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Aaron Flewellen (B.S. Business Administration '04)

President
At Chapman, Aaron was a Founding Father of and held many positions in the Chapman chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was selected to serve as one of ten members of Delta Tau Delta's Undergraduate Council. Aaron was also a Resident Advisor, an Orientation Assistant, Associated Student Senator and Chapman Ambassador.
In 2009, after starting an agency that focused on employee benefits, Aaron was recruited by Orange County-based EBA&M to launch and manage a new program that helps small and medium sized companies self-fund their health insurance.
Aaron currently lives in North Tustin/Santa Ana with his wife Kelsey (Smith) Flewellen '05 and their two young boys. In addition to his work with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Aaron is an adviser to the Chapman chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors to help build a strong and beneficial network of alumni in Southern California and beyond.
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Connie Benson (B.A. Legal Studies '93)

Immediate Past President
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 Orange and is an avid runner, having completed numerous full and half marathons.
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Amber Bonasoro (B.S. Business Administration '06, MBA '13)

Vice President, Marketing
Amber earned her MBA from Chapman University with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. She graduated early and with honors from Chapman with a B.S. in Business Administration and triple emphases: Marketing, Finance, and Management. She received a graduate scholarship for her business leadership and entrepreneurial focus and undergraduate academic scholarship. While attending Chapman she held leadership positions in Delta Gamma, danced hip-hop on Team Shaka, and was a member of the Greek Honor Society Order of Omega.
Amber oversees the strategic marketing, branding, and creative direction of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties with annual sales of $11 Billion and more than 3,000 agents. Bonasoro has worked with agents and teams to secure and sell numerous luxury homes throughout Southern California including beach front, bay front, and estate properties up to $30 Million. Amber assisted in the acquisition of two local real estate brokerages within a twelve month span to grow the brokerage's Orange County market share. She has held her California real estate salesperson license since 2006.
In addition to Amber's dedication to Chapman, she proudly serves on the Board of Directors for The Charitable Foundation which is a non-profit 501(c)3 comprised of agents from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. Amber is also a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County.
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Justin Poulsen (BFA Film Production '14)

Vice President, Alumni Recognition
While attending Chapman, Justin was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and an active member of the Inter-Fraternity Council, eventually serving as the Council president from 2012 to 2013. He was also involved in various student film productions in a variety of roles, including a role as co-producer of the documentary short film 'I Run While Talking to God', funded by a grant from Chapman University and the Sikh Lens Film Festival.
Justin currently works as a director in content operations and strategy at Lionsgate in Santa Monica, Calif. He enjoys running and hiking around Los Angeles, cooking and trying new restaurants, and watching and analyzing film and television content.
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Ralphie Giron (EMBA '14)

Vice President, Engagement
Ralphie Giron completed his EMBA, from Chapman University in 2014. He holds undergraduate degrees in Communications (Long Beach State) and Education (UCLA).
While at Chapman, Ralphie continued his predecessors’ work on the MBA Student Association. Serving as President, he kept current students involved in networking events and connected them with alumni and community leaders.
Ralphie has spent a majority of his career at The Walt Disney Company in Communications. He has worked on global initiatives for the Parks and Resorts segment, including a partnership with ESPN in re-branding a sports complex at Walt Disney World, launching marketing campaigns, and franchise/alliance management. He currently works in Corporate Administration, aligning communication change strategy for and supporting senior leaders in the HR organization.
Ralphie sits on the Komen OC Board of Directors and volunteers with Operation Jump Start, an organization that prepares high school students for college.
Ralphie lives with his family in Long Beach, CA. In his free time, he enjoys traveling the world with his best friend, a killer workout that pushes him to the limit, and cooking up a storm. Ralphie is thrilled to bring his event planning and communication skills to the Chapman Alumni Board as the Vice President of Engagement.
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Lee McCabe '93

Vice President, Development
Lee has been working as a fundraising professional for more than 24 years, primarily working with universities and academic medical centers. Currently Lee serves as the Associate Vice President of Development at City of Hope
His comprehensive understanding of philanthropy includes campaign fundraising, board development and the successful identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors and leadership volunteers. He is an innovative advancement professional with expertise in building philanthropic relationships, creating successful development programs and implementing strategic plans that reinforce the organization’s mission and vision.
Lee’s passion for development is to practice ethical relationship centered fundraising that furthers academic and medical research, and improves the delivery of health care both in my community and globally.
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Michelle Philo (B.A. '03, Wilkinson School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences)

Vice President, Strategic Planning
Michelle A. Philo is the principal at Philo Law Firm, P.C., where she provides concierge General Counsel services to small business owners. With her broad knowledge, Michelle provides small businesses with the convenience of working with one key lawyer to manage all of their outside counsel and provide immediate assistance with contracts, compliance, employments matters, and protecting intellectual property. She also provides estate planning, trust administration, and probate services to individuals and families. Prior to launching her own firm, Michelle served as General Counsel at Adtile Technologies Inc., a technology company focused on motion engagement and virtual reality for mobile devices. Michelle started her legal career at a mid-size firm doing business litigation, business transactions, and estate planning.
Michelle has been active in the legal community since becoming a lawyer and currently serves as the President of Orange County Women Lawyers Association, Vice President of Development for the Chapman University Alumni Association, and Treasurer of the Whittier Law School Alumni Association. Michelle is also active in the American Bar Association as a California State Bar Delegate to the House of Delegates. She previously served as the Chair of Orange County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.
Outside of her day to day work, Michelle has been committed to issues surrounding gender in the profession. She has chaired California Women Lawyers’ Gender Equity Task Force developing a speakers’ bureau and awards database for female attorneys. She has served as a member of the ABA’s Gender Equity Task Force Social Media Working Group where she regularly posted content on the ABA’s gender equity social media platforms. She has been involved with the San Diego Lawyers Club and ACC San Diego’s Joint Task Force on Gender Equity, a committee bringing the conversation of gender equity to law firm decision makers and general counsel in the San Diego region.