Bhernard 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 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. Hammond, Executive Secretary
Shelley Ruelas-Bischoff, University Representative
Sharon Eichten, University Representative
Maria Elizondo, Staff Representative
Marquita Gammage, Faculty Representative
Tonee Sherrill, Alumni Representative
Frankie 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 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 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 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.
Jesus Suarez, Student Representative
Year and Major: Senior, Finance
Involvement: Sigma Tau Alpha, Dreams to be Heard
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 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.