Board of Trustees
The LABI College Board of Trustees is composed of elected members as well as ex-officio members who vote on all matters presented to the Board of Trustees. Each person who is asked to serve the college displays talents and has the energy required by the college to realize its vision and fulfill its mission.
The college’s goal is to provide the transparency of operation that the college’s entire community, including its neighbors, faculty, parents, students as well as other constituencies, expect from it.
Dr. Roger Ovalle, Chairman
Dr. Simon Melendres, Vice-Chairman
Michael Newcomb, Secretary
Dr. Marty Harris, (President)
Dr. Martin Harris holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine. He received an M.S. and PhD in clinical psychology from Washington State University (APA accredited). After, completing a professional psychology internship at UCLA (APA accredited), Dr. Harris carried out postdoctoral work at Cornell University. While at Cornell he developed a research program for students interested in working with migrant farm workers. Dr. Harris received several university awards for this work including the President’s “James A. Perkins Prize” award for Interracial Understanding and Harmony.
Subsequent to Cornell, Dr. Harris served as a Program Officer for the American Psychological Association. In this role, he managed and wrote grants from several federal agencies including, NIMH, NIA, SAMHSA, CSAP, CSAT & others.
Dr. Harris has served as a tenured faculty member at Vanguard University and Bethany University and has taught and/or served as adjunct faculty at Washington State University, Pepperdine University and UCI College of Medicine. Administratively, Dr. Harris has served in the roles of Department Chair, Graduate Director, Associate Provost, Acting Provost, Diversity Officer and Vice President of Enrollment, Advancement and Student Life.
From 2009-2012, Dr. Harris served as Campus President/Dean of Academic Affairs for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, Westwood and Irvine Campuses. In this role he oversaw all aspects of campus operations, student services, and academic house including all faculty hires, annual program review, academic program growth, curriculum design, program specific accreditation, regional accreditation issues, implementation and related policy and practice.
For over ten years Dr. Harris has served as a pastor (licensed and ordained) to a homeless church in Santa Ana, California.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, Dr. Harris has carried out research, developed academic partnerships, lectured and facilitated faculty exchanges with universities in Mexico, including CETY’s University in Baja California and La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico City). He currently teaches counseling psychology (in Spanish) at Azusa Pacific University.
From 1995 to present, Dr. Harris has served on the APA Minority Fellowship Program initial review board. In this capacity, he has helped allocate millions to funding doctoral students specializing in clinical psychology, gerontology, neuroscience and medicine. Dr. Harris has participated as a presenter, consultant or grant reviewer to several state and federal agencies. Including, the U.S. Department of Justice OJJP & ONDCP, SAMHSA, TCADA, HACU and others. In 2003, he developed and directed the first ever federally contracted conference (CSAP) on the efficacy of faith-based approaches to substance abuse treatment, prevention and education.
A published researcher, Dr. Harris serves on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture. Dr. Harris has extensive experience in developing, and leading academic programming, including those that require specific accreditation and or state approvals. These include programs for licensing in psychology, marriage and family therapy and applied behavior analysis.
Dr. Harris more recently served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, College of Science and Integrative Health, and Professor (full) at Southern California University of Health Sciences.
Rev. Silvia Carrizo
Rev. Carrizo came to District Leadership after serving as Women’s Ministries Director for the Southern Pacific District. She currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Southern Pacific District. She earned a diploma from LABI College, a BA from Facultad de Teología and an MA from Vanguard University. She also serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Silvia Carrizo Ministries, Inc., a religious non-profit organization.
Grace Morales-Scott, Ph. D.
Dr. Grace is a 1961 graduate from LABI. Her varied ministry experiences include co-pastoring and planting new churches in Northern and Southern California, New York and in Puerto Rico. In 1981, she returned to LABI as an associate professor and in 1982, was hired as the first female to serve as the Academic Dean of LABI.
In 1976, Dr. Grace felt the need to expand her education in order to minister to the secular business world and returned to college an earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Educational Counseling from Cal State University, San Bernardino and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Grace’s career in non-profit consulting started in 1995 and continues to the present. She is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Scott Consulting Services, Inc. a bilingual consulting agency that provides management services and training to nonprofit corporations and faith-based organizations in various fields of service. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Grace was instrumental in leading the Strategic Planning Committee in the Restructuring of LABI/LATS and from 2010 to 2014, served as the Consultant and Facilitator for the SPD Strategic Planning Committee in the restructuring of the Southern Pacific District’s administration and programs. Most recently, Dr. Grace established The Purple Hat Society, Inc. a non-denominational organization to serve the spiritual, social, educational and physical needs of women in ministry.
