The Volunteer Service Awards acknowledges the outstanding individuals who serve the academic college or department in which they graduated.
Volunteer Service Awards College Recipients
The Volunteer Service Awards acknowledges the outstanding individuals who serve the academic college or department in which they graduated.
Volunteer Service Awards College Recipients
1980 B.S. Business Administration
1978 B.A. Anthropology
Friend of the University
1975 B.S. Home Economics
Health and Human Development
|Deane Leavenworth |
Friend of the University
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Paul Jennings is one of the most active donors and volunteers at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. He is the vice chair of the college’s advisory board, and has participated in the college’s annual Professor for a Day event for the last five years. Paul is also a judge in the annual Business Honors Case Competition. He has committed more than $1 million to support the college and encourages others to engage and support. In 2011, he represented the CSUN Alumni Association at the college's commencement.
Paul is also a member of the university’s Heritage Society, and he and his wife, Adrienne, are founders of the Jennings Family Foundation.
Currently working as Sector Vice President, Engineering and Global Product Development, Peggy Nelson is responsible for leading the Aerospace Systems (AS) engineering organization and managing the processes and tools used to design and develop the products across the sector and overseeing a workforce of more than 9,000 employees.
For several years, Peggy has been a tireless supporter of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and CSUN. As a member of the College Industry Advisory Board, she played a major role in elevating the profile of the college’s programs across Northrop Grumman’s business sectors and led to the college’s selection as a Core University Partner by the corporation in 2013. This partnership provides our students with enhanced internship and career opportunities, our faculty with the opportunity to work on contemporary research projects through design clinics and our academic programs to remain on the cutting edge.
Peggy is strongly committed to building a diverse workforce and recently secured a $45,000 grant from Northrop Grumman to support the college’s efforts to recruit, retain and mentor women in engineering – especially in aerospace engineering. An active, long-time participant in the WISE program (Women in Science and Engineering), she freely donates her time mentoring and supporting students in the college’s programs.
As the Executive Director of Valley Care Community Coalition, a nonprofit health and mental health planning agency, Joni Novosel has mentored many CSUN students by providing internships and field experience through the agency. Currently, she is Director of the Center for Healthier Communities at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where she partners with CSUN and various centers and institutes on a variety of projects that benefit CSUN students and area residents.
Loyal supporters of the university and its mission, Earl Greinetz and his late wife, Toba, have been conscientious donors to the campus for several years, including to the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, where a classroom is named in their honor. In 2004, after being introduced to the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Humanities, Earl became a member of the Steering Committee and a generous benefactor for the Friends of the Jewish Studies Program, a group of more than 300 community members supporting the program.
Also a loyal patron of the Valley Performing Arts Center, Earl was one of a small group of volunteers who tirelessly reached out to other donors on behalf of the VPAC campaign, raising the funds needed for construction and maintenance of the complex.
As a friend of the university, Ron Feinstein has contributed time and funds to CSUN. Ron and his wife, Gayle, have been generous benefactors to the Family Justice Center at the Michael D. Eisner College of Education. Ron supports the college’s community division agency, Strength United (formerly the Valley Trauma Center), whose mission is to provide a unique interdisciplinary approach to ending abuse and violence through the collaboration of mental health professionals, educators, researchers, students and volunteers. This agency partners with the Family Justice Center, the only one in Los Angeles County, which serves as a conduit for local agencies that work to combat family violence.
Ron is president of the Mid-Valley Police Council, which supports the LAPD’s Van Nuys-area station. He continuously advocates through the council on behalf of the Family Justice Center. He also sponsored the construction of the Welcome Center at the new Family Justice Center location.
Richard J. Parent
Actively involved in serving CSUN, Richard Parent is a member of the CSUN Foundation Board and its Finance & Investment Committee and the MCCAMC Dean’s Circle Executive Board and Advisory Board. In addition, he is a former member of the Valley Performing Arts Center Executive Advisory Board and its Gala Committee, Volunteer Leadership Summit Steering Committee, MCCAMC Arts Council Executive Board, Legislative Advocacy Network and the President’s Circle. He has contributed to the VPAC Gala Fund and the MCCAMC Music Department.
