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Alumni and Parent Relations Staff
John Faranda '79
Vice President for Alumni and Parent Relations
John Faranda, Claremont, CA, graduated from CMC in 1979 as a political science major, having completed the Washington, DC internship program. After graduating, he joined the CMCAA Board and joined the CMC staff in 1985. Since then, he has been intimately involved in all aspects of alumni and parent relations, fund raising, and Board of Trustees activities. John is a board member and treasurer at Claremont Heritage and is on the Claremont Committee of the Los Angeles County Fair. He also serves as the CMS sailing coach, is a past president of Community Friends of International Students, a past president of the Inland Empire/Orange County Unit of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, the preceptor for Berger Hall, and the proud faculty advisor to the Claremont Cougars Men’s Lacrosse Club. John is a recipient of the Jack Stark '57 Distinguished Service Award. In 2010, to celebrate John's 25th anniversary at the College, the CMCAA established the John P. Faranda '79 Student Service Award.
Evan Rutter '06
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Evan Rutter, a resident of Claremont, is originally from Eugene, Oregon. Evan graduated in 2006 with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. A year after graduation, Evan returned to CMC in the Office of Admission. After serving as the senior assistant dean of admission, Evan joined the Alumni and Parent Relations staff as its director and is responsible for coordinating and directing the overall activities of the office. Specific responsibilities include supervision of Alumni Weekend and reunion planning and support for the 25th and 50th reunion classes, in addition to coordination and support of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. In his spare time, he serves as a city commissioner for the City of Claremont, is a certified sommelier, and enjoys food, travel, sports, and wine.
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Ever adventuring, Darrin has never called one place home for too long. Since his birth, he has not lived in one spot for longer than four years and has resided in over nine different locations across this vast country. One of his longest stops was in San Diego, CA where he received his bachelors in business administration with a minor in French language studies. He then went on to attend art school at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies (NYCMAS), but eventually returned to Southern California to pursue his interest in the field of leadership development and received his masters in the field from Azusa Pacific University. Darrin Roberts is a multi-faceted individual whose passions and interests emerge in countless forms. He is an avid traveler, writer, shopper, surfer, reader, dreamer, diner, art maker, explorer, and casual social therapist who has been living his life since 1987.
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Jeannie Scalmanini received a BS degree in communications from Cal Poly Pomona. She has worked at CMC since 2008 as the facilities coordinator in the Facilities and Campus Services Office, where she handled reservations for facilities on campus and was responsible for managing the summer conference program. She joined the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations in July 2014 and is responsible for working with the Parent Network leadership and with the Class Liaisons. She lives in Claremont with her husband, Ken, who has been the CMS men’s basketball head coach since 1998, and children Kyle and Emily. Jeannie says, “I watch lots of youth sports, dance classes, and Stags basketball.
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
A native of San Diego, Meghan received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. However, after realizing she wasn’t up to saying “y’all” anymore, Meghan moved back to California and spent the last five years working at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Meghan joined the CMC staff as the assistant director for alumni and parent relations in early 2012, and is responsible for planning and supporting all CMC alumni chapter events nationally and internationally. Specifically, Meghan plans alumni networking events, New Student Parties, and social events. In addition to event management, Meghan manages and supports regional alumni chapter volunteers. When not hard at work, Meghan enjoys treasure hunting at garage and estate sales, volunteering with the Junior League of Pasadena, and spending time with her black cat, Tashi, whom Meghan swears isn’t bad luck.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, but raised in Austin, Texas, Leisa moved to California 13 years ago and worked for PIP Printing in Rancho Cucamonga for nine years. In 2008, Leisa joined the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations as a temp, but was quickly offered the job of communications coordinator. Leisa is the webmaster for the Alumni and Parent websites and manages the distribution of electronic and print communications. She provides administrative support to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and also manages CMC alumni representatives at presidential inaugurations. For fun (well, fun outside of work, anyway), Leisa plays competitive softball and enjoys playing poker, spending time with friends, going to the beach, camping, cooking, and hanging out with Finnley and Dusty, her two dogs.
Ashley was lucky enough to be born in her favorite city…Claremont! She grew up in the area but spent the last four years making the long commute to Ontario, where she worked for BMW and MINI Cooper of Ontario in a variety of roles, including administration, accounting, and customer service. (Editor’s note: yes, that was sarcasm about the commute.) Seeking a refreshing new experience in higher education and helping to bring people back home to Claremont, Ashley joined the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations in April 2014 as the events and programs coordinator, where she helps to coordinate event logistics, manages the event database, and organizes event finances. In addition to working full time, she is also working on a degree in business administration. When she finds free time, Ashley enjoys traveling, visiting museums, cooking, checking out local activities (she just can’t get enough of Claremont!), going to the beach, interior design, and pet-sitting for friends.
Communications and Events Coordinator
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Laura received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English Writing from Illinois College, a liberal arts college (the oldest college in the state, in fact) located in Jacksonville, Illinois. After working for the last two years as the coordinator of community engagement and service at her alma mater, Laura decided to trade in her mittens and parka for sunglasses and flip flops and put her Midwestern self on a plane bound for California, joining CMC’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations in early 2012. As the communications and events coordinator, Laura’s primary duties include creating and managing the content for office communications and invitations, editing the Class Notes for CMC Magazine, and providing support to the Parent Network and the alumni Class Liaisons. Outside of work, Laura loves to bake, write about all things pop culture, and ride around town on her pink and orange bicycle.
A native of the British Isles, Maggie graduated from Goldsmiths’ University of London as an elementary school teacher and taught for more than 20 years in the U.K. In 1994, she and her family moved across the pond to Claremont, where she became the educational outreach director for RFB&D and worked with dyslexic, disabled, and visually impaired students, their parents, teachers, USDs, and colleges within the I.E. and Orange and L.A. Counties. Maggie has mastered many trades and is a certified massage therapist, specializing in pregnancy massage; a volunteer for Operation Gratitude, for which she knits and crochets scarves for our overseas troops; and a former information specialist for the Claremont Chamber of Commerce (she has abundant knowledge of the city of trees and allergies). When not teaching her CMC co-workers Cockney slang or adorning the office with the Union Jack, Maggie supports John Faranda and the office staff as the operations coordinator and keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes. She is the go-to person for the latest British news, as she loves following the pageantry of the British Royal Family, and she enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the Anaheim Ducks, and going on Friday night dates with her husband of 38 years.