Meet the Staff
- Keith Hall, Ed.D.Executive Director
Keith has served in higher education over 15 years and joined APU in 2012. He earned a 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 toward graduation and their callings as difference makers.
- Angelica Echevarria, M.A. ’17Administrative Manager
Angelica earned a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton, and an M.A. in Leadership from Azusa Pacific. She has held leadership roles in the marketing field and as a project manager. She loves supporting students and being a part of efforts aimed at helping them invest in their future.
- Stephanie Gala, M.A. ’14Director
Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Social Work and an M.A. in Leadership at Azusa Pacific. Being the first in her family to go to college created a passion in her to empower all students to see their potential for success. She is energized by partnering with departments across campus to help build systems of support for students, and is honored to be part of the Azusa Pacific community, where she sees Christ transforming the lives of students, staff, and faculty.
- Jessica Posey, M.S. ’16Assistant Director
Jessica earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in biblical studies from Biola University, and an 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, she has a window into the ups and downs students feel through the advising experience, and enjoys hearing students’ stories and making them feel heard and known.
- Luke LePage, M.S. ’16Academic Success Coach
Luke graduated from Belmont University with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in youth and recreation ministry in 2014, and earned an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development at APU in May 2016. For Luke, 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, B.A.Academic Success Coach
Christie earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a teaching concentration from The Master’s College. She enjoys helping students merge their passion, academics, and strengths to build a foundation for their lives and get the most out of their APU experience.
- Anneliese Trujillo, M.S. ’14Academic Success Coach
Anneliese joined the APU community in 2013 and has provided academic support for traditional and non-traditional undergraduate students over the past few years. She completed her A.A. at Citrus College in 2010, and then transferred to Cal Poly Pomona and completed her B.A. in Sociology in 2012. In 2014, she completed her M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies at Azusa Pacific. Though her primary role is assisting students academically, her biggest desire is to see students grow holistically during their time at APU. Anneliese’s favorite part of working at APU is integrating her faith into her support with students during their academic career as they discover their calling by engaging the APU campus community.
LaTesha earned a B.S. in Health Science and an 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 academic development and fostering student thriving of undergraduate students. She enjoys being a mentor and advocating for underrepresented populations by expanding education opportunities for culturally diverse undergraduate students.
TRiO Student Support Services
Jennie earned a B.A. in Psychology and is working on an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific. Jennie enjoys building relationships with students and helping them find their own paths. She believes that every student has a unique story that reflects the beauty of who God has called them to be.
TriO Upward Bound
- Armando Bustos, M.S.Project Director
Armando earned his B.A. in American Literature and Culture and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. As a former Upward Bound participant, he sees his role as project director as an opportunity to celebrate and support first-generation students from a variety of contexts by enabling them to gain access to postsecondary education. He believes that through postsecondary education the socioeconomic trajectory of an entire family can be altered. Armando is passionate about serving the community and helping students discover their strengths, define their aspirations, and realize their dreams.
- Iliana Yepez, M.S.Outreach Specialist
Iliana earned her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior and Sociology and a minor in Education from the University of California, Irvine. She received her M.S in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Long Beach. Iliana is committed to empowering her students by providing them with equitable access to college and career readiness information and programs, and building strong relationships with her students to nurture their goals and strengths. Iliana continuously challenges both her students and herself to stay authentic to one’s narrative and pursue scholarships as a tool to break barriers. Her goal in life is to advocate for and support our underrepresented youth during their journey towards postsecondary education.
- Katelyn Hernandez, B.A. ’17Administrative Support Assistant
Katelyn received her B.A. in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. As a first-generation college student, she sees her role in Upward Bound as an opportunity to positively impact the lives of high school students throughout the community. Katelyn is passionate about serving and equipping students for success in college both academically and spiritually. She enjoys building relationships and walking alongside students to help them self-develop, feel a sense of belonging, and strive towards their goals in all areas of life.
Student Success Initiatives
- Kristina Alvarado, Ph.D.Director
Kristina has served in leadership capacities directing academic support centers at Whittier College and the University of Southern California, and 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 USC, 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.
- Cassandra Gonzalez, MPAFirst GEN Coordinator
Cassandra earned a B.S. in Criminology and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of La Verne. Her favorite part about working with students is getting to hear their stories and she is excited to work with the students at APU and hear their unique journeys. As a first-generation college student herself, she understands the power of a strong support system within our campus community. Cassandra hopes to be an ally and support system for all first-generation students on our campus to help them succeed in their academic and personal goals.
- Alexa Johansen, M.A.Faculty Lead Coordinator for GE 100
Alexa earned her B.A. in English, with a double emphasis in Literature and Creative Writing, from California State University, Long Beach. She received her M.A. in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University. She has experience in both adjunct instructing and academic advising. Her favorite part about working at APU is building relationships with students, equipping them with scholarly guidance, and witnessing their growth as sons and daughters of Christ.
Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education
David earned a B.S. in Psychology from Stanford University and an M.Div. and D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He also completed a Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education from Azusa Pacific. 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.