’s leadership in the environmental health field has been recognized by the California Legislature, U.S. EPA, the California League of Conservation Voters, the National Environmental Health Association and now by CSUN, where he received his M.S. in 1981. Currently, Angelo is the Deputy Director for Health Protection for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health. Previously, he was the Director of Environmental Health where he led departmentwide efforts to reduce the health impacts of climate change while promoting the development of health and sustainable communities. Before coming to the Department of Public Health, he was the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for LAUSD, where he led reforms in the areas of school emergency planning, sustainable building design and regulatory review of proposed school sites.
As a member of the EOH Alumni Chapter Board and EOH Department Advisory Board, Angelo has been an outstanding contributor to the advancement of the EOH Chapter, department, students and profession. His dedicated team efforts and participation as a speaker at the nationally recognized EOH Annual Technical Symposium, held each March, has resulted in record attendance and profits annually donated to the EOH Department to support student development.
2006 B.S. Finance
Finance Insurance & Real-Estate (FIRE)
Ben is a commercial real estate broker and advisor by profession and devotee to his alma mater by passion. He is one of the founding members of the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate (F.I.R.E.) Chapter. Ben is also a President’s Associate and has participated in CSUN
“Professor for a Day” in each of the last four years. Ben is working hard on and is in the process of trying to endow the CSUN Real Estate Scholarship in honor of the late Dr. Donald Bleich. Dr. Bleich was an influential figure to Ben. Ben credits his former professor, mentor and friend for guiding him into his career in real estate. Dr. Bleich later gave Ben the opportunity to speak to his classes to provide information and advice to help students begin their careers.
2005 B.A. Biology
As an undergraduate, Joseph planted the seeds to a long-term involvement with CSUN. Joseph was in the Biology Club and was a part of the University Ambassadors program. After receiving his bachelor’s (biology) and master’s degrees (health administration) from CSUN, Joseph has continued to devote his time and energy to the university. Joseph has been the president of CSUN’s Health Administration Alumni Chapter for the past two years and has been a board member for four years. His goal as president is to add more members to the chapter and to promote the university and department’s programs to new and returning students. Joseph currently works as a senior compliance adviser and provides consulting for various health insurance companies and medical groups relating to health care compliance and regulatory/legislative analysis of the Affordable Care Act and newly passed federal/state regulations for health care organizations.
Rochelle Shapiro Kanoff
1979 B.A. Journalism
Journalism Alumni Chapter
Rochelle received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from CSUN in 1980 and has been a CSUN Journalism Alumni Association (JAA) board member since 2001 and director of scholarships since 2002. She also provides support to journalism students through coaching and mentoring. She has been involved with the CSUN JAA as a way to give back to the university that provided her with an affordable education, which paved the way for her career in editing, publishing and public relations. Plus, Rochelle values the opportunity to inspire and support the next generation of journalists and communicators. She is currently a corporate affairs senior manager at biotech company Amgen, focusing on brand and reputation strategy and communications.
Friend of the University
La Raza Alumni Chapter
Christina is a full-time faculty member and associate chair in the Department of Chicana/o Studies. She is the department alumni liaison for the La Raza Alumni Association (LRAA) Chapter. Christina worked with other department faculty to put together a benefit concert: “Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Department of Chicana/o Studies,” held on Oct. 25, 2014 in the Plaza del Sol Concert Hall on CSUN’s campus. The event proceeds went toward scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Christina and her family have established a scholarship via LRAA for current graduate students called the Ezekial & Adrian Rodriguez Graduate Scholarship. Ezekial Rodriguez, an immigrant from Michoacán, Mexico, had a strong work ethic and high regard for education, which motivated both of his children to attend college. This scholarship honors that value and the memory of Ezekial (1931-2007) and his son Adrian (1977-2009).
2013 MPA Public Sector Management
Masters in Public Administration (MPA)
Semee strives to give CSUN students as many opportunities to succeed as possible. Semee, who works as a legislative deputy for Los Angeles City Council member Mitchell Englander, is a big supporter of helping students further their academic and career goals. Besides speaking to students in the classroom, Semee makes sure that students are provided with internship opportunities so they can gain crucial work experience as they progress in their careers. As the secretary for the CSUN Master of Public Administration (MPA) Alumni Association Chapter, Semee helps connect students and alumni together through mixers and career-panel discussions. Semee believes CSUN is a great resource with limitless potential and that it’s all about tapping into that potential and leveraging its collective networks toward action to better the community. Semee also served as director and board member with the Asian Pacific American Legislative Staff Network and is a member of the Los Angeles City Employee Asian American Association.
