College of Business

Business Advisory Board

Business Advisory Board members

The Business Advisory Board is designed to support the Dean by providing strategic guidance to keep the College’s programs aligned with current marketplace needs and realities, supporting the academic and professional success of students, advancing the College’s strategic priorities, and extending the College’s influence, network and funders. Board members are selected by the Dean and generally serve one or two 3-year terms. For more information, please contact the Dean’s Office at 530-898-6272.


Aaron Colton

Aaron Colton

Founder, President and CEO, Integrated Communications Systems

Aaron Colton (BS, Business Administration, '82) is the founder, president, and CEO of ICS Integrated Communication Systems, and the former CEO of Ceitronics a SF Bay Area Communications contracting company. Colton has more than 30 years experience in the technology/systems integrations/telecommunications sector. He has an excellent reputation as an exceptional and straightforward manager and people-person who inspires respect, trust, loyalty, and performance and establishes a company culture that motivates all players.


Shaun Davis

Shaun Davis

Informatics Head, Roche

Shaun Davis (BS, Business Administration, ’04) is a Director of Informatics at Roche Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland. He leads a team of technology experts across various European, Middle Eastern, and South Asian countries. Davis is a passionate coach who empowers his team to create technology solutions to best serve Roche's patients. Throughout his time at Chico State and his Masters program (MS, Organization Development, ‘08, University of San Francisco), one of the most valuable lessons he learned was the importance of a strong network and the power of connection. He hopes to imbue these principles on future generations of Chico grads.


Cheryl DeLany

Cheryl DeLany

Senior VP of Distribution Operations, Franklin Templeton

Cheryl DeLany (BS, Business Administration and International Economics, '02) is the Head of Global Distribution Enablement, responsible for evolving, delivering and supporting capabilities that enable more effective distribution teams with data, insights, automation and digital experiences. DeLany joined Franklin Templeton in 2002 as a Futures Associate and grew her career across several departments and leadership positions. Her Franklin Templeton career has included roles focused on implementing and evolving digital, data and enablement platforms, along with transforming processes and operating models to better meet client expectations and internal needs. She currently leads a global team of over 250 product owners, analysts and operations professionals. 

In additional to her bachelor's degree, DeLany holds a master's in business administration from Golden Gate University. Her passions include solving complex problems, building incredible relationships, and mentoring and inspiring others to reach their potential. 


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Bill Dodd

Senator, Senate District 3

Bill Dodd (BS, Business Administration, '78) was elected in 2016 to represent California’s 3rd Senate District, and is a fifth-generation Californian and lifelong resident of the district, where he grew up on a small family farm in Napa County. Dodd serves as the chair of the Governmental Organization Committee and is a member of the Transportation Committee, the Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and the Insurance Committee. He is co-chair of the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry and is a member of the Legislative Delta Caucus. Prior to his time in elected office, Dodd owned and operated one of the largest full-service Culligan Water operations in California, and served as president of the water quality industry’s state and national trade associations.


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Rob Donoho

Vice President-Supply Chain, E & J Gallo Winery

Rob Donoho (BS, Business Administration, '84) is Vice President, Supply Chain, Quality and Logistics at E & J Gallo Winery. Donoho responsible for supply chain planning, sourcing, co-manufacturing, quality assurance, warehouse, logistics, customer service, new products process, and demand forecasting. Donoho joined Gallo in 1994 and has held progressive positions both within Gallo Winery and its distributors. Donoho earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a Computer Science minor from Chico State and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University. His vision for the future is that Gallo expands its global leadership position with a supply chain that is fully integrated from suppliers to the retail shelf.


David Fisch

David Fisch

CEO, Ladders

David Fisch (BS, Business Administration, '93) is the Chief Executive Officer at Ladders. Fisch is an experienced entrepreneur with executive and founding impact in leading SaaS, ad-technology and consumer companies. Prior to Ladders, Fisch was the CEO at Shopkick, an executive at Criteo (IPO) and a Founder of Miniclip America, GoFish Entertainment (IPO) and SlingShot Media (Mandalay Entertainment). He previously served in key leadership and management roles within Yahoo!, Miller Brewing Company and Gallo Sales Company.

Fisch has had a dynamic career in building and managing world class sales and marketing organizations. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business, management, and marketing from California State University, Chico.


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Sam Fogleman

Partner, KPMG, LLP (ret.)

Sam Fogleman (BS, Accounting, '85) enjoyed a remarkable career with KPMG culminating in dual roles as Global Lead Partner for a multinational automotive manufacturing company and as the US Industrial Manufacturing Lead – Risk Consulting Practice. As global lead, Sam closely collaborated with KPMG specialists across audit, tax, and advisory to craft solutions that met his client’s strategic objectives. He worked closely with C-suite executives to bring an outside-in perspective to business operations and issues. His work within the industrial manufacturing group centered around designing solutions that capitalize on the opportunities presented by a rapidly changing environment, (e.g., the rise of digital labor and artificial intelligence) and managing the risk associated with those opportunities.

