Meet the Staff

  • Tracie Burt, Ed.D.
    Director of Undergraduate Student Success, Administrative Faculty

    Tracie earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. She currently develops organizational processes to help APU undergraduate students persist to complete their degrees. Tracie has taught for 14 years in psychology and sociology, and published empirical research on the impact of academic advising on student success. In addition to her scholarly work, her experience includes supporting students who would be the first in their families to attend college (through TRIO programs), coordinating advisement programs, supporting enrollment processes, enhancing transfer student success, and employing data to help a university establish campus-wide conditions that promote student goal achievement. Every person is God's handiwork, and she views academic advising as a way for APU to help students explore their God-given talents, identify their calling in life, and set goals to complete a major and prepare to make a difference in our world through a satisfying career.

  • Stephanie Orona, M.A.
    Associate Director of Academic Advising and Retention

    Stephanie graduated from Azusa Pacific in 2008 with a Bachelor of Social Work. She was the first in her family to attend college, and thanks God for that accomplishment and His provisions in helping her reach that goal. She also completed a Master of Arts in Leadership from APU in 2014. She seeks opportunities to learn, grow, and discover ways to better serve students and help others be successful based on their individual needs. As associate director, Stephanie coordinates programming for the team of academic success coaches. In addition, she serves students and provides parents, faculty, and staff with on-campus resources to help support students during their time at APU.

  • Cathy Bartholomew, M.A.
    Academic Success Coach

    An Azusa Pacific alumna, Cathy received both her B.A. and M.A. at APU, and considers it a privilege to serve as an academic success coach with academic advising. With more than 20 years of teaching experience, including currently teaching Freshmen Writing Seminar, she has a heart for working with students during their academic journey. A veteran parent of college students, she understands the anxiety students and parents can have while navigating the academic waters of declaring a major, selecting the right general education classes, and managing transfer details. She looks forward to assisting you on your academic journey at APU.

  • Michael Chrzanowski, B.S.
    Academic Success Coach

    Michael graduated from APU with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and is currently working toward completing an MBA in the School of Business and Management. He is the first person in his family to attend and graduate college, and desires to be an instrument used by God in the lives of other students to help them accomplish similar goals. He is grateful for the opportunity to offer guidance and encouragement to students toward academic success, as well as participate in the development and implementation of projects and programs that enhance the academic experience for students.

  • Peter Smart, M.Ed.
    Academic Success Coach

    Peter enjoys helping students plan their academic courses and understand what is important to their success in college. Before starting at APU in 2012, Peter spent five years as a residence hall director for a freshman men’s residence hall at another institution. This experience showed him the importance of academic focus throughout the college experience. He earned a M.A.Ed. in College Student Affairs in 2007 from APU, and received his bachelor’s degree from George Fox University in 1999.

  • Jyll Stone, M.A.
    Academic Success Coach

    Jyll has worked at Azusa Pacific since 2008, graduated with a bachelor's degree from APU in 2005, and completed a Master of Arts in Leadership in spring 2013. She is excited to be in a role where she can apply her passion for helping and developing students, and support them during their college years.

  • Patti Duguid
    Information Liaison Coordinator

    Patti is often the first person everyone talks to when calling or emailing the Office of Academic Advising and Retention. She serves as a communication link to students; directing them to resources and procedures that assist students in reaching their academic goals. She also acts as a liaison, communicating pertinent academic advising information to staff, faculty and departments. She has worked at APU since 2004, after two previous careers in banking and youth ministry. She enjoys working with students, helping them find answers to their questions, and helping people understand their spiritual gifts.

  • Alexandra Reddin
    Graduate Assistant
  • Mayra Sierra
    Graduate Assistant