Staff Council

The Staff Council is a body of staff members who support the interests of APU staff and facilitate communication among staff, faculty, and the general university community. Staff Council also serves as an advisory board to the administration and Board of Trustees, representing matters of importance to APU staff. The council draws its members from all three areas of staff employment: Campus Resources, Student Affairs, and University Services (view the council roster below).

Message from the Chair

I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as Staff Council chair for the 2019-21 term. We can certainly say that we are in the midst of interesting times. I am encouraged by our President and his cabinet as they navigate these waters, and I am hopeful as we continue to move forward.

It is my pleasure to be a member of the staff who serve this university, and it is my goal to collaborate with staff, faculty, and administration to promote the interests and development of all university staff. While much has been accomplished, there is still more work ahead of us. I am blessed to work alongside a council of dedicated staff members eager to make APU one of the best places to learn, to serve, and to work. We cannot do it alone, and the Staff Council encourages all staff to get involved. APU is for all of us.

Please use the link below to email YOUR staff council at with your ideas, suggestions, and input. I look forward to working with all of you to strengthen the work and community of Azusa Pacific University.

God First,

Joy Karavedas, Ed.D.
Chair, APU Staff Council

Our Mission

The Staff Council’s mission is to cultivate an organization representing staff by promoting interests and concerns of each staff member, supporting the personal and professional development of staff members, providing tangible encouragement to community members, and engaging in intentional and transparent interaction and dialogue with staff and administration.

Staff Council Roster

Officers (Served Since)

Joy Karavedas, Chair (2016-17)
Department/School: School of Education
Committees: Governance (Chair), ex officio on all other committees

Chris Kelly, Co-Chair-Elect (2018-19)
Department/School: Information and Media Technology
Committees: Governance, Diversity

Carmeli Silva, Co-Chair-Elect (2018-19)
Department/School: Azusa Pacific Seminary
Committees: Governance, Salaries and Benefits (Chair)

Members (Served Since)

Loretta Atwan (2018-19)
Department/School: Office of University Advancement
Committee: Salaries and Benefits

Aubrey Berry (2019-20)
Department/School: Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence
Committee: Diversity

Bethany Blomquist (2019-20)
Department/School: Athletics
Committee: Communications (Chair)

Alice Bucao (2019-20)
Department/School: Enrollment Services
Committee: Staff Recognition and Development

Joshua Canada (2020-21)
Department/School: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Committee: Diversity (Chair)

Mona Girgis (2019-20)
Department/School: University Libraries
Committee: Encouragement

Lisa Handy (2019-20)
Department/School: Human Resources
Committee: Communications

Michelle McDonald (2019-20)
Department/School: Center for Academic Service-Learning
Committee: Encouragement (Chair)

Sara Ruiz (2017-18)
Department/School: Enrollment Services/Undergraduate and International Admissions
Committee: Staff Recognition and Development (Chair), Diversity

Vannessa Weber (2019-20)
Department/School: Enrollment Services; Military and Veteran Services
Committee: Staff Recognition and Development

Committee Rosters

Joy Karavedas, Chair
Chris Kelly, Co-Chair-Elect
Carmeli Silva, Co-Chair-Elect

Michelle McDonald, Chair
Mona Girgis

Salaries and Benefits
Carmeli Silva, Chair
Loretta Atwan
Chris Kelly

Bethany Blomquist, Chair
Lisa Handy

Staff Recognition and Development
Sara Ruiz, Chair
Alice Bucao
Vannessa Weber

Joshua Canada, Chair
Aubrey Berry
Chris Kelly
Sara Ruiz

Get Involved with Staff Council

Proposal Request

Do you have an idea for Staff Council or want the council to consider a new or updated policy, initiative, or benefit? If so, fill out the Staff Council Proposal Request form. Completed request forms will be reviewed by the appropriate Staff Council committee for consideration by Staff Council.

Encouragement Fund Request

Are you aware of an APU employee (faculty or staff) who is struggling financially due to an unexpected hardship caused by a personal situation, catastrophe, or trauma? Funded by APU employees for APU employees, the Encouragement Fund is available to support all APU employees during difficult times. If you know of an APU employee who is experiencing a hardship, complete the Encouragement Fund request form.

If you would like to contribute to the APU Encouragement Fund, click below:

Donate to the Encouragement Fund
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