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PA Dinner 2022 One Voice

46th Annual Pepperdine Associates Dinner

Every day, members of the Pepperdine community use their voices to contribute to the world around them and bring them closer to one another.

With a communal commitment to unity, they work, learn, pray, and even sing together to nurture their connectedness. With one unified voice, and with their faith at the center of all they do, the ways in which they connect with their friends and neighbors are at the heart of the Pepperdine experience.

In the face of immense hardships and in the glow of the greatest victories, this community has demonstrated time and again its oneness in spirit and its commitment to togetherness. Following a season apart, Pepperdine University invites you to come together again for a celebration of this unrestrained and affirming unity and to recognize the unique qualities and capabilities that each individual in the Pepperdine community holds and contributes to the collective.


Saturday, May 7, 2022
6 PM Reception | 7 PM Dinner


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Musical Entertainment

Clint Black

Clint Black

GRAMMY® Award winner Clint Black surged to superstardom as part of the fabled country music “Class of 1989” with the release of his triple-platinum debut album, Killin' Time, which produced five consecutive number-one hits on the US Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. His sophomore album, Put Yourself in My Shoes, was also certified triple platinum and was followed by a string of platinum and gold albums throughout the 1990s. Black wrote or co-wrote each of his more than three dozen chart hits, including 22 number-one singles, making him one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era. Throughout his career, he has sold more than 20 million records, earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the US and Canada, received nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, and been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2019 he toured North America in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Killin’ Time.

Kelley Lovelace

Kelley Lovelace

Born in Kentucky and raised in Tennessee, Kelley Lovelace achieved the rank of specialist in the US Army at Fort Benning, Georgia, before graduating cum laude from Belmont University in Nashville and joining the Perdido Key Music publishing company. He rose quickly through the ranks, becoming president in only three years, and then decided to become a full-time songwriter.

Since then, Kelley has written 17 chart-topping tunes for artists such as Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, and Brad Paisley, including Paisley’s 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have to Be,” which won Song of the Year honors at the CMA, ACM, and TNN Music Awards. He was co-author of a gift book for stepfathers titled He Didn't Have To Be, and his second book, If You Have A Dream, I've Got A Plan, is a must-read for all aspiring songwriters. Kelley donates his time and talents as the celebrity spokesman for Bethel Bible Village, a children’s home in his hometown of Hixson, Tennessee. He also organizes and performs live to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities and ministries such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Pursue Ministries.

Chris Destefano

Chris DeStefano

New Jersey native Chris DeStefano got his first singing gig with the Academy Boys Choir of Philadelphia and began writing his first songs at the age of 13. After studying film scoring at Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music, he headed west and began splitting his time between Los Angeles and Nashville as a songwriter. In 2012 he charted his first country single, Jana Kramer’s “Why You Wanna,” and soon after earned his first #1: “Good Girl,” the lead single from Carrie Underwood’s triple-platinum album Blown Away.

Chris has written more than 20 chart-topping songs for artists such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Dan + Shay. He has won three CMA Triple Play Awards and worked on Grammy-winning projects for Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. He is currently president and CEO of Winsongs Music and serves on the board of directors of Nashville Songwriters Association International. Outside of the music industry, Chris has done everything from graduating from the FBI Citizens Academy to serving as an emergency backup goaltender for the Nashville Predators during the 2019–2020 NHL season.


Dinner Committee

Marlyn (’90, JD ’94) and Robert Day Chairs

  • Sharon (’94, MDR ’01) and Alan (’94, MPP ’99) Beard 
  • Paula and Edwin Biggers 
  • Stephen P. Birch (MDR ’17, EdD ’18)
  • Pat Boone
  • Rita and Dale (’64) Brown
  • Alida and Stevan Calvillo
  • Tina and Rick (JD ’83) Caruso
  • Sherry and Frank (MBA ’78, EdD ’04) Cornell
  • Joline (’92) and Jim (JD ’93) Gash
  • Kalli O’Malley and Terry Giles (JD ’74)
  • Beth and Louis Graziadio
  • Mary Lou Graziadio
  • Jolyn (’02) and Seth (’02) Haye 
  • Michelle (JD ’89) and Mark (JD ’88) Hiepler 
  • Sara (’74) and Sam (’75, EdD ’84) Jackson
  • Blanche and Peter Johnson 
  • Dina and Fred Leeds 
  • Deanne (’84) and John (’83) Lewis
  • Keri and Denny (’65) Lewis 
  • Kim and Don Lindley 
  • Amy and Vincent (MBA ’01) Monteparte
  • Sharon and Terry Mullin 
  • Melissa and Gary Oakland
  • Kathy (MBA ’92) and Greg (’84) Outcalt
  • Geoffrey H. Palmer (JD ’75)
  • Carole and Danny Phillips
  • Kristen and Timothy (’87) Phillips
  • Celeste and John Plueger
  • Carolyn and Ted (’59, MBA ’75) Porter
  • Agatha and J. Anthony (’93) Precourt 
  • Kelly and Duane Roberts
  • Chloe H. Ross (’62)  
  • Dee Anna (’86) and Hubie Smith
  • Lisa Smith Wengler
  • Laure Sudreau (JD ’97) 
  • Judy and Jay Welker
  • Jennifer (’88) and Eric (’88) Wolford


