Board of Directors

Board Installation

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.

2014-15 Board Meeting Schedule

Monday, Aug. 25 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 24 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6
   ◊ Annual Planning Retreat
8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Monday, March 23 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Monday, May 18
   ◊ Board Meeting
   ◊ Installation Ceremony & Reception
5–6:30 p.m.
6:30–8 p.m.

2014-15 Executive Officers

Marco RodriguezMarco Rodriguez '91 (Business Administration)
Life Member

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.

Eric GuerraEric Guerra '03 (Electrical & Electronic Engineering), MPPA '08 (Public Policy & Administration)
President-Elect & VP of Chapters & Alumni Development
Life Member

Eric Guerra is chief of staff for Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi. His work is conducive of higher education, workforce development and transportation policy. Prior to this current role, Guerra was chief of staff for Assemblyman Furutani and a senior consultant to Senator Cedillo. Currently he stays busy as president of the Hornets Policy and Politics Alumni chapter. 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.

John AbbottJohn Abbott, MA '04 (History)
Immediate Past President & VP of Nominating
Life Member

John Abbott was a former tax attorney with the California State Board of Equalization who specialized in sales and tax use law. Abbott lends his volunteer support to Sacramento State’s Honors Program as a board member and a mentor for the Guardian Scholars Program. He currently is active with and serves as a board of trustee member for the Unitarian Church of Sacramento. Abbott’s academic background consists of a B.A. in history from Yale University, an M.A. in history from Sacramento State, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. His wife Lori holds a degree from San Francisco State University and served as an administrative law judge. Abbott has three children and a granddaughter.

Matt ColognaMatt Cologna '94 (Business Administration)
VP of Membership & Fund Development
Life Member

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.

Bruce HohenhausBruce Hohenhaus '76 (Business Administration)
VP of Finance
Life Member

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.

Penny KastanisPenny Kastanis '57, MA '59 (Music), MA '61 (Librarianship)
VP of Scholarship
Life Member

Penny Kastanis has extensive knowledge of the education system, in particular the K-12 system, in which she served as a librarian until retirement. She has worked with the University in multiple capacities from developing programs to teaching in the Library Science and Librarianship program. Her knowledge of education has helped her write two legislative bills and implement them into the education system. Aside from education, Kastanis is involved with the Greek Orthodox Church.

Mamie MierzwakMamie Mierzwak '85 (Mathematics)
VP of Administration
Life Member

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.

2014-15 Board of Directors

Kimo Ah YunKimo Ah Yun, PhD '90 (Communication Studies)
President's Designee
Life Member

Kimo Ah Yun currently serves as the department chair for Communication Studies and is a professor in the department. His background and knowledge are steeped in education previously receiving the 2002-03 President’s Award for Research and Creative Activities and the 2006-07 Outstanding Teaching Award from Sacramento State’s College of Arts and Letters. Dr. Ah Yun holds a B.A. in communication studies from Sacramento State, an M.A. in speech from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. in communication from Michigan State University.  

Rob AllenRob Allen '91 (Business Administration)
Life Member

Rob Allen’s collective background of sales, marketing and program development lend to his success as an insurance agent and broker. His combined 17-year portfolio has involved surgical sales, financial services, event planning and leadership initiatives. Staying involved with his fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha and being an active member of the 20-30 Club have kept Allen grounded in his volunteer efforts while at the same time bringing him in contact with hundreds of people each year.

Fred BaldiniFred Baldini ’82, MA ’85 (Physical Education)
Life Member

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. 

John BarneyJohn Barney '85 (Business Administration)
Life Member

John Barney has been in commercial real estate and property management in the Sacramento market for nearly 30 years. Barney is currently an assistant vice president, trust asset manager with Wells Fargo Private Bank. During his career, Barney has worked with Equitable Real Estate Investment Management, Inc., (one of the nation's largest real estate equity advisors), as well as Grubb and Ellis, Colliers International, and U.S. National Leasing. Barney previously served as the alumni representative on the University Union Board (1998-2002) and is a former president of the Board.

