Loyola University Chicago


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 Counselor

As the Achieving College Excellence Counselor, Monica provides numerous services to ACE students, including academic support, financial literacy, career counseling, mentoring, and graduate school preparation. The Counselor 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 has drawn upon in working with ACE student leaders to craft the Continue To Dream Retreat here with ACE.

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

Kathleen Dillon

ACE Counselor

As the Achieving College Excellence program's Counselor for juniors and seniors, Kathleen advises students academically and also aids in financial literacy, graduate school selection and preparation, and career counseling. Most importantly, Kathleen is an advocate for the ACE Scholars, reaching out to individuals across campus and the community on their behalf.

Kathleen received her B.A. in English Literature (with a minor in Politics & Government) from North Park University here in Chicago. After working as both a substitute teacher and assistant teacher for grades K-12, Kathleen went on to pursue a Master's in English Literature with an emphasis on Pedagogy from Loyola University Chicago. While at Loyola, Kathleen worked as the graduate assistant Tutoring Coordinator fro ACE. After finishing her time at Loyola, Kathleen began work as an Adjunct Professor, teaching first-year and developmental writing at College of Lake County and North Park University. Kathleen draws heavily on her teaching experience when planning ACE workshops and in her day-to-day interactions with students.

Kathleen will be constantly reminding students to take a deep breath or write in a journal. Her office will always be a place for tea and conversation. And expect her to ask what you learned in class today, because, as any good teacher knows, the best way to truly understand what you just learned is to teach the information to someone else!

Office: Sullivan Center for Student Services, LSC, Room 238B Phone: 773-508-2790 Email: kdillon5@luc.edu


Part-Time Staff:


Leah Henning

Tutoring Coordinator

‌‌Hometown: Evansville, MN

Education: B.A. in History, B.A. in English, and B.A. in Christian Studies from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: M.A. in Medieval/Renaissance European History, minor in Early Modern European History from Loyola University Chicago

Academic Interests: British monarchical power,propaganda, cultural history, and history of emotions, circa 1350-1650

Favorite Quote: "There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul." - Victor Hugo, in Les Miserables

E-mail: lhenning@luc.edu

Jenna Ofenloch 

Data Management Coordinator

Hometown: Elmwood Park, IL

Education: B.A. in Sociology with Minors in English and Women and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago

Current Degree You Are Pursuing: M.A.. in Sociology at Loyola University Chicago

Academic Interests: Sociology of Sex/Gender and the Family, Sociology of Violence and Mental Illness, Urban Sociology

Favorite Quote: "The planet does not need more successful people.  The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytells, and lovers of all kind."  - The Dalai Lama