George Pepperdine Society 2022

New Inductees and Sustaining Members

The George Pepperdine Society was established to recognize those special friends who have made monumental commitments to the University during their lifetimes.

  • The Ahmanson Foundation
  • American Legion Pacific Palisades, Post 283
  • Holly and Brian (’80) Baker
  • Brenda and Stephane Bancel
  • Sharon (’94, MDR ’01) and Alan (’94, MPP ’99) Beard
  • Jeanette and Michael (JD ’74) Bidart
  • Paula and Ed Biggers
  • Kara and Brett Biggs
  • Stephen P. Birch (MDR ’17, EdD ’18)
  • Brenden Mann Foundation
  • Jennifer and Roger Brown
  • Beverly and Robert Buchanan
  • Noelle and James Burkey
  • Julie and James Cardwell
  • Courtney Bryan-Caron and Paul Caron
  • Joanne and Clark (’77) Cowan
  • Joan and Robert Cummins
  • Chana and Jerel (’99) Davis
  • Gretchen and Jeffrey (JD ’94) Davis
  • Marlyn (’90, JD ’94) and Robert Day
  • Lucia C. Dean
  • Nancy De Liban and Jacob Arias
  • Cheryl and Harold duPerier
  • Darlene Fauber
  • Benjamin W. Ferguson (’98)
  • Melanie and Richard Flamminio
  • Charlayne Fliege (’91, MS ’97)
  • Kalli O’Malley and Terry Giles (JD ’74)
  • Ann and Samuel Ginn
  • Pamela and Stephen (’80) Hackett
  • Jolyn (’02) and Seth (’02) Haye
  • Chavi Hertz
  • Rosalyn S. Heyman
  • Michelle (JD ’89) and Mark (JD ’88) Hiepler
  • Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation
  • Amber (’99) and Jeremy (’02, MBA ’04) Johnson
  • Blanche and Peter James Johnson
  • Melanie and Jeffrey (’91) Johnson
  • Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services
  • Charlene (JD ’91) and Ken (JD ’89) Koonce
  • Dina and Frederick Leeds
  • Keri and Denny (’65) Lewis
  • Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Kimberly and Don Lindley
  • Tammy and Scott (JD ’82) Mager
  • Chandra (’99, JD ’02) and Adam (’99) Melton
  • Anna and Carl Mergele
  • Lisa and Michael Meyer
  • Virginia Milstead (JD ’04) and Zachary Evans
  • Estelle and Walter Mitchell
  • Rosebud and Eddie (’66) Ngo
  • Fay and Winfred Norwood
  • Geoffrey H. Palmer (JD ’75)
  • Lily and Kib Pearson
  • Pilgrim Foundation/William G. Stephens
  • Carolyn and Ted (’59, MBA ’75) Porter
  • Agatha and Anthony (’93) Precourt
  • Terri and Michael Pretiger
  • Marilyn Puckett
  • Eleanor and Jim Randall
  • Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling
  • Susan (EdD ’86) and Donald Rice
  • Chloe H. Ross (’62)
  • Caelan Rottman (’14, JD ’18)
  • Amy Jo Runnels (’00)
  • Chantil (’93) and Christopher (’93) Ruud
  • Margaret and Gerald Sheppard
  • Christine and Robert (JD ’05) Simon
  • Cary and Will (’84) Singleton
  • Lee and Larry Sisson
  • Dee Anna (’86) and Hubie Smith
  • Lisa Smith Wengler
  • Anne and Carmelo Spinella
  • Sunset Haven Inc.
  • Anne and Gregory Thorson
  • Janie and Victor (MBA ’86) Tsao
  • University Credit Union
  • Rozanne and Deryck van Rensburg
  • Carrie and John Wanninger
  • Stasia (MBA ’13) and Michael (MBA ’16) Washington
  • Linda and Daniel Weinstein
  • Gail (MA ’05) and James (MBA ’82) Wilburn
  • John F. Wilson