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Awardee Biographies

Student Recipients


Anne Guillebeaux

Anne Guillebeaux

Fully Employed Master of Business Administration

Anne Guillebeaux leads the marketing efforts, the design and implementation of public landscape projects on behalf of Mia Lehrer+Associates, a leading landscape architecture firm based in Los Angeles. She applies her leadership, management and design skills in collaboration with expert multi-disciplinary consultant teams to craft proposals for high-profile public landscape projects as well as design public landscapes that deliver value for project owners and stakeholders, engender community, and restore the urban landscape. Anne aims to lead the delivery of projects in a manner that is efficient and profitable while fulfilling and enjoyable for all team members. She has led the design of public landscape projects with construction budgets as large as $56 million and has contributed to infrastructure initiatives as large as $1 billion. Anne holds a BA in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. As part of the Graziadio School of Business MBA degree, Anne is earning a certificate in Socially, Environmentally and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy.


Tamarra Allen

Tamarra Allen

Master of Science in Management and Leadership

Tamarra is committed to her son, her faith, and her family. It is with inspiration from these three that she ultimately returned to Pepperdine University to pursue a Master of Science in Management and Leadership degree. She will graduate in April 2017. Having already completed her Fully Employed Bachelor of Science in Management, it was important to continue her quest for greater knowledge. Tamarra believes that a true leader not only inspires but mentors. With the great education she acquired at Pepperdine University, backed by the unwavering support of the faculty, her family, and the relationships she built with her fellow classmates, Tamarra will continue to lead, inspire, and change the world around her.


Jen Oh

Jen Oh

Full-Time Master of Business Administration

Jen Oh is a full-time MBA candidate with a dual concentration in Organizational Change and Dispute Resolution through Pepperdine's Straus Institute. Jen is the proud President of the Graziadio Veterans Business Society and did her summer MBA internship at Southwest Airlines on their Change Leadership team. Prior to business school, Jen was an Air Force Intelligence Officer for seven years specializing in drone warfare. She served overseas in Germany, Afghanistan, Qatar, and was last stationed at Central Command Headquarters in Tampa. Jen graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a Bachelor's in International Relations and has her Master's in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.


Maegan Scott

Maegan Scott

Master of Science in Organization and Development

Maegan Scott is a program officer at the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in Washington, DC, where she specializes in Organizational Effectiveness and manages the Foundation's capacity-building portfolio. In this role, Maegan supports the Foundation's nonprofit partners in achieving greater community impact and implements strategies to build an equitable Greater Washington, DC community.

An avid volunteer throughout her community and abroad, Maegan has fifteen years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and NGOs. Her service and community leadership typify her presence in the MSOD program, where she is able to strike a unique balance between a strategic mind and a compassionate heart. Maegan's master's thesis on racial equity is an example of her conviction for justice and empathy for self-development and healing. She co-presented her research -- "Adopting a Racial Equity Stance: Leveraging Cultural Competence for Deeper Impact and Lasting Social Change" -- at a peer-reviewed international conference to an outstanding reception. She holds a bachelor's degree from American University and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.


Shea O'Reilly

Shea O'Reilly

Master of Science in Human Resources

Shea is a Human Resources Master's candidate within Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management. She enjoys serving as president and founder of the inaugural Pepperdine Human Resources Club, as well as analyzing executive compensation as a graduate research assistant for an MSHR professor.

Previously, Shea graduated from Pepperdine Seaver College as a magna cum laude major in Psychology, minor in Industrial Organizational Psychology, and certificate holder in Conflict Resolution from the Pepperdine Law School. Among her professional and academic roles as an undergraduate, Shea served as Professional Chair for Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Pepperdine Professional Development Intern, Seaver Public Speaking Tutor, 49th Congressional District Intern, and HR Intern for Datron World Communications. She hopes to integrate these scholastic and professional experiences as a future human resources professional and servant leader.


Michelle Konstantarakis

Michelle Konstantarakis

Executive Master of Business Administration 

Michelle is the VP and Chief Compliance Officer of The Investment Counsel Company in Las Vegas. In addition to overseeing the daily operations and firm compliance for more than 13 years, Michelle has been assisting high-net-worth families, corporations, foundations, and endowments with establishing investment goals and risk parameters, structuring and implementing investment plans to match individualized needs, and monitoring investment performance in relation to clients' stated objectives.

Michelle received her Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance and continued her education by earning the Certified Investment Management Analyst, Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst and Certified Financial Planning designations. As a lifelong learner, Michelle prioritized pursuing her graduate studies and joined the EMBA Pepperdine program in the Fall of 2015. 

Corporate Partner Award


Adam Buffum

Adam Buffum

IBM

IBM is a top MBA employer with the name recognition and the ability to consistently hire our graduates for internships and full-time positions. The Graziadio School has had a recruiting relationship with IBM for three years which means IBM sends representatives to the Malibu campus for information sessions and interviews. We have a track record of success the past three years and have already added one more hire during this past Fall recruiting cycle with the hopes of a few more who are still currently being considered for jobs and internships within IBM's Summit Program. Adam Buffum, our full-time alumnus who will accept the award for IBM, is the key reason we now have the campus recruiting relationship and he has a role along with IBM recruiters in the process. With Adam's support and participation, five other FT MBA grads who are now with IBM and this year.

Waves of Service Award


Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D. Graziadio alumna

Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D.

Outstanding Service Award

Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D. graduated from the Graziadio School PKE Program in 1999. She has been President and CEO of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), since September 2015. Dr. Vilardo is only the fourth CEO in the history of PAMF. She is a practicing internal medicine physician. She received her M.D. degree from UC San Francisco and completed her residency at UCLA. She is married and has two daughters.

Alumni Award


Darren Pitts

Darren Pitts

Outstanding Alumnus

Darren D. Pitts graduated from the Graziadio School MBA Program in 1995. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Arizona-based Velocity Retail Group and Accelerated Development. Darren was involved in starting the Phoenix-area Pepperdine Alumni Chapter in 2005 and joined Pepperdine's Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) in 2007 and later served as the group's President from 2012 to 2014. His ALC committee was instrumental in the creation of Pepperdine's Family Camp in Malibu and he is regularly involved in Pepperdine activities and events in California and Arizona.

Faculty Member Award


Nelson Granados

Nelson Granados

Outstanding Faculty Member

Nelson Granados applies his award-winning research on the economic impact of digital technologies to advise and consult companies in the tech, travel, media, and entertainment sectors. His work has appeared in the top academic journals and media outlets. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, where he has published more than 80 articles with more than half-million views. He currently serves as the Co-director of the Pepperdine Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture.