Foundation Board Members' Biographies
Wayne R. Bailey '77
Wayne R. Bailey received his B.A. in Economics from CSUN in 1977. During his business career he held various executive positions in banking, finance and investment management. He serves as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino and is a Trustee and Treasurer of Westmark School in Encino.
Vincent P. ‘Vince’ Barabba (’62)
Vince Barabba is the Chairman of State of the USA and the Market Insight Corporation. He retired in 2003 as the general manager, Corporate Strategy, General Motors Corporation. He was recently appointed Chairman of the State of the USA; a non-profit corporation with an educational mission to provide quality information, including quantitative indicators, to the American public on key changing societal, economic, and environmental conditions.
Mr. Barabba twice served as Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census and is the only person to have been appointed to that position by Presidents of different political parties. Between his government service and GM assignments he served the Manager of Market Research for the Xerox Corporation and Director of Market Intelligence for Eastman Kodak. Mr. Barabba was the co-founder of Decision Making Information and from 1969 to 1973 provided electoral information to political campaigns from City Hall to the Presidency.
In recognition of his performance in the private and public sectors he was recently inducted into the Market Research Hall of Fame. He also received the American Marketing Association’s Parlin Award for leadership in the application of science to the discipline of marketing research, the MIT/GM Henry Grady Weaver Award for individuals who have contributed the most to the advancement of theory and practice in Marketing science, and the Certificate of Distinguished Service for Contribution to the Federal Statistical System from the Office of Management and Budget.
He is the author of Surviving Transformation (2004 Oxford) and Meeting of the Minds (1995 HBS Press). He is the co-author of Hearing the Voice of the Market (1991 HBS Press) and The 1980 Census: Policy Making Amid Turbulence (1983 Lexington Books).
Mr. Barabba is a past president and a fellow of the American Statistical Association, has served as U.S. representative to the Population Commission of the United Nations, Board Member of the National Opinion Research Center, and Chairman of the National Research Council Panel to review the statistical program of the National Center for Education Statistics.
Sara Bauer was vice president of the Board of Directors of the W.P. Whitsett Foundation from 1996 until dissolution of the Foundation in February 2007. The Whitsett Foundation established an endowed chair in California history at CSUN in 1986. A long-time resident of Northridge, Sara was president of parent associations at the public schools that her children attended. She has served for 35 years as clerk of session (governing body) of the First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills. In 1991-1992, she chaired the Women’s Ministry Unit Committee of the Presbyterian Church (USA). From 1994-1998, she was a member of Occidental College Alumni Association Board of Governors. At CSUN, she has served on the Community Advisory Board of the Center for Southern California Studies and a member of The University Corporation Board of Directors. She has been president of the Historical Museum Association at Los Angeles Valley College.
Harvey A. Bookstein (’70)
Harvey Bookstein is the Managing Visionary Partner for RBZ. As Managing Visionary Partner, Harvey will identify and tap into opportunities such as practice acquisition, new niche practice areas and additional office locations. Harvey is also a co-founding Partner of RBZ and has more than 36 years of public accounting experience. Throughout his entire career, Harvey has provided tax, accounting and business consulting services to clients in the real estate industry. His clients include land developers, residential and commercial builders, property managers, investors and commercial building owners, architectural firms, general contractors and construction companies. Harvey also heads up the Real Estate Services Group with one of his partners, Yunna Barats, and has invested over $300,000,000 in real estate investments. In addition, Harvey works with high-net-worth individuals and their families, and family or other closely-held businesses and specializes in estate planning, charitable giving, and dealing with financial issues relating to children, divorce and the development of strategies to pass family businesses from one generation to the next – a method he has developed and has registered as, “Therapeutic Accounting®.”
Harvey oversees a wide range of services, including entity selection and structuring, structuring and negotiating acquisitions and dispositions, pre-acquisition due diligence, debt restructuring, property repositioning strategies, foreign ownership, succession planning and tax-free exchanges. His goal is to anticipate his clients’ needs, ask the right questions, and then develop meaningful ideas and solutions that enable his clients to maintain a competitive edge.
