Meet the Staff
Executive Director of Residence Life/Judicial Officer
Charlie was born and raised in beautiful central New Jersey. After graduating from Houghton College (lots of cows, snow, and elbow room), he spent several years in New England working in residence life. In the summer of 1994, he arrived at APU in pursuit of an MA. in Leadership Studies. After several years as a residence director, Charlie stepped into his current role as the executive director of residence life, a role that allows him to do daily what he loves most—build supportive relationships with students. He sees Residence Life’s primary mission as actively supporting students as they explore who God has made them to be and how He wants them to use their gifts and talents to contribute to APU and the community beyond. When Charlie is not trying to guide and support students, he can be found pursuing his other interests: egg salad sandwiches, rustic cabins, and hanging out with his French bulldog, Lucy.
Associate Director of Residence Life
Charlie was born and raised in Southern California, just a few miles from Azusa Pacific. He attended APU and earned a BS in Organizational Leadership and an MA in Leadership Studies. Charlie has had various roles with the campus housing program for over 20 years and has a passion for doing the behind-the-scenes work that sets the stage for other student affairs professionals to thrive in their work with students. Away from work, Charlie is passionate about discipleship and the local church and has faithfully served at his local church for more than a decade. Charlie and his wife live in Azusa and enjoy all the unique joys and challenges that come with raising four kids.
Coordinator, Housing Services
After graduating from APU in the mid-1980s, Michelle took a 20-year hiatus, which led her family to Philadelphia, Chicago, Northern California, Costa Rica, and Southern Mexico. She then returned to the Southland and has been working in student affairs at APU for the past 15 years. She and her husband, Randy (an APU alum and 40-year staff member), keep busy with their eight adult children and two (so far!) grandchildren. Michelle is incredibly grateful for God’s grace and faithfulness in her life and family. And she loves seeing God work in the lives of young people!
Housing Operations Coordinator
Laura was born in Texas but raised in Southern California. She currently resides in the foothills of Monrovia. Laura comes to Residence Life with vast experience working in both corporate and non-profit business environments and has also co-owned and co-operated a private business. Laura is excited to be part of the Residence Life team and is always eager to help APU students thrive on campus. Laura and her husband have two children currently attending college. In their free time, the Spaeth family enjoys going camping, doing life together in the local church, and hanging out with their energetic French bulldog, Ember.
Area Director, Adams Hall and University Village West
Jared is from the Sacramento area. He earned a BA in Pastoral Ministry and Bible/Theology from William Jessup University, an MS in College Counseling and Student Development from APU, and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. Jared has worked in residence life and international student programs at other universities, and served in a pastoral role in college and young marrieds ministry at a church in Northern California. Jared has a passion to journey alongside college students as they are formed and prepared by God to step into their callings. In his free time, Jared enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son, as well as disc golf, fishing, reading, and anything that has to do with an adventure.
Area Director, Engstrom Hall and Shire Mods
Josh was born and raised in the rainy Pacific Northwest. He then moved to Southern California and earned his Bachelor of Science in International Business with a minor in Computer Science at APU. After a year of working in corporate supply chain, Josh felt called to pivot and pursue an MS in Higher Education Leadership and Student Development at California Baptist University. Josh has since worked in Residence Life with the intent to develop an inclusive environment for every unique student to feel known, valued, and supported. Josh enjoys watching or playing sports, reading at a coffee shop, playing DND, or going to a movie at the local theater in his free time.
Area Director, Trinity Hall and Village East
Kody was born and raised in Southern California and grew up watching APU basketball with family and friends. He earned a BS in Biological Sciences from Drexel University and ultimately decided to pursue a career in higher education. After being a residence hall manager at the University of Colorado, Kody finished his MS in College Counseling and Student Development here at APU. Kody has developed his passion for serving students through many years in residence life at several colleges and universities, and he seeks to develop inclusive, engaging communities in the living areas he oversees. Outside of work, Kody is married and a soon-to-be father. He enjoys reading, crocheting, and cycling around the area when he is not spending time with his family.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Shire Mods
Nicolette is from San Jose, CA, the heart of Silicon Valley. She graduated in 2022 from APU with her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and an emphasis in Youth Ministry and Entrepreneurship. With a desire to pursue ministry, she is continuing her educational journey and working towards her MDiv. Nicolette‘s journey into ministry has allowed her to walk alongside many people from all walks of life, including the youngest of disciples in early childhood and elementary ministries. She is passionate about engaging the students‘ stories and watching God‘s wonders unfold in their day-to-day life. When she is not working, studying, or serving her church, you can find Nicolette spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, creating art, cooking for others, or reading a book.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Trinity Hall
Bree was born and raised in gorgeous Southern California. After graduating with her BA in Youth and Family Ministries in Spring of 2022, she currently pursues her Master of Divinity with an anticipated graduation date of May 2024. Bree continues to grow in her passions for emerging adulthood‘s formative years, intercultural relations, mentorship of student leaders, and watching God work in the lives of all who call APU home. Encouraging and enthusiastic, Bree is most excited to curate and steward spaces for community and connection while establishing meaningful relationships. Some of Bree’s pursuits outside of the office include enjoying raw fish, attending church, spending time in the sun, playing badminton with her friends, and dancing in the kitchen with her husband.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Village East
Katelyn was born in Long Beach, California but spent most of her life in the beautiful city of Rancho Cucamonga, California. She earned a BA in Psychology from APU in 2020 and is now pursuing an MS in College Counseling and Student Development. Katelyn was involved in Residence Life as an APU undergraduate, working alongside students as a Resident Advisor for two consecutive years. It was in this role where she grew a passion for working within Student Affairs in higher education. When Katelyn isn’t working, you can find her outside soaking in the sun, spending time with friends and family, gathering supplies for her hobby of the week, or watching Gilmore Girls.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Engstrom Hall
Brett was born and raised in the suburbs of Antelope in Northern California. He spent 18 years there until arriving at APU where he dedicated the next 4 years learning to become a Youth Pastor. After obtaining a BA in Youth and Family Ministries with a minor in Biblical Studies he was left with a desire to continue learning about the church and the Christian faith. Now pursuing a Master of Divinity, Brett continues supporting students through fellowship, and ministry, reinforcing that they are not alone in an effort to create community and belonging on and off campus. When not working or studying or serving in the church, Brett dives into his hobbies like video games, making progress on writing a book, spending time with friends, playing bass guitar, going to the ocean, scuba diving, and reading books.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Village West
Chi was raised in the Bay Area and relocated to the Pacific Northwest before beginning his journey at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a BA in Criminal Justice and Philosophy from APU in 2022 and is currently pursuing an MA in Leadership. Chi has a desire to utilize his gifts in various capacities through servant leadership by seeking to be a support and resource for students. Outside of the work environment, Chi enjoys backpacking in the wilderness, visiting national parks, running in marathons, or reading at coffee shops. With some luck, you can find him on Cougar Walk, 1899 Dining Hall, Marshburn Library, or Duke Commons.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Adams Hall
Jordin is from Montrose, CA, a small, cute town of the Glendale District, LA County. She graduated from Pasadena City College to pursue her AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences and transferred to California State University, Los Angeles to pursue her BA in Psychology. Now Jordin is expanding her education in pursuing her Masters in College Counseling and Student Development at APU, excited to see what God has planned for strengthening her new skills in leadership and learning new outcomes for students. What Jordin does for fun, you can find her going to the gym, spending time with friends and family, learning new recipes for home cooked meals, and dancing.