BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Member

Dr. Nancy Akhavan

Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, CSUF

nakhavan@csufresno.edu

Dr. Akhavan is a published author who has written numerous books for teachers and leaders and who presents at conferences across the United States. She also provides instructional coaching and leadership coaching to school
leaders and teachers across the country. She has taught a variety of grade levels and courses including doctoral courses on Educational Leadership.

 

Member

Susan B. Anderson

 

sbanderson@co.fresno.ca.us

Ms. Anderson has a long history of being of service to her community in various capacities. For 11 years she was the Marketing Director for the Central Valley YMCA. She was highly successful at growing the membership during
her tenure at the YMCA. As a student at San Joaquin College of Law (SJCL), she served as the President of the Student Bar Association. Upon her graduation from law school in 1987, Ms. Anderson worked in private practice
and as a Deputy District Attorney in the Fresno Juvenile Court. In 1990, she was elected as the Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters. She was the first woman to be elected to a Countywide position in Fresno County.
While Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, she efficiently reorganized the department, including the Clerk to Court’s office. In 2000, Ms. Anderson was elected to the County Board of Supervisors, where she was known
for her level-headed and ethical work for all of the people of Fresno County.

 

Member

Dominic Dizon

Medical Director Ambulatory Care, Community Regional Medical Center & Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF

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Dr. Dizon, specializes in Internal Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Dizon completed his Internship and residency training at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center – Oakland. He attended the University
of California, Davis for his undergraduate degree and the University of California, Davis School of Medicine for his graduate degree.

 

Member

Michael Gen

Cardiologist at Cardiovascular Consultants Heart Center

m.gen@mac.com

Dr. Gen graduated from Cornell University and worked at the prestigious Salk Institute. He left a career in science to pursue medicine and cardiology. He trained at the University of Colorado in Denver and at Brown University
with cardiologists who pioneered angioplasty and stenting, giving him experience with the most advanced cardiac procedures.

 

Member

Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval

Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, CSUF

sjimenez@mail.fresnostate.edu

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval immigrated to California as a young child, and grew up tending the family farm as a bilingual and bicultural individual. He received his Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of California
at Irvine, and participated in Cornell University's School of Critical Theory summer program.

He perceives his role as Dean of Arts and Humanities as a deep commitment to empowering the multicultural students who will become tomorrow's leaders. He believes that it is in the Arts and the Humanities that creativity
meets eloquence of thought, a commitment to social engagement takes flight, and a vision for a greater understanding of our shared humanity comes into view. Indeed, the vision for a comprehensive and dynamic university
education stems from advocating for a multifaceted curriculum: one that produces a nursing major who is influenced by artistic expressions that are imbued with empathy; an engineer who understands our inherent appreciation
for painting; or the business major who has internalized the ethical lessons philosophy espouses.

As a scholar, Jiménez-Sandoval studies poetic discourses, Mexican literature, and Lusophone cultural productions. His research is influenced by deconstructionist and post-colonial theories, as these afford a theoretical
and metaphorical space in which to explore the being-in-process that is unconstrained by a stagnant ontology. As he has seen first-hand the transformative power of learning, he envisions an integrated society nurtured
by the quest for self-empowerment through education.

 

Member

Dr. Ram Nunna

Dean of Lyles College of Engineering, CSUF

rnunna@mail.fresnostate.edu

Dr. Nunna earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications from Bangalore University in India. Nunna
is currently a member of President Castro’s Commission on the Future of Agriculture, the DISCOVERe tablet initiative and university’s Task Force on Internationalization. He previously served on the President’s Commission
on Human Relations and Equity, the Grants Research Advisory Board, the Academic Senate’s Graduate Committee and Academic Policy and Planning Committee.

 

Member

Michael Stain

Regional Manager of the Central Valley for Citizens Business Bank

mdstain@cbbank.com

Mr. Stain provides coaching & education to Private Bankers & Managers in effective initation, evaluation, structuring, pricing & managing customized credit solutions that meet clients' wealth creation &
planning needs. Partner with Private Banking Managers on the effective recruitment & development of team members & achievement of regional line of business profitability. Work closely with the Regional Managing
Director, National Sales Director & Senior Credit Officer to design & implement strategic plans to meet Private Banking business goals. Manage cross-sell ratios & account retention within teams & helps
to develop new business through existing customer base & interaction with external resources.