Meet the Staff

Executive Staff

  • Michelle LaPorte, M.Ed.

    Director

    Michelle joined APU in 2014. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Youth Ministry from Hope International University and an M.A. in Education from Azusa Pacific. Michelle came to APU with more than 15 years of experience in education, primarily in educational administration at an international school in China. The intersection of Gospel-centered learning and service has been personally transforming, and she finds fulfillment in collaborating with others who share her passion to provide meaningful education experiences for students that make a difference in the community.

  • Michelle McDonald

    Program Coordinator

    Michelle joined the team in 2018, and brings years of rich experience with the Christian Leadership Alliance serving nonprofit leaders, particularly in faculty and volunteer management and conference workshop planning. An APU alumna, Michelle holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies and is excited to be a part of the work of providing APU students with experiential learning opportunities through service-learning. She is passionate about lifelong learning that transforms and contributes to Kingdom purposes in the world.

  • Rebecca “Becca” Payne, M.A., M.S.

    Program Coordinator

    Becca serves as the program coordinator for the Center for Academic Service-Learning. She joined the team in 2017 after attaining a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University and an M.A. in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Becca spent several years after graduating serving in various areas within Christian higher education before returning to the APU Community. She comes to the Center for Academic Service-Learning with rich experience in both local and international partnership development and a heart for cultivating meaningful relationships resulting in real life change and learning for both APU students and the community.

Graduate Interns

  • Halee Harrell

    Coordinator for Educational and Professional Development

Service-Learning Advocates/Undergraduate Interns

General email: SLAdvocate@apu.edu
Include the appropriate student’s name in the subject line when emailing.
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2823

  • Elissa Buckles

    Service-Learning Advocate
    Senior, Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Sarah Cote

    Service-Learning Advocate
    Senior, Liberal Studies

  • Cassidy Estes

    Service-Learning Advocate
    Junior, Global Studies

  • Timothy Gee

    Service-Learning Advocate
    Junior, Allied Health/Honors Humanities

  • Jessica Granner

    Service-Learning Advocate
    Senior, Business Management

  • Alexxis Hernandez

    Service-Learning Advocate
    Sophomore, Psychology

  • Caleb Hoornbeek

    Service-Learning Advocate
    Junior, Business Management

  • Kelsey Jones

    Educational Outreach Assistant
    Senior, Liberal Studies

  • Jenna Moynier

    Service-Learning Advocate
    Junior, Liberal Studies

  • Ella O’Neill

    Service-Learning Advocate
    Junior, Business Management

  • Lauren Freligh

    Service-Learning Administrative Assistant
    Junior, Business Management