2007 MSW Master of Social Work
Masters in Social Work (MSW)
Jennifer is a supervising children’s social worker at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. At CSUN, she is the vice president of the MSW Alumni Chapter. She has assisted with coordination of the yearly alumni events for the past two years. While she was a student at CSUN, she was a member of the founding class of the MSW program and a member of the Social Work Society club. Jennifer also volunteers with Kiwanis Young Professionals of the Antelope Valley. This is a service organization where monthly service projects are facilitated in the Antelope Valley. The group assists with food-bank distributions, it fund raises for a yearly scholarship for a community college student transferring to a four-year university, it works at a local animal shelter on a fundraising event, and shops for packages and delivers Christmas baskets and meals for needy families.
1980 M.A. Educational Psychology and Counseling
National Center on Deafness (NCOD)
Robert has been an inspiration for the hearing-impaired community for decades. But he has also been an inspiration for CSUN. He founded the NCOD Alumni Chapter, and over the years he has been involved in several alumni events. He has recruited alumni for Career Days for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and has hosted the Deaf Academic Bowl and College Bowl since 1988. He is the chairperson of IMPACT Conference for the Parents of Deaf Children and served as a member of the Deafness Task Force for the California Department of Education. He is so dedicated because his goal is to improve the quality of leadership, human rights, consumer rights, awareness and environment for our young people.
Robert is a Student Personnel Specialist (academic advisor for deaf and hard of hearing students) at the National Center on Deafness at CSUN. In 2012, Robert received a city of Los Angeles commendation for his work by City Councilman Mitchell Englander as the 12th Council District Honoree for Deaf Awareness Month.
2006 B.A. English & Asian American Studies
2013 B.S. Nursing
Nursing Alumni Chapter
George currently serves as president of the Nursing Chapter, sits on the Governance Committee for Gamma Tau (the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honors society), and sits on the Unit Practice Council at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for his unit in the 8 Intensive Care Unit. He graduated from CSUN in 2006 with a double major in English (creative writing) and Asian American Studies. After working in the writing industry and briefly pursuing a career in law, he returned to school to begin prerequisites for nursing, completing additional coursework to be a certified nurse assistant and becoming licensed as an emergency medical technician. After receiving the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing scholarship, he graduated summa cum laude from CSUN’s Accelerated Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Program in August 2013 and is currently working as a clinical nurse in the Liver Transplant/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
2008 MPH Public Health
Public Health Alumni Chapter
Carla Valdez’s passions at CSUN are many: the students and training them to become public health professionals, interacting with her colleagues in the Department of Health Sciences and growing the Public Health Chapter of the Alumni Association. Carla is the faculty adviser for the Public Health Chapter. She is a planning-committee member for continuing education conferences, such as LGBT Cultural Competence, and is the lead planning-committee member for events that support current students, such as speed mentoring for graduate students in the Master of Public Health Program. She helped launch the chapter fundraising efforts for an undergraduate public health and MPH scholarship. Carla is a member of the myCSUNtablet initiative — a oneto- one tablet deployment with the goals of increasing student learning and engagement, improving the quality of teaching materials and decreasing cost. The myCSUNtablet team received the Jolene Koester Team Award at the 2015 Staff Service Awards. Carla is the department liaison for the myCSUNtablet initiative.
1997 B.S. Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Sciences Alumni Chapter
Doris is about as homegrown as one gets. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at CSUN and is currently enrolled in the university’s doctorate program. She is also a full-time faculty member in the Radiologic Sciences (RS) program and is one of the founding members of the RS Alumni Chapter at CSUN. She has volunteered as a member and coordinator for the chapter’s continuing education seminars and speed mentoring events. Doris is also vice president of the California Society of Radiologic Technologists and has been a seminar coordinator for the past 10 years for that society.
Serving CSUN and its students has been a passion of hers since she was a student. Doris’ path was paved by great instructors, she said, who guided her and believed in her. She specifically noted Radiologic Sciences Department Chair Anita Slechta for giving her inspiration, saying she helped her to become not just a caring technologist, but also a passionate educator.