Members

Chair

Kathy Mueller

School of Education

HR Specialist, Office Manager, Administrative Assistant to the Dean

From Irvine, CA

Vice-Chair

Amanda Barrett

Academic Advising

Townsend Institute Advisor

From San Diego, CA

Alma Mater: CUI, Bethel Seminary, Biola

Secretary/Historian

Jennifer Harmell

Office of Strategic Communication

Social Media Manager

From Laguna Niguel, CA

Alma Mater: Concordia University Irvine, University of Southern California

BIO

Kathy has been part of the SOE since July 2015. One of her favorite things to do is to give themes to boring meetings and pump up the fun!

Kathy has been married to Steve, an elementary school teacher, for 32 years & has two lovely daughters and awesome sons-in-law. Kathy loves Jesus & loves to sing on the worship team at Voyagers Bible Church.

BIO

Amanda is a SoCal native (San Diego to OC) & married to a man she met online dating. She served in the Army for 12 years & then transitioned to full time youth ministry before CUI.

She believes empathy is her superpower & she loves to cook, do puzzles, exercise creativity, get outside, and pet other people’s dogs.

BIO

After graduating from CUI in 2011, Jennifer worked in marketing and communications in events and the travel industry before joining the CUI staff in 2017.

Jennifer is currently pursuing a master's in Communication Management from USC and will graduate spring 2021. Beyond work and school, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Amy Bramson

University Advancement

Executive Assistant

From Massapequa Park, NY

Ken Dillinger

Financial Aid

Assistant Director

From Fresno, CA

Alma Mater: Vanguard University

Amanda Harris

Director of Student Life and Leadership

From Anaheim, CA

Alma Mater: Concordia University Irvine/Cal Baptist University

Steve Leader

Veteran Resource Center Manager

From Western New York

Alma Mater: Houghton College/Concordia University Irvine

BIO

Mom, Grandma, and New York transplant are Amy's identifiers. Likes in no particular order: beach, books, road trips (when the 5 isn't a parking lot!), good food, good wine, and good conversation.

BIO

Favorite sport - baseball. Favorite team - SF Giants. Been married since September 1999 and has 3 children. Enjoys visiting state and national parks.

Little known fact - is a 3rd generation left hander (but none of his children are left handed!).

Has worked at CUI since 2008 and loves supporting CUI's sports teams.

BIO

Amanda has worked at CUI ever since she graduated in 2015. She then received her Masters in Organizational leadership at CBU and is currently the Director of Student Life & Leadership Development. Amanda loves planning campus events, working with student leaders, and all things DONUTS!

BIO

Steve has spent 12 years in higher education, 1 in missions, and almost 4 in the Army. He currently runs the Veterans Resource Center and will complete his MBA at CUI this fall. His position interacts with many offices on campus and he wants to bring that experience to help shape CUI. Steve’s hobbies are WW2 patches, woodworking, and his family.

Brittany Pereda

Athletics

Senior Woman Admin, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Assistant Athletics Director of Development and Operations

From Yorba Linda, CA

Alma Mater: Loyola Marymount

Steven Rodrigurez

Associate Director of Campus Safety

Staff Council WLE Manager

From Modesto, CA

Alma Mater: Concordia University Irvine

Brianna Soto

University Services Department Assistant

From Santa Ana, CA

Alma Mater: Concordia University Irvine

Jonathan Stueve

ITS Customer Care Technician

Staff Council Website Manager

From Bend, OR

Alma Mater: Concordia University Irvine

BIO

Brittany graduated from Orange Lutheran before playing softball at LMU, majoring in Business Marketing and Law. She then became a graduate assistant for the softball program from 2012-2015 while receiving her MBA at CUI.

Brittany became full-time in December of 2017 in the role she currently holds and in her free time she enjoys live music, bike rides, and time with family.

BIO

Raised in the Central Valley, Steven moved to Orange County to attend CUI and has a BA and MA in history. He enjoys the community and dynamic environment of higher education and has served with Campus Safety since 2003. He is passionate about learning and problem solving. In his spare time, he enjoys nature, photography, music, movies, and cycling.

BIO

Bri received her Bachelor's degree in 2018 from CUI, began working for the University shortly thereafter, and is now a grateful member of the University Services team. More than anything, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, especially when it entails going on vacation, spending the day at the beach or Disneyland and going to a baseball game!

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“Stueve” grew up in Bend, Oregon, where he spent his childhood riding horses and playing Tabletop RPGs. He moved to Irvine to attend Concordia, and after graduating with a degree in Behavioral Science (‘19) has stayed on campus as an IT Technician. He lives with his amazing wife, Sarah, in Lake Forest, where they spend their free time traveling as often as they can.

To access the list of previous council members click here.