Alumni Profile

Marymount California U. Alumus Ayah El Habbal Ayah El Habbal ’17
Meet 2017 Graduating Senior Ayah El Habbal At the 2017 commencement, Marymount graduating senior Ayah El Habbal was presented the 2017 Esprit Award. To receive this recognition, Ayah demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, engaged in service to others, and demonstrated the embodiment of the ideals of a liberal arts education. She Read more
Meet Alumni Michaelanne Butler ’14

As a student I studied global studies and business, so I came to MCU wanting to fuse the best of business and philanthropy. I basically wanted to learn how to change the world. I knew that I didn’t know everything, but my freshman year certainly taught me that I had a lot more to learn than I had anticipated.

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Alumni Update: Curtis James Boyd ’06

Curtis James Boyd attended Marymount from 2004 to 2006, receiving his associate degree. He went on to earn a bachelor’s in nursing from West Coast University a few years later. Currently, Boyd manages his own Los Angeles public relations firm, working for more than 1,000 clients from across the U.S.

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Marymount Alumna Laura Alioto Laura Alioto ’79

Laura Woodhouse Alioto graduated from Marymount College in 1979 and went on to earn a business degree at Pepperdine University. She played collegiate tennis as a Marymount student. After graduation, she initially ran a small business in La Jolla, California, and then raised two daughters who are now themselves college

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Bruna Fileta Bruna Fileta, MBA ‘16

Bruna Fileta decided to move away from her homeland, Brazil, for a new life in the United States. What she didn’t realize is that it would give her so many opportunities that changed her mind about moving back home and helped her feel good and secure enough to call the United States her new home.

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Marymount California Alumni - Hunter Lau Hunter Lau ’12

Marymount alum Hunter Lau started medical school this August at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. After working in an emergency department in Madison for the past year and a half, he decided he would like to become an emergency medicine physician.

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Marymount California Alumni - Peter Wollner Peter Wollner ‘92

Marymount alumnus Peter Wollner attended Marymount from 1990 to 1992. After receiving his Associate of Arts in International Business, Wollner transferred to Loyola Marymount University. “Before Marymount, I did not have an idea about the future that lay ahead of me. After Marymount, I had an idea that my future would be bright and I was ready for the adventure called ‘life.’”

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Marymount Graduate Barton Kimball Barton Kimball

Marymount graduate Barton Kimball is an Emmy award-winning producer for NBC’s “The Voice.” On September 20, 2015, Kimball received an Emmy as a producer on “The Voice” in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. Kimball has a long list of credits as a producer on

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Marymount graduate Brenda Brkusic Brenda Brkusic

Marymount graduate Brenda Brkusic ’01 is an Emmy Award®-winning television producer and the executive producer of Program Development and National Productions for PBSSoCaL. In July 2015, she was honored with two Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards, marking her third and fourth Emmy wins.

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Marymount Graduate Meghan Presson Meghan Presson ’14

Marymount alumna Meghan Presson ’14 has joined the Los Angeles Kings Ice Crew. Members of the Kings Ice Crew are brand ambassadors that interact with the LA Kings organization at games, events, and throughout the community.

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Tiffany Gutierrez

Alumna Tiffany Gutierrez (Rados) attended Marymount from 2008-2010, before transferring to Loyola Marymount University to complete a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. “It’s hard to put into words a time that I believe has so thoroughly shaped who I am today,” says Gutierrez, who has returned to Marymount as the new Business and Transfer Student Enrollment Advisor. “My time at Marymount was never lacking in excitement, adventure or courage.”

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Amy Gomez Amy Gomez ’15

Marymount alumna and recent graduate Amy Gomez is the newest addition to Marymount’s Office of Admission, joining as an Admission Counselor. Gomez graduated with Marymount’s Class of 2015, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts.

