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 Deidre Powell ('83) Deidre’s connection with Pepperdine began when her mother attended the university at the original George Pepperdine College campus. In 1983, following in her mother's footsteps as a Pepperdine alumna, she graduated from Seaver College with a degree in English. In 1998, she added the title of Self-Published Author of nonfiction children’s books to her long list of accomplishments. Deidre started her career as a Customer Service Representative, later moving into the field of education as an elementary and middle school teacher. Her work in education expanded further, as she gained experience in several roles, working as a Librarian; Tutor/Reading Specialist; Author/Publisher; High School English Teacher; and English Learners Coordinator. Deidre cites Dr. Lydia Wilburn (Reineck) and Dr. Calvin Bowers as her greatest influences during her time at Pepperdine, and credits Dr. Bowers for helping her discover a passion for Genealogy. Her time at Pepperdine helped her build special bonds with a diverse group of friends, and has impacted how she is able to make connections with her students and families. Deidre is currently a teacher for California Connections Academy, and resides in Gardena, Ca. Sharlette Hambrick ('83) Sharlette Hambrick is making waves as the newly appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Sharlette’s experience as a newscaster at the Waves television and radio station fueled her love for television broadcasting in both News and Entertainment. Her impressive body of work began at WRC-TV, where she practiced a strong work-ethic, taking every opportunity to work towards her career goals. This led her to the Today Show, Nightly News and Meet The Press. Later, she was offered a job with Entertainment Tonight where she worked her way up to Sr. Producer of the entire show. Sharlette’s next goal is to produce original content for film, TV and streaming outlets. In her new position as an Independent Board member on the HFPA board, Sharlette is also dedicated to her mission of bringing Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Mentorship to young journalists wanting to work in an International space. Claire Bloxom Armstrong ('04) Claire Bloxom Armstrong has a lot to be #pepperdineproud of. She is now in her 11th year with PAVLOV Advertising, LLC, currently the Director of Public relations and Social Media. She is the former President of the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (2017), and serving on the board as the professional development chair. Claire was also named a 40 under 40 by the Fort Worth Business Press in 2013. During her time at Pepperdine 2000-2004, Claire recognized Pepperdine President Dr. Andrew Benton as her biggest influence as he helped her recognize her talent and passion for PR. Nathan Rix ('08) Nathan leads with inclusion, authenticity, and integrity at the forefront of his decisions. In doing so, he has founded an inclusive organization and strives to become allies with Black, Indigenous, and Latinx folks to make our world a better place for all people. 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!