• 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. 

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

(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

Anita Kapil
Accountant II
(818) 677-6565

Jonathan Navarro
Manager, Accounting
(818) 677-6029

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

Lusine Dayan
Accounting Supervisor
(818) 677-4175

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


Jennifer Kim

Executive Administrative Analyst
(818) 677-2716

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

Shelley Sakoda
Administration Specialist
(818) 677-6024

Cindy Lucio
Assessment Assistant
(818) 677-6418

Board of Directors (BOD)

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

Computer Lab

Nicholas Echeverri
Computer Lab Coordinator
(818) 677-6005

Diversity and Inclusion

Ayan Jama
Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

DREAM Center

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


Audrey Martinez
Manager, Programs
(818) 677-5058

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

Xiomara Carranza
Programs Supervisor
(818) 677-6576

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
Human Resources Specialist
(818) 677-5976

Joanne Cowles
Human Resources Specialist
(818) 677-7615

Sherry Butler
Human Resources Assistant
(818) 677-5975

Wendy Ponce
Human Resources Assistant
(818) 677-5332

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


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
Acting Assistant Director, Operations & Services
(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

Student Recreation Center

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

Jeremy Hamlett
Assistant Director, Aquatics, Day Camp, Games Room and Intramural Sports
(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

Gabriel Rosales
Facility Operations Coordinator
(818) 677-6211

Demetrius Scott
Intramural Sports & Day Camp Coordinator
(818) 677-5305

Scott Teves
Fitness Operations Coordinator
(818) 677-2650

Mary Chavez
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

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