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Niki Sandoval

Niki Sandoval, PhD ('93)

Niki Sandoval serves as a Trustee at the Santa Barbara Foundation, which exists to improve the lives of the residents and communities throughout Santa Barbara County.

Jenna Kindle

Jeanna Kindle, PhD (MA '12)

Jeanna focuses on providing mentoring and social entrepreneurship experiences for youth and young adults and makes positive impressions in others to leave her section of the world a little better.

Gabrielle Rockwell

Gabrielle Rockwell (MPP '19)

Gabrielle Rockwell serves to provide charitable assistance to Firefighters and their families in times of need. She strives to promote awareness of Firefighter health and safety issues and the impacts they have upon their families and communities.

Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr (MBA '20)

Andrew Marr founded the Warrior Angels Foundation (WAF) to support brain injury prevention and care for Service Members and Veterans.

True Essence of Love staff and volunteers, along with FGP staff, making essential supply bags for volunteers.

Shanetta Weatherspoon (EdD '13)

Shanetta Weatherspoon (EdD ’13) and Monica Pereda (’19), staff members at Pepperdine’s Foster Grandparent Program, have been supporting the isolated elderly volunteers during the pandemic.

Los Cerros High School Facebook Parent Frame

Mallory Bockwoldt ('16)

Mallory Bockwoldt ('16) designed a customized Facebook Parent frame for parents of students at Los Cerros Middle School in Danville, California.

Robert Sellman

Robert Sellman ('97)

Pepperdine Alumnus Robert Sellman (‘97) is helping set protocols and flow for treating the new influx of COVID-19 patients. He is currently serving as the Chief PA, Mount Sinai Emergency Department, New York.

josh burker

Josh Burker (EdD '07)

Pepperdine alumnus Josh Burker (EdD ‘07) started making personal protective equipment (PPE) using a 3D printer and soon started producing masks for doctors and nurses all over the country.

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Laura Carmichael ('02)

Pepperdine alumna Laura Carmichael (‘02) is currently working with a team to provide safe care on the labor and delivery floor at Swedish Hospital in Issaquah, WA

joel ornelas

Joel Ornelas ('05)

Pepperdine alumnus Joel Ornelas (‘05) works as an interventional radiologist in the Austin area, serving patients who have experienced massive traumas.

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Alan Semsar (MBA '09)

Pepperdine alumnus Alan Semsar (MBA ‘09) is providing free marketing, creative, and public relations help for any businesses in need during this time.


Derek Sedam ('09)

Alumnus Derek Sedam ('09) is undraising for a critical access rural hospital in Pullman, WA. So far the hospital foundation was able to provide over $500,000 in relief, and our community has come together to donate over $500,000 additional dollars to our COVID-19 Pullman Regional Hospital Fund.


Sarah Lipps ('13)

Alumna Sarah Lipps ('13) owns an acai bowl shop, BARE Bowls in Palo Alto, Ca. She has been serving healthy and tasty food to over 600 healthcare professionals at local hospitals

Carrie Birmingham and students in a Zoom meeting

Carrie Birmingham

Led by professors Carrie Birmingham and Elizabeth Yomantas, two classes of Seaver College teacher education students created a YouTube channel to help children who are learning at home.

Wendy Lecot

Wendy Lecot (MBA '91)

Pepperdine alumna, Wendy Lecot, shares how she used her sewing skills to help create masks for health professionals and first responders.