Joseph Huang
President

Joseph Huang is a long time Sonoma County resident. He is a graduate of the School of Business and Economics Department. He holds a B.S. in Business with a Marketing concentration (2002) and a B.A. in International Economics (2004) from SSU. He was the Past President of the SSU Marketing Club and VP for the International Business Association.

After graduating in 2002, he traveled to Europe and visited England, Germany, Italy and France. Upon returning, he started his career in retail management while completing his economics degree. Joseph started his banking career with Washington Mutual Bank in 2005 and continued through the acquisition with JP Morgan Chase Bank in 2008. He has achieved the bank's highest honor by winning the "Top Manager" award given to branches that achieved the top 10% in profitability out of over 5000 branches.

Currently, Joseph works for Exchange Bank as VP/Branch Manager. He oversees two branch portfolios of small to medium size businesses and provides banking services and financing from cash flow, equipment, and expansion to business acquisitions and commercial real estate.

Joseph joined the board in 2014 and also serves as a Board Director for Council on Aging. He is also an Alumni Mentor for the Mentorship Program run by the School of Business and Economics. In his off time, he enjoys playing softball, basketball, golf, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends over a good meal.

David Felte
President-Elect

David Felte began his career in financial services in 2001 immediately after graduating from Sonoma State University with degrees in Accounting, Finance & Economics. David is a Financial Planner, Investment Adviser Representative with Eagle Strategies LLC., and Associate Editor of Financial News Digest, a nationally distributed publication for effective money management. David is active with two industry study groups and is often a speaker at national advisor conferences.  David calls Cotati home with his Wife Nina, daughter Kylie and family rabbit Stu. He is the Past President of Sonoma County Big Brothers & Big Sisters and also serves on the Sonoma State Alumni Association board of directors as the President. He enjoys exploring the North Bay, playing golf, home improvement projects, building recycled wood cabinetry and he and Nina are avid beer brewers. David is working to complete his cicerone.

Molly Rattigan
Vice President of Administration

Molly Rattigan graduated from SSU in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. She was involved in many student activities including, Alpha Gamma Delta, Order of Omega and Associated Students and worked as a student assistant in the Sonoma Student Union. Molly also holds a Masters’ in Public Policy and Administration from California State University-Sacramento. She has worked for the County of Napa since 2004. In this role Molly is responsible for facilitating the budgetary, organizational and policy functions of the County’s internal service functions. Molly is involved in many local government initiatives with a particular interest in those that recruit and prepare students and recent graduates for public service careers. She is a recipient of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California’s Rising Star Award and has been featured as an active “next generation leader” by the International City and County Management Association.

Molly resides in Rohnert Park with her husband and fellow Sonoma State alumnus, Nate Campbell and their young daughter. She continues to give back to SSU and has been a board member since March 2009, as well as an alumni advisor to the SSU chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta.

James Elliot
Vice President of Finance

James is an alumnus of Sonoma State University and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) Wine Industry Services Team. He has had the opportunity to work with a vast number of companies of all sizes ranging from those in the top 10 in the world to small sole proprietors (and everything in between). In early 2006, he left PwC as a federal Tax Manager in an effort to provide more meaningful client service and attain a better work/life balance. Now in his fifteenth year of public accounting, he predominantly works with entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals in various industries including, winery and vineyard, retail, real estate, and manufacturing.





Nate Campbell
Director

Nate Campbell graduated in 2002 with an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, after receiving his B.A. in Communications in 1999. As a student Nate was widely involved on campus. He was employed by Enterprises early on, followed by the Student Union, Operations Tech Division. He also served as Concerts Coordinator for Associated Students Productions and was Program and Sports Director for SSU’s radio station KSUN.

Since graduating Nate has been teaching at SSU and working in the Entertainment Industry. He is an American Musicologist, and  has taught classes such as the History of Rock Music and The Music of Bob Dylan. He owned and operated California DJ for 7 years, as DJ/MC/Entertainment Coordinator.  In 2006 Nate began working as Operations Manager at Wine Country Radio overseeing 4 radio stations including KRSH The Krush, serving as Program Director and on-air DJ.  Since 2011 Nate works full time at KZST 100.1, Sonoma County’s #1 radio station, as News Director. You can hear him report the news on the Brent Farris Morning Show.  In the evening Nate teaches for the Communications Department at SSU, instructor of  Radio Broadcasting and Academic Advisor for KSUN, the place it all started for him. He also serves as an advisor for Alpha Gamma Delta, the great sorority his wonderful wife Molly Rattigan is a Chapter Alumni Advisor for and member of.

