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When one Panther achieves something, we all celebrate! Find out what your fellow alumni have been up to since graduation, and share your own stories of success and life changes with your fellow Panthers. 

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50s

60s

Charles Arnold '64

Charles celebrated his 100th Birthday on January 8, 2021.

Robert Marston '69 (MA '73)
Robert recently retired after 48 years as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

70s

John Alexander '70
John and his Chapman Sweetheart just celebrated 50 years of marriage. They were married by Dr. Carpenter, Chapman chaplain, in the little chapel on June 11,1970. Lyn and John retired from teaching careers. They have one son, Jared and have five grandchildren. "I still get a glow when I look at my Lyn. She is even more beautiful than the night I met her in Cheverton Hall."

Don Hurzeler '70

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Don Hurzeler just published his fifth book, What's Left of Don. The book is a memoir of a Chapman graduate who has run through life with scissors in hand, made CEO, retired and started three more careers, At age 73, Don is most happy when he is in his home town surf of Kona, Hawaii with a camera housing in his hand doing surf photography, or off shore in the water with big sharks or WAY off shore in Mexico facing down 15 foot long salt water crocodiles as he tried to take a close up photo. Don's book debuted number one on Amazon in two categories and is available on Amazon and Kindle.

Karyn Planett '70 

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Karyn Published a book entitled, How To Capture Your Travel Stories In Words & Pictures, available on Amazon. The book is about becoming a better storyteller with more compelling photographs and captivating descriptions. I've visited nearly 200 countries and spent 23 years at sea.
Karyn also managed a large cattle ranch in California, have published 1200 travel pieces on Crystal Cruises, produced two coffee table books for Crystal Cruises, one coffee table book for the residential ship The World (my home for 13 years), have contributed articles and photographs to many other cruise lines, as well. Am a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and one of my photographs appeared on the cover of Chapman Magazine. My husband and I also are commissioned to photograph and write about trophy homes including ones in Mongolia, South Africa, Hong Kong, France, Mexico, Nantucket, Florida, Napa Valley, etc. I've lectured and Chapman and have sailed twice on Semester At Sea lecturing on travel writing and photography.

Phillip Wickliff '75

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Phillip retired from a position as Idaho State approver for GI Bill programs. Phillip and his wife split their time between Boise Idaho and Palm Desert California. Prior to Idaho position, Phillip retired from a career as a Naval Aviator.

80's

Myron Feinstein (MBA '84)
Myron has now retired from consulting and teaching graduate courses at North Carolina State University. Myron and his wife are spending their time rock climbing and scuba diving. To see their adventures, follow their blog: https://adventureimages.blogspot.com

90's

Echo Baker '93


Echo was greatly honored to be commissioned to paint the portrait of Ms.Libby Pankey, a donor of Chapman University, by Clare Bruce Luce, an organization that Ms.Libby supports in Virginia. The painting will be hanging in the building of the organization.

Brent Hunt '96
Brent was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Westinghouse brand.

Michelle Pulfrey '98
Michelle was named Show Producer, 9am hour GOOD DAY LA, for KTTV, Fox News, Los Angeles. She created a brand new platform for viewer engagement on topical news stories https://cronkitenewslab.com/broadcast/2020/10/15/fox-your-take-turns-news-outside-in/

Marshall Fulbright '98


Dr. Marshall T. Fulbright III, Chapman University Class of 1998 (Bachelors of Music - Instrumental Conducting and Instrumental Music Education), was recently named Vice President of Academic Affairs at Grossmont College (East San Diego County). Prior to his appointment at Grossmont, he served as the Dean of Instruction at Norco College (Riverside County), as an Academic Dean at College of the Sequoias (Central Valley, CA), and as a full-time tenured music faculty member at Long Beach City College (CA).


Heather Barfield '98
Heather Robertson married Justin Barfield on Oahu, HI on July 14, 2019. Heather is an ordained pastor serving as Associate Pastor at UCC Judd Street since April 2019. She graduated in 1998 with a BA in Psychology with a minor in Religion. Heather has lived in Hawaii since early 2016. July 14, 2019 also marked Heather’s 17th year as an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

2000's

Lori Johnson '02 (MBA '11)
Lori started as Communications and Digital Strategy Manager at Prime Healthcare, located in Ontario, CA. She is the first to hold this position in the company's 20 year history. 