Sue Fritsche and her late husband, professor emeritus Gene Fritsche of the Department of Geological Sciences, always enjoyed the outdoors and loved giving back to their community, as well as other communities around the world. In 2004, they began to organize and personally lead a series of GeoTrek hikes as a way of offering the CSUN community and the public an opportunity to learn about aspects of geology surrounding the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains.
Jaime de la Vega
As a member of the SBS Urban Studies and Planning Alumni Council at CSUN, Jaime de la Vega serves on the review board for the Urban Studies department, helping to make sure the department continually meets compliance needs. As an extension of this activism, he participates in the Urban Studies department alumni mentoring program. He arms students with influential advice and information that contributes to the advancement of their careers in the public sector by providing information about internships and potential job leads. On multiple occasions, Jaime has served as a guest lecturer.
Kenneth Floyd is the retired CEO of Artissimo Holdings, Inc. The company is one of the world's largest manufacturers of innovative and trend-focused wall décor products. A few years ago, Kenneth's good friend and fellow CSUN alumnus Dick Fager helped him re-engage with the College of Business and Economics and the university. Since then, Kenneth has become a member of the college’s advisory board.
Kenneth acts as a guest classroom speaker and provides mentorship and guidance to multiple student groups. He actively recruits his colleagues to participate in college activities. Kenneth and his wife, Ana, are major financial supporters of the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics and the university's athletics program. He is a member of the CSUN Heritage Society and the President’s Associates.
Although not an alumnus of the university, Christopher Erickson has been a committee volunteer for the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS). Christopher has been a member of the CECS Industrial Advisory Board since 2009, and has been appointed as the college-designated board member for CECS. Serving as a judge each spring for the college’s Senior Design Project Showcase, Christopher commits to a demanding schedule that requires hours of showcase attendance and review of a wide variety of student projects.
He has 35 years of experience working with propulsion and energy technology and currently serves as chief engineer of energy and advanced programs at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park. He has successfully guided partnerships between the company and the college, including the college’s Honors Co-Op Program, which have resulted in the employment of many CSUN graduates. In addition, he is a member of the CSUN Foundation board of directors.
In 2010, Ruth Rothman established the Ruth S. Rothman Scholarship Endowment at CSUN, which is dedicated to providing tuition support to students pursuing a teaching credential in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education and specializing in speech therapy. Two years later, she established the Ruthie’s Kids Fund in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. The fund provides families in need with grants to help pay for enrolling their children in the Early Intervention Program at CSUN’s Language, Speech and Hearing Center.
On March 18, 2013, Ruth passed away at the age of 89. In her will, she left the bulk of her estate to continue tuition support for the Ruth S. Rothman Scholarship Endowment. She was a member of the CSUN Heritage Society and President’s Associates.
Michael Bloch is a loyal supporter and friend of the College of Humanities, as well as for the entire CSUN community. He established the Michael Bloch Queer Studies Scholarship, which was first awarded this year. As an active volunteer and alumnus, Michael was instrumental in starting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally alumni chapter, otherwise known as CLAASS (CSUN LGBTQA Alumni Association). His leadership and connections to the LGBT community, locally and nationally, were vital in starting the chapter.
Friend of the University
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
Barbara Pinchuk initially became involved with the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication because of her lifelong dream to have a performing arts center in the San Fernando Valley. As a member of the college’s Dean’s Circle, Barbara has demonstrated an active interest in the college and the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC). She has raised awareness of the university’s role in the community and advocated for both academic and public programs.
|Barbara Caretto |
Friend of the University
College of Science and Mathematics
Following her retirement from CSUN as the Director of Development for the College of Science and Mathematics, Barbara Caretto continues to maintain her connection with the campus by volunteering at the Botanic Garden. In addition to wielding her sharp editorial pencil on garden publications, she nurtures the plant collection with her precise attention to detail.
During her tenure as director of development, she authored numerous successful grant proposals. Two of them—grants from California ReLeaf and Caltrans—proved significant to the Botanic Garden and its volunteers. They funded the purchase of 220 trees and plants for the Gymnosperm Forest project and for the garden. Barbara collaborated with biology department faculty and staff to establish the Friends of the Garden and Memorial Bench programs. She also collaborated with Tseng College staff to design a gardening series and open house events—activities that have attracted numerous donors and volunteers to CSUN.
