Board of Trustees | Los Angeles Pacific University

Meet Your Servant Leaders

Unity — it is the heart of our university. Hundreds of staff and faculty unified in serving our students.
 
 

Melanie J. Humphreys, Ph.D.

Board Chair

President, The King's University

Appointed as the fourth president of The King’s University in 2013, Melanie Humphreys returned to her home country of Canada. Prior to her appointment she served as Dean of Student Care and Services at Wheaton College in Illinois. She joined Wheaton College in 2009 after serving ten years as Vice President of Student Life at LCC International University in Lithuania, Eastern Europe.

Humphreys holds a BA and an MA from Trinity Western University, and a PhD from Azusa Pacific University. Her professional affiliations include the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta, Universities Canada, Christian Higher Education Canada, the Association of Reformed Universities and Colleges and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.


John C. Reynolds, Ph.D.

President, Los Angeles Pacific University

Dr. Reynolds is the first President of Los Angeles Pacific University, having founded LAPU’s founding institutions, Azusa Pacific Online University (2011) and Azusa Pacific University College (2014). Reynolds served as CIO and Executive Vice President for 16 years at Azusa Pacific University before being named President of Los Angeles Pacific University in 2018.

Reynolds earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science and information systems, and a PhD. in Higher Education. His research interests in leadership, organizational effectiveness, change management, and strategic thinking have resulted in several publications in leadership and strategy, particularly relating to nonprofit organizations.


Maggie Bailey, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Higher Education Board and Strategy Development

Dr. Maggie Bailey serves as the Executive Director, Higher Education Board and Strategy Development a consultancy committed to supporting private non-profit higher education institutions by providing services for board development, strategic initiatives, international higher education strategies, and accreditation compliance.

Previously, Dr. Bailey served as the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, St. Katherine College in San Marcos, California. Her higher education service also included twenty years with Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) where she retired in August 2015, as the Vice Provost for Program Development, Accreditation, Institutional Research, and Institutional Effectiveness. She earned her doctorate in Business at the University of Southern California and master’s degree in business at the University of California, Berkeley.


Hal Conklin

President, USA Green Communities

Hal Conklin is the Founder and President of USA Green Communities, a non-profit organization specializing in sustainable practices and policies for the nation’s cities, counties, and special districts. In addition, he is a leader in the governance of the Boards of Administration for the Free Methodist Church USA, having served for a number of years as the Chairman of the Board for both the Southern California Conference and the National Board of Administration of the denomination.

Prior to his current roles and occupation, Mr. Conklin served as the Mayor of Santa Barbara, California, President of the California League of Cities, Vice President of the National League of Cities, and President of the Institute for Local Government. In addition, he has been an advisor to local governments in Eastern Europe, China, and Japan.


Dan Fachner

President and CEO, ICEE

Since 1996, Dan Fachner has been President and CEO of ICEE, a publicly traded company that sells frozen beverages and provides service to the food service industry, and has been privileged to watch it grow across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, Central America, and the UAE. He also serves as President of ICEE America. Fachner attended Delta College, University of the Pacific, and the Universal Technical Institute. Fachner and his wife, Julie, attend Life Bible Fellowship where Fachner was Chairman of the Elder Board for several years. He is also an Azusa Pacific University Trustee. Fachner and his wife live in Upland, California, where they have two married children and four grandchildren.


Paul Ferguson, Ph.D.

President, Azusa Pacific University

A Southern California native, Paul Ferguson, Ph.D., has enjoyed a 30-year career in public higher education as a professor in the field of toxicology/public health and as a university administrator. Prior to becoming the 17th president at Azusa Pacific University, Ferguson served as the founding dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Health at Biola University. Ferguson served in leadership roles at five universities, including as president of Ball State University (2014–16), president of the University of Maine (2011–14), provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2006–11), vice president for research and graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1999–2006), and vice provost and dean of graduate studies and research at the University of Louisiana, Monroe (1993–99).


Lenny Moon

Chief Financial Officer

Lenny Moon is currently the CFO of a private equity-backed holding company. Prior to his current role, Lenny served as CFO/COO of Fuller Theological Seminary, and as CFO of a high-growth technology company in Orange County.

Previously, he worked on Wall Street for several years as an M&A investment banker in both NYC and L.A. at Bear, Stearns & Co. and Lazard Freres & Co. In addition, Moon also has several years of prior start-up and venture capital experience.

Moon received his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Richard Osborn

Retired Vice President, WASC Senior College and University Commission

Richard (Dick) Osborn retired in 2019 from 49 years in K-12 and higher education, including 39 years in faith-based parochial schools and higher education, including president of Pacific Union College, Napa Valley, CA. He most recently served as a Vice President of the WASC Senior College and University Commission, the regional accreditation association for California, Hawaii, and several international institutions.

In volunteer roles, he previously served as Chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, as Co-Chair of Denominational Executives in Church-Related Higher Education, as President of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), and as a member of the Secretariat of NAICU. He graduated with degrees in history including a B.A. from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Maryland and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland specializing in colonial Virginia history. His wife, Norma Keough, is a retired family ministries pastor.


Rick Rekedal

Executive Vice President, Breyer Horses

Rick has worked in family entertainment development his entire career, including over 20 years with DreamWorks Animation. Rick is currently Executive Vice President of Breyer Horses, the industry-leading lifestyle brand for anyone who ever loved horses, and recently announced a broad content development deal with Imagine Entertainment. In 2019, Rick created and co-wrote Shapes, an original comic book series published by Cave Pictures Publishing.

Rick serves on advisory boards for the National Mental Health Innovation Center; Blueprint 1543; and the Wedgwood Circle; past boards include the Michael W. Smith Group and the Belmont University film school. A proud dad of three strong independent daughters, Rick lives in Pasadena with his wife Vicki of 27 years.


Jenna Schuette Talbot

Senior Vice President – Strategy, Whiteboard Advisors

Jenna Schuette Talbot is the Senior Vice President of Strategy for Whiteboard Advisors -- a communications, advocacy, and research consulting firm based in Washington D.C. She is the founding director of Whiteboard Advisors’ strategic communications practice, managing teams in Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley developing public affairs, media relations, and thought leadership campaigns.

Prior to joining Whiteboard Advisors, Talbot directed external affairs for the American Enterprise Institute education policy program, where she led media relations, oversaw Capitol Hill and state think-tank relations, and developed the program’s research agenda. Talbot holds a degree in Political Science and Journalism from Azusa Pacific University.