Undergraduate Alumni Profiles
Read about and connect with our undergraduate alumni through our student-alumni UCSB Department of Communication group on LinkedIn. You will discover the wide variety of careers chosen by our alumni. For more undergraduate alumni profiles, see the programs and lists of participants for past Communication Career Days.
Alumni Council Profiles
Tina Benvenuto, Class of 2007
Tina is an Academic Training Solutions Advisor for lynda.com, a Santa Barbara based company that is a recognized leader in software training. Tina works with Colleges and Universities in the Midwest, Canada, and Australia to see how the lynda.com Online Training Library can assist with their challenges of digital literacy. In this sales role, she maintains relationships with current and new clients, attends Trade Shows, creates marketing campaigns, and works to find new accounts that will translate into ongoing business for lynda.com. Previously Tina worked as an Account Executive at Paychex and in the Corporate Sales Department of Citrix Online.
Francesco (Fran) D. Mancia, Class of 1980
Fran is the Director of Government Relations for Muniservices, LLC. and is responsible for overseeing company legislative, regulatory, and government relations activity throughout the country. With a focus on fiscal impacts to local districts, Fran monitors, analyzes and leads company lobbying efforts related to legislation, state mandates, and regulatory changes and policies that affect client revenue streams and special district tax allocation. Over the past 12 years, Fran has spent a significant portion of his time interacting with mayors and council members, members of the State Board of Equalization, county assessors and tax collectors, state legislators, and state agency directors. He recently completed a two-year term as President of the League of California Cities’ Partner Program. Fran earned a B.A. in Communication from the UCSB and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco.
Laura C. McHugh, Class of 1989 - Friend of the Council
Laura is a founding partner of the law firm Rediger, McHugh & Hubbert, LLP in Sacramento. The firm represents employers in labor and employment law matters. She also counsels with employers on employment practices and policies and other workplace issues. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was an editor for the Law Review and she is a member of the Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections of the American Bar Association and the California State and Sacramento County Bar Associations. Previously, she worked in corporate human resources for a large bank and graduated magna cum laude from UCSB.
Leslie Solomon Klonoff, Class of 1980
Leslie graduated from UCSB with a BA in Communications Studies. While at UCSB, she worked at Ortega Dining Commons, was an active member of Alpha Phi Sorority, and was on yearbook staff as Greek Section Editor. She was a founding member of Cameron-Brooks, Inc., the nation’s leading placement firm that specializes in recruiting junior military officers as they transition to the corporate workforce. Much of Leslie’s life has been devoted to giving back to her community. She has created and executed admission campaigns for children’s private schools in addition to running the major fundraisers at her synagogue and her children’s schools. As a lifelong believer in the importance of education, Leslie volunteers on a regular basis as a reading tutor for at risk kids. Leslie is an active volunteer with the UCSB Alumni Association and currently chairs the GreekFest at All Gaucho Reunion Committee, charged with the responsibility of reconnecting UCSB fraternity and sorority alumni with the university. She and her husband Jeff are members of the UCSB Alumni Founders Circle and are active participants in events for UCSB alumni and supporters. Leslie’s two children, Joel and Jennifer Klonoff, currently attend UCSB. She looks forward to the day when her grandchildren attend UCSB!
Vicki Prentice Rubin, Class of 1980
Vicki, a MA, MATS, TLC, and Global Ph.D. (Year 4 at itp.edu), is a nationally recognized artist representative, creativity coach, and visual arts consultant. She is President of Vicki Prentice Associates Inc. in New York City, with her office in the International Building overlooking Rockefeller Center. Her clients include Top 50 advertising agencies, book publishers, graphic design firms, magazines, and Fortune 500 companies. She is one of the first 3 graduate students in the UCSB Department of Communication, receiving her first Master's Degree in 1980 and Bachelor of Arts in 1977. Her advisor was Dr. John Wiemann, who became Vice Chancellor at UCSB. Her current doctoral work is in transpersonal psychology and spirituality, with a specialization in creative expression and being with art in the unique context of museums worldwide.
Kamyab Sadaghiani, Class of 2008
Kamyab is the Vice President at Terra Universal, Inc., a mid-sized manufacturing and marketing firm specializing in modular cleanrooms and related controlled environments. As Terra's VP, Kamyab oversees the company's manufacturing operations and customer service. He has also worked in sales at Terra. Kamyab graduated from UCSB with highest honors and distinction in the communication major, and he looks forward to joining Duke University's MBA program.
Mary Shirley, Class of 2007
Mary Shirley is a Senior Account Manager working with some of Google's largest Healthcare advertisers and agencies. Specializing in health education, her main role is to understand trends on behalf of her customers and use Google's services to improve their businesses. For each of her clients she oversees their online marketing strategy, data analysis, and campaign execution for media including text ads, display, mobile, and YouTube. She has been at Google for three and a half years and currently resides in Boston. She holds a BA from UCSB.
Kibibi Springs, Class of 1995
Passionate about helping people move into positive action, Kibibi is driven to impact organizational culture by facilitating communication that encourages the adoption of behavior, evolves brand awareness, and stimulates employee and consumer engagement. She has directed global consumer marketing and employee communication strategies for Global 50, 100 and 500 organizations, media agencies, non-profits and start up businesses. Her diversified experience includes directing global consumer product launches, marketing sales for B2B media services, project management, meeting design and facilitation, professional coaching. Currently a member of the executive team of Positivity U, Kibibi drives business goals through the development of content marketing and relationship building strategies and evolves the discussion and adoption of positive psychology in ways that improve employee happiness and result in greater productivity and profitability. An accomplished writer, Kibibi has published articles with iMediaConnection.com, co-authored a book for FabJob, writes for the business and self-help industry and curates a blog at LifeonSprings.com.
Ken Sterling, Class of 2012
Ken graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Applied Psychology. He is Executive Vice President at Valiant Group, managing a real estate portfolio in excess of $300 million. Ken is also a partner at BigSpeak, the leading business speakers’ bureau, serving Fortune 1000 companies. Ken's background includes co-founding a technology company (cloud computing), co-founding BigSpeak and co-founding an international manufacturing company. Ken earned his MBA from Babson College and is currently pursuing his PhD in Education at UCSB with an emphasis in technology and organizational leadership. Ken has participated in several research projects in the areas of technology, psychology, communication, leadership, mentorship and online education. Ken is passionately involved in instruction, mentoring and enriching student experiences at UCSB.
Rebecca Law Stone, Class of 2002
Rebecca is a marketing professional with over eight years of experience in marketing communications, brand identity, and social media. She most recently worked as the Marketing Communications Manager for a telecommunications equipment manufacturer overseeing all outbound communications for the company, including public relations, social media, e-marketing and trade shows. She is actively working to establish her own brand online and can be reached online at www.rebeccalawstone.com. Rebecca currently resides in Santa Barbara with her husband.