Meet the Staff
Matt Browning, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Internationalization
Matt has a relentless passion for the people in God’s world. He is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible to mobilize APU faculty, staff, and students to answer the call to reach all nations and people groups for Christ. His span of responsibility includes overseeing the offices and programs within the Center for Student Action. Prior to Azusa Pacific University, Matt served as vice president for student programs at the English Language Institute China, where he mobilized North Americans to serve as English teachers in Asia. Matt has traveled extensively around the world, spoken on many university and church campuses, and been a part of key leadership areas at APU and other organizations.
Jenny Elsey, M.Ed.
Director for Mobilization, Center for Student Action
As director, Jenny Elsey leads a team of professionals committed to educating and mobilizing students towards transformational service that advances the work of God in this world. She received her M.Ed. in College Student Development at Azusa Pacific University and works to develop collaborative relationships with civic-based agencies, nonprofits, and churches locally and across the globe. One of her greatest joys is working with students as they wrestle with tough questions regarding the injustices in this world, God's movement in these places, and their roles as engaged citizens.
Karen Rouggly, M.A.
Associate Director for Mobilization, Center for Student Action
Karen serves as the associate director in charge of recruitment, marketing, and re-entry efforts for all students serving locally and internationally. Prior to working for the Center for Student Action, Karen worked as a U.S.-based missionary recruiting for a South African organization, as well as in the fields of public and nonprofit education. She received an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Nathalie Borg Seale, M.A.
Assistant Director of Operations and Finance, Center for Student Action
H.I.S. Years Director, Center for Student Action
Service Requirement Coordinator, Center for Student Action
Michelle oversees the tracking of more than 5,500 undergraduate students’ service requirements. She has been at the university for seven years. She also sits on various committees such as Golden Days and Hands Across Azusa, and is an Azusa Scholar Mentor and the Latin American Student Association advisor. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and is in the process of pursuing her M.A. in Leadership.
Action Teams Program Coordinator, Center for Student Action
Laurelyn Shaw currently serves as the program coordinator for action teams, after serving two years as a program advisor and operations coordinator in the center. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Houghton College and an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to serving in the center, Shaw worked in youth ministry in a local church and short-term missions with a national non-profit organization. She believes that learning happens best through experience, evidenced by her extensive traveling and serving across the United States and around the world. Shaw is passionate about mobilizing APU students to serve and learn on Action Teams, and she believes faith is an adventure that should be lived out in the world.
Local Ministries Program Coordinator, Center for Student Action
Jacob Arzaga is a native of Southern California and grew up in a household that emphasized service and giving back to the community. He served as the graduate assistant for the Azusa Scholars program for two years, and is excited about serving in this new capacity as the program coordinator for local ministries. Arzaga received a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and a master's degree in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. His passions include public speaking and leadership development. He is also a true lover of podcasts and a John C. Maxwell enthusiast. Arzaga is excited to join the CSA team and help students grow in their leadership capacity by connecting them with meaningful service opportunities in the local community.
Sasha Santillian was born in Whittier, California, raised in Littleton, Colorado, and moved back to California a year after graduating high school. In the fall of 2012 she began her journey at Azusa Pacific University as an undergraduate student majoring in accounting, and served as a student-worker in CSA, assisting with finances. Educating, learning, serving, and empowering others are some of her greatest passions. Santillian is excited to be a part of CSA and strongly believes in mobilizing others to fulfill God’s instruction of loving and discipling others. In June 2014, on the beaches of Malibu, she married her husband, Elvis. She is excited about life and cannot wait to see where God will continue to lead her and her husband.
Sean Harris has been a part of the Center for Student Action for the last five years being involved with action teams, local ministries, and Mexico Outreach. He has led three teams and hosted two to Tanzania over the course of the last four years. He has a passion for service and is currently active with the non-profit Friends and Family Community Connection, working in the greater San Diego area as well as in Tanzania, Haiti, and the Philippines.
Director, Mexico Outreach
Eddy’s journey with Mexico Outreach began in 1979, when he helped lead a church team to Pastor Juan’s church just outside of Mexicali. Eddy’s worldview was rocked, as were those of his teammates. This deep impact led Eddy to return as a volunteer, student worker, and full-time staff member, and he now serves as the director. Eddy learned the value of relationships, and he still works with Pastor Juan and other church leaders he met back when he first began his journey in Mexico.
Senior Coordinator of Marketing and Publication, Mexico Outreach
Bob’s grandparents were missionaries in the Middle East during the Great Depression; there are few whom he admires more, and their example moved him to be a missionary. They risked their lives for people they didn’t know, and loved even those who wanted to kill them. Why did they risk everything? Why love their enemies? They followed the Jesus of Isaiah 11:1–5. Bob uses their example to continue carrying out this call through his role in Mexico Outreach as the marketing and publications specialist.
Senior Coordinator of North American Partnerships
and Student Development, Mexico Outreach
Ron serves as a liaison between North American churches and organizations, developing ministry opportunities and partnerships between Mexican, American, and Canadian ministries. An alumnus of Azusa Pacific University, Ron majored in social science and minored in Christian Ministry. Ron spent seven years as a teacher in East Los Angeles and comes with many cross-cultural ministry experiences. He is also an associate pastor and worship leader in Azusa. Ron enjoys family time, playing the guitar, reading, sports, student development, and networking.
Event Operations and Recruitment Coordinator, Mexico Outreach
Eduardo was born and raised in San Francisco by great Cuban parents. He graduated from APU with a degree in liberal studies and a Spanish minor, and in 1985 went on the school’s first Ecuador missions trip with 26 other students. He taught regular elementary and Spanish classes for 22 years (seven of those years in Bogota, Colombia). He started volunteering at Mexico Outreach at Easter 1984 and has not missed one Easter since. He is excited about his role at Mexico Outreach.
Dennys Espinoza assists and facilitates ministry relations and development in Mexico. He oversees Mexico Outreach relations with Mexican governmental agencies, and assists in coordinating administrative aspects of ministry partnerships. In an interpreters meeting in Mexicali in 1997, Espinoza listened to Al and Rosa Castro, past Mexico Outreach coordinators, as they shared this impacting statement, "Know that you are not here by coincidence, but that God has you here for a reason and a purpose!"