Beyond his commitment to his clients, Harvey established the Harvey and Harriet Bookstein Chair in Taxation within CSUN’s College of Business and Economics in 2005. This endowment will also fund the Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation (Master in Taxation). In addition, Harvey is currently serving as a Director for Mitos Pharmaceuticals and is on the Board of Directors for The University Corporation of California State University. In the past, Harvey has served on the Board of Directors for The Entrepreneurship Institute, Northridge, and Students for a Better Tomorrow. He is a former President and Board Member of Los Angeles Telecommunications Commission, past Chairman of United Cerebral Palsy/Spastic Children’s Foundation of Greater Los Angeles/Ventura, past Board Member of Hathaway Children’s Services and Phoenix House, and was Chairman of a local bank.
Harvey is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Harvey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Harvey is also a graduate of Leadership Los Angeles.
John W. Bradley
John Bradley is the Vice President Finance & CFO for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne located in Canoga Park. He currently serves on the College of Business & Economics Business Partners Advisory Committee and is a former member of the BSEC Advisory Committee. Mr. Bradley also serves on the boards of the YMCA of Southwest Ventura County, the Alliance for the Arts, The Discovery Center, Junior Achievement and Warner Center Association. He is on the Board of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association and is a past recipient of the Golden Knights of Management Award. John served as Co-Chair of the CSUN Foundation Development Committee from 2002- 2009.
Wayne-Kent A. Bradshaw
Wayne Bradshaw is President and Chief Operating Officer of Broadway Federal Bank. Previously Wayne was the President of the Community and External Affairs Division's Southwest and Northwest Intermountain Region for WA MU (Washington Mutual). Prior to joining Washington Mutual in 2003, Bradshaw was President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Savings Bank until it was acquired in December 2002. With more than 33 years of experience in a finance and regulatory environment, Bradshaw's background includes positions as President/CEO of Founders Federal Savings and Loan Association in Southern California and former Chief Deputy Superintendent of the California State Banking Department. Wayne served as Vice Chair of the CSUN Foundation Board during the 2006-08 term.
Ralph A. Courtney III
Ralph Courtney is a retired Deputy Public Defender IV with the Los Angeles County Public Defenders office. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the First United Methodist Church of Reseda and is a member of the Board of the Granada Hills High School Boosters Club. Mr. Courtney teaches law and constitutional law in Simi Valley School District Adult Education and UC Santa Barbara Extension.
Earl S. Enzer (’83)
Earl Enzer received his B.S. in Finance from CSUN and went on to earn his MBA from Northwestern University. Enzer is a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs Los Angeles office, an international banking, equity, asset management and research corporation. His wife, Karen Dunbar-Enzer is also an alumna of CSUN - she received her B.A. in Journalism. Earl served as a Co-Chair of the CSUN Foundation Finance and Investment Committees and currently serves on the Finance/Investment Committee. In June 2009, Mr. Enzer was elected Chair of the Foundation Board.
David W. Fleming (Hon. D. '09)
David Fleming is Of Counsel to the international law firm of Latham & Watkins. He is a past recipient of the Fernando Award and has been involved in the civic and charitable organizations for over 40 years. A past president of the Los Angeles City Fire Commission and the California Transportation Commission, he serves as a White House trustee of the James Madison Foundation, a national trust bestowing scholarships on high school American history teachers throughout the US. He chairs the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, and was a major donor to Cal State Northridge School of Education, having chaired its $2.5 million building fund drive. He is the vice chair of the Los Angeles County Children's Planning Council and is a past chair of VICA.
Charles B. Gilbert ‘Chuck’ (‘86)
Charles B. Gilbert ‘Chuck’ (‘86) is the Chief Executive Officer of Gilbert Consulting Group, LLC, an insurance-‐based succession, executive benefit and estate planning firm in Kansas City. Prior to this, he practiced tax and estate planning law in Missouri and Kansas as well as serving as an operations officer with Security Pacific National Bank. Chuck earned a B.A. in Economics from CSUN and a J.D. and LL.M. in taxation from the University of Missouri-‐Kansas City School of Law. He also holds Charter Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations from the American College.
Chuck has served on the boards of the Kansas City chapter of the National MS Society and the Midwest Ear Institute, of which he was the chair, as well as an endowment committee member or advisor for several other charities. He has been an adjunct faculty member for both the University of Missouri-‐Kansas City School of Law and the American College in addition to speaking at various legal symposia and as a contributing author to the Urban Lawyer. Mr. Gilbert lives in Kansas City, MO.
