Communication Alumni Council 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 some undergraduate alumni profiles, see the programs and lists of participants for past Communication Career Days


Alumni Council Profiles

Scott Carper, Class of 1998

Scott graduated with a double major in Communication and Law & Society.  He is the Senior Vice President of Dating Dynamics, a web design and implementation company. He oversees the operations of the company and insures that websites fit the ideals of their creators/employees, investors, and potential clients.  He also works as a consultant for such clients as CBRE, DAUM, JH Snyder, DavidsonPowers, and SEG in advertising and in maximizing revenues on fixed location properties. Renewing his passion for the Martial Arts, Scott is a minority owner for United Studios of Self Defense, in which he oversees the marketing and advertising division. While at UCSB, he worked for minority leader, Richard Gephardt (House of Representatives) on the National Television Violence Study for a quarter and was awarded the Chuck Loring Greek Man of the Year Award.

Cody Corona, Class of 2010

Cody graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Professional Writing. He currently lives in New York City and is a Product Manager for Rockstar Games, a worldwide developer and publisher of award winning videogames. Cody previously worked at advertising agencies, managing campaigns for brands such as Denny’s, Old Spice, Chobani, and more. He also competes in bike races and volunteers for Comfort Zone Camp, an organization that supports grieving children. While at UCSB, Cody was the Marketing Coordinator for the Recreational Sports Department, an Account Manager for SB Media Group (a student advertising club), an Assistant Account Coordinator for The Shand Group (a local advertising agency), and a bad surfer.

Denny Directo, Class of 2010

Denny is currently a Supervising Producer/Host for ETonline.com, the digital leg of Entertainment Tonight and CBS Television Distribution. This includes producing original content for the web such as major red carpet events, hosted celebrity interviews, feature packages and brand integrations. While most kids were reading comic books at 10-years-old, Denny was flipping the pages of an Entertainment Weekly. He eventually focused that absurd passion for entertainment and media toward a B.A. in Communication and Film & Media Studies at UCSB. During his time as a gaucho, he was an active member of AS Program Board, IV Tenants Union and served as the social media intern for the UCSB Alumni Association.

Tamara Ford, Class of 2012

Tamara recently joined the team at Looker, Data Sciences Inc. to work in Business Development and Marketing.  This role allows her to utilize and build on her previous experience in account management, content marketing, and sales.  Tamara’s enthusiasm for communication stems from a life-long passion for storytelling and leadership, which she has been able to put to professional use in marketing and management roles.  While earning her B.A. in Communication and English at UCSB, Tamara co-organized the Peace Fair, conducted undergraduate research under Dr. Tamara Afifi, worked as Comm Peer Advisor, served as President of the Communication Association, and spent a year studying in Scotland with the EAP Program.  Her education and experiences from UCSB have been invaluable, and she looks forward to giving back to students through the Communication Alumni Council.

Leslie Solomon Klonoff, Class of 1980

Leslie graduated from UCSB with a BA in Communications Studies. 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. In addition, Leslie has created and executed admission campaigns for her children’s private schools and run the major fundraisers for her synagogue and children’s schools. She co-created and currently chairs the GreekFest at All Gaucho Reunion for the UCSB Alumni Association and she and her husband Jeff are members of the UCSB Alumni Founders Circle. Leslie’s two children, Joel and Jennifer Klonoff, are also Gauchos. Joel graduated in 2014 with a degree in Economics and Accounting and Jennifer will graduate in 2016 with a Communication Degree. She looks forward to the day when her grandchildren attend UCSB!

Francesco (Fran) D. Mancia, Class of 1980

Fran earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco.  He is the Vice President 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 twelve 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 was recently elected to serve as one of four Regents for the University of California system. He also served a two year term as President of the League of California Cities’ Partner Program.

Summer McGinnis, Class of 2007

Summer is passionate about helping people live healthier, happier lives. She is a Sales Consultant for Turning to Wellness and for doTERRA International. As a Sales Consultant, Summer is currently supporting the sales efforts at Desk Yogi an eLearning wellness company based in Ojai, CA. Desk Yogi was created to help employees live their lives in better balance. Desk Yogi offers a digital headquarters for corporate fitness, yoga, meditation and more. Desk Yogi provides health and stress-reduction solutions right at employees’ desks, on demand, when they want them. Previously, Summer worked as a Higher Education Account Executive for lynda.com, a recognized leader in the software training space. In 2013, Summer was awarded Sales Executive of the year. In 2015, lynda.com was acquired by LinkedIn for 1.5 million dollars.

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. 

Robert McCann, Class of 2003

Bob is a professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management and serves as the Chair for the UCLA Thailand Executive Committee.  He was formerly the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives at the Anderson School.  He teaches courses in Leadership Communication, Global Leadership, Persuasion & Leadership, Doing Business in Thailand, and Doing Business in Southeast Asia in UCLA Anderson's various MBA and Executive Education programs.  He also teaches each year in Hong Kong.  In addition to these academic roles, he is the President of the McCann Group, Incorporated, a consulting firm that specializes in the training of executives and professionals in strategic communication, leadership, and workplace age diversity.   Bob is the author of Ageism at Work: The Role of Communication in a Changing Workplace, published in Spanish, Catalan, and English and he lived in Asia for nearly twenty years, most of these in Thailand.

