News of our alumni – March 2017


Michael Goodnow, a 2005 Brandman University – Chapman University College alumnus, is hosting a regional event for alumni in Bremerton, Washington from 6-8 p.m., March 30. The free mixer will feature appetizers and a whiskey tasting at the Toro Lounge. Goodnow is the manager of Corporate and Community Relations at the Brandman’s Bangor campus. For more information and to RSVP, register here.

Eric Raszewski, who received his B.A., Organizational Leadership, from Brandman’s San Diego in 2014  joined HempMeds as sales manager. The company is the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, according to the company’s press release. The former Marine will be responsible for management and development of the inside sales team at the company. He’s also working on his MBA at Brandman with a 2017 graduation anticipated.


Lisa Long, deputy controller for the Central Coast Water Authority, was featured in a “Women in Business” profile in the Santa Maria Times on Feb. 26. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Brandman’s Santa Maria campus and is just a few units away from complete her master’s degree. She’s also the immediate past president of the Santa Maria Noontime Rotary Club.

Jaspreet Singh, who earned his MBA from the Walnut Creek campus in 2015, opened Teriyaki Madness at 251 Pittman Road, Suite B in Fairfield, California. The 1,327-square-foot restaurant seats 34 people and created 15 jobs for the community. Denver-based Teriyaki Madness is known for big bowls of rice or noodles topped with fresh-cut vegetables, all natural, fresh chicken, beef or tofu and flavorful sauces made in-house daily. The opening was featured on the Suisun City Patch website.

Alexandro Vasquez, a nurse practitioner who earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Brandman University in 2015, recently joined the emergency medicine department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Barron and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Vasquez earned a master’s degree in nursing science from the University of California-Irvine. He completed his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. He completed his fellowship in emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Tami Frankenfield, president of the Alumni Association board, and board members Allison Colerick, Maria Torre, Monica Shukla and Janine Lombardi in Irvine and Aretha Southwell and Angelo Clements via teleconferencing attended the Feb. 3, Alumni Association meeting to discuss plans for 2017. Representing the university were Shannon Feightner, alumni manager; Matt Venegas, assistant vice chancellor for Corporate and Community Relations and Sarah Catz, external affairs consultant.

Beyond Brandman – January

Alumni Q & A – Tami Frankenfield

We’re launching a new monthly question and answer session between Shannon Feightner, manager of Alumni Relations at Brandman University, and one of our outstanding alumni. 

Tami Frankenfield

Tami Frankenfield

Tami Frankenfield almost earned her bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton, but her career took off during her senior year, so she left before graduating. After 20 years of growing through career experiences, she turned to Brandman University to formalize her learning through a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems.

Now, Frankenfield is the senior director of Analytics and Enterprise Data for Mercury Insurance.  She is also a founding member of the Brandman University – Chapman University Alumni Association and was recently named president.  Frankenfield is continuing her education by pursuing a Master of Science in predictive analytics from Northwestern University. [Read more…]

Alumni spotlight: Chip Monaco understands the business of government and garbage

Chip Monaco

Chip Monaco is a municipal market manager for Waste Management, which operates through Southern California. He’s also a Brandman alumnus and adjunct faculty member.

Standing in the bright February sunshine, Chip Monaco was living out the dream of 3-year-olds everywhere. He was surrounded by trucks. Big trucks. Big trucks that pick up trash.

It’s not the Brandman alumnus and adjunct faculty member’s job to drive those Waste Management trucks. But he does play a critical role in making sure they show up on a weekly basis in cities throughout Orange County. He handles the government contracts that make that possible. [Read more…]

Alumni spotlight: Perseverance pays off for Allison Colerick

Allison Colerick

Allison Colerick is a member of the Alumni Association board and a 2012 graduate.

Like many people with a newly acquired bachelor’s degree, Brandman University alumna Allison Colerick was hoping she would be working in her field, if not her human resources/event planning dream job, within weeks or at least a month or two. [Read more…]

Coming soon: Career Link, comprehensive student records

Brandman University’s newest student-centered tool, Career Link, adds a career component to two other university innovations: the comprehensive student record and digital badges. New Career Link software is going through its final testing phase and should launch during Spring 2, according to Katy Curameng, director of Career Services. [Read more…]

Education Expos scheduled at Brandman campuses

Every table was busy at the Visalia Education Expo

Every table was busy at the Visalia Education Expo in 2016.

