Meet Our Team
Keith Hall, Ed.D.
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
Keith Hall is a Middle Tennessee native who started his higher education career in 2001 and joined APU in 2012. As vice president, chief diversity officer at Azusa Pacific, Keith leads ongoing efforts to further cultivate a university culture and climate that enable the diverse demography of faculty, staff, and students at APU to thrive. To accomplish this goal, Hall is committed to working collaboratively with academic, administrative, and student leaders to employ strategic initiatives that amplify diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence across the university system.
Prior to moving to Southern California, Keith was a psychology instructor at Tennessee State University and director of multicultural affairs at Lipscomb University. More recently, he was executive director of APU’s Academic Success Center, providing leadership for Academic Advising, TRiO Target Success, TRiO Upward Bound, strengths development, and Student Success Initiatives. Hall 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 University.
Executive Assistant to the Office of the Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer
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Stephanie Haskins has been executive assistant to the vice president, chief diversity officer since June 2015. She brings more than 12 years of higher education experience, innovative ideas, strategic communication, and technical knowledge to the position. When working with Stephanie, it is apparent that she has the gift of hospitality and enjoys creating a welcoming environment across university settings.
Stephanie earned a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University and an M.A. in Management from Azusa Pacific. In addition to providing support for diversity initiatives, Stephanie leans into her passion and calling for leadership to mentor, train, and challenge young women and men to work effectively in an organization without compromising their morals and values as they carry out the impact God created and designed for them.
Richard S. Martinez, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence
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Richard S. Martinez, Ed.D., is the executive director of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence (CDEIE). He designs and facilitates professional development opportunities for faculty and staff in the area of inclusive learning environments, and integrates culturally proficient tools and coaching skills into the APU Diversity Ambassador Program. Richard has also facilitated groups as they address issues arising from diversity and organizational culture. His experiences in education include classroom teaching; school, district, and county office of education administration; professional development design and facilitation; and university teaching in educational leadership. He has facilitated nationally on the art of leadership, culturally proficient environments, and transformative approaches to systems change. He is co-author of a best-selling Corwin Press publication, Culturally Proficient Coaching: Supporting Educators to Create Equitable Schools (2020).
Mieke Cahyadi Plattner
Program Coordinator, Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence
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Mieke Plattner graduated from Tarumanagara University in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she majored in marketing management. She held several positions in Jakarta, creating and implementing marketing protocols for national and international companies. Her experiences have cultivated in her a fascination with and passion for engaging different cultures around the world. As a newcomer to Southern California, the inspiration of Los Angeles life—especially the women’s empowerment movement—led her to become the director of marketing and communications for the Indonesian Woman Alliance, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles. Other endeavors, such as various volunteer experiences and her previous employment for the Indonesian government, have increased her enthusiasm for diversity and its intricate inner workings. She is excited to apply her hospitality and years of experience in marketing to make a positive impact on others through expanding and creating conversion and action in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Everette Brooks III
Executive Director, Military and Veteran Services
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Now starting his fourth year at APU, Everette Brooks is the executive director of APU’s Office of Military and Veteran Services. He is responsible for the advancement of services to APU’s more than 500 military-connected students throughout the APU system. Everette is charged with assessing current student support structures and services for all military-connected students and with launching new initiatives in APU’s efforts to build community with and strengthen services to student veterans, Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, active-duty personnel, Reserve/National Guard members, and all military-connected family members.
Everette holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Park University and an MBA in International Business from Long Island University. He also holds the designation of Certified Professional Food Safety (CP-FS) from the National Environmental Health Association.
During his 12 years in the United States Army, Everette served in a variety of positions that utilized his gifts and skills to assist in creating and implementing a safe environment for military personnel and their families. Everette served our country at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium, for six years; four years at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, San Diego; and with the United States Army Veterinary Command at West Point, New York, for two years.
Prior to working at Azusa Pacific University, Everette worked for 11 years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he led the Veterans Success Center, was a campus food safety auditor, and was responsible for the annual recognition of more than 300 clubs and student organizations. He also led a 1,200-student, 25-team club sport program that won 19 national championships in 10 years. In 2010, Everette received the Cal Poly Chandler Award recognizing his commitment to maintaining positive student relationships with faculty, staff, and students. In 2014, he received the President’s Diversity Award for his contributions in creating and supporting diversity at Cal Poly.
Aaron Hinojosa, M.Ed.
Executive Director, Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity
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Aaron Hinojosa is the executive director of the Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity, providing leadership and management for all student-led ethnic organizations, coordinating leadership development and diversity training for student leaders, and collaboratively designing programmatic efforts and initiatives to support the holistic well-being of all students. He brings valued insight and perspective on the Diversity Collaboration Committee, the Diversity Council, and the Student Affairs Diversity Values Committee, which he chairs.
Aaron started his professional career at APU as the director of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Programs in 2011. Prior to his time at APU, he held educational posts such as dean of college counseling at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, associate director of admission and financial aid at Viewpoint School, and associate director of admission for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California.
Aaron earned a B.A. in Psychology at Azusa Pacific and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration at the University of Southern California. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at APU.
Program Coordinator, Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity
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Aubrey Berry is from Austin, Texas, and moved to California in 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from APU in 2015, and he is nearing completion of a master’s degree from APU’s School of Business and Management. As an undergraduate student, Aubrey appreciated the value of team as a student-athlete playing football for two seasons, and he also was a student-leader in the Black Student Association, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and ZuMedia.
In his role with the Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity, he works closely with student interns and APU’s eight ethnic organizations, and oversees programming for undergraduate and graduate students. Aubrey comes to the center from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where he was an admissions counselor for more than two years. His professional experience from that position, along with his understanding of our student demography and his passion for student success, elevate the work and services within the SCRD.