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


Carol Pfiffner Bridgeman, Class of 1979

Carol received her BA in communication from UCSB. As a community organizer with a passion for team-building and mentorship, she has spent more than 30 years working in education, HR/administration, and project-and-event management. She spent over a decade as the Director of Children’s Ministries at a church in Southern California, and currently works in early childhood education in Seattle. In addition to her professional pursuits, she has been deeply involved in several local non-profits and theater companies. While at UCSB, she was an active member of Delta Gamma.

John Bollen, Class of 1994

John received his B.A. in Communication from UCSB and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of San Francisco. He brings over 25 years in technology and product development experience working in various start-ups in the Silicon Valley to working in multi-national corporations, such as NBC Universal and MGM Resorts.  John currently serves as the Chief Digital Officer at Mobilitie, the largest private network infrastructure and services company in the United States. In this role, he currently is responsible for creating and executing the long-term strategic plan to evolve Mobilitie’s digital and product capabilities across touch points for all clients and customers. John has substantial experience in the field of information technology and he specializes in digital strategy, product development, construction, and guest experience design. Prior to joining Mobilitie, he served as the Chief Digital Officer at MGM Resorts International.

Scott Carper, Class of 1998

Scott graduated with a double major in Communication and in Law & Society.  He is the President of SCMN CONSULTING, a media advertising, talent representation, and real estate consulting firm. His focus is on improving his clients’ overall brand and helping them create detailed marketing and action plans that are tailored for their specific needs. He has also connected with the film industry and is the Executive Producer of his 6th film.  His most recent film, “Life in Color,” has been selected as a finalist for Best Short Film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Scott is also a minority owner for United Studios Self Defense, in which he oversees the Marketing and Advertising Division. While at UCSB, he worked for the minority leader, Richard Gephardt in the House of Representatives on the National Television Violence Study.  He also received the Chuck Loring Greek Man of the Year Award.

Maureen Carrig, Class of 1992

Maureen's career in public relations and corporate communications spans more than 20 years. She lives in Seattle and is currently senior public relations manager for Robert Half, a global recruiting firm. Maureen manages research initiatives and works with top-tier media outlets to secure coverage on employment, workplace opportunities, and career trends. Previously, she worked in the travel, technology and financial services industries. At UCSB, Maureen was a campus tour guide for three years and perfected the ability to walk backwards while dodging bicycles. She interned at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and volunteered for the Community Affairs Board.

Nick Duggan, Class of 2000

Nick Duggan photoWith nearly 20 years of experience developing people and organizations, Nick is passionate about helping companies improve employee engagement by making work more meaningful. Nick currently leads Learning & Development as part of the HR team at AppFolio, a high-growth software company based in Santa Barbara, and he also provides independent consulting through his Deeper Engagement business. Before joining AppFolio, Nick served as head of global employee and executive communications for Citrix GetGo (now LogMeIn), makers of GoToMeeting. He previously founded QuestSpace Coaching, where he initiated an innovative soul-centered coaching model to help clients find solutions to their life and business challenges. Nick started his career in the healthcare industry with event planning and corporate training roles at such companies as DaVita, the American Heart Association, Prometheus Laboratories, and The Zitter Group. In addition to his communication degree, Nick also holds a Master's degree in organizational psychology from William James College.

Jeanette Gibson, Class of 1992

Jeanette GibsonJeanette graduated with a BA in Communication and has more than 20 years of experience in communication and digital marketing.  She is currently advising startups and companies in the high tech sector on social media strategy and customer advocacy.  Previously, she served as VP of Community at Hootsuite, a leading social media company, where she was responsible for creating vibrant online communities for Hootsuite’s 12M+ users.  Prior to Hootsuite, Jeanette was Sr. Director of Social Media and Digital Strategy at Cisco Systems where she championed B2B social media engagement and led social media, digital and PR teams during her 15 year tenure.  She is passionate about communication and serves as a keynote speaker at industry conferences, hosts webinars and corporate training sessions and enjoys mentoring and sharing her experience with others.  While at USCB, Jeanette was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and worked at KCSB radio station, LaCumbre yearbook, and interned at KSBY-TV and KTMS Newstalk Radio.  

Aladrian Goods, Class of 2012

Aladrian GoodsAladrian is a 2012 recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Leadership, Scholarship, and Citizenship and earned her B.A. in Communication. While at UCSB, Aladrian served as the manager of the Big West Champion Women’s Basketball Team, a Resident Assistant in Santa Catalina North Tower, and the Cultural Arts & Lectures Coordinator for Associated Students Program Board. Aladrian brings a variety of experience ranging from startup marketing and branding to digital marketing and event management. She currently creates amazing support for Lexus vehicle owners as a Guest Experience Specialist at Toyota North America Headquarters in Plano, TX.  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 treasurer 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 as an Associate Attorney at Duane Morris LLP where she specializes in trademarks, copyrights, and brand protection. 