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Diana Todaro '03

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In 2020, Diana Todaro published, "If Grandma Lived Next Door" by
Covenant Books. The book is about the whimsical ways three grandchildren might get to their grandma's house if she lived right next door. Diana also published The Ghost House together with John Vorsheck III. These books were written together with her three grandchildren.

Devin Chang '05
Devin and his wife (Michelle Medeiros Chang, '09) welcomed twin boys, Carter and Dylan, to the world on November 21, 2019. 

Layce Johnson '07

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Layce was awarded the Council of State Archivists Ancestry Leadership Award on August 13, 2020. She served as the project manager for the documentary , "Idaho's Constitution Revealed," March 8, 2020. 

Hunter Johnson '07
Hunter and his production company Xpedition Media produced their first Super Bowl Commercial. The commercial featured veteran and former NFL player, Nate Boyer and was made for YouTube.

Stephen Dao '07
Stephen started a new job at Yext as Senior Client Success Manager. Yext is a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for businesses looking to manage online data about their locations available across online search engines, apps, and maps (including Google, Apple Maps, Bing, Facebook, Yelp, and more) on one platform.

Ashley Faatoalia '08
Chapman alum Ashley Faatoalia '08 has showcased his tenor tones at opera houses around the world - and released a pop album.

JC Del Barco '08
JC is a line producer for the new Netflix unscripted TV show, Bling Empire. Released on 1/15/21, Bling Empire is currently in the top 10 Netflix shows viewed internationally and in US.

Jamie Martin '08
Jamie was awarded a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program on September 14, 2020. Jamie is the lead editor on RuPaul's Drag Race and this is her second Primetime Emmy win.

Anna Keizer '08
Anna produced and is now in post-production on a supernatural dark comedy short she wrote called She Had It Coming. The short is an excerpt from the feature version of the script, which was a Second Rounder in the 2018 Austin Film Festival. She Had It Coming is the directorial debut of Gedde Watanabe (SIXTEEN CANDLES) and highlights a diverse cast and female lead, including Skylar Schock (THEATER CLASS), Kurt Kanazawa (GREY'S ANATOMY), Jeanne Sakata (DR. KEN) and Krishna Smitha (SILICON VALLEY).

Ashley Levering '08
Ashley (Mayer) started her own LLC. Communication studies major, she’s using her education in her new business as a personal development coach. ABL Life Coaching, focusing on major life changes and transitions. Fulfilling a long time passion, Ashley is now helping people discover their strengths and happiness.

Annamarie Sucher '09
Annamarie Sucher (alumni 2009) and Paul Jones (2011) were married on Friday, April 17th at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Chapman is where they met as students many years ago in 2007, and they've been in a relationship for over 10 years. 

Anne McClintic '09


Anne received her Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University in the Spring 2019.

2010's

Hugo Sierra '10 (MA '15) 


Hugo graduated in May 2020 with a Doctoral of Education in Leadership Organization in the College of Education from Concordia University Irvine. Due to the pandemic, his graduation was postponed for a later date.

Signe Hilton-Engle '10
Signe Engle was recently promoted to Vice President, Client Services at Aquarius Sports and Entertainment in the Washington, D.C. market. She had previously served as one of the agency Directors since 2016, when joining Aquarius after seven seasons with the Washington Redskins.

Jessica Hooper Anthony '10
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After six years of dating, Jessica finally tied the knot with her now husband, Mike Anthony, in the Russian River in June 2019! Her Phi Sigma Sigma sorority sister, Michelle Medeiros Chang '09, joined them with lots of other Chapman alumni.

Tyler Hadzinsky '11
Upon the conclusion of the St. Louis Cardinals Postseason run and earning his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Tyler was promoted to Asst. Director of Scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tyler also helped draft fellow Chapman Baseball Alumni RHP Tyler Peck to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 28th Round of the 2019 MLB Draft. https://www.ktlo.com/2019/11/05/cardinals-announce-contract-extensions-for-mozeliak-girsch-and-shildt/

Mikandrew Perdaris '11


Mikandrew filmed a role on FOX’s ‘Deputy’, co-starring alongside show leads Stephen Dorff, Brian Van Holt, Shane Paul McGhie, and Danielle Mone Truitt.