John R. Golisch (’72)
John Golisch is a Certified Public Accountant and partner with BDO Seidman, LLP. John is a past president of the California State University, Northridge Foundation having served as a Board member since 1985. He has served on the Development, Finance, Investment and Nominating Committees. John is a member of the College of Business Administration and Economics Advisory Committee. In 1990 the President’s Associates presented Mr. Golisch their Community Leadership Award for his leadership role in securing the first endowed faculty fellowship gift of $100,00 in Accounting, from Arthur Andersen & Co to the College of Business. Mr. Golisch received the Distinguished Alumni Award from our CSUN Alumni Association in 1985. He is a past chair of the original Trust Fund (renamed CSUN Foundation in 1995) and has served as the CFO of the CSUN Foundation Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Bryan A. Green ('94)
Bryan Green is President and CEO of Advantage Fitness Products (AFP), a leading provider of innovative fitness solutions for commercial facilities worldwide. AFP offers expertise across multiple facets of the health & fitness industry, including facility planning, design, supply, service, and support. AFP serves several industry verticals including Hospitality, Professional & Collegiate Sports, Universities & Schools, Municipal & Residential Development, Corporations & Government Organizations and Health & Wellness.
Green is a frequent industry and public speaker on the subject of effective fitness facility design and facility operational strategies. Additionally, Green has served as an editorial advisor and contributing writer for numerous publications including Fitness On-Site, Hotel Executive, Fitness Management, Home Gym Magazine, Resort & Recreation, and Shape Magazines. Green also serves on the Marketing Committee for the International Spa Association and the advisory boards for leading industry equipment suppliers Technogym and Star Trac Fitness. Green is also a distinguished Board Member of Junior Achievement in Southern California.
A California native, Green graduated from California State University of Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing.
William C. ‘Bill’ Griffeth (‘80)
With more than 20 years experience in business television, Bill Griffeth is one of the most respected financial journalists in the country. Best known for his quick wit and his ability to think on his feet, he brings an extensive knowledge of the markets and market history to CNBC’s programming.
Bill was part of the production team that in 1981 started the Financial News Network, the first cable channel devoted to business news. During his ten years there he was nominated for a Cable ACE award as best news anchor for his work anchoring FNN’s coverage of the stock market crash of 1987.
In 1991, when NBC purchased FNN, Bill joined the CNBC team. He has anchored a number of programs for the network, including Market Wrap, Mutual Fund Investor, The Money Club, and – his current assignment – the very popular “Power Lunch,” (M-F, 12-2 p.m. ET) which he co-hosts with Sue Herera. Along the way, he garnered 6 more Cable ACE nominations.
Bill has always believed that educating viewers about how the markets work is as important as informing them about the latest news. That is why he helped develop CNBC’s Student Stock Tournament, an online stock-picking contest designed to teach 4th -12th graders about stocks. More than 40,000 students in the U.S. and parts of Canada participated during the 4 years the tournament was conducted in the 1990’s. And the tournament’s Web site won the Beacon Award in 1998 for being the Internet’s best educational site. And in 2001, upon Bill’s 20th anniversary in the business, the National Association of Investors Corp. awarded Bill its Distinguished Service Award in Investor Education.
Bill has also written three books to date. His most recent book, By Faith Alone: One Family's Epic Journey Through 400 Years of American Protestantism (Harmony), was published December 1, 2007. His other two books, Bill Griffeth’s Ten Steps to Financial Prosperity (Warner Books), which was published in 1994, and The Mutual Fund Masters (McGraw-Hill), published in 1995, were both Fortune Book Club main selections.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in 1980 from California State University, Northridge. In 2000, CSUN honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.
David S. Honda
David Honda has served as president of D.S. Honda Construction, Inc., specializing in building high-rise business and medical offices since 1980. His designs are seen in buildings around Los Angeles including the Directors Guild of America offices and the Special Olympics Archery Range Complexes in Rancho Park and Woodley Park. He has held leadership positions in the Valley Economic Development Center, United Chambers of Commerce, Valley Economic Alliance, Rotary Club, Rebuild LA, and the Mid Valley Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations. David Honda is actively assisting with plans and fund raising efforts for the College of Health and Human Development's Adaptive Aquatic Facility, and is a Past Chair of the CSUN Foundation Board.
