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PAC 2019-2020 group members posed on Alumni Park with President Jim Gash in the middle

Meet the Council Members

Pepperdine Ambassadors Council 2018-2019

Anna Katherine Brown

Anna Katherine Brown is a senior from Naperville, Illinois. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in English with a teaching credential in Secondary Education and hopes to teach and pursue a Master's in Academic or Archival Librarianship after graduation. Having grown up participating in volunteer groups and mission trips before Pepperdine, Anna has continued to exercise her dedication to service work in Malibu and during her time abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. She has realized her passion for education through her experiences tutoring the students of Camp David Gonzalez probation center and nannying for local children during the summers. Additionally, she has worked in the Education Department of Topanga's Theatricum Botanicum, opening students' minds to the world of Shakespeare and literary theatre. Anna serves as the Academic Chair for her sorority and finds so much value and reward in supporting the chapter's members' academically and advocating for academic excellence. For leisure, Anna enjoys running outdoors, yoga, testing new vegan recipes, and spending time with family and loved ones. She is both honored and grateful to be representing and serving the Pepperdine community as PAC's Vice Chair.

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown is a senior from Whitefish, Montana. He is currently pursuing a degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Political Science as well as a degree in Economics. Ryan spent his sophomore year studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, which allowed him to experience one of Europe's most beautiful countries for nearly eight months. While abroad, Ryan was also able to visit many European cities and even got to visit Morocco. At Pepperdine, Ryan has held a variety of jobs, including working for the Athletics Department as a member of the Rally Crew, a dishwasher in the Lausanne kitchen, a Student Worker in the Office of Financial Assistance, and an Economics Tutor at the Student Success Center on the Malibu campus. He has also been involved with performing research for the Economics Department and has served as a Regents' Scholars Mentor. Currently, Ryan is the Chief Financial Officer for Pepperdine's Model United Nations team, which represents the university at a number of conferences each year around the world. He attends Reality LA church in Hollywood, where he volunteers as the Director of the Parking Team. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys keeping up with current events and international affairs, learning foreign languages, and exploring all that Southern California has to offer. He looks forward to serving on PAC in order to give back to the Pepperdine and Malibu communities that have given him so much and to build relationships with the other members of the Council.

Jake Calder

Jake Calder is a senior from Tualatin, Oregon. He is pursuing a Major in Business Administration with a Minor in French, and he hopes to work in real estate after graduation. Jake spent his sophomore year studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, which included an intensive French summer program in which he lived with a local family speaking only French for two months. Jake also served as a resident advisor of a freshman hall during his junior year. He currently holds a leadership position on the tour guide staff in the Office of Admission, which he has worked with since his freshman year. He also enjoys participating in the Pepperdine Concert Choir, hiking and skiing in California and beyond, and traveling. Jake is honored to give back to his University as a part of the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council, and looks forward to promoting Pepperdine's strong mission of academic excellence and Christian values within Pepperdine and the entire Malibu community.

Gianni Cocchella

Gianni Cocchella is a senior from Ambler, Pennsylvania. Growing up in a Peruvian household, Gianni learned Spanish at a young age and spent most of his summers in Peru. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in both advertising and French studies and is minoring in film studies. During his sophomore year, Gianni studied abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he served as the Resident Advisor tasked with working in digital communications. Eager to study abroad again, Gianni went overseas to Amman, Jordan with Pepperdine through the Middle
Eastern Studies Program this past summer. During his time at Pepperdine, Gianni has served on the administrative board of his fraternity in the roles of Director of Public Relations and Alumni Chair. He has also been involved in other areas of campus life including Step Forward Day, Songfest, New Student Orientation, and the Graphic. Additionally, Gianni is a Brenden Mann Scholar for Pepperdine's Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies. In his free time, Gianni enjoys going to the beach, traveling overseas, and seeing musicals on Broadway. Gianni is excited and honored to serve on the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council and looks forward to using this role to give back to the Pepperdine community.

Joel Cox

Joel Cox is a junior from Newbury Park, California, studying History and Philosophy for his undergraduate degree. While at Pepperdine, he has worked at the Religion and Philosophy division office, in the Pepperdine Volunteer Center, in the Athletics Department as a tutor, has been a part of the Philosophy and Veritas clubs as well as the Debate team, and has served as an International Programs Resident Assistant. Joel studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, and he enjoys experiencing other cultures through traveling and listening to the stories of people from different walks of life. In his free time, Joel likes to read, watch Netflix documentaries, and have thoughtful conversations about philosophy. When he graduates, he wants to attend graduate school with the aspiration of becoming a professor. He has been deeply impacted by the diverse and exceptional people he has met at Pepperdine, including his professors, the Heidelberg program staff and faculty, and other Seaver students. Joel has been shaped in countless ways by Pepperdine and its community and he hopes to use his skills to give back to the University as a part of the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council.

