Amber Bonasoro '06 (MBA '14)
Amber earned an MBA from Chapman University with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship in 2013. She graduated early and with honors from Chapman with a B.S. in Business Administration and triple emphases: Marketing, Finance, and Management. She received a graduate scholarship for her business leadership and entrepreneurial focus and undergraduate academic scholarship. While attending Chapman she held leadership positions in Delta Gamma, danced hip-hop on Team Shaka, and was a member of the Greek Honor Society Order of Omega.
Amber oversees the marketing, development, and creative direction of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. With annual sales of $12 billion and 3,000 real estate agents, the company is nationally ranked as a Berkshire Elite Brokerage. Amber applies more than eleven years of experience in the Orange County market to increase brand awareness and implement marketing strategies to strengthen Realtors'® businesses. She has held her CA real estate license since 2006.
A founding member of Orange County Young Professionals Network (OCYPN), she has held leadership positions and helped grow membership to more than 500 members within five years. The group focuses on technology, professional development, and promoting homeownership for the next generation. She is also a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County.
Ariana Burris (JD '09)
Prior to attending Chapman University, Ariana earned a B.A. in American studies with a minor in art history from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. As a student at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Ariana was active in student government, serving all three years as a representative to the Student Bar Association. As a third year student, Ariana was Chapman's liaison to the American Bar Association. She was also involved with the Mock Trial team, and competed across the country in numerous competitions.
Ariana worked for many years in a large law firm conducting federal Social Security litigation, and has practiced all over the country in federal court. In 2016, she joined her husband Jason Burris '02 (JD '08) as a principal of Burris Law, a boutique law firm in Orange serving a wide range of clients in matters dealing with real estate, business law, and trusts and estates. Ariana currently specializes in estate planning, trust administration, and trust litigation.
Ariana and Jason live in Cowan Heights with their daughter Cameron and dog Wheaties. Ariana enjoys distance running, travel, eating, and spending time with her family.
Megan Demshki '12 (JD '15)
B.A. political science and peace studies '12 (Juris Doctor '15)
Born and raised in Riverside, CA, Megan enrolled as an undergraduate at Chapman University in Fall 2009. While an undergrad, Megan served on Associated Students as a Senator and Vice President of Senate, participated in Greek life as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and Order of Omega, and enjoyed the University Honors Program. Megan also served as Chapman University’s Student Government Association President from 2011-2012. Megan graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Peace Studies in 2012, as well as completing the University Honors Program. Upon graduation, Megan received the Gloria and Julian Peterson Award, awarded to one graduating senior for his or her outstanding and distinguished leadership in enriching university life.
Megan went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2015, where she received CALI Excellence for the Future awards for the highest grades in the Alona Cortese Elder Law Clinic, Legal Analysis Workshop and Business Planning.
Since graduating from law school and passing the California Bar Exam, Megan is now an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Aitken Aitken Cohn and was recognized as a “Top Lawyer in the I.E.” by Inland Empire Magazine in 2016.
Megan was married to her Chapman Sweetheart, Brenton Burke ('14), in June 2016 by Chapman University President Emeritus Jim Doti. Megan’s brothers, Johnny Demshki (’15) and Tyler Demshki (’18) share her Panther Pride.
Roger Douglas '02 (JD '07)
Roger graduated magna cum laude from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (emphasis in Finance and Economics) in 2002. While at Chapman he was a founding father of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and also managed the student run Chapman investment portfolio. Roger continued his education at Chapman Law School graduating cum laude in 2006 with an emphasis in Taxation. Following this he graduated with high distinction from Loyola Law School earning an L.LM in taxation. He is an active member of the State Bar of California.
Roger is currently a senior manager in EY’s Irvine International Tax practice. He has worked in public accounting specializing in the international tax area for 9 years. He has worked with a number of different public and private clients in a broad range of business lines including technology, food and beverages, media and entertainment, engineering and construction, and clothing apparel. During his time in public accounting, Roger has focused on providing tax planning and consulting services to his clients as they expand their business operations outside of the US and into foreign jurisdictions. Roger has advised his clients on a number of international tax issues including intellectual property planning, operating model effectiveness (supply chain planning), foreign tax credit planning, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and general US federal income tax international tax compliance.
