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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. In addition to coordination and management of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Parent Network Board, Evan oversees ImpactCMC and Alumni Weekend, as well as the office’s student-focused events and external outreach to our over 12,000 alumni and 3,000 active parents. 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, I have never called one place home for too long. Since my birth, I have not lived in one spot for longer than four years, minus my current love affair with the city of Pasadena, and have resided in over ten different locations across this vast country. One of my longest stops was in San Diego, CA where I received my bachelors in business administration with a minor in French language studies. I 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 my interest in leadership development and received my masters in the field from Azusa Pacific University. I am a multi-faceted individual whose passions and interests emerge in countless forms. I am 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.
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 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, design and create décor for her home, enjoy movie nights with her husband, and marathon entirely too many TV shows on Netflix.
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 joined the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations in June 2013. When not teaching her CMC co-workers about the finer things in life at afternoon tea parties, Maggie supports 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 39 years.