Board of Trustees

Designated as the “keepers of the university mission,” the Board of Trustees provides perspective, clarity, and direction to the president and administration.

  • Larry Acosta, D.Min.
    President and Founder, Urban Youth Workers Institute

    Larry Acosta is president and founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI), one of the top urban leadership training organizations in the country, with a combined network of more than 18,000 emerging ethnic leaders in 23 cities. Acosta is also founder of the Hispanic Ministry Center, and co-founded KIDWORKS with his wife, Jayme. He speaks at conferences and events throughout the United States, and served as a contributing writer for Deep Justice in a Broken World and Urban Youth Ministry Handbook, and as an editor of SHOUT Magazine. Acosta graduated from both Biola University and Talbot School of Theology, and completed his doctoral degree in leadership development at Fuller Theological Seminary.

  • Thomas M. Alkazin
    Owner, Alkazin and Associates

    Tom Alkazin—along with Bethany, his wife of 34 years—owns Alkazin and Associates, a direct sales and referral marketing company offering premium nutritional supplements in 55 countries. Tom graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1974, and specializes in training and leadership development within the direct selling industry. He is active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in San Diego and has served on the leadership board for FCA North San Diego County. Tom and Bethany attend North Coast Church in Carlsbad, California. They have three children: Chris, 31; Brad, 28; and Amy, 24, and her husband, David Stafford, 27, both of whom graduated from APU in December 2011. Tom and Bethany live in Carlsbad.

  • Ross Allen, CPA
    Vice President, Medtronic

    Ross Allen has been a general manager and vice president of finance for several divisions of Medtronic, the world’s leading medical device company. Allen has been with Medtronic since 1991 and has worked in Copenhagen; Zurich; Minneapolis; Memphis; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Santa Rosa, California. Allen is increasingly focused on improving health care for the underresourced in developing countries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Bethel University. Ross and his wife, Annie, have been married 34 years. They have four children and five grandchildren. Their youngest daughter, Katie, graduated from APU in 2012.

  • Peggy S. Campbell, Chair
    President, Ambassador Advertising Agency

    Peggy Campbell has been with Ambassador since 1977, initially joining the team to serve in the launching of Chuck Swindoll’s daily radio broadcast. She is also a member of the National Religious Broadcasters board, serving as the organization’s treasurer, and has previously served on the board of MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers). Campbell is a graduate of Biola University. Her late husband, Jon, also served on the APU board until he passed away in June 2005. Her home church is St. Andrew’s Presbyterian (Newport Beach).

  • Craig Cheek
    Corporate Vice President and General Manager
    Nike, Inc.

    Craig Cheek is a corporate vice president and general manager for Nike, Inc., and has worked for the company for the last 24 years. He oversees the company’s global men’s training, football, and baseball businesses. Past leadership roles include running North America’s largest geography business, followed by Nike’s fastest-growing business in Greater China. He enjoys traveling, reading, and all kinds of sports and sporting events. He and his wife have three sons, one of whom graduated from APU.

  • Sally Colace
    Christian Ministries

    Sally and her husband, Joe, have served on the founding boards of several Christian ministries, including Christ Community Church of El Centro, Campus Life of Imperial Valley, and The Altar, a ministry geared toward college and young career-age adults. Colace is a Bible teacher and advisor for New Creations, a Christian drug and alcohol recovery home, and serves with her family at Forest Home Christian Family Camp.

  • Evan R. Collins
    President, Butterfield Memorial Foundation

    Evan Collins is founding president of the Butterfield Memorial Foundation and its chief investment officer. Previously he spent 14 years with Prudential Securities (now Wells Fargo Securities, Inc.) as a senior vice president, and before that was the national sales officer for Kidder, Peabody & Co. Collins is a member of the Free Methodist Church of Southern California’s Board of Administration, and chair of its Investment Committee. He is also vice chair of The Free Methodist Foundation and chair of its Investment Committee, and a board member of Guide Stream Financial, the Eden Reforestation Project, and the Center for Transformational Leadership. He earned an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business.

