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Alumni and Parent Relations Staff
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 ImpactCMC Weekend, 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 and Parent Network Board. 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 birth, he has not lived in one spot for longer than four years, minus his current love affair with the city of Pasadena, and has resided in over ten 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 moved to New York City, 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 leadership development and received his masters in the field from Azusa Pacific University. Darrin is a multi-faceted individual whose passions and interests emerge in countless forms. He is an avid traveler, 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 Rhode Island, Beth Walkenbach is enthusiastically embracing Claremont as her new hometown. Beth comes to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations from her alma mater, Cornell University, where she was a member of the Class Programs team in the Alumni Affairs and Development for six years. The experience she has working constructively with alumni volunteers will serve Beth well as she provides support to the CMC Alumni Association and CMC Alumni Chapter leadership. She will also be able to use her experience planning and executing large scale events to support CMC chapter events domestically and internationally and coordinate the dynamic programming for Alumni Weekend. The transition to the West Coast has been smooth thanks to her husband, Bill Walkenbach, head coach of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball, who is returning to his Claremont roots. They have two active daughters, Julia and Charlotte. In addition to cheering on the Stags and Athenas, Beth enjoys yoga, reading, traveling, and exploring her new home state.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, but raised in Austin, Texas, Leisa moved to California in 1999 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 two years 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, considers herself quite crafty, is an avid pop culture junkie, and enjoys watching movies with her husband, Rich, whom she married in June 2015.
Maggie Tupman, Operations Coordinator, monitors, controls and manages the day-to-day operations of Claremont McKenna College’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. Joining CMC in 2013, Maggie is trusted with all the accounting and business operations, organizing the huge inventory that an alumni office carries, and serves as a liaison with college relations initiatives. Maggie is the person who ships out the baby and marriage congrats to alumni, but sadly also sends out the condolences. She supports the Director of the A&PR office and also recruits, trains and manages student interns. Maggie attended Goldsmiths, University of London, where upon graduation, she began teaching in the East End of London and continued to teach for over 20 years. After Maggie’s emigration with her family to Claremont from the United Kingdom, 22 years ago, she continued her work in education and was appointed Educational Outreach Director for the non-profit organization, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, working with dyslexic, disabled, and visually impaired students, their parents, teachers, USDs, and colleges within the I.E., Orange and L.A. Counties. Moving to CMC after 6 years at Claremont Chamber of Commerce, she prides herself in having a splendid knowledge of her home city. Maggie enjoys volunteering for Operation Gratitude, lending her support to her favorite animal rescue charity www.MSFR.org and spending time cheering on the Anaheim Ducks with her family and husband of 40 years. She is a huge fan of stationary bike spinning, meeting up with fellow mini-schnauzer owners, enjoys the relaxation of yoga and traveling as often as she can to Maui.