Sarah Faulkner '12

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Sarah Faulkner recently completed her Ph.D. in English with a Certificate in Textual and Digital Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Jeff Kuhns (LLM '13)
Jeff was accepted as a member of the Leadership Florida Connect Class XI, the premier statewide leadership institute for educating, engaging, and inspiring Florida’s top emerging leaders under age 40 with a goal of addressing key issues and opportunities that are specific to Florida.

Amanda Witte '12
Derek Witte '12 & Amanda Nieto '12 were married at Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy on 10/10/16 in front of 30 of their closest family and friends. Ashley Nieto '15 was in the wedding party. The couple now live in Boca Raton, Florida

Paolo Leon '13


Architectural services firm AO announced the bolstering of its leadership team with the addition of Paolo Leon, AIA, NCARB, principal and director of AO’s Global Design studio which specializes in planning and designing international and domestic retail outlets. Paolo Leon is a licensed architect with experience that spans across retail, mixed-use, residential, education and civic projects. Notably, he worked on the renovation of the Woodbridge Village Center in Irvine, Calif., modernizing and breathing new life into the outdoor retail center through place making amenities and entertainment uses.

Leon sits on the board of directors of the Orange County chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIAOC), where he also serves as director of emerging professionals. Outside of the office, Leon has a passion for promoting positive changes in the community through education. He sits on the board of directors of Think Together, a nonprofit that works with school districts and local communities to implement and scale innovative academic solutions that address the needs of children throughout California and is co-chair of Think Together’s Friends of Shalimar Committee. Leon earned his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Southern California and holds a Master of Business Administration from Chapman University.

Anthony Jacobsmeyer '13


On September 21, 2019, Jacob married his Chapman Sweetheart, Wendy Acquazzino ('15) at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC! In the wedding party were fellow Chapman alum Hannah Roberts ('15), Doug McDaniel ('13), Sam Knee ('11), and Travis Culver ('11). In attendance were 23 Chapman alums who helped them dance the night away. 

Cameron Chittok '13
Cameron signed a three-book publishing deal with Random House Graphic for a middle-grade graphic novel series titled Mapmakers. The series will be illustrated by artist Amanda Castillo and publication is planned for 2022.

Lyz Reblin-Renshaw '13
Started while at Chapman, "Ludonarrative Synchronicity in the BioShock Trilogy," published in November 2020, presents a new methodology, ludonarrative synchronicity, to analyze the interplay between narrative and gameplay in video games.

Rose Fruci '14

Rose Fruci '14 and Tyler Anthony '14 were married November 7, 2020 in San Jose, CA. Tansu Philip '16 was their officiant and Lauren Fruci '17 was their maid of honor.

Brendan Le '14
Brendan was named an Honors Attorney at the USPS in Long Beach, CA. Brendan earned his JD from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2019.

Jessica Belz '14
This past Super Bowl marked a huge accomplishment in Jessica's career being part of the making of the NFL's Next 100 Super Bowl LIV Commercial. From pitch to delivery, it's been an entire year seeing this project come to life. This was the most ambitious commercial the NFL has taken on while also including a live integration portion into the broadcast. It has resulted in such a remarkable success. This commercial is historic with it highlighting the 100 years of the NFL and looking forward to the future of the next 100 years
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbkafMhmvMo

Michelle (Lanthier) Nahmias '14

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Michelle married Brendan Nahmias ('12) on February 22, 2020 in Pacific Palisades, CA. They met through an on-campus club at Chapman in 2010. Their bridal party included Chapman alumni Derek Dolechek ('12), Dan Duran ('13), Carly Juarez ('14) and Samantha Morgenstern (JD '14).

Erin Wainwright '14

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On May 1st, 2020, Dr. Erin Wainwright earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Florida Atlantic University. She begins pediatric residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, next month

Marie Cheng '15

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Marie is a participant in the Producers Guild of America Master of Diversity Workshop 2020 with her adult-animated TV project EVERYBODY SCREAMS AT ME.