  • Dave Dias
    Founder and Chairman,

    Dave Dias is founder and chairman of, (ITL), a digital content marketing and curation platform for thought leadership and winning new clients. He also leads a client services team and serves on the board of directors of InterWest Insurance Services.

  • Robyn Dillon, RN
    Registered Nurse

    Robyn Dillon attended APU in the early 1980s, and her husband, Rick, graduated in 1980. They have two children—Darren, who graduated from APU in 2007, and Kara, who graduated from APU in 2011. They live in Vancouver, Washington, and own several assisted living and convalescent hospitals.

  • Dan Fachner
    President, ICEE Company

    Dan Fachner is President of the ICEE Company, which markets frozen beverages throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. He has been with the company for 30 years, and also serves on the board of ICEE America as president. Fachner’s family attends Life Bible Fellowship Church in Upland, where Fachner and his wife, Julie, serve as part of the leadership team. Fachner is also on the board of Elders at Calvary Chapel Solid Rock in Chino Hills.

  • William K. Hooper
    Partner, Trinitas Partners

    William Hooper has served as director of Borland Software Co. since May 1999. He was president and owner of Monterey Plaza Hotel Corporation from 1994 to 2005, and president of Woodside Hotels and Resorts Group Services Corporation from 1995 to 2004. He also serves as an advisor to Acuity Ventures, a venture capital investment fund. Hooper holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

  • Lynette Marshburn Ilertsen
    Administrator, Friends Christian School

    Lynette is an educator with a heart for young people and a passion for the mission of Azusa Pacific University. She earned a bachelor of arts from Point Loma Nazarene University and has been in Christian private education for 39 years, having served as a teacher and administrator at Friends Christian School in Yorba Linda, California. Lynette is a member of Rose Drive Friends Church, where she served on the Elder Board for 6 years, and she and her husband, Dane, have been married for 40 years. Their daughter Megan, an All-American athlete and member of the national championship track and field team, graduated from APU in 2008.

  • David Le Shana, Ph.D., Chair Emeritus
    Retired University President

    David Le Shana’s 35-year leadership career and 47-year career in higher education includes presidencies of George Fox University, Seattle Pacific University, and Western Evangelical Seminary. Le Shana has also provided direction for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions, and the Washington Friends of Higher Education, as well as a national education task force co-chaired by then-Gov. Tom Ashcroft and Dr. Clark Kerr. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, an M.A. from Ball State University, and a B.A. from Taylor University. Le Shana is the child of missionaries to India, and he first came to the United States as a 16-year-old college freshman. He and his wife, Becky, live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and have 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

  • Michael Lizárraga, LHD
    President and CEO, TELACU

    Michael Lizarraga is responsible for the management and oversight of TELACU, the nation’s largest community development corporation. Established in 1968, TELACU owns and manages businesses in the sectors of real estate development, financial services, construction, and construction management. These businesses fulfill TELACU’s mission of empowering traditionally underserved communities by creating jobs, affordable housing, loans to small-business owners, new community assets, and education opportunities for young people and veterans. Michael is a governor of the California State University Foundation, and he serves on the boards of the CalChamber and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Elizabeth V. Maring, JD
    Attorney/President, Community Threads

    Elizabeth Maring is an Illinois attorney practicing in the area of creditors’ rights since 1985. In 2011 she founded Community Threads, a Christian nonprofit social enterprise that sells used goods and awards grants to ministries helping the poor and promoting education. She is also a director of the Christian Leadership Alliance. She has been married to Clarence Maring for 29 years and is the mother of two APU graduates, Daniel, 26, and Steven, 23. She lives in Palatine, Illinois.

  • Donald C. Marshburn, LHD
    Past President/Co-owner (now consultant)
    Champion Seed Company

    Donald Marshburn became involved in his family farm operation after graduating from college in 1957. He later supervised growing in Orange County and Santa Maria, California. He purchased Champion Seed Company with his brother in 1977, following the sale of the family farm. Upon his recent retirement as president, Marshburn continues his work as consultant to the family owned Champion Seed Company. He is a charter member of Rose Drive Friends Church in Yorba Linda, and has continued in the Marshburn family tradition of support of and involvement in Azusa Pacific University that began in the 1900s.

