The Office of Alumni Relations works with alumni volunteers, faculty, staff and students to cultivate relationships with alumni, increase membership, enhance revenues, plan programs, inform and engage alumni with each other and with the university. The staff ensures that the strategic plan of the Alumni Association and related programming is complementary to the university's mission and aligned with the vision and priorities as established by the university president.
A CSUN alumna herself, Shellie graduated with a B.S. in Leisure Studies & Recreation in 1990 and with her Master's in Public Administration in 1998. Before transferring into the Office of Alumni Relations in 2001, she worked at CSUN in the Office of Student Development, serving students in Orientation programming, Greek-life, Associated Students, Emerging Leaders, and other student clubs and organizations. Shellie's parents and her husband also graduated from CSUN. Her son Jack and daughter Dana will carry on the Matador tradition.
Samantha is returning to university life after spending three years managing accounts with a boutique marketing agency. Prior to her time at the agency, she served as the Alumni Relations and Events Manager at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and worked in both Alumni Relations and Development at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Samantha has an M.A. in Sports Management from CSU Long Beach, and a B.S. in Business Administration from CSU San Marcos.
Before coming to CSUN, Cheryl worked for more than 13 years as an executive assistant in the insurance industry. She has been a volunteer with the CSUN history department’s Natchez Historic Conference and Courthouse Project. She received an Associate Arts degree from Los Angeles Valley College. Her husband, Richard, graduated from CSUN with a degree in History.
Kathleen Ayala-Rivera '13
Kathleen is a proud matador alum. She graduated with a B.A. in Literature in 2013. She first started working for CSUN while she was a student and has never left.
Before coming to CSUN, Bridget worked for the rock band REO Speedwagon in the office and on the road. In pursuit of finishing her college degree, she joined the Special Events department at CSUN, where she was involved with presidential related events, including the opening gala for the Valley Performing Arts Center. Years later, an opening allowed her to expand on her event planning skills through volunteer engagement within the Alumni Office and chapter programs. Bridget is expected to receive her B.A. in Liberal Studies with a minor in Marketing in 2016.
Jordan Helo '13, MS '15
Jordan is a two-time alum of CSUN, earning her B.S. in 2013 and M.S. in 2015 in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management. She has been working for CSUN since 2010 and is happy to continue supporting and engaging fellow matadors in her current role. Prior to that, she worked for Warner Brothers and the Los Angeles Clippers. In her spare time, Jordan enjoys coordinating weddings and being one with nature.
Jonathan graduated CSUN with a B.A. in Music Education in 2013 and his M.A. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in 2015. As a student of CSUN, Jonathan was highly involved, serving on executive councils for student organizations such as the LGBTA and Associated Students Senate. He was also on the Dean’s List for multiple semesters. Jonathan is a lifetime member of the CSUN Alumni Association and is proud to be a Matador.
Mimi Edwards '09
As a proud CSUN alumni and former Residential Life staff member, Mimi has developed a passion for career development and professional success. After receiving her B.A. in Social Sciences in 2009, she worked in multiple capacities within Special Events & HR Development at both NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company. Mimi is excited to be back at CSUN to support our Career & Professional Development programs.