College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

CAHSS Dean's Advisory Council

In fall 2021, CAHSS identified the need for a volunteer-driven organization composed of supporters of the arts, humanities, and social sciences to help grow the visibility and reputation of the college at CSUMB by securing connections in the community and strategic philanthropic support.

Mission and Objectives of the Dean's Advisory Council

The Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council is a diverse group of the college’s most committed volunteers, patrons and leaders. The mission of the council is to support the college’s work by advancing its mission, expanding its philanthropic potential, raising its profile and connecting it to the community and industries, locally, nationally and internationally. The council is a representation of the strategic vision of CSUMB and the priorities outlined by the dean to shape its future growth and direction. The objectives include:

  • Offer advice and counsel to the Dean on initiatives, strategic plans, and other important issues affecting the future of the college.
  • Provide insight on employer demands and strategies to enhance the impact of its programs on various stakeholder groups.  
  • Engage in, assist, and support the fundraising efforts of the college when appropriate.
  • Provide valuable contacts for community research, internships, or other student enrichment opportunities, and position the college for greater recognition regionally, nationally, and globally.
  • Serve as a community ambassador and advocate for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.


Jacqui Atcheson


Jacquie Atchison

Executive Director
Arts Council for Monterey County

Jacquie is the Executive Director of the Arts Council for Monterey County overseeing all fundraising,  operations and programs of the organization. She is responsible for the development of the Arts Council’s ArtWorks program, a vibrant, cultural cooperative where Monterey County artists work, collaborate and contribute to our local community. Jacquie has over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit executive management including positions with the Santa Cruz Housing Corporation, the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the California Lodging Industry Association. She represents the Arts Council as a Board Advisor for the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and serves as Board Treasurer for the Mavericks  Foundation. Jacquie was also the Chairperson of the City of Pacific Grove’s Economic Development Commission for six years. Jacquie has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and has completed MBA coursework from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Cristofer Cabanillas


Cristofer A. Cabanillas, CFP, AIF, CIMA

Partner, President, and CEO
Monterey Private Wealth


Alexis Garcia-Arrizola


Alexis Garcia-Arrazola

City Council Member
City of Seaside

Alexis Garcia-Arrazola is a Seaside, California native and current Seaside Council Member.  Alexis counts with years of journalistic experience working as a full-time reporter for South Monterey County's KRKC news.  Alexis also worked for Spanish news station "Univision Noticias Costa Central" from 2015-2017 before halting his career to enter public service.  During his time at Univision, Alexis was able to learn about disparities affecting residents throughout Monterey County.  He took his findings as a reporter during the 2016 elections and headed out to Washington, D.C. under the Congressional Internship facilitated by The Panetta Institute for Public Policy.  through this internship, working under Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-32), Alexis was able to develop a concrete understanding for public policy and issues affecting Californians.

Upon returning from the Congressional Internship, Alexis has maintained civically engaged, working as a public engagement associate ensuring that the underrepresented throughout the tri-county area were heard, offered resources, and helped.

Debbie Juran


Deborah Juran

Debbie Juran now retired from ownership of Juran Wealth Management, a Wealth Advisory firm affiliated with Raymond James Financial Services located in Monterey, CA. 

An honors graduate from Bucknell University, she earned the CIMA certification at Wharton School of Business and studied behavioral finance at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School.

Access to higher education completely altered the trajectory of her life.  Growing up in a working-class family, education was a possibility because of the generosity of others.  Because of this, Debbie's current and legacy planning are directed toward providing educational opportunities to deserving students.

CSUMB plays a vital role in the advancement of both our community and students.  She is honored to serve as Secretary of the CSUMB Foundation Board.  She is also the proud employer of two CSUMB graduates (Go Otters!!).  Both of her daughters completed their undergraduate work at CSUMB, went on to graduate school and are working in fields they love.

Debbie is passionate about philanthropy directed toward education and excited about the future of CSUMB under the new leadership of Dr. Vanya Quinones. 

"Exciting and challenging times lie ahead.  I am delighted to be a part of the process."

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Elyse C. Juran, MA ECSE

Itinerant Early Childhood Special Educator
Denver Public Schools


Corey Madden


Corey Madden

Executive Director
Monterey Museum of Art



Thomas O McGurn


Thomas O. McGurn
Executive Council Member

Tom McGurn is a retired business executive who resides in Carmel. He earned a BA in Political Science and Journalism at Fresno State University and completed The Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.   

He was a senior manager at BMW of North America, LLC for 32 years.  At BMW he was responsible for a variety of corporate communications functions including acting as the company’s spokesperson, dealer and industry relations, executive speech writing and corporate meetings. 

Tom has served on the foundation boards at Ramapo College of New Jersey, MiraCosta Community College and California State University San Marcos. He mentored a student at California State Monterey Bay for four years as part of the Pay It Forward scholarship program. 

Travel, photography and golf are among his interests.  He and his wife Carolyn have two adult daughters. 


Annie Tsai


Annie Tsai

Professor, Chief International Officer
Tunghai University

Annie is Professor of Psychology at the International College of Tunghai University in Taiwan.  She has been serving as Chief International Officer since August 2018.  Before that, she was Vice President for Innovation and Alumni at Azusa Pacific University (in Southern California) where she launched the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship which was responsible for the successful launch of over a dozen start-ups. Annie completed her BA in Psychology from UCLA and earned her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Psychology from Stanford University.  Prior to starting at APU, she was visiting Fulbright Scholar at National Taiwan University. She currently serves on Board of Directors for Veritas Forum and Christ College Taipei.  

Laura Williamson


Laura Williamson

President & General Manager 
KSBW8, Central Coast ABC