Meet the Staff
Executive Director of Residence Life/Judicial Officer
Charlie was born and raised in beautiful central New Jersey. After graduating from Houghton College (lots of cows, snow, and elbow room), he spent several years in New England working in residence life. In the summer of 1994, he arrived at APU in pursuit of an M.A. in Leadership Studies. After serving for several years as a residence director, Charlie stepped into his current role as the executive director of residence life. This role allows him to do daily what he loves most—build supportive relationships with students. He sees Residence Life’s primary mission to be a department that actively supports students as they explore who God has made them to be and how He wants them to use their gifts and talents to contribute to the community in which they live. When Charlie is not bugging students, he can be found pursuing his other interests: egg salad sandwiches, antiques, and hanging out with his two dogs, Moose and Lucy.
Administrative Assistant of Residence Life
Born and raised in Southern California, Kim has enjoyed living here and serving APU for the past 20 years. Beginning her APU career in Undergraduate Admissions in 1994, Kim transitioned to her current position in Residence Life in 2006. The most enjoyable part of her job is partnering with the wonderful Residence Life staff in supporting and caring for residents and interacting with APU’s amazing students.
Associate Director of Residence Life
Adam was born and raised in rural, southern Ohio. He attended MVNU in Ohio where he earned a B.A. in Religion-Humanities with a minor in Sociology. During that time, Adam served in Residence Life for three years; a time which initially sparked his interest in working with and journeying alongside college students. After graduating and marrying Roni, his brilliant wife, they moved to Southern California. In Pasadena, Adam attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. Currently, he is furthering his education by pursuing an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. Adam and Roni also enjoy the adventures of parenthood with their sons, Declan and Cohen.
Assistant Director of Residence Life and Residence Director—Shire Mods
Megan grew up in Danville, California, and moved down to Southern California in 2009 to attend APU. She received her B.A. in Psychology from APU in 2013 and is currently working on her M.A. in Leadership. As an undergraduate student, Megan served in Residence Life for two years and discovered her passion for college student development. Seeing students grow and thrive brings her so much joy! Megan also loves apples, reading, yoga, and creating music with her incredible husband, James.
Residence Director—Engstrom Hall
Lauren is originally from the Hoosier state of Indiana. She received her B.A. in Christian Education (2011) and M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development (2017) from Taylor University. She spent two years at Bethel Ministry School studying social justice issues and working specifically with the local homeless community. Additionally, she was a missionary with Youth With a Mission for two years serving the local community of Kona, Hawaii, and then living in both Zimbabwe and New Zealand doing missionary work. For Lauren, education is a key to changing lives and society, and this passion is what drives her to work with college students at APU. She believes when students discover who God made them to be there is nothing that will stop them from changing the world! When Lauren isn’t hanging out with students or staff you will find her doing CrossFit, running, hiking, at the beach, or with friends at a coffee shop drinking iced coffee.
Residence Director—Smith Hall
cott, originally from La Verne, California, attended APU as both an undergraduate and graduate student receiving his B.A. in Sport Psychology as well as his M.S in College Counseling and Student Development. Before joining Residence Life, Scott worked in the office of Orientation and Transitions, which solidified his passion for working in student life. Scott is thrilled to be working within Residence Life and is so excited to be a part of Smith Hall! When Scott is not working, you can find him playing any sport, watching baseball, and adventuring with his wife, Kenzie!
Alpha Joy Lawson
Residence Director—Trinity Hall
Alpha Joy was born and raised in Southern California. She is a part of a very, very large (as in 60-something first cousins) and amazing Filipino-American family. She is also a proud alumna of APU, where she completed her B.A. in Business Management and M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development. Alpha Joy’s transformative undergraduate journey inspired her to lean into higher education as not only a career field, but as her calling to serve college students. She feels honored to serve in Residence Life as a way to pursue her calling. In her spare time, she enjoys good boba (bubble tea), quality time with friends and family, and especially trying yummy food around the area!
Mikhael Jolley-Ruud Cometa
Residence Director—University Park
Mikhael was born in the Philippines, and as a military/missionary kid, has lived with his family in California, Virginia, Hawaii, and Japan. He graduated in 2014 from APU with a B.A. in Sociology. After graduating, he spent a year working with young adults from at-risk backgrounds in the "happiest city," San Luis Obispo, California. After his year-long stint in SLO, Mikhael spent the coldest two years of his life in the Midwest where he worked in Residence Life and pursued an M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry in Student Development at Wheaton College. He is excited to return to APU with his super cool wife, Loren, where they are both excited to open up their home to host meals, game nights, movie nights, jam sessions, and more fun/chill activities. You can often find Mikhael making fancy coffee, surfing, reading, outdoor adventuring, playing guitar, cooking, and dancing.
Residence Director—University Village East
Victoria was raised in Ventura, California. She received her B.A. in Psychology from APU and served as a resident advisor for three years. Her passion for student development grew throughout her time in Residence Life at APU and motivated her decision to commit to Residence Life full-time! She served as a resident director at Grand Canyon University for two years while getting her M.S. in Psychology and returned home to APU a few years ago. Victoria loves spending time with her husband, Jeff, going to the beach, baking, hiking, and Village East.
Residence Director—Adams Hall
Sam received her bachelor’s degree from APU and most recently graduated from Azusa Pacific Seminary with her Master of Divinity. She approaches student development as an opportunity for ministry and is intentional with building meaningful community to create foundations that are long lasting and God-honoring. Some of Sam’s favorite things are spending time with family, food adventures with friends, beach days, decorating, and dancing..
Residence Director—University Village West
Casey is from the great little mountain town of Mariposa, California, where he grew up raising ostriches with his three brothers and playing any sport imaginable. He received his B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in conflict and peacemaking from Fresno Pacific University. Casey has continued to pursue his love for people and ministry in other leadership positions post-graduation. He has served as a camp counselor, coach, and speaker, as well as the high school director at San Clemente Presbyterian Church for five years. He feels extremely blessed and excited to serve the students and campus of Azusa with his wonderful wife, Corrie, by his side. He is currently pursuing his M.A. in Leadership to continue to grow in serving the community around him. In his free time, he relishes quality time with his wife, family, and friends, and can be found playing basketball or in a coffee shop relaxing and soaking up genuine conversation.
Residence Director—Alosta Place
Assistant Residence Director