Storytelling Featured Alumni Stories Young Alumni Award Recipients Distinguished Alumni Award 2017 These 40 alumni over the age of 40 are distinctly and successfully demonstrating the University's mission. Arnold Laanui ('90) brings FBI skills into the classroom. These 40 alumni under the age of 40 are distinctly and successfully demonstrating the University's mission. 12345 Alumni Spotlight Clark Souers ('94) Clark has led with excellence and passion since organizing Project College during his time at Pepperdine. His career has led to starting Life Revolution and his current entrepreneurial venture, Expert Effect, click to learn more about Clark's intentional advice for the Pepperdine community. Montell Jordan ('20) Montell's exodus from Pepperdine led him to a career in advertising followed by a record deal as he became a Grammy nominated R&B recording artist and songwriter of the year. After pursuing music, he retired to enter full-time ministry and returned to Pepperdine while simultaneously launching a 501c3 nonprofit, Marriage Masterpiece, with his wife. Andy Canales ('08) Andy's upbringing and background led him to discovering Pepperdine as his dream school. Fast forward to graduating with a degree in Political Science and Religion, as a first-generation college graduate, he has made it a priority to instill in young people the importance of building and managing relationships, just as Dr. Runnels had shown him. Katherine Sexton Steck ('11) Katherine graduated Pepperdine as class of 2011 with a degree in Liberal Arts and took many life long lessons with her along the way. Katherine attributes many of her experiences at Pepperdine to her successes as a Thoughtful Consumption Advocate. Jordana Moore ('14) Jordan's love for Pepperdine has only grown since attending her mother's graduate school graduation (at the age of 8). Since graduating, she has attended Fuller Theological Seminary to pursue a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy to become an LMFT. Shaina Russo ('13) Shaina attended Pepperdine because it had always been her dream school. Since graduating in 2013, she has become an artist and published several books, it's safe to say plenty more of her dreams have turned to reality. Miram McSpadden ('10) During her time at Pepperdine, Miriam learned that her talent and dedication would lead to a successful career in the Television and Film industry. The Emmy Award-winner is a champion for following one’s “vocational calling,” and believes in finding your passion in every career opportunity . She also volunteers alongside her husband with The Kefa Project, based in Rwanda. Anthony Precourt ('93) During his time at Pepperdine, Anthony found his favorite experience to be participating in the international program in London, England. Pepperdine taught him that discipline, and making authentic personal choices related to his career would lead to long term success. The alumnus is a proud Investor/Operator for Major League Soccer (MLS) - most recently starting the first MLS expansion team in Austin, Texas. Flora Ekpe-Idang ('11) While attending Pepperdine, Flora participated in a number of initiatives, clubs, and events focusing on diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Currently, she mentors young girls of color, supports initiatives around economic development, leads the African American marketing strategy at Target, and manages the Corage Dolls line that she launched. Shannon Celia ('98) Shannon credits Pepperdine for helping her build a foundation as a professional artist. As founder of the Pepperdine Alumni Art Showcase, she regularly meets with artists who either grew their artistic wings on campus or discovered them later on. Shannon's pieces encourage community compassion and involvement. Sarah Ketelhut ('13) During her time at Pepperdine, Sarah learned how to put her goals into practice and the tools needed to achieve them. As the manager of development and community relations at Caruso, she manages community relations strategy and implementation while also managing the Caurso Family Foundation. Eric Stoen ('93) Eric realized that the world is small and accessible while studying in the Florence program his sophomore year. Regarded as Travel Babbo, he has been named the fourth most influential traveler in the world by Forbes magazine. Ben Holcomb ('14) Ben always had a love for telling stories and was determined to pursue his passion. Loving Seaver's proximity to Hollywood, he decided Pepperdine would be the perfect fit. Now, as author of The Pursuit, and assistant director of marketing and digital media in Seaver College Enrollment Management, he helps others share their stories while producing docuseries like Rising Tide. David Sheftell ('09) While studying theatre at Pepperdine, David learned the importance of kindness and service in everything you do. Since graduating, he has pursued and succeed in two diverse career paths: actor and realtor. Alumni News & Stories Publications Social Media Have any stories or updates about you or a fellow Wave? SHARE YOUR STORY!