Meet the Staff

Undergraduate Academic Success Center

  • Keith Hall, Ed.D.
    Executive Director, Undergraduate Academic Success Center

    Keith joined APU in 2012 and serves as executive director of the Undergraduate Academic Success Center. He has served in higher education for 15 years. Keith earned his B.S. in Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, an M.S in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine. He feels honored to lead a team that is committed to partnering with students to support their academic development and ability to thrive while moving towards graduation and their calling as a difference maker.

  • Angelica Echevarria
    Administrative Coordinator, Undergraduate Academic Success Center

    Angelica serves as the administrative coordinator for the Undergraduate Academic Success Center. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton, and is currently working on her M.A. in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. She has served in leadership roles in the marketing field and as a project manager. She loves supporting and being a part of efforts aimed at assisting students investing in their future.

Academic Advising

  • Stephanie Gala
    Director of Academic Advising

    Stephanie is the director of academic advising. She earned both her M.A. in Leadership and Bachelor of Social Work at Azusa Pacific University. Being the first in her family to go to college created a passion to empower all students see their potential for success. She is energized by partnering with departments across campus to help build systems of support for students. She is honored to be part of the Azusa Pacific University community where she sees Christ transforming the lives of students, staff, and faculty.

  • Alexandra Ayran
    Acting Assistant Director of Academic Advising

    Alexandra is the acting assistant director of academic advising. She earned her B.A. in French and Political Science at Whittier College in 2014, then joined the APU community while earning her M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development May 2016. She coordinates departmental advising and retention efforts which includes the Academic Peer Excellence Mentoring (APEX) program at APU. Her favorite part about working at APU is building relationships with students and having the privilege of seeing them step into who Christ called them to be as they navigate college and early adulthood.

  • Jessica Posey
    Academic Success Coach

    Jessica serves as an academic success coach. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University and her M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific. Jessica’s favorite aspect of academic advising is restoring hope. As a first-generation college student and former transfer student, Jessica has a window into ups and downs students feel through the advising experience. She enjoys hearing others' stories and making students feel heard and known.

  • Luke LePage
    Academic Success Coach

    Luke serves as an academic success coach. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in Youth and Recreation Ministry in 2014 from Belmont University. He earned his M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development in May 2016. The most enjoyable part of success coaching is watching students thrive and develop holistically during their time at APU. Luke is excited to work with APU students and student-athletes and can be found in the stands at most home games.

  • Christie Johnson
    Academic Success Coach

    Christie received her B.A. in Liberal Studies with a teaching concentration from The Master’s College. In her role as an academic success coach, Christie enjoys assisting students merge their passion, academics, and strengths to build a foundation for their life and to get the most out of their APU experience.

TRiO Student Support Services

  • LaTesha Hagler, Ed.D.
    Director of TRiO Target Success

    LaTesha serves as the director for TRiO Target Success. LaTesha earned a B.S. in Health Science and M.Ed. in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from California Lutheran University. As a first-generation college student, LaTesha is passionate about supporting the academic development and fostering student thriving for undergraduate students. She enjoys serving as a mentor and advocating for underrepresented populations by expanding educational opportunities for culturally diverse undergraduate students.

  • Jennie Godoy
    TRiO Target Success Academic Success Coach

    Jennie received a B.A. in Psychology and is working on an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific. In her capacity as the TRiO Target Success academic coach, Jennie enjoys building relationships with her students and helping them find their own path. She believes that every student has their own story to tell and within that story lies the beauty of who Jesus has called them to be.

Student Success Initiatives

  • Kristina Alvarado
    Director of Student Success Initiatives

    Kristina is the director of Student Success Initiatives. Kristina has served in leadership capacities directing academic support centers at Whittier College and the University of Southern California. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at the Rossier School of Education at USC. She earned a B.A. in Sociology at California Polytechnic University, an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education at Claremont Graduate University. Kristina is passionate about developing programs and services that foster academic and personal success for students in higher education.

Noel Strengths Academy

  • David Zovak, D.Min.
    Director of Noel Strengths Academy

    David is the director of the Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Stanford University and an M.Div. and D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has also completed a doctoral certificate in Strengths-Based Leadership and Education from Azusa Pacific University. His vocational background includes student ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, pastoral ministry, and serving overseas for 14 years as a Christian leadership coach and consultant. David loves helping individuals and teams discover their unique, God-given talents and then helping them strategically align their lives with God’s purposes.