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What is Chapman University Young Alumni Society? 

The Young Alumni Society provides programming for alumni who completed their undergraduate degree in the last 10 years. Young alumni are invited to attend events, help reach out to other young alumni, and to create opportunities for undergraduate alumni to connect with fellow alumni, current students and the university.

the Young Alumni Society strives to do the following: 

  • Create a greater sense of community for alumni who have graduated from Chapman University 
  • Provide opportunities for young alumni to stay connected with their alma mater by networking, socializing and building relationships with Chapman alumni, students, and leaders
  • Provide support for young alumni and celebrate their successes
  • Increase the participation of young alumni in Chapman University events
  • Allow current students and alumni to realize the value and importance of giving in order to improve and continue the mission of Chapman University

How you can be involved:

  • The Young Alumni Society executive committee
  • Young Alumni Society task forces (for Summer Bash/Events, Panther's in the Community, and Networking and Mentorship)
  • General involvement (attending or volunteering)
  • Regional outreach

If you would like to get involved, complete the online information form. If you have any questions or suggestions, contact alumni@chapman.edu.

Executive Committee

photo of Megan Demshki
Megan Demshki
B.A. political science and peace studies '12 (Juris Doctor '15)
Born and raised in Riverside, CA, Megan enrolled as an undergraduate at Chapman University in Fall 2009. While an undergrad, Megan participated in Greek life as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and Order of Omega, and enjoyed the University Honors Program. Megan also served as Chapman University’s Student Body President from 2011-2012. Megan graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Peace Studies in 2012, as well as completing the University Honors Program. Upon graduation, Megan received the Gloria and Julian Peterson Award, awarded to one graduating senior for his or her outstanding and distinguished leadership in enriching university life.
Megan went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2015, where she received CALI Excellence for the Future awards for the highest grades in the Alona Cortese Elder Law Clinic, Legal Analysis Workshop and Business Planning.
Since graduating from law school and passing the California Bar Exam, Megan was promoted from a law clerk and is now an associate for the law firm of Aitken Aitken Cohn.
Megan was married to her Chapman Sweetheart, Brenton Burke ('14), in June 2016 by former Chapman University President Emeritus Jim Doti. Megan’s brothers, Johnny Demshki (’15) and Tyler Demshki (’18) share her Panther Pride.
Megan’s goal in the Young Alumni Society is to provide networking opportunities to ALL alumni to build a strong, connected and committed Chapman alumni network.
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Karlie Harstad
B.A. art history '09
Chair, Networking and Mentorship Task Force
Karlie Harstad graduated from Chapman in the Fall of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. While studying abroad, she decided to move to Europe and worked as a tour guide following graduation.
Karlie is now working in the medical device field here in Orange County and looks forward to engage and support Chapman young alumni in their career orientated goals.
Karlie's goal in the Young Alumni Society is to provide volunteer opportunities to ALL alumni to build a strong and larger Chapman alumni network.
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Ryan Hougardy
B.S. business administration '09 (MBA '12)
Chair, Summer Bash/Events Task Force
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. He currently serves as the 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.
Ryan's goal in the Young Alumni Society is to provide resources to ALL alumni to build a strong and larger Chapman alumni network.
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Kyle Mendoza
B.A. psychology, minor in sociology '16
Originally from Yorba Linda, Kyle likes to say that his unofficial Chapman experience started at the age of ten, when he began attending youth camps hosted by the university, and watching his mother complete her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman in 2004.
Kyle’s official Chapman experience began in 2012 as a freshman Business major, before switching to a degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology.
Currently, Kyle assists organizations with their brand awareness and visibility through his work with Gorilla Marketing. During his time as an undergraduate, Kyle developed a strong sense of pride and service toward the university, volunteering his time wherever he could. It is that sense of passion for furthering Chapman’s vision that pushed him to continue his involvement with the university and become involved with the various alumni groups after his graduation in the Spring of 2016.
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Eric Purmort
B.A. economics '13
Chair, Panthers in the Community Task Force
Eric has been a part of the Chapman Family since 2011 when he began his studies at the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics. Since graduating, he has helped develop, coordinate and recruit attendees for events such as Chappy Hour, the Chapman Networking Roundtable, Chapman Chats and the Summer Bash.
Eric currently works at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank where he specializes in corporate strategy for the leasing and acquiring of commercial real estate in the Orange County market. Prior to NGKF, he worked at Coldwell Banker Commercial, CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield.
He is involved with community service organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Susan G. Komen. He currently resides in Newport Beach where he enjoys golfing and the southern California lifestyle.
Eric's goal in the Young Alumni Society is to provide social and community service events to ALL alumni to build a strong and larger Chapman alumni network.