Meet the Staff

  • Lynn Pearson, M.S.
    Director

    (626) 815-2103
    lpearson@apu.edu

    Strengths: Woo, Maximizer, Arranger, Ideation, Positivity
    Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator: ENTP

    Education:
    Master of Science in Counseling
    California State University, Long Beach, 1993 

    Bachelor of Art in Sociology
    California State University, Long Beach, 1977

    Responsibilities: Oversee and direct vision of career services. Provide career counseling to students. Teach career and life planning class.

    What is your favorite coffee drink?
    Mocha Lite Frappuccino or Blond Roast drip with half and half

    Why did you become a Career Counselor?
    I became a career counselor because I believe God wants to use our gifts for His Kingdom. After having many conversations with people who hated their work, I wanted to help people get in the right place to further the Kingdom.

    When you aren’t assisting students, what are your hobbies?
    Exploring and traveling to new and different places. Reading about new and different places if I can't go.

  • Doug Stude, M.Ed.
    Associate Director, Employer Relations

    (626) 815-2103
    dpstude@apu.edu

    Strengths: Responsibility, Harmony, Consistency, Empathy, Connectedness (Belief)
    Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator: ESFJ

    Education:
    Master of Education in College Student Affairs
    Azusa Pacific University, 2003

    Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Christian Ministries
    Fresno Pacific University, 1975

    Responsibilities: Connecting with employers, overseeing various fairs and events, career counseling with students and alums, and assisting the director with oversight of our office.

    What is your favorite coffee drink?
    Regular - bold caffeinated coffee

    Why did you become a Career Counselor?
    To help equip students with understanding their strengths and how those strengths enable each person to fulfill their God-given calling.

    What advice can you give to students in this tough economy?
    Remember that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life (Genesis 50:20), and a plan for your calling and career. Patience, research, and connecting with all possible resources and people will help anyone searching for their God-given calling.

  • Thomas Eng
    Career Counselor and Program Coordinator

    (626) 815-2103
    teng@apu.edu

    Strengths: Context, Harmony, Adaptability, Individualization, Positivity
    Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator: ISTP

    Education:
    Master of Science in College Counseling Student Development
    Azusa Pacific University, 2009

    Bachelor of Science in Social Science, focus History
    California State University, Los Angeles, 2006

    Responsibilities: Counseling students, managing the APU Career Network, coordinating the Graduate School Fair and Teacher Career Forum

    What is your favorite coffee drink?
    Grande Pike, no room, two packs of raw sugar

    Why did you become a Career Counselor?
    I enjoy working with college students and helping them discover what the right next steps are for them and then the steps after that!

    What advice can you give to students in this tough economy?
    Visit our office!  When I was an undergraduate student, I didn't know that Career Services existed to help prep students for the world of work. Now that the economy is somewhat more difficult to navigate, it would be awesome for students to come in here at least once a year, maybe even more when you’re closer to graduation, for guidance on job search, grad school, or even just to talk about life after college!

  • Julia Russell Toothacre, M.S.
    Outreach/Marketing Coordinator & Career Counselor

    (626) 815-2103
    jtoothacre@apu.edu

    Strengths: Individualization, Responsibility, Relator, Learner, Achiever
    Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator: INTJ

    Education:
    Master of Science, College Counseling and Student Development
    Azusa Pacific University, 2011

    Bachelor of Arts, Art (Graphic Design)
    Azusa Pacific University, 2005

    Responsibilities: Marketing to students, outreach to departments/offices on campus, overseeing the Career Services Ambassadors, and career counseling

    What is your favorite coffee drink?
    Salted Caramel Mocha

    Why did you become a Career Counselor?
    I became a Career Counselor because I wanted to help students realize their potential and give them the encouragement and support they need to pursue their dreams.

    What advice can you give to students in this tough economy?
    Network. Network. Network. As a student, you have the advantage to meet a lot of different people. Get to know all your professors and start reaching out to companies that you are interested in early in your APU experience. The more people you can build strong connections with, the better chance you have of obtaining an internship or a job when you graduate.

  • Teri Griffith, M.Ed.
    Office Manager

    (626) 815-2103
    tgriffith@apu.edu

    Strengths: Relator, Belief, Discipline, Connectedness, Learner
    Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator: INFJ

    Education:
    Master of Education, College Student Affairs
    Azusa Pacific University, 1997

    Master of Arts, Liberal Studies
    Azusa Pacific University, 1994

    Responsibilities: Providing administrative support for the Office of Career Services and assisting students, alumni, and employers in utilizing our services

    What is your favorite coffee drink?
    Honeybee Latte at Lavender & Honey in Pasadena

    When you aren't assisting students, what are your hobbies?
    Spending time with my husband and three children, advocating for public schools, reading, flea market, and farmer's markets.

    What is your favorite thing about APU?
    The diversity of students wanting to be difference makers in our world.