2017-18 USU Board

USU Board of Directors

The USU Board of Directors gives students a voice when it comes to decision-making for the University Student Union (USU) and Satellite Student Union (SSU) facilities with an annual operating budget of over $2 million dollars. Student leaders work alongside faculty and administrators from across campus to help the USU meet the needs of Fresno State students.

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Did you know?

  • An average of 94,000 people visit the USU each month
  • The USU employs more than 70 students each year
  • Students pay $61 per semester to support their University Student Union and Satellite Student Union facilities 

Our Members

Athena Niayesh, Chair
Nick Matoian, Vice Chair

Budget and Operations Committee
Zachary Jones, Chair
Ilene Sanchez, Vice Chair
Cameran Patterson
J. Luis Espinoza
Jacob Perry
Jennifer Vang
Veronica Salcedo

Public Relations and Marketing Committee
Piper Walker, Chair
Micaela Cisneros-Nuñez, Vice Chair
Brooke Weber
Jacqueline Campos
Lauryn Flores

Evangelia Pappas, Associated Students, Inc.
Gilbert Falcon, Campus Involvement Ambassadors
Alejandra Prado, USU Productions

Faculty and Staff
Dr. Bernadette Muscat, President Designee
Dr. Carolyn Coon, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Dr. Colin Stewart, Associate Dean of Student Involvement
Mehrzad Zarrin, Assistant Director of Student Union Facilities and Operations (USU)
Shawna Blair, Programs and Events Coordinator

Our Mission

REPRESENT the voice of students on campus on issues affecting the USU and Satellite Student Union;

ENCOURAGE student involvement and leadership development;

PROMOTE college life through USU Productions, providing diverse educational and social activities and entertainment;

SERVE as a liaison to University faculty, students, administrators, alumni and guests;

and PROVIDE a positive learning environment through programs, services and facilities that support student success by acting on ideas, research, debate and vote.

For the full description of the USU Board of Directors' role, please click here to download our bylaws.

Our Meetings

The USU Board of Directors meet on the first Monday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in University Student Union, rooms 312-314.


Fall 2017
Monday, September 11: Agenda // Minutes

Monday, October 2: Agenda // Minutes

Monday, November 6: Agenda // Minutes

Monday, December 4: Agenda // Minutes

Spring 2018

Monday, February 5: Agenda // Minutes

Monday, March 5: Agenda // Minutes

Monday, April 2: Agenda // Minutes

Monday, May 7: Agenda // Minutes


Download the University Student Union budget summaries for the most recent fiscal years by clicking any of the links below.

USU Budget FY 2017-18

USU Budget FY 2016-17

USU Budget FY 2015-16

USU Budget FY 2014-15

  By joining the USU Board, you will be able to:

  • Improve one's written, oral, and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Gain professional skills while delegating and assuming responsibilities.
  • Gain financial leadership skills by learning about student fees and student funded programs and services.
  • Strengthen one's own personal development as a leader by being directly involved in the decision-making process for projects and operations related to the USU and SSU.


Interested in joining the USU Board of Directors team? Email  usuboard@mail.fresnostate.edu today!