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.President and Founder, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is president and founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI), one of the top urban leadership training organizations in the country, with a combined network of more than 18,000 emerging ethnic leaders in 23 cities. Acosta is also founder of the Hispanic Ministry Center, and co-founded KIDWORKS with his wife, Jayme. He speaks at conferences and events throughout the United States, and served as a contributing writer for Deep Justice in a Broken World (Zondervan, 2009) and Urban Youth Ministry Handbook, and as an editor of SHOUT Magazine. Acosta graduated from both Biola University and Talbot School of Theology, and completed his doctoral degree in leadership development at Fuller Theological Seminary.
- Ross Allen, CPAGlobal Health Executive
Ross Allen retired from Medtronic, PLC to focus his time on Global Health. He spent 25 years with Medtronic, the world’s largest medical device company, as a general manager and vice president of finance for multiple divisions. His career with Medtronic took Allen and his family to Copenhagen; Zurich; Minneapolis; Memphis; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Santa Rosa, California. In addition to leading integrations and turnarounds, Allen found himself increasingly drawn to improving health care for the underresourced in developing countries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Bethel University. Ross and his wife, Annie, enjoy spending time with their four grown children and their grandchildren. Their youngest daughter, Katie, graduated from APU in 2012.
- Peggy S. Campbell, ChairPresident, Ambassador Advertising Agency
Peggy Campbell has been with Ambassador since 1977, initially joining the team to serve in the launching of Chuck Swindoll’s daily radio broadcast. She is also a member of the National Religious Broadcasters board, serving as the organization’s treasurer, and has previously served on the board of MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers). Campbell is a graduate of Biola University. Her late husband, Jon, also served on the APU board until he passed away in June 2005. Her home church is St. Andrew’s Presbyterian (Newport Beach).
- Craig CheekRetired Senior Executive (Nike Inc.)
Craig Cheek is a recently retired senior executive who worked for Nike Inc. for the past 26 years. Past leadership roles included running Nike’s North America and Greater China geographies, in addition to running the global categories of athletic training/football/baseball and young athletes. He recently started an investment/consulting company called Seven Ventures Inc. Craig serves on several Christian nonprofits and enjoys traveling, reading, and all kinds of sports and sporting events. He has been married to wife Sue for 31 years, and they have three sons, one of whom graduated from APU.
- Sally ColaceChristian Ministries
Sally and her husband, Joe, have served on the founding boards of several Christian ministries, including Christ Community Church of El Centro, Campus Life of Imperial Valley, and The Altar, a ministry geared toward college and young career-age adults. Colace is a Bible teacher and advisor for New Creations, a Christian drug and alcohol recovery home, and serves with her family at Forest Home Christian Family Camp.
- Evan CollinsSecurities Executive
Evan Collins is founding president of the Butterfield Memorial Foundation and its chief investment officer. Previously he spent 14 years with Prudential Securities (now Wells Fargo Securities, Inc.) as a senior vice president, and before that was the national sales officer for Kidder, Peabody & Co. Collins is a member of the Free Methodist Church of Southern California’s Board of Administration, and chair of its Investment Committee. He is also vice chair of The Free Methodist Foundation and chair of its Investment Committee, and a board member of Guide Stream Financial, the Eden Reforestation Project, and the Center for Transformational Leadership. He earned an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business.
- Dave DiasBusiness Executive
Dave is founder and chairman of InsuranceThoughtLeadership.com (ITL), a digital content marketing and curation platform for thought leadership and winning new clients. He also leads a client services team and serves on the board of directors of InterWest Insurance Services.
- Robyn Dillon, RNRegistered Nurse
Robyn Dillon attended APU in the early 1980s, and her husband, Rick, graduated in 1980. They have two children—Darren, who graduated from APU in 2007, and Kara, who graduated from APU in 2011. They live in Vancouver, Washington, and own several assisted living and convalescent hospitals.
- Dan FachnerPresident, ICEE Corporation
Dan Fachner is President of the ICEE Company, which markets frozen beverages throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. He has been with the company for 30 years, and also serves on the board of ICEE America as president. Fachner’s family attends Life Bible Fellowship Church in Upland, where Fachner and his wife, Julie, serve as part of the leadership team. Fachner is also on the board of Elders at Calvary Chapel Solid Rock in Chino Hills.
