NACAS West Board of Directors
Biographies

President

Jim Dwyer

Jim Dwyer has over 20 years of experience in higher education business operations. Dwyer has served in multiple roles within the campus retail/ bookstore space at universities and college institutions in Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Colorado and Arizona. He is now the Executive Director of Auxiliary Business Services at Arizona State University and directs a wide portfolio of operations including Campus Stores, Parking & Transit Services, University Club, Trademark & Licensing, Campus ID Card and Transaction Services, U.S. Passport Office, Print Services, Vending and other strategic partnerships and initiatives. Dwyer graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in social science and received his MBA from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

 

 

Vice President

Casey Kelly

Casey Kelly is the Marketing Manager for Sonoma State University Entrepreneurial Activities. Casey manages marketing and communications for dining, bookstore, print shop, conference and events, student center, ID card system, recreation center, career center, residential education and campus housing and student involvement.

Casey is a graduate of Sonoma State University in the California State University system. Casey has been involved with NACAS at the regional level since 2018 and has served as the West Communications and Technology Coordinator. In 2020, Casey received the award for NACAS West Regional Rising Star.

Casey enjoys volunteers at the local food bank and giving back to her community in Sonoma County.  Casey also enjoys exploring Sonoma County and all that is has to offer.

Secretary

Suzie Mize

Suzie Mize, Associate Vice President, Auxiliary Enterprises joined Gonzaga University in 2015 and aided in the opening of the new John J. Hemmingson University Center.  She transitioned to higher education after a 28-year career in hospitality management with several of the leading brands in the industry including Hilton Worldwide, LaQuinta (Blackstone) and Red Lion Hotels Corporation focusing on business development, new construction, increased profitability and superior service. Suzie has been a member of NACAS since 2015 and has attended the annual conference each year as well as the NACAS Institute for Managers in New Orleans in 2017.

Suzie’s greatest strengths are in her creativity, drive and leadership.  She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the organization’s reach.  One of her most recent projects prior to joining Gonzaga, involved a strategic plan to maximize operational efficiencies and increase profit for an iconic hotel in the Pacific NW.  This plan resulted in achieving gross operating profit that exceeded company history.

Her engaging leadership style along with the ability to form a cohesive organization have lent to being awarded; Rising Star of the Year, General Manager of the Year, Financial Achievement Award as well as being awarded Business of the Year, multiple years running from the local Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.

Suzie served on Gonzaga’s Staff Assembly Executive Council, Spirit Advisory Board as well as being a nationally certified phlebotomist and former Emergency Medical Technician.  She is a native of the Pacific Northwest.  In her free time, Suzie enjoys spending time with her son Isaiah and family, landscaping, interior decorating and basketball.

Treasurer

Tariq Marji

Tariq Marji is the Executive Director for the Cal State L.A. University Auxiliary Services, Inc.  He is responsible for the overall administration and executive leadership of  auxiliary operations which include contracts and grants administration, bookstore operations, campus dining services, building management, child care services, and conference and event services.  Prior to joining Cal State L.A. UAS, Mr. Marji was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Cal State Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation for over thirteen years.  He was responsible for the financial stewardship of the organization including financial planning, reporting, investing, cash flow management, capital and operational budgeting, managing financial affairs, and overseeing the business and financial services operations.  Prior to joining CSUF ASC in October 2005, Mr. Marji was the General Financial Manager at Cal Poly Pomona Foundation for over six years.  Prior to working in higher education, Mr. Marji held managerial positions in the hotel services and manufacturing industries.  Tariq is an active member of the CSU Auxiliary Organizations Association, serving as past-chair of the Finance and Audit Committees, and actively participating in several standing committees.  Tariq is also an active member of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) and a trustee member of the CSU Auxiliary Organization Association VEBA Trust.  Mr. Marji earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State University, Long Beach, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Woodbury University.

Past President

Andy Lachman

Andy Lachman is the Manager of University Housing, Food and Mail Services for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He has been a full-time employee with UH Mānoa since 2006, and in his current position since 2012.  In addition, he serves the university on the Homecoming Planning Committee, various award selection committees, and the Public Administration Program Advisory Board.

Andy has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Philosophy, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and Master of Public Administration from UH Mānoa. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Education with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration from UH Mānoa. His research interests include non-academic campus support programs, college amenities, academic degree fraud, and higher education in popular culture.

In his spare time, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and is active with the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association. He has served on their events committee since 2010, held various positions on the board of the University of Hawai‘i Letterwinners, and was President of the Letterwinners in 2014.

Coordinator: Communications & Technology

Emilie Hobert

Emilie Hobert is the Senior Marketing and Communication Manager of Auxiliary Enterprises at Central Washington University. In her current role, she manages marketing and communications for dining, catering, the campus bookstore, testing services, the print shop, the campus farm, and the early learning center, among other departments.

Emilie earned a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Art History from Bowling Green State University. She has worked in higher education for over 10 years at several institutions, including Bowling Green State University, The University of Memphis, and Ohio University.

