STEVE MORALES is the President of the Accounting Association (AA) for the Fall 2018. Steve graduated from Van Nuys High School in 2013 and went Pierce College for 3 years. He transferred from Pierce College and started at CSUN in the Fall of 2016. Being the first one to graduate in his family, he was eager to start. With this motivation, he reached out to his fellow peers and faculty in order to get help in exposing himself to the recruiting world at CSUN as well as the Accounting Association. As the director of Web Development in the Spring 2017, he was able to better his knowledge on how the AA website worked, and he honed his communication skills by having the task of sending out emails to all members as weekly reminders. His role as the director of Student Development in the Fall 2017 bettered his time management skills and his public speaking skills. He managed two main events that AA hosts such as Resume Workshop and Mock Interviews. Throughout his journey in the Accounting Association, Steve was given the opportunity to be a Launch intern with EY in the Summer 2017. He was given the privilege to travel to New York and attend their Discover EY conference event. He is excited to continue his growth with EY, as he was a tax intern for the Summer 2018. During his free time, Steve loves watching anime, photography, and being a mentor to help transfer students and students in the LGBT community.
JOSE PENADO is the Vice President of Accounting Association for Fall 2018. He is pursuing his B.S. in Accountancy degree and will be graduating in this semester. Before pursuing Accounting, he changed majors two times. He lives in the San Fernando Valley and went straight from Grover Cleveland High School to California State University, Northridge. In Spring 2016, he changed majors to Pre-Accountancy and decided to join the Accounting Association. With the help of the student organization and other mentors, Jose was able to gain a Summer Leadership Program with Green Hasson Janks while taking ACCT220. After successfully gaining an internship offer from them, Jose decided to be a mentor with the Accounting Association in Spring 2017. In Fall 2017, Jose continued to stay involved with the association by joining as a director of the mentorship program. Through this he was able to host an event for the Accounting Association’s members in order for them to connect with CSUN’s distinguished alumni who have successfully navigated through the accounting profession. In Spring 2018, Jose became the director of Web Development and communicated every little detail related to the Accounting Association through email, website, and presentations. In his time of leisure, Jose likes to travel and listen to music. He also considers spending time with friends and family a top priority after all studying.
FATIMA BATOOL is the Executive Advisor of the Accounting Association (AA) for Fall 2018. She is a transfer student from Pierce College. She moved to the country six years ago. After two years at Granada Hills Charter High School and three years in community college, Fatima transferred to CSUN in Fall 2016. Fatima was exposed to recruiting and public accounting during her first few weeks at CSUN. With the guidance of her peers, she became heavily involved in CSUN's Accounting Association. The club's leadership’s ability to show their appreciation for members' involvement increased her dedication to AA. With the support of her peers and co-directors, she was awarded Fall 2016 “Best Member” and Spring 2017 “Best Director.” As a Monday Meetings director in Spring 2017, she was able to better her public speaking and organizational skills. Her goal as Executive Advisor this semester is to establish an inclusive environment where more members are actively participating in both AA's professional and social events. After school, she tends to her henna and makeup clients to hone her creativity. Accounting student by day, artist by night!
DINA SASOONES is the Controller for the Accounting Association (AA) for Fall 2018. She graduated high school in 2014, and started to attend Santa Monica College that same year. Her initial career choice was to be a chef and to own a restaurant. Thus, she majored in Business Management. Her plan was to attend culinary school after graduating with a B.S. in Business Management. After taking financial accounting [as a prerequisite], she changed her major to accounting and decided to be an accountant. She transferred to CSUN in Fall 2016. In Spring 2018, she was the Marketing Director for the Accounting Association. When the semester came close to an end, Fatima Batool helped her acknowledge her leadership skills, and she decided to apply for the Controller position of the Accounting Association for Fall 2018. During the summer of 2018, she had two internships. She was the Accounting and Finance Intern at The Bouqs, an E-commerce company. Her other internship was being part of the Stern Service Corp for Senator Henry Stern, who’s the Senator for the 27th District of California. She worked on a project, where they interviewed homeless women and posted the interviews on their Instagram page, @fearless.faces. Furthermore, they fundraised to gather sanitation products for homeless women as well. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family. She also likes taking pottery classes, cooking, and crocheting. This semester’s Executive Board of the Accounting Association is full of positive energy and welcoming faces, and she's excited to share this opportunity with everyone who decides to be part of it.
