• University Student Union Board of Directors

Board of Directors

In the last few years, the USU Board of Directors (BOD) and its committees have renovated the USU, voted to increase funding for large-scale events such as Matador Nights, and launched the referendum to build the Student Recreation Center. Start doing more now, on your campus, with the BOD.

Are you interested in joining the USU BOD? There are three ways to get involved:

  1. Run for a seat on the BOD in the Spring Elections. Each spring, students run in the AS/USU elections for five of the ten student seats.
  2. Apply for an open seat on the BOD if there are any vacancies. Contact the BOD Assistant to find out about any current vacancies.
  3. Join a USU Board of Directors standing committee to learn about the USU and BOD while developing skills for the future. The standing committees include: the audit committee, the facilities and commercial services committee, the finance committee, and the personnel committee. Students who serve on committees and demonstrate leadership potential are always encouraged to run for a seat on the BOD.

Students who serve on the BOD or a committee must have a minimum cumulative and semester 2.0 GPA, and must have completed at least one semester at California State University, Northridge.


  1. Enhance USU marketing efforts within the USU, and throughout California State University, Northridge while promoting and providing information about the Center on Centers/Cross Cultural Center Initiative.
  2. Create a Mentor Program to help form a stronger relationship with USU faculty, staff and administration in hopes of developing student leader’s professional endeavors.
  3. Collaborate with Associated Students to continue strengthening relations and better support our student body.
  4. Continue to spread inclusivity within the USU and outside the USU while empowering student organizations on our campus by working with them to accomplish their goals.

Board Members

Bhernard TillaBhernard Tila, Chair

Year and Major: Senior, Public Health & Asian American Studies

Involvement: Board of Directors, Chair

Bhernard currently serves as the Chair for the University Student Union (USU) Board of Directors. As the former Chair for Facilities and Commercial Services Committee, he was able to advocate for the expansion of the EOP DREAM Center, explore inclusive USU facilities and many more. As this year’s Chair, he aims to further enhance the cultural diversity and receptiveness of the USU, while advocating and empowering CSUN students’ voices to be heard. Furthermore, he aims to increase student organization opportunities, address campus climate, create a more inclusive USU, and increase resources for student success.

Stephanie Flores-TemixStephanie Flores Temix, Vice Chair

Year and Major: Senior; Sociology, Option II (Social Welfare/Social Justice) & Chicanx Studies

Involvement: Board of Directors, Vice Chair

Stephanie is committed to representing CSUN students at the University Student Union (USU) to the best of her abilities in order to influence sustainable change and improvement while encouraging students to become involved with the USU. This is Stephanie’s second and last year on the Board of Directors, and she is ready to finish off the year strong and encourage students to join the Board. Stephanie’s plan after graduating in Spring 2019 is to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work and specialize in international policy making to continue to advocate for underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Debra L. HammondDebra L. Hammond, Executive Secretary





Shelley Ruelas-BischoffShelley Ruelas-Bischoff, University Representative





Sharon EichtenSharon Eichten, University Representative





Maria ElizondoMaria Elizondo, Staff Representative





Marquita GammageMarquita Gammage, Faculty Representative





Tonee SherrillTonee Sherrill, Alumni Representative





Stephanie BarbozaStephanie Barboza, Student Representative

Year and Major: Sophomore, Marketing/Chicanx Studies

Involvement: Board of Directors, Dreams to be Heard


Frankie BenkovicFrankie Benkovic, Student Representative

Year and Major: Graduate Student, Higher Education Administration

Involvement: Board of Directors, New Student Orientation

Frankie would like to increase the USU's efforts towards diversity and inclusion. This is his last year on the board and hopes to continue to advocate on behalf of the student body. His career goal is to become a chief diversity officer in higher education.

Jazmin HernandezJazmin Hernandez, Student Representative

Year and Major: Senior, TV Production Major

Involvement: Board of Directors

As a commuter student, Jazmin wanted to be able to participate in an organization that helps create an inclusive environment for anyone no matter how close or how far they come from. She is proud to be part of an organization that listens to the voices of students and helps to diversify the campus. This is her senior year and she will be pursuing a position in the entertainment business.

