William Stevenson '84
Bill Stevenson is the author of Good Company, Smart Company, Jump Start, and other financial literacy presentations. He has over 30-years of experience working with small to mid-size business owners as a commercial banking officer. In this capacity he has been a coach, mentor, instructor, and resource for entrepreneurs by providing sound financial advice and assistance. Driven by the desire to see all businesses succeed and prosper he designed FSA to provide the training most business owners need in a simple and easy to follow method. Those who have attended the programs acknowledge an improved understanding of their company and how it works. They have been able to make better decisions using the numbers.
Bill received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University San Bernardino and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the University of La Verne. He received formal commercial credit training from a major financial institution following college and has been active in commercial lending to businesses ever since. Apart from senior lending positions with several banks, Bill has been a small business owner, an active board member for several charities and organizations including the YMCA, CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation, several Chambers of Commerce, and others. Bill is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at California State University San Bernardino and has taught a variety of personal and business finance classes.
Jua-Nita Williams Houston '11
Jua-Nita Williams Houston has been with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council for the last 9 years and currently serves on the executive team as Vice President of Marketing and External Relations. As Vice President of Marketing and External Relations, Jua-Nita oversees the external relations, marketing, graphic arts and creative services and event planning departments in addition to overseeing the rewards line for their annual entrepreneurial cookie program. She is responsible for internal and external communications, public, government and media relations, use of Girl Scout brand and voice, creating and managing the direction of Councils robust social media content and communications, strategic marketing in support of all Council departments, event planning and support, negotiating contracts and creating successful and beneficial partnerships with vendors such as Universal Studios, Amtrak, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Hilton Hotels, Macy’s, Nickelodeon, CBS Radio and iHeart Media to name a few.
Jua-Nita’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the Organization’s reach and creates amazing opportunities for girls. Under her guidance and marketing expertise the Council’s iconic cookie sale has grown from $4.6 million to $12.6 million in the span of 9 years. Jua-Nita received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Cal State San Bernardino and both her M.B.A. and M.A from Bethel University in Tennessee. She plans to return to school to start work on her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. Jua-Nita lives in East Highland with her husband John of 23 years and their four children – Austin Grant, Aariella, Samara and Analyse.
Dr. Javier Blanco '10, '13
Dr. Blanco’s background includes specialization in program and leadership management, as well education. He has supported and continues to be a part of various organizational boards holding executive positions. With strong leadership skills with various government departments in strategic planning, he has managed different community programs, grant and budget administration. Dr. Blanco earned a Doctorate in Public Administration from California Baptist University, Riverside, California. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration; and Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish from California State University, San Bernardino. At this moment, Blanco facilitates the Career Development Center for Soboba Tribal TANF, in which he provides career planning, training services and employment options to high school students and adults who are a part of TANF program. Additionally, Dr. Blanco is an adjunct professor for Oak Valley College teaching business courses. Dr. Blanco’s interests include fundraising, event planning, and philanthropic work, learning about other cultures, and mentoring young adults. Dr. Blanco hopes to use his knowledge, skills and abilities in promoting education and empower others to serve their communities.
Favorite CSUSB memory:
Being a part of the different clubs/ organizations, ASI, Program Board and Greek community.
Gheanna Rodriguez '04
Events Committee, Chair
Currently, Ms. Rodriguez is the SVP, Fair and Responsible Lending Officer at FFB. She is responsible for the oversight for her bank’s Fair Lending program which includes ECOA, FHA, and FCRA. Also, she provides oversight for the vendor management and Unfair and Deceptive Acts or Practices programs and consults on other compliance programs as needed. Additionally, she chairs the Fair Lending Committee, Co-Chairs the CRA committee, and sits on the Compliance, Change Management, and New Product Committees. She also conducts the quarterly and annual CRA data analysis and self-assessments. Prior to her work at FFB, she was a commissioned Compliance Examiner for the Southern California territory at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Ms. Rodriguez served the FDIC for approximately 8 years. During her tenure with the FDIC, Ms. Rodriguez participated or led numerous compliance and CRA examinations at institutions ranging from $40 million to $60 billion in total assets size. Additionally, she worked on a number of complex assignments that resulted in civil money penalties and restitution to affected borrowers. Ms. Rodriguez earned a BA degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the California State University, San Bernardino and her MA in Management from the University of Redlands.
Favorite CSUSB memory:
Graduation day. I am the first in my family to graduate from college and my son was able to see me walk. It was an amazing feeling!
Directors at Large
Karen Childers '01
Karen Childers is an alumna and current student at CSUSB. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2001, Master of Science degree in Educational Guidance and Counseling in 2004, and is currently a student in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program. She expects to earn her Ed.D. from CSUSB in 2020. Karen has taught Spanish, English, Career Education, and Business. She is currently Director of Development and Community Relations at San Bernardino Valley College.
