Current Staff

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SMU Staff '21-22

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President & VP

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Board of Directors

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Adminstration Department

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Marketing & Communications Department

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Finance Department

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Missions Conference Department

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Local Missions Department

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Global Missions Department

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Sadie Wilson

SMU President

After prayer and asking the Lord to reveal His heart for this year, my vision for SMU is ‘Cultivating Readiness’ which is inspired by Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart,” and by the theme in the Gospels of being ready for the wedding feast of the Kingdom of God. The phrases of weariness and losing heart resonate deeply in me as I think of how hope has been such a scarce commodity in the last year and a half. And, yet, I’m struck by this hopeful image of preparing for the harvest or the wedding feast. Further, these seasons of sowing and reaping, suffering and joy, death and life, lamentation and celebration, are all central pieces of the Christian walk.

In SMU this year, my prayer is that, in unity, we would cultivate together this attitude of hopeful readiness by continuing to advance the mission of God for the glory of God. This is a posture of complete reliance on the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit in us and through us and of confident expectation that God will bring His harvest even in the face of weariness, suffering, and waiting.

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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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Joey Jang
Vice President

Ava Purcell
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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Drew Dinaso
Office Assistant

Mel Schuhler
Office Assistant

Jillian Axelson
Director of Administration

Augustine Hong
Office Assistant

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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.

Rachel Sevilla
Director of Human Resources

Diversity &
Inclusion

The Director of Diversity's role is to research and advise SMU through issues of diversity and inclusion, while establishing programs that help promote themes of reconciliation. This role 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.

Alex Artuso
Director of Diversity & Inclusion

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

DEPARTMENT

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

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Tim Green
Director of Marketing & Communications

Brandon Chen
Media Coordinator

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Katie Swenson
Graphic Designer

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Annabel White
Media Coordinator

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Noa Melendez
Graphic Designer

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Ashley Chang
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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Cy Bryan
Director of Missions Conference

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Nicole Chang
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).

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Natalie Espinosa
Local Missions
Team Developer

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Lauren Kennedy
Local Missions
Team 
Developer

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Ibironke Laura Akinola
Director of Local Missions

Allison Miller
Logistics Coordinator

Tyler Balsbaugh
Local Missions
Team Developer

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.

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Alycia Dallakoti
Director of Global Missions

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Phoebe Robinson
Global Missions
Team Developer

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Corrie Myhr
Global Missions
Team Developer

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Matthew Christian
Global Missions
Team Developer

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Gabi Stieg
Marketing and Event Coordinator