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GSM Student Association Sacramento
GSMSA Sac works to ensure that Part-Time MBA student voices are represented

Mission, Purpose & Objectives

Mission

The Graduate School of Management Student Association Sacramento (GSMSA Sacramento) aims to improve the experience of students in the UC Davis Sacramento MBA program in order to prepare exemplary business leaders who make an impact in the global marketplace.

Purpose

The purpose of the GSMSA Sacramento is to serve as a liaison between the Sacramento MBA students and the administration of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Specifically, members of the GSMSA Sacramento are student advocates, communicating the viewpoints and suggestions of their classmates to the Dean and GSM Administration.

Objectives

The objective of the GSMSA Sacramento is to act as a strategic advisory board with the intentions of (a) improving the quality, value, and community of the Sacramento MBA Program, and (b) providing a platform for the discussion and action around student concerns.

Additionally, GSMSA Sacramento seeks to grow the value of the Graduate School of Management (GSM) in the U.S. and internationally by finding ways to increase the value proposition of the program for prospective students and employers. The GSMSA Sacramento hosts a variety of networking events, career workshops and social gatherings for students to connect with both alumni and other MBA students at the San Ramon & Davis campuses.

Current Board Members

 Jon Prenzler
President
Co-Director of Capital Connections
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Jon Prenzler Jon grew up in Southern California. At 19, he enlisted and spent ten years in the U.S. Navy where he learned electronics. After leaving the military, he worked as an electronics technician at Space Systems Loral in Palo Alto, California, where he built and tested communication satellites for nine years. He moved to the Sacramento area when he was hired to test explosives for UTC Aerospace. After one year at UTC, he decided to return to school and use his GI bill. Jon attended Sacramento State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration before deciding to continue his education by enrolling at UC Davis for his MBA. He is an enthusiastic traveler and has been to over fifty countries on six continents.

Kristin Bonham
Vice President of Student Affairs & Alumni Relations
Director of Marketing & Communications

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Kristin BonhamKristin is a 2022 MBA candidate focusing on Innovation and General Management. She was born and raised in the Sacramento area, but relocated to Southern California to attend California Lutheran University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications & Multimedia. After graduating, she landed a job at Centene Corporation (formerly Health Net), a Fortune 42 healthcare insurance company, where she has gained invaluable experience that has led her through more progressive roles during her 11 years at the company. In her current position as Director of National Sales Operations, Kristin oversees the day-to-day operations for Commercial & Medicare brokers as well as leads strategic initiatives to drive membership growth by enhancing the overall broker experience. During Kristin’s tenure at Centene, she has implemented the Affordable Care Act (ACA), spearheaded several system migrations and been a key player in multiple mergers and acquisitions. At the end of 2019, Kristin made the move back to the Sacramento area to begin the MBA program at UC Davis. In her free time, Kristin enjoys playing tennis, hiking and spending time with her family and friends traveling all over the world.

Alicia Sullivan
Director of Student Engagement
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Alicia Sullivan Alicia is a 2022 MBA candidate focusing on Entrepreneurship and Consulting. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis in Biotechnology. Alicia has spent nearly 18 years of her career in the Biotechnology industry, specifically in the Quality and Automation groups helping in the manufacturing of oncology medications. She currently works for WebMD as a fact checker and annotator, which combines her love of science and technical writing. In her free time, Alicia enjoys crafting, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children traveling. Together, they have visited all 50 states and 9 countries. Upon graduation, Alicia plans to start her own crafting company.

Amna Abunijem
Secretary
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Amna Abunijem Amna is a 2022 MBA candidate focused on Entrepreneurship and Business Development. She received her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Communications while acquiring global experience building a bakery business both in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and in Northern California. In her spare time, Amna enjoys reading, hiking and spending time in nature with family and friends.

Brie Hunt
Co-Director of Capital Connections
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Brie Hunt Brie is a 2022 MBA candidate focused on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Brie was born and raised in Lodi and grew up working alongside her family on their diversified agriculture operation where they feed cattle, farm, and operate a small trucking operation. After graduating from high school Brie went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno in Agricultural Economics. She currently works for Constellation Brands as a grower relations manager. In her spare time, Brie enjoys volunteering with organizations that seek to better her local community and advocate for agriculture. She is currently an active member of the Omega Nu Alpha Delta Chapter, San Joaquin Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, San Joaquin Farm Bureau (SJFB), and the SJFB Foundation for Agricultural Education.

Jennifer Johnson
Director of Cross Campus Engagement
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Jennifer Johnson Jennifer is a 2022 MBA Candidate focused on Marketing and General Management. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of California, Irvine. After completing her undergrad, Jennifer worked in Washington D.C. as a campaign fundraiser, then moved back home to the Sacramento area. Currently, she works as the Business and Events Manager for Agricultural Council of California where she manages accounting and marketing as well as plans all events for the organization. Outside of work and the classroom, Jennifer enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and traveling with her fiancé Ross and puppy Charlie.

Oyunbold “Bold” Jones
Co-Director of Alumni Engagement
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Samantha Contreras
Co-Director of Alumni Engagement
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Michael Bloss
Co-Director of Endowment Fund
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Patrick Ponikvar
Co-Director of Endowment Fund
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Patrick PonikvaPatrick is a 2021 MBA candidate focusing on Project Management and Data Analytics. He was born and raised in the California Bay Area. Wanting to serve his country, he joined the US Navy after high school as an Electricians mate. After his enlistment, he pursued a degree in business administration at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. After graduation, he has held a variety of analytical roles in companies such as Wells Fargo, The Clorox Company, and Central Garden & Pet. He is currently a Senior Business Analyst at PRO Unlimited in Folsom, CA.

In his current position as Co-Director of the Endowment Fund, he focuses on building lasting relationships with alumni and local business leaders. When he isn’t working or studying, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife Tiffany and his 1-year old son Benjamin. 

Events and Activities

Capital Connections

Every Spring Quarter GSMSA Sac hosts a networking event to connect students with alumni, faculty, and business leaders. This event offers students the opportunity to expand their professional network, gain insightful perspectives from seasoned alumni, and co-mingle with the Davis and San Ramon students.     

Monthly Career Development Presentations

GSMSA Sac, along with Jennifer Tucker (Sacramento Career Counselor), hosts monthly presentations to help students establish their “brand”. Presentation topics range from interview preparation, maximizing networking opportunities, and self-promotion.     

Career Change Workshops

Ever feel like you are in the wrong industry? GSMSA Sac has developed a new workshop series to help students pivot into their dream job. Please contact Heather Hisserich for more information.    

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please email the GSMSA Sacramento President, Jon Prenzler.