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.
- Cynthia SouzaAssociate Director of Operations and Finance
Cynthia came to APU in 2013 and joined the CSA family in January 2016, providing leadership for the center’s operations and finance team. A native Californian, Cynthia earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has had a long career overseeing finance and operations in higher education and the aerospace industry. Prior to her time at APU, Cynthia oversaw I.T. Operations at Harvey Mudd College for 20 years and served on several Claremont Consortium leadership committees. Cynthia strongly believes in the mission of the CSA, and hopes her contributions as part of the leadership team will leave a huge spiritual imprint on this world.
- Joshua M. Fieldson, MPHAssistant 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.
- Colie Krueger, MATULProgram Coordinator for Local Engagement
Colie recently graduated from APU with an M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership, and during the program she lived and served in Kolkata, India. Before coming to APU, Colie served as a youth pastor in Portland, Oregon, for four years while attending seminary at George Fox University. Prior to life in Portland, she did a year of postgrad service in Ecuador after earning a B.A. in Social Justice and Welfare from Marquette University. She is a devoted Packers fan and a lover of Wisconsin cheese. Her main passion in life, though, is sharing Jesus with others and encouraging students to live in the freedom and endless love of Christ.
- Michelle MartinezService Requirement Coordinator
Michelle oversees the tracking of more than 5,500 undergraduate students’ service requirements. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from UC Riverside and completed a Master of Arts in Leadership: Leadership Development at Azusa Pacific University. She has been at the university for 10 years and enjoys serving students. She is an Azusa Scholar Mentor and was the Latin American Student Association advisor for four years. Michelle has a heart and passion for student development and leadership, and loves helping students discover their strengths and leadership abilities.
- Laurelyn ShawSenior Program Coordinator for Action Teams
Laurelyn is the senior program coordinator for action teams, after working for two years as a program advisor and operations coordinator in the center. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Houghton College and an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to serving in the center, Laurelyn worked in youth ministry at a local church and in short-term missions with a national nonprofit organization. She believes that learning happens best through experience, evidenced by her extensive traveling and serving across the United States and around the world. Laurelyn is passionate about mobilizing APU students to serve and learn on Action Teams, and she believes that faith is an adventure that should be lived out in the world.
- Sasha SantillianSenior 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 PloehnOperations 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 CanalesAdministrative 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 CalderwoodDirector, 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.
- Ron AramburoAssistant Director of North American Partnerships and Student Development, Mexico Outreach
Ron serves as a liaison between North American churches and organizations, developing ministry opportunities and partnerships between Mexican, American, and Canadian ministries. An alumnus of Azusa Pacific University, Ron majored in social science and minored in Christian ministry. Ron spent seven years as a teacher in East Los Angeles and comes with many cross-cultural ministry experiences. He is also an associate pastor and worship leader in Azusa. Ron enjoys family time, playing the guitar, reading, sports, student development, and networking.
- Bob McCorkleSenior Coordinator of Marketing and Publication, Mexico Outreach
Bob’s grandparents were missionaries in the Middle East during the Great Depression; there are few people he admires more, and their example moved him to be a missionary. They risked their lives for people they didn’t know, and loved even those who wanted to kill them. Why did they risk everything? Why love their enemies? They followed the Jesus of Isaiah 11:1-5. Bob uses their example to continue carrying out this call through his role in Mexico Outreach as the marketing and publications specialist.
- Eduardo IrizarryEvent Operations and Recruitment Coordinator, Mexico Outreach
Eduardo was born and raised in San Francisco by great Cuban parents. He graduated from APU with a degree in liberal studies and a Spanish minor, and in 1985 went on the school’s first Ecuador mission trip with 26 other students. He taught regular elementary and Spanish classes for 22 years (seven of those years in Bogota, Colombia). He started volunteering at Mexico Outreach at Easter 1984 and has not missed one Easter since. He is excited about his role at Mexico Outreach.
- Dennys EspinozaCoordinator of Mexico Outreach and Ministry and Legal Relations
Dennys assists and facilitates ministry relations and development in Mexico. He oversees Mexico Outreach relations with Mexican governmental agencies, and assists in coordinating administrative aspects of ministry partnerships. In an interpreters meeting in Mexicali in 1997, Espinoza listened to Al and Rosa Castro, past Mexico Outreach coordinators, as they shared this impacting statement: ”Know that you are not here by coincidence, but that God has you here for a reason and a purpose!”