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Economics and Business Alumni

Our graduates have distinguished themselves as leaders across a wide range of industries throughout the world, from Fortune 500 companies to Silicon Valley start-ups in the fields of accounting, finance, marketing, social entrepreneurship, business development, management, and law, to name just a few. Read some of their stories below.  If you are one of our graduates, send us news and we'll include you, too! (Email Rick Ifland at rifland@westmont.edu.)

Mark Zoradi (1976)

Mark Zoradi is the current Chief Operating Officer of DreamWorks Animation.  Mark most recently served as president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group and has had a 30-year tenure in the entertainment industry, including time at the Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Entertainment.  Mark holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.  He is married to Kathy, whom he met at Westmont.  Mark serves on the national board of Young Life and is a Trustee at Westmont.

Leeba Lessin (1979)

Leeba Lessin is the CEO of CareMore Health Systems, a division of Well Point, and oversees all of WellPoint’s Medicaid and Medicare business.  Previously, Leeba was President of Northern California operations for PacifiCare and President of Southern California operations, PacifiCare's largest region with 1.2 million commercial members, 380,000 Medicare members, and $4.1 billion in revenue. Leeba holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Leeba currently serves on Westmont’s Board of Advisors.

Janet Lampkin (1981)

Janet Lamkin is the California State President of Bank of America, overseeing business integration, public policy, government relations, and philanthropy.  Janet is the former CEO of the California Bankers Association, the first woman to chair the organization.  She has been named one of the 100 most influential businesswomen in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for each of the past five years. She serves or served on numeous boards including the California Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Coalition, the Bay Area Council, the California-China Trade and Investment Advisory Group, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Westmont’s Board of Advisors. Janet was a double major in Economics & Business and Political Science while at Westmont and also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Australian Universtiy, Canbera, Australia.

Ken Rogers (1982)

Ken Rogers currently serves as the State Department's Faculty Chair at National Defense University, educating military, civilian & international leaders with tools to secure, optimize & manage information technology to foster conditions that shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world.  He was the chief technology strategist and director of IT strategy for the U.S. Department of State, where he oversaw a $1.5 billion portfolio with operations in 285 locations worldwide. Ken has master’s degrees in Information Systems and Technology from George Washington University; in International Management from University of Maryland; and in Development Economics from University of Pittsburgh. Ken also serves as a professor at Nyack College and on the boards of Ambleside School in Herndon, Va., and the Government IT Council. Ken and his wife, Pam, live in Vienna, Va., with their four children.

Sharon Rose (1989)

Sharon Rose is a Washington, DC-based attorney with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the oldest continuously operated law firm in the United States. Sharon works in the White Collar Defense and Investigations Group. She represents corporations and their directors and officers in connection with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement matters.  She has particular expertise in securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and advises clients on various aspects of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and related regulations.  Sharon is recognized as a Rising Star in Washington, D.C. by Super Lawyers.  Prior to practicing law, Sharon was the managing principal of a registered investment advisor and estate planning firm and held registered securities principal and general securities representative licenses. Sharon earned her MBA in Finance from the Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University, and her Juris Doctor from the University of California Davis School of Law.  She is admitted to practice in California and in the District of Columbia. Sharon currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Westmont College.

 

R. Tyler Gibbs (1991)

Tyler is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Toyota Racing Development, Inc.  He was originally hired to build their Supply Chain from scratch, and eventually had management responsibility and oversight for Finance, Strategic Planning, and Administration.  Previously, Tyler worked for his father’s small business, and then at Cosworth Engineering, Inc., an auto racing engineering company where he worked in Supply Chain/Operations.  Tyler earned his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  He is married to Kris, whom he met at Westmont. Tyler and Kris live in Irvine, California with their son Connor (18) and daughter Ireland (16) and attend Voyagers Bible Church.

 

John Walker (1991)

Jon is a co-founder of AppFolio and is responsible for technology and engineering. Prior to AppFolio, Jon was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Versora and the CTO for Miramar Systems (sold to Computer Associates in 2004) where he led the development and quality assurance teams. The software developed under his direction has been deployed to over 20 million computers worldwide. Jon has also been a senior technologist for Nortel Networks and Xing Technology Inc. (sold to Real Networks), a Contributing Editor to LinuxWorld Magazine.  Jon is the inventor of multiple patents. 

 

Rick Fogg (1993)

Rick Fogg is the founding partner of Chronicle Family Offices, a national family office firm that delivers advisory services for ultra high net worth families.  Rick marries a technical background in law, tax, and business with a deep interest in people. He chairs the board of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing, a global, interdisciplinary community of professionals and family office executives committed to helping wealthy families thrive.  Rick began his career at the Santa Barbara law firm of Mullen & Henzell LLP.  He completed his law degree at the University of Washington and sits on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, is an elder at Santa Barbara Community Church and is on the Board of Trustees at Westmont.  Rick and his wife Shelley, whom he met at Westmont, have five children.

Jedd Medefind (1997)

Jedd Medefind serves as President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, which  unites more than 100 respected Christian organizations and a national network of churches working together to inspire and equip Christians to “defend the cause of the fatherless” through adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry. Prevoiously, Jedd was appointed by President George W. Bush to become Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.  He has held a range of posts in the California state legislature and has worked, studied and served in more than thirty countries, with organizations ranging from the C.S. Lewis Foundation to Price-Waterhouse in Moscow to Christian Life Bangladesh. Jedd has authored three books and many articles. He wrote his most recent book, “UPENDED: How Following Jesus Remakes Our Words and Our World,” with fellow Westmont alum Erik Lokkesmoe ’95. Jedd lives in central California with his wife, Rachel, and their five children.  Jedd was a double major in Communication Studies and Economics and Business.

 

Nick and Drew Parisi (2005)

Drew Parisi is the owner of Drew Parisi Nutrition in Menlo Park, CA, where she focuses on functional, whole-foods nutrition for individuals, families and corporations.  Drew has had corporate engagements with DropBox, Marketo, and Lyft, among others and has recently been quoted in Forbes Online magazine for her nutritional expertise.  Drew received her Certified Nutrition Consultant and Nutrition Educator certifications at Bauman College, a non-profit educational institution devoted to the promotion of health and wellness through holistic nutrition and culinary arts. 

Nick Parisi is the Chief Operating Officer of Goble Properties, a commercial real estate company. Nick is responsible for establishing Goble Properties’ short-term investment strategy and overseeing the company’s deal structuring and debt portfolio. Nick received an MBA from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business, studying international business in London, St Petersburg, Dubai, New Delhi, Shanghai and Beijing.  Nick serves on the Board of Advisors for PathLight International, a non-profit focused on education for at risk youth in Belize.  He is also on Westmont College’s young alumni council.  Nick double-majored in Economics & Business and Philosophy while at Westmont.

 

Kirby Ifland (2009)

Kirby Ifland practices in both the Mergers & Acquisition group and the Appellate Litigation group at Frost Brown Todd PLLC, a regional law firm with approximately 500 attorneys in major cities throughout the Midwest and South.  His practice is principally concentrated on mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions.  Kirby is married to Christa, whom he met at Westmont.  He graduated from Westmont in 2009 with a double major in Economics and Business and Communications Studies.  He is a 2013 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a member of Harvard Defenders and the Harvard Association for Law and Business.  

 

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