Mary Anne Wolfson
Mary Anne Wolfson is an outstanding volunteer tutor in the college's Michael Patterson History Writing Center, which provides support for students taking history classes who want to improve their writing skills. Mary Anne met each student on his or her own level, allowing them to move forward at their own pace. She read and offered constructive comment on dozens of draft essays and met with students individually to explain the fundamentals of writing and editing a paper. At a time when financial constraints have limited the amount of individual attention CSU students can receive from university staff, Mary Anne played a vital role in maintaining CSUN’s commitment to providing students with the help they need to excel in their coursework.
Since her retirement as a faculty member in the Department of Business Administration and Economics, Sue Haber has been an active CSUN supporter, volunteer and donor. She currently serves on the MCCAMC Dean’s Circle Advisory Board. Last year, she played an instrumental role in initiating the Dean’s Opportunities Project, a program that helps the college’s most promising students achieve unique educational and career goals by connecting them with successful industry professionals, arts patrons and dynamic community leaders.
Sue is an active member of the President’s Senior Associates and with her husband, Judge Alan Haber, has given generously to support the college’s Dean’s Fund and the Valley Performing Arts Center.
Roy Salter is a founder and member of the board of directors of California United Bank. A member of the COBAE Advisory Board since 2009, Roy created and now leads a field-study course that teaches students how to assess comparative business potential, and connects them with CEOs and companies in the Los Angeles area. Now in its second semester, students who completed the course have retained internships and jobs from the networking opportunities and skills that the course provided. Roy volunteers countless hours teaching our students and helping them prepare for CEO meetings as well as grading and editing papers, all while running the Salter Group. He also served on the Valley Performing Arts Center Gala Committee.
Theresa Quary has a long history of significant volunteer service to CSUN and the CHIME Institute, a CSUN partner school. Since 2005, she has been instrumental in raising funds for the institute and providing organizational and planning support for numerous CHIME events. She has motivated many others to become involved in the organization, giving generously of her time and skills.
In addition to volunteering countless hours, she plays an instrumental role at the Family Focus Resource Center (FFRC), recruiting, coordinating and managing volunteers for the organization. FFRC is an organization that, through the college, assists families of children with special needs. She also served for five years on the CSUN Advisory Committee for CULTURE in Early Childhood Special Education. The primary goal of the project was to produce highly qualified early interventionists and early childhood special educators.
Charles H. Volk, Ph.D.
As vice president and chief technologist for Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems Division in Woodland Hills, Charles Volk has been the “man on the inside” for the college as a friend, advocate and supporter for many years. A recent example was his arrangement for the donation of a key component to enable a CSUN student team to take first place in the national Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. He has been a member of the CECS Industrial Advisory Board since 2005.
Ronora W. Sayaman
Ronora Sayaman was the first to establish a scholarship in the Queer Studies Program with the Wong-Sayaman Equality Award, named after her parents, to provide support to students from any academic major who are committed to a leadership role in the Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. This year, Ronora was instrumental in the chartering the CSUN Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally Alumni Association (CLAASS) coinciding with the grand opening of the Pride Center in the University Student Union. CLAASS serves as an LGBTQA-focused and alumni-driven organization whose role is to provide networking, educational, mentoring and other benefits to LGBTQA students, alumni, faculty and the community.
George Thomas, Ph.D.
George Thomas began volunteering at the Botanic Garden in April 2005, after his retirement from Goodyear. George quietly works in the garden and greenhouse complex, whether by himself or as part of a team of volunteers. He can be counted on to finesse solutions to the day’s projects, such as constructing shady areas for sheltering sensitive plants or pruning an unruly shrub. No matter how complicated or onerous the task, Thomas will take care of it with neither fuss nor fanfare. His dedication to the garden is much appreciated.
Serving on the college’s Urban Studies Alumni Council for many years, Kurt Christiansen has acted as a liaison between the Urban Studies and Planning Department and the American Planning Association (APA). His volunteer leadership roles include serving as the Los Angeles section director, the California chapter president and in his current position as vice chair of the National Chapter Presidents Council.
During his term as Los Angeles section director, he established an annual scholarship for a CSUN student in the department. He also assisted the department with their first effort to gain accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board. Last year, Kurt served as one of the co-chairs of the National American Planning Conference, held in Los Angeles. He was instrumental in influencing the national APA organization to allow CSUN students to participate in the early career program for student members. He has served as a distinguished alumni speaker for urban studies students and is a member of the President’s Circle.
