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. 

Jonathan Delong, Class of 1998

A UCSB Department of Communication graduate, Jonathan DeLong is the Executive Vice President -- Product Marketing for ZOS Communications. Jonathan saw ZOS grow from a small start-up to a global emerging company focusing on mobile applications and mobile location management for developers. He currently oversees new business initiatives and partnerships globally. Jonathan was formerly in technology sales and marketing, held a board seat on the California - Nevada - Hawaii Affordable Housing Association, and had a lobbying role for technology in Washington, DC. Jonathan also participates in several philanthropic endeavors, both locally and abroad.  

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

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. 

Laura Roenick, Class of 2005

Laura is the Event and Project Manager for United Talent Agency's Foundation in Beverly Hills. In this capacity, she is responsible for planning and executing company-wide charitable initiatives, maintaining relationships between the non-profit community and the agency, and helping clients and employees explore their charitable interests. In addition, she oversees the agency's employee training programs. At UCSB, Laura minored in Art History, was the founding President of Lamba Pi Eta, was President of the Student Communication Association, and was President of Alpha Phi Fraternity. 

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

Kibibi is a marketing communication professional who has held positions with top 10 public relations firms and non-profit organizations such as Edelman Public Relations, Golin Harris, The Milken Family Foundation, Procter & Gamble and The Virgin Entertainment Group.  Currently she serves as the Executive Director for Ferrazzi Greenlight a consulting company focused on optimizing relational capital for business success where she heads up business operations for the High Impact Team coaching division alongside company Founder and CEO Keith Ferrazzi. In addition to her UCSB degree in Communication Studies, she holds a Master's degree in I/O Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kibibi is a member of the UCSB Department of Communication Alumni Board as well as a member of the advisory board for youTHink a young adult mentoring program run by the Zimmerman Museum in Los Angeles.  Kibibi resides and works in the Los Angeles area.  

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.