Mark Lainer works in real estate development and investments and is a Director of the National Bank of California. He recently joined the Board of Directors of the California State University Northridge Foundation. His current community positions include: Chair of the California State University, Northridge, Jewish Studies Program Advisory Board., Chair of the Los Angeles Bureau of Jewish Education Day School Capacity Building Project, and Chair of the Endowment Committee of United Jewish Communities (UJC) and he is a member of the boards of New Community Jewish High School, Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, Heschel Day School West and American Jewish University.
Mark is a past Chair of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation, past Chair of Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA), past Chair of the L.A. Bureau of Jewish Education, and was the first Chair of the Board of the Ziegler Rabbinical School at American Jewish University. He is a past officer and board member of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation and past chair of the Federation’s Planning & Allocations and Project Renewal Committees. He was an officer of Temple Valley Beth Shalom, in Encino, and of the Council of Jewish Federations. He was the founding president of the Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge, California.
Mark served as a director of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, representing the City of Los Angeles, and was a director of the United Way, North Angeles Region. Mark received a degree in accounting from UCLA and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Albert M. ‘Al’ Lapides (M’68)
Cal State Northridge alum Albert Lapides is President of Replacement Parts Industries. He joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 1985 and has served as secretary for several years and as vice chair of the Foundation Board. Mr. Lapides received his M.S. in Business Administration from Cal State Northridge in 1968. He has served on the Board of Directors of the President’s Associates since 1976 and was president in 1979. Al has served as the chair of the CSUN Major and Planned Gifts Committee, and serves on the Board Advancement Committee. He is also a director of Northridge Hospital Foundation and serves on other prominent boards and committees.
George S. Leis ('81)
George S. Leis is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Capital Bancorp. Mr. Leis joined Pacific Capital Bancorp in March 2006 as Executive Vice President of Wealth Management and was named Executive Vice President of Information Technology later that year. He was appointed President and CEO of Pacific Capital Bancorp in April 2007.
Prior to joining Pacific Capital Bancorp, Mr. Leis was the Managing Director, U.S. Head, Products and National Practice Leader for Investments at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management. He also served as Senior Vice President and Director of Private Client Services Centers at Wells Fargo and as Senior Vice President and Manager for Bank of America Private Bank. Mr. Leis began his banking career with Security Pacific National Bank in Retail and Commercial Banking.
A graduate of California State University Northridge, he is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. Active in the community, he serves on the Business School Advisory Board at CSUN, the Channel Islands YMCA Board of Directors, and the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business & Management’s Board of Visitors.
Pacific Capital Bancorp, with $7.5 billion in assets, is the parent company of nationally chartered Pacific Capital Bank, N.A. The Company provides consumer products, commercial banking products, trust services, investment management, private banking, and wealth planning and advice to customers throughout the Central Coast of California. It operates 47 retail branches under the local brand names of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, First National Bank of Central California, South Valley National Bank, San Benito Bank and First Bank of San Luis Obispo. The Company’s website is www.pcbancorp.com.
Barbara Levy ('74)
Barbara Levy received her BA in Literature from CSUN and went on to earn an MBA from New York University and a CPA in the State of New York. Her husband, Rick Levy, is also a CSUN alumnus - receiving a BA degree in Political Science and then an MBA from Cornell University.
After earning her MBA, Barbara worked at Arthur Young & Co. and then for Penn Central Corp. She has spent the last 25 years raising her two daughters and volunteering in her Greenwich, CT community.
Philip S. ‘Phil’ Magaram (Hon.D. ’03)
Philip Magaram is attorney/principal of Valensi Rose PLC. The Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition & Dietetics was founded in memory of Marilyn Magaram in 1991 with generous donations provided by Mr. Magaram and the Joseph Drown Foundation. He serves on the Honorary Board of Directors of the Marilyn Magaram Center. Mr. Magaram is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Joseph Drown Foundation. He is a founding member of the former School of Communication, Health and Human Services Dean’s Roundtable and received the college’s James W. Cleary Award at the 1993 Commencement. In July 2002, Mr. Magaram was appointed Chair of the CSUN Major Gifts Committee, he served as the Vice Chair of the Foundation Board from 2002 until 2006. Mr. Magaram served as Chair of the Foundation Board from 2006 through 2009. As the Immediate Past Chair, Mr. Magaram will serve as Chair of the Board membership committee.
