Current Advisory Board Members

Executive Committee

Haley Wagner (2018) - Chair

Cindy Wathen-Kennedy (2019) - Co-Chair
Public Relations

Honora Chapman - Dean

Sergio La Porta - Associate Dean

Moon-Ja Yunouye - Director of Development

2020-2021 Roster

Linnea Alexander (2014)
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.

Ellen Armour, (2020)
TETER Architects & Engineers

Marisol Teresa Baca (2017)
Faculty, Fresno City College, English

Armen Bacon (2000-2004, 2014)
Author/Columnist/Writer

Ronald Ballecer (2018)
Director of Marketing, Valley Children's Hospital

Jane Bedrosian (2019) 

Dave Brodie (2017)
President, The Compass Group

Shirley Bruegman (2013)
Retired, Vice Chancellor, State Center Community College
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

Nene Casares (2020)

Arthur Dyson (1999-2001, 2002)
Architect

Rachelle Golden (2020)
Hatmaker Law Group

Lilia Gonzales Chavez (2017)
Executive Director, Fresno Arts Council

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.

Samantha Leon, (2020)
Little Lion Photography Co
Prior to moving to Fresno in 2018, Samantha and her family lived in the Bay Area. She was the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO as well as the liaison to the Board of Directors at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto. A graduate of Bullard High School, she attended Arizona State University, completing her BA in Liberal Arts. She and her husband made the decision to move to Fresno to be closer to both of their parents. At that time, Samantha decided to turn her photography hobby into a full time career and opened Little Lion Photography Co. with her commercial studio opening in Fig Garden Village in September 2020. Her Fine Art style is unique and classic, her inspiration coming from the master artists Rembrandt and Vermeer. Since opening her studio, Samantha has become a multi-international award winning photographer. This past March she won 2nd place at Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, WPPI  for her fine art maternity work along with several silver awards for her children and family portraiture. Likewise, she was a finalist at RISE International Photography Awards for her Fine Art Maternity work as well. In November 2019 she was the guest artist of the month for Art Hop at M Street Studios in Downtown Fresno. Samantha's husband, Christopher, is a General Contractor and owns a large scale commercial framing business in Pleasanton, California. Together they have two children, Teddy (6) and Maddie (3).

Kate McKnight (2016)
Faculty, Fresno State & University High School
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)
Private Tutor, Valley Fleet Green
Retired Faculty, Administrator, FUSD

tony sanders (2017)
Founder, Shine! Youth Theatre

Ad Hoc Members

Ray Doumanian (2012)
President, HR LLC
Retired Dentist - Faculty/Admin UOP & UCSF Dental Schools

Nathaniel Moore (2019)
Development

Alex Costa (2016)
Owner, Mad Duck Brewery

Advisory Board Emeriti 

  • Jacqueline Doumanian (1989-2001, 2004-2020)
  • Bob Hirth (2009-2017) *
  • Rosellen Kershaw (1980-2004) *
  • Lillie Lew (1980- 2004) 
  • Robert A. Mallek (1999-2010)
  • Roxie Moradian (1999-2004)*

* denotes deceased