Roger lives in Orange with his wife Salisa Douglas (an ‘07 Chapman MBA graduate) and their son, Roger Jr. Roger enjoys coaching his son’s sports teams, hiking up to Robbers Roost and enjoying the view, and spending time with his family watching football or the Lakers.
B.A. art history '09
Karlie Harstad graduated from Chapman in 2009 with a B.A in art history summa cum laude and Grey Key recipient. After working abroad in France and Singapore for nearly four years, she returned to Orange County and reconnected with Chapman. As an executive member of the Chapman Young Alumni Society, she is dedicated to engaging young alumni by facilitating networking and volunteer opportunities.
Karlie currently works as a Clinical Core Labs Analyst for a global medical device company where she is a member of their “Strengthen Our Community” committee. Her free time is spent travelling and tutoring French.
M.S. communication science and disorders '13
Kelly earned her MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Chapman in 2013. Prior to attending Chapman, she graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Communication Disorders and Minor in Liberal Studies. During her studies at Chapman, she was involved with the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and Special Olympics - Healthy Hearing.
Currently, Kelly works in Garden Grove as a school-based speech-language pathologist. She works with a wide-range of students from preschool to high school, who have challenges with articulation, fluency, social skills, and receptive and expression language. She is member of the California and American Speech Language Hearing Associations. Kelly recently got married and lives in Huntington Beach with her husband. She enjoys traveling, cheering on the Angels baseball team, and going to concerts.
Alyssa Lahham is currently a Marketing Program Manager at Ingram Micro Cloud, where she oversees marketing initiatives for cloud vendors including Microsoft, Dropbox, Cisco, and more. Independently, she is a digital marketing consultant and works on projects ranging from research and strategy to campaign execution and analysis. She is also a principal at Axellium, a "special ops" project delivery team, and co-founder of STAFFR, a start-up online staffing company.
In addition to serving on the Chapman Alumni Associate Board of Directors, Alyssa is a Chapman50 member. She also serves as the co-executive director for Forge 54, a non-profit that does pro-bono marketing for other non-profits.
Alyssa graduated with her MBA from Chapman University in 2013. Prior to attending Chapman, she graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in communications. She lives in Newport Beach with her husband, Sam, and their Boston Terrier, Maya. Outside of work and Chapman activities, Alyssa enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling.
Michael Milhiser '69
B.A. government '69
G. Michael Milhiser is the chief administrative officer for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ Tribal Government Administration and Enterprises. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Interim Executive Director of the multi-million dollar Tri-City Mental Health Center in Pomona. In addition to his B.A. in government from Chapman University, Michael holds of Master of Public Administration degree from Claremont Graduate University.
Michael’s commitment to the community is demonstrated through his service and participation in several community organizations. He is the past chair of the Mt. Baldy Region of the United Way and distinguished past president of the Montclair Kiwanis Club. He also serves on the boards of the James L. White Foundation, the George Chaffey Trust, the West End YMCA, and is a past board member of the Corporate Board of the Los Angeles United Way and the Chaffey College Foundation.
B.A. art '64
After beginning her Chapman education in 1949 and having three sons, Barbara won the senior award in 1964 for taking the longest to graduate. After receiving her degree, she taught school (both full time and as a substitute), tutored in reading and participated in the university reading clinic. Barbara also owned and operated an interior design business.
Barbara is active on campus as a member (and past-president) of Town & Gown. She also takes classes through the Chapman Alumni Lifelong Learning program and serves on the American Celebration Opening night committee. Outside of Chapman, Barbara is on the board of Orange Republican Women, Federated and is a graduate of Leadership Orange.
Barbara and her husband Bill (a 1952 alumnus) live in Orange. They have a grandson and granddaughter who attended Chapman.
BFA film production '14
While attending Chapman, Justin was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and an active member of the Inter-Fraternity Council, eventually serving as the Council president from 2012 to 2013. He was also involved in various student film productions in a variety of roles, including a role as co-producer of the documentary short film 'I Run While Talking to God', funded by a grant from Chapman University and the Sikhlens Film Festival.
Justin currently works as a coordinator in content operations and strategy at Lionsgate in Santa Monica, Calif. He enjoys running and hiking around Los Angeles, cooking and trying new restaurants, and watching and analyzing film and television content.
