Meet the Staff

  • Charlie Moore

    Executive Director of Residence Life/Judicial Officer

    Charlie was born and raised in beautiful central New Jersey. After graduating from Houghton College (lots of cows, snow, and elbow room), he spent several years in New England working in residence life. In the summer of 1994, he arrived at APU in pursuit of an M.A. in Leadership Studies. After several years as a residence director, Charlie stepped into his current role as the executive director of residence life, a role that allows him to do daily what he loves most—build supportive relationships with students. He sees Residence Life’s primary mission as actively supporting students as they explore who God has made them to be and how He wants them to use their gifts and talents to contribute to APU and the community beyond. When Charlie is not trying to guide and support students, he can be found pursuing his other interests: egg salad sandwiches, rustic cabins, and hanging out with his French bulldog, Lucy.

  • Adam Higginbotham

    Associate Director of Residence Life

    Adam was born and raised in rural, southern Ohio. He attended MVNU in Ohio where he earned a B.A. in Religion-Humanities with a minor in Sociology. During that time, Adam served in Residence Life for three years; a time which initially sparked his interest in working with and journeying alongside college students. After graduating and marrying Roni, his brilliant wife, they moved to Southern California. In Pasadena, Adam attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. Currently, he is furthering his education by pursuing an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. Adam and Roni also enjoy the adventures of parenthood with their sons, Declan and Cohen.

  • Charlie Konoske

    Associate Director of Residence Life, Operations

    Charlie was born and raised in Southern California, just a few miles from Azusa Pacific. He attended APU and earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies. Charlie has had various roles with the campus housing program for the past 18 years and has a passion for doing the behind-the-scenes work that sets the stage for other student affairs professionals to thrive in their work with students. Away from work, Charlie is passionate about discipleship and the local church and has faithfully served at his local church for more than a decade. Charlie and his wife live in Azusa and enjoy all the unique joys and challenges that come with raising four kids.

  • Megan Brooks

    Area Coordinator, The Village

    Megan grew up in Danville, California, and moved down to Southern California in 2009 to attend APU. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from APU in 2013 and an M.A. in Leadership in 2018. As an undergraduate student, Megan served in Residence Life for two years and discovered her passion for college student development. Seeing students grow and thrive brings her so much joy! Megan also loves apples, reading, yoga, and creating music with her incredible husband, James.

  • Jared Votaw

    Area Coordinator, The Corridor

    Jared is from the Sacramento area. He earned a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Bible/Theology from William Jessup University, an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from APU, and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. Jared has worked in residence life and international student programs at two other universities, and had a pastoral role in college and young marrieds ministry at a church in Northern California. Jared has a passion to journey alongside college students as they are formed and prepared by God to step into their callings. In his free time, Jared enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, as well as disc golf, fishing, reading, and anything that has to do with an adventure.

  • Samantha Aguirre

    Residence Director, Adams Hall

    Sam was born and raised in the Inland Empire in Southern California. She is an alumna of APU, where she earned a B.A. in Christian Ministries and most recently graduated from Azusa Pacific Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Sam is also an ordained minister at her local church in Monrovia, where she has served since the church was planted in 2011. As a woman in leadership, she desires to see the Kingdom of God at work beyond the four walls of a church. She approaches student development in Residence Life as an opportunity for ministry, and is intentional about building meaningful relationships to create foundations that are long lasting and God honoring. Sam is privileged to intentionally walk alongside the women of Adams Hall as they journey through college. Through transparency and vulnerability, she encourages others as they discover their own identity as a beloved child of God. Some of her favorite things are quality time with family and friends, traveling to new places, breakfast dates with a good cup of coffee, and preaching the Gospel.

  • Scott Salsman

    Residence Director, Engstrom Hall

    Scott, originally from La Verne, California, attended APU as an undergraduate and graduate student, earning a B.A. in Sport Psychology and an M.S in College Counseling and Student Development. Before joining Residence Life, Scott worked in the Office of Orientation and Transitions (now the Office of Campus Life), which solidified his passion for working in student affairs. When Scott is not working, you can find him playing any sport, watching baseball, and adventuring with his wife, Kenzie.

  • Kody Schneider

    Residence Director, Trinity Hall

    Kody was born and raised in Southern California and grew up watching APU basketball with family and friends. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Drexel University and ultimately decided to pursue a career in higher education. After being a residence hall manager at the University of Colorado, Kody decided to enroll in APU’s M.S in College Counseling and Student Development program. Kody has developed his passion for serving students through 5+ years in residence life at several colleges and universities. When Kody is off the clock, you can find him riding bikes, reading poetry, or doing anything involving the outdoors.

