Meet the Council Members
Pepperdine Ambassadors Council 2017-2018
Jake Bigon is a senior from Penryn, California. He is pursuing a degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. Jake studied abroad for his sophomore year in Buenos Aires, Argentina and served as a Resident Advisor for transfer students last year. He is currently an intern at the Pepperdine Counseling Center, serves as a tour guide for the Seaver College Office of Admission, and volunteers as a New Student Orientation Leader. Outside of academics, Jake enjoys adventuring with friends, hiking, and watching movies of all kinds. Jake hopes to pursue his PsyD in clinical psychology upon graduation in the Spring. Jake is honored to serve on the Council this year and hopes to embody the University's mission of purpose, service, and leadership by forming meaningful and impactful relationships with community members.
Scot Bommarito is a senior from Bismarck, North Dakota pursuing a degree in economics with minors in both Hispanic studies and applied mathematics. The son of missionary parents, he was born in Budapest, Hungary where he lived the first portion of his childhood. In addition to serving on the Pepperdine Ambassador's Council, Scot served as an Orientation Coordinator for New Student Orientation, and he has been involved in both Dance in Flight and Songfest as a participant and a choreographer respectively. Scot spent his sophomore year in Buenos Aires where he served as the Resident Advisor in addition to his studies and travels. He again accepted the position of RA this past summer in Madrid with Pepperdine's Spanish intensive program. Scot hopes to pursue graduate work in development economics and to work in developing countries after graduation.
Andrew Chen is a senior from Colon, Republic of Panama pursuing a BA in integrated marketing communications and a minor in economics. During his past summers, he interned at the Panama Canal and KPMG aiding the Corporate Finance team in valuation projects and consulting on their institutional effectiveness. During his sophomore year, Andrew studied abroad in Shanghai, China during which he had the privilege to study at Fudan University and travel extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Outside of academics, he has held multiple positions in the Office of International Students, GSBM Full-Time Recruitment, and his fraternity. Andrew enjoys cycling, 3-gun shooting, and relaxing by the beach. After graduation, he aspires to play a role as a value investor in the world of investments. Andrew is honored to be part of PAC and is looking forward to serve Pepperdine and the greater community.
Ryan Harding is a junior from Pleasanton, California. She is pursuing a degree in creative writing with a marketing minor and a certificate in conflict ,anagement 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 copy editor for the Pepperdine Graphic, a volunteer at New Student Orientation, and an athletics tutor. She is a proud member 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 has 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 and eager to serve the community that has had such a profound impact on her life, and to further Pepperdine's mission of purpose, service, and leadership.
Kameron Johnston is a senior from Amarillo, Texas pursuing a BA in History with an emphasis on American history. She currently holds a certificate in conflict management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Kameron is passionate about giving a voice to those often marginalized and aspires to become a civil rights lawyer to combat social injustice. A former intern in the office of President George W. Bush and National NAACP legislative office, she is dedicated to improving the lives of others. She recently collaborated with a Pepperdine law professor to publish an article about Restorative Justice. On campus, Kameron has fostered relationships with friends and professors through her involvement with the Black Student Association, Greek life, History Honor Society, Volunteer Center and the Lausanne International Program. She loves a good book, trying new restaurants, fresh flowers and soaking up the California sun. Kameron is passionate about Pepperdine and is looking forward to serving on PAC. She is excited to use this platform as an opportunity to promote diversity and serve the community she feels has invested so much into her over the last 3 years.
Troy Kramer is a junior from Phoenix, Arizona and serves as an Events Coordinator on the council. His major is economics and he is currently pursuing the 3+3 Program with the School of Law in the hopes of becoming a lawyer and owning his own firm one day. Troy studied abroad this past academic year in Buenos Aires, Argentina and loves to travel. He is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity on campus and enjoys participating in Greek life philanthropy events. Troy is also the Vice President of Internal Affairs for Catholic Student Association. 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 junior from Northridge, California pursuing a BA in Psychology with a focus on the pre-medicine curriculum. Having returned from the Florence Program in Italy, she has brought her passion for service to the Malibu campus. 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. She has also worked in the iNKLINGS committee to establish the first ever storytelling festival at Pepperdine known as Spotlight. Through her passion for public speaking, she hopes to be the voice of the community in order to bring forward awareness. 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.
