Meet the Staff

  • Charlie Moore
    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 M.A. in Leadership Studies. After serving for several years as a residence director, Charlie stepped into his current role as the executive director of residence life. This role allows him to do daily what he loves most—build supportive relationships with students. He sees Residence Life's primary mission to be a department that actively supports 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 the community in which they live. When Charlie is not bugging students, he can be found pursuing his other interests: egg salad sandwiches, antiques, and hanging out with his two dogs, Moose and Lucy.
  • Alex Oh
    Associate Director of Residence Life
    Alex was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Southern California at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of California, San Diego, and his Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University. Alex enjoys spending his free time with his wife and daughter, trying out new restaurants, and having conversations over coffee or tea.
  • Kim Henny
    Administrative Assistant of Residence Life
    Born and raised in Southern California, Kim has enjoyed living here and serving APU for the past 20 years. Beginning her APU career in Undergraduate Admissions in 1994, Kim transitioned to her current position in Residence Life in 2006. The most enjoyable part of her job is partnering with the wonderful Residence Life staff in supporting and caring for residents and interacting with APU's amazing students.
  • Chaili Trentham
    Assistant Director of Residence Life, Residence Director—Village West
    Chaili was born and raised in Fallbrook, California. She attended APU as an undergraduate student, earning a B.A. in Communication Studies. While at APU, Chaili served as a resident advisor for two years and developed a passion for working with college students living in community. After graduating, she spent two years serving as an event coordinator for a farmers' market management company in Southern California, but returned to APU's community to pursue her M.A. in Leadership and work in Residence Life. She loves adventures, soccer, crafting, tea parties, and Village West.
  • Adam Higginbotham
    Program Coordinator—Walkabout, Theme Housing, Residence Director—Alosta Place
    Adam was born and raised in rural, southern Ohio. He attended MVNU in Ohio where he earned a B.A. in Religion-Humanities with a minor in Sociology. During that time, Adam served in Residence Life for three years; a time which initially sparked his interest in working with and journeying alongside college students. After graduating and marrying Roni, his brilliant wife, they moved to Southern California. In Pasadena, Adam attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. Currently, he is furthering his education by pursuing an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. Adam and Roni have also recently ventured into parenthood with their firstborn, Declan.
  • Scott Kolmer
    Residence Director—Smith Hall
    Scott comes from the true "Valley of the Sun," Phoenix, Arizona. He recently graduated with a Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development from APU. After spending a year working in the Office of Orientation and Transitions, he served as an assistant residence director at APU and realized his passion for Residence Life. He is excited to be the RD of Smith Hall and build a brotherhood among the freshman guys. When Scott is not working, you can probably find him playing basketball or volleyball, eating, watching Netflix, or FaceTiming with his favorite ladies... his mom, sister, and nieces!
  • Diana Kim
    Residence Director—Engstrom Hall
    Dee was born in Michigan but spent the majority of her life in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated twice from Taylor University with a B.A. in Media Communications, and an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development. During college she served as an RA for two years, which made her realize her love for college students. For Dee, Residence Life represents an opportunity to deeply care for students, inspire them to understand their passions, and aide in the development of their faith. She does this all in hopes of empowering students and equipping them as individuals. Dee loves the excitement of spontaneous adventures, exploring the world and cultures, snowboarding, long boarding, listening to music, eating, crafting, reading, and is highly addicted to pop culture, movies, and shows. Dee’s favorite moments are spent getting lost in conversations and creating memories with friends. She’s a creative designer and enjoys capturing the joys in life through photography and graphic design.
  • Amanda Wilson
    Residence Director—Adams Hall
    Amanda hails from the green hills and apple orchards of Yucaipa, California. She attended APU for her undergraduate degree and earned her B.A. in Communication Studies. During her time as a student, she served as an international outreach leader, an Alpha leader, and spent two years working in Residence Life, all of which created her passion to serve and develop college students. Upon graduating, Amanda moved to Fullerton, California to serve as the residence life coordinator at Hope International University. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Leadership at APU while simultaneously seeking out life’s great adventures. Amanda is stoked to be working at APU, a community she and so many others call home. She loves good stories, all matters relating to dance, satire, hashtags, and talking in the third-person (#CaseInPoint). She would love to meet with you to grab coffee or a gourmet donut!
  • Buck Rice
    Residence Director—Trinity Hall
    Buck was born and raised in Northern California, but migrated south to attend Azusa Pacific University, where he graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. During his time at APU, Buck discovered that he had a passion for serving students in a university setting, and after graduating, he pursued that passion by working as a graduate assistant for Residence Life at California Baptist University, and obtaining his M.A. in Leadership from APU. Buck feels blessed to return to APU with his amazing wife, Taylor, and is ecstatic for the opportunity to serve as the residence director of Trinity Hall! In his spare time, Buck enjoys baking, cycling, and beating Taylor at Mario Kart.
  • Jonathan Hong
    Residence Director—Shire Modulars
    Jonny grew up in Carmel, California where he was drawn to the community of APU for his undergraduate degree. He spent three years of heavy involvement in Residence Life leadership where he fell in love with working with college students. After graduating, he went on to serve in youth ministry at San Clemente Presbyterian Church and then Camp Youth Ministry at Yosemite Sierra Camp before returning to APU. He loves any and every activity outdoors: beach or mountain, field or court, he loves it all! Look him up for a backpacking trip or a basketball game—those are his personal faves.
