• University Student Union Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Over the last few years, the USU Board of Directors (BOD) and its committees have launched popular CSUN student destinations including the Student Recreation Center, Oasis Wellness Center, Pride Center and Veterans Resource Center. In addition, the student-led board increased funding for large-scale events such as Matador Nights, Carnaval and Crunch Time. Then, in Spring 2019, the BOD voted to initiate the successful student referendum to build the transformative “New Heart of Campus renovation and expansion project that is now scheduled to open during the 2022–23 academic year. 

As the student leaders of a non-profit auxiliary of the CSUN campus, the Board of Directors is primarily responsible for developing policy for the USU. The overall purposes and responsibilities of the BOD are to maintain USU buildings and facilities, oversee financial matters, facilitate programs and adopt policies in the best interest of students, in keeping with the policies set forth by the Trustees of the California State University system and CSUN.

Start doing more now for your campus through involvement with the University Student Union Board of Directors.

Are you interested in joining the USU BOD? There are three ways to get involved:

  1. Run for a seat on the BOD in the Spring Elections. Each spring, students run in the AS/USU elections for five of the ten student seats.
  2. Apply for an open seat on the BOD if there are any vacancies. Contact the BOD Assistant to find out about any current vacancies.
  3. Join a USU Board of Directors standing committee to learn about the USU and BOD while developing skills for the future. The standing committees include: the audit committee, the facilities and commercial services committee, the finance committee, and the personnel committee. Students who serve on committees and demonstrate leadership potential are always encouraged to run for a seat on the BOD.

Students who serve on the BOD or a committee must have a minimum cumulative and semester 2.0 GPA, and must have completed at least one semester at California State University, Northridge.


  1. Enhance USU marketing efforts within the USU, and throughout California State University, Northridge while promoting and providing information about the Center on Centers/Cross Cultural Center Initiative.
  2. Create a Mentor Program to help form a stronger relationship with USU faculty, staff and administration in hopes of developing student leader’s professional endeavors.
  3. Collaborate with Associated Students to continue strengthening relations and better support our student body.
  4. Continue to spread inclusivity within the USU and outside the USU while empowering student organizations on our campus by working with them to accomplish their goals.

Board Members

Tyrone CarterTyrone L. Carter, Chair

Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology & Africana Studies
Involvement: USU Board of Directors, Black Male Scholars, M3 Minority Male Project, Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), Revolutionary Scholars Project 

Since arriving on campus, Tyrone has interacted with many professors, students, and staff members and learned that his voice matters. As the BOD Chair for the USU, he pledges to be a passionate advocate for the student body. Having experienced trauma and injustice in life, Tyrone is appreciative that he has developed a resilience of mind and empathy to suffering that has provided him with an enhanced appreciation for hope, optimism, and serenity. His vision as BOD Chair is to foster a healthy environment that allows each CSUN student to shine by providing space for discourse and development on all levels. 

Stephanie BarbozaStephanie Barboza, Vice Chair

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Year: Junior
Major: Marketing & Chicanx Studies
Involvement: USU Board of Directors, Dreams to Be Heard, Revolutionary Scholars 

Stephanie is a first-generation student from the San Fernando Valley. Serving as the BOD Vice Chair, she is passionate about advocating for culturally competent resources that directly impact students. She is dedicated to being a voice for students and educating them about all of the existing resources the USU provides.

Matthew ContrerasMatthew Contreras, Student Representative
Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism
Involvement: USU Board of Directors, USU Diversity and Inclusion Committee, The Queer Collective, Model United Nations 

Matthew is committed to serving underrepresented populations in his community and is passionate about social justice issues. He strives to give back to the University Student Union with a strong commitment to leadership. One of his goals this year is to better connect CSUN students with resources available to them on campus. 

Melanie AlvarezMelanie Alvarez Rojas, Student Representative
Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Political Science/Community and Civic Engagement
Involvement: USU Board of Directors, USU Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Hermanas Unidas 

Melanie uses her passion for social justice and past involvement with the USU’s Diversity and Inclusion committee as a platform to advocate for cultural diversity. She is determined to be the voice for CSUN students by pushing for more inclusivity to enrich the college experience for everyone. Melanie makes sure to voice her opinion for underrepresented communities and works hard to make change that will continue to benefit future generations here at CSUN.  

Giselle Reyes

Giselle Reyes, Student Representative
Chair, Facilities and Commercial Services Committee

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Year: 2nd Year Grad Student
Major: Education Leadership & Policy Studies
Involvement: USU Board of Directors 

Giselle has participated in several areas of student involvement and leadership that have led her to this exciting and honorable position. She is here to continue to help CSUN students find their own path and lead them to success!