Nate loves living in Wine Country with his wife and dog Maisy. His interests include Bay Area sports, politics and economics, golf and tennis, The Wire, wine and beer tasting, and local restaurants (someday he’d like to own one, or five). He also has much love for Sonoma State University and all of the opportunity it has given to him.
           

Vincent Cortese
Director

Vincent Cortese majored in Communications and graduated from SSU in 2000. He was involved in many student activities including, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Student Alumni Ambassadors, the Order of Omega and served as editor-in-chief of the Sonoma State Star. While working towards his degree he worked as a student assistant in the Office of Campus Life, the Student Union and the University Affairs Office. After graduation he began his banking career with Wells Fargo Bank where he spent four years serving in various roles including Personal Banker, Mortgage Consultant and Branch Manager. In 2004 he joined the team at Bank of America as a Branch Manager in Santa Rosa, CA and also coordinated the bank’s efforts for the North Bay Heart Walk for the American Heart Association.

He recently accepted a position with Citibank, N.A. as Vice President and manages the Sonoma Branch, continuing to serve the financial needs of the surrounding community in both consumer and business banking. Vincent continues to give back to SSU. He has been a board member since March 2009 and also serves as an alumni advisor to the SSU chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Libby Dippel
Director

Libby Dippel graduated with distinction in 2014 with a BA in Environmental Studies & Planning and a BA in Economics. While attending Sonoma State, she was involved in a wide array of activities including being a Peer Mentor, Summer Orientation Leader, Elections Commissioner, Teacher’s Assistant, and Senator of Community Affairs. Libby is currently employed by the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District in the Community Outreach & Education Department. She currently resides in Rohnert Park where she enjoys long distance running, bike rides, watching baseball, wine tasting and trying new restaurants.

Michelle Fielder
Director

Michelle Fielder graduated from Sonoma State in 2012 with a BA in Sociology. While in school, Michelle lived and worked on campus which helped her develop a deep love for the SSU community. Michelle now works as a Community Benefit Coordinator at United Way of the Wine Country. In her role there, she coordinates the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in 5 counties in California. Michelle also has a passion for volunteering. She volunteers as a tax preparer with the VITA program, as a tutor with the Schools of Hope program, and serves on the Board of Directors for the SSU Alumni Association. In her free time, Michelle also likes to hike with her dog and explore Sonoma County.

Vanessa Johns
Director

Vanessa Johns came to Sonoma State in 2010 as a transfer student from the greater Fresno area. In 2013 Vanessa earned her Bachelor’s in Communications, graduating Cum Laude and with Distinction. During her time at SSU she worked on campus and was involved in many campus activities including Alternative Spring Breaks and the Improvaholics. Vanessa also served as KSUN Radio’s News Director for four semesters.

Since graduating she has maintained work in both the wine and hospitality industry. She currently works as a Digital Media Specialist for Jackson Family Wines. In her free time, she loves to watch sports, stay active and give back. She enjoys participating in charity 5k runs and has fund-raised for the Sonoma Humane Society. She can often be found hiking, camping, attending Oakland A’s games, playing indoor soccer and walking her dog. Vanessa currently lives in Santa Rosa and is proud to call Sonoma County her home.


Patrick Maloney
Director

Patrick came to Sonoma State for it’s campus, distance to Sacramento (where he grew up), Tennis Team and the people. He then stayed for the involvement opportunities, campus, and people. A recent graduate, Patrick was involved in Residential Life Governance, NCAA Sports, Alternative Breaks, Student Government, Orientation Programs, Honor Societies, Clubs, and started the Entreprenoma program in the Business School. After graduating with a degree in Political Science and a Minor in Philosophy in 2014 he went on to become a Marketing Manager at a Startup in Silicon Valley. Living now in the East Bay, Patrick is proud to again be able to give back to a school that has given him so much of what he has.


Jim Manly
Director

Jim Manly graduated from SSU in 1999 with an MBA with an emphasis in finance and marketing. Manly was working in retail management during this time and was a store director in Novato, Santa Rosa and Napa. After seventeen years with several subsidiaries of the Ralphs Grocery Company, he changed careers in 2006.

