Meet the Staff
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 here 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 beautiful wife Antoinette and two dogs, Moose and Lucy.
Hailing from delightful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Jen “Fleck” Fleckenstein is thrilled about relocating to sunny SoCal. Jen graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership. During her time at ‘Nova, Jen discovered her passion for working with college students, so she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work in Residence Life at APU. Some of Jen’s favorites include her family, jogging, pancakes, reality TV, and simply enjoying everyday life!
Born and raised in Southern California, Kim has enjoyed living here all her life and serving APU for 13 years. When she is not working, she is most likely relaxing at home with her three children. Summer is her favorite season, and anywhere there is water is her favorite place. Kim has an eclectic taste in music and can be found listening to jazz, reggae, alternative rock, R&B, and yes, even some country. The most enjoyable part of her job is working with the wonderful Residence Life staff and interacting with APU's amazing students.
Jon is originally from Texas and studied journalism and sociology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He received his M.Div. from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a focus on organizational leadership at APU. Before coming to Azusa Pacific, Jon held leadership roles at a newspaper and two churches. He enjoys hiking, attempting to cook, buying more books than he can actually read, and finding new adventures with his wife, Grete, and their 3-year-old son.
Kelly is originally from the Central Valley where she attended the same tiny private school from kindergarten through her senior year of high school. Later she attended Point Loma Nazarene University for four years where she received her B.A. in Literature. Her intention was to be a high school English teacher, but instead she came to the APU community as an assistant resident director where she discovered a combined passion for mentorship, discipleship, and student development. Currently she is working as the graduate assistant for the Office of Residence Life while pursuing a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. In her spare time she loves writing, traveling, and soaking up the sun on beach days!
Rhianna is originally from La Verne, California and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Kinesiology. She intended to be a physical therapist, but while serving as an R.A. her junior and senior years, God tugged at her heart strings for college students. She experienced what a gift residence life is in student's lives and knew she wanted to be a part of that. After graduating, she interned at Living Spring Church in Garden Grove California, where she fell in love with the church community. This is her first year working at APU where she is a themed house assistant residence director in Alosta Place. She feels blessed to lead the students of these houses as they engage in intentional community. She loves being around big dogs, eating lots of dark chocolate, drinking coffee, owning antiques, sending and receiving snail mail, journaling, and experiencing or being a part of anything that involves the art of dance.
Sami, a Dana Point native, spent all of her life in Orange County until she migrated north to make her home in Azusa. She recently graduated with her B.A. in Psychology. During her undergraduate experience, she fell in love with event planning and poster making, so naturally being an R.A. was a perfect fit. Now as an assistant residence director, Sami is able to pour herself into college students, use her creative passions, and pursue a Master of arts in Leadership. Sami loves coffee, meaningful conversations, learning, and belly laughing!
Hailing from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Madison left her beloved state to attend APU in 2009. She graduated May 2013 with a B.A. in Theology and Psychology. She served as an R.A. in Bowles and an H.A. for Global Village and the Music, Media, and Arts Theme Houses. Throughout her time at APU, she also participated in and led teams of students in local ministries, Mexico Outreach, and summer trips to the Himalayas and the Firelands. These experiences stirred a passion and desire to develop and serve students as they journey through college and learn more about God, themselves, and the world. This year she is blessed with the gift of being an assistant residence director with Leadership and Student Action Theme Housing and the opportunity to continue her studies in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program. She enjoys anything involving people, the outdoors, chocolate, missions, coffee, or fun.
Scott Kolmer comes from the true "Valley of the Sun," Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Concordia University, Irvine in 2012 with a degree in business marketing. During his undergraduate experience he worked with orientation and intramurals. Most importantly, this time kick-started his passion for working with and developing college students. He then started the M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development program at APU and worked as the graduate assistant last year in the Office of Orientation and Transitions. He is pumped to be the assistant residence director in University Park and to be learning what it truly looks like to live life together. When Scott is not working, you can probably find him playing basketball or volleyball, eating, straight up chillin, or FaceTiming with his three favorite ladies... his mom, sister, and niece!
Robyn was born in Southern California and grew up in Temecula—a place she will always call home. She graduated from APU with a B.S. in Marketing and is excited to pursue her M.A. in Leadership this year at APU. As an undergraduate student, Robyn had the opportunity to engage with the APU community through athletics and student life. Her experiences as an athlete on the Acrobatics and Tumbling team and a Resident Advisor in Trinity Hall have contributed significantly to her passion for working with college students. Robyn is thrilled to be joining the Residence Life staff as an assistant residence director and views the opportunity to invest in student leaders as an incredible gift. Fun facts about Robyn: loves the color yellow, is always down for a good basket toss, consumes coffee on the daily, and has a knack for noticing the intricate details in life, especially little creatures. Speaking of, if she could be any creature she would be an otter.