Philip J. ‘Phil’ Mundy, Jr. (’71 )
Phil Mundy has served as President of Mundy Medical Marketing Inc., specializing in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic surgical equipment, since 1979. He pioneered much of the high tech equipment now commonly used in Arthroscopy. Upon graduation from CSUN with a BS in Business Administration, he started in the Pharmaceutical industry and then moved to the medical device industry where he has spent the last 33 years. He has served on many boards in both the nonprofit and for profit industry. Most recently he spent 6 years on the Board of Woodland Hills Country Club serving 2 years as its President. In the nineties he spent 6 years on the Board of Chaminade College Preparatory School serving 2 years as its Chairman. In the eighties he served on the Board of LifeTech Industries during the initial IPO. Currently he is a Member of Parcus Medical LLC serving as its Vice President of Business Development and a Member of DME Therapies LLC serving as its President. In January 2009 he accepted a position as Chair of the Los Angeles Valley College Athletic Endowment Advisory Board with a mission to support student success through athletics by raising funds and developing community relationships.
Robert M. ‘Bob’ Myman (’67)
Robert M. ‘Bob’ Myman (’67) is a founding partner of Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light LLP, a leading entertainment law firm that represents individuals and firms in diverse entertainment genres and roles. Mr. Myman received BS in Polictical Scienec from CSUN and his law degree from the University of Southern California. He began his legal career in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, then as a civil litigator for the firm of Rose, Klein & Marias. He was Managing Director of the Talent Division for the 1993 and 1997 Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington D.C.
Mr. Myman has been a frequent guest lecturer at universities and symposiums and served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University Law School and Southwestern Law School, teaching “The Business of Television.”
In addition, he has served on the Chapman University School of Film and Television Millennium Council, the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts Board of Advisors, the Southern California Advisory Council for the Citizen Scholarship Foundation of America, the Board of Directors of Women in Film, and the Board of Advisors of the Harvard Center for Health Communication. At CSUN, Mr. Myman serves on the Dean’s Board of Ambassadors for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Sanford ‘Sandy’ Paris
Sandy Paris is a developer of industrial parks. He has had a long and active relationship with the CSUN College of Business Administration and Economics that has included serving as guest lecturer for real estate classes. He received the Community Leadership Award in 1998 from the College of Business. Mr. Paris is involved with many non-profits, serving on the boards of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, L.A. Headquarters Association, L.A. City Library Foundation, Valley Industry & Commerce Association, California State Bar Association, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, the Southwestern Law School as well as the Encino Chamber of Commerce. Paris received a B.S. in Accounting from UCLA, LL.B. from Southwestern Law School, and was named “Man of the Year” by the Anti-Defamation League in 1987. Mr. Paris was appointed Chair of the Foundation Finance & Investment committee in June 2009.
The Honorable Joy Picus
Former Los Angeles City Council member Joy Picus continues to be actively involved in the community currently serving as Chair of the Board of Friends of the (Griffith) Observatory. She chairs the University of Wisconsin Foundation’s Committee in Los Angeles, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Letters and Science of the University. She recently served as Chair of the University of Wisconsin Foundation's Women’s Philanthropy Council, and on the Foundation Board of Directors. Joy serves on the Foundation Board of the Children’s Planning Council, a public private partnership created to promote programs to improve children’s lives. She has served on the Board of the Jewish Home for the Aging, and is currently a member of the Valley Alliance of the Jewish Federation Council. She also serves on the Board of Community Partners. At CSUN Joy is a member of the Dean’s Circle Executive Board in the College of Arts, Media and Communication, is a member of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean’s Ambassadors, and recently accepted a position on the Board of the Jewish Studies Program.
Robert J. ‘Bob’ Rawitch (’67)
Robert Rawitch is a senior vice president with the Century City-based public relations consulting firm of Winner & Associates. He was the former executive editor and editorial operations director for the Los Angeles Times Valley and Ventura Edition. Rawitch previously served as assistant metro editor, editor of the valley section, and suburban editor of the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Rawitch received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Cal State Northridge, and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. He lectured at Cal State Northridge from 1971 until 1983, and 2003 to present, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Youth News Service, chairman of the California Freedom of Information Committee, president of the Board of Directors of the California First Amendment Coalition, and president of the California Society of Newspaper Editors. His wife, Cynthia, is associate vice president for undergraduate studies at Cal State Northridge.