Manly has been a financial advisor with VALIC since 2006. He holds a series 7, 63 and 65. He currently serves as an Investment Advisor Representative working with individuals and groups in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. His primary client groups are K-12, Higher Education, County and City governments and local Non-Profits. He has volunteered his time for several fund raising efforts for local non-profits and local schools, serving as a board member of Schools Plus in 2007. He has lived in Sonoma County since 1992 and now resides in
Santa Rosa.

Manly continues to give back to SSU. He has been a board member since 2000 and is the Immediate Past President. During his term, he expanded board communication with and support for the individual schools of SSU. He also served as the SSU alumni board representative to the CSU Alumni Council and attended CSU Advocacy to the Legislature in 2006.

He received his BA from UC Davis, where he was a double major in International Relations and Political Science. He is a Life Member of both the SSU and Cal Aggie Alumni Associations.


Amanda Mueller
Director

Amanda Mueller is a graduate of the School of Business and Economics Department. She holds a B.S. in Business with a Management concentration.

Upon graduating Amanda entered the wine industry and excelled in a production role managing a bottling line with an annual production of over 500,000 cases of wine. Currently, Amanda works as the Office Manager of the Vanguard Properties Santa Rosa branch where she is able to utilize her management degree.

Amanda joined the board in 2015. She is also active with the SBE Alumni committee and has enjoyed the relationships that her continuing involvement with Sonoma State has created. She enjoys taking full advantage of many of the activities and destinations Sonoma County has to offer. In her free-time she can be found hiking and camping. She loves exploring her neighboring towns and can instantly point you in the direction of the best local coffee shop, restaurant, or winery.


Annette Powell
Director

Annette Powell graduated from SSU in 2005 with a BS in Business Administration and a BS in Psychology. She was involved with many different campus activities like: student government, JUMP, Project Censored and Psi Chi. She has worked in the wine industry since 2005 and is currently employed at La Crema Winery as the Direct to Consumer manager. In her role she is responsible for managing the web, wine club and phone sales channels of the winery.  Annette currently lives in Santa Rosa and loves to support SSU through being a board member along with serving on the Alumni Campus Advisory Committee, and School of Business and Economics mentorship program.


Travis Sarraco
Director

Travis is a 2012 graduate of the Communications Department. Although fresh off the graduate podium, Travis utilizes his SSU skill-sets as an Account Manager at Sonoma Media Group (Formerly Maverick Media Radio), working with local business owners to develop effective marketing campaigns. Highly involved with his program and the campus radio station while attending Sonoma State, Travis fell in love with broadcast media, along with local business. Travis resides in Rohnert Park today, just a mile from campus.

"I take advantage of every opportunity to speak with current and future students about their futures. Not just here at SSU but my peers all over. I've always been an advocate for higher education, and I've been blessed with some wonderful opportunities and some experienced and generous mentors. I may talk too much, but as long as something that comes out is of value to the ones I interact with, that's good enough for me! My friends joke and say I should be a campus counselor."

Travis is very much engaged with his career path and hopes to continue building both personal and business relationships here in Sonoma County. In his off-time, Travis enjoys hiking, camping and the outdoors, spending time with friends and family and is always on the look-out for that next best happy hour spot or winery setting. Travis has been on the Alumni Board since Summer 2013.

 

Sarah Scudder
Director

Sarah Scudder is the Chief Growth Officer of The Sourcing Group, one of the 10 fastest growing print distributors in the US. She’s the youngest executive to ever serve on the board for the Print Services and Distribution association (PSDA). Sarah is the CEO and founder of  the Young Innovators Group which focuses on innovation and how to attract, hire and retain young people in the print industry. Sarah also puts on an annual national conference for the Young Innovators Group. She’s a monthly columnist for the Print Services (PS) Magazine and hosts a radio show called Career Conversations. She’s a winner of North Bay Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award, Print+Promo’s Trailblazer Under 40 award and Print Services & Distribution Association (PSDA)’s Member of the Year award. Sarah’s also an entrepreneur, co-founding the company Zen Balance, the creator of Relax + Focus: a stress and anxiety relief supplement. Sarah resides in Petaluma, CA. Her hobbies include swimming, running, writing and real estate investment.