Board of Directors
About the Board
The Sacramento State Alumni Association Board of Directors is a group of alumni volunteers who lead the organization in its service to Sacramento State and its alumni.
Leadership provided by the Board is essential to the successful implementation of programs designed to accomplish the mission of the Association.
The Board meets bi-monthly to establish policy, develop goals and objectives, assist with long-range planning and monitor Alumni Association finances.
The Board's mission is to connect, engage and celebrate alumni, students and friends of Sacramento State while building lifelong relationships that support the future of our University.
Board of Director nominations
Nominations are considered annually by the Sacramento State Alumni Association Nominating Committee for the 21 elected seats on the Board. We will begin accepting nominations in December 2017. The nomination deadline will be Thursday, February 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Barber, Assistant Vice President at (916) 278-4723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSAA Annual Member Meeting
Monday, March 27, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Must be a current member of the Alumni Association and RSVP to attend.
2016-17 Board Meeting Schedule
|Monday, Aug. 22||5:30 – 7:45 p.m.|
|Monday, Oct. 17||5:30 – 7:45 p.m.|
|Monday, Nov. 28||5:30 – 7:45 p.m.|
|Friday, Feb. 3
◊ Annual Planning Retreat
|8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.|
|Monday, Mar. 27||5:30 – 7:45 p.m.|
|Monday, May 8
◊ Board Meeting
◊ Installation Ceremony & Reception
|5 – 6:30 p.m.
6:30 – 8 p.m.
2016-17 Executive Officers
Bruce Hohenhaus '76 (Business Administration)
Bruce Hohenhaus is an executive director at Cushman and Wakefield. His background in real estate dates back to the late 1970s when he worked as a regional partner for the Lee Sammis Company, a commercial real estate development firm. He later moved to Colliers International, where he focused his efforts on the sale and leasing of office buildings and tenant representation. Hohenhaus remains active as a board member of ACRE, the Association of Commercial Real Estate.
Matt Cologna '94 (Business Administration)
President - Elect
Matt Cologna is a senior director with Cushman and Wakefield. Prior to this he served as a senior vice president with Grubb and Ellis, and was in management with Sleep Train, Inc. His expertise in real estate includes landlord and tenant representation, land assemblage, user and investments sales, and consulting. Cologna devotes his time diligently between community volunteer work with Sierra Child and Family Services, the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and the Association’s Business Alumni chapter. In 2009, he received the Alumnus of the Year award from Sacramento State’s College of Business.
Eric Guerra '03 (Electrical & Electronic Engineering), MPPA '08
Immediate Past President, Nominating Chair
Recently elected to the Sacramento City Council, Eric Guerra is active in the local community. In addition to his role as a city councilmember, he serves as a policy analyst at the state capitol. During his time at Sacramento State he served as president of Associated Students Inc. and as a board member for the University Union and University Enterprises Inc. These board capacities along with a fellowship in the Center for California Studies at an earlier age have prepared him for his current career.
Paul Finn, MBA '03
VP of Chapters and Alumni Development
CSU Alumni Council Representative
Paul Finn is currently the western sales region account manager for the U.S. Post Office. During his 30-year career with the USPS, Finn served in a variety of positions including: rural route letter carrier, shop steward, new employee trainer, carrier supervisor and customer service representative. Finn is currently the president of Sacramento State’s Business Alumni chapter. He is also a board member and former chair for the Combined Federal Campaign and is the chairman of the Northern California International Visitors Council.
Mamie Mierzwak '85 (Mathematics)
VP of Administration
VP of Finance
Mamie Mierzwak is the retail services supervisor of residential programs for Roseville Electric. Her background with MCI WorldCom, NetStream, and the City of Roseville have provided for oversight and management of employees and projects keeping them moving forward within budget and time frame. Her position with Roseville Electric manages the programs responsible for public benefit in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable resources, assistance for low-income residents, customer complaints, and outage response.