Jeremiah “J.B.” Williams
J.B. Williams is being honored for his extraordinary volunteer efforts on behalf of the college in connecting students with the MPA program. He has single-handedly recruited nine cohorts (270 students) into the program. An enthusiastic volunteer, J.B. has set a goal to recruit at least 200 more people into future cohorts.
Nancy has served on the HHD Academic Advisement Committee Think Tank to develop Advisement Moodle Communication. She is often invited to make presentations to assist and inform students interested in transferring to the Child and Adolescent Development major at CSUN. Nancy promotes and supports chapter professional development programs and encourages involvement in the Alumni Association.
Joe is highly involved in the fashion industry and with judging and producing fashion shows. Vecchiarelli Brothers, Inc., a family owned business, was established in 1936. Joe continued to source information about the apparel business and the company grew from a single entity to four companies averaging $38 million in annual sales.
At CSUN, she has contributed at all levels, most notably in her service as member and chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, member and chair of the Personnel Planning and Review Committee and on the Committee on Program Review. Among other awards, Janet received the CSUN Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award in 1989.
Dan and Jan Shiells
David P. Malone
Since becoming involved with CSUN in 2007, Dr. Munir Sindir has worked diligently to promote the college and the department. He has created opportunities for faculty and students to become involved with research and engineering projects at Rocketdyne and to work with engineers and scientists at the organization. Munir has volunteered and served on the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Advisory Board, and played a key role during the ABET accreditation team visit to the department. He continues his involvement and encourages his co-workers to become involved with the college and the department. Munir represented his firm at TechFest, the college’s annual showcase of local companies, at which he discussed employment opportunities with CSUN students and promoted the pursuit of technical degrees.
Since retirement, Clark initiated and co-directed the Head Start-Higher Education project for staff development of San Fernando Valley and Ventura County Head Start teachers. The project has provided scholarships and mentoring for 36 Head Start teachers to receive bachelor's degrees and 14 to receive master's degrees from CSUN.
Since her retirement in 2003, she has continued to generously volunteer by assisting the university in its connections to the financial donor community and by opening her home for social and fundraising events. At present, she is one of the organizers of a department campaign to support development of a new specialty clinic for the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. In addition, she is a member of the Valley Performing Arts Center Gala Committee.
D. Zeke Zeidler
In recent years, CSUN alumnus Daniel Zeke Ziedler friend and volunteer for the College of Humanities (COH). Zeke presented the 2006 COH commencement address, wrote an inspirational piece for the COH Newsletter and in 2008 participated in the celebration of the new Queer Studies program, along with 300 faculty, staff, students and community members. In 2008, Zeke agreed to serve as an advisor to the COH initiative to create the Rainbow Research and Resource Center (RRRC). His contribution of contacts in the community enabled the college to create an advisory board that will take the lead on the RRRC project.
Dean C. Logan
Bruce Rosenblum and Senior Vice President Liz Huzarik were instrumental in paving the way for Cinema and Television Arts class “Audience Analysis” to be taught at Warner Bros.—the only course regularly taught at the Burbank studio. With funding he solicited from Nielsen Media, Bruce helped create the Nielsen Media Research Lab in Manzanita Hall, and he continues to seek funding from Nielsen on CSUN’s behalf. Bruce created the David Somerville Memorial Media Research Scholarship at CSUN and also provides Warner Bros. scholarships for students studying audience analysis at the studio. Bruce has also served as a guest lecturer in Professor Bob Gustafson’s CTVA television program development course at the CBS Studio Center.
Vaughn Cable Ph.D
Vaughn currently holds an adjunct faculty position with CSUN where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in electromagnetics and is presently assisting with the restoration of the Microwave Lab. Vaughn has been the trustee for WB6TAM, the CSUN Amateur Radio Club since its inception in 1977.
In 2007, she co-chaired the ITAA annual conference in Los Angeles, which has brought international recognition to the CSUN Apparel Design and Merchandising program. Nancy and her husband have endowed scholarship programs in the FCS Department and in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and created an endowment to support the textile laboratory and the costume collection. She has received several honors, including an Outstanding Professor Award from CSUN in 1998, Sorority “Favorite Faculty” Award, the California Faculty Association WHO Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the ITAA.
