Dr. Nancy Akhavan

Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, CSUF

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.


Susan B. Anderson

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.


Dominic Dizon

Professor of Medicine, UCSF
President and Co-Founder, Dizon Medicine

Dr. Dizon is a proud graduate of the UC Davis School of Medicine. He has been practicing Internal Medicine for more than 25 years and has been working in Emergency Medicine departments in the Central Valley for more than 17 years. Dr. Dizon believes the best part of medical practice is the doctor-patient relationship. Each patient is different with their own set of ideals, fears, and cultural values. After a long career as a full-time faculty professor of medicine with UCSF Fresno, he retired and founded Dizon Medicine with his wife Nhuha, who’s a dentist. They both believe in giving back to the community and formed their practice values based on community service, teaching and quality improvement. They are also blessed with 8 beautiful children.


Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, CSUF

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 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.


Dr. Ram Nunna

Dean of Lyles College of Engineering, CSUF

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 the 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.


Michael Stain

Regional Manager of the Central Valley for Citizens Business Bank

Mr. Stain provides coaching & education to Private Bankers & Managers in effective initiation, 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.


Dr. Xuanning Fu

Interim Vice Provost, CSUF

Dr. Xuanning Fu is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Fu obtained his doctorate degree in 1994 from Brigham Young University, and his research interest includes inter-racial marriage, education and social class, and meaning of work. He has published two books and 30 peer-reviewed journal articles on inter-racial marriage, divorce and on the meaning of work. Dr. Fu has taught in four U.S. universities, including UC and CSU, and also worked as a statistician and researcher in the field of educational outreach. He is intimately familiar with California’s systems of higher education and pathways for student success. His most recent research focused on graduation and time to degree in higher education institutions.