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 MA. in Leadership Studies. After several years as a residence director, Charlie stepped into his current role as the executive director of residence life, a role that allows him to do daily what he loves most—build supportive relationships with students. He sees Residence Life’s primary mission as actively supporting 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 APU and the community beyond. When Charlie is not trying to guide and support students, he can be found pursuing his other interests: egg salad sandwiches, rustic cabins, and hanging out with his French bulldog, Lucy.
Associate Director of Residence Life
Charlie was born and raised in Southern California, just a few miles from Azusa Pacific. He attended APU and earned a BS in Organizational Leadership and an MA in Leadership Studies. Charlie has had various roles with the campus housing program for over 20 years and has a passion for doing the behind-the-scenes work that sets the stage for other student affairs professionals to thrive in their work with students. Away from work, Charlie is passionate about discipleship and the local church and has faithfully served at his local church for more than a decade. Charlie and his wife live in Azusa and enjoy all the unique joys and challenges that come with raising four kids.
Area Director, Adams Hall and University Village West and South
Jared is from the Sacramento area. He earned a BA in Pastoral Ministry and Bible/Theology from William Jessup University, an MS in College Counseling and Student Development from APU, and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. Jared has worked in residence life and international student programs at other universities, and served in a pastoral role in college and young marrieds ministry at a church in Northern California. Jared has a passion to journey alongside college students as they are formed and prepared by God to step into their callings. In his free time, Jared enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son, as well as disc golf, fishing, reading, and anything that has to do with an adventure.
Area Director, Engstrom Hall and Shire Mods
Josh was born and raised in the rainy Pacific Northwest. He then moved to Southern California and earned his Bachelor of Science in International Business with a minor in Computer Science at APU. After a year of working in corporate supply chain, Josh felt called to pivot and pursue an MS in Higher Education Leadership and Student Development at California Baptist University. Josh has since worked in Residence Life with the intent to develop an inclusive environment for every unique student to feel known, valued, and supported. Josh enjoys watching or playing sports, reading at a coffee shop, playing DND, or going to a movie at the local theater in his free time.
Area Director, Trinity Hall and Village East
Kody was born and raised in Southern California and grew up watching APU basketball with family and friends. He earned a BS in Biological Sciences from Drexel University and ultimately decided to pursue a career in higher education. After being a residence hall manager at the University of Colorado, Kody finished his MS in College Counseling and Student Development here at APU. Kody has developed his passion for serving students through many years in residence life at several colleges and universities, and he seeks to develop inclusive, engaging communities in the living areas he oversees. Outside of work, Kody is married and a soon-to-be father. He enjoys reading, crocheting, and cycling around the area when he is not spending time with his family.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Village West
Nicolette is from San Jose, CA, the heart of Silicon Valley. She graduated in 2022 from APU with her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and an emphasis in Youth Ministry and Entrepreneurship. With a desire to pursue ministry, she is continuing her educational journey and working towards her MDiv. Nicolette‘s journey into ministry has allowed her to walk alongside many people from all walks of life, including the youngest of disciples in early childhood and elementary ministries. She is passionate about engaging the students‘ stories and watching God‘s wonders unfold in their day-to-day life. When she is not working, studying, or serving her church, you can find Nicolette spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, creating art, cooking for others, or reading a book.
Coordinator, Housing Services
After graduating from APU in the mid-1980s, Michelle took a 20-year hiatus, which led her family to Philadelphia, Chicago, Northern California, Costa Rica, and Southern Mexico. She then returned to the Southland and has been working in student affairs at APU for the past 15 years. She and her husband, Randy (an APU alum and 40-year staff member), keep busy with their eight adult children and two (so far!) grandchildren. Michelle is incredibly grateful for God’s grace and faithfulness in her life and family. And she loves seeing God work in the lives of young people!
Coordinator for Client Services
Bailey is from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in beautiful Northern California. She moved to Southern California to earn a BA in Communication Studies at Biola University and an MS in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. As an undergraduate, Bailey served in residence life for two years and uncovered her passion to help students realize their strengths and potentials through student development and programming. She especially loves the aspect of integrating a student’s journey through college with their faith. When Bailey is not working, you’ll find her on a run, in a coffee shop, out in the mountains, or spending the day at the ocean.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Trinity Hall
Bree has found her roots in gorgeous, golden Southern California for the past 22 years and wouldn’t want it any other way! After four remarkable years of attaining her BA in Youth and Family Ministries with a minor in theology, she was certain she could not stay away from Azusa Pacific. As she currently pursues her Master of divinity, Bree grows in her passions for emerging adulthood‘s formative years, intercultural relations, and mentorship of student leaders as she watches God work in the lives of all who call APU home. Encouraging and enthusiastic, Bree is most excited to curate and steward spaces for community and connection while establishing meaningful relationships. Some of Bree’s pursuits outside of the office include enjoying sushi and poke, serving the local church, spending time in the sun, going to concerts with her fiancé, and dancing in the kitchen.
Richelle De Aragon
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Village East
Richelle was born and raised in sunny Orange County, California. In 2020, she graduated with a BA in Christian Ministry from APU and returned to pursue her Master of Divinity. Richelle’s journey into ministry has given her a heart for walking alongside others as they are unfolding how God is equipping and gifting them to serve the world. When not working, studying, or serving her church, Richelle enjoys singing, reading, getting out into nature, and spending time with friends.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Village South
Krisaly Gonzalez was born and raised in Pomona, California. She is a first-generation, Latina transfer student. As a student she attended Mt. Sac to pursue an AAT in English Literature, an AA in Sociology, and an AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She then transferred to UC Riverside where she earned her BA in English Literature and is currently pursuing a Masters in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. In her free time, she loves to read, watch movies, go to museums, and explore new bookstores and coffee shops. Krisaly looks forward to supporting the diverse students on the APU campus.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Adams Hall
Katelyn was born in Long Beach, California but spent most of her life in the beautiful city of Rancho Cucamonga, California. She earned a BA in Psychology from APU in 2020 and is now pursuing an MS in College Counseling and Student Development. Katelyn was involved in Residence Life as an APU undergraduate, working alongside students as a Resident Advisor for two consecutive years. It was in this role where she grew a passion for working within Student Affairs in higher education. When Katelyn isn’t working, you can find her outside soaking in the sun, spending time with friends and family, gathering supplies for her hobby of the week, or watching Gilmore Girls.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Shire Mods
Jessica was born in Arcadia, California, but spent most of her life in Fontana, California. She attended Life Pacific University for her undergrad and earned a BA in Human Development and Psychology with a minor in biblical studies. Jessica was involved in Residence Life during her undergrad years and was able to work alongside students as a resident assistant. With the desire to pursue a career in higher education, she is working on an MS in College Counseling and Student Development at APU. When Jessica is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time cooking, watching Marvel movies, drinking smoothies, and spending time with her family.
Graduate Resident Coordinator, Engstrom Hall
Garrett is from Livermore, California, in the East Bay Area. He earned a BS in Christian Ministries from APU in 2021 and is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Azusa Pacific Seminary. Garrett has felt called to pastoral ministry since he was in high school and has helped lead many ministries since then. Being raised in the Church, there have been countless “God moments” in Garrett’s life that have inspired his passion for discipleship and education. Outside of the office, his hobbies include weight lifting, listening to music, gaming, and being around friends and family. Points of interest for Garrett include anything related to superheroes, video games, TV shows, movies, anime, concerts, and anything outdoors.