GOHAR SARGSYAN is the Treasurer of the Accounting Association (AA) for Fall 2018. She moved to the States seven years ago to pursue a career in Accounting. She is a transfer student from Glendale Community College. Gohar joined the Accounting Association in Fall 2016 and got actively involved since Spring 2017. She is grateful to meet inspiring and supportive people in AA who impacted her professional and personal growth. Aside from making valuable connections in the club, it gave her the opportunity to have friends with diverse backgrounds. With the support of her co-directors from Marketing and Monday Meetings directorships, she decided to enhance her leadership skills by taking her role as Treasurer with AA. Gohar has done internship with Meloni Hribal Tratner as a Tax intern, and now working at The Walt Disney Company as a Financial Reporting Intern. Gohar loves traveling, puzzles and spending time with family and friends.
Executive of Operations
FAITH SEVILLA is the Executive of Operations of the Accounting Association (AA) for Fall 2018. She transferred to CSUN in Fall 2016, and she didn’t get involved in the club till last year of Fall 2017. When she became a club member of the Accounting Association, she saw how people cared and helped out each other through the recruiting process, networking events, and accounting classes. One of the things she appreciated the most from Accounting Association was that they were able to understand that she’s a different person with extremely outgoing, loud, friendly, and crazy personality. She then on decided to be an active member of the club and applied for a directorship position. As one Marketing Directors for Spring 2018, she was able to better her organizational and leadership skills. For Fall 2018, she became the Executive Operations of AA and because of her strong personality, eagerness to learn, and further her leadership skills, she is overseeing 9 Directors this semester. When she’s on vacation, she likes backpacking and going to different places by herself. She’s very independent and strong-minded. The reasons why she backpacks is to appreciate little things and understand that it’s ok if you get lost because you will always find yourself and be a better person. She likes trying new things every year and getting out of her comfort zone. As what she always believe, life starts when you get out of your comfort zone.
JESEL TORRES is the Executive Administrator of the Accounting Association (AA) for the Fall 2018. He was born and raised in the Philippines and moved here to the United States four years ago. He is fortunate enough to meet great mentors which made his transition to CSUN and U.S. easy. Growth from mentorship is one, among many other reasons, why he became an active member of the association. Jesel became part of the Student Development Team for Spring 2017 which organized the Accounting Association’s Resume Workshop and Mock Interviews. The experienced has provided him with a lot of growth and network that opened opportunities for him. During the summer of 2018, Jesel participated at multiple leadership conferences from
different firms. His goal as an executive this semester is to bring more networking opportunities for students to help them grow as a person and professional. Mentoring students is also his personal goal. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, working out, reading, and video games.
JEA BONDOC is the Executive Coordinator for the Accounting Association for Fall 2018. Jea attended Downtown Magnets High School and was involved in the Academy of Business and Finance, which introduced her to the accounting career. She started as a first-year student at CSUN in the Fall of 2016 and quickly became involved. During the Spring of 2017, she recruited during her second semester in college and essentially landed an offer for PwC’s Start Internship for the Summer of 2017. Through this internship, she was able to learn how to be a successful woman of color in the industry. She was fortunate enough to continue with PwC’s Start Masters Internship this past summer, and will be going into her Tax Client Service Internship next summer. Jea was also a Director of Alumni Events in the Fall of 2017, and a Director of Wednesday Meetings in the Spring of 2018. With her new position as the Executive Coordinator, she will be the Committee Chair for the Alumni Event, and will be kick starting AA’s new Outreach Program along side her directors. Aside from accounting, she was a New Student Orientation Leader last summer and is now a University Ambassador. She hopes to continue her involvements on campus in hopes to help students reach their fullest potential.
Executive of Student Relations
WILMER MARTINEZ is the Executive of Student Relations for Accounting Association (AA) for Fall 2018. Wilmer was born and raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles, and graduated from Downtown Business Magnet High School where he first learned about the accounting profession. He started at CSUN in Fall 2015 and was never involved in any club or extracurricular activities until Fall 2017. Through the help that Accounting Association provided, Wilmer was able to achieve the Start Internship with PwC during the Summer of 2018 and will be a Tax Intern in the Summer of 2019 at PwC.
As the Director of Student Activities in Spring 2018, Wilmer was able to experience what it is like to have a leadership position and used his team working skills to set up successful events for AA members. He was also able to improve his professional communication, time management and public speaking skills. Wilmer always shows how thankful he is for joining Accounting Association and loves having the chance to give back and help others benefit from it as much as he has. He is excited to continue his growth with both PwC and Accounting Association. In his free time, Wilmer loves singing, watching Star Wars, and watching professional video game competitions.