Joan CarnagoJoan Carnago '97 (Business Administration)
Life Member

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.

Paul FinnPaul Finn, MBA '03 (Business Administration)
Life Member

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.

Rebecca Gardner-MoyRebecca Gardner Moy '99 (Government/Journalism & Humanities)
Life Member

Rebecca Gardner Moy is an attorney with HMS Law Group LLP whose area of practice is estate planning, trust administration, probate, and special needs trust and art law. Gardner Moy is also part-time faculty in the communication studies at Sacramento State. She is a current member of the Crocker Art Museum Planned Giving Committee, the Sacramento Estate Planning Council, Professionals in Estate Planning, the Sacramento Area Special Needs Trust Study Group and the Sacramento County Bar Association, Probate and Tax Sections. She is also a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA, currently serving her third term on the board. Gardner Moy holds a juris doctorate from UC Davis, King Hall School of Law.

Lois Harper-MatticeLois Harper-Mattice '87, MS '94 (Physical Education)
Life Member

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.

Richard KeeganRichard Keegan, MSN '05 
Faculty Senate Representative
Annual Member

Richard Keegan is an assistant professor for the School of Nursing at Sacramento State. Dr. Keegan has been with the School of Nursing since 2005. Dr. Keegan is also a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner at a local clinic which serves the homeless population of Sacramento County, this program serves to assist the homeless in finding housing, medical support and other needed services as they transition from being homeless. Dr. Keegan is also a board member for Breaking Barriers Sacramento. Dr. Keegan looks forward to serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as a proud alumnus of Sacramento State.

Sharon Saunders KrauseSharon Sanders Krause '88 (Communication Studies), MS '09 (Counseling)
Life Member

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.

Lauren LombardoLauren Lombardo (Economics/Political Science)
ASI President
Student Alumni Association Member

Lauren Lombardo is the 2014-15 Association Students Inc. president and CEO. Before starting her term as president, Lombardo served as director for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to her involvement with student government, she is president of the Sacramento State College Republicans and an active member of the Student Economics Association, the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honors Society. 

Kevin MackeyKevin Mackey ’10 (Economics & Religious Studies)
USA Staff Representative
Annual Member

Kevin Mackey currently serves as a benefits analyst for the Office of Human Resources at Sacramento State. Prior, he worked for University Enterprises Inc., University Advancement and Kinesiology and Health Science. Mackey’s active university service includes serving on the Transportation Advisory Committee, and the Strategic Planning Council. He graduated from Sacramento State in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Religious Studies. 

Amanda MerzAmanda Merz '12 (English)
Annual Member

Amanda Merz currently works as a financial literacy coordinator 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.

Cory ParishCory Parish '85 (Business Administration)
Life Member

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 PerezAlice Perez '99 (Business Administration)
University Foundation Board Representative
Annual Member

Alice Perez currently serves as the president/CEO of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Before being hired by the chamber in 2011, Perez worked as the director of U.S. Bank’s multicultural banking program. Outside of the chamber, Perez is passionate about education. She currently serves on Sacramento State’s University Foundation board. She is also a founding board member of the Sacramento chapter of City Year, which places young college graduates as mentors in struggling schools. 

Mike RizzoMike Rizzo '89 (Business Administration)
Life Member

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. SalesVince A. Sales
VP for University Advancement
Life Member

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 SbrantiTim Sbranti '97 (Government)
Annual Member

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-BrooksRhonda Staley-Brooks ’95 (Child Development)
Life Member

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.

Sam StarksSamuel Starks '86 (English & Sociology)
Life Member

Samuel Starks is a customer relations manager for Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Starks community activity keeps him busy as a community board member for many nonprofit organizations to include: Nehemiah Corporation of America, the African American Genealogical Society, and SETA. He also founded two nonprofit organizations, MLK365 and California Forum Crossroads.

Nancy TookerNancy Tooker, EdD (Emeritus Faculty)
Retirees Association Representative
Life Member

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.