Family Advisory Board

Mission Statement

The mission of the FAB is to provide advice on matters of importance to students and Parents and Supporters of SJSU. The FAB shall assist in the development of a strong and active Department as well as serve as a liaison between Parents and Supporters, their students and the University and assist in seeking support for SJSU.  


The Family Advisory Board will:

  1. Provide advice and counsel in long-range planning for the University and Department activities, programs, and services.
  2. Solicit and provide immediate feedback to the University regarding programs and student activities to enhance and improve the student experience.
  3. Aid in the formulation and promotion of goals and objectives for the Department which will be communicated to Parents and Supporters.
  4. Encourage and support maximum parent and supporter involvement in the activities of the Department and other University events.
  5. Guide and provide feedback on communication between the University and Parents and Supporters
  6. Assist the University in identifying and cultivating Parents, Supporters, and others to support the mission of the University.

How can I join the Family Advisory Board?

We are currently accepting FAB volunteer applications for the 2019-20 academic year Please click here to find the application.

Recruitment for the 2020-21 positions will begin next year. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the board, please email us at

2018 Board Members

Chair: Steve Haft

Steve HaftSteve works as a Sales Executive at VMware and in his spare time enjoys attending rock concerts and riding his motorcycle. Steve has a son Cole, who will be starting his 3rd year at San Jose State, in the Fall of '18. He lives on campus and is majoring in RTVF (Radio TV and Film). During football and basketball season you will find him on the sidelines as a member of the cheer team rooting on the Spartans. Steve is very proud to be one of the original members of  the first Family Advisory Board in SJSU history. 

Lisa Ball

Lisa BallLisa Otsuki-Ball grew up in San Jose and graduated from the Academy of Arts College in San Francisco. After 20 years of creating business graphics for Silicon Valley companies, she moved to Sunol, CA to raise a family in a rural community. There, among the deer and wild turkeys, she became very involved with the local k-8 public school for the 14 years her children attended. Her son, a second year Software Engineering major, chose SJSU because it's in the heart of Silicon Valley. He belongs to the Software & Engineering Club and the Game Development Club.

Mia Costa

Mia CostaMia is senior level marketing executive with over 20 years of experience working in consumer electronics, tech and lifestyle industries running marketing teams in the U.S. and Europe. Mia earned her B.A. in business from Loyola Marymount University;  attended Durham University (economics and international marketing) and USC (digital media and tech management). She is a board member/marketing chair for Impact Giving, a women’s collective and is also an advisor for a start-ups. Her son, Luca, is a first year student at the School of Global Innovation and Leadership with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

Malinda Farias

Malinda FariasMalinda works as the Office Manager for University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cooperative Extension, Merced County. Malinda was born and raised in San Jose just 5 miles from SJSU campus. She went to San Jose High Academy High School, and San Jose City College. She moved to the Central Valley 18 years ago to be a stay-at-home mom and raise her  3 children. Her 2 oldest kids attend community college, and youngest daughter is a freshman at SJSU and lives on campus. She is majoring in Business Administration / Marketing. Malinda enjoys family time, being involved in her community and assisting her husband of 25 years running his small General Construction business, and Granite & Cabinet business. She has volunteered in various positions in many organizations, clubs in her community, such has her local church, local school clubs: Academic Boosters, Agriculture / FFA Boosters, Police Athletic League as football, softball, basketball team moms, Elks Scholarship Chairman, 4-H Youth Development.    

Mariana Garcia Serrato

Mariana Garcia SerratoBorn and raised in Mexico City, Mariana graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Universidad La Salle, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years before moving to California. After being a full-time parent to her two children for a while, and volunteering in their classrooms, she decided that she could best effect change in the educational system by becoming a teacher herself and obtained a teaching credential from San Jose State in 2010. She currently teaches middle school science in San Jose and finds joy in making her content available to her students in a variety of ways. Her freshman son commutes to school and is pursuing a degree in History with the goal of following in her mother's footsteps and becoming a teacher.


Tim King

Tim KingTim is an active member of the San Carlos, CA community, participating in the San Carlos Lions Club, Week of the Family and Hometown Days committees, and a past PTA President for Heather Elementary and Carlmont High School. As an undergraduate, he was the Orientation Director for the Indiana University Residence Halls Association leading the student group in charge of organizing Welcome Week activities for new and returning students. His daughter Mary is a Junior, commuter student, majoring in design.

