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Meet the ACE Mentors

ACE has two primary mentoring programs:

Below is a brief introduction to our mentors.  If you are an ACE student with questions about the mentoring programs, please e-mail us at ace@luc.edu.

ACE Coaches:


Master's Mentors:

ACE Coaches:


Cecile Bhang

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Education: Bachelors in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Academic Interests: Children/adolescents, Asian-Americans, Resilience

Favorite Quote: "Thoughts become things, dreams do come true, and all things remain forever possible."


Kim Hook

Hometown: Pensacola, FL

Education: Bachelors in Health Education and Behavior with Minors in Mass Communication and Communication Studies from the University of Florida

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Academic Interests: Ways that mental health practitioners might develop greater cultural competency, as well as ways that we might better develop and adapt psychological interventions for underserved populations.

Favorite Quote: "As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”  - Henry David Thoreau



Latifat Odunewu

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Education: Bachelors in Psychology with Minor in Islamic World Studies, Masters in Clinical Psychology

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Academic Interests: The mental health of immigrant and minority populations, as well as racial/ethnic identity development.

Favorite Quote: I am inspired by many quotes. The one that sticks out to me at this time is the “Our Deepest Fear” quote by Marianne Williamson. I particularly like the part that states: “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you”.



Alex Tatum

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Education: Bachelors in Computer Science

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: PhD in Counseling Psychology

Academic Interests: Examining Stigma and Oppression of Sexual Minorities.

Favorite Quote: "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go."  – Dr. Seuss

Master's Mentors:


Cedrick DeMico Davis


Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Education: B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from St. Olaf College

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: M.A. in Public Policy

Academic Interests: Religious Ethics in Political and Social Realms.  Also, Theories of Organizational Leadership.

Favorite Quote: "You can't go through life with a baseball glove on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back."  - Maya Angelou

Fun Fact: DeMico is a TRiO alumnus of St. Olaf College's Student Support Services and McNair Scholars Programs.



Pamela Johnson

Hometown: North Little Rock, AR

Education: B.S. in History/Sociology from the University of Central Arkansas

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: M.A. in Modern European History

Academic Interests: Race, Gender, and Religion in Third Republic France.  Also, Micro-History.

Favorite Quote: "What would you do if you were not afraid?"



Amanda McCormick

Hometown: Crown Point, IN

Education: B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with Secondary Teaching Certificate in Mathematics and Biology from University of Michigan

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: M.S. in Biology, with Thesis in Aquatic Ecology

Academic Interests: Ecology, Evolution, Environmental Science, and Education

Fun Facts About You: I love animals and have two cats that are brothers.  I also enjoy volunteering with the dogs and cats at PAWS Chicago.



Christina Robakowski

Hometown: South Bend, IN

Education: B.S. in Chemistry with a Minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: M.S. in Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Academic Interests: Biomedical Research, Drug Discovery and Development

Fun Facts About You: I have been parasailing twice and sky-diving is on my bucket list!


Achieving College Excellence
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1032 W. Sheridan Road · Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.2722 · E-mail: ace@luc.edu

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