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Meshach Puerto ’15

Marymount alumnus and recent graduate Meshach Puerto ’15 was very involved during his time as a student at Marymount and hasn’t slowed down since graduation. Puerto graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and soon after began his new full-time position with Marymount California University’s Office of Admission as an Admission Counselor.

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Roberto Alvarez Roberto Alvarez

Marymount graduate Roberto Alvarez ’02 remembers Marymount as a place that taught him what human kindness was all about; leading him to a career where he is able to help people and interact with the community. Today, Alvarez owns a law firm with his partner in Santa Ana, California, and practices Immigration, Family and Criminal Law.

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Vernita West Vernita West

Marymount alumna Vernita West ’93 is a world traveler, with Egypt, Italy, South Africa and Panama among her favorite destinations visited. Vernita shares her fondest memories of her time at Marymount, as well as thoughts about her unique college experience with small classes and caring instructors.

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Marymount Alumna Kamala Kirk '08 Kamala Kirk

Marymount alumna Kamala Kirk ’08 is a writer and editor in the entertainment industry, working at E! Entertainment. She covers television shows on the network, and also works as freelance writer for six different magazines. Kamala looks back and shares one of her fondest Marymount memories, as well as plans for 2015, which include a TV series she recently created with her writing partner.

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Marymount Alumna Analeigh Tipton Analeigh Tipton

Marymount alumna and former America’s Next Top Model contestant Analeigh Tipton stars in ABC’s new comedy, Manhattan Love Story. Analeigh looks back and credits Marymount and Theatre professor John Lane with “giving me the confidence necessary to succeed”.

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Marymount Alumni Tom Blumenthal Tom Blumenthal

Marymount graduate Tom Blumenthal describes Marymount as “the perfect fit.” Before transitioning into Marymount, Tom attended an all-boy Catholic High School. Today, Tom is the CEO for GEARYS in Beverly Hills, www.Gearys.com. He says that this position requires him to understand the definition of both hard work and excellent customer service.

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Caroline Holmes

Currently a law student at UCLA, Caroline Holmes believes that Marymount gives students, like herself, “another chance to perform well and do all of the things that they are capable of doing.” Caroline credits all of her success to Marymount, and remembers where she began as she continues to succeed.

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Alexa Ardeljan-Braden

Working in film development as a story editor for Radical Studio, Alexa Ardeljan-Braden believes the years at Marymount College were much more formative than she could have imagined. With her exeptional involvement Alexa found great success at Marymount that has continued into her new endeavors.

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John Vandever John Vandever

As a part of the first graduating class from Marymount College in 2012, John Vandever says, “At first I felt that being part of a first graduating class would be nothing special. However, considering how fast Marymount is moving and growing, I know that one day I will proudly be able to say that I was at the beginning of something special.” John recognizes that being the first class is not always easy, mentioning that there were uncertain times as the program took shape, but “the end result was a well-rounded experience.”

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Hikaru Hirata Checking In With Hikaru Hirata

This talented artist remembers his experience at Marymount as an important part of his development in the artist he is today. “From the warm welcome and support from the faculty and student body,” he credits his time at Marymount College as some of the best times of his life.

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Marymount Alumna Nicole Buss Nicole Buss

Alumna Nicole Buss ’02, was very happy to learn that the College now offers a bachelor’s degree in psychology. “I earned my A.A in psychology at Marymount, which allowed me to hit the ground running. Graduate programs require many prerequisites so a B.A will open lots of doors a lot sooner for psychology students,” she says. Buss should know- she recently earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California.

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Marymount Alumnus Matthew Patterson Matthew Paterson

Alumnus Matthew Paterson ‘94 thanks Marymount Professors for much of his success in life. Matthew, who is a Worldwide Purchasing Manager at the technology company Maxim, says that his time at Marymount was “a definitive moment in my life that helped propelled me from uncertainty in what I could accomplish, to focusing on what I wanted to accomplish.”

