Meet the Council Members
Pepperdine Ambassadors Council 2018-2019
Jon-Andrew Auger-Andrews is a senior from Temecula, California. He is currently pursuing a bachelors of science degree in sports medicine, with the intent of becoming a physical therapist. During his time at Pepperdine, he has immersed himself by working as a student athletic medicine intern for the Pepperdine Athletics Department, participating in Songfest, volunteering for Malibu Reception, acting as one of this years New Student Orientation coordinators, serving as a summer residential advisor for Pepperdine, co-leading an elderly functional fitness class for the city of Malibu, being the director of the Humans of Pepperdine Project, and playing for the Club Soccer and tennis teams. His favorite experience at Pepperdine was studying abroad for a full academic year in Lausanne, Switzerland. Aside from being a student, Jon-Andrew enjoys grabbing a cup of coffee and getting to know people, playing soccer and tennis, going on hikes, and cooking new recipes to share with friends. He is humbled and excited to act as the Chaplain for this year's Pepperdine Ambassadors Council by serving the Pepperdine community.
Olivia Belda is a senior from Bakersfield, CA. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in integrated marketing communications with a minor in multimedia design. At Pepperdine, she has served in leadership roles for her sorority, business fraternity, Student Government, and the Student Programming Board. These outlets have helped her cultivate her true passion for the creative side of marketing. She continues to develop this through her internships as a production intern with Seaver's Marketing Department, and as a social media intern for Pepperdine's university accounts. Olivia shares her love for Pepperdine through a university docuseries entitled Rising Tide which captures her whole college experience on film. After staying in Malibu during her sophomore year, Olivia studied in Thailand and London interning with Iris Worldwide, an international brand management agency. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, dabbling in photography, and finding random concerts in LA. Olivia is honored to serve on PAC 29 and ready to show the Pepperdine community why this really is a great place to call home.
Anna Katherine Brown is a junior from Naperville, Illinois. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in English with a credential in Secondary Education and hopes to teach at the high school level 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. Anna serves as the Assistant Philanthropy Chair for Delta Delta Delta and finds so much value and reward in her sorority's efforts toward the betterment of St. Jude and all the other chapters' philanthropies. She is also an active leader of the Catholic Student Association at Pepperdine in collaboration with Our Lady of Malibu Parish. For leisure, Anna enjoys running outdoors, yoga, testing new vegetarian recipes, and writing poetry for her personal blog. She is both honored and grateful to be representing and serving the Pepperdine community as PAC's Administrative Coordinator.
John Louis Chiappe is a junior from El Dorado Hills, California. He is majoring in Political Science and pursuing a 3+3 Program with Pepperdine's School of Law, where he intends to earn Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy degrees. During his time at Pepperdine he has fully embraced university life through involvement in his fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, Songfest, and the Reel Stories Film Festival. As a lifelong athlete, he enjoyed employment as a member of the Riptide Rally Crew. Additionally, John Louis represented Pepperdine by volunteering during Step Forward Day and participating in an Admitted Students Day questionnaire panel. He spent his sophomore year abroad as the Resident Advisor in Florence, Italy, where he traveled to 14 countries. His dedication to seeking leadership opportunities was recognized by his appointment as a Sigma Phi Epsilon Ruck Scholar. John Louis has spent his past three summers pursuing his passion to be an agent of positive change through active government participation as an intern for his State Senator, Assemblymember, and Congressman. In his spare time he enjoys eclectic music, waterfowl hunting, and exploring new restaurants. He is humbled and honored to serve on PAC and looks forward to serving the Pepperdine community that has so richly blessed him.
Gianni Cocchella is a junior 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 integrated marketing communications and film studies and is minoring in French. This past year, Gianni studied abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he served as the Resident Advisor tasked with working in digital communications. After a year studying abroad, Gianni returned to Europe this past summer to teach English in Italy with a non-profit organization. In addition, he has served on the administrative board of his fraternity in the roles of Director of Public Relations and Alumni Chair. Gianni has also been involved in other areas of campus life including Step Forward Day, Songfest, and New Student Orientation. 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 in the Big Apple. 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.
