Meet the Staff
In this role, the Derrick Gunter provides leadership and administration for the ACE program, advancing the University's strategic initiatives to support and retain low income students, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. He is also responsible for ensuring that the program’s budgetary, operational, programming, and eligibility systems are compliant with the U.S. Department of Education’s regulations and guidelines for TRiO Student Support Services projects.
Derrick further oversees the implementation of ACE’s core services including tutoring, post-baccalaureate preparation, mentoring, advising, in addition to the program’s evaluation and assessment activities.
Derrick earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rowan University and completed his MEd in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While Derrick Gunter is new to Loyola University Chicago, he is not new to TRiO. He is a proud alumnus of Rowan University's Educational Opportunity Program/Minority Achievement Program.
In addition, he has worked for Upward Bound, summer bridge programs, and is a contributing member of MAEOPP and ILAEOPP, regional and state TRiO professional associations. Inspired by his former involvement in TRiO programs, Derrick returned to the support network that he benefitted from, which affords him the opportunity to pursue his continued interest in access and equity in higher education.
Office: Sullivan Center for Student Services, LSC, Room 238B
Monica earned both a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Prior to starting at Loyola Chicago, Monica has four years of experience in Student Affairs, including work with students that identify as first generation and/or having high financial need, as well as time in both Residence Life and Career Services. Monica benefitted from a strong support network of peers, faculty, and staff during her undergraduate career, and is excited to be a part of ACE to "pay it forward" through providing the same level of guidance and support that allowed her to persist through college. Additionally, as an East Coast transplant here in the midwest, she would love to hear any recommendations you have to add to her ever-growing Chicago Buccket List.
The Achieving College Excellence Advisor provides numerous services to ACE students, including academic support, financial literacy, career counseling, mentoring, and graduate school preparation. The Advisor is committed to creating strong involvement and community among ACE students.
Office: Sullivan Center for Student Services, LSC, Room 238A
Stephanie Stewart, PhD
Stephanie Stewart serves as Faculty Director of ACE and is responsible for the faculty mentoring component of the ACE program. Using a strategic approach to faculty-student engagement, Stephanie provides ACE students with enhanced opportunities to: participate in undergraduate research, receive guidance with planning for advanced degree attainment, develop strategies for college success, and strengthen their sense of connectedness to the Loyola community.
Stephanie serves as Director of the Career Development Center (CDC), her primary appointment in the Office of the Provost. Stephanie earned her doctorate from Loyola in 2007 and previously served as Assessment Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education, where she has also had responsibility in the areas of student academic services and enrollment recruiting.
Office: Sullivan Center for Student Services, LSC, Room 280
M.A., Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago
Diana provides ACE students interested in continuing their education with information on post-baccalaureate studies. She also helps students organize visits to area law, medical, graduate, and professional schools.
B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, St. Olaf College
DeMico performs administrative duties for ACE. He is a TRiO alumnus of St. Olaf College’s Student Support Services and TRiO McNair Scholars. While attending Loyola University Chicago, DeMico aims to earn his M.A. in Public Policy.
B.A., International Business, Loyola University Chicago (Expected 2014)
Mandaline develops marketing strategies for promoting events and services that ACE offers. She creates flyers and marketing tools for ACE events throughout the academic year and summer. She monitors the program’s web site and keeps it up to date with current service offerings.
Data Management Coordinator
B.A. in Psychology, Marshall University
M.A. in Applied Social Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
The Data Management Coordinator plays an important role in the maintenance of records for the ACE program. In this role, Kala provides assistance for program assessment, tracks student participation, and helps to prepare reports for Loyola University Chicago as well as the United States Department of Education. Kala is currently working towards her PhD in Applied Social Psychology from LUC.
B.A. Religion, Swarthmore College
M.A. Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago
Rebecca oversees all tutoring for the ACE program, connecting students with tutors for individualized academic assistance in their courses. In this role, she supports the professional development of ACE tutors. She is a PhD student in the philosophy department at Loyola.