30 Minute Mentors: Alumni Profiles


Interested in the 30 Minute Mentor Program? Check out the profiles of a few of the alumni volunteers. The purpose of these profiles is to offer career insights to you from alumni who share the UCR experience and can offer a viewpoint into some career options one can pursue after graduation. To speak directly with alumni about their careers, please visit saa.ucr.edu to sign up!



Alyssa Heckmann ’13

Alyssa graduated from UCR in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science/Law and Society. Shortly after graduating, Alyssa returned to UCR as the Guardian Scholars Coordinator. In 2015, she began a doctoral program at the University of California, Irvine in the Criminology, Law and Society department.



Jeff Krynski ’81  

Jeff currently serves as President-Elect for the board. He earned his B.S. in Administrative Studies at UCR in 1981 and in 1988 completed his M.B.A. in Management at Pepperdine University. Presently, Jeff is a Partner and Executive with Aon Hewitt, the leading HR and benefits administration sourcing firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on the renewal of existing client relationships ensuring that these arrangements are appropriately priced and providing the level of service anticipated by the client.



Kenneth R. Noller ’75, T.C. ’76, M.A. ’84

Ken joined the board in 1998 and is the President of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors. He graduated from UCR in 1975 with a B.A. in History, followed by a teaching credential in 1976 and a M.A. in History in 1984. After 36 years of teaching in Riverside he retired in June of 2013.

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