Matt Landsman '14
Matt was awarded a screenwriting grant from The Moving Picture Institute for his screenplay which he began at Chapman, "The Right Hand of God." Afterwards he founded a production company, Sweet Nightmares, with his friend and noted multi-media artist Polaris Castillo through which they produced several award winning short films which screened at festivals nationwide. His nautical short film "Sea Monsters" took home best short film at a number of intentional fests. While working on his own films, Matt also served as 2nd AD/Unit Production Manager for In Searching (Lionsgate, 2019) and second unit director for the award-winning Florida produced feature, Monty Comes Back. Matt managed the behind the scenes editorial production for major films such as Blade Runner 2049, Logan, X-Men Apocalypse and the second season of Stranger Things. He also grew his digital marketing skillset for film and television projects working on major campaigns for Redbull, Petco, Netflix, HBO and more. Currently Matt is the lead editor and creative executive at the Loop Club marketing agency after working as a full-time unionized editor for the last 3 years. He is still actively pursuing genre-based screenwriting and pitching projects to networks including AMC and Amazon.

Raag Seshi '15
Raag was recently nominated for the best pop production track for an album i had produced in London

Samantha Summers '15


Samantha recently started a new job at Whirlpool Corporation on their Government Relations team, where she will be analyzing state and federal policy and how it impacts the company.

Miranda Wall '15


Miranda is working for the County of San Luis Obispo as a Disaster Service Worker, utilizing my communications degree to work on a team to recruit, onboard and train over 400 medical and non-medical volunteers to staff the Cal Poly Alternate Care Site (CPACS). The CPACS is currently set up to take with 165 beds to for COVID positive patients once hospitals are full and is one best facilities in the state. It has been a challenging, but awesome experience.

Daniel (Shipley) Emmet '15

Powerhouse tenor Daniel Emmet, whose meteoric rise from finalist on the NBC series, has led to Las Vegas headliner performances, to solo concerts with prestigious orchestras, to numerous national TV appearances, will release a new single, “The People,” Oct. 30. As a finalist on season 13 of “America’s Got Talent (AGT),” Emmet is best known for taking on the “impossible challenge,” levied by judge Simon Cowell --- to learn a new song in Italian in one hour, then perform it live on national television. 

Emmet’s first single, a cover of Il Divo’s “Passerà,” debuted at #2 on the iTunes classical chart. He headlined his own show, “All That I Am,” for an exclusive run at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He appeared on the first season of the CW network’s hit summer series, “The Big Stage;” debuted his solo symphonic concert tour with the Irving Symphony Orchestra and performed the National Anthem for Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series and the Top Rank Heavyweight Boxing Championship on ESPN+.

www.danielemmet.com Facebook.com/DanielEmmetMusic Twitter:@danielemmet Instagram: @Danielemmet

Samantha Sullivan '15
Samantha Sullivan ('15), daughter of trustee Stan Sullivan, welcomed her first child, Maclane Robert Sullivan, with her husband, Brandon. Maclane was born on November 30 in Billings, MT.

Jillian Strong '16
Jillian earned her Master of Arts- Higher Education, Student Affairs from University of Redlands in 2020.

Holeka Inaba '16
Holeka was elected in the 2020 primary election as council member for Hawaii County Council, District 8. https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2020/08/09/hawaii-news/incumbent-rebecca-villegas-easily-defeats-challenger-to-retain-county-council-seat/

Eric Wong '16
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Eric wrote and directed a podcast, which was co-produced and stars over a dozen Chapman grads from both Masters and Bachelors programs. It’s a true crime/comedy podcast called “THE HUNT?” and it is best described as “like Serial, but funny, and you actually find out who did it in the end.” Here are links to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. The first four episodes are up now with new episodes every Tuesday until the season is completed at the end of the month.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hunt/id1527022731
https://open.spotify.com/show/3GBwyVgLd7IUMmm029ueuY
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hunt-4


Morgan Holcomb '16
Morgan has joined The Arts & Learning Conservatory as a Marketing Strategist to help Orange County students gain access to high-quality arts education. She is so excited to combine the training she received at the Argyros School of Business & Economics as well as the Chapman Theatre and English departments to show students how performing arts education can provide an important foundation for any professional career.

Evan Inglis '16
From August 2019, Evan deployed as a United States Peace Corps volunteer. He will be serving in Ukrainian-speaking and Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine. This is a two-year program to teach English and bring community development.

Jacob Moncrief '16
Jacob is proud to represent Chapman in the Forbes List of 30 under 30 for Social Media as the Senior Vice President for Mythical Entertainment. https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2021/social-media/?profile=jacob-moncrief

Melanie Duke '17


Melanie started a new job as Script and Story Coordinator at Sony Pictures Animation for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse 2"

Francisco Lugo '17
When Francisco graduated from CU with a B.F.A in Graphic Design, he immediately started to pursue his life goal of writing and illustrating children's books. He recently launched his website "kikotales.com" and published the second edition of his first children's book, "Raya The Skunk." Raya is a little critter that dreams of being a circus clown one day.