Davina Morales is a senior from La Verne, California. She is currently an English major and is receiving her single-subject teaching credential. She is also a member of both the Education and English Honor Societies. During the fall semester of her sophomore year, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and built a family among Pepperdine students, staff, and faculty, as well as local Argentines. Davina also led a club convo her junior year that focused on supporting the students that studied in Argentina for their full sophomore year and guided their transition back into the United States and Pepperdine. She worked in the Seaver Dean's office for the entirety of her junior year and assisted with the Seaver Graduate Programs. Davina is also a leader in College Connection, a group that mentors at-risk students attending Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. Upon her graduation from Pepperdine, she plans to begin teaching high school English and later return to school to receive her master's degree in Education and another in Spanish. Eventually, she hopes to be teaching bilingual education in California. Through her position in PAC, Davina hopes to continue building a family between the council, the University, and the surrounding Malibu community through Pepperdine's mission of purpose, service, and leadership.
Cayley Olivier is a senior born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa but currently calls St. Petersburg, FL home. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in integrated marketing communications and currently serves as the Social Media Marketing intern in Pepperdine University's Office of Enrollment Management. She is an active member of her House Group and has participated in a variety of activities during her time at Pepperdine including Campus Ministries, Greek Life, Project Serve, Project Externship, Catholic Student Association, and the Pepperdine Volunteer Center. She has also served as a Career Center Ambassador, Resident Advisor, Freshman Seminar Mentor, and Campus Tour Guide. She studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany and can't wait to share her experiences from her time abroad and in Malibu with the greater Pepperdine community. In her free time you might find her on photoshop, volunteering with children with special needs, or listening to country music. Cayley is looking forward to serving as a leader of PAC 28 and is excited to further the University's mission of purpose, service and leadership while fostering lifelong relationships among community members.
Christopher Rodgers is a senior from Naperville, Illinois. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in finance with an accounting minor. During his time at Pepperdine, Christopher has served as a First-Year Resident Advisor and has developed a deep passion for philanthropy by serving as the Director of Philanthropy for his fraternity, as well as the Business Development Intern for JDRF - LA this past year. Christopher has also been involved in various areas of campus life, including the Office of the Chaplain, the Department of Design and Construction, Songfest, Project Serve, Pepperdine's Volunteer Center, Pepperdine's School of Public Policy, and New Student Orientation. His sophomore year was spent studying abroad in Shanghai, China and in his free time he enjoys exploring Los Angeles with friends, staying up to date on business news, hiking, and volunteering. Christopher 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.
Alec Royal is a junior from Glendora, California. He is majoring in accounting and seeking licensure as a Certified Public Accountant. In his two 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 community service 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 through the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council.
Annie Sides is a senior from El Paso, Texas. She is a double major in rhetoric and leadership and psychology. Annie studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the Summer of 2015 and in Heidelberg, Germany in the Spring Semester of 2016. On campus, Annie has served as a Resident Advisor, Spiritual Life Advisor, New Student Orientation Leader, Step Forward Day Leader, and more. Currently, she works in the Communication Division, works in the Seaver College's Office of Admission, volunteers for Hand in Hand, works part-time at a non-profit named Step-by-Step, and participates in House Group. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, going on adventures with friends, playing intramural sports, and finding dessert restaurants. Annie is excited and humbled to invest her time and energy into PAC. She looks forward to meeting more people within the Pepperdine family and spreading the mission of purpose, service, and leadership.
Katie Silva is a senior from Pacific Palisades, California. As an integrated marketing communications major, she has recently completed an internship on the digital investment team for Facebook, Nordstrom, and Nature Made at Mindshare, the largest media planning agency in the world. On campus, Katie spends most of her free time working in the International Programs office, either representing her home away from home, London, as the London Ambassador, or more recently as the Strategic Operations intern. In addition, she devotes time to cancer research causes by way of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation and the American Cancer Society and volunteers in the children's ministry at Vintage Church. After graduation, Katie has high hopes to use her degree in the areas of digital strategy, branding, or entrepreneurship as key stepping stones to her far-out dream of becoming a talk-show host. Her favorite activities are seeing movies (or musicals) in theaters and grabbing a scoop (or two) of ice cream with friends. Katie is looking forward to this opportunity to be on PAC and connect with the greater network that continues to foster the heart and soul of the Pepperdine community.
