2017 Distinguished Alumni Award
Natalie C. Hankins ('01) & Jared N. Hankins ('01)
Natalie C. Hankins ('01) is a full-time (and overtime) mom of three, community volunteer, life-advice mentor, and college preparatory school board member from Little Rock, Arkansas. Mrs. Hankins spent her early professional career at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the clinical skills department and as an investigator of nonprofit organizations on behalf of a corporation. She also trained as a doula (a certified labor and birth coach) under the care of midwives.
Mrs. Hankins discovered early in her adult life that her greatest passion and calling was to work at home and to be present for her children while they were very young, striving to maintain a balanced home during the very formative season of life when children grow and develop quickly.
Although her family is always the first priority in her day, Mrs. Hankins also volunteers at her children's school, as well as local outreach programs. She serves with the Lessons for Life mentoring program at an urban middle school in Little Rock, meeting one-on-one with sixth-grade to eight-grade girls, encouraging them to make positive life choices and to create a vision for their future. Mr.s Hankins serves as a member on the Board of Trust of Little Rock Christian Academy.
Natalie Hankins received her bachelor of arts in religion from Seaver College in 2001.
Jared N. Hankins ('01) is a producer and director with Kombine Media, a multimedia production company with locations in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Burbank, California. With a rich background in directing various platforms of production, his primary responsibility at Kombine is to produce original content. He also fills the role of director for a variety of shoots for both promotional use and entertainment purposes and has worked on numerous award-winning ad campaigns. Mr. Hankins has worked in the media production industry for the last 13 years, working on projects of all sizes for a wide variety of clients.
Mr. Hankins' signature media accomplishment to date is creating an animated series that was the first of its kind, Iesodo, which focuses on the Gospel and on the life and person of Jesus. The series has been distributed and shown in several major retail outlets and by many entertainment production companies.
In addition to his work at Kombine, Mr. Hankins is also the founder of Rizon Media and the cofounder of Zaya Toonz, the production company behind Iesodo. He proudly notes that a majority of his companies' employees are Pepperdine alumni like himself.
Jared Hankins received his bachelor of arts in communication from Seaver College in 2001.