Board of Trustees | Los Angeles Pacific University

Meet Your Servant Leaders

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Nickolas W. Vande Steeg, MBA

Board Chair

Retired President and COO – Parker Hannifin Corporation

Nickolas Vande Steeg is the retired President/COO and Director of Parker Hannifin Corporation, a Fortune 200 company with 48,000 employees worldwide and revenues of some $10 billion. In addition to domestic operations, Vande Steeg was also in charge of the corporation’s Latin American and Asian operations. He was elected to Parker Hannifin’s Board of Directors in 2004.

Vande Steeg currently holds Director roles on the boards of three international NYSE public companies, two private equity companies, and two non-profit organizations. In addition, he is a minority owner of a Major League Baseball team. Vande Steeg holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.


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.


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).


Melanie J. Humphreys, Ph.D.

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.


Lenny Moon

Chief Financial Officer

Lenny Moon is currently CFO of a disruptive wearable technology company in Los Angeles. 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.


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.