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

Marsha Bailey, Class of 1980

Marsha Bailey is the President, CEO and Founder of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. WEV provides a comprehensive continuum of training and consulting to help women start and expand small businesses. WEV is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and makes loans of up to $50,000 to pre-bankable businesses.  Marsha is a member of the National Women’s Business Council, which advises the White House, Congress and the Small Business Administration on policy matters related to women’s business ownership and is the Chair of the Board of the national Association of Women’s Business Centers. Marsha has mentored and trained emerging women leaders from the U.S., Nepal and Jordan, has provided entrepreneurial training for women in Hungary, and lectured at the Sorbonne in Paris.  She has provided consulting and training on organizational development and sustainability to a USAID-funded women’s business organization in Amman, Jordan as well as to many U.S. organizations. She earned her Communication (Rhetoric) from UC Santa Barbara, and a B.A. from Michigan State University in Fine Art and Sociology.  She is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

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, 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.

Gayle Gaviola, Class of 2008

Gayle is a senior communications manager for Viacom International Media Networks, where she focuses on promoting MTV and Nickelodeon’s work around the world. These duties include leading the international communication strategy for programming, pro-social and internal initiatives, and key events like MTV’s Europe Music Awards. Prior to joining Viacom, she worked at several top public relations agencies managing publicity campaigns for entertainment and tech brands, including Spotify, Facebook, and VH1 Save The Music. During her time as a Gaucho, Gayle was an active member of Chi Delta Theta, Kapatirang Pilipino, and Urban Dance. She was bit by the travel bug after studying abroad in Madrid, which opened the door to her passion and eventual career in international communication.  

Aladrian Goods, Class of 2012

Aladrian is a digital marketer who resides in Los Angeles and consults with entrepreneurs on brand communication and communicating authentically with audiences.  Prior to this position, she traveled the world teaching English and empowering people to #sharewhatyoulove. She earned a BA in Communication from UCSB and was a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Leadership, Scholarship, and Citizenship. While at UCSB, Aladrian served as the manager of the Women’s Basketball Team during the year the team won the conference championship. She also served as a Resident Assistant in Santa Catalina North Tower and as the Cultural Arts & Lectures Coordinator for the Associated Students Program Board. She loves music, people, and technology and urges students to reach out with their best ideas…she's all ears!

Jason Kearnaghan, Class of ‘95

Jason Kearnaghan is a Labor & Employment Partner in the downtown Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP, an AmLaw 100 international law firm.  Jason represents employers in state and federal courts with respect to all facets of employment law including wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and hostile work environment. He also has substantial experience representing employers in union negotiations, organizing campaigns, elections, union grievance proceedings and unfair labor proceedings. Prior to joining Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Jason practiced business litigation in the healthcare context. His practice included contractual disputes and managed care liability for Fortune 500 healthcare service providers and subsidiaries. He also served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps as a trial attorney in criminal prosecution. While at UCSB, Jason was an active member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Meghan Killian, Class of 2010

Meghan double majored in Communication and Psychology at UCSB. While at UCSB, she served as treasure for the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and was a research assistant for a graduate student researching communication accommodation within law enforcement-civilian interactions.  Meghan received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she specialized in Intellectual Property Law. She currently lives in San Francisco and works in the legal department of Kabam Inc., an industry leader in creating massively multiplayer mobile games.

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.

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.

Kendra Miller, Class of 2011

Kendra has diverse experience in film marketing and media communications in the entertainment industry. She is currently the Interactive Marketing and Communications Coordinator at CBS Films in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she worked in the Media and Research Marketing departments of CBS Films. During this time she has planned promotional and research film screenings, worked red carpets, was involved in media planning and press relations as well as the management of social media campaigns for 18+ films. While at UCSB she was involved in the Communication Association, SB Media Group, UCSB Development (Athletics), Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society, and marketing efforts for basketball and baseball collegiate leagues. She earned a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Sports Management. She also enjoys volunteering with projects such as #HashtagLunchbag, Olé LA as the VP of Marketing and Philanthropy, Reading to Kids and bringing community relations aspects to her current role at CBS Films.

Sean O’Keefe, Class of 2002

Sean is a Lecturer and Course Coordinator of the Business Communication program at Santa Clara University.  He is responsible for curriculum development and he teaches Effective Business Communication, Business Leadership Skills, and Foundations of Leadership.  Previously, Sean was the Vice President of Business Development for Shamrock Office Solutions, a local technology and IT services company.  He joined the organization in 2009.  Sean had P&L responsibility and lead Shamrock’s growth initiatives and operational excellence.  Shamrock more than doubled its staff and quadrupled its profit during his 7 years with the company.  Prior to Shamrock, Mr. O’Keefe led the Premium Seating Department with the Oakland Athletics Baseball Company where he and his team set several sales records in the luxury suite, group ticket and corporate sponsorship categories.  During college, Sean interned for the Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco 49ers in the Player Personnel department, and the San Francisco Giants.  In 2008, he received a MBA from the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business.

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, 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.

Erin Bergamo Tacy, Class of 1992

Erin graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications and has more than 20 years of experience managing and driving strategic communications for key businesses and technology companies around the world. In her current role as Director of Global Corporate Communications at Cisco, she is responsible for leading the PR, AR, social media, internal and executive communications, and crisis communications in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, Africa), APJ+GC (Asia Pacific, Japan, Greater China) and the Americas (Canada, US, Latin America).  She is a graduate of several Cisco leadership training programs including the Executive Action Learning Forum and the Business Leadership Program, and sits of the board of Cisco’s Connected Women employee resource group.  She also has a patent-pending on a Global Communications Model for driving effective communications strategies across multiple audiences and channels.  While at UCSB, Erin was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and the UCSB Crew team.

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.

Ryan Voeltz, Class of 2000

Ryan graduated with a major in Communication and a minor in Professional Writing and Editing.  He is currently the Vice President and Business Development Officer for US Bank's Asset-Based Lending Platform in Northern California. US Bank is the 5th largest bank in the US and Ryan's group focuses on working capital and revolving lines of credit for middle-market companies with greater than $100MM in annual revenue. After graduating from UCSB in 2000 and pursuing a variety of sales and business development opportunities, Ryan earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler School of Business. After graduation, he joined General Electric in their Capital Experienced Leadership Development Program, where he worked in a variety of roles, including a consulting engagement in Bangalore, India. Then, Ryan moved to MUFG Union Bank to lead their Middle-Market Asset-Based lending efforts in the Pacific Northwest. During his time at UCSB, Ryan held officer positions in Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and was named FSC Greek Educator of the Year. He was also involved in the Ski & Snowboarding Club, co-produced and co-hosted UCSB's weekly cable access sports news show, and worked for the Department of Athletics. (He may also have thrown a tortilla or two during a couple of the Men's Basketball games).