The NACAS Foundation, a non-profit corporation that promotes the auxiliary services profession through NACAS, announced today...
NACAS West Board of Directors
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.
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.
Suzie Mize joined Gonzaga University as the Assistant Director, Finance & Business – Auxiliary Enterprises in 2015 and aided in the opening of the new John J. Hemmingson University Center. She joined Gonzaga with over 28 years 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, two 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.
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.
Jeff Rensel is currently the associate director of the Memorial Union at Arizona State University (ASU). He is responsible for the overall facilities and operations of the student union, including event and meeting services, the Sparky’s Den Recreation Center, the information desk, and student employment. Jeff serves as the operational contact for contracted food services and custodial services and leads all sustainability efforts within the facility.
Jeff has been with Arizona State University since 2001. Prior to that, he served as an assistant hall director and conference manager at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and earned his B.S. in biology education and graduated with honors from the educational leadership master’s program at NAU.
Jeff is an active member in ACUI, and in addition to his university roles, is a professional mobile DJ, emcee, and country line dance instructor. He believes in authentic leadership and strives to create a positive and productive work environment. He enjoys helping people feel welcomed, connected, and engaged.
Jeff is a Washington native and an avid runner, obstacle course racer, hiker, and movie goer. He and his wife Jaime live in Phoenix with their three dogs (Alvin, Puppy, and Pierce).
Casey Kelly is the marketing manager for Sonoma State University Entrepreneurial Activities and Campus Life. She is responsible for marketing and communications for departments including: conference and event services, Seawolf living, student involvement, student center, university culinary services, housing services, residential life, bookstore, copy shop, recreation center and ID card system.
Casey received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University and began her career with her alma mater immediately after. Casey enjoys volunteers at the local food bank and giving back to her community. Casey also enjoys exploring Sonoma County and all that is has to offer.
Joe Eggleston serves as the AVP for Auxiliary Operations at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). He is a graduate of California State University Fullerton and received his CASP designation in 2013. Joe served as a member of the Colorado Springs C3X committee and currently sits on the NACAS National Board of Directors and NACAS’ Education Commission. Alongside SCU’s Afton Rodriquez, he has presented at past NACAS regional Conferences and recently co-hosted a webinar education session. Joe also has certificates in Crisis/Emergency Management and is currently working towards his Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) designation. In the fall, Joe will return to University for a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with a specialty in Disaster Recovery & Emergency Preparedness.
Richard Chester is currently the associate executive director of CSU Dominguez Hills Foundation. His responsibilities include the university bookstore, university campus dining, campus enterprise, land use development, campus retail, contract development and partnerships. Richard joined CSU Dominguez Hills Foundation in 1996 after 10 plus years in hotels, restaurants and corporate dining.
Prior to working in education, Richard held positions in hotel administration, healthcare and corporate dining. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant administration from Washington State University.
Richard’s association involvement includes committees with NACUFS, CSU – AOA as a recent Board of Director commercial service liaison for two terms.
Richard has lived in southern California since 1984, residing in Huntington Beach. Originally from Seattle, WA. He is married with two adult children and two grandsons, enjoys travel, golf, and entertaining on a regular basis with family and friends.
Amber Grenhart is the Assistant 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.
Deborah Huebler is the director of campus services for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is responsible for non-academic support programs including campus mail services, campus solutions, commuter and fleet services, conference and event services, food services, public safety, university housing, and the University of Hawai‘i system bookstores.
Deborah has been with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa since 2008. Prior to that, Deborah was the vice president of development and planned giving at Aloha United Way. She earned her B.S. in management from Arizona State University and graduated with honors from the public administration master’s program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Deborah is a strong believer in community service and is on the board of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii and the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation. She enjoys zombie fiction, especially AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series, and dreams of home renovation projects; but her favorite entertainment is spending time with husband Alfie and their furbaby family: cats Gigi, Lambert, Munches, and Orange Cat, and puppies Kuma and Vegas.
Jared Ceja is currently the director of stores at the Long Beach State 49er Shops. His responsibilities include the university bookstore, university art store, campus copy center, ID card services, off-campus retail, trademark/licensing, and the computer store. Jared joined CSU Long Beach in 2015 after nearly seven years as the auxiliary services director at Chaffey College and four years as the bookstore manager at Santa Ana College.
Prior to working in education, Jared held positions in corporate retail, banking, and food services. His education includes a master’s in business administration from the University of Redlands, bachelor’s in business economics from UC Santa Barbara, and associate’s in social & behavioral sciences from Citrus College.
Jared’s involvement in NACAS has included service as the West president, West conferences chair, the community college task force chair, and other national and regional roles. In addition, he is an active member of the bookstore community. Jared has served on numerous industry committees and presented education sessions at CAMEX and CACS.
Jared is a Southern California native and avid traveler. He and his wife (high school sweethearts) have set a goal to visit all 50 states toting their two children along for the fun.
Andrew has worked at UBC since 1988, starting in Food Services in the special catering division and later moving to procurement and retail operations before becoming Director of UBC Food Services in 1998, a position he held until 2009 when he moved to his current role.
In his current role he is responsible for the ancillary operations of Student Housing and Conferences and Food Services at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses and for Child Care at the Vancouver campus. Along with ongoing strategic and operational responsibilities for these businesses, which generate annual revenues of $180 million, he and his team are in the process of executing a growth plan to add up to 5000 new bed spaces and 140 new child care spaces at UBC’s Vancouver campus between 2011 and 2021. Currently the student housing operations are the largest of any Canadian university, providing 13,500 bed spaces at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses and enhancing the academic and social experience for students of UBC.
Andrew has been involved in many associations over his career including CAFP, CCUFSA, NACUFS and ACUHO-I but has recently become more engaged and involved with NACAS and is pleased to now hold his first Board of Directors position in the Western Region.