Justine Miller, Class of 2009

Justine doubled majored in Communication and Slavic Languages and Literature and minored in French at UCSB. After graduation, she taught English in Thailand and traveled for a year before moving to New York City. There, Justine worked in event planning, TV production and was a freelance writer and photographer. She then worked as a strategy and social media consultant for a start-up based in Manhattan. Justine is now a multimedia journalist getting a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism. She focuses on broadcast production and global news. Justine has lived in Moscow, Paris and Bangkok and hopes to expand her journalism career internationally after graduating in May.

Cynthia (Carla) Ni, Class of 2015

Carla graduated from UCSB with a double major in Communication and Psychology and a minor in Art History. She is currently an Administrative Assistant for Aqualillies and an assistant in Public Relations for Prismatics in Los Angeles. During her time at UCSB, she served as the PR/Marketing Assistant for the Department of Communication, where she assisted with all of the Department's social media and marketing needs. She was also involved in AS Program Board, Dance Marathon, the Communication Association, and the UCSB American Marketing Association (where she served as President during her senior year). Carla also completed a media internship at the Carsey-Wolf Center during her junior year and was the 2015 recipient of the Communication Alumni Association Service Award.

Alexandra Platt, Class of 2012

Alexandra graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Communication and Global Studies. She currently serves as Program Associate for the Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C. Prior to this, Alex completed her graduate studies through the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Global Studies program, earning an MSc in Global Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MA in Global Studies from Roskilde University in Denmark. Her thesis analyzed the motivations of emerging nations in the bidding and event production processes of mega-sporting events with a focus on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. While at LSE, Alex served as stage manager and executive board member for the second annual TEDxLSE conference. While at UCSB, she worked as manager of the on-campus hotel, the Summer Inn Santa Barbara; as Program Coordinator for the UCSB Alumni Association; and as Student Supervisor for the UCSB Faculty Club. Outside of work, Alex is passionate about travel, fitness, and a cappella music.

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.

Matt Schermerhorn, Class of 2009

Matt graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Sport Management.  He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions for the School of Economics and Business Administration’s MBA program at Saint Mary's College in California.  He focuses on advising and vetting prospective students for the program, while working on creating advantageous processes and marketing campaigns through hosted events and digital advertisement. Prior to that, Matt worked for four years in the Oakland Athletics baseball organization where he specialized in promotional marketing and special events.  Ultimately, Matt hopes to transition into collegiate athletics by sharing his current and past experiences from both Saint Mary's College and the Oakland A's, to bring added stability to an organization that is the NCAA, which constantly affects and shapes the lives of young athletes each day.

Mary Shirley, Class of 2007

Mary (Shirley) Sheehan is the Head of the Product Marketing team at AdRoll, focusing on company positioning, product launches and global strategy. Prior to AdRoll, Mary worked at Google for seven years in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Paris. She also is the co-founder of Phynder, a new app that lets you buy and sell locally. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Patrick.

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 15 years of experience in marketing communications, brand identity, and social media. She is currently the Sr. Director of Marketing for LiveRamp, an advertising technology company based in San Francisco, where she is responsible for digital marketing, demand gen and marketing operations. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her 2-year-old daughter and husband. She currently resides in Mill Valley, CA.

Sally Tannenbaum, Class of 1975

Sally Tannenbaum earned her B.A. in Rhetoric and M.A. in Communication from UCSB and received a joint doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCDavis/CSUFresno. She is a retired Associate Professor of Communication from California State University, Fresno where she taught from 1983-2011. Her areas of emphasis include communication and learning, service-learning, and political engagement. Among her publications is the book, "Research, Advocacy, and Political Engagement. Prior to teaching at Fresno, she taught at Universidad Simon Bolivar and Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to university work, she has chaired numerous political campaigns, served as a commentator for the local NBC affiliate, and was elected to serve on the Fresno County Board of Education for four terms. In 2011, she retired and moved to Santa Barbara where she is active in several non-profit organizations.

Heather Wilburn, Class of 1998

Heather is the Product Training Curriculum Manager for Channel Sales at Google. She joined Google in 2002 as one of the founding members of the AdWords online advertising program, developing advanced online strategies for small to medium-sized businesses. During her tenure at Google, she has sold Google TV Ads to the Travel and Retail verticals, managed SMB relationships for Google Offers in the Denver and Phoenix markets, and most recently was a Strategic Partner Manager managing relationships with top tier agency partners helping them take full advantage of Google’s ever-growing suite of products. As Product Training Curriculum Manager she is responsible for designing, deploying and managing both lifecycle and needs-based product training programs for the global Channel Sales team.