Sam and his wife Laura (BS, Dietetics, ’85) believe in education and its value at Chico State and are demonstrating that belief through two separate scholarships they have funded over multiple years – one for Accounting students and one for Nutrition and Food Science students. In addition to currently serving on Chico State's College of Business Advisory Board, Sam is chairing a task force to evaluate the accounting curriculum to ensure it equips graduates to excel in today's environment.


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Lauren Gruwell

Partner Manager, Apple Pay

Lauren Gruwell (BA, Psychology, 09) is a Partner Manager for Apple Pay, responsible for managing a portfolio of payments partnerships for the Americas. Prior to joining the Apple Pay team, Lauren spent her first 5 years at Apple in the Enterprise Sales organization, focused on Business Development, and building a Global Partner Program. Lauren also serves on the board of a non-profit animal rescue organization, MO4PAWS, where she exercises her passion for protecting the lives of dog and cat companion animals.


Jason Hanks

Jason Hanks

CCO, Granules Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Jason Hanks (BS, Finance, ‘87) is currently the Chief Commercial Officer for Granules Pharmaceuticals Inc. In this role, Hanks heads Sales and Marketing for the US division of a multinational company based in Hyderabad, India. He launched Granules’ first pharmaceutical product in 2018 and continues to manage the expanding portfolio of generic drugs being developed and manufactured for the US Healthcare System.

Over the past 25 years, Hanks has held leadership roles in Finance, Business Development, and Procurement at such healthcare companies as Bristol-Myers Squibb and the McKesson Corporation. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at Chico State and also graduated from Golden Gate University with a Masters of Business Administration in 1993.


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Prabhakar (PK) Kalavacherla

Partner, KPMG, LLP

Prabhakar Kalavacherla (MSA, Accountancy, '93) is KPMG’s National Partner in Charge of Risk Management – Audit and Independence. He also serves as the Risk Management Partner for KPMG’s Americas Region and on the firm’s Global Quality and Risk Management Steering Committee. In addition, Kalavacherla also serves as a board member for the KPMG Global Delivery Center (GDC) Mauritius and India.

Kalavacherla was a member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in London for five years, the first Indian to be so appointed. He is a Trustee at the University of Silicon Andhra University, a California-based university known worldwide for its innovative programs that infuse and embed the rich traditions of India in its liberal arts based research, sciences, health, technology, and professional programs.


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Paul Larson 

Sr. Vice President, CNA Insurance

Paul Larson (BS, Finance, ’92) serves as Senior Vice President for Financial Lines Underwriting at CNA Insurance.  This includes Financial Institutions, Management Liability, Cyber and Miscellaneous Professional Liability lines of business.  Paul is responsible for driving strategy and profitable growth for these areas globally. Paul joined CNA in 2016 and has over 27 years of industry experience.  Prior to CNA he was Executive Vice President for Chubb, responsible for all management liability lines of business for publicly traded companies in the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda.  Prior to this role, Paul held various leadership roles at Chubb, most notably Senior Vice President, Specialty Risk Center Manager, where he led the design, structure and implementation process for the build out of its complex underwriting centers in the U.S.


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Shady Makar

Engineer, Workday

During his time at Chico State, Shady Makar (BS, Business Information Systems, '19) was heavily involved on campus in various roles. Some of these are working as an Academic Advisor Intern, Instructional Assistant for Application Database Design courses in the COB, and an active member of 2 technology committees. In addition, Shady landed an internship at Workday as a QA Engineer Intern and became a full time Engineer with Workday upon graduation.


Tala Makar

Tala Makar

Risk & Compliance Engineer-Slack, Salesforce

Tala Makar (BS, Finance & Management Information Systems, '19) is a Risk & Compliance Engineer at Salesforce in San Francisco, CA, where she works on ensuring compliance within the production systems of Slack. Prior to her time at Salesforce, Tala worked at EY as a Technology Risk Consultant and performed audits with numerous Financial Services clients in San Francisco.


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Emily Murphy 

Delivery Manager, Salesforce 

Emily Murphy (BA, International Relations and Linguistics, '09) is a Delivery Manager with Salesforce in Chicago, Illinois, where she works with companies to transform the way they interact with their customers. Emily is a proud Chico State grad with a passion for friends & family, the environment, promoting an inclusive workplace, digital transformation, and leveraging technology to improve the way we live.


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Devin Potter 

CFP®, Asset Management Group 

Devin Potter (BS, Business Administration ’11) is an LPL Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner® at Asset Management Group. Potter joined Asset Management Group in 2007 and has since become a managing partner. He works with his team to service large and small business retirement plans (401k), foundations/trusts, medical professionals, business owners, and individuals. Potter also serves his community through his positions on the Chico Rotary Club and Butte Humane Society Board of Directors.


Anne Sena

Anne Sena

Director of Technology, St. David's School

Anne Sena (BS, Business Administration with a double major in Management Information Systems & Production and Operations Management, '97) has been in IT and operations roles throughout her career and has a strong record of leading successful change at all levels of global corporate and school organizations. After almost two decades at a Fortune 100 global IT company, Anne intentionally transitioned into the Director of Technology position at St. David's School in Raleigh to use her experience and expertise in support of education. Anne's passion for education and giving back is demonstrated through her existing Chico State scholarship awarded to top-performing Business Information Systems students, which she has funded for almost 20 years. After many years serving on the Business Advisory Board, Anne was named the Chairperson of the Board in spring 2019 and continues in that role today.


