WHAT WE DO
The Office of Innovation founded Zuventurez to raise up entrepreneurs and startup founders across Azusa Pacific University’s community to help them launch kingdom-focused startups. Each member of our team plays a vital role in equipping the teams with the resources, connections, and tools to walk them through each stage of their business. We consider the Office of Innovation somewhat of a dream team; light-hearted individuals who work together in the most fun and lit way.

 


OUR OFFICE

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JAY SHERER
Director of Innovation and Entreprenuership

If Jay could live anywhere, it would be Disney World, specifically on the Island of Star Wars Land.

If Jay were to start a business, it would be a for-profit radio host for a smooth jazz station 88.8 AM, which would only play at night. 

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YULI PEREZ
Assistant Director of Innovation and Entreprenuership

If Yuli could live anywhere, it would be Kaua'i, so she could master the art of photographing sunrises.

If Yuli were to start a business it would be health and wellness CPG company.

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DANIELLA PEREZ
Program Coordinator

Daniella would live anywhere as long as she is relationally close to her loved ones. (Except anywhere where it snows, that would suck)

If Daniella were to start a business it would be a reinvented ice cream truck, with coffee and other snacks. She would add a tracking device so customers could follow the truck. 

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MARITZA GRISSOM
Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships

If Maritza could live anywhere, it would be Paris, France or Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is the most beautiful place, and Paris’ people watching is amazing. 

If Martiza were to start a business it would be a wedding venue; where they gift weddings for people who can’t afford their own.


 
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LEANNE FULLER
Marketing Intern

If Leanne could live anywhere, she probably wouldn't leave California due to her fear of cold weather.

If Leanne were to start a business, it would be a line of stylish eyeglass chains or a celebrity-inspired panini bar. 

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GIULIANNA ARZA
Events Intern

If Giulianna could live anywhere, she would live in Italy because her great grandparents immigrated from there so she has a deep appreciation of the culture and cuisine. She loves traveling, and being in Italy gives her easy-access to the rest of Europe!

If Giulianna were to launch a business, it would be a Café or bakery inspired by her family background! She has a passion for pastries and good ground coffee. She loves that people can connect over a good cup of coffee and wants to be the provider of these experiences.

 
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ARELI ARELLANO
Design Intern

If Areli could live anywhere, she would move to Peru or Guatemala because their rich culture and colorful textiles inspires her art.

If Areli were to launch a business, it would be a non-profit art center where the community could take free classes and have the resources to fully explore art.

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JOE TORKELSON
Strategic Partnership Intern

If Joe could live anywhere in the world he would live on the coast of Oahu in a small beach house that directly faces the pristine Lanikai Beach. Lanikai, when translated, means “heavenly sea”, and trust him when he says, it’s a pretty apt description.

His dream business to launch would be a non-profit sports facility that offers mentoring programs for kids experiencing adversity in school or at home.

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HALEY SCOTT
Communications Intern

If Haley could live anywhere in the world it would be Tokyo Japan because of it's rich culture and vibrant people. She would love to start a business in Japan and learn to work along side other Japanese entrepreneurs.

If Haley were to launch a business it would be a water company that manufactures distilled water in glass bottles instead of plastic.

 

VETERAN INTERNS

 
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LETI TOMELLOSO
Events Intern
Spring 2018

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MATTANIAH AYTENFSU
Graphic Design Intern
Spring 2018

Pronounced "muh-tanya"

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BETHANY TORKELSON
Communications Intern
Spring 2018

CALEB LINDEN
Head Graphic Design Intern
Spring 2016 - Spring 2018

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JESSE BUSTOS
Video Production Intern
Summer 2017 to Fall 2017

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TIFFANI WELLS
Communications Intern
Fall 2017

AMANDA ANTONE
Events Intern
Fall 2017