  • Elizabeth Wann
    Residence Director—Bowles
    Liz hails all the way from Mobile, Alabama. She graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2010 with a B.A. in Youth Ministry. After graduation, she moved to California to pursue a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership at APU. Before joining Residence Life, she was a residential counselor at a home for at-risk teens and worked at a marketing company in Pasadena. After a few years, Liz realized how passionate she is about working with students and could not miss this great opportunity to be a resident director. She is excited to be a part of the APU community and Residence Life. When Liz is not working, she enjoys surfing, singing, and hanging out with her husband!
  • Rhianna Pierre
    Residence Director —University Park
    Rhianna, originally from La Verne, California, graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Kinesiology and is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Azusa Pacific Seminary. During college, she served as an RA for two years, instantly falling in love with the transformative impact of Residence Life and the art of sharing our lives in an authentic way, drawing us closer to one another and to God. After graduating from Westmont, she worked as an assistant residence director at APU and then as a success coach for APU’s online program and the director of children’s ministry at Living Spring Church in Garden Grove. She is overjoyed to be returning to APU as the residence director of University Park. She is a huge fan of conversations over perfectly crafted cups of coffee, ice cream, reading, snail mail, yoga, and being a part of anything that involves dancing.
  • Victoria Volpei
    Residence Director—Village East
    Victoria was raised in Ventura, California. She received her B.A. in Psychology from APU and served as a resident advisor for three years. Her passion for student development grew throughout her time in Residence Life at APU and motivated her decision to commit to Residence Life full-time! She served as a resident director at Grand Canyon University for two years while getting her M.S. in Psychology and returned home to APU a few years ago. Victoria loves spending time with her husband, Jeff, going to the beach, baking, hiking, and Village East.
  • Casey Hawes
    Residence Director—Village South
    Casey is from the great, little mountain town of Mariposa, California, where he grew up raising ostriches with his three brothers and playing any sport imaginable. He received his B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in conflict and peacemaking from Fresno Pacific University. He also thoroughly enjoyed serving as an RA during his time at FPU. Casey has continued to pursue his love for people and ministry in other leadership positions post graduation. He has served as a camp counselor, coach, and speaker, as well as the high school director at San Clemente Presbyterian Church for five years. He feels extremely blessed and excited to serve the students and campus of Azusa with his wonderful wife, Corrie, by his side. While at APU, he plans on pursuing his M.A. in Leadership to continue growing in his gifts of caring and working with people. In his free time, he relishes quality time with his wife, family, and friends, and can be found playing basketball or in a coffee shop relaxing and soaking up genuine conversation.
  • Alpha Joy Ferrer
    Assistant Residence Director—Shire Mods
    Alpha Joy is a native of sunny Southern California. She comes from a very large Filipino family (as in 100 immediate family members) that reflects a significant part of who she is. She proudly calls APU her second home! She recently graduated with a B.A. in Business Management and a minor in leadership, and is back to pursue her M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development. She is incredibly grateful for the people who believed in her and served as a resource for her throughout college, and now longs to do the same for others. Outside of her passion for college students, Alpha Joy enjoys quality time with her family and friends, playing volleyball, eating boba and good food, and laughing at anything and everything.
  • Leah Sadoian
    Assistant Residence Director—University Park
    Leah is a California native, born and raised in Dinuba, a small agricultural town in the heart of the Central Valley. She attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, earning her B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in religious studies. During her time at Westmont, Leah served as an RA for two years and spent a semester studying abroad in the beautiful city of İstanbul, Turkey. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. Leah loves writing, playing the guitar, and all things bacon-related. When not working, she can often be found playing ultimate frisbee with friends.
  • Olivia James
    Assistant Residence Director—Discipleship House, Outdoor Adventure House
    Olivia was born and raised in the last frontier in Chugiak, Alaska. She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from Corban University in Oregon where she fell in love with student affairs. During her time at Corban, Olivia served as a resident assistant for two years and the activities coordinator for the Associated Student Body. For two summers during college, Olivia worked as a kitchen assistant and part-time bear guide in Lake Clark National Park, which encompassed three of her favorite things: people, baking, and off-grid Alaska. After graduating, Olivia journeyed to Southern California where she began her role as a graduate assistant in the Center for Student Action at APU, working specifically with Action Teams. Currently, she is completing her second year in the College Counseling and Student Development master’s program, and feels very blessed to have the opportunity to work with Residence Life at APU. When not working, Olivia can be found cooking, baking, running, napping, or watching a hilarious ’90s sitcom.
  • Megan O’Brien
    Assistant Residence Director—Student Action House, Leadership House
    Megan was born and raised in Danville, California. She graduated from APU in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Leadership. During her time as an undergraduate student, Megan served as a resident advisor for two years and discovered her passion for leadership development and student life. She is thrilled to be serving the students of APU as an ARD and looks forward to the many adventures ahead! Megan loves music, yoga, apples, and spending time with her incredible soon-to-be husband, James.