Meet the Staff

  • Caitlyn Ratliff

    Director of Commuter Life

    Caitlyn is the director of the Office of Commuter Life at APU. She is passionate about assisting underrepresented student populations in navigating systemic educational barriers through inclusive programming and policy creation. Caitlyn earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in social work from Cal Poly Pomona, then a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, where she studied community organizing, planning, and administration, specifically as it relates to educational attainment. Since graduating, Caitlyn has held roles in K-12 and postsecondary education and continually seeks to come alongside students to support their mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being and encourage their academic persistence. To this end, Caitlyn is pursuing a Doctor of Education from APU, with research interests in student thriving, persistence, and belonging related to minoritized student groups.

  • Ashley Duran

    Commuter Life Graduate Assistant

    Ashley is a lifelong Southern Californian from Azusa, and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BA in Psychology. She then came to APU, where she is starting her first year in the MS in College Counseling and Student Development program. She is very passionate about advocating for students, fostering a sense of belonging, and being part of their collegiate experience. She is extremely grateful to be part of the Office of Commuter Life and provide any help that commuter students need. She loves to try new coffee shops, have meaningful and thoughtful conversations, and cook, and enjoys taking walks to the park to get some fresh air.

  • Macy Odiorne

    Commuter Life Intern

    Macy is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in alcohol and drug counseling. She is from Bend, Oregon (which is nothing like Portland), and has lived on campus her entire college career (except the COVID-19 year, of course). Macy is passionate about creating and sustaining healthy relationships and breaking down the stigma around mental health and Christianity. She is also a University Counseling Center intern on campus this year. In her free time, she enjoys skiing (when in Oregon), going to coffee shops with her friends, and exploring L.A. on the weekends.

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