B.S. business administration, marketing (MBA '09)
Robert is a double alumnus of Chapman University and the former center of the basketball team from 2003-2007. His undergraduate degree is in marketing (2007) and his M.B.A. is in Financial Analysis (2010). He completed his master's degree in the full-time program at night, while working full-time during the day, over a two year period. He has been in financial sales for 10 years and part time consulting for 17 years. His experience is in equipment, real estate, and business lending. He is Orange County born and bred, but loves to travel. In his spare time, he utilizes his CA Notary Public license and does historic site management consulting. He is very competitive as he came from a collegiate sports background and is the oldest of four boys. He is used to the responsibility of working and leading in a team environment. He is detail oriented, organized, persistent in solving problems, and self-motivated. Rob is currently the Vice President Relationship Manager and Portfolio Manager at California United Bank’s Atrium Office in Irvine, CA. California United Bank is a pure business bank that solely focuses on privately held middle market businesses. Their clients are manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, real estate investors, and professional service companies with annual revenues usually between $2-$100 Million.
B.A psychology '11
Sophia Silva is a positive psychology coach and speaker who created www.sophiasilva.org to promote a positive way of life in which people can thrive. She also has a YouTube channel where she streams her "videoblog" with tips and advice, as well as interviews with leading figures.
Sophia has been featured on Univision, The Huffington Post, the Orange County Register and the Dr. Drew Podcast. Being from South American descent, she is fully bilingual and has received international attention as a columnist for Unoticias, Monte Carlo TV and Vision Canaria TV Digital. Her latest project, What the Flow!, interviews experts on topics related to health, happiness and how to overcome life’s challenges. It can be found on www.sophiasilva.org, YouTube, iTunes and Stitcher.
Sophia graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Chapman University. She received her MBA and MA in Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and she is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi.
Shawn Smith '81
BFA film and television producing '01
Kevin Staniec is an arts advocate, author, and publisher. Kevin studied Creative Writing and Film & Media Arts at Chapman University. He is the Executive Director of 1888, a regional catalyst for the preservation, presentation, and promotion of cultural heritage and literary arts.
In 2002, Kevin co-founded ISM, a non-profit organization that published an internationally distributed culture magazine and produced art exhibitions and community programs. In 2013, Kevin co-founded Black Hill Press, a publishing collective dedicated to the novella.
Kevin has worked at the Autry National Center, the Orange County Museum of Art, and currently programs arts and culture for the City of Irvine. He is an elected member of the Chapman University Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Orange Community Historical Society Board of Directors. From 2013-2015 Kevin served on the Board of Trustees for the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.
In 2015, Kevin was selected by the OC Register as one of the Most Influential People in Orange County and honored in OC Weekly’s People Issue celebrating the Most Fascinating People in Orange County. In 2016, Kevin was featured as one of six forward-thinking entrepreneurs by Modern Luxury Orange County for their Innovators Issue.
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B.A. legal studies '05 (JD '15)
During his time at Chapman, Faheem was a competing member of the Mock Trial team, where he won the Best Witness award at a regional competition, and participated in the Orange County Internship Program. Faheem returned to Chapman in 2013 to pursue a J.D. at the Fowler School of Law, anticipating completion of his degree in 2015. He serves as a Student Ambassador for the law school, and also assists with the Public/Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, which is facilitated by the Fowler School of Law.
Faheem’s brother, Mir Tukhi, graduated from Chapman in 1998 with a degree in broadcast journalism. The “Mir Tukhi-Chris Harris Broadcast Journalism Award” is named after him, and awarded by the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at the annual Cecil Awards.
Faheem lives in Santiago Hills with his wife, and they strive to eat at every new (and old) restaurant in the Orange Plaza.
B.A. social science ’86 (M.S. human resource management and development ‘93)
Susan is an agent at New York Life Insurance. While attending Chapman she became involved with athletics as a member of the Chapman Women’s Tennis Team and joined the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. In addition to working in insurance, she has worked in higher education, entertainment, manufacturing, banking and restaurant industries.
Susan is passionate about horses and volunteers at the Red Bucket Equine Rescue organization. She also recently adopted a stray dog found by President Doti, who goes by the name of Chapman (or Chappy). She resides in Chino Hills with her husband, Robin and their two sons, Corey and Adam. Susan enjoys camping, horseback riding and is a big sports fan, especially for the Anaheim Angels.