• 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.

Jimmy FrancisJimmy Francis
Associate Executive Director, Operations & Services

(818) 677-2629

Jimmy Francis started with the University Student Union in February 2011, and served as the Director for the Student Recreation Center before being appointed to the Associate Executive Director role. He provides leadership and direction for the operations and services areas of the USU, and also leads its renovation and construction projects. His passion is to help students achieve their educational goals by providing valuable employment experience and quality programs, services and facilities. Jimmy earned his master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Management from The Ohio State University and his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Joe IlluminateJoseph C. Illuminate
Associate Director, Accounting & Finance

(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.  

Kristen Pichler

Kristen Pichler
Associate Director, Human Resources & Professional Development

(818) 677-3849

Kristen Pichler, or KP as she’s more commonly known, started her employment with the University Student Union in 1985. Since then, she’s served in a variety of progressively responsible positions prior to stepping into her current role as the Associate Director, Human Resources & Professional Development in 2000, leading HR functions for the USU’s 450 employees and 40 volunteers. KP fosters a legal, safe, and fair employment environment, and is a champion of the student employment experience, encouraging students to acquire knowledge, skills, habits and attitudes that will help them succeed at work both now and post-graduation. She is a devoted Matador, holding both a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in English, from California State University, Northridge.

Freddie SanchezFreddie Sanchez
Associate Director, Marketing & Programs

(818) 677-7618

Freddie Sanchez joined the University Student Union in November 2015 as the Assistant Director for Resource Centers (Veterans Resource Center, Pride Center). In 2017, he was appointed as the Associate Director for Marketing & Programs overseeing various USU departments including Diversity & Inclusion, Events, Marketing, Pride Center, Veterans Resource Center and leadership development for the USU Board of Directors. Freddie is passionate about providing equitable opportunities for students that are transformative and increase student success at CSUN. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Joint Ph.D. Program in Education at Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University. He received a Master’s of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California and two bachelor’s degrees (Spanish and Financial Mathematics & Statistics) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Accounting & Finance

Jonathan Navarro
Manager, Accounting
(818) 677-6029

Tamika Braud
Accountant I — Accounts Receivables
(818) 677-6575

Lusine Dayan
Accounting Supervisor
(818) 677-4175

Anita Kapil
Accountant II
(818) 677-6565

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

Jenn Orellana
Accounts Payable Technician
(818) 677-6033

Ali Sadri
Accountant I
(818) 677-5285 

Karen Yeung
Accounting Technician
(818) 677-3626


Sharon Kinard
Acting Assistant Director, Administration & Technology
(818) 677-6025

Jennifer Kim
Executive Administrative Analyst
(818) 677-2716

Kingson Leung
Assessment & Special Initiatives Coordinator
(818) 677-5652

Shelley Sakoda
Administrative Support Supervisor
(818) 677-6024

Board of Directors (BOD)

Emery Hernandez
Board of Directors (BOD) Administrative Support Coordinator 
(818) 677-4392

Computer Labs

Nicholas Echeverri
Computer Labs Coordinator
(818) 677-6005


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

Pero Akinbohun
Events Supervisor
(818) 677-4171

Xiomara Carranza
Events Supervisor
(818) 677-6576

Facilities Maintenance

Dave Ross
Assistant Director, Facilities Maintenance
(818) 677-6574

Ana Dattoo
Administrative Assistant, Facilities Maintenance
(818) 677-3627

Vincent Mele
Facilities Maintenance Supervisor
(818) 677-3627

Jose Espino
Facilities Maintenance Worker — SRC
(818) 677-7223

Miguel Galindo
Facilities Maintenance Worker — SRC
(818) 677-7230

Michael Johnson
Facilities Maintenance Engineer — HVAC
(818) 677-3627

Rick Kaiser
Facilities Maintenance Plumber
(818) 677-3627

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

Chris Slark
Facilities Maintenance Carpenter
(818) 677-3627

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

Tom Jenkins
Facilities Maintenance Worker
(818) 677-3627

Alan Price
Lead Groundsworker
(818) 677-3627

Nelson Romero
(818) 677-3627

Human Resources

Jenny Aw
Human Resources Specialist
(818) 677-5976

Joanne Cowles
Human Resources Specialist
(818) 677-7615

Randy Sorensen
Training & Development Specialist
(818) 677-2284

Sherry Butler
Human Resources Assistant
(818) 677-5975

Wendy Ponce
Human Resources Assistant
(818) 677-5332


Michael Niles
Manager, Marketing
(818) 677-6023

Kyle Hufnagel
(818) 677-6581

Mia Lubliner
Marketing Supervisor
(818) 677-5658

James Matzen
Graphic Designer
(818) 677-5743

Troy Thornton
Marketing Coordinator
(818) 677-7612

Steven Wein
Multimedia Coordinator
(818) 677-5957

Pride Center

Sarina Loeb
Manager, Pride Center
(818) 677-5977

Whitney Workman
Pride Center Supervisor
(818) 677-2861

Reservations and Event Services

Samantha Liu
Manager, Reservations & Operations
(818) 677-2899

Christopher Jensen
Technical Coordinator
(818) 677-6592

Raquel de Ruiz Molinar
Reservation & Event Services Coordinator
(818) 677-7046

Tim Rasmussen
Building Operations Coordinator
(818) 677-4940

Elias Gallegos
Operations Supervisor
(818) 677-4324

Grace Haddad
Reservations Planner
(818) 677-5653

Rachel Hood
Reservations Planner
(818) 677-3644

Melissa Lopez
Reservations Planner
(818) 677-3644

Student Recreation Center

Kaila Lavin
Interim Director, Student Recreation Center
(818) 677-5649

Richard Cardona
Manager, Wellness Center
(818) 677-7374

Amanda Christianson
Manager, Fitness Programs and Wellness
(818) 677-5832

Jeremy Hamlett
Manager, Intramurals & Day Camp
(818) 677-2194

Angela Gattoni
Manager, Facility Operations and Membership Services
(818) 677-6270

Alfredo Padilla
Manager, Fitness Training
(818) 677-5525

Ryan Hairapetian
Aquatics Coordinator
(818) 677-5804

Gabriel Rosales
Facility Operations Coordinator
(818) 677-6211

Scott Teves
Fitness Operations Coordinator
(818) 677-2650

Briell Huerta
Aquatics Supervisor
(818) 677-5487

Technology Support Services

Alexander Gonzales
Manager, Technology Support Services
(818) 677-6022

Michael Jardinico
TSS Help Desk Coordinator
(818) 677-7134

Brent Nelson
Technology Support Services Coordinator
(818) 677-7017

Veterans Resource Center

Mayra Plascencia
Manager, Veterans Resource Center
(818) 677-4348

Paulo Iparraguirre
Veterans Resource Center Supervisor
(818) 677-6129