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Mailing Address

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

Phone Number


Campus Location

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 Vice President

Human Resources, Budgets and Administration

Julie Jimenez Director for Financial and Administrative Services
Aracelis Velazquez Rivera Administrative Assistant 408-924-6519

Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving

Brian Bates Associate Vice President, Alumni and Community Engagement
Melissa Ferguson Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President 408-924-1489
Hilary Gunderson Director of Constituent Engagement 408-924-1125
April Cole Associate Director, Student and Alumni Engagement 408-924-6527
Eric Bonesteel Associate Director for Silicon Valley Outreach 408-924-1493
Christy Poole Membership and Financial Coordinator 408-924-6520

Annual Giving and Special Gifts

Nancy Stewart Senior Director for Annual Giving 408-924-1136
Jason Brown Annual Giving Officer 408-924-1190
Carolyn Canete Annual Giving Manager 408-924-1782
Daan Giron Director, Leadership Annual Giving 408-924-1143
Tony Shavers Leadership Annual Giving Officer 408-924-1110


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
Nick Messing Event Planner 408-924-8166
Beth Colbert Associate Vice President 408-924-1119
Patricia Thompson Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President 408-924-1158

Advancement Services

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

Information Technology

Rigo Vargas Computer Systems Consultant 408-924-1780
Leonor Cheong
Database Administrator / 
Analyst Programmer
Libing Sun Programmer Analyst 408-924-1507

Research and Prospect Management

Amanda Struer Director for Advancement Research and Prospect Management 408-924-1188
Elina Barahona Advancement Research Coordinator 408-924-4961
Kathy Richmond Advancement Research Analyst 408-924-1147


Veronica Murphy Director for Donor Relation and Stewardship 408-924-2278

Athletics Advancement

Joshua Thiel Deputy Athletics Director  408-924-1697
Vacant Associate Director for Annual Giving  
Tim Rice Associate Director for Football Advancement 408-924-1128
Janine Corcoran Director of Development, Intercollegiate Athletics 408-924-1497
Dominic Urrutia Donor Relations Officer  408-924-1244
Vacant  Associate Vice President 408-924-8148
Claudia Tercero Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President 408-924-1762

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Vacant Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations 408-924-3410
Paul McNamara Foundation Relations Officer 408-924-1471
Michelle Smith Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer 408-924-1135

Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change

Rodney Knox Executive Director of Development 408-924-1196

Major Gifts

Sabra Diridon Senior Director of Development for Campaign Priorities 408-924-1510
Betty S. Tseng Senior Director of Development,
Lurie College of Education
Brad Vartan Senior Director of Development, Lucas College and Graduate School of Business 408-924-1142
Michael Donohue Director of Development, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories 408-924-1139
Sela Gaglia Director of Development, Davidson College of Engineering 408-924-7033
Emily Lane Director of Development, College of Science 408-924-1145
Anh Ly Director of Development, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 408-924-1104
Matthew Taylor Siegel Director of Development, College of Humanities and the Arts 408-924-1475
Sonia Wright Director of Development, College of Applied Sciences and Arts  408-924-1328

Planned Gifts

Randy Balogh Director of Planned Giving 408-924-1123
Anie Clark Planned Giving Coordinator 408-924-1155
Vacant Associate Vice President 408-924-1141
Felicia McKee Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President 408-924-1785
Executive Communications

Michael Janes Director of Executive Communications 408-924-1116
Melissa Anderson Executive Communications Specialist 408-924-1492
Media Relations

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

Jody Ulate Senior Director of Marketing Communications
Peter Caravalho Graphic Designer 408-924-1014
Michelle Frey Interim Creative Director 408-924-1474
Roman Goshev Production Manager 408-924-1171
Julia Halprin Jackson Advancement Writer 409-924-6950
Christina Olivas Interim Digital Director 408-924-1167
Leslie Rohn Chief Operating Officer 408-924-1508
Leah Barrington Administrative Assistant 408-924-1191
Judy Kass Director of Human Resources
Christina Tan-Aoyagi Controller 408-924-1329
Evelyn Johnsen Grants Manager 408-924-1126
Csilla Kuehn Senior Accountant 408-924-1173
Cindy Nimrud Accounting Supervisor 408-924-1494
Jennifer Stevenson Accounting Associate 408-924-1779
My Phuong Tran Accountant 408-924-1129
Vi Tran General Accounting Associate 408-924-1161
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