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 the past 18 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.
Area Director, The Corridor
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, Residence Halls
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 decided to enroll in APU’s MS in College Counseling and Student Development program. Kody has developed his passion for serving students through 5+ years in residence life at several colleges and universities. When Kody is off the clock, you can find him riding bikes, reading poetry, or doing anything involving the outdoors.
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!
Coordinator for Client Services
Bailey is from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in beautiful Northern California. She moved to Southern California to earn a BA in Communication Studies at Biola University and an MS in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. As an undergraduate, Bailey served in residence life for two years and uncovered her passion to help students realize their strengths and potentials through student development and programming. She especially loves the aspect of integrating a student’s journey through college with their faith. When Bailey is not working, you’ll find her on a run, in a coffee shop, out in the mountains, or spending the day at the ocean.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, University Village
Ella was born and raised in a city right outside of windy Chicago. Her family moved to the beautiful and rainy Pacific Northwest halfway through high school, and she has been a West Coast girl ever since. She earned a BA in Psychology from APU and is pursuing an MS in College Counseling and Student Development. Ella found her love for Student Affairs during her formative years at APU through the Office of Campus Life, service-learning courses, the Peer Mentorship Program, and living in the freshmen dorms for two years. When she isn’t working or studying, you can find Ella playing her uke, reading a book outside, doing some yoga, or sharing a meal/coffee with some great people.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Adams Hall
Katie is from Greenville, Illinois. She earned a BA in Literature and Philosophy from Calvin University. Now, she is working on an MS in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. Katie was involved with Student Life throughout her undergrad education in various roles. She is excited to continue her journey in learning about higher education and working with college students. Katie loves to run long distance, play soccer and rugby, bike, hike, and adventure outdoors. She is also a total nerd when it comes to board games. Katie is most excited about fostering a healthy and fun Christian community and continually learning how to do that better.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Bowles
Lisa was born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, California. She earned a BA in Biblical Studies from APU in 2020 and is pursuing a Master of Divinity. Lisa completed her undergrad studies as a first-generation college student and as a member of APU’s Vocāre program. Growing up in a musical family, she has a deep love for music, serving as a worship leader at her local church, in addition to being a youth leader and discipleship mentor. After completing her master’s degree, she hopes to continue her higher education to better “love her neighbor.” When Lisa’s not working, she loves watching fantasy movies, crocheting, finishing puzzles, and participating in any kind of cozy activity!
Richelle De Aragon
Graduate Resident Coordinator, University Park
Richelle was born and raised in sunny Orange County, California. In 2020, she graduated with a BA in Christian Ministry from APU and returned to pursue her Master of Divinity. Richelle’s journey into ministry has given her a heart for walking alongside others as they are unfolding how God is equipping and gifting them to serve the world. When not working, studying, or serving her church, Richelle enjoys singing, reading, getting out into nature, and spending time with friends.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, University Village
Rachel was raised on the island of Oahu in Kailua, Hawai’i. She earned a BA in Organizational Communication and a minor in sociology at George Fox University, and is working on an MS in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. Her passion for cultivating access, equity, and inclusion for students developed while she was an undergrad serving in multicultural and ethnic programs. It is her life mission to help students see themselves in the Imago Dei and grow into their intentionally created identities. When she is not color-coding her schedule, Rachel can be found chasing sunsets, making art, cooking for others, or having deep conversations over matcha.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Shire Mods
Jessica was born in Arcadia, California, but spent most of her life in Fontana, California. She attended Life Pacific University for her undergrad and earned a BA in Human Development and Psychology with a minor in biblical studies. Jessica was involved in Residence Life during her undergrad years and was able to work alongside students as a resident assistant. With the desire to pursue a career in higher education, she is working on an MS in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. When Jessica is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time cooking, watching Marvel movies, drinking smoothies, and spending time with her family.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Engstrom Hall
Garrett is from Livermore, California, in the East Bay Area. He earned a BS in Christian Ministries from APU in 2021 and is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Azusa Pacific Seminary. Garrett has felt called to pastoral ministry since he was in high school and has helped lead many ministries since then. Being raised in the Church, there have been countless “God moments” in Garrett’s life that have inspired his passion for discipleship and education. Outside of the office, his hobbies include weight lifting, listening to music, gaming, and being around friends and family. Points of interest for Garrett include anything related to superheroes, video games, TV shows, movies, anime, concerts, and anything outdoors.