Seven Brandman University campuses will host education-hiring events this month. Brandman is partnering with school districts statewide to connect job seekers with full-time, part-time and substitute teaching positions.

The first event is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Palm Desert campus. More information can be found at

Eight other campuses – Fairfield, Hanford/Visalia, Irvine, Menifee, Monterey, Ontario, Walnut Creek and Yuba City – will host Education Expos on Saturday, Feb. 25.  The Modesto campus event is Thursday, March 2. Brandman representatives will also be at education-hiring events at county education offices in Santa Cruz and Placerville on Saturday, March 11. For more information, specific locations and times, go to or

Those attending the Education Expos can also learn about the university’s teaching credential programs and graduate-level programs for those interested in administrative positions. Job seekers should come prepared for interviews and networking opportunities.

Similar events last year connected more than 500 people with career opportunities at 125 schools and school districts.

The California Teachers Association estimates that the state will need 106,000 teachers in the next 10 years to meet the demands of growing school districts and to replace the many teachers reaching retirement age.

New professional development event premieres Feb. 9

Mary Fain Brandt

Mary Fain Brandt

Beyond Brandman, a professional development event series for current students and alumni, holds its first session on Thursday, Feb. 9. Brandman University Career Services and Alumni Relations departments in partnership with the Brandman University Student SHRM chapter are sponsoring the event.

Mary Fain Brandt, a Chapman University College alumna, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organizational leadership and will be the featured speaker. She has more than 20 years of experience in training and change management. She is a career coach and LinkedIn strategist.

Participants can attend in person at the San Diego campus or virtually through Adobe Connect. Topics will include:

  • What career management is
  • Why managing your career is important even when you are not actively seeking a job
  • Tips to effectively manage your career
  • How to optimize your LinkedIn profile to highlight your professional value.

For more information, contact Katy Curameng, director of Career Services. RSVP here.

News of our alumni, January 2017

Brandman University - Chapman University College Alumni Association

Carolyn Lindstrom, a 2014 Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership graduate who also earned her special education credential from Brandman in 2012, is the co-author of a book with Bonita Drolet being published by Rowman & Littlefield. “What’s Missing? Best Practices for Teaching Students with Disabilities” can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

Jennifer Ramos, a 2016 Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership graduate, is the California League of High Schools Educator of the Year for Region 3. The award was made Jan. 12. The state level awards are in February.

 Karen Bolton, a 2016 Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership graduate, added faculty lead for Guided Pathways to her responsibilities as a faculty member at Olympic College.

James Manning, a 2007 M.A. in organizational leadership graduate, is among the new Oregon state senators. Related story.

Are you a graduate of Brandman University or Chapman University College with news you want to share? Email to be included in Beyond Brandman.

Brandman alumnus and adjunct is Oregon’s newest state senator

Sen. James Manning

Oregon State Sen. James I. Manning is a Brandman graduate and adjunct faculty member.

At one minute after midnight on Jan. 1, James I. Manning became the newest state senator in Oregon.

It’s the latest in a varied list of career and life changes for the Brandman M.A. in organizational leadership graduate and recent adjunct professor for online students in the School of Business and Professional Studies. [Read more…]

Successful student-husband-father credits Brandman with changing his life

Matt Medland with his son Lucas.

Matt Medland with his son Lucas.

Matt Medland is about to start a new job as a project management specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Sacramento, working on projects as diverse as dams, wildlife and recreation, emergency management and flood risk awareness.

“Everything I learned at Brandman is going to be put to use,” said Medland. “I’ll be assisting with the management of the Joint Federal Project at the Folsom Dam and the Isabella Dam Safety Modification Project.” [Read more…]

Alumni reconnect at San Diego event

Alumni Aretha Southwell, M.S. in human resources 2103 and Robert Smith, M.A. in organizational leadership 2015 and current Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student co-hosted the San Diego alumni mixer in partnership with the Alumni Association

Held at the Prado Restaurant at Balboa Park on Thursday, Nov. 3,  alumni, faculty and staff enjoyed cocktails, appetizer and good conversation while reminiscing about their time at Brandman and talking about what they have been up to beyond graduation.  The event received more than 30 RSVP’s. The night ended with a raffle featuring two $50 gift cards and everyone enjoyed taking home Brandman alumni swag including the exclusive alumni license plate frame.