Joey Gasperi

Joey Gasperi is a current junior pursuing his undergraduate degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Political Science. He is also pursuing an Asian Studies minor, as well as a Certificate in Conflict Management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Joey has a strong interest in government and politics and is a former White House Intern for the Domestic Policy Council. Additionally, his passion for Chinese language and culture prompted him to spend a semester at Pepperdine's Shanghai campus, studying at Fudan University. Joey is also an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and proudly supports the chapter's dedication to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among other philanthropies. Finally, Joey enjoys his role in Pepperdine's music program as a viola performance scholarship recipient. During the summer, he shares his passion for music with primary students through his private music studio. Joey is eager to carry out the Pepperdine mission and serve the Malibu community as a member of PAC 30.

Cristian Isbrandsten

Cristian Isbrandtsen is a senior from Sonoma, California pursuing a BA in integrated marketing communications. For his sophomore year, Cristian studied abroad in London, England and Washington, D.C. where he interned for 21st Century Fox and the United States Chamber of Commerce. On campus, Cristian is a tour guide for the Pepperdine Seaver College Office of Admission, a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, and involved with Campus Ministries. Cristian is driven to spark imagination and innovation through his studies and out of school. Dedicated and committed to serving his greater community, six years ago he established his very own nonprofit photography business, supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Recently, Cristian had the opportunity to work alongside The Walt Disney Family Foundation and this past summer joined the marketing team at Autodesk. In his free time, he enjoys taking hikes and eating with friends around Los Angeles, riding at Soulcycle, and heading to the beach. Cristian is very appreciative of his return to PAC this year and his responsibilities and he believes PAC acts as a key cornerstone for the school community and beyond.

Maddy Jones

Maddy Jones is a senior from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine, with plans to pursue a career in the medical field upon graduation. Over the course of her time at Pepperdine, Madelyn has immersed herself in various facets of student life holding a position in her sorority, being a member of the Preaching Cohort through campus ministries, working in the Religion Division, volunteering through activities like Step Forward day and studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland. Each of these unique experiences have driven forward Madelyn's passion for inclusivity and creating deep and meaningful connections, characteristics she hopes to extend to Pepperdine's campus and the greater Malibu area. In her free time, Madelyn loves being outdoors as much as possible, running, hiking, surfing and exploring the beautiful city she gets to call home for four years. She is both humbled and excited to serve on the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council and looks forward to using her position to give back to the community which has given her so much.

Cindy Kim

Cindy Kim is a senior from Hacienda Heights, California pursuing a degree in Interpersonal Communication. She is currently a Lead Intern for the Seaver College Office of Admission and loves to meet prospective Waves through campus tours. During her time at Pepperdine, she has participated in a variety of leadership roles that have allowed her to gain a deep appreciation for her surrounding community. As a freshman, Cindy was the Freshman Class Senator for Student Government Association. She used this platform to not only bring representation to minority students, but also help advocate for a healthier student body--mentally, physically, and spiritually. For her sophomore year, Cindy studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, served as the Resident Advisor, and absolutely adored her time travelling throughout Europe. Cindy has also been involved with Housing and Residence Life as a Resident Advisor for first-year students. She spent her most recent summer with Pepperdine's Fiji Program where she learned about culturally responsive service learning. During her free time, Cindy loves to go thrifting and find the spiciest dishes in L.A. As a member of PAC 30, Cindy is honored to give back to the place that she is so blessed to call home.

Nicole Koski

Nicole Koski is a senior from Corvallis, Oregon pursuing her undergraduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, with a minor in Nonprofit Management. At Pepperdine, her Christian faith informs her involvement around the university such as being a Campus Ministries' House Group Participant, Club Convocation Leader, and Spiritual Life Advisor in a Freshman Residence Hall. Additionally, she has been invested in other areas of campus life as a Student Athletic Medicine Intern for Pepperdine Athletics, Fundraising Coordinator for the Buenos Aires International Program's Service and Outreach Fund, and a member of various on campus clubs. Nicole has a deep passion for serving the local community and has been fortunate to build meaningful relationships in Malibu through Interning at Malibu Presbyterian Church in University Ministries and Children's Ministries. Having experienced the traumatic events of the Woolsey Fire in Fall of 2018, Nicole has sought ways to restore hope and restoration to her community. One way has been through interning at Burdge & Associates Architects as the "Re-Building Malibu" Coordinator. This role has led her to offer special events with expert speaking panels, and free information for victims of the fires in order that they can be one step closer to rebuilding their homes and lives. She is delighted to serve as a member of PAC 30 and continue to cultivate impactful relationships in the Pepperdine and Malibu communities.

