Alumni Association

The Cal State East Bay Alumni Association facilitates a lifelong connection between the university and alumni. We engage students, our alumni of tomorrow, by building relationships and passing on the culture of service and philanthropy. Together with our campus partners, we keep community stakeholders informed, involved and inspired about the university and our alumni successes.

Our Priorities

In support of our mission, the Alumni Association has selected core priorities to focus our efforts over the next several years. We believe that by driving initiatives under these priorities, we can enhance our engagement to the alumni community. We have created both short and long term measurable action items under the priorities of Careers, Communications, and Communities.

Affinity

The foundation for a successful career starts with providing opportunities for alumni to seek and advance their careers. Through initiatives like CareerBOOST and resume reviews, we are seeking to bring our alumni expertise to foster growth and challenge each other. We celebrate our entrepreneurial Pioneers with our 40 Under 40 awards for their achievements in business and the community. 

The cornerstone to a strong network is the sense of community and we understand that our alumni have to find their home within the Forever Pioneer network. Our priority works to engage alumni where they are most comfortable amongst the most meaningful people that fostered their experience at Cal State East Bay.  We are working on a Day of Service, Alumni Orientation Videos, and engaging & sustaining affinity groups. The successful Women on the Rise programs highlight our women that pave the way in their fields.

We are employing a number of strategies to reach and engage our alumni and future alumni. The communications priority seeks to strengthen existing channels, diversify our communication tactics, and build a stronger brand identity. We are working to enhance our electronic newsletter to increase readership, develop engaging social media content, and deliver a cohesive brand that makes us all proud Pioneers.

Alumni Association Board Meetings

Board meetings are held quarterly at the Hayward Campus located in the Student Faculty Building, room 329 at 6:30pm. Meetings are open to all alumni.

2022-23 Meeting Schedule

November 7, 2022

February 6, 2023

April 17, 2023

June 12, 2023 - Annual Meeting

Alumni Association Board of Directors

Michelle Rippy, Ed.D.

Michelle Rippy

President

BS '02, Forensic Science

Terms: 2017-19, 2019-21, 2021-2023

INDUSTRY:
Higher Education

FUN FACT:
I enjoy being an urban gardener.

Paige Luben

President-Elect

BS '09, Business Administration

Terms: 2020–22; 2022-24

FUN FACT:
I was adopted as a baby.

Amandeep Singh

Treasurer

MBA '18

Terms: 2019-21; 2021-2023

Lisa Booker

Secretary

BS '04, Business Administration

Terms: 2016–18; 2018–20; 2020-22; 2022-24

INDUSTRY:
Higher Education

FUN FACT:
I like to run marathons, see a comedy, and workout.

Allen Kwan

Allen Kwan

Immediate Past President

BA '04, Communication

Terms: 2014-16, 2016-18, 2018-20, 2020-22

INDUSTRY:
Insurance

FUN FACT:
Bagels are my favorite round breakfast food.

Board Members

Terry Buttchen, MBA, MS

Terry Buttchen, MBA, MS

MS Education '12

Terms: 2022-24

INDUSTRY:

Sports Production, Home Improvement

FUN FACT:

I'm a pilot.

Michael Cesena

Michael Cesena

MS '16, Kinesiology

Terms: 2019–21; 2021-2023

INDUSTRY: 

Higher Education

FUN FACT:
I have an IMDB account for playing a volcano zombie in a movie.

Donald Chu, Ph.D.

BA Physical Education '65, MS Physical Education '70

Terms: 2022-24

INDUSTRY:

Physical Therapy

FUN FACT:

I have been a licensed physical therapist for 50 years.

Veronica Collins, MS

Veronica Collins, MS

BA Health Sciences '19

Terms: 2022-24

INDUSTRY:

Health Policy

FUN FACT:

I am a Veteran and first-generation student.

Aila Dinglasan

BA Human Development '15

Terms: 2022-24

INDUSTRY:

Non-Profit

FUN FACT:

I'm a big kid at heart and will never turn down a place date with my nieces and nephews.

Ron Garcia

Ronald Garcia

BA '69, English

Terms: 2018–20; 2020-22; 2022-24

Rahul Kuruvilla

Rahul Kuruvilla

MS '01, Computer Science

Terms: 2020–22; 2022-24

FUN FACT:
I enjoy playing and watching tennis.

Jesus Mora

Jesus Mora

BA Sociology '22

Terms: 2022-24

FUN FACT: I have a huge sweet tooth. I grow weak in the knees around brownies, cakes, and doughnuts!

Amer Orabi

BS '16, Business Administration

Terms: 2021–23

Raj Prasad

BS '03, Business Administration

Terms: 2021–23

Dr. Karla Prince-Cheng

Karla Prince-Cheng, Ed.D.

Outreach Committee Chair

MS '12, Education

Terms: 2020–22; 2022-24

FUN FACT:
My favorite R&B singer is Mary J. Blige.

Jessica Rivera

Jessica Rivera

BA '15, Cultural Anthropology

Terms: 2020–22; 2022-24

INDUSTRY:

Healthcare

FUN FACT:
I am a die-hard Elvis Presley fan!

Parker Rugeley

Parker Rugeley, MPA

Affinity Committee Chair

BA, BS '18, Political Science & Criminal Justice; '20 MPA

Terms: 2020–22; 2022-24

Industry:

Higher Education

FUN FACT:
I played euphonium for the university symphony band and bass trombone for the university jazz band my freshmen year.

Husnia "Nia" Samady

Husnia "Nia" Samady

BS '04, Computer Science

Terms: 2020–22; 2022-24

FUN FACT:
Avid traveler, in 2012 I climbed Mount Sinai in Egypt, 7,497ft.

Emerald Templeton, Ed.D.

Careers Committee Chair

BA Human Development '06

Terms: 2022-24

INDUSTRY:

Higher Education

FUN FACT:

I'm reading and listening to 2-3 books at any given time! I love to read about social politics and listen on Audible to memoirs and autobiographies.

Richard Watters, Ed.D.

Richard Watters, Ed.D.

BS English '95, BS HRT '13, Ed.D. '21

Terms: 2022-24

INDUSTRY:

Non-Profit

FUN FACT:

I love to bake.

Ex-Officio

Travis L. Nelson

Director, Alumni Engagement & University Events

INDUSTRY:

Higher Education

FUN FACT:

I own over 500 completed LEGO sets, with my largest collection being the Star Wars theme.