•  LDC Team

    Life Directions Center Team

    The Life Directions Center staff is dedicated to assisting students throughout their entire educational experience at CCU.

    Class of 2019 Advisors

    Matt Jones

    Matt Jones

    Matt has worked in higher education for eleven years. In addition to his cohort of 2019 students, Matt is the Assistant Director and serves as the liaison to the School of Business and Leadership and School of Theology. In addition, he also teaches for the School of Theology. Matt earned his master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. through Regent University. He is married to Cathy and has three amazing kids.
    Leah Smith

    Leah Smith

    Leah's experience in higher education includes residence life, academic success services, and administrative support. She earned an M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Baylor University. Leah is excited to be helping students pursue their purpose and calling. Along with serving the class of 2019, Leah is the coordinator for Student Success at CCU.

    Class of 2018 Advisors

    Carol Trejos

    Carol Trejos

    Carol has over 18 years of working in Higher Education. Previously at CCU, she served as the Director of Residence Life and as the Director of Discipleship, Outreach and Women’s Ministry. In addition to her cohort of students, Carol is the Assistant Director for Career Development. She holds a Master's degree in Education (Counseling and Guidance) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has also completed a certificate in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary.
    Derek Zeller

    Derek Zeller

    Derek graduated from CCU in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry and completed a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at CCU in 2010. In addition to advising his 2018 student cohort, Derek coordinates Disability Services, providing documentation evaluation as well as compliance to the American Disability Act.

    Class of 2018 and 2019 Advisor

    Kallie Garrett

    Kallie Garrett

    Kallie graduated from Denver Seminary with her Master’s Degree in Christian Formation and Soul Care before joining the LDC. She is excited to walk alongside the undeclared students as they explore not only their career path but their vocational calling. In addition to advising her cohort of students, Kallie is the Disabilities Testing and Technology Coordinator.

    Class of 2017 Advisors

    Hilary McMillan

    Hilary McMillan

    Hilary has a B.A. in Communication Studies from Azusa Pacific University and a M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. A Northern California native, she loves soaking in the outdoors, and is constantly amazed by the beauty of God’s creation that Colorado boasts. In addition to her cohort, she is the Study Abroad Coordinator. She spent a semester abroad in South Africa, a summer in China, and a year each in Hungary and Austria, and she is thrilled to share her love of travel and cultural adventures with CCU students.
    Kayla Statton

    Kayla Statton

    Kayla has worked in higher education for over three years, and joined the LDC team after working in Admissions Counseling at Ouachita Baptist University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies with a minor in Psychology. In addition to serving the class of 2017, Kayla is the Tutoring Coordinator at CCU. Kayla and her husband, Timothy, have been married for four years.

    Class of 2016 Advisors

    Jon Poag

    Jon Poag

    Prior to working at CCU, Jon spent seven years working in higher education. During that time, he worked in both the Athletic and Student Life Departments at Roberts Wesleyan College. Jon holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Northeastern Seminary. Jon is excited to be assisting students in their academic and personal pursuits. In addition to his 2016 cohort, Jon is the International Student Coordinator.
    Stephanie Wise

    Stephanie Wise

    Stephanie has worked in higher education for over 6 years, as a Resident Director at Bryan College, administratively at Pacific Islands University, and as an Academic Advisor at CCU. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Bryan College and is currently working on her Master's in Education from Cedarville University. In addition to advising her 2016 cohort, Stephanie is the Ministry Hours coordinator for the LDC.

    Leadership

    Joy Strickland

    Joy Strickland, Director

    Joy brings sixteen years of higher education experience to her role in the Life Directions Center. Joy is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a well-known personality assessment, that assists students in learning about themselves and how their personality affects their studies, relationships and future career plans. Joy is the LDC liaison to the School of Humanities and Sciences. She has an M.S. in Education from Alfred University.
  • Contact Info

    Life Directions Center

    Phone: 303-963-3010

    Fax: 303-963-3011

    Email: ldc@ccu.edu