Favorite CSUSB memory:
One of my favorite CSUSB memories is when I was getting my Master’s degree in school counseling. We worked with the GEAR UP program, going out to local middle schools and talking to 7th and 8th graders about college. We did presentations on financial aid, college preparation, and career interests. We also did workshops with the parents. It was very rewarding, and I hope it made a difference for those students and their families.
Carmen Dobry '93 '94
Carmen Dobry earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. She is an accomplished senior health care executive who is especially strong in Compliance and has complementary skills in operations, finance, team building, strategic planning, product development and more. Her eclectic background has enabled to keep employers in compliance with the volatile changes in the health care regulatory environment without losing sight of quality, patient satisfaction and profitability.
Her experience is diverse with senior management accomplishments in health plans, hospitals, medical groups, skilled nursing facilities, independent physician organizations, management service organizations and consultancies. In her spare time she enjoys writing grants for various non-profit organizations.
Favorite CSUSB Memory:
Besides having great friends at the time, as well as great professors, starting the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Student Association where I introduced industry leaders as guests at the meetings for students to meet and collaborate.
Arlene Garcia '98, '00
Arlene Garcia is the Career Technical Training Manager for the Inland Empire Job Corps Center. In her profession, she works closely with at risk youth and encourages girls to pursue non-traditional careers. She also works closely with the Inland Health Professions Coalition whose goal is to link students in the San Bernardino Metro area who are interested in health professions to health professionals in the workforce. Arlene is a founding member of the AUW Women United whose focus is on teaching the importance of education, healthy lifestyles and financial stability to young women and girls 16-24 years of age. She is a member of Soroptimist International of Beaumont-Banning, and also serves on the Steering Committee for the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council.
Favorite CSUSB memory:
Was seeing my family in Coussoulis Arena watching me graduate with my Master’s Degree. I am a first generation college graduate and they were beaming with pride!”
Dr. Monica Green '93
Monica Green earned a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from CSUSB and a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. As the Vice President of Planning and Development at Riverside City College, Dr. Green leads guided pathways, strategic planning, and accreditation efforts. Dr. Green has 18 years of experience within the California community college system, six years as a Counselor/Instructor and twelve years as an administrator. Dr. Green’s experience includes developing, implementing, and evaluating programs designed to support student access, equity, and success. Dr. Green is active in local, regional, and statewide efforts to impact positively the socioeconomic mobility of our community members. She serves as past-president of Soroptimist International of Corona for many years advocating for the educational advancement of women and girls locally and internationally. Dr. Green is a first-generation college student who understands the hope, influence, and life-changing capacity afforded by higher education for our students, families, and communities.
Favorite CSUSB memory:
After a long day at work, Monica would enjoy coming to evening classes at CSUSB and rubbing the belly of one of her fellow classmate’s service dog with her foot. This beautiful Golden Retriever got Monica through many late nights of learning.
Iwona Contreras '02
EOP Alumni chapter Chair/ Chapter Liaison
Iwona Contreras serves as the EOP Alumni Chapter's Chair. She earned a B.S. degree in health sciences in 2002. Iwona is currently employed at CSUSB as an administrative analyst for the Pfau Library. Iwona also served as President of Programs for Arroyo Verde Elementary PTA and VP Finance for Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students.
Juan M. Lopez '98
Latino Alumni Chapter, Liaison
Juan M. Lopez, a native of the Inland Empire has worked in Public Affairs and Government Affairs in the private and public sectors. He currently works for Southern California Edison as a Government Relations Manager. Mr. Lopez has over 20 years of extensive experience in California politics including providing strategic counsel on several statewide initiatives and policies as well as grassroots organization to congressional races and state elections; additionally, he worked for Inland Empire Economic Partnership a business organization as their Chief of Staff, five members of the California Legislature, Non-Profits and for several private companies as a member for their Senior Executive Team.
Mr. Lopez has dedicated much of his adult life to public service. He is very involved in his community where he has been on executive boards with several no profits and business organizations like Santa Claus Inc., Community Action Partnership San Bernardino County, Greater San Bernardino Kiwanis, California State University San Bernardino Alumni Board and CSU Educational Opportunity Program Alumni Board, former Board President for Riverside’s Latino Network, SCAG Glue Council and IE Business PAC. He has been a coach and mentor for several sports youth programs for many children in our Inland Empire communities.
For Mr. Lopez's community and professional involvement, he has received numerous recognitions. 2011 United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Black Voice Foundation 2011 Community Builders Award, California Assembly 2008 “30 Under 30” Latino Achievement Award and Special Recognition from Greater Kiwanis of San Bernardino.
Juan M. Lopez graduated from San Gorgonio High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino. He lives in Riverside with his wife a public school teacher, Guadalupe Lopez and his three children Anabel, Rosali and son Juan Jr.