As an educator, Dr. Grace taught at Victor Valley Community College; Cal State University, San Bernardino and at Biola University, and has trained corporations at the local, state, national and international levels. As a community activist, she has received numerous honorable recognitions from elected officials for her work with marginalized persons in LA County. In 1991 and in 1996, she was the first bi-racial female to be inducted in the Alumnus Hall of Fame at Victor Valley Community College and at Cal State University, San Bernardino for her educational achievements. In 2011, Dr. Grace was awarded the first ever LABI Alumni Legacy Award from LABI College.
Paula Gonzales-Dager, Esq. , J.D. graduated from LABI in 1983 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. In 1986, she obtained a B.A. degree in English Literature from Whittier College. In 1989, Paula graduated from Loyola Marymount Law School with a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree in Law. She was admitted to the California State Bar in the same year and received her license to practice as an Attorney at Law. Paula has been employed for more than 20 years as a Deputy District Attorney for the LA County District Attorney’s Office. Her assignment in the Sexually Violent Predators Unit involves litigation of complex issues of law; conducting probable cause hearings, court trials and jury trials. Paula is an active member of the New Covenant Church in San Fernando, CA and presently serves on the Executive Committee of the LABI Board
Dr. Augie Lopez
Augie is a successful Orange county Broker/Owner of El Camino Realty, a real estate agency located in Anaheim, California. Within his forty-two years as a realtor, Augie worked for the Tax Appeals Offices for Orange County Board of Supervisors, the State Office for Realtors for twelve years and served as President of the Century 21 Real Estate Office in Orange county. He is a member of the State of California Realtors Association. In 1994, Augie successfully negotiated the transaction of the Queen of Angels Hospital to what is now the Dream Center in Los Angeles, California.
Augie’s board service has benefited several organizations, including the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) for which he served for twelve years, the newly consolidated Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri; the Orange County First Assembly of God Church in Santa Ana, California, and most recently, as Chairman of the Finance Committee at the LABI College, La Puente, California (30 years).
Augie has always been involved in ministry, including serving on the National Committee in the 1985 Billy Graham Anaheim Crusade that drew 134,000 people.
Dr. Sergio Navarrete
Dr. Navarrete was elected Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Pacific District in August 2002. As superintendent of SPD, he is a member of the denomination’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Presbytery. Under his leadership as Superintendent, Dr. Sergio oversees more than 300 churches, 450 ministers and more than 80,000 members. The rapid growth of the Southern Pacific District earned the distinction by the General Council of the Assemblies of God as the “Fastest Growing District of the Assemblies of God.
Dr. Sergio’s vast ministerial experience includes the Pastorate, General and Executive Presbyter, Professor, and Academic Dean. In April of 2009, Dr. Sergio was appointed Interim President of LABI College and the Latin American Theological Seminary (LATS) to oversee the Restructuring of the College and Seminary.
A graduate from LABI, Dr. Sergio earned a Bachelors of Theology from the Latin American Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Doctorate in Ministry from Azusa Pacific University and a Masters in Business Administration from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. In 1990, Dr. Navarrete received the “Hispanic Student Honor Award from Fuller Theological Seminary and received the – Academic Hall of Honor 2008 Award from the Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Navarrete currently serves as a member of the board for the National Hispanic Leadership Christian Conference (NHCLC); Vanguard University and as Ex-Officio Trustees for LABI College. He has authored several published articles and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Seminario Teolojico Pentecostal de California (SETEPEN).
Rev. Judy Perez-Velazquez
Rev. Judy Perez-Velazquez is a licensed minister from the SoCal Network of the Assemblies of God. Her experience includes: analyzing and problem solving in the fields of ministry and secular environments; project management skills and leadership skills. Pastor Judy has served in various ministerial positions such as church planting, Children’s Pastor, Youth Pastor, Women’s Ministry Director, and Guest Speaker at various churches and retreats; Special Events Coordinator, Charter School Administration, Home Based Business, Financial Budgeting, and Publicity & Promotions. Along with her husband, Pastor Jose Velazquez, she serves as Campus Pastor at Crossroads Church in Long Beach, CA. Rev. Judy graduated from LABI in 1996 as class Valedictorian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Vanguard University. Rev. Judy is a member of the Fund Development Committee and is currently pursuing formal training & education in Grant Writing in order to better serve LABI College and the community she is currently pastoring.