Meet the Staff

  • Suzanne Avila, M.A.
    Grant Specialist/IACUC Coordinator Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3344

    Suzanne Avila is a grant specialist and also serves as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) coordinator. She is a fourth-generation Azusan, her family residing in Azusa since 1920. Avila has years of experience writing, managing, and implementing community improvement grants, securing millions in federal, state, and private grant funds. She holds a bachelor’s in geography from California State University, Fullerton, and a master’s in leadership and organizational studies from Azusa Pacific. Raised in an environment that honors and respects community service, Avila also serves as a commissioner on the city of Azusa’s Planning Commission.

  • Marta Cenac-Mehedinti
    Director of Sponsored Research
    Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3343

    Marta Cenac-Mehedinti serves as the director of sponsored research, giving special attention to pre-award processes. Marta focuses on encouraging and supporting university faculty in their pursuit of external grant support, and oversees university-wide initiatives to improve external funding.

  • Kevin Huang, Ph.D.
    Director of Undergraduate Research
    Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6505
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    As director of undergraduate research, Kevin Huang, Ph.D., announces, reviews, and awards undergraduate student travel grants, which sponsor students in their presentations of original research. He also serves as associate professor of chemistry.

  • Donald Isaak, Ph.D.
    Interim Executive Director
    Phone: (626) 815-3796
  • Alexander Jun, Ph.D.
    Qualitative Research Consultant
    Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5723
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    Alexander Jun is a professor of higher education at Azusa Pacific. He teaches courses in qualitative research methods and diversity and social justice.

  • Yvonne Rodriguez
    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: (626) 815-2082

    As administrative assistant to the Office of Research and Grants, Yvonne Rodriguez plans, advertises, and manages all luncheons, events, workshops, and retreats. She also coordinates graduate student travel grants and tracks financial activities for the office.

  • Joanie Stude
    Institutional Review Board Coordinator
    Phone: (626) 815-2036

    Joanie Stude assists faculty and students preparing to conduct research involving human subjects. She provides guidance for researchers to ensure they have the information needed to be in compliance with federal regulations.

  • Josephine (Jody) Wong, MBA, CRA
    Director of Grants Management
    Phone: (626) 387-5820
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    Josephine (Jody) Wong assists APU faculty members and researchers in administrating their sponsored grants and contracts. For the past year she has been assisting project investigators and project directors in managing more than 30 sponsored projects endowed with more than $25 million in funding from federal and state governments, the private sector, foundations, and foreign countries. She holds a Master of Business Administration, as well as bachelor’s degrees in accounting, computer information systems, and psychology, from Arizona State University.

  • Chong Ho (Alex) Yu, Ph.D.
    Quantitative Research Consultant
    Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2749
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    Chong Ho (Alex) Yu, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His research has resulted in multiple publications and presentations on the philosophical foundations and best practices of quantitative research, in addition to many contributions in his area of expertise, the psychology of religion. His specialties include data mining, exploratory data analysis, and psychometrics. Contact him for individual or group consultation.