Emma Engelland is a junior from Gig Harbor, Washington pursuing a BS in sports medicine and a minor in social work. She was a member of the Pepperdine Track Team her freshman year and currently holds the outdoor 100 meter hurdles record. Emma spent her sophomore year studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, where she formed strong bonds with her fellow Pepperdine students, as well as local German students through opportunities such as the Listening Summit Conference, which analyzed populism. She widely traveled Western Europe amidst studying, and also visited Eastern Europe and Africa, learning about the diverse cultures in each of these locations. Emma has been involved on campus with Campus Ministries, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. After she graduates, she plans to attend Physician Assistant School and aspires to specialize in pediatric surgery. Emma plans to work as an EMT prior to entering graduate school because of her bold spirit and passion for healing. She is honored to serve on the PAC team and is excited for the opportunity to serve and connect the student body with the greater community.
Ifeanyi Ezieme is a senior from Pasadena, California pursuing a degree in Media Production with a Film Production emphasis. He is an aspiring writer/director for Hollywood having directed many short films during his time here at Pepperdine. As a recipient of the Posse Scholarship (a scholarship given to high school seniors for demonstrating outstanding leadership), Ifeanyi has continued that leadership here on Pepperdine's campus as having been: a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, the executive board of Black Students Association (BSA) as Director of Public Relations, and the Media Coordinator for his abroad group in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the 2016-17 school year. Ifeanyi also went to Australia through the IP program in July 2018 to not only direct a film but to serve as the Resident Advisor for the group as well. Leadership is an innate quality for Ifeanyi that will continue to progress post his undergraduate career. Ifeanyi plans on grad school directly after graduation seeking an MFA in film production so he can begin his quest to change the world through film. Aside from his career endeavors, Ifeanyi is deeply passionate about diversity and inclusivity across all boards hoping to contribute in creating an atmosphere on campus that is welcome to all. As a member of PAC, Ifeanyi anticipates working with the not only the campus community, but the greater Malibu community as a whole.
Scotland Garapedian is a senior from Malibu, California. He is pursuing a degree in organizational communications as well as being on the Men's Tennis team. Scotland was born and raised in the Malibu area and is a proud local. Scotland has dedicated much of his childhood and recent years to the game of tennis, which ultimately gave him the opportunity to play for Pepperdine; which he is very grateful for. He has gained tremendous leadership values while being on the team in which he can use on and off the court. Other than academics and playing tennis, he enjoys going to the movies, spending time with his family and public speaking, as he is a member of Toastmasters International. He hopes to follow in his fathers footsteps by pursuing his degree and getting into wealth management as a career. As Scotland is a proud local to Malibu, he hopes to give back to his community and university that has given him so much.
Ryan Harding is a senior from Pleasanton, California. She is pursuing a degree in creative writing with a marketing minor and a certificate in conflict management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. During her time at Pepperdine, Ryan has served as a member of the Expressionists Literary Magazine staff, a volunteer at New Student Orientation, and an athletics tutor. She is the Copy Chief for Pepperdine Graphic Media, on the executive board of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, the Vice President of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and has had the privilege of completing an undergraduate research project on Victorian Literature. A lifelong traveler, Ryan studied abroad in both Florence, Italy and London, England, where she had the opportunity to explore her passions for language, literature, and interacting with different cultures. Ryan is incredibly honored to be a returning ambassador serving the community that has had such a profound impact on her life and furthering Pepperdine's mission of purpose, service, and leadership.
