» Meet our Argyros Ambassadors

We understand it's important to find a graduate business program right for you and your future career.   We are committed to recruiting high-achieving and diverse students, and our Argyros Ambassadors are here to answer your questions and provide insight on the Argyros experience.

Learn how to become an Argyros Ambassador by contacting mba@chapman.edu

Angelica Rivera

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Angelica Rivera
Program: Flexible MBA
Graduating Year: 2020
Undergraduate Institution: California State University of Monterey Bay
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
E-mail: anrivera@chapman.edu
Angelica Rivera is California born and raised. She is 24 years old and originally from Lancaster CA. She is in her first year in the MBA program and is pursuing her dream of working in the entertainment industry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at California State University of Monterey Bay. In Monterey she worked in the wine business and is hoping to one day open her own wine bar. She is involved with multiple groups at Chapman including Women in Business, Graduate Student Association, and Entertainment Industry Association. Outside of school, Angelica is passionate about Disneyland, sports, being active, reading, binge watching the best tv shows and movies, and her pug Lilo. She always has a smile on her face and is always welcoming to those around her. Her goal is help shape the relationships that students have on campus and excite future students who want to make Chapman their home.

Jamil Shaaban

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Jamil Shaaban
Program: JD/MBA
Graduating Year: MBA 2019, JD 2020
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Northridge
Undergraduate Degree: Business Law
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
E-mail: shaab100@mail.chapman.edu
Jamil Shaaban is 25 years old, and originally from Palmdale CA.  He is in the JD/MBA program offered at Chapman. Jamil will be obtaining his MBA after the Spring 2019 semester, his JD in Spring of 2020, and he is currently a licensed Realtor in Orange County. His goals are to work as a lawyer in the transactional side of law in things such as corporate law, in house counsel, real estate law, or sports and entertainment. Working on his MBA at Chapman had allowed him to not only meet some of the most creative and down to earth individuals, but also immerse himself in the deep network of amazing professionals that can help him achieve his dreams. Outside of his scholarly life, he loves to race motocross, go camping and fishing, workout, and generally be active. Jamil is always open to meet with anyone who might want more information about Chapman, student life, grad school, or anything else. He is super to down to earth and easy to contact so please feel free to reach out!

Kevin Whitney

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Kevin Whitney
Program: Flexible MBA
Graduating Year: 2021
Undergraduate Institution: California State University Long Beach, CA
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, American Studies
Hometown: Cedar City, UT

 

Kevin was born and raised in southern Utah before moving to Las Vegas for high school. Upon graduation he yearned for travel and direction and enlisted in the United States Navy as a military police officer. Kevin was stationed in Washington state on a submarine base responsible for the protection and safe transportation of nuclear assets, where at nineteen years old was in the position of Waterfront Supervisor responsible for 30 plus Sailors. Kevin’s final two years in the Navy were spent stationed in the Mediterranean providing security for high level air assets. After four years in the Navy, Kevin was honorably discharged and began his education in Long Beach, CA at the community college, where soon after he transferred to California State University Long Beach. Kevin was on the president’s list for each semester he attended, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and was awarded Distinguish Graduate for his major in American Studies, with a Chemistry minor thrown. After spending 4 years working towards medical school, he realized that a life of medicine was not right for him and his family. Kevin has always been entrepreneurial minded, working since he was 11 when he started his own lawn and weed business, and so business seemed like the perfect fit. Shortly after graduating, Kevin became a licensed real estate professional, and started his own business in residential real estate and vacation rental property management. When Kevin is not showing homes, managing his properties, or playing with his baby, he is at Chapman University working on his MBA at night. Kevin lives in Lake Forest with his wife, daughter, and three dogs.


Liz Mirand

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Liz Mirand
Program: Flexible MBA
Graduating Year: 2020
Undergraduate Institution: Chapman University, Orange
Undergraduate Degree: BSc. in Business Administration - Marketing
Hometown: Cerritos, CA
E-mail: miran111@mail.chapman.edu

As a Chapman University Argyros School of Business and Economics alumna, Liz Mirand exudes Panther pride. After graduating with a major in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Public Relations, Liz made the decision to return back to Chapman and is now enjoying her time working toward earning her MBA. Outside of academics, Liz works as an Administrative Lead for the International Executive Council (IEC) where her focus is on event planning, marketing, and overall company organization. She joined IEC at the very beginning when it was just about to launch and has learned the necessary skills and patience it takes when working for a startup. Besides her devotion to her business aspirations, Liz also has an extreme passion for health and fitness. In order to include this passion in her everyday life, Liz also works as a Kickboxing Instructor for CKO Kickboxing North Tustin. After playing volleyball for a majority of her life, she quickly discovered the importance of having a healthy heart to obtain a healthy mind. This interest also expands to her love for professional sports including rooting for her teams: the LA Rams, Lakers and Angels.

At the end of the day, Liz is a strong-willed business professional prepared to go the extra mile in any situation that is handed to her. Today, she currently resides in her hometown of Cerritos, CA, with her two wiener dogs: Ricky and Ernie.