Amanda Stark is a senior from Orange County, California, pursuing a BS in biology and a minor in Hispanic studies. She spent three years as a long distance runner on the Pepperdine cross country and track teams and served on the Waves Leadership Council. Amanda studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the spring of her sophomore year, where she discovered a love for travel and experiencing new cultures. She spent most of the past summer doing research in biology, and went to Kenya through Pepperdine's study abroad program serving at Made in the Streets. She is currently a member of Pepperdine's Model United Nations team. Amanda loves outdoor adventures, as well as experimenting with new dessert recipes and reading books. Her current dream is to join the Peace Corps to serve abroad in Latin America. She then plans to apply to graduate school, where she is interested in studying Global Health and International Policy, especially in regards to climate change. Amanda has adored her experiences at Pepperdine and is excited to share her enthusiasm through serving on PAC, representing Pepperdine, and enhancing relationships with the surrounding communities.
Robert Starr is a senior from Holland, Michigan, pursuing a degree in international business with a finance emphasis. During his junior year, Robert obtained a certificate in conflict management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine Law. During his time at Pepperdine, Robert has been involved in the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity and the Seaver College Career Center. In addition, Robert spent his sophomore year studying in Shanghai, China, and Washington, D.C., where he interned on Capitol Hill. Upon graduation, Robert plans to start a career in finance with plans to pursue a JD/MBA to further his interests in both business and law. Robert enjoys playing golf, going for drives on canyon roads, running, and reading. Robert takes pride in being selected to further Pepperdine's mission and continuing to add value to the University and surrounding community.
Nathan Stoker is a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii. He is pursuing a degree in finance and currently interns at UBS Wealth Management in Beverly Hills. He hopes to become a Financial Advisor or CIO. Outside of his studies, Nathan has served as president, treasurer, and risk management officer for his fraternity, Sigma Chi. He has also enjoyed serving as a New Student Orientation Leader, Club Convo Leader, Lifeguard at Memorial Pool, and member of the SCUBA club. He has enjoyed his summers studying abroad in London with President Benton, lifeguarding at Hume Lake Christian Camps, and training for the Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Catalina Crossing. When Nathan isn't at the beach you'll find him catching up with some friends over a nitro brew at the on campus Starbucks. He is excited and looking forward to being a part of the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council and continuing the legacy left by ambassadors before him.
Trevor Sytsma is a junior 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-atmospheric chemistry research involving pollutant molecules in urban-marine atmospheres, and interns with the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. In his free time, he loves late-night running, hiking with friends, and seeking out the best Thai food L.A. has to offer. Trevor can't wait for the opportunities PAC provides to serve as a representative of the natural sciences here at Pepperdine.
Madison Tandy is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia. She is studying communications with an emphasis in rhetoric and leadership. After graduating, Madison hopes to be involved with social justice or law. Madison currently serves as a writer on the Pepperdine Graphic, a New Student Orientation Transfer Mentor, and a member of Project Serve. In her first year as a transfer at Pepperdine, she has participated in a variety of activities including a house group, Project Serve, Transfer Seminar Mentoring, and New Student Orientation. In her free time she enjoys exploring Los Angeles with friends, reading, hiking, paddle boarding, and participating in mission work. Madison is passionate about Pepperdine and overjoyed to be serving her dream school as a member on PAC. She can't wait to share her love of Pepperdine with the surrounding community.
Elizabeth Waters is a senior from Norman, Oklahoma, pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish. She has a passion for mentorship, as evidenced by her work as a Resident Advisor both in Argentina during her year abroad and in a freshman hall this past year. She works as a tutor with Pacific Coast Highway Tutors in Malibu and hopes to continue to work with students as a university professor one day. Having completed Pepperdine's Great Books program, Elizabeth loves asking big questions and challenging herself to think deeper, but with the occasional pun and Harry Potter reference added in. She is excited to serve on PAC this year and hopes her time on the council will be a meaningful contribution to the flourishing of Pepperdine's community.