Adya Kumar

Adya Kumar is a junior from Snoqualmie, WA. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in accounting with a minor in economics. Adya is currently working as an associate at the Pepperdine President's Office conducting research, working on projects, and completing a variety of administrative tasks. In previous years, she has worked as a research assistant for Pepperdine's Prospect Research, where she conducted database searches and read local business journals to help identify prospective donors for fundraising officers. Adya is also a member of Student Philanthropy Council, where she helps run Give2Pepp, and serves on the education committee. She has also served as the SPC representative for the Lausanne program during her time abroad. Adya is also very involved in her business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, an organization which strives to embody the core principles of professionalism, leadership, ethics, and service. She is currently serving on the financial development committee, and has previously served on the pledge committee, as well as the fundraising committee. Over the course of her time at Pepperdine, she has also been a part of a variety of other organizations including Indian Student Association, No Lost Generation, and Wavepool Investment Club. Adya spent her sophomore year studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, which was definitely the peak of her Pepperdine experience. She got to travel extensively to 20 countries throughout Europe and even parts of Africa. She got to form great friendships, meet new people, and even participate in her program's listening summit in Vevey. Adya enjoys being outdoors, hammocking, hiking, jogging, and spending time with her friends and family. Adya is extremely excited and honored for the opportunity to be a part of PAC 30 and embody Pepperdine's mission of purpose, service, and leadership

Jared Lee

Jared Lee is from Danville, California. He is studying Philosophy and Economics at Seaver and Dispute Resolution at the Straus Institute. At Pepperdine, Jared has loved roaming all throughout Asia during his time abroad, strengthening his connection to God through on-campus ministry, and sharing his love for nature as an Outdoor Trip Leader. His deep curiosity, enthusiasm for problem-solving, and insatiable desire to learn has fueled his entrepreneurial spirit during the 4th Waves of Innovation and has led him to encourage entrepreneurship around campus. On campus, he helps run organizations to prevent food waste, celebrate culture, and promote higher academic discussions. He is always down to discuss deep philosophical thoughts, meet and love new people, and try something new just to experience it. Most of all, Jared continually strives to do the will of God while growing in wisdom and faith. Jared is sincerely stoked to connect with the greater Pepperdine community and to serve an outstanding University with other incredible students on PAC.

Joanne Ngotho

Joanne Ngotho is a senior from Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently pursuing a finance degree, with the intent of eventually going back to Kenya and giving back to her community there. For her sophomore year, Joanne studied abroad in London for one semester and there was able to travel to several countries including France, Amsterdam, Spain, and Jordan where she truly enriched the international programs experience. At Pepperdine she has worked at the International Student Services (OISS) on the admissions side where she has served in evaluating foreign transcripts and has helped international students like herself with their application process to Pepperdine and integrating them into the community. She has also been involved with Campus Ministry, Step Forward Day, No Lost Generation, and the business fraternity. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, discovering new spots for brunch, listening to music, taking spontaneous trips and riding at SoulCycle. Joanne is incredibly honored to be serving on The Council for her senior year and looks forward to giving back to the Pepperdine community that has given her so much.

Grace Palmer

Grace Palmer is a senior from Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a B.S. in Biology and minors in Philosophy and Sustainability. Grace has a love for the natural world and is interested in the intersection of sustainability and medicine. Her interest in biology has also translated into being a Student Mentor for Freshman biology majors, a math and science tutor for Malibu high schoolers, a teaching assistant, and a summer microbiology researcher. This teaching and mentoring experience has also been an important part of the volunteer work she has done as a tutor at a local probation center and working with children through a service learning program in her semester abroad in Buenos Aires. At Pepperdine Grace is an active member of the women's cross country and track teams and is passionate about her program. She is also the president of Food Recovery Network, a club that seeks to reduce campus food waste on Pepperdine's campus by reallocating leftover food to homeless shelters and various non-profits. In her free time Grace loves rock climbing, photography, and backpacking with good friends. This summer she participated in Pepperdine's New Zealand Sustainability program and conducted clinical research at Drexel University College of Medicine. Grace is honored to be a part of PAC 30 and is excited to serve and connect with the Pepperdine community.

