Meet the Staff

  • Matt Browning, Ed.D.

    Associate Vice President for Local and Global Engagement

    Matt has a relentless passion for the people in God’s world. He is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible to mobilize APU faculty, staff, and students to answer the call to reach all nations and people groups for Christ. His span of responsibility includes overseeing the offices and programs within the Center for Student Action. Prior to his time at Azusa Pacific University, Matt served as vice president for student programs at the English Language Institute China, where he mobilized North Americans to serve as English teachers in Asia. Matt has traveled extensively around the world, spoken on many university and church campuses, and been a part of key leadership areas at APU and other organizations.

  • Karen Rouggly, M.A.

    Director for Mobilization

    Karen serves as the director in charge of developing transformational service opportunities for all students serving locally and internationally. Prior to working for the Center for Student Action, Karen worked as a U.S.-based missionary recruiting for a South African organization, as well as in the fields of public and nonprofit education. She earned an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is passionate about community development, transformational service, and helping students understand cross-cultural ministry.

  • Joshua M. Fieldson, MPH

    Assistant Director for Mobilization

    Joshua oversees marketing, educational programming, and research and assessment for the CSA. He earned a Master of Public Health from California State University, Long Beach, and is working on an M.A. in Leadership at APU. Prior to joining the CSA, Joshua worked for Mika CDC, a community development organization for which he led volunteer and youth development programs and basic operations. He is passionate about health and wellness, movements of peace and vitality, and bringing people together to pursue heaven on earth. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Long Beach with their son, Luca.

  • Sasha Santillian

    Senior Finance Coordinator

    Sasha was born in Whittier, California, raised in Littleton, Colorado, and moved back to California a year after graduating high school. In fall 2012, she began her journey at Azusa Pacific University as an undergraduate student majoring in accounting, and served as a student-worker in CSA, assisting with finances. Educating, learning, serving, and empowering others are some of her greatest passions. Santillian is excited to be a part of CSA and strongly believes in mobilizing others to fulfill God’s instruction of loving and discipling others. In June 2014, on the beaches of Malibu, she married her husband, Elvis. She is excited about life and cannot wait to see where God will continue to lead her and her husband.

  • Julie Ploehn

    Operations Coordinator

    Julie was born and raised in Iowa before moving to Southern California for her undergraduate career. She began her time in the Center as the Graduate Assistant for Action Teams and then as the Graduate Assistant for the Azusa Scholars. She currently serves as the Operations Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Biola University and an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. Julie is passionate about student learning within the service context and loves sharing her passion for service with the students at APU.

  • Crystal Canales

    Administrative Assistant

    Crystal’s journey with Azusa Pacific University began at the age of 7 when she participated in Mexico Outreach. For the next 12 years, she continued to serve with Mexico Outreach through her local church community, and also served on missions in Europe. Her background is in arts and humanities, and she plans to further her education at APU. She enjoys service, and in 2013 participated in the Adventures in Missions World Race, serving in 11 countries in 11 months, which included parts of Central America, Asia, and Southern Africa.

  • Eddy Calderwood

    Director, Mexico Outreach

    Eddy’s journey with Mexico Outreach began in 1979, when he helped lead a church team to Pastor Juan’s church just outside of Mexicali. Eddy’s worldview was rocked, as were those of his teammates. This deep impact led Eddy to return as a volunteer, student worker, and full-time staff member, and he is now the director. Eddy learned the value of relationships, and he still works with Pastor Juan and other church leaders he met back when he first began his journey in Mexico.

Service Requirements

23 countries were served by APU teams this year alone