Current Staff

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SMU Staff '22-23

Board of Directors
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Board of Directors

Office Administration Department

Adminstration Department

Finance Department

Finance Department

Missions Conference Directors

Missions Conference Department

President & VP

Marketing and Communications Department

Marketing & Communications Department

Diversity and Inclusion Department

Diversity and Inclusion Department

Global Missions Department

Global Missions Department

Local Missions Department

Local Missions Department

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Lauren Kennedy
 

SMU President

While I still am stepping into the confidence of being titled as the SMU President, I want to officially extend a warm welcome, as President, to everybody who is reading this, and a prayer that SMU becomes a refuge, a safe place, and a launching pad for any and all who need it.

 

I would never have even considered that becoming the SMU President was in the Lord’s plan for me. I have often said that my 13 year old self who had heard about Biola and SMU from a friend at that young age would be thoroughly shocked to hear where I am now. When last year’s President first approached me about running for the position, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of fear, excitement, and confirmation of the small urges that I had been resisting for the months leading up to that moment. Since deciding to run, and eventually being elected, I have experienced the Lord’s hand in details down to the very minute and date. In a season of intense doubt, vulnerability, discomfort, and fear, He revealed himself as thoroughly faithful and intentional in every detail of my walk.


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Finance Department

The Executive Department seeks to uphold the SMU Purpose Statement by providing vision and direction to SMU staff and stewardship of SMU resources.

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Ava Purcell
Vice President

Rosio McCullough
Financial Controller

Administration
Department

The Office Staff seeks to create an environment of grace within the Student Government Association and Student Missionary Union offices by maximizing external and internal communication and empowering the staff through encouragement and service.

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Ingrid Cruz Sauer
Director of Administration

Summer Bhola
Office Assistant

Sydney Fox
Office Assistant

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Libby Day
Director of Human Resources

Human Resources
Department

The purpose of the Human Resources Director is to seek to streamline the hiring process of SMU in order to ensure efficient practices internally and to better the communication with external stakeholders. With this position, the HR Director will be the primary mode of communication to all applicants, the HR Director will be able to provide a better customer service mentality to applicants, lessen the administrative workload for Directors, and improve the overall hiring process for the organization.

Diversity &
Inclusion

The Director and Inclusion Department serves to research and advise SMU through issues of diversity and inclusion, while establishing programs that help promote themes of reconciliation. These roles will be training the directors and staff on topics of diversity, supporting recruitment and branding in appealing to diverse applicants while removing biases, reviewing wording in policies and procedures to ensure inclusivity, and developing partnerships with different organizations on campus.

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Maquela Golioth
Diversity & Inclusion Director

Asher Daniel
Diversity & Inclusion Liason

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

DEPARTMENT

The Marketing and Communication Department seeks to creatively represent the purpose, values, and opportunities of SMU through visual forms.

Madison Pawley
Director of Marketing & Communications

Kristen Kim
Graphic Designer

Owen Hormillosa
Graphic Designer

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Ellis Holcombe
Media Coordinator

Tabita Bernardus
Communications
 Coordinator

Missions Conference Department

The Missions Conference Department seeks to create a consecrated time of response to God, reserved for the Holy Spirit to align the hearts of students to the completion of the Great Commission. The hope is to facilitate an atmosphere during the conference, which seeks to educate, equip and inspire students in relation to the final and most urgent call of Christ to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”

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Abigail Goosen
Director of Missions Conference

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Christiana Heron
Director of Missions Conference

LOCAL MISSIONS

DEPARTMENT

The Local Missions Department exists to equip students to work alongside their local community respectfully and with well-oriented hearts as they answer the call of the Great Commission to serve wherever they may find themselves. The Local Missions Department longs to bridge the understanding that the local context is everywhere, whether globally or where we live locally. They aim to do this by equipping students to serve alongside churches and organizations in Biola’s respective Jerusalem (the L.A. County) and Judea (the greater California).

Mickey Parra
Director of Local Missions

Sarah Ann Frank
Local Missions
Team Developer

Amanda Peters
Local Missions

Team Developer

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Global Missions

Department

The Global Missions Department seeks to advance the gospel of Christ among the nations. We are a community that seeks to be centered on Christ, founded on prayer, dependent upon the Holy Spirit, and whose passion is to see God glorified as lives are changed through short-term missions.

Tina Tazelaar
Events and Logistics Coordinator

Mallory Jacobsen
Events and Logistics
 Coordinator

Neema Mbogo
Director of Global Missions

Christian Young
Global Missions
Team Developer

Katie Nicholas
Local Missions

Team Developer

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Tina Tazelaar
Events and Logistics Coordinator

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Mallory Jacobsen
Events and Logistics
 Coordinator