In 1994, Jennifer joined the firm of California Advocates, Inc. which provides legislative advocacy and association management services to associations and corporations. In 2006, Jennifer became a Partner in the firm and currently oversees the functions and staff of the association management services division (CAMS).
With over thirty years of experience in multi-association management, Jennifer has managed numerous associations, including trade associations, professional organizations, Foundations, and specialty medical societies. She has served in various capacities from meeting planning to executive leadership. Jennifer earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 1998 and maintains membership in Meeting Professionals International. Additionally, Jennifer is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the California Society of Association Executives.
Jennifer’s position includes oversight of the day-to-day operations of association clients. She works closely with the association leaders and her staff to ensure that the needs of the members are being met. Jennifer has played an instrumental role in board and committee development, executive leadership, strategic planning, membership development, member communications, budget oversight, and meeting/conference/trade show planning. Jennifer also works closely with local chapters and national associations to maintain relationships and cohesiveness between all organizations.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, South America, Jenny enjoys yoga, being outdoors and spending time with her family and dog. She recognizes the hard work and tireless efforts of association volunteers, and is grateful for the many friendships she has made over the years.
Tricia Schrum, CPA has been employed with CAMS since September, 1997. Tricia serves as the Accountant /Controller and Human Resources Manager for CAMS and for the current client base. She has over twenty-five years of experience in accounting, including experience in public accounting.
Tricia’s current responsibilities include managing all accounting functions as outlined in our Scope of Services. In addition, she is an expert in streamlining accounting duties, organizing accounting records, and evaluating and analyzing data.
Tricia earned her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University Sacramento with a concentration in Accountancy.
Tricia is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Stephanie Schoen has been with CAMS since 1997. Having over thirty years of experience in association work and twenty-two years experience in multi-association management, Stephanie assists in all areas including executive leadership; board and committee support and coordination; education and certification programs; meetings; membership and meeting administration; trade show, sponsorship and conferences; and database and meeting management.
Stephanie attended California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation Administration and has completed graduate level coursework in Communications at California State University, Sacramento.
Stephanie is married and has two teenage children and enjoys family time, her kids’ sporting activities, travel, running, and yoga.
Kim Oreno has worked for CAMS since June 2004. She began work as an Administrative Assistant and has been a Senior Executive Executive since May 2012. During that time, she has served several associations in many different capacities including Executive Director of the California Land Surveyors Association (CLSA), Administrative Director of the California Ambulance Association (CAA) and Administrator of Legal Secretaries, Inc. (LSI).
During her time at CAMS, Kim has participated in the planning and implementation of countless seminars, conferences and trade shows. She has managed tasks relating to registration, sponsorships, exhibits, speaker coordination, meeting planning, continuing education credit reporting, silent and live auctions and event promotion via print, website, email and social media.
Kim has managed membership for thousands of members belonging to several associations by handling membership recruitment, renewals and reporting membership data to boards and committees. She also has experience with the management of email groups and membership affinity programs.
Kim has managed Board of Director and Committee functions, overseen the production of many different magazines, books and brochures and is familiar with Political Action Committee (PAC) programs and how to manage and report for them. She has overseen many PAC raffles and fundraising efforts.
In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandon, her dog, Boo, and her two cats, Sturgill and Luna. She also enjoys exercising with her friends, working on her house, gardening and reading.
John Berkowitz has been with California Advocates since 2001, where he has enjoyed laying out magazines and brochures for our various clients, as well as designing logos and creating themes for their many conferences and special events. He finds it rewarding to frame industry news and slogans in ways that excite and delight our membership and help them stay informed and up-to-date about the state of their industry.
John has been a city-hopper most of his life, having lived in Cleveland, Ohio, Charlotte, North Carolina, various rural spots in New Hampshire, and within California: Garden Grove, Tustin, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Grass Valley, and of course Sacramento. Most recently, he and his family followed the bald eagle and moved to beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where they are currently enjoying their happily-ever-after. John now has the pleasure of working from home and occasionally shoveling snow and chopping firewood.
John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University, Bakersfield and he uses those skills in his quiet moments to work on his novel. In fact, at the time of this writing he is working on his third novel, this one a children’s book set in sixteenth century Ireland.
John has been married to his lovely wife, Suzanne, for over 20 years. Together they have three amazing children, David, Melissa, and Chris.
Passions: Family. Imagination. Excellence.
Nathan Carlson joined CAMS in 2008. He has over 18 years of non-profit experience. Before working with CAMS, Nathan worked for California’s largest home health association. Prior to working in the home health industry, he also worked for several years as a technical consultant for associations.
In addition to his association experience, Nathan holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix. He also possesses a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Organizational Communications and a Minor in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento. He is also an active member of California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) and Easter Seals helping kids with disabilities.
Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, and two dogs. He also likes snowboarding, working out, mountain biking and is a certified scuba diver.
Michael Cochran has been with CAMS since February of 2008. He has functioned as our onsite IT Manager, Lead Web Developer and Database Programmer for over 10 years. Before joining CAMS, Michael’s background and experience included MUMPS and Visual Basic programming for hospital systems and nutrition facts labeling. Michael also operated his own hosting/email services business as The Synapse Project (DBA) for a decade before deciding to move away from a programming-focused career to one focused on web technologies. During that time, he functioned as the Periodic Paralysis Association’s (PPA) primary web developer and host. In his spare time, Michael likes to play PC games, build custom PCs, play with his dogs and spend time with his wife of 28+ years.