  • Marc K. McBride
    Chairman, Zambikes, USA

    Marc McBride is CEO of a third-generation privately held family business, McBride Electric Service Company. In 1977, he began as an electrician’s apprentice for the company, then moved on to sales, production, and administration. Since 1985, McBride has led the company as CEO in a growth strategy that took it from $10 million in revenue to a current run rate of $120 million, 12 locations, and approximately 550 employees. He earned a business administration degree from the University of Kansas, and is a master electrician in the states of Colorado, Arizona, and California. McBride and his wife, Marsha, have two sons, Brian and Dustin, who is an APU graduate now doing mission work in Zambia, Africa.

  • Catherine Ann McIntyre
    Former Small-Business Owner

    Cathy McIntyre began her professional career in the hospitality industry and then started CM Consulting, which provides logistic and conference management support to a variety of corporate clients. She focuses her time on family and volunteer opportunities, and serves as a board member of Scottsdale (Arizona) Christian Academy and on the personnel committee at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. In her volunteer work, she has had the privilege of engaging with the USO, Medal of Honor recipients, and other government and political dignitaries. She holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University. Cathy and her husband, Dave, reside in Scottsdale and have three children.

  • Thomas G. Miller, Vice Chair
    Managing Director, Granite Properties

    Tom Miller is managing director of Granite Properties, a national real estate investment and development company with office building assets in excess of $1.5 billion in Texas, Georgia, Colorado, and California. His role is to lead the firm’s growth through strategic acquisitions in Southern California. Tom has been married to Karen Miller since 1985; they have two children, Kristin and Kyle, and are active members of Rolling Hills Covenant Church, where Tom is on the Elder Council. Tom is also vice chairman of the Metropolitan Los Angeles YMCA. Tom attended UCLA and USC and received his Bachelor of Science in Business from USC in 1978.

  • Lucie H. Moore, JD
    Independent Trustee, Pacific Select Fund and Pacific Life Funds

    Lucie H. Moore serves as an independent trustee and chair of the governance committee for Pacific Select Fund and Pacific Life Funds. Prior to that, she was a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP specializing in corporate finance, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions. Moore holds a JD from The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

  • Jeannie Pascale

    Jeannie Pascale is the founding member of the Shepherd Foundation, and is self-employed. She lived for six years in Iran, where she taught at an international school as well as in a university setting. Pascale primarily spends her summers with missions groups in the Middle East. In addition to her APU board membership, she sits on the board at Grier School, a girls’ school in Pennsylvania. Pascale is very active in her church, serving in the area of leadership training, and as a coordinator of prayer for women's ministries.

  • Steve Perry
    Retired Pastor

    Steven Lee Perry is a retired Lutheran pastor. He graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1979, served in congregational ministry for 17 years, and resigned his call in 1996 to co-found the California office of the National Christian Foundation (NCF), where he serves as vice chair of the board. Steve and his wife, Susie, are graduates of APU (1975); as are their two children, Jenny Somers (2003) and Matthew Perry (2010); and son-in-law, Ryan Somers (2003). In 2003, Steve and Susie founded the Sacred Harvest Foundation, which Steve serves as chair. They have been involved in the life and ministry of APU through providing financial support to the Trustees’ Scholarship Fund, Duke Academic Complex, Segerstrom Science Center, and the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. Steve and Susie have been married for 36 years and live in Newport Coast, California. They attend the same church that Steve once pastored for 12 years, Mission Lutheran in Laguna Niguel, California.

  • David S. Poole, Esq., Secretary
    Partner, Poole & Shaffery, LLP

    David Poole is a partner in the law firm of Poole & Shaffery, LLP. With extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts, he specializes in civil litigation with a focus in the areas of complex business disputes, labor and employment, real property, and environmental law. He was a deputy attorney general with the State of California, Department of Justice; in-house counsel with a large corporation; and partner in a large national law firm before starting his law firm in 1998. He earned a B.A. from UCLA and a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He and his wife, April, have been married since 1980 and have three children (including an APU grad) and three grandchildren. He is active in his church and the community, and serves on boards for two nonprofit entities and one financial institution.

