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About Career and Professional Development


Diane Singel

Diane Singel
Executive Director
Career and Professional Development

Director's Message

On behalf of the Career and Professional Development team, welcome! We are a team of professionals dedicated to your growth and success, and our mission is to empower the next generation of Best for the World Leaders for lifelong career readiness and success. We meet you where you are and guide you where you want to go. Whether you are here to begin or advance your career, make an industry change, or become an entrepreneur, our dedicated team of career coaches and employer engagement professionals are here to support and guide you towards a path of success.

We work alongside you from day one helping you navigate the journey through a variety of ways. This can include personalized coaching, job search readiness including crafting effective resumes, cover letters, and personal brand development. We also offer a professional development series with subject matter experts, in-class sessions, employer and networking activities, and more. All of this is designed to help you strategically manage your career exploration and success.

We look forward to meeting you and supporting this journey of lifelong career and professional development.

Meet the Team

We are committed to your growth and achievement. Our emphasis is the four pillars of success—Passion, Preparation, Performance, and Purpose. We facilitate paths to greater self-efficacy, personal achievement, and long-term career fulfillment. With a comprehensive approach to professional development, we strive to help you make a difference, positively impacting the greater good. We are proud to have a professional team of Directors, Specialists, and Coaches as partners to help bring Pepperdine’s vision of world-class career experience to life.

Malibu (Main Campus)

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Alexandra Herrera
Project Administrator
Malibu Campus, Office 221
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Jon Koegler
Assistant Director
Malibu Campus, Office 223
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Deanna Thomas
Career Coach
Malibu Campus, Office 226
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Kenneth Murphy
Malibu Campus, Office 224
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Donna Brabec
Internships and Education Specialist
Malibu Campus, Office 232
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Sean Kumar
Career Coach
Malibu Campus, Office 234
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West Los Angeles Campus

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Jessica Cheng
Director, Career Advancement Fully-Employed
West Los Angeles Campus, Office 457
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Karen Weiss
Director, Employer and External Engagement
West Los Angeles Campus, Office 458
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Irvine Campus

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Desiree Williams
Employer Engagement Specialist 
Irvine Campus, Office 417
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Stacey Bevins
Career Coach
Irvine Campus, Office 216
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Calabasas Campus

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Lauren Nakano
Sr. Employer Engagement Specialist
Calabasas Campus, Office 119
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