Board of Trustees

Designated as the “keepers of the university mission,” the Board of Trustees provides perspective, clarity, and direction to the president and administration.

  • Larry Acosta, D.Min.

    Christian Ministries

    Founder of Urban Youth Workers Institute, Hispanic Ministry Center, and KidWorks, Acosta continues to focus on the development of the next generation of urban leaders for transformation ministry through his speaking, writing, and mentoring.

  • Sally Colace

    Christian Ministries

    Colace and her husband have served on the founding boards of several Christian ministries. She is also a Bible teacher and advisor for a Christian drug and alcohol recovery home.

  • Evan Collins, MBA

    Securities Executive

    Collins is founding president of a foundation and its chief investment officer. Previously, he spent 14 years with a securities group as a senior vice president.

  • Greg Esgar

    Business Executive

    Esgar has been chief financial officer for more than 15 years with various franchising brands including Massage Envy, BrightStar Care, and PROSE.

  • Dan Fachner

    President, J&J Snack Foods Corp.

    Fachner is the president of J&J Snack Foods Corp. as well as the president and CEO of The ICEE Company, a subsidiary of J&J Snack Foods Corp. J&J Snack Foods manufactures, markets, and distributes nutritional snack foods and beverages in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. He also sits on the board of Los Angeles Pacific University.

  • Paul W. Ferguson, Ph.D., DABT

    President, Azusa Pacific University

    Prior to his role as APU’s 17th president, Paul Ferguson served as the founding dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Health at Biola University and held leadership roles at five universities, including as president of Ball State University and president of the University of Maine.

  • Lynette Ilertsen


    Ilertsen recently retired from Christian private education, having served for 40 years as a teacher and administrator. She is the proud wife and parent of APU alumni.

  • Ray Johnston

    Senior Pastor

    Johnston is the founding pastor of a church in Granite Bay, California, and president of a leadership consulting group. He is also an author and sought-after conference speaker.

  • Richard Link

    Business Executive

    Link is a seasoned financial executive, most recently serving as the group vice president controller and chief accounting officer for Smart & Final Stores. He brings financial, accounting, and strategic planning experience to APU’s Board of Trustees.

  • Elizabeth Maring, JD

    Attorney/Nonprofit Founder

    Maring is an Illinois attorney engaged in the general practice of law since 1985. She is founder of a Christian nonprofit social enterprise that benefits homeless women and children and provides education scholarships.

  • Cathy McIntyre, MAS

    Former Conference Consultant

    McIntyre began her professional career in the hospitality industry, then started a consulting business providing logistic and conference management support to a variety of corporate clients. A longtime advocate of Christian education, McIntyre most recently served as board president of a K-12 school.

  • Tom Miller, Vice Chair

    Business Executive

    Miller is a coach at Sacred Harvest Foundation working with faith-based ministries who humbly serve the needs of Orange County, California. Previously he spent 35-plus years as a real estate investment/development executive.

  • Lucie Moore, JD


    Moore is an independent trustee and chair of the governance committee for two funds. Prior to that, she was a partner at a firm specializing in corporate finance, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions.

  • Kelli O’Gorman, CPA

    Finance Executive

    O’Gorman is a seasoned finance executive with more than 20 years of experience leading finance organizations in public and private high-technology companies. She is a principal consultant and senior advisor in a consulting firm in Silicon Valley.

  • Steven L. Perry

    Foundation Chair

    Perry is the cofounder of National Christian Foundation, California office. He serves on the boards of Mission Increase Foundation and Fieldstone Leadership Network.

  • David Poole, JD, Chair

    Law Firm Partner

    Poole is a partner in a Los Angeles-area firm with extensive trial experience in state and federal courts, and specializes in civil litigation with a focus in the areas of complex business disputes, labor and employment, real property, and environmental law.

  • Lindsey Rehfeld, M.A.

    Business Executive

    Rehfeld has been a CEO in the senior homecare industry for 17 years. Prior to that role, she spent 14 years in Fortune 500 environments developing her leadership, marketing, and financial expertise. Rehfeld is an APU alumna (B.S. ’86) and a former School of Business and Management faculty member.

  • Ava Siwek

    Christian Ministries Advocacy

    Siwek is president of a medical practice. Previously, she served as an elementary school teacher.

  • Rishi Sriram, Ph.D.

    Professor and Higher Education Administrator

    Dr. Sriram is associate professor of higher education and student affairs, graduate program director for the Department of Educational Leadership, and faculty-in-residence for Brooks Residential College, a living-learning community of approximately 400 students at Baylor University. His research interests include the development of talent, student affairs professional practice, and college student retention, engagement, achievement, and learning.

  • Tim Stripe

    Real Estate Development Executive

    Stripe is copresident/ownership partner of a real estate development firm that focuses on timeshare and hotel development.

  • Albert Tate

    Lead Pastor

    Tate is the founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Church, a thriving multicultural church in Southern California. He is also the executive director of Harambee Ministries and serves on the board of counsel for the Global Leadership Network, Stadia Church Planting Network, and the Fuller Youth Institute.

  • Robert Tiede

    Business Executive

    Tiede is the former president and CEO of Sonoco, Inc. He is an entrepreneur with vast business, board, and strategic planning experience.

  • Larry Walkemeyer, D.Min.

    Lead Pastor

    Walkemeyer is lead pastor of a large, multiethnic church that has planted dozens of other churches. He is also director of equipping and spiritual engagement for Exponential and the author of several books.

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