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.
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.
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.
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.
Nick Duggan, Class of 2000
Nick is an independent consultant helping companies improve employee engagement by fostering deeper connections with their purpose and values. He is passionate about driving stronger business outcomes by fostering great places to work. With more than 15 years’ experience developing people and organizations, he has held jobs in areas as varied as event planning, corporate training, life coaching, corporate communications and organizational development. Nick served for nearly 6 years as head of internal communications for GetGo, a division of international software firm Citrixs. He previously founded QuestSpace Coaching, where he innovated a “soul-centered” coaching model to help clients find solutions to their life and business challenges. He began his career in the healthcare industry with event planning and corporate training roles at companies including DaVita, the American Heart Association, Prometheus Laboratories, and The Zitter Group (now Zitter Health Insights). 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 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.
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
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. 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.Leavey School of Business.
Alexei Pizarev, Class of 2012
Alexei is the Head of Campaign Management, North America, ADARA Inc. During his tenure at ADARA, Alexei played an integral role in growing a small data-driven advertising start-up into the world’s largest travel data co-op. He has developed extensive knowledge of the programmatic ad buying space and digital marketing landscape, managed an office in Europe, grown strategic partners into multi-million dollar accounts, traveled to satellite offices to hold regional training, and currently manages a team of 8 Palo Alto based Campaign Managers. 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.
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 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.
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.