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University Advancement
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0256

Clark Hall, third floor
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Paul Lanning
Vice President 408-924-1160
Candice Piper Executive Assistant to the VP 408-924-1154
Marisela Mercado Administrative Assistant 408-924-1764
Julie Jimenez Director for Administrative Services 408-924-1132
Aracelis Velazquez Rivera Administrative Support Coordinator 408-924-6519
Leslie Rohn Interim Associate Vice President / Chief Operating Officer 408-924-1508
Leah Barrington Administrative Assistant 408-924-1191
Judy Kass Tower Foundation Human Resources Director 408-924-1127
Maria Blake Director of Grant Administration 408-924-1126
Christina Tan-Aoyagi Controller 408-924-1329
Lani Eyherabide Senior Endowment Accountant 408-924-1161
Cindy Nimrud Accountant 408-924-1494
My Phuong Tran Accountant 408-924-1129

Advancement Services

Maria Ramirez Advancement Services Manager 408-924-1484
Shawna Terry Gift Analyst 408-924-1651
Mariah Ortiz Gift Analyst 408-924-1134
Roya Omid Gift Analyst 408-924-1140

Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving

Brian Bates Associate Vice President / Executive Director of Alumni Association
Melissa Ferguson Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President 408-924-1489
April Cole Associate Director for Alumni Relations 408-924-6527
Christy Poole Membership and Financial Coordinator 408-924-6520

Annual Giving and Special Gifts

Nancy Stewart Director, Annual Giving and Special Gifts 408-924-1136
Carolyn Canete Annual Giving Manager 408-924-1782
Daan Giron Director, Leadership Annual Giving 408-924-1143
Jonathan Reyes Annual Giving Officer 408-924-1204


Valerie Gonzales Assistant Director for Alumni Relations 408-924-1148
Clifton Gold Events and Outreach Coordinator 408-924-6505  
Lauren Avina Event Planner 408-924-1472
Beth Colbert Associate Vice President 408-924-1119
Patricia Thompson Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President 408-924-1158
Claudia Tercero Administrative Support Coordinator 408-924-1762

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Diane Satriano Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations 408-924-3410
Paul McNamara Foundation Relations Officer 408-924-1471
Eric Bonesteel Development Officer, Corporate &
Foundation Relations
Michelle Smith Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer 408-924-1135

Planned Giving and Major Gifts


Development Research and Prospect Management

Amanda Struer Director of Development Research 408-924-1188
Kathy Richmond Development Research Analyst 408-924-1147


Veronica Murphy Stewardship Director 408-924-2278

Major Gifts

Kathy Phelan Executive Director of Development 408-924-1110
Brad Vartan Senior Director of Development, College of Business 408-924-1142
Betty S. Tseng Senior Director of Development,
College of Education, College of Social Sciences
Chuck Cordt Director of Development, Athletics 408-924-1173
Erik Larsen Director of Development, College of Business 408-924-1190
Sonia Wright Director of Development, College of Applied Sciences and Arts  408-924-1328
Alan Wong Director of Development, College of Engineering 408-924-1144
Matthew Taylor Siegel Director of Development, College of Humanities and the Arts 408-924-1475
Sabra Diridon Director of Development,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Michael Donohue Director of Development, College of Science 408-924-1139
Melissa Johnson Director, Leadership Annual Giving 408-924-1145

Information Technology

Rigo Vargas Computer Systems Consultant 408-924-1780
Leonor Cheong
Database Administrator / 
Analyst Programmer
Dan Strnad Programmer Analyst 408-924-1507
Daniel Tompos IT Assistant 408-924-1355
Barry Shiller Associate Vice President 408-924-1141
Felicia McKee Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President 408-924-1785
Executive Communications

Melissa Anderson Executive Communications Specialist 408-924-1492
Media Relations

Pat Harris Media Relations Director 408-924-1748
Robin McElhattan Media Relations Specialist 408-924-1749
Marketing Communications

Jody Ulate Director, Marketing Communications 408-924-1151
Allison Sanders Advancement Writer 408-924-1171
Christina Olivas Web Designer 408-924-1167
Eddie Wagner Web Communications Strategist 408-924-1107
Michelle Frey Senior Graphic Designer and Art Director 408-924-1474
Peter Caravalho Graphic Designer 408-924-1014
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