Meet the Core Team
Faculty, Organizational Theory and Management at the Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter serves as a Professor of Organizational Theory and Management at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Dr. Ledbetter's professional background includes serving as a Vice President at Right Management Consultants, internationally known career transition and organizational consulting firm, and co-founding the De Pree Leadership Center dedicated to promoting values-based leading. Dr. Ledbetter is an active member of the International Leadership Association and regularly presents research at academic conferences.
Regan Harwell Schaffer
Faculty, Seaver College Business Administration Division, Pepperdine University
Dr. Regan Schaffer is a professor of management and organizational behavior in the business administration division at Pepperdine University. She currently serves as director of the Service Leadership Project and the executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative. As the Faculty Director of Service-learning, she collaborates with numerous faculty on curriculum design and assessment. She has been honored with the Center for Teaching Excellence Innovative Teaching Award and the highly selective Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Schaffer is actively involved with numerous non-profit organizations throughout Los Angeles. Together with her students she has partnered with over 500 nonprofit organizations to address community needs.
Lauren W. Cosentino
Chief Human Resources Officer, Pepperdine University
Lauren W. Cosentino serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Pepperdine University. Previously, she served as the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, and Insurance and Risk since 2006. In her 17 years at Pepperdine, Cosentino has also served as the Director of Insurance & Risk and worked in the Office of Church Relations and in University Advancement. While in University Advancement, she founded Pepperdine's Freunde von Heidelberg affinity group. Cosentino earned her bachelor's degree from Seaver College and an MBA from the Graziadio Business School.
Alexandra Marmion Roosa
Director, Research and Sponsored Programs, Pepperdine University
Alexandra Marmion Roosa serves as the Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Pepperdine University (ORSP). ORSP assists faculty and staff in their pursuit and management of external funding for scholarly and creative projects. An experienced attorney and former museum director, Marmion Roosa also serves as an adjunct law professor at Pepperdine University's School of Law. Prior to her affiliation with Pepperdine, Marmion Roosa managed a national initiative for the American Association of Museums (AAM) in Washington DC whereby she worked to strategically identify best practices for museums-community engagement. While at AAM, she also co-authored a legal manual, The AAM Guide to Writing an Employee Handbook, to assist non-profits with human resource management.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University
Dr. Kerri Heath is a Midwestern native who currently lives in Los Angeles, California and works at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She has a religion degree from Warner Pacific College, a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. Dr. Heath has worked in higher education for over ten years and focuses her research agenda on leadership development, racial reconciliation and women's issues.
Vice Chancellor for Major Gifts, Seaver College, Pepperdine University
Sara Jackson has served in the role of vice chancellor at Pepperdine University since 2004. Recently, the University announced the completion of a $450 million campaign, in which she was instrumental in securing many of the largest gifts. Sara would say that the most meaningful part of her work is in building a strong relationship with a donor, discovering the donor's chief interests and passions and then connecting the donor to University projects that promise to be personally fulfilling. As the daughter of the third president and first lady of Pepperdine, her roots with the University run deep. Growing up, she witnessed the transformation of George Pepperdine College in South Central Los Angeles into a nationally ranked university residing in Malibu California. Graduating from Pepperdine, she went on to pursue a master's degree at Fuller Seminary in the field of marriage and family counseling.
Christine Chambers Goodman
Professor of Law, School of Law, Pepperdine University
While at Stanford Law School, Professor Goodman participated on the board of directors for the Annual Women of Color and the Law Conference, worked as a teaching assistant in the political science department, and was an assistant editor for a new journal on gender issues. She worked as an associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (1991-93) and Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione (1993-1995). Professor Goodman teaches Race and the Law, Evidence, and Trial Practice. She serves as an advisor to the Black Law Students' Association and the Women's Legal Association, is an officer of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and serves on the Board of Governors of California Women Lawyers. Professor Goodman writes on equal protection topics, including affirmative action, preferences, diversity and racial privacy.
Professor of Mathematics, Seaver College, Pepperdine University
Dr. Kendra Killpatrick graduated with Distinction from Stanford University with a double major in Mathematics and Biological Sciences. She completed her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota and taught for three years at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she was named the Graduate Professor of the Year for the math department. At Pepperdine, she has been awarded the Howard A. White Award for excellence in teaching. She currently serves as the Faculty Director of the Regents' Scholars program for Seaver College and as the Associate Director of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. As the Chair of the Committee on Women Faculty, she has worked to organize the first Mentoring Pod Program for female faculty at Seaver College and to develop dependent care initiatives for all faculty.
Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
Dr. Luisa Blanco is an economist specializing in economic development and international economics, with a focus on the Latin American region. At the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, Dr. Blanco teaches the core course on Macroeconomic Policy and other courses related to the economics specialization, such as Global Economics and Latin American Economic Development. Dr. Blanco is affiliated with the Center for Latin American Social Policy (CLASP) at RAND Corporation as a Research Fellow. In May of 2013, Dr. Blanco was unanimously elected as a Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Her research focuses on issues related to economic development and policy-making in Latin American countries, such as institutions, democracy, political instability, crime, capital accumulation, capital flows, financial development, inequality, and natural resources.