• University Student Union


Management Staff

Debra L. HammondDebra L. Hammond
Executive Director

(818) 677-2390

Debra L. Hammond has more than 39 years of experience in higher education. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, Los Angeles. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the University Student Union (USU) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The USU is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization governed primarily by students. She opened a $60 million Student Recreation Center as well as a Pride (LGBTQ) Center, a Veterans Resource Center, and a state-of-the-art Oasis Wellness Center in 2013 and is currently in the process of planning a $130 million renovation/new construction project for the USU. She also serves as a faculty member in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education. She teaches in the college counseling student services program where she received the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award in 2012. For her body of work, the California State University (CSU) selected Debra from among the CSU’s 23 campuses as its outstanding staff member of 2016. The Wang Family Excellence Award is the highest award presented to an administrator by the CSU. Debra also received the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for her accomplishments as a woman in business.  

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.  

Sharon KinardSharon S. Kinard
Associate Director, Administration & Communications

(818) 677-6025

Sharon S. Kinard started her employment with the University Student Union in 1999, serving in several progressively responsible positions prior to stepping into her current role as associate director in October 2020. A former news reporter with the Los Angeles Daily News who covered city and county governments and education, Sharon provides solid news, writing and editing experience. She has oversight of the Board of Directors, Department of Administration, Marketing Department and Assessment. 

A former part-time co-instructor of assessment for CSUN’s Michael D. Eisner College of Education in its college counseling/student services graduate program, Sharon earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in journalism (English minor) from San Diego State University. She also is a facilitator in Strengths-Based Education with Gallup Inc.

Sharon is passionate about measuring student success efforts, programs and services. She enjoys writing, hiking and mentoring, as well as thought-provoking books, films, family and good friends. 

Kaila Lavin

Kaila Lavin
Director, Student Recreation Center

(818) 677-5649

Kaila Lavin was born in New Mexico and raised in Arizona. She began working at a recreation facility in high school and loved the fun environment it created. From there, she attended the University of Arizona and began working at the Student Recreation Center on campus. Over the next four years, she advanced through several positions within the department and decided that the recreation industry was the career path for her. 

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology, Kaila moved to California. She attended CSUN and received her graduate degree in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management (RTM) while serving as a graduate assistant for the new SRC during the construction phase. Kaila continued working her way up in the SRC to her current role as Director. 

Kaila also serves as a Lecturer for the RTM department and teaches classes for the graduate program. Additionally, Kaila works part time as Lead Faculty and Technology Integration Specialist for CORE Unlimited, a consulting firm specializing in collegiate recreation and software development. Kaila enjoys her time traveling, teaching group exercise classes, and spending time with family and friends. 

Samantha Liu

Samantha Liu
Acting Assistant Director, Operations & Services

(818) 677-2899




Audrey Martinez

Audrey Martinez

Acting Assistant Director, Programs & Inclusion

(818) 677-5058




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 SanchezDr. Freddie Sánchez
Associate Director, Programs & Inclusion
(On Loan to University)

(818) 677-7618

Dr. Freddie Sánchez 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 received his PhD from the Joint PhD 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

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

Lusine Dayan
Interim Manager, Accounting
(818) 677-4175

Anita Kapil
Accountant II
(818) 677-6565 

Ali Sadri
Interim Accounting Supervisor
(818) 677-5285 

Jenn Orellana
Accounts Payable Technician
(818) 677-6033

Karen Yeung
Accounting Technician
(818) 677-3626


Jennifer Kim
Executive Administrative Analyst
(818) 677-2716

Shelley Sakoda
Administration Specialist
(818) 677-6024

Cindy Lucio
Assessment Assistant
(818) 677-6019

Board of Directors (BOD)

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

Computer Lab

Kimia Ebadirad
Computer Lab Supervisor
(818) 677-6005

Diversity and Inclusion

Sarina Loeb
Acting Assistant Director, Resource Centers
(818) 677-5977

Ayan Jama
Acting Manager, Diversity Initiatives
(818) 677-6494

Pero Akinbohun
Black Student Success Initiatives Coordinator
(818) 677-4171

Angelouise Legaspi
HEAL Project Coordinator

DREAM Center

Daniela Barcenas
Manager, DREAM Center
(818) 677-7069

Min Jung (Jenny) Park
DREAM Center Supervisor
(818) 677-7069

Facilities Maintenance

Ana Dattoo
Administrative Assistant
(818) 677-3627

Vincent Mele
Facilities Maintenance Supervisor
(818) 677-3627

Jose Espino
Facilities Maintenance Worker
(818) 677-7223

Miguel Galindo
Facilities Maintenance Worker
(818) 677-7230

Michael Johnson
Engineer, HVAC
(818) 677-3627

Rick Kaiser
Facilities Maintenance Plumber
(818) 677-3627

Marvin Morales
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
Manager, Human Resources
(818) 677-5976

Stefanie Guarino
Human Resources Administrative Assistant
(818) 677-6027

Christina Leon
Human Resources Specialist, Student Employment

Wendy Ponce
Human Resources Recruiter
(818) 677-5332

Christine Aroutounians
Human Resources Administrative Support Assistant
(818) 677-6027

Sherry Butler
Human Resources Assistant
(818) 677-5975


Steven Wein
Interim Manager, Marketing
(818) 677-5957

Amina Hopkins
Interim Marketing Supervisor

Kyle Hufnagel
(818) 677-6581

Mia Lubliner
Interim Marketing Coordinator
(818) 677-5658

James Matzen
Graphic Designer
(818) 677-5743


Pride Center

Whitney Workman
Acting Pride Center Coordinator
(818) 677-2861

Jay Hitomi
Interim Pride Center Supervisor
(818) 677-4355


Xiomara Carranza
Acting Programs Coordinator
(818) 677-6576

Dyemond Cooper
Programs Logistics Supervisor
(818) 677-4562

Reservations and Event Services

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

Leslie Gonzalez
Production Supervisor
(818) 677-3644

Grace Haddad
Reservations Planner
(818) 677-5653

Rachel Hood
Reservations Planner
(818) 677-5167

Israel Garcia Uribe
Building Manager Trainer
(818) 677-3644

Student Recreation Center

Amanda Christianson
Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness
(818) 677-5832

Jeremy Hamlett
Assistant Director, SRC Programs
(818) 677-2194

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

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

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

Ryan Hairapetian
Aquatics Coordinator
(818) 677-5804

Ariel Pasion
Fitness Programs Coordinator
(818) 677-5381

Demetrius Scott
Intramural Sports & Day Camp Coordinator
(818) 677-5480

Scott Teves
Fitness Operations Coordinator
(818) 677-2650

Mary Chavez
Aquatics Supervisor
(818) 677-8800

Alejandra Romero
Facility Operations Supervisor
(818) 677-5521

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

Gabriel Hernandez
Veterans Resource Center Supervisor
(818) 677-6129