Ayana Galves, Student Representative
Co-Chair, Facilities and Commercial Services Committee

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Year: Freshman
Major: Biology Major/Africana Studies Minor 
Involvement: USU Board of Directors 

Ayana is a CSUN Freshman and first-generation African American student. She strives to promote community throughout the university while helping the USU become a safe space for all students. One of her main goals is to give all CSUN students a voice within the USU.

Tammy Rassamekiarttisak

Tammy Rassamekiarttisak, Student Representative
Chair, Finance Committee

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Year: Senior
Major: Public Health & Asian American Studies (Double Major)
Involvement: Asian American Studies Pathways Project (AASPP), Associated Students Senator for the College of Health and Human Development, New Student Orientation and USU Board of Directors

Tammy would like to ensure that the USU serves the interests and needs of the students where they can feel a sense of community and belonging. She would like to create an inclusive, fun, and personal growth-enhancing environment to support student academic success and professional development through events and programs. Her career goal is to become a pediatrician.  

Albert Martinez

Albert Martinez, Student Representative
Co-Chair, Finance Committee

Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His
Year: Senior
Major: Chicana/o Studies
Involvement: EOP Admissions Outreach Intern, Resilient Scholar and USU Board of Directors

Albert shares a commitment to helping marginalized and underrepresented populations of former foster youth and the formerly incarcerated. He exercises his leadership skills around the campus and also actively participates in outreach to the most underserved communities. He is dedicated to being an advocate and role model not only to those who relate to his experience, but also those who are in pursuit of fulfilling their dreams.

Catleya MaralitCatleya Maralit, Student Representative
Chair, Personnel Committee

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Year: Senior
Major: Systems and Operation Management & Asian American Studies
Involvement: USU Board of Directors, EOP DREAM Center, and Asian American Studies Pathways Project (AASPP) 

Catleya is committed to advocating on behalf of CSUN students at the University Student Union to the best of her abilities through increased efforts to create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive community. She hopes to empower others to become involved at CSUN and utilize the many resources the University and the USU have to offer. After graduation, Catleya aims to continue to advocate for students while exploring graduate education. 

Arrah Ebot EnawArrah Enaw, Student Representative
Co-Chair, Personnel Committee

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Year: Junior
Major: Computer Engineering
Involvement: USU Board of Directors, National Society of Leadership and Success

Arrah desires to make sure all student voices are heard by working to ensure their suggestions on how to improve campus life are taken into consideration. This is her second year on the Board of Directors and she is very pleased to represent CSUN students. She plans to attend medical school after pursuing her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. 

Debra L. HammondDebra L. Hammond, Executive Secretary




Shelley Ruelas-BischoffShelley Ruelas-Bischoff, University Representative




Sharon EichtenSharon Eichten, University Representative




Gabriella NguyenGabriella Nguyen, Staff Representative




Marquita GammageMarquita Gammage, Faculty Representative




Carroll Brown, Alumni Representative




Diana Vicente

Diana Vicente Santiago, Associated Students President*

*This position serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and is not eligible to vote.

Gender Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Year: Senior
Major: Marketing
Involvement: USU Board of Directors, Associated Students 

Diana currently serves as the Associated Students (AS) President for CSUN. She is passionate about giving students a platform to voice their opinions and a safe space to grow. This year she hopes to develop new services within AS that will allow for affordability, progress and advocacy. 

Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held at 12:30 p.m.

Other Important BOD Dates

  • June 19–20, 2019: BOD Summer Retreat
  • Aug. 21, 2019: Student Summit
  • Aug. 28, 2019: Matafest
  • Sept. 2, 2019: Labor Day Holiday
  • Sept. 13, 2019: Matador Nights
  • Oct. 16–18, 2019: NIRSA Region VI Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Nov. 14–16, 2019: ACUI Region I Conference, Reno, NV
  • Nov. 11, 2019: Veterans Day Holiday
  • Nov. 28–29: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 6, 2019: U-Day
  • Dec. 11–17, 2019: Fall Final Exams
  • Dec. 25, 2019–Jan. 1, 2020: Winter Break
  • Jan. 15, 2020: Student Summit
  • Jan. 20, 2020: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday
  • March 15–19, 2020: ACUI Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • March 31, 2020: Cesar Chavez Day Holiday
  • April 18–21, 2020: NIRSA Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ
  • May 1, 2020: Year-End Celebration
  • May 11–15, 2020: Spring Final Exams
  • May 25, 2020: Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 1, 2020: BOD Orientation
  • June 8, 2020: BOD Annual Meeting


More Information

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