Logan Hicks is a senior from Nashville, Tennessee. He is pursuing a BS in accounting and aspires to become a CPA. As an accounting major, he has completed internships with Ernst and Young and Capital Christian Music Group. He studied abroad for his sophomore year in Heidelberg, Germany and served as a Freshman Resident Advisor last year. Logan currently is a Lead Intern in the Pepperdine Office of Admission, being promoted from the tour guide staff in 2015-2016, and serves as the VP of Administration for the Accounting Society on campus. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, listening to music, exploring Los Angeles with friends, and hiking. After graduation, Logan hopes to become a CPA as a key stepping stone to achieve his ultimate goal of becoming an entrepreneur. Logan is honored to serve on PAC in this next year and looks forward to giving back to the Pepperdine community that has given him so much.
Cristian Isbrandtsen is a junior 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 role and responsibilities as he believes PAC acts as a key cornerstone for the school community and beyond.
Megan Johnston is a senior from Federal Way, Washington. She is pursuing her degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and has completed a certificate in Conflict Management through the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Megan spent her sophomore year studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, and then returned to the Malibu campus to serve as the Lausanne Program Ambassador and the intern for Academics and Internships in the International Programs Office. In addition, she spent this previous summer interning with an Israel/Palestine peace-teaching group in her favorite city in the world, Washington, D.C., through the Pepperdine's Washington, D.C. Program. She's also honored to be assisting a Pepperdine professor with the writing of a new book focusing on a comparative look at women in politics around the world. When she's not at school, she enjoys traveling, reading, discussing international politics, petting every dog she meets, and trying every kind of macaroni and cheese she can find. As a third-generation Wave, Megan is thrilled to have the opportunity through PAC to give back to the Pepperdine community that she appreciates so much, connect with alumni as one of the Alumni Liaisons, and spend time with her amazing group of fellow ambassadors.
Noel Kildiszew is a San Diego native from Carlsbad, California. She is a senior pursuing a degree in Interpersonal Communication. She currently serves as a lead intern for the Seaver College Office of Admission. Over the course of her years here at Pepperdine, Noel has participated in and worked for a variety of areas of student life. She has been a volunteer on Step Forward Day, a campus tour guide for the Office of Admission, involved in Student Activities as a Songfest participant and Production Assistant, and has worked for Housing and Residence Life as a Resident Adviser. The highlight of her Pepperdine experience was spending her full sophomore year in Heidelberg, Germany traveling throughout Europe and building lasting friendships with the people in her program. She hopes to pursue a Master's in Higher Education and hopefully become a professor one day. Through her involvement on PAC, Noel is honored to serve the institution that has given her so many opportunities to grow, furthering Pepperdine's mission of service, purpose, and leadership.
Troy Kramer is from Phoenix, Arizona and serves as one of the Event Coordinators on the council. His major is economics and he is currently in his first year of law school as a senior at Pepperdine through the 3+3 Program with the School of Law. He hopes to become a lawyer and own his own firm one day. Troy studied abroad during his sophomore year in Buenos Aires, Argentina and loves to travel. He is also the Vice President of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity on campus and enjoys participating in Greek life philanthropy events. His passions include spending time with family and friends, cruising down PCH while blaring music, and talking about religion and politics at dinner parties. He loves cars, his dog, road trips and eating good food. Troy looks forward to serving PAC and wants to focus on improving student involvement and building community between Pepperdine and the Malibu area.
Lavin Lahiji is a senior from Northridge, California pursuing a BA in Psychology with a focus on the pre-medicine curriculum. During her time at Pepperdine, Lavin ventured to Florence, Italy to study abroad for a year, which allowed her to immerse in the Florentine culture and gain the ability to learn her fourth language fluently. She has served in the role of a service coordinator for a teaching program known as Big Brother/Big Sister during her time abroad and volunteered as an assistant to the EMTs in the Ambulance Services in Florence, Italy. As a Posse scholar, Lavin has dedicated her time at Pepperdine to serving as a catalyst to increase community development and to further implement diversity. Through her passion for public speaking, she hopes to be the voice of the community in order to bring forward awareness. This year she is focusing on her undergraduate research, which examines the relationship between exercise, heart rate, and cognitive processes such as memory. She is not only blessed to work in a community of strong faith, integrity, and unity, but honored to be representing the institution. She is looking forward to taking part in all the positive changes that have yet to take place at Pepperdine University.
