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Resident Directors

Our residence life team is dedicated to providing a safe, caring, respectful, and dynamic community for all residents.

Each RD is available for student consultation, emergency response, and other concerns within the community.


 

andy swartz

Andy Swartz

Assistant Director of Residence Life

andrew.swartz@pepperdine.edu

Top 5 Strengths: Positivity, Woo, Communication, Individualization, Connectedness

Andy is from Southern Missouri, where he has spent the majority of his life. After graduating from college, he managed a high ropes course and served as a camp minister throughout the summer to their college work crew. He enjoyed lots of adventurous experiences while getting to meet some cool students along the way. Andy loves being a part of a fun and purposeful community, and enjoys doing almost anything outdoors whenever possible.

Since graduating from Missouri State University, he has worked as a resident director at Drury University for the last four years. He loves being able to meet so many amazing students, and hearing them tell their stories. More than anything, he is excited to get see what God is doing on Pepperdine's campus and feels privileged to be a part of such a unique place. 


 

andrea zahler

Andrea Zahler

Assistant Director of Residence Life

andrea.zahler@pepperdine.edu

Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness, Intellection, Learner, Belief, Harmony

Andrea Zahler was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Harding University to study English and ministry. After graduation, she moved to Wuhan, China with the China Now program to teach English at Jiang Han University for two years.

During school holidays, she joined friends and backpacked across Southeast Asia where she slept in jungles, had dinner with refugees, and never quite learned how to navigate a motorcycle through traffic without fearing for her life.

Once back in the United States, she moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to work as a campus minister for a local community college, an HBC, and University of Alabama. While there, she earned her master's degree in ministry from Lipscomb University, became a partnership coordinator for World Vision's Child Ambassador team, befriended an amazing community of people in a government housing neighborhood, and learned how to insert "Roll Tide!" into everyday conversation.

She loves working in residence life and continues to be amazed at all the things God is doing here at Pepperdine.


 

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Stacey Lee

Resident Director

stacey.lee@pepperdine.edu

Banowsky, Fifield, Pauley, & White

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Developer, Positivity, Adaptability, Connectedness

Stacey Lee is a daughter, sister, friend and follower of Christ. She was born and raised in Southern California and has been a proud Pepperdine Wave since 2011. She graduated with her B.A. in Creative Writing in 2015. Highlights of her undergraduate career include studying abroad in Florence, Italy and leading two mission trips to Fiji. She began her work with Housing & Residence Life as a student leader in 2013 and served until graduation as a Resident Advisor and Spiritual Life Advisor for first year women, where she discovered her love for helping students thrive on campus.

Stacey continued her work in HRL as a Graduate Resident Director while pursuing her Masters degree, and she graduated in 2017 with a Masters in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. She has worked with the Los Angeles Superior Courts as a volunteer civil harassment mediator and with Stanford University Student Affairs where she supported veteran and nontraditional students.

She works towards celebrating diversity, inclusion and equity and is an advocate against the stigma surrounding mental illness. She seeks to promote self-care and holistic wellness and is passionate about teaching and facilitating positive communication and healthy conflict management in her spaces.

In her free time, she enjoys creative pursuits as well as drinking coffee, cooking, yoga, hiking, swimming and any fitness related adventure. She is grateful to God for this opportunity to give back to the Pepperdine community that has transformed her and blessed her deeply and significantly.


 

christi luben

Christina Luben

Resident Director

christina.luben@pepperdine.edu

Drescher Apartments
Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Belief, Empathy, Learner, Intellection

Christi Luben was born in La Mirada, California. While her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was five, she always considered herself a Southern California kid. Christi is a third-generation "Pepperdiner" who graduated with a B.A. in psychology in 2005.

In 2008, Christi completed her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Abilene Christian University. She has extensive experience working with multiple populations, including adolescents within the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and probation systems, those struggling with depression, anxiety, and addiction, and those who have been impacted by domestic violence and sexual abuse. She has also worked with A21, an anti-human trafficking nonprofit, and is passionate about bringing an end to modern-day slavery.

Christi is married to her high school and Pepperdine sweetheart, Zac Luben. Zac is the Youth and Family Minister at the Culver Palms Church of Christ and he is also an adjunct professor of REL101 at Pepperdine. Christi gave birth to their sweet son, Jude, in March 2017. Christi enjoys practicing yoga, watching TV, experimenting with vegetarian dishes, and any time spent with Zac and Jude.


