Loyola University Chicago

- Navigation -

Loyola University Chicago


Achieving College Excellence

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 Scholar Mentors:

Kiren Ali

Hometown: West Dundee, IL

Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Psychology on the Pre-Dental track

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: Currently working in a genetic research lab at Lurie Children's Hospital.

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean

Ana Cardona

Hometown: Logan Square, Chicago, IL

Current Degree Pursuing: I am proud to say that I am now a Junior double majoring in Criminal Justice and Spanish and minoring in Sociology/

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I like duckies; my favorite color is purple; I love listening to rock music, reading Stephen King, and spending time with my family!  

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."  - Buddha

Yadira Chavez

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current Degree Pursuing: intended B.S. in Human Services with a minor in Psychology

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." - Helen Keller

Alison Fila

Hometown: Oak Forest, IL

Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biochemistry and B.S. in Statistics with a double minor in Neuroscience and Psychology

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "Deep into that darkness, peering long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not.  Make it your strength.  Then it can never be your weakness.  Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." - George R.R. Martin

Jesus Galvan

Hometown: South Elgin, IL

Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biology and after graduation, intend to pursue a Master's Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I am a huge soccer fan and will play or watch soccer whenever I have the opportunity to.

"Try not to be successful, but of value." - Albert Einstein

David Gonzalez

Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL

Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biochemistry

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "We must never stop dreaming.  Dreams provide the nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body." - Paulo Coelho

Jessie Ludwig

Hometown: North Olmsted, OH

Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biology with minors in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Exercise Science

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I love investigating the intersectionalities of life, particularly economics and gender roles, and neurobiology and well-being.  I love skydiving and Japanese culture!

Jessica Mendez

Hometown: Moline, IL

Current Degree Pursuing: Business Honors Student pursuing a B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Information Systems with a minor in Advocacy for Social Change

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday."

I am an executive officer in Free the Slaves Loyola, a student organization geared towards ending human slavery. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested in joining!

Cristina Rodriguez

Hometown: Plainfield, IL

Current Degree Pursuing: B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Anthropology

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Vietname and it was awesome!  If you are interested in study abroad, please don't hesitate to ask me about it.

"Science is organized knowledge, but wisdom is organized life."





Master's Mentors:

Patrick CoatarPeter

Hometown: Libertyville, IL

Education Background: B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in International Development Studies from the University of Montana

Current Degree Pursuing: M.A. in Sociology

Academic Interests: Human/Environment interactions, environmental justice, Marxist/post-capitalist social theory

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I climbed the highest peark in Panama and saw the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the same time.

Ana Garcia Lopez

Hometown: Oxnard, CA

Education Background: B.S. in Criminal Justice and B.A. in Spanish from California Lutheran University

Current Degree Pursuing: M.A. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a Concentration in Sociology of Education

Academic Interests: minority opportunities in education; race, gender, and class in the educational setting

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and how you do it."  - Maya Angelou

Lauren O'Brien

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Education Background: B.A. in Black Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara

Current Degree Pursuing: M.A. in U.S. History with a minor in Public History

Academic Interests: 20th Century U.S. History, specifically multi-racial identity, cultural reparations in media and art, museum studies, education, social justice

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."  - Maya Angelou

  Photo coming soon!

Jessica Piña

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA

Education Background: B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Women's Studies from San Diego State University

Current Degree Pursuing: Dual Degree - M.A. in Women's Studies & Gender Studies and M.A. in Social Work with specialization in Migrant Studies and Concentration in Mental Health

Academic Interests: Feminist theory, mental health, group relations, migrant issues, international work, psychodynamic therapy

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: I love traveling, and lived in Seoul, South Korea for a year.

"Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way."  - Christopher Hutchins



Achieving College Excellence
A TRiO Student Support Services Program
Loyola University Chicago · Sullivan Center for Student Services
1032 W. Sheridan Road · Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.2722 · E-mail: ace@luc.edu

Notice of Non-discriminatory Policy