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B.A. legal studies ‘93
During her time at Chapman, Connie served as president of Delta Gamma Sorority and Commissioner of Justice, was a member of the Chapman Dance Ensemble and danced in multiple American Celebration productions. She graduated magna cum laude and was named Outstanding Senior Woman.
Connie earned a juris doctorate from California Western School of Law. She works as a senior attorney at Williamson Law Group in Santa Ana and has participated in mentoring programs with the Fowler School of Law.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Connie volunteers her time with the Miss America Organization, serving as the executive director for the Miss City of Orange Scholarship Pageant, which is held annually at Chapman. Connie has enjoyed mentoring many Chapman women through this program. She also serves as a deputy field director with the Miss California Organization.
Connie lives in Tustin Ranch and is an avid runner, having completed numerous full and half marathons.
Prior to attending Chapman University, Ariana earned a B.A. in American studies with a minor in art history from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. As a student at Chapman School of Law, Ariana was active in student government, serving all three years as a representative to the Student Bar Association. As a third year student, Ariana was Chapman's liaison to the American Bar Association. She was also involved with the Mock Trial team, and competed across the country in numerous competitions.
After being sworn into the California Bar in December 2009, Ariana has primarily worked in the area of Social Security Disability, representing clients nationally in administrative hearings and advocating before the national Appeals Council.
Ariana is married to fellow Chapman graduate Jason Burris '02 (J.D. '08) and they live in Cowan Heights with their dog, Wheaties. Ariana competes in half and full marathons and she and her husband practice yoga together. They love to cook, eat and travel.
B.S./B.A. management '90
After graduating from Chapman in 1990, Akin Ceylan received a Certificate in Contract Management from the University of California Irvine in 1995. He is also a Licensed California Real Estate Broker since 2008.
Akin is currently the COO of Home Entertainment for Lionsgate. He joined Lionsgate Entertainment in October 2005 and sets the strategic direction for Operations in Home Entertainment. Akin also served as SVP Domestic Operations at MGM Studios and was responsible for overseeing the Home Entertainment Group’s operational activities for North America.
Akin currently lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife Cyndi Ceylan. He and Cyndi have a daughter, Paige, who currently attends Chapman University majoring in communications and a son, Rob, who graduated from Northern Arizona University in Spring 2014. Akin enjoys yoga, biking, golfing, stand-up paddle boarding, hanging out Lake Arrowhead and boating.
B.A. economics and business administration ‘59
After graduating from Chapman College in 1959, John received a juris doctorate from Lincoln University in 1966. He is a 45 year member of the California State Bar and specializes in real estate related matters. He has also served as judge pro tem in the Santa Clara County Court system, handling small claims matters and settlement conferences, for more than 30 years.
In addition to his private law practice, John has lectured at various private real estate seminars for 25 years and holds a lifetime teaching credential to teach all real estate courses in the California State Community College system.
John has been married to fellow Chapman graduate Glenna (Mowry) Colistra ‘58 for fifty years. The couple has two children. Their daughter, Deanna, attended Chapman in the early 1980s.
B.S. health sciences ‘84
After passing the exam for the Registered Nursing State Boards and becoming licensed to practice as a nurse in 1967, Dona continued her education at Chapman, receiving a bachelor’s degree in health sciences in 1984.
During her years at Chapman, Dona was able to explore various subjects such as Victorian literature, British history and oceanography, along with the required courses for her major. These classes filled her with a sense of wonder, fulfillment and an appreciation for a broad based education. Her years at Chapman were thought provoking and life changing. She will be forever grateful for her experience at Chapman and now feels it is time to give not only resources, but time back to her alma mater.
Currently, Dona works as a senior risk and patient safety specialist for the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. She and her husband, Paul, have two adult sons, Jason and Paul-Abram.
B.A. political science ’04, M.A. organizational leadership ’10
As an Orange County native, Chapman University seemed like the obvious choice for Adam. While attending Chapman as an undergraduate, he participated in several programs including the Orange County Internship Program, where he was a law clerk for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Upon graduating, he became a member of the Southern California law enforcement community. Adam returned to Chapman in 2008 to pursue a master’s degree and earn a Graduate Certificate in the Administration and Leadership of Criminal Justice Organizations.
Adam is an adjunct faculty member at several local higher education institutions and a professional trainer and consultant for a number of businesses and private universities. He also serves on several association boards in both the public and private sector and is a member of Chapman’s 1861 Club and the Charles C. Chapman Heritage Society.
Justin graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2003 with a B.A. in journalism. While at CSULB, he worked for the school newspaper, The Daily 49er, as reporter and editor. He also served as president of the campus charter club the Society of Professional Journalists and his chapter received a distinguished club award for excellence from the national organization.
To remain competitive and sharpen his business skills Justin pursued an MBA from Chapman, graduating in 2008. Since then he's been working as a product manager at CoreLogic (CLGX), an Irvine-based international data and analytics corporation. In addition, he also is currently the vice president at the CoreLogic Toastmasters Club.
An Orange native, you can find him outdoors playing sports and enjoying all Southern California has offer in his free time.
B.S. business administration '81
B.A. speech pathology ’76, M.S. communicative disorders ’80
Linda was mentored by the late Dr. Barbara Stansell, who was the communicative disorders department chair. After graduation, she began her career as a speech/language pathologist at a school for the deaf, later developing an aphasia program at La Mirada High School. She also served as the autism and behavior specialist at Troy High School for 20 years.
