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.

  • Craig Cheek
    Retired Senior Executive (Nike Inc.)
    Christian Ministries

    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 Colace
    Christian 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 Collins
    Securities 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 Dias
    Business 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.

  • Dan Fachner
    President and CEO, The ICEE Company

    Dan Fachner is president and CEO of The ICEE Company, a publicly traded company selling frozen beverages and providing service to the food service industry. Dan has been president and CEO since 1996 and has had the privilege of watching ICEE grow across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, Central America, and the United Arab Emirates. He also serves as president of ICEE America. Dan attended San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific, and Universal Technical Institute. He and his wife, Julie, attend Life Bible Fellowship Church, where he was chairman of the elder team for several years. Dan and Julie live in Upland, California, and have two married children and three grandchildren.

  • William K. Hooper
    Partner, Trinitas Partners

    William Hooper has served as director of Borland Software Co. since May 1999. He was president and owner of Monterey Plaza Hotel Corporation from 1994 to 2005, and president of Woodside Hotels and Resorts Group Services Corporation from 1995 to 2004. He also serves as an advisor to Acuity Ventures, a venture capital investment fund. Hooper holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

  • Lynette Ilertsen
    Teacher/Administrator (Retired)

    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 Jacobs
    Executive 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 Johnston
    Senior 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.

  • Elizabeth Maring, JD
    Attorney/Founder, Community Threads

    Elizabeth Maring is an Illinois attorney engaged in the general practice of law since 1985. Throughout her career, she has held leadership positions in numerous nonprofits and churches, including the Christian Leadership Alliance. In 2011 she founded Community Threads, a Christian nonprofit social enterprise that has generated more than $2 million in assets and financial grants to benefit homeless women and children and provide education scholarships. She has been married to Clarence Maring, Ph.D., for 33 years and is the mother of two APU graduates, Daniel Maring, D.O., and Steven Maring. She resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • Cathy McIntyre, MAS
    Former 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 Chair
    Business 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, JD
    Attorney, 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.

  • Steven L. Perry
    Chairman, 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.

  • David Poole, JD, Chair
    Chair, Poole & Shaffery, LLP

    David Poole is a partner in the law firm of Poole & Shaffery, LLP. With extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts, he specializes in civil litigation with a focus in the areas of complex business disputes, labor and employment, real property, and environmental law. He was a deputy attorney general with the State of California, Department of Justice; in-house counsel with a large corporation; and partner in a large national law firm before starting his law firm in 1998. He earned a B.A. from UCLA and a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He and his wife, April, have been married since 1980 and have three children (including an APU grad) and three grandchildren. He is active in his church and the community, and serves on boards for two nonprofit entities and one financial institution.

  • Sally Segerstrom
    Vice 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 Siwek
    Christian 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.

  • Tim Stripe
    Co-President/Partner, Grand Pacific Resorts

    Tim Stripe is co-president/ownership partner of Grand Pacific Resorts, a real estate development firm in Carlsbad, California, that focuses on timeshare and hotel development, and before that was chief financial officer of Winner’s Circle Resorts International in Carlsbad. Tim has served as a board member with numerous other organizations as well. Tim and his wife, Janean, have been married for 26 years and have two daughters.

  • 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 Tate
    Senior 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, DBA
    President, 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, MPH
    Chief 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 two daughters live in Escondido, California.