Alec Royal is a senior from Glendora, California. He is majoring in accounting and seeking licensure as a Certified Public Accountant. In his three years at Pepperdine, he has participated in a variety of activities including Campus Ministries, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, Songfest, Project Serve, and his fraternity. Additionally, Alec currently serves on his fraternity's executive board as the judicial chair. He is also an Associated Women for Pepperdine Scholar. His sophomore year was devoted to studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany and touring nineteen countries across the European continent. Off campus, he spends his free time like any true Eagle Scout: hiking, camping, and fishing. Alec is honored to serve his Christian University, fellow students, and greater Malibu community as Chair of the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council.
Trevor Sytsma is a senior from Renton, Washington. He is working towards his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with plans to pursue a career in medicine after graduation. Trevor invested much of his first year and a half at Pepperdine in athletics, running cross country and track and serving on the Waves Leadership Council. He has studied abroad through Pepperdine's Fiji Medical Mission program, where he aided in the day-to-day operations of a rural clinic, taught math and soaked in Fijian culture. Outside of his studies, Trevor is involved in physical chemistry research involving halogenic pollutant molecules in urban-marine atmospheres and has interned at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. In his free time, he loves late-night running and seeking out the best Thai food L.A. has to offer. Trevor is excited to return to PAC and continue serving as a representative of the natural sciences here at Pepperdine.
Madison Tandy is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia. She is studying communications with an emphasis in rhetoric and leadership. After graduating, Madison hopes to be involved with social justice, law, or corporate communications. Madison currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council. In her three years at Pepperdine, she has participated in a variety of activities including working in the Provost Office, participating in house group, Project Serve, Transfer Mentoring, and New Student Orientation. In her free time she enjoys exploring Los Angeles with friends, finding the prettiest spots in Malibu, paddle boarding, hiking and eating the best food LA has to offer. Madison is overjoyed to be serving her dream school as a member of PAC for an additional year. She looks forward to further fostering relationships between Pepperdine and the surrounding community.
Emily Tran is a junior from Fremont, California. She is pursuing a degree in international business with a minor in multimedia design. As a former intern at Sonim Technologies and Candeavor, a tech start-up, these experiences highlight her passion for discovering and learning about the latest technology. During her sophomore year, Emily studied abroad in Shanghai at Fudan University, where she networked and engaged with the local Chinese culture. As the media coordinator for the program, she acted as the principal cinematographer and photographer to conceptualize and create film used as an advertisement for the International Programs at Pepperdine University. Outside of her studies, Emily has served as the Vice President of Marketing for her business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. In addition, she has been involved in various areas of campus life, including Student Government Association, Greek life, Songfest, and several clubs. In her free time, she enjoys all water sports, going on spontaneous trips with her family and friends, stuffing her face with 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.
Rebecca Want is a senior from Los Altos, California pursuing a BA in public relations and a minor in marketing. Throughout her time at Pepperdine University, Rebecca has served as a Special Events Coordinator for the Student Alumni Organization, a team leader for Project Serve, a New Student Orientation Leader, and as a Student Government Association representative while studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland. An avid traveler, Rebecca visited 24 countries during her sophomore year in Lausanne. In addition to her studies, Rebecca has interned for a variety of organizations including Beauty Advisor, Brown + Dutch PR, American Cruise Lines, and the Pepperdine Parents Program. She has also worked on-campus in both the Advancement and Crest Associates Offices; and is a proud member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society. After Pepperdine, she hopes to earn a master's degree in corporate communication and work in the tech industry. As a member of PAC 29, Rebecca is thrilled to advocate for the organizations and activities that have been a part of her Pepperdine experience.