Todd Russell Reinstein
Todd Reinstein has been a Board Certified Specialist in Taxation Law (State Bar of California) since the inception of the program in 1973 and is currently an attorney with the law firm of Ervin, Cohen & Jessup LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a Professor of Accounting and Information Systems, Emeritus at California State University, Northridge, and is the co-founder of the Master of Science in Taxation program. He was a Professor at the College of Business and Economics at CSUN from 1967 until 2006, teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has served as a board member on the Planned Giving Committee of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. Johns Hospital and has also served on various University and College of Business and Economics committees. His over 40 years of legal practice has emphasized tax planning, complex business transactions, estate planning, tax controversy, probate, real estate, corporate and partnership law. In June 2009, Mr. Reinstein was appointed Chair of the Board Development committee.
James H. Ring (’70)
James Ring is President of Ring Financial, a Santa Monica-based real estate development and management company. Mr. Ring received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Urban Studies from Cal State Northridge.
Robin ‘Rob’ Rousselet (’79, M.’97)
Robin Rousselet, CPA, retired in 2007 from the position of Chief Financial Officer for The Voit Companies. He was formerly controller for three subsidiaries of the Carlsberg Corporation, and a senior accountant with Deloitte and Touche. Rousselet graduated Magna cum laude from CSUN in 1979, and received his master’s degree in Business Administration from UCLA. He serves on the Development Committee of the Council of Business Advisors for the College of Business Administration and Economics. Rousselet is a past Co-Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee of the CSUN Foundation Board.
Dale Surowitz is the Chief Executive of the Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He previously headed the North Hollywood Medical Center, and worked as an administrator for the Doctor’s Hospital of Montclair and Ontario Community Hospital. Mr. Surowitz is an active member of the Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce and the V.I.C.A. He is also the Vice Chair of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Mr. Surowitz is a four-time winner of the Tenet-Circle of Excellence Award and in 2001 was named “Outstanding Business Person of the Year” by the Encino Chamber of Commerce.
Robert D. Taylor (82)
Robert D. Taylor is a Founding Partner of Centinela Capital Partners, LLC. Centinela is an alternative investment firm that provides discretionary investment management services to select institutional investors. Centinela specializes in discovering new opportunities, particularly related to niche strategies or emerging managers. Mr. Taylor is a member of Centinela’s investment committee and oversees the firm’s strategy and development of its investment and operating processes, along with leading individual investments.
Prior to joining Centinela, Mr. Taylor was a founding partner of Blue Capital, a middle market private equity firm whose investment strategy centered on post‐acquisition value‐creation. While at Blue Capital he was responsible for all aspects of the investment process and firm leadership. In addition Mr. Taylor served as interim CEO of several of Blue Capital’s portfolio companies.
Prior to starting Blue Capital, Mr. Taylor was a partner at McKinsey & Company. Over the course of an eleven‐year career, Mr. Taylor built an extensive background in improving the performance of large, complex for‐profit and not‐for‐profit enterprises. Mr. Taylor is a highly skilled and experienced counselor of chief executives and senior executive teams, with a track record of helping these executives dramatically improve their operations.
Mr. Taylor has served on the boards of both private and public companies. He also serves or has served on the board of several not‐for‐profit organizations, including the National Urban League, where he is currently Senior Vice Chairman, the Los Angeles Urban League, California Science Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board, and Stanford Law School Board of Visitors.
Mr. Taylor earned a B.S. in engineering, summa cum laude, from California State University, Northridge, a J.D. from the Stanford Law School, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Milton G.’Milt’ Valera (‘68)
Milt Valera is President and Chairman of the National Notary Association and the National Notary Group. Since he took leadership in 1982, the Association has become the largest and most recognized organization serving America's Notaries. Valera has played an indispensable role in professionalizing America’s Notaries, and has brought the NNA's significant influence to government and the business, legal, educational and international communities. Among his achievements are two influential standards: The Uniform Notary Act of 1973, and its successors, the Model Notary Acts of 1984 and 2002, and The Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility, which is today considered the definitive ethical guide for Notaries in the United States. Before joining the NNA in 1969, Valera was successful in newspapers, marketing and public relations. He attended Los Angeles City College and California State University Northridge (’68), where he earned a BA Degree in Journalism. Valera is an active CSUN alumnus and board member at the Journalism Alumni Association, the Alumni Association, the Dean's Circle, the President's Associates, and the Imagine the Arts Campaign Development Committee for the University's new Performing Arts Center project. He also serves on several corporate boards.