  • Michelle Berk

    Coordinator, Housing Services

    After graduating from APU in the mid-1980s, Michelle took a 20-year hiatus, which led her family to Philadelphia, Chicago, Northern California, Costa Rica, and Southern Mexico. She then returned to the Southland and has been working in student affairs at APU for the past 15 years. She and her husband, Randy (an APU alum and 40-year staff member), keep busy with their eight adult children and two (so far!) grandchildren. Michelle is incredibly grateful for God’s grace and faithfulness in her life and family. And she loves seeing God work in the lives of young people!

  • Bailey Borello

    Operations Coordinator, Assets and Client Services

    Bailey is from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in beautiful Northern California. She moved to Southern California to earn a B.A. in Communication Studies at Biola University and is pursuing an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. As an undergraduate, Bailey served in residence life for two years and uncovered her passion to help students realize their strengths and potentials through student development and programming. She especially loves the aspect of integrating a student’s journey through college with their faith. When Bailey is not working, you’ll find her on a run, in a coffee shop, out in the mountains, or spending the day at the ocean.

  • Tatiana Hoapili

    Assistant Residence Director

    Tatiana was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to Southern California in 2014. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of La Verne in 2018 and is working on an M.A. in College Counseling and Student Development. Tatiana discovered her joy for working in student affairs when she served as a resident assistant during her undergraduate years. Tatiana loves spending her free time hiking, going to the beach, painting, playing board games, and having great conversations over coffee.

  • Jazmine Anderson Islas

    Assistant Residence Director

    Jazmine is from San Diego. She earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from Westmont College in 2019 and is working on an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. Jazmine found her love for student affairs when she served as an orientation team member during her undergraduate years. Jazmine loves to stay busy, but when taking time to slow down, she enjoys listening to music and having movie and game nights, and loves spending time with horses.

  • Jose Brown

    Assistant Residence Director

    Jose was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and at age 13 moved with his family to California for a fresh start and to help with ministry at his grandma’s church. After watching his older brother attend APU, he felt God also calling him to attend the university. He graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Business Marketing and also played football his freshman year. During his time as an undergraduate student, Jose felt a call to ministry and is now pursuing a Master of Divinity with the hope of one day working in Christian higher education as a campus pastor. He has a huge love for all things music, mission work, almost anything competitive, and relaxing and laughing with friends.

  • Jimmy Curley

    Assistant Residence Director

    Jimmy was born and raised in Phoenix, and moved to Southern California when he began his undergraduate studies at APU in 2014. Since then, he graduated from APU with a degree in biblical studies and is now working toward a Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific Seminary. Jimmy has been interested in student affairs since he served as a resident advisor in University Village when he was an undergraduate student. Along with finishing up the last year of his M.Div. program and working in Residence Life, he also is a children’s pastor at a church in Glendora. Besides these passions, Jimmy is interested in all kinds of sports (especially hockey), enjoys spending time with his friends, and his special talents include driving a zamboni and baking amazing brownies.

  • Vanessa Gallegos

    Assistant Residence Director

    Vanessa was born and raised in Upland, California. She earned a B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry from APU in 2019 and returned to pursue a Master of Divinity degree. As an undergrad student, she was a youth pastor at Azusa First Assembly of God, a role in which she learned the beauty of welcoming God in every space and situation to see change be made. Vanessa also worked as a TRiO Success Scholar mentoring first-generation college students at APU, and it was during this time that she found her passion to see college students develop holistically throughout life’s transitions. Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, being in nature, finishing puzzles, and going to concerts.

  • Michaela Gomes

    Assistant Residence Director

    Michaela was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, home of coffee and rain. She earned a B.A. in English (Literature Emphasis) from Western Washington University, and is a student in the M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development program at APU, working with Residence Life as a graduate assistant. Michaela wants to spend the rest of her life working to bring the love of God outside of Christian institutions, incorporating it into university work wherever she’s called to go. Michaela worked in student government, at summer conferences, and in Residence Life during her undergraduate career, she loves anything to do with university learning, and she has a passion for working with college-age individuals. When Michaela’s not working, she loves to read, craft, go kayaking, go on adventures, and have long chats with pretty much anyone.