Current Advisory Board Members
Linnea Alexander (2014) - Chair
Linnea is a professor emerita of English. She taught 20th Century British Lit and creative nonfiction at California State University, Fresno. From 1990 to 2014 she worked with the London Abroad Program as a professor and director. In 2016 she entered the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State.
Kate McKnight (2016) - Vice Chair
Kate McKnight was raised in Fresno and attended Fresno State as an undergraduate before transferring to UC Santa Cruz where she received a BA in Theatre Arts/Acting Emphasis. She returned to Fresno State for a teaching credential and taught high school English and Drama; after eight years she went back to Fresno State for a second time, receiving an MA in Education. She served for seven years as the Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator for Fresno Unified School District, and also worked as a site administrator in FUSD and Coronado Unified. Kate eventually found her way back to the classroom and is happily teaching Drama at University High School. She often acts and directs for local community theatre including the Rogue Festival.
Elva Rodriguez (2016) - Secretary
Private Tutor, Valley Fleet Green, Retired Faculty, Administrator, FUSD
Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval - Dean
Honora Chapman - Associate Dean
Moon-Ja Yunouye - Director of Development
Becky Brown - Associate Director of Development
Joyce Aiken (2004)
Joyce is a retired professor of art who taught at Fresno State for over 30 years. She served as Director of the Fresno Arts Council for four years after retirement. She is now a board member for several local organizations and an exhibiting artist.
Marisol Baca (2017)
Faculty, Fresno City College, English
Armen Bacon (2000-2004, 2014)
Ronald Ballecer (2018)
Director of Marketing, Valley Children's Hospital
David Bonetto (2017)
Faculty, Fresno City College, Dance
Dave Brodie (2017)
President, The Compass Group
Shirley Bruegman (2013)
Shirley’s career in education encompassed teaching and administrative positions at the K-12, community college, and university levels. She retired as Vice Chancellor of State Center Community College District after which she wrote the Osher Lifelong Learning grant at Fresno State University and served as director for eight years. Her academic achievements include a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, master’s degree from California State University at Fresno, and a doctorate degree from CSUF/University of Davis. She is proud, but humbled, to have received several awards which include Top Professional Woman of the Year, Leadership Fresno Alumnus, Community College Chancellor’s Award, and SCCCD Outstanding Administrator Award. She is the past president of the Rotary Club of Fresno and is currently serving as Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5230.
Jane Cardoza (2013)
Superior Court Judge, Fresno County
Lilia Chavez (2017)
Executive Director, Fresno Arts Council
Alex Costa (2016)
Owner, Mad Duck Brewery
Jacqueline Doumanian (1989-2001, 2004)
A San Joaquin Valley native, Jacqueline Doumanian earned her M.A. in art from California State University, Fresno, and an M.A. in spirituality from Holy Names University, Oakland. She is also a certified yoga and meditation instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance. These degrees and certifications have afforded her teaching opportunities at Fresno City College, CSU Fresno, adjunct faculty at Holy Names University, Oakland, and the University of San Diego. Her Arts & Humanities education has provided her with many diverse career and volunteer opportunities: artist, gallery co-founder, college and university faculty, business owner (retail, consultant, yoga), community relations, development. Her desire for promoting arts/culture/education in the Fresno community has allowed her to serve on many boards of directors and committees. Currently, Jacqueline serves on the boards for Valley Public Radio and Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. In addition to these activities, she teaches yoga weekly at her studio and leads a meditation group.
Arthur Dyson (1999-2001, 2002)
Babs Eskin (2011)
I received a B.A. in English Literature in 1956 from Temple University and went to work right away as an Editor (one of many) at The Curtis Publishing Company in William Penn Plaza in downtown Philadelphia. I had a salary and a business card and dreams of grandeur. By 1962 I had moved to White Plains N.Y. with my husband and two children, 2 and 4 years old. I desperately needed to get my head back into a book, so our girls enjoyed their father’s company one night a week while I took the train to NYU and enrolled in a graduate class in Middle English. It was The 60’s so I also began working with Whitney Young at the Urban League. On the phone for 3 hours a day trying to line up any kind of transportation from White Plains to The March on Washington. We needed 3 “busses” but the big companies had refused to work with us. It was quite a trip. In 1967 we moved to Fresno. I began going to City Council and Fresno Unified Board Meetings to speak up for school “integration” and “bussing”. I have always been a community activist and of course, the work goes on. I worked at Channel 30 doing advertising and promotions; print ads and commentary. I did freelance writing and wrote for the California Advocate. When our third child was ten, I enrolled in the Social Work Department at Fresno State and in three years I got an MSW in Clinical Social Work. Two years later, and after several years of advanced training, I opened a private practice as an LCSW with a specialty in long-term, insight-oriented psychotherapy. After I retired I was able to “go back” to publicly speaking out. The work goes on. I am having a wonderful life.
Clarice Krikorian (2010)
Clarice Krikorian is a retired Registered Nurse. She is married to Ben Krikorian, the mother of four children and grandmother of three. Besides serving on AHAB, Clarice is a member of the CSU Summer Arts Community Board and also serves on the board of the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of Fresno.
Judith Kuipers, Ph.D. (2010)
Bill Parry (2011)
Tony Sanders (2017)
Founder, Shine! Youth Theatre
Haley Wagner (2018)
Haley has spent her entire career in customer-focused positions. She has twenty years of sales partnered with ten years of marketing and branding experience that spans from retail to restaurants. Haley graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has remained in the Fresno area since, sinking her roots into the community with her various avenues of service. She is an active member of the California Restaurant Association Fresno Chapter, sits of the Fresno Chamber Board of Directors, Clovis Tourism Advisory Committee, Executive Board for the College of Arts & Humanities at Fresno State, and is a past director of the Fresno Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Although she often jokes that’s she’s a “Jack of all trades and a master of some,” her specialties lie with guest services, marketing, and brand management. Haley is a creative problem solver, compulsive brain-jammer, and enjoys making professional matches. She thrives on serving others and loves the rush of helping people succeed. Her biggest goal in life is to make a positive impact on the people she meets and the businesses she touches. While sizzling steaks are keeping her busy, Haley is always looking for ways to cultivate the next generation of restauranteurs.
Ad Hoc Member
Ray Doumanian (2007)
President, HR LLC
Retired Dentist - Faculty/Admin UOP & UCSF Dental Schools
Advisory Board Emeriti and Terms of Service
- Bob Hirth (2009-2017) *
- Rosellen Kershaw (1980-2004) *
- Lillie Lew (1980- 2004)
- Robert A. Mallek (1999-2010)
- Roxie Moradian (1999-2004)*
* denotes deceased