Vanguard Alum Natasha Nelson Helps to Start Successful Business

Vanguard University alum Natasha Nelson ‘98 has found recent success with her business, Yogurtini, which has become a frozen yogurt phenomenon in the state of Arizona.

Known for its variety of flavors and unique toppings, Yogurtini has become a big hit in Arizona. However, what truly makes Yogurtini unique is its owners. Natasha, who graduated from Vanguard with a degree in business marketing in 1998, lived in California with her sister and co-founder Chelsey, until they learned their mom was diagnosed with a degenerative terminal illness. Upon receiving the news, they made it their priority to be back with her in Arizona and moved home.

While in Arizona, they realized one of their favorite things from southern California, frozen yogurt shops, had not yet began to sprout up in their local neighborhoods. So, through applying their knowledge and resources to come up with a business plan, they decided to make their own, and Yogurtini was born in May 2010.

Since their inception only less than a year ago, the sisters have received a huge loyal following, as they are looking to add on 50-100 stores on a national scale in the next 12 to 16 months. The success of Yogurtini is directly related to them sticking with their original vision of an atmosphere that offers exceptional yogurt, and freedom for customers to make their own dessert creations.

Over 75 toppings and 16 flavors grace the menu at Yougurtini. Locals who frequent the shops in Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix have fallen in love with the rows of dispensers and seemingly endless choices for toppings, not to mention the welcoming and laid back atmosphere.

At Yogurtini, Natasha and Chelsey want no flavor to be overlooked, so they have options for toppings including granola, fresh fruits, fresh candies, cereals, espresso beans and even Sriracha hot sauce to go on top of classic and unique yogurt flavors such as Classic Vanilla, Chelsey’s Cheesecake, Mango, Green Tea Tart, and Acai Tart.

For further information on Yogurtini and franchise opportunities, visit

Vanguard Professor Ed Rybarczyk Has New Book Published

Dr. Ed Rybarczyk ‘85, an associate professor of systematic theology who specializes in Eastern Orthodox theology and Pentecostal-Charismatic history, has just released his new book entitled The Spirit Unfettered: Protestant Views of the Holy Spirit.

The book explores a comparison of Protestant views on the Holy Spirit with Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox models, while also delving into the important theologians and figures in Protestant tradition, including Martin Luther, the Anabaptists, John Wesley, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Abraham Kuyper, Karl Barth, Jurgen Moltmann, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Clark Pinnock and Michael Welker.

“This book shows how theologians have responded to and interacted with the philosophical changes attributed to the Holy Spirit throughout five hundred years. It is written for undergraduates and lay people to show them how theology impacts the faith and the Christian life of billions of people,” says Rybarczyk.

Rybarczyk, who is also an ordained Assemblies of God minister and a graduate of Fuller Seminary, has published one other book, Beyond Salvation: Eastern Orthodoxy and Classical Pentecostalism on Becoming Like Christ, a book that won the annual Pneuma Award in 2005. Along with Dr. Eric Patterson, Rybarczk also co-edited the book The Future of the Pentecostal Movement in the United States.

For further information on Dr. Ed Rybarczyk, please visit

For further information on, or to purchase, The Spirit Unfettered: Protestant Views of the Holy Spirit, please visit

Romeo and Juliet fall in love at Vanguard University

Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard campus April 8 through April 17.

This production of Romeo and Juliet is directed by Susan K. Berkompas, VU’s Theatre Department Chair, who studied Shakespeare with John Barton at the British American Drama Academy in England. Her vision for this production includes setting the story in a fictional modern day Verona with an industrial, urban backdrop that is juxtaposed with two very colorful gang families that couldn’t be more different from one another in philosophy and temperament.

Romeo and Juliet was the first Shakespeare play that I read and performed in. It has such timeless themes, and no matter where and when it is set, it always resonates with its audience because of the nature of dramatic tension and the complexity of human relationships,” says Berkompas.

Romeo and Juliet are a pair of star-crossed teenage lovers who pursue their passion for each other despite the fact that their families have been bitterly feuding since long before they were born. The story combines sword fighting, disguise, misunderstanding, tragedy, humor, and some of the most romantic language found in literature.

Performance dates and times are April 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8:00 pm; and April 10, 16 and 17 at 2:00 pm. All shows are presented on the Vanguard University campus in the Lyceum Theater off of Newport Boulevard. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.

For more information about Vanguard University visit; for additional information about the Theatre Department visit

Vanguard Alums Maureen and Gene Rickman Premiere Christian Musical

Vanguard University alums Maureen Rickman ’89 and Gene Rickman ’90 have been doing big things since they graduated from Vanguard.

Now the music pastor at Pacific Christian Center, Maureen has been presented with an exciting opportunity for her and her children’s choir to premiere the Dove Award winning Celeste Clydesdale’s new Christmas musical for 2011 entitled “The Great Christmas Giveaway.” Rickman, affectionately called Pastor Moe by most of her church member, and her choir will also be traveling to Universal City to premiere it at MusiCalifornia, the largest Christian music conference on the west coast.

“I have loved and performed many of Clydesdale’s musicals over the years and to be asked to work with her and her equally respected husband David T. Clydesdale is a total God thing,” says Rickman. “This is a dream God gave me many years ago and to see it come true shows you that God still specializes in things thought impossible!”

Gene taught in the classroom for 16 years before deciding to continue his education and receive his Administrative Services Credential. He has been a vice principal for four years and is currently at Lakeview junior high, where he has also added District Testing Coordinator to his title and in which he oversees all state, federal, and local mandated testing for the Orcutt Union School District. Gene is also a key member in Maureen’s music ministry as he helps her in a variety of capacities and makes her visions of set designs become a reality.

For further information visit Vanguard University Alumni.

Vanguard Alum Reba Toney Enjoying New Career Path

Vanguard alum Reba Toney ’03 has a TV show, a new book, and a job as a new spokeswoman for “Dreams” by Neihule Nail Lacquer and Salon.

After finding out that she was suddenly out of a job as the morning co-host on “The Family Friendly Morning Show with Bobby Shaw and Reba Toney” on Christian music station KFSH/95.9 FM, “The Fish”, she decided to turn that negative into a positive.

Toney has continued to move forward on her new career path and looks to the future. She is currently focusing on “Top 3,” her twice-weekly young adult talk show that is carried on TBN affiliate JCTV and on She is also speaking around the county on relationship issues with regards to her recently published book, The Rating Game and its website, the In The Rating Game, Toney gives readers a “fun system” to assess their compatibility with others. Finally, Toney is enjoying her new spokeswoman position for “Dreams,” a beauty product featured in the highly-desired gift bag at the Oscars this year.

Toney has strong ties to Orange County as she attended Vanguard University. “I loved Vanguard,” said Toney. “The professors were always very knowledgeable. It was good training.”

Toney was the World Vision Radio Personality of the Year in 2006 and 2007, and traveled with World Vision to Ethiopia to garner support for the Aids and Children relief campaign. She has also traveled to Ecuador with a relief organization and raised over $75,000 for aid to the Latin America radio campaign, while also raising nearly $100,000 through KKLA for Hope Gardens, a group home for single moms and their children in downtown Los Angeles.

For further information on Reba Toney, please visit