Closing the Digital Divide

Speakers :

Dr. Thomas A.Parham


Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D. is a devoted family man and the 11th president of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

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Chris Manriquez

Vice President/ Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Chris Manriquez is the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at CSU, Dominguez Hills. He is well known for building successful programs, such as Esports and the Workforce Integration Network (WIN)

Sonia Baccus Hooks

Assistant Director, Technology Services

Sonia Baccus Hooks is the Assistant Director of Technology Services, for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. She is a seasoned executive with over thirty years’ experience in project management.

Krystal Rawls

Program Director

Dr. Krystal Rawls is the Workforce Integration Network (WIN) Director at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and is a passionate advocate for digital equity. 

Alana Olschwang

AVP, University Effectiveness, Planning, & Analytics

Dr.Alana Olschwang works in University Effectiveness, Planning and Analytics (UEPA) organizes, evaluates, assesses, and supports improvement to operations, initiatives, and efforts so that the university can determine how well it is fulfilling its mission and achieving its goals.

Nancy Deng


Dr. Nancy Deng is a Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business Administration and Public Policy at California State University, Dominguez Hills.She received her PhD in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA degree from American University in Washington 

Michael Grimshaw


Mike Grimshaw has over 35+ years of senior-level sales and management, and start-up ownership experience.  He has successfully launched/sold new strategic products and won numerous awards for his contributions. 

Allan Colman

Business Development Executive

Dr. Allan Colman is the author of the Amazon bestselling book The Revenue Accelerator and his work has been featured in Inc Magazine. Dr. Colman teaches Marketing at California State University Dominguez Hills.  He has been a Rotarian for 40 years and holds 10 Paul Harris Fellowships.

Jennifer Brodmann

Associate Professor

Dr. Jennifer Brodmann is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills teaching courses in Business Finance, Financial Institutions Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Personal Finance.

Annemarie Perez

Associate Professor

Dr. Annemarie Perez is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University Dominguez Hills. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California, focusing on American literature and culture. 

Ashley Membere

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ashley Membere is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She earned her BA in Psychology from Rice University and MA and PhD in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from George Mason University.

Monique Turner


Dr. Monique Turner is a current Professor in Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Pre-Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D.). Monique has research experience in Neuropsychology, Ethnic Health Disparities, Educational Disparities, Equity, and Positive Psychology which reflects her passion.

Esther Castillo


Dr. Esther Castillo earned an A.A. in Liberal Studies at Santa Monica College, a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies at CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology at UC Irvine.

Gina Carlson

Program Coordinator

Gina Carlson is a researcher and educator in the areas of leadership, management, social justice, equitable teaching and learning. For over 10 years, she has worked in a variety of educational settings ranging from K-12 to higher education.

Tony Ruiz

Employer Development Specialist

For the last 10 years, Tony has held various positions in education and recruiting. He is a highly motivated field representative, someone who get’s the job done, with no excuse for failure. 

Liz De La Paz

Administrative Analyst

Lizeth De La Paz is a proud CSUDH Alumni. She earned her B.A. in Psychology in 2019. She has administrative and entrepreneurial experience. As the Administrative Analyst, she works with the hiring process and support for the interns and assisting with a variety of other business tasks.

Closing the Digital Divide