Leslie Solomon Klonoff, Class of 1980

With her BA in Communication Studies, Leslie's background is in recruiting, event planning, and community organizing. She was a founding member of Cameron-Brooks, Inc., the most respected Junior Military Officer recruiting firm in the world, helping Corporate America find its future leaders from the military's top Junior Officers. While at UCSB she served as Panhellenic Chair for Alpha Phi, worked at Ortega Dining Commons, and was a Section Editor for the La Cumbre. She currently focuses most of her volunteer time at UCSB. In addition to Chairing our Dept. of Communication Alumni Council Alumni Engagement Committee, she is an active member on the UCSB Alumni Board of Directors. She Co-Founded All Gaucho Reunion GreekFest, serves on the UCSB Greek Interconnect committee, and is a mentor for many of the greek chapters desiring stronger alumni engagement. She and her husband, Jeff, are proud members of the UCSB Alumni Founders Circle.

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. 

Justine Miller, Class of 2009

Justine double majored in Communication and Slavic Languages and Literature and minored in French. She studied abroad in Moscow and after graduation, taught English in Thailand and traveled for a year before moving to New York City. There, Justine was a freelance photographer/writer and a strategy consultant for a Manhattan-based start-up. She then earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and won the Bloomberg Made in NYC award for a story produced during her time there. After working as a multimedia journalist for The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, Justine returned to New York City and is an on-camera TV reporter for News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn.

Alexei Pizarev, Class of 2012

Alexi PizarevAlexei is currently the Senior Manager of Campaign Management & Ad Operations at Valassis Digital. During his 5 year career in digital advertising, he has played an integral role integrating two companies after an acquisition, developed extensive knowledge of the programmatic ad buying space and digital marketing landscape, managed an office in Europe, and grown strategic partners into multi-million dollar accounts. At UCSB, Alexei was the Philanthropy Chair for Sigma Pi, involved in the establishment of the Sean Vernon Feliciano Amazing Day Foundation as Sigma Pi’s national philanthropy, a Research Assistant for Prof. Walid Afifi, and a member of the Communication Association. He graduated with a B.A in Communication and a Minor in Russian Language.

Alexandra Platt, Class of 2012

Alexandra graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Communication and Global Studies. She currently serves as Talent Project Manager with Procore, supporting recruiting operations for a rapidly- growing tech company. Prior to this, Alex was a Program Associate for the Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C. and 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.

Sheri Rosenberg, Class of 1992

Sheri received her BA in Communication from UCSB and her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has over 20 years of experience building Strategic Partnerships and managing financial operations for Silicon Valley companies, including Intel and HP.  Sheri now works in the non-profit sector for Innovate Public Schools, an organization focused on building education equality in the San Francisco Bay Area.  While at USCB, Sheri was a Co-Chair of the Community Affairs Board and a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.  These days, Sheri enjoys visiting the USCB Alumni Vacation Center every summer with her husband (also a UCSB Grad) and son.

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.

Mike Scalise, Class of 2012

Mike graduated from UCSB in 2012 with a BA in Communication and certification in Sport Management. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he works in sales for a SaaS company building out a sales team. Prior to his move to Los Angeles, Mike lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked as a Buyer for an international packaging distributor out of college. His time there was heavily spent strengthening international partnerships which lead to his passion for international travel. His love for travel has taken him through Europe and Southeast Asia where he had the opportunity to develop international business communication skills. Outside of his career and passion for travel, Mike enjoys quality time with family, friends and frequently attends live concerts.

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.

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 Bergamo Tacy is the Executive Director of Worldwide Communications for Lenovo Data Center Group. In this capacity, she oversees all internal and external communications, including messaging and positioning, public relations, industry analyst relations, executive communication and coaching, employee engagement, crisis communication and social media. Prior to this position, she worked for 20 years at Cisco Systems in such roles as: Corporate Positioning, Public Relations and Executive Communications. She began her communication career at Network General Corporation and as a public relations and communication consultant for Stirling & Cohan.  She holds a BA in Communication from UCSB and has a Marketing Certificate from UC, Berkeley. Erin also has a patent-pending on a Global Communications Model designed to promote effective communication strategies for multiple audiences across different channels.

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.

Lindsay Vong, Class of 2014

Lindsay is a demand generating marketer in the tech industry. Currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, she works as the Corporate Events Manager at LogMeIn where she leads marketing strategy and execution for customer facing events and sponsorships. Lindsay earned her B.A. in Communication. While at UCSB, she was an active member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, the Gaucho Tour Association, AS Elections Committee, and the Communication Association. She loves staying involved with the campus and fellow Gauchos, and is also leading marketing efforts for the first UCSB Greek Interconnect, a networking and professional development event focused on connecting Greek collegians and alumni across our community.

Eric Zackrison, Class of 2017

Eric is the President and CEO of IDI.US Inc. which controls the rights to the Interpersonal Dynamics Inventory, a powerful multi-rater personality/behavioral styles measurement tool. After 25 years as a manager and entrepreneur and completing his MA, MBA, and PhD, Eric has taken up the mantle of his father both in furthering the awareness and use of IDI through training and licensing others, as well as adopting the name of his father’s consulting firm, Effectiveness Consultants. He focuses heavily on relationships as key to success and integrates this into his consulting and into his role in the community. Eric received his PhD from the Department of Communication at UCSB in 2017. Most importantly, though, he is the father of two amazing children.