Natasha Patel

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Natasha Patel
Program: Full-time MBA
Graduating Year: 2020
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan
Undergraduate Degree: Biopsychology, cognition, & neuroscience
Hometown: Dayton, OH

I am a first-year student in the Full-time MBA program at Argyros. For my undergraduate degree, I received a BS in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience as well as minored in the Environment. I am originally from the midwest and have slowly been making my way out west, ultimately landing right here in Orange County. My professional interests include development and corporate social responsibility, with particular emphasis on the non-profit and environmental industry. I believe every business should value economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental responsibility equally. My favorite part about attending Chapman is the small class size that leads to building strong relationships with peers and faculty.

Pandu Setiawan

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Pandu Setiawan
Program: Full-time MBA
Graduating Year: 2020
Undergraduate Institution: Telkom University, Indonesia
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor in Computer Engineering
Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia
Email: setiawan@chapman.edu
LinkedIn: Connect with Pandu Setiawan

Pandu Setiawan is from Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a first year student at Argyros School of Business and Economics Chapman University. He has been working for more than 12 years as Software Engineer and I.T Project Manager in software development and telecommunication company in Indonesia. He received a full scholarship from his company to pursue MBA degree in the best universities in the U.S, with a mission to create new digital business opportunities for his company in Indonesia. And it is his passion also to become successful entrepreneur in the future. As Argyros Ambassador, he is looking for the opportunities to build network and meet the best talented students to join our Argyros MBA program. He believes that you will be excited and interested to find so many talented students from around the world, with different cultures, religion and languages. In Argyros you will find Unity In Diversity. Come and join our Argyros MBA program, he highly recommend the program and excited to meet you all to share his experiences.

 

 

Ranjith Kankanala

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Ranjith Kankanala
Program: Full-time MBA
Graduating Year: 2020
Undergraduate Institution: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad
Degrees: Bachelor of Technology in Engineering (EIE)
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
E-mail: kankanala@chapman.edu

Ranjith Kankanala is a first-year MBA student at Chapman University. Soon after graduating from engineering school, he pursued his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. He co-founded a video production company named Vinoothna Geetha in 2010. At Vinoothna Geetha, he oversaw the general management of the company along with the day-to-day functions of finance and operations. In addition to this, he also served as a producer by managing the production of all of his company's video works. After seven years of working on numerous projects and seeking the right opportunity for a breakthrough, he along with his team raised investment and produced their first full-length feature film in Telugu (regional language) titled – “Pellichoopulu”. The film was a huge success and it presented many business opportunities for Ranjith and his team. Ranjith never had a background in business studies and he realized this was only the start of his career. He wanted to pursue his Masters in Business Administration and to be able to acquire the talent and expertise to handle any kind of business opportunities or challenges in the future. He wanted to go to a school which was close to Hollywood and which would boast of a really good film school. He found Chapman University to be a perfect choice and he couldn't have been any more happier to be here. Ranjith is constantly trying to learn, expand his professional network and looking for opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. He would be happy to hear from you and help you out if you may have any questions for him. Please feel free to reach out to him.

Richard Lobel

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Richard Lobel
Program: Full-time MBA
Graduating Year: 2020
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Irvine
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
E-mail: lobel@chapman.edu
LinkedIn: Connect with Richard Lobel

 

Richard Lobel is a first-year MBA student hailing from Orange County, California. Earning two undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Irvine-California, Richard then proceeded to work in politics during the 2012 General Election. He later moved on to the auto finance industry and learned much about the corporate world and financial matters, but soon developed a passion for the investing sphere. As Argyros Ambassador, Richard looks forward to getting prospective students as excited as he is about the MBA program.

Saloni Vyas

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Saloni KV
Program: Full-time MBA
Graduating Year: 2020
Undergraduate Institution: Goa University
Undergraduate Degree: BBA, Human resources management
Hometown: Goa, India
E-mail: vyas@chapman.edu

Saloni KV is a first-year MBA student residing in Orange County, California. Earning two masters degrees in Psychology and Organizational Behavior, from India and Spain. Saloni then proceeded to work as a Psychotherapist for 7 years but soon developed a passion for the consulting sphere. As an Argyros Ambassador, Saloni looks forward to serve and represent the Argyros School of Graduate Programs. Saloni aims to create a strong network of the Panther family by helping the school attract the best and brightest applicants, thereby shaping the future of the school.


Tai Nguyen

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Tai Nguyen
Program: Flexible MBA
Graduating Year: 2020
Undergraduate Institution: RMIT, Vietnam
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelors in Business, Economics and Finance
Hometown: Long An Province, Vietnam
E-mail: tainguyen@chapman.edu
LinkedIn: Connect with Tai Nguyen

 

Tai Nguyen is a first-year MBA student at Chapman University, Orange County, California. She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from RMIT University, Vietnam in 2015. Tai worked for a startup sports supplement company in Vietnam as Secretary Assistance for a year before being a current US resident. Being an Argyros Ambassador, Tai is always improving herself to share all her experiences for prospective students about the MBA program.

