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.
An Alumni Relations team member for 11 years, Cheryl is a lead for signature events including the Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Volunteer Service Awards. Prior to becoming a staff member, Cheryl volunteered with the CSUN history department’s Natchez Historic Conference and Courthouse Records Project. A CSUN alum by choice and marriage, her husband Richard ’89, MA’92 (History) is her best volunteer.
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.
Trevor recently graduated from CSUN with his B.A. in Music Industry Studies in spring 2016 and is currently working towards his M.S. in Recreational Sport Management. As a student, Trevor worked for the University Student Union as a Student Event Assistant. He was also highly involved in student organizations, serving as the President of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and being inducted into Order of Omega (Leadership Honor Society). Trevor is excited to continue working at CSUN and supporting our Students and Young Alumni.
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.