In her junior year, Linda sailed on the final around-the-world cruise of the S.S. Universe with World Campus Afloat, opening her heart to the diversity of world cultures and the need for global acceptance and respect. She has continued to travel every summer, developing lifelong international friendships in Denmark, London, Austria, Pakistan, Kenya and China.
An Orange resident for the last 30 years, Linda is a member of the First Christian Church of Orange, where she enjoys working with the community and seeing past and present professors and alumni who are members.
B.S. business administration ’09, MBA ‘12
Originally from Thousand Oaks, Ryan moved to Orange in 2005 as a freshman international business student. Eventually settling on a business degree with emphases in finance and economics, Ryan graduated in 2009. Immediately following graduation, Ryan began working as a staff member for U.S. Representative Ed Royce. While on staff, he pursued an MBA at Chapman, completing the program in December 2011.
Since obtaining his MBA, Ryan transitioned into the financial sector. Starting with Northwestern Mutual – Irvine at the end of 2011, Ryan began his career as a financial representative before moving into his current role as the operations manager.
Ryan became involved with various alumni programs following graduation, including Chapman University Young Alumni (CUYA). He currently serves as co-chair of the group. His passion and pride for Chapman are strong and he remains a vocal activist for the university’s ambitions and vision.
B.A. education ’51, M.A. school counseling ‘77
A 1951 graduate, Joyce’s class was one of the last to spend all four years at Chapman’s Los Angeles campus. While a student, she participated in choir and athletics. The Chapman connection runs deep in Joyce’s family; her parents, aunt and brother all attended Chapman. Her uncle was Cecil F. Cheverton, the esteemed university president from 1929 to 1941.
Joyce moved to Orange in 1954, the same year as Chapman’s relocation to the Orange campus. Prior to retirement, Joyce spent many years of her career with the Orange Unified School District, specializing in early and elementary education, as well as administration. Today, she is actively involved with her alma mater as a member of Town & Gown and the 50 Year Club. She attends and supports campus events including American Celebration, Founder’s Day and the Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration. Joyce and her family are also in leadership roles at Orange First Christian Church.
BFA graphic design ‘03
Dr. Margaret Moodian moved from Mercer Island, Wash. to attend Chapman University. While at Chapman, she was involved in Panhellenic, served in several positions in the Delta Gamma Fraternity, and participated in many other clubs on campus. These experiences, combined with her two study excursions to Europe, made for a well-rounded college experience.
After graduating from Chapman, she earned a master’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. She is currently an adjunct professor at Chapman and Brandman universities and co-directs the tutoring center at Brandman University.
Margaret maintains community involvement with the nonprofit groups Court Appointed Special Advocates, Tias Arms and the World Affairs Council of Orange County.
She and her husband, Dr. Michael Moodian, live in South Orange County with their rescue dog, Manny, and chinchilla, Marshall.
B.A. art and education ’64
After beginning her Chapman education in 1949 and having three sons, Barbara won the senior award in 1964 for taking the longest to graduate. After receiving her degree, she taught school (both full time and as a substitute), tutored in reading and participated in the university reading clinic. Barbara also owned and operated an interior design business.
Barbara is active on campus as a member (and past-president) of Town & Gown. She also takes classes through the Chapman Alumni Lifelong Learning program and serves on the American Celebration Opening night committee. Outside of Chapman, Barbara is on the board of Orange Republican Women, Federated and is a graduate of Leadership Orange.
Barbara and her husband Bill (a 1952 alumnus) live in Orange. They have a grandson and granddaughter who attended Chapman.
B.S. business administration '00, MBA '12
A native of Moscow, Russia, Vasily came to the United States to fulfill his dream of getting an American education. After graduating from Chapman with a B.A. in business administration, he started his career in the field of Financial Services with First American Title.
After close to ten years with the company, Vasily returned to Chapman to pursue an MBA, which he completed in 2012. Currently, Vasily works at Wells Fargo with their Business Banking Unit. Most recently, he served as Vice President with Lender Processing Services.
Vasily is involved with the Big Brother Big Sister program of Orange County and also serves on the board of the Chapman University MBA Alumni Association.
B.S. business administration '09
As a student at Chapman University, Kevin held numerous leadership roles. He was Associated Student Body President for two consecutive terms during his last two years of study, a Chapman Ambassador and a Residence Life resident advisor, among many other roles. He also helped establish current student and administration committees that have facilitated student voice in recent years such as the Chancellor's Student Advisory Board. He served as an ex-officio member of both the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association Board of Directors for two years while a student.
Currently, Kevin is a sales director with Nerium International while also delving into small business operations consulting roles on the side. He currently resides in Anaheim Hills with his wife, Jenn, whom he married in August 2013. They both have a passion for outdoor activities and a heart for serving people locally and abroad through various ministry involvements.
B.A. legal studies, '05
During his time at Chapman, Faheem was a competing member of the Mock Trial team, where he won the Best Witness award at a regional competition, and participated in the Orange County Internship Program. Faheem returned to Chapman in 2013 to pursue a J.D. at the Fowler School of Law, anticipating completion of his degree in 2015. He serves as a Student Ambassador for the law school, and also assists with the Public/Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, which is facilitated by the Fowler School of Law.
Faheem’s brother, Mir Tukhi, graduated from Chapman in 1998 with a degree in broadcast journalism. The “Mir Tukhi-Chris Harris Broadcast Journalism Award” is named after him, and awarded by the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at the annual Cecil Awards.
Faheem lives in Santiago Hills with his wife, and they strive to eat at every new (and old) restaurant in the Orange Plaza.