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.
Matt Visser, M.Ed.
Senior Director, Center for Student Action
With a student development background, Matt has spent the past 12 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.
Associate 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 nine 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.
Naomi Gonzalez, MBA
Assistant Director of Finance and Operations, Center for Student Action
In this role, Naomi provides leadership and oversight for the financial and operational functions of the center. Her previous work experience in the education, corporate finance, and customer service sectors has given her a unique blend of skills perfect for her CSA role. Working at the center allows Naomi to satisfy her deep desire to serve God’s greater purpose while still being involved with young adult education, an age group and field she profoundly enjoys.
Nathalie Borg Seale, M.A.
Senior Operations Coordinator, Center for Student Action
HIS Years Co-Director, Center for Student Action
Service Requirement Coordinator, Center for Student Action
Michelle oversees the tracking of more than 4,000 undergraduate students’ service requirements. She has been at the university for six 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.
Karen Rouggly, M.A.
Program Coordinator of Local Mobilization, Center for Student Action
Karen holds an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is pleased to be developing local partnerships in Azusa and the San Gabriel Valley and helping students match their passions with service opportunities. Prior to working for the CSA, 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.
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 living a missional lifestyle really means. 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).
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.
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.