Meet the Faculty


Mike DeRose

Mike DeRose, LMFT
Michael DeRose has worked in management within the private non-profit sector in the Central Valley for over the last 20 years.  Michael’s experiences during this time in non-profit management include: 

 - recruitment, onboarding, training, and managing staff
 - program implementation and development
 - grant and proposal writing,  and fiscal oversight.  

Within the non-profit sector, Michael manages and trains in the areas of leadership development, critical conversations, strategic planning, goal and outcome development, budget development and management, and motivating staff, and improving office culture.

Michael is married with 3 children and lives in the Turlock area where he is active in the community and sits on various councils and committees.

In Michael’s free time, he enjoys trips with the family, watching his children’s sports and activities, and participating in water sports and golf. Michael also enjoys coaching for a local water polo club.



Norma Cardona

Norma Cardona
Norma C. Cardona (she/her/ella) is originally from the California Central Coast and moved to the Central Valley for her undergraduate degree. Norma is a UC Merced graduate with a Bachelor’s in Arts in Psychology and Bachelor’s in Science in Cognitive Science with a minor in Spanish, and a graduate of CSU Stanislaus’ Master’s in Public Administration program. She has over 10 years of experience writing grants with over $7.3 million awarded. Funding was used to enhance existing after-school offerings and expand access to more students, to provide direct and indirect services to at-promise (formerly at-risk) students that remove educational barriers and facilitate the successful completion of their high school diploma, and to hire program staff to support grant activities. With a strong focus on sustainability and innovation, for every dollar brought into the organization, $1.45 were matched by in-kind contributions of volunteer and internship hours and the leverage of funding sources. She likes to go on walks, hikes, enjoys reading, and spending time at home with her partner and dog.




Umar Ghuman Ph.D.
At Stan State since 2012, Dr. Ghuman received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University in 2011. He is the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and the Director of the Master in Public Administration (MPA) program at Stanislaus State. Dr. Ghuman has been a consultant for both local and national level nonprofit agencies and has extensive publications and conference proceedings related to nonprofit and public management. It was while he was working with nonprofit organizations and mentoring students to enter the field that he realized the need for a certificate program that provides the skill set and the educational foundation needed. That commitment led to the development of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.