» Chapman University Young Alumni Society

The Young Alumni Society (YAS) 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 alumni to connect with each other, current students and their alma mater.


  • Mission
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  • Executive Committee
  • The mission of the Young Alumni Society is to: 

    • Create a greater sense of community for Chapman University alumni
    • Provide opportunities for Young Alumni to stay connected with their alma mater through networking, socializing, and building relationships with Chapman alumni, students, and leaders
    • Provide support for Young Alumni and celebrate their successes
    • Increase participation rates of Young Alumni in Chapman University events
    • Encourage current students and alumni to understand the value in giving back to their alma mater to improve and continue the mission of Chapman University
  • Submit this brief form if you are interested in becoming involved in any or all of the following:

    • Young Alumni Society Executive Committee
    • Young Alumni Society Task Forces
      • Task Forces include support for Alumni Summer Bash and other alumni events; Panthers in the Community; and networking events and mentorship
    • Attending or volunteering at events
    • Regional outreach

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  • megan-demshkiMegan Demshki '12 (J.D. '15)

    As an undergraduate student, Megan participated in Greek Life as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and Order of Omega, and enjoyed the University Honors Program. A Riverside, Calif., native, Megan served as Chapman University’s Student Body President from 2011-2012. She holds a B.A. in political science and peace studies. Megan was honored with the Gloria and Julian Peterson Award, which was awarded to one graduating senior for his or her distinguished leadership in enriching university life.

    Megan also attended the Fowler School of Law, 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. Megan is currently an associate for theAitken Aitken Cohn law firm.

    Megan and Brenton Burke '14 were married in June 2016 by Chapman University President Emeritus Jim Doti. Megan’s brothers, Johnny Demshki '15 and Tyler Demshki '18 share her Panther Pride. Megan’s goal with the Young Alumni Society is to provide networking opportunities to all alumni to continue building a strong, connected and committed Chapman alumni network.

    karlie-harstadKarlie Harstad '09

    Karlie's B.A. is in art history. After studying abroad, she moved to Europe and worked as a tour guide following graduation. Karlie works in the medical device field in Orange County.

    She enjoys engaging and supporting Young Alumni in their career goals. Karlie's goal with the Young Alumni Society is to continue providing volunteer opportunities to all alumni to continue building a strong, connected and committed Chapman alumni network.

    ryan-hougardyRyan Hougardy '09 (MBA '12)

    Ryan's B.S. is in business administration with emphases in finance and economics. Immediately following graduation, Ryan began working as a staff member for U.S. Representative Ed Royce. While on staff, he earned his MBA. He began his career as a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, Irvine in 2011, before moving into his current role as its operations manager.

    Ryan, a Thousand Oaks native, became involved with various alumni programs following graduation, including the Young Alumni Society, where he currently serves as chair. His Panther Pride is 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 continue building a strong, connected and committed Chapman alumni network.

    kyle-mendozaKyle Mendoza '16

    A Yorba Linda native, Kyle's unofficial Chapman Experience started at age 10, when he began attending youth camps hosted by the university, and when his mother completed her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman in 2004. Kyle’s official Chapman Experience began in 2012 when he enrolled as a student, earning his B.A. 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 Panther Pride and service for the university, volunteering his time when he could. It is this sense of passion for furthering Chapman’s vision that pushed him to continue his involvement with the university and become involved with various alumni groups after Commencement.

    eric-purmortEric Purmort '13

    After graduated with his B.A. in economics, Eric helped develop, coordinate, and recruit attendees for alumni events such as Chappy Hours, Alumni Networking Roundtables, Chapman Chats and the Alumni 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.

    Eric 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. Eric's goal with the Young Alumni Society is to provide social and community service events to all alumni to continue building a strong, connected and committed Chapman alumni network.