2011–2012 Awards


Pepperdine University Waves of Service Award

Presented October 2011 at Waves Weekend

David Brinkman (MBA '02), CEO of Desert AIDS Project, works to improve the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.  Desert AIDS Project provides social and medical services to patients, as well as education and outreach to prevent new infections.  Mr. Brinkman donated the $5,000 award to the nonprofit organization.  Read more...

Waves of Service Leader of the Year Award

Presented October 2011 at the Waves Weekend Waves of Service Leader Mixer

Ryan Allen ('02), Manager at Tree People, showed outstanding leadership and involvement with Pepperdine University as a Waves of Service Leader.  He provided service activities for alumni and the Pepperdine community through Tree People, an environmental nonprofit that unites trees, people, and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles.  Mr. Allen also volunteered as Vice President of Volunteer Services at his local chapter and facilitated several alumni events through his organization.

Inaugural Faculty/Staff Waves of Service Award

Presented October 2011 at Pepperdine Honors

Daphne Green, laboratory manager for the Natural Science Division at Pepperdine University, was honored for her service to the school.  Ms. Green began working at Pepperdine in 1986 and remained serving the University with passion and enthusiasm even when she faced a battle with cancer.   Throughout six surgeries and a year of chemotherapy, she supervised the move of the Natural Science Division into the Rockwell Academic Center, oversaw completion of hundreds of projects related to this move, and trained three different associate lab managers.  She performed all of this in addition to a multitude of other tasks.  Her dedication earned her the $1,000 award.  Read more...

Graduate School of Education and Psychology Waves of Service Award

Presented November 2011 at the GSEP Celebration of Excellence

Dr. Earnestine Thomas-Robertson (GPC '69, EDD '03), honored for her extensive career in service, served as President of the Los Angeles-Lusaka Sister City Committee.  Her work with this organization for the past 20 years has helped create programs to provide business development, medical, and educational aid to Zambia.  Dr. Thomas-Robertson is Dean Emeritus of Los Angeles Southwest College and Vice President of Business Relations for Born Ready Industries, Inc.  Dr. Thomas-Robertson donated the $2,000 award to the Micro Fi Clean Water Project serving Zambia.

Waves of Service Pilot Chapter Award (San Diego)

Presented in February 2012 at the San Diego Chapter Celebration Party

The Kasselmann Family of the San Diego Waves received the award in honor of their remarkable involvement with the Chapter's Waves of Appreciation event.  Jim and Maureen Kasselmann, parents of Pepperdine student Andrew Kasselmann, donated the $1,000 award to the charity of their choice, Wounded Warrior Project.  This nonprofit organization provides aid and raises awareness and public support for the needs of injured service members.  Read more...

Seaver College Waves of Service Award

Presented March 2012 at Waves of Success Graduation Luncheon

Kelly Gonzales ('94), Executive Director of The Mulligan Project, received this honor for her exceptional service career.  Her organization helps disabled children in Vietnam through special education, speech and physical therapies, and other services.   The $2,000 award was designated to this nonprofit.

Inaugural School of Law Waves of Service Award

Presented March 2012 at the Colonel John L. and Maria Moriarity First Year Moot Court Competition

Justice Betty Ann Richli (JD '77) received the award for her distinguished career in public service.  Justice Richli is an associate justice to the Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of California, Division Two.   Prior to this appointment, she served for nine years as a trial judge in the municipal and superior courts.  Before law school, Justice Richli taught high school English and American History in Maryland and California.

Waves of Service Chapter Award

Presented in March 2012 at the Pepperdine Associates Dinner

The San Diego Waves received the award for their extraordinary service project, Waves of Appreciation, which gathered the community to pack and distribute appreciation bags to troops travelling during the holidays.  The project garnered thousands of dollars in corporate and private support.   About 450 volunteers gave 1,300 hours to distribute 2,500 bags of food items, thank you cards, and other gifts of appreciation.  Watch more...

Graziadio School of Business and Management Waves of Service Award

Presented April 2012 at the George Awards

Betty LaMarr (MBA '79), CEO of EmpowHer Institute, received this award for her incredible work serving disadvantaged women.  Her nonprofit organization assists low-income females and creates opportunities that can improve their economic status and living conditions. The $2,000 award was designated to this nonprofit organization.  Ms. LaMarr has also served as a mentor to the Graziadio School's partner organization, the MBA Women International (formerly NAWMBA).   Read more...

Waves of Service Pilot Chapter Award (Ventura County)

Presented in May 2012 at the Pepperdine University Eddy D. Field Stadium

Meredith Benton ('01) of the Ventura County Waves received the honor for her outstanding service work.  Ms. Benton serves as Acting Executive Director for the Ventura County Leadership Academy, an initiative of United Way of Ventura County that creates opportunities to develop leaders who will enhance the quality of life in Ventura County.  She has also worked with several other nonprofit organizations; she serves on the boards of Kids & Families Together, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and United Way's Young Leaders Society.  Ms. Benton elected to donate the $1,000 award to the Ventura County Leadership Academy.