Robert Schumaker '17
Robert, writing as Robert Julius, published his first poetry chapbook with Seven Kitchens Press. As a graduate of the Creative Writing BFA program, he would like to thank his many mentors: Dr. Anna Leahy, Prof. Mildred Lewis, Prof. Lisa Cupolo, and the Wilkinson English faculty.

Joshua Sarsfield '17 (M.A. '20)

Joshua Sarsfield '17 ( M.A. '20) & Danielle Pomeroy '18 (M.A. '19) were married on November 14, 2020 at St. Norbert Church in Orange. In attendance were alumni: Remy Bessolo '17, Katie Gilmour '17, Adlai Nissen '17, Matt Mead '20, Danielle Potop '17, and Charlie Werman '17.

Kerri Polizzi JD '17

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On July 25, Kerri got engaged to boyfriend, Scott Kramer, at the Downtown Disney District. They are planning a wedding for 2022.

Joanna Nelius (MFA '17)


Joanna Nelius started a new job as a Staff Reporter with Gizmodo. Previously, she was a Hardware Writer with PC Gamer.

Sofia Seikaly '17
June 2020 Emmy Award for Newscast - Weekend - Larger Markets by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - Pacific Southwest Region

Elissa Title '18

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After two years in the making, Elissa has written, designed, and published a photography book of her travels. NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE
View online here: https://www.blurb.com/b/10151952-next-stop-everywhere

Scott Prusko '18 
Scott was named Account Executive at Westbound Communications, a Public Relations and Advertising firm in Orange, CA

Noah Feinberg '18


Noah Feinberg '18 recently premiered a feature-length film he wrote at the Austin Film Festival this month—"Into The Dark: Pilgrim." It is a Thanksgiving horror film produced by Blumhouse Productions, where he began as an intern and currently works as an assistant, in partnership with Hulu as a part of their Into the Dark anthology series and will be available to view on Hulu November 1st.

Talia Fishbine '18
In December 2019, Talia graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a master’s degree in English Language and Literature.

Emma Liegler '19


Emma graduated on Sunday, May 19th, 2019 with a degree in Public Relations & Advertising and started her first day as a receptionist at Untitled Entertainment, which represents over one thousand prestigious actors, writers, and directors, that very next day! Within one month, Emma was promoted to be an assistant to two high-ranking Talent Managers. She began attending events with clients, going to premieres, and networking with powerful industry players.

Chloe de Vries '20
Chloe was named the Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

Natura De Pinto '20
Following graduation during the impending COVID-19 crisis, Natura decided to turn her love for collecting pre-loved and vintage clothing into a business called Dazed & Delirious. Dazed & Delirious is an e-commerce business that aims to provide a sustainable shopping alternative accessible to consumers worldwide. Since their launch in September 2020, they have more than quadrupled their inventory!

Panther Passings

Clifford Moore '58
Cliff (‘58) passed away on December 13, after a long battle with cancer.

Carrie Weaver '77
On July 6, 2019 Carrie Weaver Engelbrecht lost her long and courageous battle with cancer. Residing with her husband John in Bay Village, Ohio, she was a music teacher in the Bay Village School system, children’s choir director at Bay Presbyterian Church, and a dear friend to many. Carrie’s greatest joy was her family, including her three daughters. Her truest heart was her heart for others.

Monica Lehman '85
Monica passed away on 1/21/20. Her family and friends are grieving the loss of this amazing teacher, talented soprano, loving mother and dear friend

Alan DePuy '94
Alan (BA Organ Performance and Piano Accompaniment) died on January 14, 2020 after a brief illness. Alan was born with an incredible gift of music; he began playing the organ at age 8 and first appeared on "The Hour of Power" at age 9. He played at the Crystal Cathedral and made appearances on the "The Hour of Power" until he was 18. He continued to share his gifts with churches he served, including First Christian Church, Fullerton, California; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California; Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, California; Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Arizona; St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, Washington; St. Thomas Church, Coral Gables, Florida; and St. George’s Church, Germantown, Tennessee. The loss of his tremendous talent is missed in the Church and in the world and his gift of friendship is sorely missed by many whose lives he touched.

 

 

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