Varaz and Karina Shahmirian
Kelly Shirk Slide
Dan and his wife Kathy recently committed $350,000 through their estate plan to establish an endowed professorship in Finance. This gift was the first endowed Finance professorship established by an individual alumnus.
In 2003, Marni participated in the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research, a conference that spotlighted faculty-mentored undergraduate research or creative achievements at 90 institutions in Southern California. With the help of her faculty mentor, Behzad Bavarian, she presented a well received report, “Optimizing the use of Exploration and Search & Rescue Robots by using newer technologies including computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and rapid prototyping (RP),” at a conference.
Since John was a student at Valley State, he has remained a strong supporter of Matador Athletics. He is a basketball season ticket holder and he was a member of the Matador Athletic Association. He is president of the History Alumni Chapter and serves as a member of the Association Board of Directors.
For the past 8 years, Kenn has continued creating partnerships and has been actively involved in several projects with the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, including Teachers for a New Era, Integrated Teacher Education, ARCHES, Small Learning Communities and Project GRAD-Los Angeles.
After retiring from the music industry in 2002, Carson returned to Los Angeles from Nashville and has devoted his time to community service. He has donated hundreds of hours to KCSN FM, offering his help with marketing and programming strategies. In addition, he is the new Chairman of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication Dean’s Circle Executive Board. He has been a guest speaker in Music Industry Studies classes, and uses his knowledge of the music industry to inform and inspire students.
Ron is the Director of the Providence Center for Community Health Improvement.
Bryce has been instrumental in helping launch and support the Tseng College’s MPA program by encouraging employees at Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services to enhance their knowledge in the public administration field. His efforts have resulted in a paradigm shift that has encouraged other county agencies to do the same.
Jan and Bill Gaines
Jan and Bill are among the faithful Arts Council volunteers who usher for all the student performances and act as hosts for art gallery events.
Over the years, Werner has earned many public and private grants, including a $550,000 grant with James Castro and Helena Noronha that places graduate students in teacher’s assistant positions. He has worked with his colleague Bruce Shapiro to teach a course in orbital mechanics, which helps students interpret the common format of satellite tracking data and to predict satellite orbital positions.
Over the past few years, Tom has volunteered his leadership skills to several committees at CSUN. He serves as a volunteer to the Teachers for a New Era Initiative, where his expertise and his connections in the community have been extremely valuable. He has been instrumental in the College of Education's efforts to develop a model teacher education partnership between universities and community colleges. In addition, Tom is serving as a member of the advisory committee for the development of the university’s new doctoral degree in educational leadership, to be implemented in 2008.
For many years, he held the position of chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and continues to serve the college and help students as an emeritus professor. He created the supplemental instruction guidelines for the department and continues to voluntarily come to campus to advise and mentor students.
Christine Hamilton Smith
She has authored several articles, and since 1978, Chris has been a coco-editor of a popular book, titled “Food-Medication Interactions,” considered to be the foremost of all drug-nutrient interaction resources.
Mike Brown and Ronnie Thompson
Mike envisioned and created the Employee University concept, seeking and welcoming the university’s affiliation and expertise. Ronnie has had 'a major impact on the EU by designing courses-such as “Dollars and Sense of Preventing Workplace Injuries”-that have proven to be of individual and collective value to county departments and their employees. The perseverance, dedication and collaborative spirit of these two Tseng College volunteers is evident in the success of the students who participate in the programs. The intra-service model has been invaluable to Santa Barbara County employees who cross-train their colleagues according to individual expertise.
Honorable Bert Glennon
Dena Hall Ivanci
Anthony "Tony" Rubino
Haroldeane "Deanie" Snell & Kiho Sohn
Currently, Michael Bessolo serves as senior vice president for marketing, promotion and publicity for 20th Century Fox Television.
Matthew and Kathy Fein
He was the recipient of a leadership award by the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, a special teaching award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, Pacific Section, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), 2001.
In March, she was presented with the Stephen Aroff Memorial Award in recognition of her overcoming her disability, becoming a role model to those who are hoping to rebuild their lives after spinal cord injury.
Alan is an altruistic donor for a number of scholarships, specifically as an early supporter of the Minority Business Program, currently operating through the Office of Student Services and Advisement (OSSA/EOP). Program coordinators credit much of the success of OSSA/EOP to Alan’s investment of time, energy and talent over the years.