- Lynette IlertsenAssistant Principal, Friends Christian School
Lynette is an educator with a heart for young people and a passion for the mission of Azusa Pacific University. She earned a bachelor of arts from Point Loma Nazarene University and has been in Christian private education for 39 years, having served as a teacher and administrator at Friends Christian School in Yorba Linda, California. Lynette is a member of Rose Drive Friends Church, where she served on the Elder Board for 6 years, and she and her husband, Dane, have been married for 40 years. Their daughter Megan, an All-American athlete and member of the national championship track and field team, graduated from APU in 2008.
- Bryan JacobsExecutive Vice President, Head of Global Operational Outsourcing, Cushman & Wakefield
Bryan Jacobs has enjoyed more than 25 years of leadership as a commercial real estate industry expert in corporate real estate and integrated facilities management outsourcing on a global scale. Bryan and his wife, Debi, are active members of Purpose Church of Pomona, California, where they serve in a variety of ministries. They are the parents of two current APU students.
- Ray JohnstonSenior Pastor, Bayside Church
Ray Johnston is the founding pastor of Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California, and president of Developing Effective Leaders. He is an author and frequent speaker at conferences, leadership training events, family camps, and national youth events. Johnston is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Carol, live in Granite Bay with their four children, Mark, Scott, and twin daughters Leslie and Christy, who are both students at APU.
- Michael Lizárraga, LHDPresident and CEO, TELACU
Michael Lizárraga is responsible for the management and oversight of TELACU, the nation’s largest community development corporation. Established in 1968, TELACU owns and manages businesses in the sectors of real estate development, financial services, construction, and construction management. These businesses fulfill TELACU’s mission of empowering traditionally underserved communities by creating jobs, affordable housing, loans to small-business owners, new community assets, and education opportunities for young people and veterans. Michael is a governor of the California State University Foundation, and he serves on the boards of the CalChamber and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Elizabeth Maring, JDAttorney/President, Community Threads
Elizabeth Maring is an Illinois attorney practicing in the area of creditors’ rights since 1985. In 2011 she founded Community Threads, a Christian nonprofit social enterprise that sells used goods and awards grants to ministries helping the poor and promoting education. She is also a director of the Christian Leadership Alliance. She has been married to Clarence Maring for 29 years and is the mother of two APU graduates, Daniel, 26, and Steven, 23. She lives in Palatine, Illinois.
- Cathy McIntyre, MASFormer Small-Business Owner
Cathy McIntyre began her professional career in the hospitality industry and then started CM Consulting, which provides logistic and conference management support to a variety of corporate clients. She focuses her time on family and volunteer opportunities, and serves as a board member of Scottsdale (Arizona) Christian Academy and on the personnel committee at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. In her volunteer work, she has had the privilege of engaging with the USO, Medal of Honor recipients, and other government and political dignitaries. She holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University. Cathy and her husband, Dave, reside in Scottsdale and have three children.
- Tom Miller, Vice ChairBusiness Executive
Tom Miller is managing director of Granite Properties, a national real estate investment and development company with office building assets in excess of $1.5 billion in Texas, Georgia, Colorado, and California. His role is to lead the firm’s growth through strategic acquisitions in Southern California. Tom has been married to Karen Miller since 1985; they have two children, Kristin and Kyle, and are active members of Rolling Hills Covenant Church, where Tom is on the Elder Council. Tom is also vice chairman of the Metropolitan Los Angeles YMCA. Tom attended UCLA and USC and received his Bachelor of Science in Business from USC in 1978.
- Lucie Moore, JDAttorney, Pacific Select Funds
Lucie H. Moore serves as an independent trustee and chair of the governance committee for Pacific Select Fund and Pacific Life Funds. Prior to that, she was a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP specializing in corporate finance, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions. Moore holds a JD from The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.
- Jeannie PascaleEducator/International Missionary
Jeannie Pascale is the founding member of the Shepherd Foundation, and is self-employed. She lived for six years in Iran, where she taught at an international school as well as in a university setting. Pascale primarily spends her summers with missions groups in the Middle East. In addition to her APU board membership, she sits on the board at Grier School, a girls’ school in Pennsylvania. Pascale is very active in her church, serving in the area of leadership training, and as a coordinator of prayer for women’s ministries.
- Steven L. PerryChairman, Sacred Harvest Foundation
Steven Lee Perry is a retired Lutheran pastor. He graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1979, served in congregational ministry for 17 years, and resigned his call in 1996 to co-found the California office of the National Christian Foundation (NCF), where he serves as vice chair of the board. Steve and his wife, Susie, are graduates of APU (1975); as are their two children, Jenny Somers (2003) and Matthew Perry (2010); and son-in-law, Ryan Somers (2003). In 2003, Steve and Susie founded the Sacred Harvest Foundation, which Steve serves as chair. They have been involved in the life and ministry of APU through providing financial support to the Trustees’ Scholarship Fund, Duke Academic Complex, Segerstrom Science Center, and the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. Steve and Susie have been married for 36 years and live in Newport Coast, California. They attend the same church that Steve once pastored for 12 years, Mission Lutheran in Laguna Niguel, California.
