Meet the Council Members
Pepperdine Ambassadors Council 2014-2015
Not Pictured: Megan Adamson is a fourth year undergraduate at Pepperdine University working towards a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and minoring in Psychology. Originally from Malibu, California Megan has interned with lawyer Jon Bryant Artz and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. She plans to attend law school after graduation and eventually become a criminal prosecutor. Megan's current interests lie within human trafficking issues as well as other human rights concerns. She enjoys traveling, reading, writing, hiking, and being outside.
Trevor Alvord is a junior from Montrose, Colorado. He is a Sports Medicine major with a Spanish minor. He loves hiking, running, reading, and almost any other activity that can be accomplished with a few great friends. His experiences during his time at Pepperdine, including Pepperdine Family Camp, Songfest, Step Forward Day, and Project Serve, have encouraged him to give back to his community. Trevor just returned from a year of traveling and studying in South America and is excited to serve on PAC because he can't wait to further the reach of Pepperdine's mission.
Marissa Baly is a junior from Washington, DC. A Political Science major and Applied Math minor, she hopes to pursue a career in public policy. In the mean time, Marissa enjoys playing golf, visiting museums, watching sitcoms with her family, and exemplifying to her friends all things "East Coast." Marissa is also a student of the Great Books Colloquium, the International Programs ambassador for DC, and an active member of Campus and University Ministries. She looks forward to serving the Pepperdine community that has come to mean so much to her and her brother.
Mitch Bennett is a senior from Denver, Colorado. He is double majoring in International Business and Economics with a minor in Applied Mathematics. Mitch enjoys restaurant tasting, stock trading and travelling the world. After graduation, he plans to earn his CFA, Masters in Finance at Stanford and eventually pursue a career as a CFO in the Real Estate Investment industry. He hopes to represent the excellence embodied in all of Pepperdine students as they strive to lead and serve others like Christ did. Mitch's service with HRL, the Regent Scholars, his fraternity, the Inter-Club Council, and his time spent in China have taught him that life is about doing good, and he is excited to do good things in the Pepperdine Community while on PAC.
Juliano Damian Bonavia was born and raised in the Los Angeles, California area and the first member of his Latin American family to have the opportunity to study in college. He is an economics major at Pepperdine University with an accounting minor. In addition to the economics and accounting classes he must take to complete his degree, he is taking several finance classes in order to consider a career as a financial analyst after his studies. Some of his biggest interests are soccer, reading and keeping up with financial and economic news, and spending time with friends and family.
JJ Breilh is a senior from Bellevue, Washington. He is currently a Business Administration major with a Marketing minor. Outside of the classroom, JJ enjoys spending time with friends, leading through Younglife outreach, finding adventures outdoors and anything to do with sports. In the near future, JJ plans to attend Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and take part in the five-year MBA program. Long term, he would love to incorporate his passion of the sports business world while seeking opportunities to serve others. Through PAC, JJ would love to give back just as much as he has received while at Pepperdine by serving the University and the greater Malibu community.
Jacqueline Cisneros is a junior from Orange County, California. She is majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. On campus, Jacqueline spends her time working in Seaver College's Office of Admission, serving as President of Pepperdine's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and cultivating friendships through her sorority. Her interests include traveling, heart-to-heart conversations, drinking tea and attending theatrical performances. After graduation, Jacqueline hopes to earn her MBA and pursue a career in the hospitality industry. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve on PAC and looks forward to sharing Pepperdine's mission with others.
Andrew Clark is a senior who spent half his childhood in Southern California and the other in the Washington D.C. metro area. He is majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations as well as pursuing a certificate in conflict management from the Straus Institute. Andrew hopes to some day work for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. Outside of class Andrew loves watching and playing sports, singing and traveling. Andrew is thankful for the opportunity to serve on PAC and to represent the fantastic student body at Seaver College.
Mallory Cummins is a senior from Seattle, Washington. As an Advertising major with a minor in Multimedia Design, Mallory's interests include photography, event planning, traveling, hiking, drinking coffee, reading extremely long novels, cooking, and spending quality time with her family and friends. After graduation she hopes to start a career in marketing that would unite her love for photography and travel. Through her service on the Council these past two years, Mallory hopes to continue promoting a positive image of giving back to the University before becoming an alumnus. She is honored to be Vice-Chair of PAC this year, and cannot wait to continue serving the University, as well as the Malibu community.
Evan Dean is a senior from Corona del Mar, California, majoring in International Business. This spring, he will be enrolled at the Graziadio School of Business for the 5-year BS/MBA program and he plans to earn a Law School Certificate in Conflict Resolution. Evan has played on the Men's Volleyball Team, he has led as a kids' camp counselor for Pepperdine Family Camp, and he has he has served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Inter-Club Council. He enjoys ocean sports, playing guitar, traveling, hiking, and cherishing time with family and friends. In the future, Evan aspires to work for an innovative company with an international focus. Through PAC, he desires to reach out to supporters of the university and the athletics community by promoting the importance of excellence in sports and academics.
