Interview with Alumna Kimberly Ostiller
What are you doing with your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy running, spending time with my family, friends and pets, and baking. I ran my first half marathon in May 2020. It was supposed to be an official race, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. I still ran 13.1 miles solo! During quarantine, I’ve also tried my hand at new baking recipes from scratch including blueberry buttermilk muffins, cinnamon rolls and cinnamon bread.
What are you currently working towards in your professional career?
Since April 2016, I have worked in corporate partnerships at what is now known as SoFi Stadium, the new NFL stadium in Inglewood home to the Rams and Chargers. We were supposed to have our grand opening in July 2020, but also due to the pandemic, we’ll have to wait to welcome fans until it safe to do so. In my role, I work closely with our corporate partners on their events, hospitality and experiences at the stadium. We will host the Super Bowl in February 2022, so I am looking forward to welcoming the Super Bowl back to LA for the first time in almost 30 years — and in a brand new stadium, no less!
What is your favorite Saint Mark’s memory?
Saint Mark’s holds many special memories for me. From the amazing trips in fourth, fifth and sixth grade, to leadership opportunities through student council, and many great teachers, it is hard to pick a favorite memory. I have fond memories of the annual talent show. I helped Señora Espino launch what was once an annual talent show dance performance. My best friend and I also dressed up as Sonny and Cher for three talent shows in a row. I was Cher and Lisa Snodgrass was Sonny. We met in Mrs. Lewis’s preschool class in 1997 and are still BFFs to this day!
Who are the role models in your life?
My parents are my role models. They are examples of determination, hard work, success, leadership, philanthrop, confidence and kindness.
What has been your greatest success?
I believe the gift of education has been my greatest success. Saint Mark’s prepared me for a successful experience at Flintridge Prep, which led me to USC, where I graduated in 2016. Attending USC allowed me to explore competitive internships in Los Angeles, which ultimately led me to my current dream job. If it were not for the foundation of education, then I would not be where I am — and that foundation began at Saint Mark’s.
What was the best piece of advice you have received?
The best piece of advice I have received is “it is better to give than to receive”. This adage applies more than to just physical items. When you give of your time or service, it feels good! Having a giving spirit will serve you well. If you give to others, that goodness will find its way back to you somehow.
What advice would you give to the recent graduates?
Congratulations to the 2020 (2021) graduates! You have achieved so much already as you graduate from Saint Mark’s and begin your middle school years. My advice to you is to be confident in yourselves as you embark upon this new chapter. You are well prepared and well supported. You will achieve great things!
Which alum would you like to read about in the Saint Mark’s Alumni Newsletter?
I’d like to read about my best friend, Lisa Snodgrass, or another dear friend, Brinton Williams.