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SAGEGLOBAL Board Members


Name and Address Occupation
Ed ByersPrincipal | Audit & Enterprise Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche LLP
50 Fremont St, San Francisco CA 94105-2230 USA
Principal, DeloitteTouche
Van AjemianMontebello, CA 90640  Social Entrepreneur
Matt EnsticeBuffalo, NY President and CEOBuffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Dr. Alfred B. Konuwa2 Walnut Park Drive, Chico, CA 959282300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland, CA 95776 VP of Curriculum, Woodland Community College



1 Mr. Ed Byers, Principal, DeloitteTouche


Ed Byers is Principal with Deloitte’s Advisory Practice in San Francisco. With over 20 years of experience at Deloitte, Ed serves primarily the Health Care practice in the West Region and has also been fortunate enough to serve many of the upstart social media and online gaming entities.   Ed has been in numerous leadership capacities at Deloitte – including being a practice regional managing partner, service line leader, market offering leader, and HR leader.  Ed is also on the board of Deloitte’s pro bono committee.  This committee sponsors organizations such as SAGE—which allows these organizations to continue to invest in the growth and development of our youth in the United States and around the world.  Prior to joining Deloitte, Ed worked for IBM and Procter and Gamble and has also served as a part-time faculty member at various universities across the U.S.


Ed said this to kick off the 2012 SAGE World Cup in South San Francisco in July, 2012:


As the new SAGEGLOBAL Chairman, it was my honor to welcome participants to our 2012 World Cup activities in San Francisco. Many thanks to retiring chair Jerr Boschee for all of his dedicated work. I support SAGE because I am a firm believer in youth enterprise, and believe teens are ideal entrepreneurs because they are at the peak of their creativity and innovation. The SAGE World Cup is organized as a competitive experience to bring out the best in all participants. But no matter which teams win, all teams represented have made an impact in their local communities.  I look forward to seeing SAGE continue to thrive and grow.



2Matthew K. Enstice


Matthew Enstice is the President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. In this role, he is leading a pioneering initiative to integrate health care services, life sciences, clean energy, and education in an effort to revitalize the city of Buffalo.


BNMC is a consortium of the region’s premier health care, life sciences research, and medical education institutions, all located on 120 acres in downtown Buffalo, New York. The BNMC is dedicated to the cultivation of a world-class medical campus for clinical care, research, education, and entrepreneurship. Through Matt’s efforts, local neighborhood leaders, foundations, multi-national corporations, NGOs, research labs, hospitals, and educational institutions are collaborating to create a model for reenergizing the city that has application all over America.

Prior to returning home to Buffalo, Matt worked in the entertainment industry in L.A. and New York, for Broadway Pictures and with Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live.

Matt holds a B.A. in English from Hobart College and a Master of Business Administration from Canisius College.


He is currently active on the boards of the SAGE Global (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship), Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Elmwood Franklin School, and is on the Advisory Board for the School of Visual Arts Design for Social Innovation in New York City.

Matt is married and lives in Snyder, NY with his family.



3Mr. Van Ajemian, JD, social entrepreneur


Van Ajemian, JD, is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law.  He works as a social entrepreneur, conceiving and developing concepts for social enterprises, then searching for teams of university students to take charge and take ownership.  He believes that youth have greater potential to become assets to their communities, even before high-school graduation, than adults generally believe or allow for.  He sees a need for each individual to learn and practice self-reliance to the extent possible, because of inherent limits to humans effectively managing large systems like national governments.  He is interested in supporting social enterprises which mix individual self- reliance with codependence in small communities, in the hope that this combination be optimal with regard to job security, health, emergency preparedness, sustainable communities, and a sustainable planet.


Ajemian has interned on Capitol Hill and in Sacramento, California.  His avocation is foreign languages, and he likes to optimize his time–life is short–by reading classics in other languages, as with the present attempt to read Les Miserables in Spanish.  Occasionally, he will play Bach’s “Invention No. 13″ without too bad a mistake or too long a pause.



judyJudy Sitton, Chico (from
‘She’s all in’

Judy Sitton, who grew up in Southern California, first came to Chico in 1963, when she was 18 and she and her mother were on a tour of prospective colleges. A “tall gentleman” approached them on the Chico State campus and offered to take them on a tour. It was only when they parted, more than two hours later, that she learned this man, who had introduced himself as Glenn Kendall, was the college’s president.

It was an act of gracious friendliness that spoke volumes about this town, she says. And it was a kindness Sitton has spent years returning in spades.

She met her husband, Gary, in her Psych 1A class her freshman year. He was a sophomore computer-science major. They married in 1967. After graduation—she received her lifetime teaching credential in 1969—they moved to Alberta, Canada, where he got his Ph.D. Then they returned to Chico, where she taught elementary school and he taught computer science at the university for 16 years.

Eventually he formed his own business, Bi-Tech, and started developing accounting software. What started out as a mom-and-pop operation steadily expanded, hiring mostly Chico State grads, and in 1995 the Sittons sold Bi-Tech to SunGard Data Systems. They stayed on until 2000—Gary as president, Judy as executive vice president—before retiring.

The company, renamed SunGard Public Sector, now has 260 employees in three locations at the Chico airport.

Judy Sitton was an active volunteer before retiring, but since then she’s become a major figure in the community, especially through her work with Enloe Medical Center and the new Northern California Natural History Museum.

At Enloe, she’s vice-chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, and she also chairs the 24-member Planetree Leadership Team, the group tasked with setting goals and policies for the hospital’s new, patient-centered model of care.

Sitton is always engaged and expressive, but her eyes really light up when she talks about Planetree. She believes the program is revolutionizing care in the hospital and making it a much warmer and welcoming place for everyone, including employees: “People are excited and really motivated.”

With the NCNHM, she’s been president of the board for five years and a leader in planning and fundraising for the facility, which is now under construction. Her husband is also a member of the board, and the two have made generous financial contributions to the museum, as they have to Enloe.

Sitton also chaired university President Paul Zingg’s advisory board for two years and served on the board of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) for 10 years. In 2003, Chico State University gave her an honorary doctorate degree for her years of service.

Laura Hennum, vice president for marketing and communications at Enloe, works closely with Sitton on Planetree development. Sitton seems “to draw from an endless well” of energy and selfless desire to help, Hennum said. “She’s making a difference, but she’s not taking the credit. She’s all in.”

—Robert Speer



W. Gary Sitton (B.S., marketing, ’66; M.S., computer science, ’68) is the retired CEO of SunGard Bi-Tech Software, a multimillion-dollar financial and administrative software company he co-founded in Chico in 1981. Sitton, who earned a Ph.D. in computer science, was a professor of computer science at CSU, Chico for 16 years.