Maddy is a communications professional with experience spanning broadcast television to digital media. Maddy began working for CAMS in the Summer of 2017. She handles communication efforts for several different associations from blogs, eNEWS, email marketing and general strategy. She also does her share of meeting planning for clients ranging from evening receptions to annual galas.
In her spare time, Maddy likes to walk, bake, decorate her home and binge watch reality TV.
Juliet Ellis started with CAMS in January 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. She was promoted to Account Administrator for the firm in March 2019 and is currently CAMS’ primary office support person. Juliet serves several associations by assisting with all administrative needs.
Juliet acts as Membership Coordinator and Insurance Administrator for the California Judges Association as well as the Professional Designation Coordinator for the California Escrow Association.
Juliet enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, going out with friends, staying active and spending time with her dog Jax.
Passions: Family, nature and traveling
Teresa Excinia joined CAMS in 2015. With over a decade of business management experience, Teresa has enjoyed the transition into the association management world and has worked in many capacities since joining the firm.
Today, Teresa serves as the Executive Director for both the California Mortgage Association and the California Escrow Association. She also serves as the Executive Administrator for the American Escrow Association
Teresa earned her master’s degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in project management in 2017 and was inducted into the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business. Additionally, Teresa is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the California Society of Association Executives.
In her free time, Teresa enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband Chris. Their life’s greatest joys are their two dogs, Xavier and Jean-Grey. Teresa also enjoys volunteering and is an active member of the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) in Sacramento and Fresno where she is trained in disaster preparedness.
Jen has been with the firm since 2013 and works with a variety of clients in different capacities. She switches roles based on client needs, but primarily focuses on meeting planning, executive administrative, and graphic design needs. She graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. She has been a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) since 2010. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, taking Disney vacations, and ballroom dancing.
Hannah Gugino joined CAMS in 2019 and serves as an Account Administrator and Assistant Meeting Planner, where she assists in the areas of meeting planning, membership management and also provides administrative support for several associations.
Previously, Hannah has worked in higher education and for community-based nonprofits. Most recently, she worked for a Property and Business Improvement District as a Program Manager and launched and managed the organization’s first Placemaking Program.
Hannah graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Global and International Studies. In her free time, she enjoys going on walks with her dog, Joey, and spending time with friends and family.
Kelly Hoskins has been with CAMS since Spring of 2018. She assists a number of clients with membership services, meeting and conference administration, advertising, sponsorship, publication sales and member education courses. Previously, she worked in operations and program management for a non-profit association. Her background also includes work in administration management for construction, architectural and civil engineering firms. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and taking frequent trips to the coast with her husband, two children and her English Mastiff, Marli. She is a life-long resident of the Sacramento region.
Passions: Family, ocean, travel
I joined the CAMS team in August of 2019. I have five years of full charge, multiple client bookkeeping for nonprofit clients. I like to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Cameron Schubert has been a team member of California Advocates Management Services for 8 years. Cameron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Arts and Design. Before working at CAMS, Cameron was an assistant graphics and web designer for the branding company, Zen Creative and operated as a freelance web developer part time.
Cameron has designed and developed the user experience for many web sites and applications using modern frameworks and responsive designs. Cameron also lends his expertise in creating themes and logos, editing video, animating motion graphics, creating presentations and assisting with art for publications. No matter the project, Cameron strives for the most comprehensive and visually appealing outcome possible.
Cameron’s free time is spent either brushing up on skills with personal projects or binge-watching Netflix with his girlfriend Vanessa.
Natalie Sinclair has been with CAMS since 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Communications from California State University Sacramento.
Natalie is an Account Executive and Meeting Planner for many of our clients. She has planned and implemented numerous successful conferences and events with activities such as Auctions, Golf Tournaments and Galas. She is particularly accomplished at negotiating contracts with price reductions, concessions and extra services to get the very best value for her clients. She is also an active member of California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE).
On the weekends she enjoys horseback riding and going to car shows with her husband in their 1967 Camaro. She also loves her two dogs, Blu & Sassy.
Nicole Virga Bautista joined CAMS in February, 2018 and currently serves as Executive Director for the California Judges Association (CJA). Nicole has a decade of association experience working with trade associations, professional organizations and local government officials. Her background includes extensive experience in government affairs, supporting associations and advocating on their behalf to state agencies, boards and commissions as well as to the State Legislature. During her time at the California Charter Schools Association, Nicole developed a constituent advocacy program that combined grassroots advocacy efforts and conventional lobbying to develop advocacy strategies and employ various tactics to advance the association’s state and federal legislative priorities.
In her current role, Nicole serves as the chief executive officer of CJA and oversees all aspects of the organization, including board relations, membership, governance, education, and public relations. She works closely with CJA’s lobbyist and legislative director, ensuring that the legislative priorities of CJA are advanced. Further, Nicole works with CAMS staff in planning conferences and meetings as well as preparing the annual budget and administering CJA’s insurance program. Nicole is also responsible for maintaining cooperative relationships with judicial stakeholders and responding to media inquiries. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, practicing yoga, and volunteering.