• University Student Union


Management Staff

Debra L. HammondDebra L. Hammond
Executive Director

(818) 677-2390

Debra Hammond has served as the Executive Director of the USU for over 20 years, beginning her tenure in November, 1993. She is responsible for the overall strategic direction and vision for the USU including serving as the executive secretary of the Board of Directors of our non-profit corporation. She also provides guidance and direction to the following major areas of the organization:  Finance and Business Services, Marketing and Programs, Operations and Services, Student Recreation Center, Human Resources, and Administration and Governance. Debra also serves as a part-time faculty member in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling  (student services/college counseling program). Debra is passionate about the development of students and staff and is committed to creating spaces, facilities, programs, services and opportunities that enrich and enhance the lives of students. She is an advocate for deepening the connection between students and the CSUN campus in order to promote student success and persistence to graduation. Debra received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Rutgers University and her master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, Los Angeles. Debra served as a past president of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), which is the association that helps to develop college unions and community on college campuses throughout the United States and abroad.  In 2006, she received the Butts-Whiting Award which is bestowed upon those who have made significant and lasting impacts on the association and the profession.

Joe IlluminateJoseph C. Illuminate
Associate Director, Finance & Business Services

(818) 677-6492

Joseph Illuminate has served as the Associate Director, Finance & Business Services since February 2004. He provides leadership and direction for the USU Finance & Business Services department. Joseph is focused on being a steward of student fees to ensure there are sufficient resources to fund programs and services for students at the highest level. He earned his master’s degree in Public Administration and graduate certificate in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. Joseph also holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration with a specialization in accounting from California State University, Los Angeles. 

Shannon Krajewski

Shannon M. Krajewski
Associate Director, Marketing & Programs

(818) 677-6494

Shannon Krajewski has served as the Associate Director of Marketing and Programs since December 2007. She provides leadership and direction for USU Events, Marketing, Pride Center, Veterans Resource Center, Commercial Services, Games Room, Sunny Days Camp and the training and development of the Board of Directors. Throughout her career in student affairs, Shannon has focused on her passion for developing student leaders and helping them to discover and leverage their natural strengths. Shannon earned her master’s degree in Education from Ohio University where she studied College Student Personnel while working as a graduate associate in the Baker Student Center.  

Jimmy FrancisJimmy Francis
Director, Student Recreation Center

(818) 677-2629

Jimmy Francis started with the University Student Union in February 2011, and has served as the Director, Student Recreation Center since October 2012. He provides leadership and direction for SRC Membership Services, Fitness and Wellness, Facility Operations, Intramurals and Aquatics. His passion is to help students achieve their educational goals while providing valuable employment experience, and healthy alternatives outside the classroom to help develop lifelong wellness habits. Jimmy earned his master of arts degree in Sports and Exercise Management from The Ohio State University and his bachelor of arts degree in Physical Education from Ohio Wesleyan University.


Sharon Kinard
Manager, Administration and Communications
(818) 677-6025

Carol Nardini
Administrative Assistant to Executive Director
(818) 677-6024

Kingson Leung
Coordinator, Special Initiatives
(818) 677-5652

Linda Kang
Special Assistant, Administration
(818) 677-6025

Seda Harutyunyan
Coordinator, Facilities Projects & Services
(818) 677-4324

Business Services

Jonathan Navarro
Accounting Manager
(818) 677-6029

Lusine Dayan
Accountant II
(818) 677-4175

Anita Kapil
Accountant I
(818) 677-6565

Lynn Umzam
Technician, Accounts Payable
(818) 677-6033

Tamika Braud
Technician, Accounts Receivable
(818) 677-6575

Britjette Mayfield
(818) 677-3626

Renise Weiss
Accountant I, Payroll
(818) 677-6030

Commercial Services

Jeremy Hamlett
Manager, Commercial Services
(818) 677-2194

USU Events

Shanell Tyus
Manager, USU Events
(818) 677-4171

Audrey Martinez
Supervisor, USU Events
(818) 677-5058

Randy Sorensen
Events Supervisor, USU Events
(818) 677-6576

Facilities Maintenance

Emilio Fernandez
Assistant Director, Facilities and Maintenance
(818) 677-6574

Vincent Mele
Supervisor, Facilities Maintenance
(818) 677-3627

Allison Smith
Administrative Assistant, Facilities Maintenance
(818) 677-3627

Adam Kreuter
Facilities Maintenance Grounds Worker
(818) 677-3627

Rick Kaiser
Facilities Maintenance Plumber
(818) 677-3627

Ruben Cota
Facilities Maintenance Worker
(818) 677-3627

Chris Slark
Facilities Maintenance Carpenter
(818) 677-3627

Marvin Morales
Facilities Maintenance Engineer, Electrical
(818) 677-3627

Ryan Ballek
Facilities Maintenance Worker, Painter
(818) 677-3627

Michael Johnson
Facilities Maintenance Worker, HVAC
(818) 677-3627

Jose Espino
Facilities Maintenance Worker, SRC
(818) 677-3627

Miguel Galindo
Facilities Maintenance Worker, SRC
(818) 677-3627

Human Resources

Kristen Pichler
Human Resources Officer
(818) 677-3849

Bernetta Johnson
Coordinator, Human Resources
(818) 677-5975

Jenny Cai
Coordinator, Human Resources
(818) 677-5976

Matt Eickhoff
Program Coordinator, Training and Development
(818) 677-2284


Michael Niles
Marketing Manager
(818) 677-6023

James Matzen
Graphic Designer
(818) 677-5743

Jenny Soto
Marketing Supervisor
(818) 677-5658

Steven Wein
Web Designer
(818) 677-5957


Samantha Liu
Coordinator, Operations Administration
(818) 677-2899

Reservations and Event Services

Kristie Godfrey
Assistant Director, Operations
(818) 677-4173

Janet Ohnishi
Event Planner
(818) 677-5167

Leslie Andrews
Event Planner
(818) 677-5653

Raquel de Ruiz Molinar
USU Reservations Event Planner
(818) 677-3644

Ashley Simmons
Marketing and Business Analyst
(818) 677-5166

Thomas Sekayan
Operations Coordinator
(818) 677-6577

Christopher Jensen
Technical Coordinator
(818) 677-5692

Resource Centers

Sarina Loeb
Coordinator, Pride Center and LGBTQ Initiatives
(818) 677-5977

Patrina Croisdale
Coordinator, Veterans Resource Center
(818) 677-4348

Student Recreation Center

Michal Jankowski
Manager, Facility Operations
(818) 677-6270

Sandra Salute
Manager, Fitness and Wellness
(818) 677-5381

Kaila Lavin
Manager, Membership and Aquatics
(818) 677-5649

Ryan Hairapetian
Coordinator, Aquatics
(818) 677-5804

Amanda Christianson
Coordinator, Fitness
(818) 677-5832

Kristofer Newsome
Coordinator, Intramurals
(818) 677-5305

Thomas Cunningham
Supervisor, Aquatics
(818) 677-5487

Pero Akinbohun
Administrative Assistant
(818) 677-5478

Technology Support Services

Alexander Gonzalez
Technology Support Services Manager
(818) 677-6022

Brent Nelson
Technology Support Services Coordinator
(818) 677-7134

Nicholas Echeverri
(818) 677-6005
Coordinator, Computer Labs