Sadaf Ashtari, PhD
Sadaf Ashtari is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics in the College of Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento. She earned her Ph.D. in technology and professional service management from Eastern Michigan University and holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Management information systems from Azad University (Science and Research Branch), Tehran, Iran. She has studied the impact of IT applications in health care and the role of organizational and social factors on the effectiveness of electronic health record. Her research interests include applications of information systems in chronic disease prevention and management, and business intelligence in the health care industry.
Chase Armer, DBA, CFA
Chase Armer is a co-owner of Planned Solutions, Inc., a Sacramento-based financial planning and investment advisory firm, where he is a financial planner and is a member of the Planned Solutions Investment Management Committee. Chase holds several professional designations including Certified Financial Planner Practitioner, Chartered Financial Analyst, and Enrolled Agent. Chase has a degree in economics from California State University, Sacramento, a Master’s in Taxation from William Howard Taft University, a certificate in personal financial planning from UC Davis Extension, and a doctorate in business administration from William Howard Taft University. He is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of Northern California.
Seung Bach, PhD
Seung Bach is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management in the College of Business Administration, and he currently serves as the faculty director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University, Sacramento. He earned his PhD in business administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his MBA at the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. His expertise is in the areas of new venture creation, small business management, entrepreneurial transitions, innovation and corporate entrepreneurship, and global management and strategy.
Jessica Bagger, PhD
Jessica Bagger is a Management Professor at California State University, Sacramento, and Associated Faculty at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She received her PhD in management at the University of Arizona. Dr. Bagger’s scientific research relates to factors impacting employee well-being and performance, including HR systems, leadership, and organizational culture.
Jason Bell, CFA
Jason is Chief Investment Officer and a Partner at Capital Planning Advisors, LLC. In this role, he is responsible for directing the investment policy of the firm and its clients as well as managing the investment and research team. He leverages both a boutique and institutional perspective from two decades of experience working with high net worth families and nonprofit organizations.
He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of California at Davis, where he was inducted to the Beta Gamma Sigma academic honor society. Jason earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific.
Jesse Catlin, PhD
Jesse Catlin is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at California State University, Sacramento. He holds a PhD in management with an emphasis in marketing from the University of California, Irvine, and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from California State University, Sacramento. His research interests include consumer behavior and decision-making. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a consultant on projects related to market research and economic development.
Matt Cologna graduated with a degree in business from California State University, Sacramento, and has been active in commercial real estate for the past 21 years in Sacramento. His experience includes owner/user and investment sales, logistics, landlord and tenant representation, land assemblage, build to suits, and developer relations. He has represented clients on a local, regional, and national basis. He is involved with the Cushman & Wakefield Global Supply Chain Solutions Group offering additional insight into current and future needs of occupiers in the market. Matt has completed over 17 million square feet of deals with a value exceeding $620 million.
Nick Hladek works as a Quantitative Modeler at Golden 1 Credit Union, where he assists in the development and implementation of quantitative models. Prior to his time at Golden 1 Credit Union, Nick worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the Greater Sacramento Economic Council. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics from California State University, Sacramento.
Will Austin is a Senior Analyst at Cushman & Wakefield, where he assists in the disposition, acquisition and leasing of office, industrial and retail commercial real estate throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from Trinity College and California State University, Fullerton, respectively. He attends UC Davis, pursuing an MBA.
Brian M. Leu, CFA, CAIA
Brian Leu is the Head of Trading in the Execution Services and Strategy group at CalPERS, overseeing the trading activities of the internally managed equity and derivatives portfolio. Prior to joining CalPERS, he worked at DCA Capital Partners supporting the firm’s private equity investments and investment banking business. Previously, Brian worked in the Equities division at Deutsche Bank Securities and at a long short equity hedge fund in New York City. He earned his MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and an economics degree from Duke University and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations. He is also a past president of the CFA Society Sacramento.
Hao Lin, PhD, CFA
Hao Lin is a Professor of Finance in the College of Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento. He has a PhD in finance and MS in financial mathematics, both from the University of Warwick in England. His expertise is in the areas of financial markets and market microstructure. Dr. Lin holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Lan Liu, PhD, CFA
Lan Liu is an Associate Professor of Finance in the College of Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento. She received both her PhD in finance and MSc in economics and finance from the University of Warwick in England. Her research focuses on portfolio risk management, forecasting, and performance measurement. Dr. Liu holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and serves on the Board of Directors of the CFA Society Sacramento.
Elizabeth Lyon, JD, LLM
Elizabeth Lyon is an Assistant Professor of Accountancy at California State University, Sacramento. She holds a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, an LLM from the University of San Francisco, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include issues related to income tax, employment tax, and consumer perceptions of taxation. Prior to joining Sacramento State, she was General Counsel for a global consumer technology corporation.
Joe Niehaus, CFA
Joe Niehaus is the Director of Treasury and Investments for Golden 1 Credit Union where he identifies strategic investment opportunities for the institution’s internal fixed income portfolio in addition to carrying out day to-day management of the liquidity and interest rate risk functions. Joe has worked as a bank examiner, and he also served five years as an Electronic Intelligence Analyst with the U.S. Navy. Joe holds a BS in business administration from California State University, Sacramento, and an MBA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and serves as the Vice President for the CFA Society Sacramento.
Terry Petlowany is a manager at Intel Corporation, where her team develops and deploys organizational initiatives around diversity and inclusion as well as leader development. She is a certified instructor in microinequities, breaking bias and emotional intelligence. Terry earned her bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in organizational behavior and her MBA at California State University, Sacramento.
Yang Sun, PhD
Yang Sun is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Quantitative Methods in the College of Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento. In addition to his PhD in industrial engineering from Arizona State University, he has a Six-Sigma Black Belt. He also received an engineering degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Dr. Sun has research and teaching interests in the areas of global supply chain management, operations strategy, Lean and Six Sigma, managerial economics, operations research, and data analytics, and is a recipient of the university’s Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activities Award as well as Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Sun currently serves as the Director for the MBA for Executives Program.
Sanjay Varshney, PhD, CFA
Sanjay Varshney is Professor of Finance at California State University, Sacramento, and Senior Vice President/Investment Strategy Specialist for California and Nevada at Wells Fargo Private Bank – Wealth Management Group. He served as the Vice President for Economic and Regional Partnerships and Dean of the College of Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento, for 10 years. He earned an undergraduate degree in accounting and financial management from Bombay University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD in finance from Louisiana State University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Dr. Varshney serves as the Chief Economist for the Sacramento Business Review.
Anna V. Vygodina, PhD
Anna Vygodina is an Associate Professor of Finance in the College of Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento. She holds a PhD degree in finance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and an MBA with economics minor from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Dr. Vygodina’s research interests are in exchange rates, speculative tensions, and heterogeneous expectations in the capital markets.