Coordinator: Membership

Joe Eggleston

Joe Eggleston currently serves as the AVP for Auxiliary Operations at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) where he has worked for over 15 years.  He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and received his CASP designation in 2013.  He is currently working toward attaining his MPH from Azusa Pacific University.

Joe served as an At-Large member on the NACAS National Board from 2017-2020 and currently serves as the Membership Coordinator for NACAS West.

Joe has also served in other roles, including: the Colorado Springs C3X Committee, NACAS Certification Commission, and the NACAS Membership Committee.

In 2018, Joe received the award for West Regional Rising Star.

Joe has presented educational sessions at C3X Phoenix and CX Brea as well as online sessions.

Joe lives in Westminster with his wife and two daughters.

Coordinator: Professional Development

Sid Mehta

Sid Mehta is the Sr Director, Ancillary Services at Simon Fraser University, responsible for empowering
the SFU community of 43,000 by leading Ancillary services like Food, Retail, Bookstore, Printing,
Mobility, and Events. Our mission is to create an engaged & vibrant SFU community by enhancing the living and learning experience.

Before joining SFU, he was Executive Vice President at Emerging Ag Inc, a boutique international
consulting firm providing communications and public affairs services to clients in the Agriculture, Food
and Health sectors. He lead the food and retail engagement at the United Nations, helping clients
deliver strategies and tactical solutions on improving food security, reducing food loss & waste, and
creating sustainable food systems.

Before joining Emerging Ag, his work included developing, managing, and executing hospitality and retail
food service industry strategies. He has successfully run multi-million-dollar food service operations in
several sectors, including energy resources, hospitals, schools, higher education, airports, and retail. His
comprehensive experience earned Sid a reputation for enhancing consumer value propositions through
digital transformation, engaging stakeholders in the strategic process, forging internal and external
relationships, and establishing himself as a highly respected, award-winning senior executive.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications, a Diploma in Industrial Electronics, and holds certifications in Six Sigma Green Belt, Financial Planning & Analysis, EDI Influencer and completed the Queen’s University Executive Leadership program.

Sid is a proud Indo-Canadian, father to two exceptional children & husband to a fantastic partner. Sid is an avid Tennis player, foodie who loves to cook, and has traveled to 194 cities worldwide.

Coordinator: Annual Conference

Amber Grenhart

Amber Grenhart is the Director of the Student Union at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado. She oversees all operations and facilities for the Student Union – including Facilities Scheduling (events and meeting for entire campus), Technical Services, custodial support and Information Desk staff. She serves on numerous campus committees such as free speech, space allocation for campus, and classroom audits to improve the college.

Amber received her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Fort Lewis College in 2013 and began her career with her alma mater shortly after graduation. She previously was the Facilities Scheduling Coordinator in charge of booking and handling all events and meetings on campus. Amber has been in her current role since 2015.

Amber enjoys the outdoors and everything Durango has to offer. Amber and her husband enjoy dirt biking, rafting, snowboarding, hiking and camping on the weekends.

West Region Representative

Lisa Goberis

Lisa Goberis is the Director of Student Life Business Administration for Colorado School of Mines.  She is responsible for the contract management for dining services, bookstore and vending.  She also provides financial support for the Division of Student Life and serves as the logo and trademark administrator for the Mines campus. She also serves the Mines campus by serving on the Safety Committee, Sustainability Committee and the Academic Appeals Board.

Lisa has been with the Colorado School of Mines since 1995.  Prior to that, she held serval different positions with the Colorado Department of Education.  She earned her B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado.

Lisa has been involved in NACAS at the regional level since 1997 and has served NACAS on the Membership Committee and has assisted with a number of regional conferences.

Lisa spends her free time supporting her sons’ and husband’s hockey teams.  She also enjoys spending her time reading and connecting with her family.

Coordinator: Business Partner

Krystal Bird

Krystal Bird serves as the Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships in Arizona State University’s Auxiliary Business Services division. Krystal helps to oversee a wide portfolio of operations including Campus Stores, Print Services, Pouring Rights, Campus Vending, and other strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining the Auxiliary Business Services team, Krystal worked within the Healthcare industry at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in their Strategy Management division. She was responsible for the portfolio scorecard and development of internal strategies and execution plans within healthcare initiatives. Krystal has had experience in various industries including higher education, healthcare, engine test and development, mining, law enforcement, laboratory, and property management.

Canadian Representative

Shannon Dunn

Shannon is the Director of Business Operations at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, where she is responsible for the ancillary departments on campus, including Student Housing, Food Services, Conference and Accommodations, Parking Services, and the Bookstore.  She previously served as the Director of Capital Planning and the Director of Student Housing and Hospitality Services.

Shannon served six years on the Board of Governors for the University of British Columbia, is the Chair of the President’s Non-Academic Misconduct Committee, and Director for the institutions Emergency Operations Centre.  She is also the co-founder of the Canadian Senior Housing Officers Network. Shannon has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on health, psychology and education from the University of British Columbia.