BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Medical Director Ambulatory Care, Community Regional Medical Center & Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF
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.
Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval
President of California State University, Fresno
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. Rajee Amarasinghe
Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, CSUF
Rajee Amarasinghe received his Ph.D. in mathematics education from Indiana University, an M.S. in computer science from Purdue University and M.S. in mathematics from Purdue University. He earned his B.S. in mathematics and physics from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and is a graduate from the Kotelawala Defense University, Sri Lanka. He was the 2004 faculty recipient of the Jan & Bud Richter Award for Excellence in Education for Liberal Studies Faculty at California State University, Fresno and the recipient of the 2000 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University.
Currently he serves as a professor and the department chair of the Department of Mathematics at California State University, Fresno and Co-PI of the San Joaquin Valley Mathematics Project. During his time at Fresno State, Rajee has received over $13 million grant funding in collaboration with school districts and other departments at Fresno State. He has directed professional development workshops for teachers locally and internationally and directs the Summer Academy in STEM workshops to enhance mathematics education for children in the Central Valley. He has co-authored three books in mathematics and mathematics education.
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.