Theresa Keh

Argyros Ambassadors

Name: Theresa Keh
Program: Flexible MBA
Graduating Year: 2020
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Riverside
Undergraduate Degree: Economics/Admin Studies
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA
E-mail:  keh@chapman.edu 
LinkedIn:  Connect with Theresa Keh

 

Theresa Keh is a first year Professional MBA student from Orange County. After graduating from the University of California, Riverside with a BA in Economics, she worked in private accounting and operations for 5 years in the healthcare, medical devices, and real estate industries. As Argyros Ambassador, Theresa welcomes a chat with anyone who interested in finding out more about what Chapman’s MBA program has to offer.

Chase Pollard

Chase Pollard

Name: Chase Pollard
Program: EMBA
E-mail: cpollard@chapman.edu
Chase joined Charles Schwab in 2011 with the aspirations of helping individuals and families navigate the complexities of their finances. He quickly worked his way up through the ranks and is now a VP-Financial Consultant, based out of Charles Schwab Brea office. In his current role he manages his client’s investments, provides comprehensive financial planning and advises them on all aspects of their financial lives.  Chase earned received a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Business and Communications, from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Chapman.

Kristle Duran

Kristle Duran

 

Name: Kristle Duran
Program: EMBA
E-mail: kduran@chapman.edu
LinkedIn: Connect with Kristle

 

 

 

 


Kristle serves as Chief Operations Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast overseeing all direct service models for the organization, including quality of programs, relationships with community stakeholders, and the implementation of the organization’s long-term growth plans. She joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast in 2013, drawn to the idea of making a difference and the prospect of professional mentorship. During her time at the Club, Kristle has learned about aligning organizational development with successful execution strategies and has taken a leadership role in various initiatives.
Kristle is pursuing her Executive MBA at Chapman University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Literary Journalism from the University of California, Irvine.

Laurie M. Grijalva

Laurie  M. Grijalva

 

 

Name: Laurie Grijalva
Program: EMBA
E-mail: grijalva@chapman.edu
LinkedIn: Connect with Laurie

 

 

 

Laurie M. Grijalva, EMBA student at Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business, class of 2020, is the Chief Merchandising Officer at Boot Barn, Inc. Since her tenure at Boot Barn in 1993, Laurie has transformed the business from a small retail chain operating just a handful of stores in three states, to the national leader in the western and work industry with over 250 stores in 31 states. Laurie also played a pivotal role in taking the company public under the name BOOT in 2014, and had the pleasure of ringing the Bell at the New York Stock Exchange alongside Boot Barn’s CEO and CFO. 
Laurie enjoys mentoring and empowering young women by teaching them how to write a competitive resume, adequately prepare for job interviews, and successfully enter the job market with a competitive advantage.

Grace Hull

Grace Hull

Name: Grace Hull
Program: Accelerated MSA
E-mailhull102@mail.chapman.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Grace is an Accelerated MSA student at Chapman. She attended Chapman as an undergraduate, where she received a BS in Finance and a BS in Accounting. Grace loved her time at Chapman so much that she decided to stay for her graduate degree. During her senior year she was accepted into the integrated MSA program and she was able to take 3 graduate courses while still completing her undergraduate studies. During her time at Chapman Grace has also been involved in The Accounting Society and Delta Delta Delta. She has had the opportunities to do internships in industry accounting as well as public accounting. Upon graduation she will be starting her career at Ernst & Young LLP in Irvine as an Assurance Associate.

Bryan Castañeda

Bryan Castañeda

Name: Bryan Castañeda
Program: MS in Accounting
E-mail: bcastaneda@chapman.edu
LinkedIn:  Connect with Bryan Castañeda

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Bryan Castañeda and I am in the MSA program at Chapman University. Before acceptance into Chapman I served eight years in the United Stated Army and deployed a total of three times to both Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After my military service I attended Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA earning a BA in Business Administration and Management. During my time at Chapman I have been involved with the Accounting Society, and Veterans Club. I recently accepted a full-time offer from Deloitte & Touche LLP in Costa Mesa, CA as an Audit Assistant in the Audit & Assurance group. Chapman’s Career Center, the Accounting Society, and the MSA program have been instrumental in assisting me in securing this full-time offer with a “Big Four” firm.

Angelo Giambrone

Angelo Giambrone

Name: Angelo Giambrone
Program: MS in Accounting
E-mail: giambrone@chapman.edu
LinkedIn: Connect with Angelo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angelo Giambrone is a second-year MSA student hailing from Orange County, California. Earning his undergraduate degree in Business Economics from California State University Long Beach. Angelo then proceeded to work at Hertz to gain account management and sales experience. He later moved on to the auto finance industry at CIG Financial to get his initial exposure to accounting and his interest for it. Coming this summer, he is excited to start his new career at PwC. As an MSA Ambassador, Angelo looks forward to getting prospective students as excited as he is about the MSA program.