Alisha Sharma

Alisha Sharma

Account Director-Public Sector, LinkedIn

Alisha Sharma (BS, Project Management, '19) is a proud Chico State alum who currently works in Sales at LinkedIn where she connects state and local governments to LinkedIn's solutions that help them attract, hire, and retain their employees. Prior to her time at LinkedIn, Sharma lived in San Francisco and worked at Salesforce.org where she was also in sales supporting Higher Education institutions achieve their student success goals - one of her biggest passions. Her other passions include spending time with friends and family, volunteering with organizations and nonprofits that support students from historically marginalized communities, and exploring New York City, where she now lives with other Chico State alums from her class! 


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Marti Sutton

Commissioner, City of Livermore, Human Services Commission

Marti Sutton (BS, Business Administration, '92) is on the Board for Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance, as well as the commissioner for Human Services Commission for the City of Livermore. Sutton has more than 24 years of experience working in upper management level positions including working as the president at BayKids in San Francisco, and the director of financial planning at Learning Network in San Francisco.


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Glen Thomas

Founder & Of Council, TYS, LLP

Glen Thomas (BS, Business Administration, '83) is a founder and former partner at TYS, LLP, a full service CPA firm with offices in Walnut Creek, CA and Fairport, NY. Thomas helps guide businesses and their shareholders including acquisitions, dispositions and other transitions while focusing on the goals and needs of all parties. Thomas began his career in accounting upon graduation with Jones, Henle & Schunck (formerly Jones & Marzluft) in Danville, California and rose to be the managing partner in 2005. He left in 2007 to form TY, LLP. In 2010 TY merged and became TYS, LLP. Thomas satisfies his passion for education through participation as a committee member and co-chair of the CalCPA Society Accounting Education Committee. He continues to spend time doing what he loves which is building relationships and through those relationships helping clients find solutions to their challenges.


Tom Tognoli

Tom Tognoli

Partner, 1 Flourish Capital

Tom Tognoli is a partner at 1Flourish Capital, a faith-driven venture firm investing in and mentoring early-stage, tech-enabled startups led by high-character, high-capacity entrepreneurs, who recognize culture is critical to success.

Prior to becoming a partner at 1Flourish Capital, Tom co-founded Intero in 2002 and built it into the largest real estate company in Silicon Valley; and one of the top real estate companies in the United States, doing in excess of $12 billion in annual sales volume at the time of his departure. Tom and his business partners sold Intero to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in April 2014.  

Tom is a passionate entrepreneur with expertise in leadership, building healthy teams and cultures, and human behavior, and performance. Tom is also an active real estate developer, investor, and advisor.

Tom is a dedicated man of faith with a no-nonsense attitude and an authentic approach to both business and life. Tom has been a keynote speaker, a commencement speaker, and was bestowed the honor of Distinguished Alumni from CSU, Chico in 2018. Tom is a growing influencer in traditional and online media platforms, delivering a message of hope in creating a life and business from a foundation of faith, family, friendship, fitness, and finance.


John Trinta

John Trinta

CEO, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (ret.)

John (BS, Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, '80) retired from Deloitte in June 2020 after 39 years. He had a variety of leadership roles – CEO of Financial Advisory Services, Deputy CEO Advisory Services, Partner in Charge North America Financial Advisory Services, Deputy National Managing Partner – Tax Services and was on Deloitte’s Board from 2003 -2005. John believed in leading by example and always served some of Deloitte’s largest clients throughout his career. John is now involved with several community related Boards and enjoying family, cooking and outdoor activities.

Business Advisory Board

Aaron Colton
Founder, President & CEO, Integrated Communication Systems

Shaun Davis
Informatics Head, Roche

Cheryl DeLany
Senior VP of Distribution Operations, Franklin Templeton

Bill Dodd
Senator, Senate District 3

Rob Donoho
VP of Supply Chain, E. & J. Gallo Winery

David Fisch
CEO, Ladders

Sam Fogleman
Partner, KPMG, LLP (ret.)

Lauren Gruwell
Partner Manager, Apple Pay

Jason Hanks
CCO, Granules Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

Prabhakar Kalavacherla
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Paul Larson
Sr. Vice President, CNA Insurance

Shady Makar
Engineer, Workday

Tala Makar
Risk & Compliance Engineer-Slack, Salesforce

Emily Murphy
Delivery Manager, Salesforce

Devin Potter
CFP®, Asset Management Group

Anne Sena
Director of Technology, St. David's School

Alisha Sharma
Account Director-Public Sector, LinkedIn

Marti Sutton
Commissioner, City of Livermore, Human Services Commission

Glen Thomas
Founder & Of Council, TYS, LLP

Tom Tognoli
Partner, 1 Flourish Capital

John Trinta
CEO, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (ret.)