Maura Durkin is a Junior from Chicago, Illinois. She is currently a Business Administration major with a minor in Non-Profit Management. Outside of school, Maura enjoys playing the drums and guitar, wakeboarding, playing sports, and most importantly, spending time with her loud and proud Irish family. Maura hopes to pursue her MBA after graduating and to have a career in the entertainment industry. Maura said, "My dream is to run Lollapalooza. I wonder if President Benton's band would headline for me?!" Besides her passion for music, Maura's true passion is serving others. Maura has two brothers adopted from China. In honor of their mother who spearheaded both adoptions, Maura and her sisters hope to start a foundation to help financially struggling families who want to adopt. Through PAC, Maura is most excited about fostering relationships with the Pepperdine community, giving back to the school that took a chance on her, and continuing Pepperdine's legacy by being a woman making waves of change.
Tanner Heckle is a senior from Sacramento, California, pursuing a major in Sports Medicine and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Tanner hopes to attend medical school immediately following his Pepperdine journey so that his dream of becoming a family doctor may come true. Pursuing his interest in health, Tanner began research in Exercise Physiology after his sophomore year. His passion for loving others has been evident through his service with Housing and Residence Life and the nonprofit health clinic, Happy Feet. Outside of class, Tanner loves to golf, eat, and support the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Raiders. As a member of PAC, Tanner hopes to use his Pepperdine experience to share this incredible University with the Malibu community.
Emily Hirsch is a junior from Barrington, Illinois. She is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Business Management, minoring in Industrial Organization Psychology and earning a Certificate in Conflict Management/Dispute Resolution through Pepperdine's School of Law. Emily has fostered her passion for learning about other cultures through Pepperdine's award-winning Model United Nations team. Outside of academics, Emily enjoys spending her time traveling, reading, skydiving and doing Crossfit. Her goals post undergraduate include working for a top management consulting firm, attending graduate school and ultimately working for the State Department. Emily looks forward to serving on PAC this year, to help everyone realize the potential they have to make the Pepperdine community even better.
Dan Hwang is a senior from Orange County, California. He is currently majoring in International Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and with a minor in French. Among his favorite activities are traveling the world, singing, guitar, photography, watching films and tv shows, and eating good food with friends and family. Some of his future plans include applying for the Foreign Service, getting involved with a nonprofit, and founding his own startup. Dan is passionate about the Pepperdine community and seeks to both play a role in helping unify the campus and represent everything the school stands for to Malibu as well.
Kali Jelen is a senior from Valencia, California majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Film Studies. Kali is passionate about film and television, performing arts, equestrian sports, and travel. After graduation, Kali plans to attend law school before working on the business side of the film industry. She is excited to have the opportunity to give back to the Pepperdine community through PAC. This year Kali would like to draw attention to Pepperdine's wonderful alumni and all they have accomplished around the world. Kali is looking forward to a wonderful year on the Council, helping to advance the mission of purpose, service, and leadership.
Anna Kitsmarishvili is a junior from the country of Georgia. She studies political science and plans to attend law school. On top of her regular courses at Seaver College, Anna will be completing an undergraduate certificate program in conflict management through the Straus Institute. Anna was a participant in Pepperdine's Washington DC Program where she interned in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as Pepperdine's Lausanne Internship Program where she interned at Medair, a Swiss-based humanitarian organization. This summer, Anna traveled to Israel through the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies and the Brenden Mann Foundation and completed an internship at the Peres Center for Peace. She is now the student worker at Glazer and plans to continue her involvement with the Institute this academic year. Anna is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council and give back to the university.
Phillip Moran is a senior from Tulsa, Oklahoma, majoring in International Business. Phillip is passionate about boating, and enjoys travelling, cooking, and politics. After graduation, he hopes to work for an oil and gas company before obtaining his MBA. One of his career goals is to establish his own publicly traded oil and gas company. During his time at Pepperdine, Phillip has been on the cross country and track teams, and spent semesters in both Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Through serving on PAC, Phillip hopes to become an outstanding student representative for the University so that he can contribute to the future of Pepperdine, just as Pepperdine has contributed so much to him.
Taylor Nam is a senior from Montgomery Village, Maryland, majoring in Sports Medicine with a minor in Creative Writing. A self-declared lifelong student, she plans to pursue a Masters degree in Fine Arts and a medical degree to fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist. Outside of class, Taylor leads on-campus through New Student Orientation, Greek life, and the Pepperdine Graphic Media. Through PAC, Taylor hopes to give back to the community that she believes has changed her life, molded her character, and given her a sense of vocation.
Camila Pupparo is a senior from Valencia, California. She is pursuing a degree in International Studies with an emphasis on Political Science and earning a Certificate in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution through Pepperdine's School of Law. In her free time, she enjoy cooking, meeting new people, trying new foods, and following world news. In her time at Pepperdine, Camila feels that she has been blessed with innumerable opportunities for spiritual and professional growth. Through her service on PAC this year, Camila hopes to give back to the University as well as to the Malibu community by representing the strong values that Pepperdine stands for.
Derek Stoutland is a senior from Calabasas, California. He is a majoring in Accounting and is enrolled in the 5-year accelerated MBA program at the Graziadio School of Business. Some of his favorite activities include traveling, reading, playing piano, and spending time with friends and family. Derek works in the Pepperdine Finance office as a Budget Analyst and is looking forward to starting his accounting career at Ernst and Young upon graduation. He plans to earn his CPA and, in the long term, become the Chief Financial Officer of a corporation. As a member of PAC, Derek hopes to expand upon Pepperdine's legacy of service and excellence by developing meaningful relationships with fellow PAC members, administration, alumni, and the greater community.