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Jaime Wu

Jaime Wu has traveled a great distance, literally and figuratively. She set out from Hong Kong five years ago to major in psychology at Marymount in spring 2008. She transferred to USC and received a Bachelor’s in Psychology magna cum laude with a minor in Forensics and Criminality. She then headed off to the University of Cambridge in the UK to earn a Master’s in Management.

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Marymount Alumna Stefnie Huth Stefnie Huth

As a student at Marymount, 2012 graduate Stefnie Huth was always busy. “There were abundant opportunities,” she says. And Huth never turned down the chance to get involved. She did everything from taking on the role of President for the Business Club to founding and presiding over Toastmasters International. She even helped to pilot the new study abroad program in Hun Hin, Thailand, where she studied in her junior year.

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Marymount Alumnus Michal Habdank-Kolaczkowski Michal Habdank-Kolaczkowski

This Director of Communications at Waze loved his experience at Marymount College and can “say with certainity that this was the place I was meant to go”.

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Marymount Alumnus Johnny Jet in Argentina John DiScala

This travel expert, racking up to 150,000 air miles, is touted for having one of America’s best “dream job.” He credits Marymount College for helping him find his way in life.

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Maria Lavell Maria Lavell

This graduate’s first visit to Marymount College was all it took to fall in love! She mentions the sense of community she felt at Marymount College as well as the “fabulous professors.”

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Kevin Jablonski Kevin Jablonski

Leaving Marymount College in 1982 to earn his PH.D in Psychology, this LAPD Chief Psychologist credits Marymount College with helping him achieve his dreams.

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Christian Alvarado Christian Alvarado

This inspiring 2008 graduate purseves through many challenge in life and uses the skills he aquired from Marymount to help other students attend college.

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Jason Post Jason Post

A 2009, Marymount College graduate Jason Post credits much of his ambition and sucess to Marymount College. Armed with the many skills he learned from the College, Jason reminds current students that Marymount will help them on the journey of self discovery.

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Marymount Alumnus Jonathan Benabou Jonathan Benabou

Marymount Alumnus Jonathan Benabou remembers Marymount as being a truly rewarding experience. Since Marymount, Jonathan married and received his physician assistant certificate in natural medicine before changing career path. Today, Jonathan owns a commodity trade company Western Pacific Oils specializing in international physical commodity trade in eleven different countries.

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Bob and Tina Kennedy

Two Marymount Alumni, Bob and Tina (O’Dell) Kennedy, shared similar dreams when they first met. Today, they find themselves enjoying their very busy lives. Tina is the director of P.L.A.Y., Bob was reelected as Mayor of Catalina Island, and together they own Catalina Scuba Luv.

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Marymount Alumnus Arturo De Leon Arturo De Leon

Marymount Alumnus Arturo De Leon was a very busy student while at Marymount – and he hasn’t slowed down since graduating in spring 2011. While at Marymount, Arturo a part of Marymount Events Team (M.E.T) and Special Events Chair and the Vice-President Associate Student of Marymount College (A.S.M.C). Arturo put all of this experience to good use. In 2012, he was hired by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as a consumer protection clerk. He assists Ohio’s constituents by addressing consumer complaints, working with media personnel and helping with civil investigations and with the Consumer Education and Outreach.

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Marymount Alumna Amy Lingenfelter Amy Lingenfelter

Marymount Alumna Amy Lingenfelter remembers Marymount as being a one of a kind place! Amy graduated from the University in 2008 with an AA in Psychology. After Marymount, Amy then attended UCLA and graduated in 2010 with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Education Studies. From UCLA, she then went on to graduate school at USC. Amy looks forward to graduating in May 2014 from USC with a MSW in Mental Health.

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Marymount alumnus Peter Jencks Peter Jencks

Marymount alumnus Peter Jencks graduated as part of Marymount California University’s first BA graduating class, majoring in American and Global Studies, in May of 2012. Since graduating, Peter has spent the last year working for the Port of Los Angeles Green Technology Incubator. Currently, he is focusing on starting a company that addresses political growth and the welfare of young voters.

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