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Achieving College Excellence

Meet the ACE Staff

Full Time Staff:

Part-Time Staff:


Full Time Staff:


Roy Saldaña, Jr.

ACE Project Director

As the Project Director, Roy is tasked with the coordinating of support services and program components, overall project administration, collaborating with other university student support units, staff supervision, budget administration, and project evaluation.

Roy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Humanistic Studies with a Spanish minor from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.  After several years in the workforce, he enrolled in Graduate School and eventually earned a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Community Informatics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  As an undergrad, Roy changed his major 4 times.  During the process, he learned that creativity in developing one’s career development path from the first day of freshmen year is critically important!

As his first opportunity of professional employment, he worked for the School District of Howard-Suamico for 1.5 years providing support services to English as a Second Language and American Indian students grades K-12.  For the next four years, he was employed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant to the Director/Counselor in the Office of Minority Student Affairs. Annually, he advised a cohort of TRiO/Student Support Services’ students, coordinated campus events including career fairs, graduation ceremonies, a scholastic awards banquet, the national TRiO/McNair Scholar's Graduate School Fair, and was a member of a variety of campus committees.  Prior to joining Loyola University Chicago, he was the Director of The TRIO/Educational Opportunity Center for The City Colleges of Chicago where he assisted first-generation and/or lower-income adult Chicago residents nineteen years of age or older seeking to enhance their literacy skills, educational credential attainment, and career opportunities.

Roy is a huge fan of music collecting and attending concerts.  He has never discarded a cd, cassette, or record despite changing music format trends.  His book shelves are a detailed library of music including soul, 80s pop, and 90s Euro dance.  He loves attending concerts of one-hit-wonder artists, 80s-90s bands that no one remembers, and legendary performers who saw their heyday well before he was born.  You’ll likely find him at Reckless Records on the weekends enjoying the treasure hunt!

Office: Sullivan Center for Student Services, LSC, Room 260B  Phone: 773.508.2722 E-mail: rsaldana@luc.edu

Monica Cohen

ACE Advisor

As the Achieving College Excellence Advisor, Monica 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.

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.  During that time, Monica was involved in developing multiple retreats, which is experience she will draw upon in working with ACE student leaders to craft meaningful retreats for ACE students.

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 Bucket List.

Office: Sullivan Center for Student Services, LSC, Room 238A  Phone: 773.508.2721  E-mail: mcohen8@luc.edu

Andrea Beaumont

Program Coordinator


Andrea serves the ACE program in a variety of roles, including data analysis and assessment, file review, and report preparation for the university and the US Department of Education in support of maintaining our TRiO grant.  Additionally, she coordinates the ACE website, and email account, along with organizing administrative functions, from tracking enrollment numbers and services provided to following up with ACE alumni.

Andrea comes from California, having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Computer Science Minor from Claremont McKenna College and her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree from Mount St. Mary’s College, both located in Southern California.  As an undergraduate, Andrea held part-time jobs in the computer lab and dining facility, worked as a Resident Assistant, served as an Orientation Leader, and was the senior student justice on her school’s Student Conduct Board.  After ten years working professionally in Higher Education Administration roles at wide-ranging universities across California, Andrea spent some time working in the private sector and living in Europe, prior to moving to the Chicago area. 

Andrea is excited to work with the ACE Scholars since she has extensive experience working with TRiO students and being a small part of the support network helping students overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams. 

Plus, Andrea almost always has a fully stocked candy bowl in her office, and encourages students to stop by and say, “Hi,” as a wonderful distraction from the databases and spreadsheets.

Office: Sullivan Center for Student Services, LSC, Room 238B  Phone: 773.508.2790 E-mail: abeaumont1@luc.edu


Part-Time Staff:


Kristen Adams 

Data Management Coordinator

Hometown: Ridgefield, CT

Education: B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University; M.Ed. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago

Academic Interests: Multicultural Training and Competence; Social Connectedness; First-Generation College Students

Favorite Quote: "We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are."  - Anais Nin

email: kadams2@luc.edu

Cedrick DeMico Davis

Programming Intern

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; 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.

E-mail: cdavis11@luc.edu

Kathleen Dillon

Tutoring Coordinator

Hometown: Manistee, MI

Education: B.A. in English Literature from North Park University

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: M.A. in English, Teaching Track

Academic Interests: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Feminist Theory

Favorite Quote: "Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about?  It just makes me glad to be alive - it's such an interesting world.  It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it?  There'd be no scope for the imagination then, would there?" - Anne of Green Gables

E-mail: kdillon5@luc.edu

Eliza Stucker

Graduate School Admissions Preparation Coordinator

Hometown: Irmo, SC

Education: B.S. in Biology and Chemistry (double major) from Furman University

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.P.C.)

Academic Interests: Feminist Theology; Intersection of Theology and Society; Social Justice for Minorities and the Oppressed; Holistic Health: Psychological, Spiritual, Physical; Ancient Hebrew and the Impact of Jewish Thought on Christianity

Favorite Quote: "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." - Albert Camus

E-mail: estucker@luc.edu


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

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