  • Sally Segerstrom
    Managing Partner, C.J. Segerstrom & Sons

    Sally graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has three children: Jason, Jessica, and Justin; Jessica graduated from APU in 2011 with a degree in psychology. Sally is managing partner at the family business, C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, and attends Newport Church in Newport Beach, California. She has been involved with APU through supporting the Trustees’ Scholarship Fund and the new Segerstrom Science Center. Sally truly believes in the mission of Azusa Pacific University and the spiritual environment it provides for students and staff, and is proud to say she's a graduate of APU. She is honored to be on the Board of Trustees, and looks forward to working with the other board members and learning more about how APU operates and how to make the university an even better place.

  • Ava Siwek
    President, Medical Practice Innovations

    Ava Siwek is president of Medical Practice Innovations. Before her leadership role in the medical field, she served as an elementary school teacher. She’s also an avid volunteer, having played important roles at her church, the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Arizona, and the Phoenix Art Museum. She loves to travel, play tennis, and watch her son play APU football. Ava and her husband have three sons and live in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

  • Tim Stripe
    Co-President/Ownership Partner, Grand Pacific Resorts

    Tim Stripe is co-president/ownership partner of Grand Pacific Resorts, a real estate development firm in Carlsbad, California, that focuses on timeshare and hotel development, and before that was chief financial officer of Winner’s Circle Resorts International in Carlsbad. Tim has served as a board member with numerous other organizations as well. Tim and his wife, Janean, have been married for 26 years and have two daughters.

  • Paul C. Szeto, D.Miss
    President/General Director, Evangelize China Fellowship

    Paul Szeto has been involved in the Gospel ministry for four decades. Over the past 20 years, he has expanded the worldwide missions program of Evangelize China Fellowship into 11 Asian countries, including Mainland China. His preaching has led him to more than 40 nations. Szeto, who earned a Doctorate in Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary, is listed in Who’s Who in America, has been active in the greater Los Angeles area Chinese Ministers Association, and is involved in many community cultural associations.

  • Albert Tate
    Senior Pastor, Fellowship Monrovia

    Albert Tate is senior pastor at Fellowship Monrovia in Monrovia, California. From Mississippi to Pasadena, he brings with him many years of ministry teaching and leadership experience. His passion centers on extending the Gospel community across all economic and cultural lines, and he believes that the local church is God’s greatest hope for the world. He also serves on the advisory council at the Fuller Youth Institute. Albert and his wife delight in their three young children.

  • Jon R. Wallace, DBA
    President, Azusa Pacific University

    Prior to his appointment as the 16th president of APU, Jon Wallace served as executive vice president, and held other administrative positions at the university. From 1993-95, Wallace arranged a sabbatical leave to serve as pastor of adult ministries, small groups, and strategic planning at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. He holds a B.A. from Azusa Pacific University, a DBA from United States International University, and a postdoctoral certificate from Harvard University. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Higher Education, Council of Independent Colleges, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

  • Raleigh Washington
    President/CEO, Promise Keepers

    After attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army and earning the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam, Raleigh Washington responded to God's call to full-time ministry. He earned his bachelor's degree at Florida A&M University, his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (now Trinity International University), and his doctorate at Westminster College. He also received an honorary doctorate from Azusa Pacific University in 2000. He founded Rock of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church in Chicago and has focused his ministry on racial reconciliation. Dr. Washington and his wife, Paulette, live in Denver, and have 8 children and 11 grandchildren.

  • Nick Yphantides, MD, MPH
    Chief Medical Officer, San Diego County

    Dr. Nick Yphantides, in addition to his work as Chief Medical Officer for San Diego County, is a longtime advocate of the poor and needy. His struggles with obesity produced an enduring transformation in his own health, which propelled him to help found San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, and he remains an advocate for all those who struggle to maintain their own health and fitness. He is the national director for health and wellness for Axene Health Partners, and serves on the boards of several charitable, faith-based, and community-service organizations. Nick and his wife, Despina, and their two daughters live in Escondido, California.