Loyola University Chicago

ACE

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: 

                                                           

Stephanie Cardenas

Hometown:  Joliet, IL 

Current Degree Pursuing:  B.S. in Biology

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact:  I am a Batman Fanatic!

                                      

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

                                                

Teresa Dorado

Hometown:  Greenbay, WI

Current Degree Pursuing:  B.S. in Environmental Science

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact:  

 

 

Allison Fila

Hometown:  Oak Forest, IL

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

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

Another Favorite Quote:  "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 your." -George R.R. Martin

 

Estefany Rios Guzman

Hometown:  Berwyn, IL  

Current Degree Pursuing:  Biochemistry with minor in Advocacy and Social Change

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "You deserve peace, stillness, and love.  The journey might be messy, but keep in mind; it doesn't have to be neat."  -Alex Elle

 

Johnny Paolella

Hometown:  Addison, IL

Current Degree Pursuing:  B.S. in Biology

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: "Challenge yourself everyday to do better.  Remember growth starts with a decision to move beyond your present circumstance." -Robert Tew

 

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 Vietnam and it was awesome!  If you are interested in studying abroad, please don't hesitate to ask me about it.

"Science is organized knowledge, but wisdom is organized life." -Immanuel Kant 

                               

Natalie Rutkowski

Hometown:  Bartlett, IL 

Current Degree Pursuing:  B. S. in Biology

Favorite Quote or Fun Fact: 

 

 ACE Master's Mentors:

Name: Briana Fleming

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Previous Degree(s) & School: B.S. in Elementary Education and Mathematics

Anticipated Degree: Masters in Social Work (MSW)

Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2017

Favorite thing to do/see/eat/visit/neighborhood, etc. in Chicago (just one is fine): I enjoy going to the beach in the summer, going hiking in the fall, playing in the snow in the winter, wishing summer was here in the spring and eating pizza all year round! 

Name: Brittany Terry

Hometown: Red Hook, NY

Previous Degree(s) & School: BA – The College of Saint Rose

Anticipated Degree: MA – Sociology

Anticipated Graduation Date: 2018

Favorite thing to do/see/eat/visit/neighborhood, etc. in Chicago (just one is fine):  I don’t know much

about Chicago yet, so just walking around and exploring is my favorite thing to do right now!

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Name: Darian Farrell

Hometown: Macomb, MI

Previous Degree(s) & School: BS in Psychology with Applied Statistics Minor from Grand Valley State University

Anticipated Degree: MA Applied Social Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2018

Favorite thing to do/see/eat/visit/neighborhood, etc. in Chicago (just one is fine):My favorite thing about Chicago so far is finding amazing new restaurants to try.

 

Name: Milan Tvardek

Hometown: Livonia, MI

Previous Degree(s) & School: Novi High School

Anticipated Degree: MA in Applied Social Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Date: 2018

Favorite thing to do/see/eat/visit/neighborhood, etc. in Chicago (just one is fine): Seeing live music.