2016-17 Board of Directors
Marco Rodriguez '91 (Business Administration)
Director, Past President
Marco Rodriguez is a managing director and senior financial representative with Principal Financial Group. He serves in a number of volunteer capacities including: appointee to the State Independent Living Council by Governor Brown, board president for the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California, current member of American Leadership Forum and past chairman of the board for the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. During his student tenure with Sacramento State he was a board member with Epsilon Sigma Rho, the Latin Business Student Association and the Chicano Latino Graduation Committee.
Fred Baldini ’82, MA ’85 (Physical Education)
Fred Baldini is entering his 27th year as a member of the faculty at Sacramento State. He was appointed Dean of the College of Health and Human Services in July 2010. Prior to that appointment, he served as the Interim Associate Dean for seven months, and he served nine plus years as the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. Baldini serves on the Sacramento Family Justice Center’s Service Subcommittee, he is a mentor with the Sacramento State Guardian Scholars Program, and he is the chair of the University Budget Advisory Committee.
Ron Brown '86 (Construction Management)
Ron Brown grew up in the construction industry with his father, Bill Brown, who founded Brown Construction. While obtaining his degree from Sac State, he continued working at job sites. After college, Ron went to work for a national commercial contractor, gaining years of experience with complex commercial projects. In 1988, he returned to Brown Construction to help the company diversify and eventually take over leadership. In addition, Ron is very active in the community with various Boards and mentors Sac State Construction Management students.
Joan Carnago '97 (Business Administration)
Joan Carnago has a strong background in the construction industry managing projects predominately in the health care and education sectors. For the past 16 years she has had oversight on million dollar projects, provided management and expanded departments. Most recently while with Airco Mechanical she led and expanded their safety department. Carnago is an active member of the Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors, Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange, American Society of Professional Estimators and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parent Booster Club.
Larry Gilmore '85 (Business Administration)
Larry Gilmore has an entrepreneurial mindset which comes from many years’ experience creating organic and inorganic growth in organizations both in the USA and abroad. After earning his degree at Sac State, he earned a MA in International Education from USC and a Master of Agribusiness Management from Kansas State. He’s spent over six years living and working in China in the effort to develop its infrastructure to propel and sustain its economic growth trajectory which includes taking Yongye International (NASDAQ: YONG) public and raising over $100M in private and public equity between 2008 and 2010. He was the Entrepreneur in Residence for CrowdFlavor Corporation from 2010 to 2014 and then took on the role of Senior Director at VSP Global working with a team of professionals who provide internal boutique investment services to VSP’s five lines of business.
Lois Harper-Mattice '87, MS '94 (Physical Education)
Lois Harper-Mattice is the associate athletics director for internal affairs/senior woman administrator for Sacramento State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Harper-Mattice is also a licensed physical therapy assistant and a 25 year member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. She has supervised men's and women's soccer, gymnastics, softball and sports medicine. From 2008-12 Harper-Mattice served on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports committee helping to create safe and healthy competitive experiences for student-athletes.
Alyson Iwamura '02 (Biological Sciences), MBA '13
Alyson Iwamura received both her science and business training from Sac State. Both have served her well as an internship opportunity with Sutter Institute for Medical Research has turned into her career. In addition to research work, Alyson’s role has expanded to managing the labs and projects. Beyond her professional experience, Alyson is active in the community and sits on the SARTA MedStart Advisory Board.
Sharon Sanders Krause '88 (Communication Studies), MS '09 (Counseling)
Sharon Sanders Krause is a career counselor with Sacramento Employment and Training Agency. Building on a 20 year career as an independent contractor, Saunders Krause joined forces with her husband to build Capitol Utility Specialist, Inc. Despite essentially working two jobs, she spends time volunteering at St. Johns Shelter for Women and Children, Folsom Lake College, THINK committee, and Oakhills Community Church.
Amanda Merz '12 (English)
Amanda Merz currently works as the Community Advocacy and Engagement Manager for SAFE Credit Union’s community banking department. She focuses on youth financial education, working with high school interns, high school bank branches and offering financial workshops. Prior to joining SAFE, Merz served as president of the Junior League of Sacramento. As the Chief Executive Officer of the organization, she presided over all Board meetings, General Meetings and Board trainings as well as representing JLS at the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) conferences. Merz also has experience as a French teacher and lives in Roseville with her family.
