CCGG Governance

CCGG is overseen by an elected Board of Directors consisting of no more than 29 elected or appointed directors. Our current Board of Directors is listed below. The Board conducts business during two in-person meetings each year which alternate between northern and southern California.



Executive Board

  • President, Kelly Niles-Yokum, PhD (University of LaVerne)
  • President-Elect, Lisa Chevalier, MSW  (Lisa Chevalier Consulting)
  • Immediate Past President, Tara Gruenewald, PhD (Chapman University)
  • Vice-President,  Joseph Rodrigues (California Department of Aging, State Long Term Care Ombudsman)
  • Secretary, Maria Claver, PhD (California State University, Long Beach)
  • Treasurer, Laura Zettel-Watson, PhD (California State University, Fullerton)

Board Members

  • University of California System Representative: Tatiana Vardanyan, BA (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • California State University System Representative: Donna Jensen, PhD, LCSW (California State University, Sacramento)
  • Private Universities/Four-Year Colleges Representative, Vacant
  • Public or Private Two-Year Colleges Representative, Karla Gustafson, MSG (American River College)
  • Member-at-Large:  Vacant
  • Member-at-Large: Melanie Horn-Mallers, PhD (California State University, Fullerton)
  • Member-at-Large: Elena Ionescu, MSG (California State University, Long Beach)
  • Member-at-Large: Aaron Hagedorn, PhD (University of Southern California)
  • Member-at-Large: Cheryl Osborne, EdD, MSN, RN, FAGHE (California State University, Sacramento)
  • Member-at-Large: Christina Selder, MS (Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR))
  • Member-at-Large: Emiko Takagi, PhD (California State University, San Francisco)
  • Southern California Student Representative: Shivanti Kariyawasam, MSG (University of Southern California)
  • Northern California Student Representative: Vacant