Chaili was born and raised in Fallbrook, California. She attended APU as an undergraduate, 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 a couple years 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. Chaili is in her dream job, serving as the residence director for the all-female dorm full of talented women who are living authentically and seeking their purpose. She loves adventures, soccer, crafting, tea parties, and Adams Hall!
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 brand new husband!
Josh is in his first year as the residence director of Engstrom Hall. He graduated from Grace College in 2007 with a degree in Spanish Education. In summer 2007, he and his wife, Chelsea, packed up their belongings and moved to California. Josh taught Spanish and P.E. at a small charter school in L.A. for four years, while Chelsea worked as the residence director of Engstrom. In May of 2011 little Naomi Wood was born and Josh took over as the residence director and Chelsea became a full-time mom. The Wood family is thrilled to still be in Engstrom and feel blessed to be a part of the APU community. Josh is also teaching the camping class at APU and is enjoying the change to teaching at the university level. Whenever Josh gets a free moment, you can find him skiing, hiking, mountain biking, spending time with his family, playing softball, and conquering Settlers of Catan.
Cara Jones is originally from Corona, California and a California Baptist alumna, where she earned a B.A. in Communications in 2009 and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies in 2012 from Union University. She was an R.A. her senior year in college when God captured her heart for college students. Prior to APU, Cara spent a semester in India and then proceeded to work as an assistant residence director at CBU. Fun facts about Cara: She is a twin! She also has been to 18 different countries and loves ice cream anytime of the day. She loves being an R.D. and feels so blessed to be here!
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 a M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. He attributes this largely to his ability to stay caffeinated by his employment at a local coffee shop. Currently, he is furthering his education by pursuing a M.A. in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. In more exciting news, Adam and Roni will soon be welcoming their firstborn, Declan, to the world this year!
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, and now, Jonny is back home at APU! He serves as the Smith Hall RD, leading the energy-filled men into adventurous events like spike ball tournaments and all men hikes. 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.
Rachel was born in Glendale, California where she lived until just before middle school, when her family decided to make a cross-country move to Colorado. Rachel quickly returned to sunny SoCal to attend APU, where she was heavily involved in Residence Life, University Choir, Student Life, the Center for Student Action, missions—and oh yeah, earning her B.A. in Communications and Biblical Studies. Rachel quickly fell in love with college students and set her sights on working professionally in student affairs. She spent the last three years working as a Residence Director at the University of North Texas and is excited to begin the RD role in a place with a lot of memories—and a lot less humidity. Rachel recently married a super good-looking man (and fellow APU alum!) named Jared who is her support system and best friend, and they are beyond thrilled to return to a place that feels like home.
Kelly is originally from Idyllwild, California and is married to his amazing wife, Pamela. They are blessed with two sons, Brayden and Kyler, and a vivacious little girl named Naiya. Kelly graduated from APU in 2003 with a B.A. in Communication Studies, and went on to complete his M.A. in Leadership with an emphasis in Leadership Development. He worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for three years before transitioning to Student Life. Kelly also heads up the Walkabout program, an 11-day backpacking trip which takes students into the wilderness to focus on community and leadership development. In his free time, he enjoys time spent with family, music, playing ultimate Frisbee, and doing anything outdoors. Kelly loves working with students and is passionate about helping them discover and fulfill what God has called them to do. He is thankful and blessed to be working at a place like APU.
Alex was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Los Angeles with his family at the age of seven. Since then, he has moved to various cities in Southern California—Glendale, Los Angeles, Rowland Heights, San Diego, Azusa, and Pomona, just to name a few. Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of California, San Diego, where he worked with commuter and transfer students and was an orientation leader for three years. He then decided to pursue his passion for college students and their development by pursuing and receiving his Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University. He previously worked at Cal Poly Pomona, where he was a residence life coordinator for a predominantly first-year student building. Alex enjoys spending his free time snowboarding, trying out new restaurants, playing ping-pong with students, and having conversations over coffee or tea.
Greg was born into this world on a cold and wintery Iowa day and his life has never been the same since. He was raised on the gravel roads of Victor, Iowa where he learned the foundations of faith and the intricacies of sheep farming. After graduating from Simpson College with a B.A. in Religion, he spent two years working in college ministry at the University of Northern Iowa with an organization called The Navigators. Soon, however, the warm and sunny call of Southern California was too strong. For four years, he worked as a young adult minister at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount, California, while completing his Master of Arts in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. When Greg is not actively engaged in the defending of the planet from the evils of this universe, he enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and the occasional outdoor adventure. He also likes cheese. He came to APU in 2011 to lead the men in Smith Hall with style and grace. After marrying the love of his life, he and his bride, Sara, moved into University Village were he currently serves alongside upperclassmen.
Jonny Liu was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to beautiful Northern California at the age of five. Jonny received his B.A. in Sociology with a minor in women’s studies, as well as his M.A. in Religion: Leadership Studies from Vanguard University. Some of his passions include local and global missions, soul care, plants, and things that are mysterious and intriguing. Jonny is the youngest of three siblings and absolutely loves his twin nieces, Katie and Ellie.