Brenda Narayan '00 (Humanities)
Brenda Narayan's path to a Sac State degree was not typical. She pursued her career over a number of years while building a solid career in public policy, which included serving as staff to a Speaker of the Assembly. She started at MuniServices in 1997 focusing on marketing and legislative communications which led to her current position. Brenda is passionate about education and can often be found volunteering the in the classroom or serving as a tutor. She is a League of California Cities Business Partner and currently second Vice President of the Executive Board.
Robert S. Nelsen
President, Sacramento State
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, Sacramento State’s eighth permanent president, has extensive experience in public higher education that spans nearly three decades, most of it spent in the University of Texas system. He was president of UT-Pan American from 2010 to 2014 and most recently served as special advisor to UT’s executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. Nelsen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Brigham Young University, and his doctorate from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, where his fields of study were modern literature, modern philosophy and modern political theory.
Cory Parish '85 (Business Administration)
Cory Parish is the executive director for the Conference Claimants’ Endowment Board of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the Methodist Church. He manages all daily operations and oversees the assets, leadership, and strategic development of the Board. Parish has a strong background in real estate transaction, property, and portfolio management. He previously served as the president of the Sacramento State College of Business Alumni chapter, and a project team leader with Habitat for Humanity. He currently serves on the Sacramento State Alumni Association finance as well as the membership and fund development committee.
Alice Perez ’99 (Business Administration)
As President and CEO of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Alice Perez ’99 (Business Administration) leads an organization that represents the interests of more than 700,000 business owners in California. She previously led the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s Women who Mean Business in 2013. A Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, she also received KVIE’s Hispanic Community Leader Award in 2006. Perez is a founding board member of the Sacramento chapter of City Year.
Mike Rizzo '89 (Business Administration)
Mike Rizzo is the senior vice president of commercial and emerging business banking at Five Star Bank. A 20 plus year background in the banking industry has led to Rizzo helping clients reach their envisioned successes, with particular focus on those in the technology, life sciences, and clean energy. Rizzo is a board member for Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance and the Center of Land Based Learning. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Vince A. Sales
VP for University Advancement
Vince A. Sales is the vice president for University Advancement at Sacramento State. In this capacity he oversees fund development, advancement communications and stewardship, and alumni relations. As vice president for University Advancement, he also serves an executive officer for Sacramento State’s University Foundation. Sales has also served as an executive director and consulted for non-profit organizations such as CompassPoint, Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Asian Pacific Fund, and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.
Tim Sbranti '97 (Government)
Tim Sbranti is the Mayor of Dublin and teaches at Dublin High School. Sbranti is on the board of directors for several Tri-Valley charitable organizations, the former president for the Dublin Lions Club and running for the 16th Assembly district seat currently held by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan. He also publishes the Around Dublin weekly column for the Valley Times and volunteers as the baseball coach, student activities director, varsity boys tennis coach and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Dublin High School.
Rhonda Staley-Brooks ’95 (Child Development)
Rhonda Staley-Brooks is the current president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento. She served in that capacity for twelve years and has been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters for twenty years. Among her many accolades, Brooks was named a Black History Month All Star from the Maloof Sports & Entertainment in 2007; the Sacramento Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 in 2011, the Sacramento Business Journal Women Who Mean Business in June of 2012; an Exceptional Women of Color Award in September of 2012; and a Distinguished Service Award recipient in 2013.
Nancy Tooker, EdD (Emeritus Faculty)
Retirees Association Representative
Nancy Tooker is dean emeritus for the College of Arts and Letters, completing a combined 33 year academic profession at Sacramento State. During her tenure with Sacramento State she served as associate dean for the College of Arts and Letters and director of the Learning Skills Center. Dr. Tooker held a number of senior leadership positions with the University to include department chair and faculty senate. Her appointment by the Sacramento State Retirees Association continues her leadership position with the Board, a service she has continued since 2006.