Loyola Gridiron Vanguard Leadership
Loyola Gridiron Vanguard Officers
Steve Shatynski '78, President
Steve Shatynski '78 played on the ’75 –’77 Cub powerhouse teams and also played for Oregon State and Navy. He is a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors and had a 28 year career as both an active duty and reserve Naval Officer.
Steve has worked for 25 years for the Admissions Department of the United States Naval Academy, has served on several veterans organizations, as President of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association LA/OC Chapter, and on various commissions and committees in the city of Brea.
Steve has been married over 25 years to his wife Melissa and they have a son Stephan and daughter Stephani. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy.
Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, member SIPC.
Matt Klink '85, Executive VP
Matt Klink, a partner at L.A.-based Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai, has been a public affairs and political consultant for more than 25 years. He has decades of experience working on complex, controversial and high-profile issues for public and private sector clients and candidates elected office. Matt is an adept communicator skilled at crafting and implementing strategic campaign and crisis communication programs. He appears on national and local television news broadcasts on behalf of his clients and regularly offers political analysis and commentary on local, state and national issues.
After graduating from Loyola, Matt attended the University of California at Berkeley (BA in History) and the George Washington University (MA in Political Management).
Matt has been married for 19 years to his wife Sandra. The Klink family, including two boys and dog “Rookie," live in Studio City, California.
Pat Jacobs '69, VP of Communications
Patrick Jacobs ‘69 has been the editor of Loyola’s game day football program since 1981 and has long served as a provider of news and information on Loyola athletics to both the media and Cub supporters. Pat was the sports editor of the Loyalist as a senior at The High, but his love of sports writing and Loyola has not waned since his graduation. His son, Ryan ‘07, a member of Loyola’s 2005 CIF Southern Section Division I championship team, played football for the Cubs for four years, was on the swim team and served as a student body officer and opinion editor of the Loyalist.
Daniel Thomason '96, VP of Business Strategy
Dan Thomason has worked in the investment management industry since 2000. Dan received his BS in Finance from Boston College in 2000. After graduating Boston College, Dan joined Dimensional Fund Advisors in Santa Monica as Trading Assistant in the US Equity and Fixed Income divisions. In 2005, Dan joined Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group as the Senior Trader for the KLT Group. He worked at Merrill Lynch for 2 ½ years before joining Morgan Stanley in May 2008. Dan’s responsibilities include executing equity, fixed income and option trades for clients, as well as assisting in analyzing fund managers. Dan also assists clients managing their investments in syndicate products.
He resides in Westchester, CA with his wife Brooke and two sons, Jack and Charlie.
Ben Baca '78
Ben Baca ’78 has worked for the Knights of Columbus for over 20 years as a Financial Advisor. For the past 10 years, Ben has been the General Agent for the Knights of Columbus servicing the Jurisdictions of Southern California and the state of Hawaii, with responsibility for recruiting, selecting, training, and managing all Knights of Columbus Field Agents.
Ben is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table; holds six Court of the Table designations; is a Past President of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors); has served on several financial advisory committees with the Knights of Columbus Home Office in New Haven, Connecticut; and is the current and past Insurance Chairman for the Knights of Columbus for the State of California.
After Loyola, Ben attended Michigan State University and played football as a defensive end. After football, Ben attended California State University, Los Angeles, majoring in Finance & Economics, with a minor in Accounting.
Ben has been married for over 23 years to his wife Julie. The Baca’s reside in Whittier, California and are members of St. Bruno's Parish.
John Francis Estrada '86, VP of Technology
John Francis Estrada is a member of the Class of 1986, and played varsity football under Coach Steve Grady. He was a starting wide receiver on the 1985 Del Rey League champions, and received the Most Improved Player award. Since graduating from UCLA in 1991,
John has worked in the entertainment industry in film and television production and distribution, including independently writing or producing several feature films. John was previously President of the Loyola Latino Alumni Society, and acts as a Class Leader, including co-chairing his recent 30th year reunion. Currently, he is Director of International Film Operations for Universal Pictures. His oldest son is also a Cub grad (Kealan Thomas Estrada, Class of 2016). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Sandra and future Cub son, Marco Reilly.
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Ty Carter '80
Ty Carter ‘80 is a business development consultant and a partner in an insurance agency. After graduating from Loyola, he continued his studies at the University of Southern California, double-majoring in Business Finance and Biological Sciences.
He began his professional career in investment banking operations with Security Pacific Bank. While at the bank, he furthered his training and began building his foundation as an investment real estate broker and consultant. After five years in banking, he shifted sectors and began applying his financial expertise in the film and television industry as a Producer where he handled operations for an independent production company and rose to become an in-house producer for Fox Television during their network infancy. Mr. Carter subsequently applied his talents at Sony Pictures, where, in his 10-year tenure, he ushered in the digital age and direct to retail distribution for the Home Entertainment division.
Mr. Carter currently lives in Westchester with his wife and two sons, the oldest of whom is a member of the Class of 2016.
Gifford Irvine '82
Gifford Irvine is proud member of the class of 1982. He played three sports at Loyola and his senior season in football was a two-way All-Del Rey League selection, All-CIF performer and National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete. After Loyola, Gifford walked-on to the football team, and earned three Varsity letters, and played on the 1984 and 1986 Rose Bowl Championship teams. He graduated from UCLA, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
Gifford worked as a very successful private trainer in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, opening two successful gym facilities before leaving the field in 2008. He returned to Loyola in 2003 as a member of the Alumni Executive Council and has coached as an assistant on both the sophomore and varsity levels. Gifford was part of the 2003 and 2005 football Loyola Championship staffs and currently serves as President of the African American Alumni Society. He is particularly passionate about mentoring current Loyola students and bringing professionals back to the campus to teach the students about life outside the wall of Loyola.
Gifford is currently working on his first feature film “Blood Ties”, and was recently cast in another feature “Bushville ’57 Champs”. Both films are in pre-production and expected to shoot before the first quarter of 2017.
Darryl Stewart '78
Darrell Stewart ’78 is the Public Sector Director for Intel, the world’s leading producer of microchips, computing and communication products. After Loyola, Mr. Stewart attended UCLA majoring in Political Science. After completing his formal education, Mr. Stewart held various sales and management positions.
Mr. Stewart has been married for over 25 years to his wife Dalys and has three sons, Dorian ‘04, Darrell ‘05 and Devin ‘08. A member of the Saint Barnabas Parish in Long Beach, CA, Mr. Stewart serves on the pastoral council, Director of the Usher Ministry and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Stewart also served as the President of the Loyola High School African American Alumni Society, served on the Executive Council of the Loyola Alumni Association, and is a current Board Member of Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He also participates in various organizations and associations working to enhance education through effective use of technology, including serving on the board of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), Smart Riverside, Classroom of the Future Foundation and a Corporate Board member of Computer Users in Education.
Jerome McAlpin '79
Jerome McAlpin, class of 1979, played defensive back for Loyola on the ’77 and ’78 teams. At the University of San Diego, he played running back and was Offensive Player of the Year in ‘82 and ’83. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Currently, he owns McAlpin & Company, a real estate brokerage and investment company. He is married to Sydney and has an eleven year old girl, Shelby, along with a sixteen year old son, Jalen, who is a junior at Loyola and plays wide receiver and defensive back for the Cubs.