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.

Board of Trustees Documents
  • Larry Acosta, DMin

    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.

  • Jesus Arriaga

    Technology Executive

    Arriaga is a technology executive, consultant, and advisor focused on providing strategic technology and architecture services for business solutions in start-up, turnaround, and established environments.

  • Matthews Chacko, MD

    Interventional Cardiologist

    Chacko is assistant professor of medicine and director of peripheral vascular interventions at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with a specialty in interventional cardiology. He earned his undergraduate degree from Azusa Pacific University and was honored as APU’s Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lucie Moore, JD, Chair


    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.

  • Adam J. Morris, PhD


    Morris is president of Azusa Pacific University and has 30 years of experience in Christian higher education. Prior to this role, he was executive vice president, chief transformation officer, and chief institutional advancement officer at Biola University.

  • 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 Chief Financial Officer, and former principal consultant and senior advisor in a consulting firm in Silicon Valley.

  • Steven L. Perry, MDiv

    Foundation Chair

    Perry is an APU graduate (BA ’75) who cofounded the California office of the National Christian Foundation in 1996, and in 2003 he and his wife, Susie Segerstrom, started the Sacred Harvest Foundation, which brings God’s shalom to the communities of Orange County, Maui, and Mindanao, Philippines. He has also been a pastor and has authored two books, and is on the boards of National Christian Foundation California and Fieldstone Leadership Network.

  • Lindsey Rehfeld, MA

    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 (BS ’86) and a former School of Business and Management faculty member.

  • Rishi Sriram, PhD

    Professor and Higher Education Administrator

    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.

  • 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, DMin

    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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