Marla M. Vasquez
Marla Vasquez is senior vice president and regional president for Wells Fargo’s Community Bank for the San Fernando Valley. Vasquez oversees 986 team members and 41 banking stores with nearly $6 billion in deposits.
A 16-year veteran of the company, Vasquez assumed her current position in 2008. Previous to this appointment, she was Community Bank regional president for the Pacific Coast market, serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. She also served as community banking president for the North Valley and Glendale/Burbank markets in the San Fernando Valley.
In 2009, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal named Vasquez among the top businesswomen in the region with its “Executive Newcomer Award.” In 2009, 2008 and 2007, the Pacific Coast Business Times named Vasquez one of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties’ “Top 50 Women in Business.” She also was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” for her business and community leadership by the Pacific Coast Business Times in 2007, and earned the same distinction by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2004. Consistently recognized for her leadership and sales performance, Vasquez is a five-time winner of Wells Fargo’s annual Sales and Service award for top performing regional bankers.
Vasquez has been active throughout her career in numerous nonprofit organizations. She currently serves on the boards of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association, Valley Economic Alliance, the Boys and Girls Club of West Valley, and California State University Northridge Foundation.
Vasquez received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in business management and psychology from Rocky Mountain College in Montana. She also earned a master’s degree in psychology from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. In 2005, she graduated from the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management. Vasquez resides with her husband in Santa Clarita.
Irving L. “Irv” Zakheim (’71)
Irving L. “Irv” Zakheim (’71) is President, Zak Designs, Inc., a Spokane, Washington based supplier of dinnerware, tabletop and kitchen products. Founded in 1976, the company has offices in nine countries around the world. Sister company, Sara Rose International, founded in 1992 and based in Taipei, Taiwan.
Mr. Zakheim received the SBA Small Business Person of the Year award for Washington State in 2006 and was also recognized as Eastern Washington University's Entrepreneur of the Year for 2008. Among his civic and charitable activities, Mr. Zakheim controls the Spokane RiverHawks, a collegiate summer league baseball team in Spokane that is organized as a non-‐profit. The RiverHawks direct all revenue above their operating expenses to community needs, including youth baseball and improving playing fields and facilities in the area. He also serves on boards of several other non-‐profit organizations, including the Mark Rypien Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Spokane County and Boys Scouts of America – Inland Northwest Council. Mr. Zakheim is also a member of the Board of Regents of Gonzaga University.
As a student at CSUN (then San Fernando Valley State College) Mr. Zakheim was a member of the 1970 NCAA College World Series Championship baseball team. When that team was inducted into the Matador Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, he played the key roll in organizing the team’s presence at that ceremony and coordinating a team gift to Athletics. He is also a member of the Beverly Hills High School Athletics Hall of Fame. After college Mr. Zakheim played professional baseball in the minor leagues for the Chicago White Sox from 1972 to 1973. Mr. Zakheim lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife.
PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS 2011–12
Shane G. Frehlich, Ph.D.
Shane G. Frehlich, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Frehlich joined the faculty at Northridge in 2001, and since that time has served on the CSUN Faculty Senate, the Senate Executive Committee, and on several Standing Committees of the Senate. He currently holds the position of Vice-President of the Senate. On a national level, Dr. Frehlich serves as the Vice-President of the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHE), and is editor of the Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education. Dr. Frehlich’s professional expertise is in the areas of sport psychology, positive psychology and performance enhancement.
Sydni Powell is the Vice President of the Associated Students, Inc. at California State University, Northridge. She will graduate in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition. Powell got involved in the University very early in her academic career by holding Executive Board positions in the Residence Halls Association, University Student Union, Inc. and in the Associated Students, Inc. She makes all decisions with the students in mind, with fiscal responsibility, and with a futuristic/long-term lens.