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.
Karen Rouggly, M.A.
Director for Mobilization, Center for Student Action
Karen serves as the 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.
Associate 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 CSA in 2011 and provides leadership for the center's 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.
Service Requirement Coordinator, Center for Student Action
Michelle oversees the tracking of more than 5,600 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, Laurelyn 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. Laurelyn 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
Aizaiah Yong joins APU from Seattle, Washington, where he served as an associate pastor working with junior high to college-age students for five years. He received a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Regent University and completed his Master of Arts in Theology and Culture at Northwest University. Aizaiah loves everything sports and food related! He believes there is no greater time in history to be a Christ follower and is excited to be working with students at Azusa Pacific to see Christ's mission take place in L.A. County.
Sasha Santillian was born in Whittier, California, raised in Littleton, Colorado, and moved back to California a year after graduating high school. In fall 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.
Annie Wong serves as operations coordinator for the Center for Student Action. She was born and raised in Southern California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in education studies. There, she began to grow to understand the Father’s heart for justice and for the nations. She previously worked at the U.S. Center for World Mission (now known as Frontier Ventures) and World Vision International. She has participated in short-term missions and service projects in Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico, Innercity L.A., Pala, Arizona, and Myanmar. She looks forward to relate her past experiences to mobilize students for missions and service, and develop higher education students.
Office Coordinator and H.I.S. Years Coordinator
Lindsey Howard has been serving with the Center for Student Action for the last six years. As an undergraduate at APU, she participated in Action teams, spending her summers in Tanzania and South Africa, where she also studied abroad. After graduating from APU with her B.A in Mathematics, Lindsey joined H.I.S. Years and moved to India for two years. While in India, Lindsey worked among the unreached oral people groups, helping translate scripture into oral Bible stories set in village languages. She has a passion for bringing the gospel to the unreached of the world and mobilizing students to do the same.
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 nonprofit 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.
Assistant Director 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.
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.
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.
Coordinator of Ministry and Legal Relations
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!"