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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

Human Resources, Budgets and Administration

Julie Jimenez Director for Administrative Services 408-924-1132
Aracelis Velazquez Rivera Administrative Assistant 408-924-6519

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
Muriel Isaac Leadership Annual Giving Officer 408-924-1196
Jason Brown Annual Giving Officer 408-924-1190


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
Shawna Terry Gift Analyst 408-924-1651
Mariah Ortiz Gift Analyst 408-924-1134
Roya Omid Gift Analyst 408-924-1140

Information Technology

Rigo Vargas Computer Systems Consultant 408-924-1780
Leonor Cheong
Database Administrator / 
Analyst Programmer
Daniel Tompos IT Assistant 408-924-1355

Research and Prospect Management

Amanda Struer Director, Advancement Research and Prospect Management 408-924-1188
Kimberly Garcia Advancement Support Coordinator 408-924-4961
Kathy Richmond Advancement Research Analyst 408-924-1147


Veronica Murphy Stewardship Director 408-924-2278
Elinor Tappé
Associate Vice President 408-924-8148
Claudia Tercero Administrative Assistant to the AVP 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 Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer 408-924-1493
Michelle Smith Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer 408-924-1135

Major Gifts

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
Sonia Wright Director of Development, College of Applied Sciences and Arts  408-924-1328
Khaatim Boyd Director of Development, Athletics 408-924-1173
Tim Rice Director of Development, Athletics 408-924-1128
Matthew Taylor Siegel Director of Development, College of Humanities and the Arts 408-924-1475
Sabra Diridon Senior Director of Development for Campaign Priorities 408-924-1510
Michael Donohue Director of Development, College of Science 408-924-1139
Emily Lane Director of Development, Student Success Programs 408-924-1145

Planned Gifts

Randy Balogh  Director of Planned Giving 408-924-1123

Principal Gifts

Kathy Phelan Executive Director of Principal Gifts 408-924-1110
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
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
Roman Goshev Production Manager 408-924-1171
Leslie Rohn Chief Operating Officer 408-924-1508
Leah Barrington Administrative Assistant 408-924-1191
Judy Kass Tower Foundation Human Resources Director 408-924-1127
Christina Tan-Aoyagi Controller 408-924-1329
Lani Eyherabide Senior Endowment Accountant 408-924-1161
Cindy Nimrud Accounting Supervisor 408-924-1494
My Phuong Tran Accountant 408-924-1129
Tracie Vo Accounting Associate 408-924-1779
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