 

kristyn hernandez

Kristyn Hernandez

Resident Director

kristyn.hernandez@pepperdine.edu

Lovernich Apartments
Top 5 Strengths: Maximizer, Belief, Includer, Woo, Positivity

Kristyn Hernandez grew up in Covina, California. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies, and soon after completed her M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University.

Kristyn is passionate about empowering and encouraging students as they come alive to their callings and purposes. Her interest in internationalization has evolved from her love for other cultures and languages. She has led mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Mexico.
She also studied abroad in South Africa where she quickly became passionate about community development, social justice, and serving others. She hopes to foster students' enthusiasm for cultural learning in a way that motivates them to take on greater challenges

Kristyn is also passionate about seeking and promoting optimal health for minds, bodies, and souls within the Pepperdine community. She loves to teach Zumba classes on campus. In her free time, she is a pursuer of hot beverages, cozy nooks, and fresh experiences. She loves to travel, hike, play sports, and listen to the stories of others. She also loves utilizing her creative abilities through photography, painting, calligraphy, and so much more.

She is excited to build a rich sense of God-centered community in Lovernich this year.


 

michael harri

Min-Jung Kim

Resident Director

minjung.kim@pepperdine.edu

Eaton, Darnell, Miller, & DeBell
Top 5 Strengths: Activator, Achiever, Significance, Command, Competition

Born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in Los Angeles, California, and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany, Min-Jung Kim holds her Master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher and Postsecondary Education with an emphasis on Organizational and Institutional Analysis. Prior to that, Kim completed her Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Economics, and Asian & Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

She loves working along with students, faculty, and staff and found her passion in higher education from past experiences as a Graduate Hall Coordinator of Residence Life at Manhattan School of Music, a researcher at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Resident Advisor at Loyola Marymount University.

In her free time, Kim enjoys cooking new cuisines, deadlifting, kayaking, go-kart racing, listening to music, playing with her two cats (Oreo and Banana), making free throws and three-pointers, working on two-dimensional art, learning new languages, and traveling across the globe.


 

nicole duyao

Nicole Duyao

Resident Director

nicole.duyao@pepperdine.edu

Conner, E. Pengilly, Peppers, & Hayes
Top 5 Strengths: Empathy,Connectedness, Developer, Belief, Individualization

Nicole Duyao is originally from Beaverton, Oregon, but has called Malibu home since 2009. She graduated from Seaver College at Pepperdine University with a bachelor's degree in organizational communication in 2013, and is currently pursuing her master's degree in spiritual formation from Portland Seminary.

Duyao loves to run, be outside, watch movies, drink coffee, cook and try out new vegetarian foods. She is passionate about women's ministry, hearing peoples' life stories, and is currently the alumnae chapter director for Wonderfully Made at Pepperdine.


 

phill duventre

Phill DuVentre

Resident Director

phillip.duventre@pepperdine.edu

Rockwell Towers
Top 5 Strengths: Command, Connectedness, Learner, Activator, Ideation

Phillip DuVentre has always lived in places that begin with the letter M. He was born in Memphis, moved to Madison County (Jackson), and later went to college at the Great Murray State in Murray Kentucky.

Phill then lived in Miami for five years. There he attained a master's degree in Higher Ed Administration from Florida International University and worked at the University of Miami as an assistant area director. He was later called to Malibu where he serves as a resident director. 

In Spring 2017, Phill sailed on the MV World Odyssey as resident director of Spiritual Life with the Semester at Sea Program. 

Phill has thoroughly enjoyed working with Year 2 Malibu sophomores and loves being a part of the Pepperdine community.


 

zach love

Zach Love

Resident Director

zachary.love@pepperdine.edu

Phillips, Crocker, J. Pengilly, & Knott
Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Includer, Communication, Arranger, Belief

Zach Love came to Pepperdine as a freshman in 2003 and has been here ever since. He has a B.S. in sports medicine, M.S. in ministry, and M.A. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy.

Before working as a resident director, Love was a marriage and family therapy intern at Homes for Life, working with people who were homeless, struggling with mental illness, and lived in a building where they had access to medication and therapy. He loves to serve and sing to the Lord and attends the University Church of Christ on campus.

Love is married to Haley, who graduated in 2007 from Seaver College at Pepperdine University. She works part-time for the Office of Student Accessibility, but the rest of her time is spent taking care of their precious children Haven and Eden Love. The Loves are both originally from Fort Worth, Texas, and are thus fans of any Dallas/Fort Worth sports team. 

He loves playing and watching sports, especially ultimate frisbee and basketball. The Love family also enjoys watching movies and playing board games.