Simon Pilato

Simon Pilato is a senior from Santa Clarita, California, pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Simon is working towards a career in strategic consulting or entrepreneurship, and has taken strides toward this goal with an internship last summer at Deloitte Consulting. Throughout his time at Pepperdine, he has immersed himself in many different student organizations, including: the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the Student Alumni Organization, and the Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity. He is passionate about leadership and service, which has led him to positions like President of SigEp, VP of Alumni Connections for SAO, and of course Crest Ambassador with PAC. His favorite memories while at Pepperdine are studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany for an entire year, and volunteering with the local youth as a Little League Coach! In his spare time, Simon loves hanging out with friends, watching just about any sporting event, or going out to try a new restaurant. He looks forward to another amazing year at Pepperdine, highlighted by his time with the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council!

Emily Tran

Emily Tran is a senior from Fremont, California. She is pursuing a degree in international business with a certificate in conflict management. She has always had a passion for people, cultural engagement, and fostering positive mental health. She is currently a marketing and research intern for Aragon, a research and advisory firm, and recently was an account manager intern for Kim Kardashian, where she has been able to further her knowledge in marketing. At Pepperdine, she has served in leadership roles for her sorority, business fraternity, Student Government, International Programs, and the Student Programming Board. She is the current Chief Operating Officer within her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and handles all risk management and sisterhood operations. These outlets have given her the opportunity to interact and mentor many students across campus. Emily was the media coordinator while studying abroad in Shanghai at Fudan University, where she networked and engaged with the local Chinese culture. Coming back, she served as the Shanghai Ambassador to represent and recruit for the study abroad programs. In her free time, she enjoys photography, spontaneous trips with family and friends, discovering new food, and traveling the world. Emily is humbled by this opportunity to serve on Pepperdine Ambassadors Council and is excited to foster new relationships and represent her fellow students as well as the university.

Millie Vieira

Millie Vieira is a junior Regents' Scholar from Austin, Texas. As the daughter of a Brazilian immigrant, Millie has grown up with a passion for learning new languages and experiencing new cultures. She is currently pursuing a degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and a minor in Rhetoric and Leadership. This year, Millie is serving as an intern in the Office of Admission as well as serving as the Media Intern for the International Programs office. Over the course of her time at Pepperdine, she has participated in and worked for a variety of areas of student life. She was a company member of Dance in Flight, a campus tour guide for the Office of Admission, an NSO leader, has volunteered for Step Forward Day, is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and is a Regents Mentor. The highlight of her Pepperdine experience was spending her full sophomore year in Lausanne, Switzerland, traveling to 20 countries, building relationships with the people in her program, and growing stronger in her faith. In Lausanne, she also was the program's Media Coordinator and served as the female Student Government Association representative. During her undergraduate career, Millie has had the opportunity to intern with Catalyst Marketing, Merge Ministries, and volunteer on a local political campaign in her hometown. Upon graduation, she hopes to go to law school and pursue a career in human rights advocacy. She is thrilled to advocate for Pepperdine's mission of service, purpose, and leadership while serving on PAC 30.

Kellie Warren

Kellie Warren is a senior from Morrison, Colorado. She is pursuing a degree in Sports Administration with a minor in Marketing. As a native Coloradan, she enjoys hiking, running, and improving her new hobby of magic tricks! Kellie has taken full advantage of Pepperdine's study abroad opportunities by studying in Lausanne, Washington, D.C., Jordan, and London. Her past internship experiences include marketing with National Fitness Foundation and corporate sponsorships with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment. On campus, Kellie is a former student athlete for Pepperdine's Track team, and currently serves as the Vice President of Risk Management for Alpha Phi, works as an Events Coordinator for the Student Programming Board, and is a company member for Dance in Flight. She is very excited to be able to advocate on behalf of these organizations and serve as a liaison for the Pepperdine community on PAC '30!

Cassidy Woodward

Cassidy Woodward is a junior from Fort Worth, Texas currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. Cassidy spent the last year studying in Heidelberg, Germany, where she had the opportunity to engage with local culture and further explore her passion for travel, language, and community. While in Heidelberg, she served as both a Student Representative and a Resident Advisor, two opportunities which helped develop her leadership capabilities. Through her 8 years of work with the non-profit Let's Start Talking Ministry, Cassidy has traveled to various countries helping people learn and practice English, which she credits as the catalyst for her desire to serve others. She has been actively involved in the Pepperdine community through working in the Pepperdine Human Resources department, volunteering at Step Forward Day and Board events, and participating in the Great Books Colloquium, one of her favorite opportunities Pepperdine has provided. In her free time, she enjoys reading all varieties of books, coffee dates with friends, and exploring Southern California. Cassidy is humbled and honored by the opportunity to be a part of Pepperdine Ambassadors Council, and, through PAC, to serve the university that has blessed her so richly, to contribute to the Malibu community, and to pursue Pepperdine's mission of purpose, service, and leadership.