Seaver College Waves of Service Award
Presented April 2013 at the Waves of Success Luncheon
Ray Meltvedt ('82) serves as the President of Club Dust and founder of Feeding Somalia. Club Dust is a Christian organization that builds homes for impoverished families living near the Mexican-American border. He has led the organization for more than 30 years. Mr. Meltvedt founded Feeding Somalia in 2011 to provide food to the countless starving individuals in the poverty-stricken region. He used his $2,000 award funds to help provide about 20,000 meals to a refugee camp in Kenya.
Graziadio School of Business and Management Waves of Service Award
Presented April 2013 at the George Awards
Janis Spire (MBA '87), serves as President and CEO of the Alliance for Children's Rights. Ms. Spire has worked for nearly two decades to improve the lives of society's most vulnerable children. Her work at the Alliance helps impoverished, abused, and disabled children. Prior to her tenure at this organization, Ms. Spire served eight years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Read more about her incredible accomplishments.
Graduate School of Education and Psychology Waves of Service Award
Presented October 2012 at the GSEP Celebration of Excellence
Jessica Boro (MS '09) is the Director of Instruction at Valor Academy, a charter school in Arleta providing exceptional education and professional development to children in an underserved community. Ms. Boro has also partnered with Waves of Service for several events over the past few years.
Pepperdine University Waves of Service Award
Presented October 2012 at Waves Weekend
Linda ('84) and Dharan Mandrayar ('83, MBA '86) founded The White Rainbow Project, a humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the widows of Vrindavan, India ("The City of Widows"). Their work provides medical and social services to exploited women in India who are shunned from society because of a tradition in some regions that widows bring bad luck. Their organization is based on a movie produced by the couple's company, Dharlin Entertainment, which creates educational and inspirational films. The White Rainbow Project was one of the first organizations to be part of Waves for Service. Through this partnership, the organization has taken several groups of Pepperdine students to work with the widows in Vrindavan. The Mandrayars were selected from a group of about 300 alumni involved in service. The Seaver Sweethearts have also been involved in local nonprofit work. They were founding members of The Fallbrook Film Factory, which promotes independent filmmaking and the arts. Moreover, they helped start the International Fallbrook Film Festival. The $5,000 award was dedicated to The White Rainbow Project.
Waves of Service Leader of the Year Award
Presented October 2012 at the Waves of Service Leader Mixer
Alison Tolladay (MPP '10), Community Relations Coordinator for the Los Angeles Lakers earned the Leader of the Year title by bringing service to Pepperdine in a variety of ways. She hosted numerous Pepperdine volunteers on several occasions, spoke at Pepperdine events, and assisted other alumni in service with in-kind donations and events.