Michael OdinloMichael Odinlo, Student Representative

Year and Major: Senior, Biology (Pre-Med)

Involvement: Board of Directors

Michael’s goals are to increase collaboration between the USU and student clubs/organizations, create a more effective feedback system for students’ concerns/ideas to be heard, and continue to prioritize students’ needs. He plans to attend medical school after CSUN.

Amber PerkinsAmber Perkins, Student Representative

Year and Major: Senior, Kinesiology: Exercise Science

Involvement: New student orientation leader, pre-physician assistant club, 3 Wins Fitness, Board of Directors

Amber is determined to create a plan for an increase in funds for campus organizations and emphasize the importance of resources that contribute to a lasting period of student growth and success here at CSUN. This is her second and final year on the Board of Directors. After graduating, Amber plans to pursue a career in the healthcare field and become a Physician’s Assistant.

Asima Rahman

Asima Rahman, Student Representative

Year and Major: Junior, Biochemistry

Involvement: Board of Directors, CSUN Biochemistry Club


Timmothy Roberts

Timmothy Roberts, Student Representative

Year and Major: Senior, Major: Kinesiology, Minor: Africans Studies

Involvement: Board of Directors


Jesus SuarezJesus Suarez, Student Representative

Year and Major: Senior, Finance

Involvement: Sigma Tau Alpha, Dreams to be Heard, Board of Directors

Jesus hopes to bridge the gaps between the USU and students who are not actively engaged in student life through effective marketing practices. His ultimate goal is to serve the student body of CSUN in any capacity possible, with aspirations of serving in future leadership positions in both the USU and A.S. Post-graduation he plans to help small ethnic business owners to develop their business practices.

Beverly NtaguBeverly Ntagu, Associated Students President*
*This position serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and is not eligible to vote.

Year and Major: Senior, Major: Psychology, Minor: Child and Adolescent Development (Pre-Med)

Involvement: Associated Students; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; Black Student Union; African Student Organization; Black Leadership Council; National Pan-Hellenic Council; Matador Mentor

Beverly values relationships and plans on working closely with the Board of Directors to represent and engage CSUN students. She believes that this will be a very progressive year for the institution and cannot wait to partner with the Board of Directors on a variety of initiatives that directly impact our students (i.e., DACA and promoting a diverse and inclusive campus environment). Being that this is her last year at CSUN, she plans to leave a legacy of involvement, representation, and relay the importance of the student voice. Beverly is a loving individual and has an unrelenting passion for caring for others. Post-graduation, she will work towards applying to medical school so that she may pursue a career in healthcare. 


Meeting Schedule

  • July 16, 2018
  • Aug. 27, 2018
  • Sept. 24, 2018
  • Oct. 22, 2018
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • Dec. 3, 2018
  • Jan. 28, 2019
  • Feb. 18, 2019
  • March 11, 2019
  • April 15, 2019
  • May 6, 2019
  • June 10, 2019

All meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon, USU

Other Important BOD Dates

  • June 27-28, 2018: BOD Summer Retreat
  • Aug. 22, 2018: Student Summit
  • Aug. 30, 2018: Matafest
  • Sept. 3, 2018: Holiday — Labor Day
  • Sept. 14, 2018: Matador Nights
  • Oct. 8–10, 2018: NIRSA Region VI Conference (Bellingham, WA)
  • Nov. 12, 2018: Holiday — Veterans Day
  • Nov. 15–17, 2018: ACUI Region I Conference (San Diego State University, San Diego, CA)
  • Dec. 7, 2018: U-Day
  • Dec. 12–18, 2018: Fall Final Exams
  • Dec. 24, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019: Winter Break
  • Jan. 17, 2019: Student Summit
  • Jan. 21, 2019: Holiday — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 16–19, 2019: NIRSA Annual Conference (Boston, MA)
  • March 18–24, 2019: Spring Recess
  • March 24–28, 2019: ACUI Annual Conference (Indianapolis, IN)
  • April 1, 2019: Holiday — Cesar Chavez Day
  • April 12, 2019: Matador Nights
  • May 3, 2019: Year-End Celebration
  • May 14–20, 2019: Spring Final Exams
  • May 27, 2019: Holiday — Memorial Day
  • June 3, 2019: BOD Orientation
  • June 10, 2019: BOD Luncheon / Annual Meeting


More Information

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