Our Residence Life Team is dedicated to providing a safe, caring, respectful, and dynamic community for all residents. Each resident director is available for student consultation, emergency response, and other concerns within the community.
Director of Residence Life
Top 5 Strengths: Strategic, Woo, Includer, Ideation, Communication
Maura comes to Pepperdine most recently from Portland, Oregon, with 16 years of experience in Housing and Residence Life. She had the privilege of serving at Concordia University in Portland, and Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, during the design, construction, and openings of new student housing and feels right at home as Pepperdine anticipates the opening of Seaside Hall in Fall of 2018.
Maura studied biology and English at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and has her Master's degree in Organizational Leadership. Maura's own undergraduate experience regarding spiritual formation and student leadership was transformative in her life. As such, she remains passionate about supporting student leaders and the amazing Residence Life professionals committed to contributing to the holistic development of students. Maura loves to spend time with her husband and family; and after living in Portland for 10 years, enjoys espresso daily and is glad to continue to live close—but not too close—to a Salt & Straw ice cream shop.
Assistant Director of Residence Life
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.
Assistant Director of Residence Life
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.
Banowsky, Fifield, Pauley, and White Halls
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.
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.
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.
Eaton, Darnell, Miller, and DeBell Halls
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.
Conner, E. Pengilly, Peppers, and Hayes Halls
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.
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.
Phillips, Crocker, J. Pengilly, and Knott Halls
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.
Assistant Resident Director
Krown Alpha and Krown Beta
Top 5 Strengths: Strategic, Discipline, Focus, Achiever, Analytical
Jessica Becerra grew up in Chino Hills, California. She received her B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Irvine. She is currently a 3L at Pepperdine University School of Law.
While at the University of California, Irvine Jessica served as a Resident Advisor. This role inspired her to find an opportunity at Pepperdine to continue working in Residence Life. Jessica is also currently the Managing Editor of Pepperdine's Dispute Resolution Law Journal and serves as a Co-Chair for the Pepperdine Law Honor Board. She is excited to learn more about the culture at Pepperdine, to work with students, and to learn from the professional residence life staff.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys going to Disneyland, watching basketball, making cookies, and listening to country music.
Assistant Resident Director
Shafer and Eden Halls
Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Ideation, Learner, Intellection, Developer
Born and Raised in Kenya, East Africa, Sharon holds her BA in Psychology with a minor in Communication from Boise State University in Boise ID. She moved from Kenya to come and study in the US back in 2006, leaving behind her friends and family to start a whole new life. Sharon is currently in her final year of Graduate school at Pepperdine's GSEP studying her Masters in Psychology. She is also a NAMA Certified Anger Management Counselor.
Sharon is passionate about Mental Health & Wellness and is hoping to return back home to Kenya to teach, educate and create an awareness on mental health, breaking it away from the taboo status and stigma attached to it. She is also interested in academia, and is hoping to further pursue a doctoral degree in clinical Psychology, to prepare her well for the projects she hopes to bring to fruition. Having recently joined Housing and Residence Life, she feels it is a perfect fit for her and is enjoying her time serving and supporting students, being around them, mentoring and also learning from them.
In her free time, Sharon enjoys random road trips, International travel, sight seeing, cooking, trying out cultural cuisines and participating in church activities. She currently serves as a worshiper in her church , and is always looking for opportunities to share the love of Jesus through lending a listening ear, offering hugs and sharing words of encouragement. Her personal slogan is "Stay Classy.."
Assistant Resident Director
George Page Apartments
Top 5 Strengths: Individualization, Connectedness, Developer, Context, Positivity
Christal Porter is a current law student in the Pepperdine Law program. She received her Bachelors of Social Sciences at Rice University in Houston, TX where she also participated on the Varsity Women's Basketball team. After her undergraduate studies, Christal served on staff with The Navigators in their collegiate department on her alma Matt campus, Rice.
Christal has a passion for cultivating environments for personal growth and supporting individuals in their life pursuits.