- Sally SegerstromVice President, C.J. Segerstrom & Sons
Sally graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has three children: Jason, Jessica, and Justin; Jessica graduated from APU in 2011 with a degree in psychology. Sally is managing partner at the family business, C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, and attends Newport Church in Newport Beach, California. She has been involved with APU through supporting the Trustees’ Scholarship Fund and the new Segerstrom Science Center. Sally truly believes in the mission of Azusa Pacific University and the spiritual environment it provides for students and staff, and is proud to say she’s a graduate of APU. She is honored to be on the Board of Trustees, and looks forward to working with the other board members and learning more about how APU operates and how to make the university an even better place.
- Ava SiwekChristian Ministries
Ava Siwek is president of Medical Practice Innovations. Before her leadership role in the medical field, she served as an elementary school teacher. She’s also an avid volunteer, having played important roles at her church, the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Arizona, and the Phoenix Art Museum. She loves to travel, play tennis, and watch her son play APU football. Ava and her husband have three sons and live in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
- Paul Szeto, D.Miss.General Director, ECF International
Paul Szeto has been involved in the Gospel ministry for four decades. Over the past 20 years, he has expanded the worldwide mission program of ECF into 11 Asian countries, including mainland China, and his preaching has led him to more than 40 nations. Szeto, who earned an M.Div. from Yale and a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary, is listed in Who’s Who in America. He and his wife, Dorcas, have been active in English teaching programs and seminary library development in Thailand, Macau, and China. They have three married children and eight grandchildren.
- Albert TateSenior Pastor, Fellowship Monrovia
Albert Tate is senior pastor at Fellowship Monrovia in Monrovia, California. From Mississippi to Pasadena, he brings with him many years of ministry teaching and leadership experience. His passion centers on extending the Gospel community across all economic and cultural lines, and he believes that the local church is God’s greatest hope for the world. He also serves on the advisory council at the Fuller Youth Institute. Albert and his wife delight in their three young children.
- Larry Walkemeyer, D.Min.Superintendent, Free Methodist Church in Southern California
Lead Pastor, Light & Life Christian Fellowship
Since 1991, Larry Walkemeyer has served as lead pastor of Light & Life Christian Fellowship, a large, multiethnic church in Long Beach, California, that has planted 19 churches nationally and dozens internationally. He also serves as a superintendent for the Free Methodist Church in Southern California, leading the mission to plant 50 churches by 2018. He has authored six books on Christian living and church leadership and is a frequent conference speaker. Larry is married to Deb ’78, D.Min., has two adult daughters (APU graduates in 2006 and 2012), and enjoys waterskiing, snow skiing, biking, and long beach walks.
- Jon R. Wallace, DBAPresident, Azusa Pacific University
Prior to his appointment as the 16th president of APU, Jon Wallace served as executive vice president, and held other administrative positions at the university. From 1993-95, Wallace arranged a sabbatical leave to serve as pastor of adult ministries, small groups, and strategic planning at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. He holds a B.A. from Azusa Pacific University, a DBA from United States International University, and a postdoctoral certificate from Harvard University. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Higher Education, Council of Independent Colleges, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
- Raleigh Washington, D.D.President/CEO, Promise Keepers
After attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army and earning the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam, Raleigh Washington responded to God’s call to full-time ministry. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Florida A&M University, his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (now Trinity International University), and his doctorate at Westminster College. He also received an honorary doctorate from Azusa Pacific University in 2000. He founded Rock of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church in Chicago and has focused his ministry on racial reconciliation. Dr. Washington and his wife, Paulette, live in Denver, and have 8 children and 11 grandchildren.
- Nick Yphantides, MD, MPHChief Medical Officer, San Diego County
Nick Yphantides, in addition to his work as Chief Medical Officer for San Diego County, is a longtime advocate of the poor and needy. His struggles with obesity produced an enduring transformation in his own health, which propelled him to help found San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, and he remains an advocate for all those who struggle to maintain their own health and fitness. He is the national director for health and wellness for Axene Health Partners, and serves on the boards of several charitable, faith-based, and community-service organizations. Nick and his wife, Despina, and their two daughters live in Escondido, California.