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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.

Matt Visser, M.Ed.
Senior Director, Center for Student Action

With a student development background, Matt has spent the past 13 years developing collaborative partnerships with community organizations and churches to promote student service and investment in the greater Los Angeles area. As the senior director, Matt leads a team of professionals committed to educating and mobilizing students toward transformational service that advances the work of God in the world. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Higher Education with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Strengths Development.

Jenny Elsey, M.Ed.
Director for Mobilization, Center for Student Action

Jenny Elsey was born in Kowloon, Hong Kong, and came to the United States with her family at the age of four. Jenny has served in higher education for the past 10 years in various roles. What she most enjoys about her role at the Center for Student Action is journeying alongside students as they experience transformational service. Her sanity is maintained by her husband, Erik, and little boy, Kai; church community; and a good cup of coffee.

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

A native of the Mediterranean Island of Malta, Nathalie joined the CSA in 2011 and provides leadership for all campus-wide operations and finances. She moved to California to pursue an M.A. in Anthropology with a focus on international development, and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Azusa Pacific. Previously, Nathalie earned a communications degree while working as a broadcast journalist. Her deep love for cultural diversity led her to spend time in Germany, England, Luxembourg, and Lebanon, where she worked for Deutsche Telekom and the European Commission.

Katy Gilmore
Finance Coordinator, Center for Student Action

Katy coordinates financial operations for the CSA, including general office function, fundraising, and other financial logistics for teams. An Indiana native, transplanted to Illinois and eventually California, Katy enjoys working in an academic atmosphere that values learning, cultural diversity, and growth through service. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Spanish, and Art from Greenville College and is currently a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art candidate at APU.

Michelle Martinez
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.

Kellie Smith, M.Ed.
Senior Program Coordinator of International Mobilization,
Center for Student Action

Kellie began working at the Center for Student Action in September 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with minors in Leadership Studies and History, and a Master of Education in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. Kellie is passionate about mobilizing students to be part of the global church and to understand what it means to live a missions-focused life. She believes that every student was created with unique gifts and talents to bring God glory on earth by completing the work He has given them to do (John 17:4).

Eddy Calderwood
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.

Bob McCorkle
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.

Ron Aramburo
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.

Eduardo Irizarry
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.