Christine Koltermann

Christine KoltermannDr. Christine Koltermann is an environmental scientist and high school science teacher in San Jose. Her daughter, Annika, is a SJSU sophomore (class of 2020) majoring in Liberal Studies Preparation for Teaching with a minor in Humanities. She is in the SJSU Humanities Honors program, is a teaching assistant for SJSU Ballroom Dance, and sings with the Spartan Stellas, SJSU's all female A Cappella group (@spartanstellas). After completing her bachelor's degree at SJSU, Annika plans on attending graduate school to earn her teaching credential.

Robert Lee

Robert LeeRobert is a retired federal employee who’s work in three different agencies focused on Employee and Organizational Development, Quality Improvement Facilitation and Management Training. Robert has been on the Family Advisory Board for two school years. In addition to volunteering on the Board, he volunteers with the Fremont Police Department. Robert is the father of a sophomore student studying Kinesiology, with the vision of being a highly respected sports therapist. Robert's daughter lives on campus and is currently involved with three campus groups related to the Kinesiology Department.

Lan Nguyen

Lan NguyenLan is a school board member on the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education. He came to the U.S. as a refugee, graduated from high school, earned his BA in Political Science from U.C. Riverside and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1990. He is also an attorney practicing law in Westminster, California. He’s well known in the Vietnamese American community for advocating for refugee, legal and political rights and political empowerment.  His son is attending SJSU, Class of 2022 and majoring in History.

Christine Palmieri-Bumgarner (Crispy)

Christine BumgarnerCrispy is an entrepreneur, comedian, and filmmaker who grew up in Brooklyn, New York and earned a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. In her 20+ year computer software career she worked as the Director of Technology and Production for Disney’,,, and as a Senior Software Engineering Project Manager for the worldwide e-commerce presence for Apple, Inc. As co-president of the Women at Apple group, she created programs and mentored women in technology. As President of her son’s High School PTA she created a monthly newsletter for parents, got the ball rolling on a mindfulness program, and created a fund for school trips. Her son Roger is a Freshman Biology major at SJSU. He is a commuter student who enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, hiking, and nature photographer.

Terry Ramos

Terry RamosTerry is a graduate of Mission College. She is an Accountant II and has been employed by the Santa Clara County Housing Authority for the past 33 years. Living one mile away from SJSU, she is actively involved in her neighborhood association (SKNA-Spartan Keyes Neighborhood Association) organizing the annual National Night Out event and neighborhood Sock Drive for the Homeless. Terry is the proud mother of a current SJSU student and mother, mother-in-law, and sister of SJSU alumni. She is also the proud daughter of a Spartan Shops Food Services retiree. Her daughter, Aimée, currently a freshman living on campus at SJSU, is pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering and truly enjoying the "campus life." Aimée is a member of the SJSU Women's Club Sport Rugby Team. Terry, bilingual in Spanish/English, is honored to be serving on the Family Advisory Board (FAB) and looks forward to meeting new students and their parents at one of the numerous events that the New Student and Family Programs Division of Student Affairs has planned this year.

Ashish Sood

Ashish SoodAshish graduated from SJSU with a BA in Hospitality Management. After a short stint working at a local hotel, he fell into the Technical Recruiting field. Today, he runs a staffing company and in his spare time, he works on his apparel company, Koa Threads. Ashish has been part of FAB board for 2 years and looks forward to helping the SJSU network grow, starting with his son, who is a 2nd year Criminal Justice major. Upon graduating, his son has his career sites set on being a police officer and eventually joining the FBI.

Rumi Varma

Rumi Varma

Rumi has a bachelors degree in commerce and also a post-grad in management studies from the N.M.I.M.S school in Mumbai, India, her home country. After 10+ years in corporate sales and event management, Rumi swapped her career for becoming a full-time parent. She enjoys supporting her community through various channels and over the years has served on the board of elementary and middle school PTA, high school PTSA and Council PTA.
Rumi is currently a board member with the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, which represents all 35 school PTAs and PTSAs in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (Alamo, Danville and San Ramon). She is also an active volunteer for several local non-profits such as San Ramon Culture in the Community Celebration, San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, Discovery Counseling Center, San Ramon Valley Diversity Coalition and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (Facilities Oversight & Advisory Committee). Her daughter is a first year student of Molecular Biology at San Jose State University. Rumi joined the SJSU Family Advisory Board in 2018 to support the university’s efforts in championing student success and improving student experience.