Loyola University Chicago

First and Second Year Advising

Division of Student Academic Services

Meet Your Advisor

Joe Drake, MS, BA

Assistant Director

Joe attended American University in Washington, D.C. where he earned his BA in political science. He moved to Chicago several years ago to complete an MS in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern. Joe came to Loyola after directing educational programs and leadership conferences for high school students across the country. He also worked previously as an educational and strategic planning consultant for national and local health-related organizations. His interests include traveling domestically, playing "got your snout" with his dog, college football, and trading stocks.

jdrake1@luc.edu

 

Katrina Weizer, MSED, BA

Asisstant Director

I was raised in Youngstown, OH and attended Youngstown State University (Go Penguins!) where I earned both my Bachelor's of Art in Professional Writing and Editing, with a concentration in Journalism; and my Master's in Higher Education.

I have a lot of different interests, but if it involves making me laugh or better yet, allowing me to make others laugh, I am all in! Since moving to Chicago I completed year-long improv training programs at The Second City and Improv Olympics, and enjoyed performing throughout the city. I have also completed a number of half-marathons, and I am training for my third Chicago marathon this fall, so I guess it is fair to say that I enjoy running. What I treasure the most though, is spending time with my family and friends. I always look forward to spending quality time with the people I love most in the world.

kweizer@luc.edu

Cindy Chun, MA, BA

Academic Advisor 

Born in New York and raised in Florida, I earned my Bachelor’s degree at Andrews University in Michigan. Moving to Southern California to escape the humidity, I earned my Master’s degree at La Sierra University and stayed on to teach Composition and Rhetoric for the next five years, the last of which I also served as a first-year advisor for the Center for Student Academic Success. Apparently unable to stay away from the humidity, I moved back to the Midwest to pursue my passion for supporting students on their road to success while reveling in that thing known as a white Christmas. In my free time, I enjoy cooking (and then subsequently feeding it to other people), spending time with family and friends, and weekend trips to Michigan.

cchun1@luc.edu

 Keyona Castleman

Keyona castleman, MEd, BS

Academic Advisor

I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Interestingly enough, I attended Loyola University Chicago for undergrad!  I had a ton of great experiences and received an amazing Jesuit education! At Loyola, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I then headed south to the University of South Carolina, where I earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I love Loyola and the people that the university attracts, so I am extremely excited to work with first and second year students in this role as an academic advisor.

 There are so many things that I love and that get me excited. I love to watch college football, bad reality television, and Grey’s Anatomy. But honestly, I just love spending time with the people I love.  Any day that I am able to laugh and make new memories with good people, is a day well spent!

kcastleman1@luc.edu

 Carrie Daut

Carrie Daut, MEd, BA

Academic Advisor, Honors Advisor

Carrie grew up in Louisville, KY, where she learned at an early age to appreciate college basketball and "the greatest two minutes in sports." After earning her BA in Economics at the College of William & Mary, she dabbled in publishing, nonprofit administration, and Central American travel before finding a professional home in higher education. Carrie worked for three years in undergraduate admissions at Bellarmine University and then completed her MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont.

As a member of the Loyola community, she’s most excited to meet students and help them design academic plans that will introduce them to interesting courses, amazing people, new challenges, and transformative opportunities. Outside of work, Carrie can't wait to put down roots in Chicago and is on the hunt for the best yoga studios, the best food, and the best beaches.

cdaut@luc.edu

 Mark Anthony Florido

Mark Anthony Florido, MA, BA

Academic Advisor

Mark Anthony is a community organizer, non-profit professional and higher education specialist who is dedicated to inclusion, impact & innovation. Mark Anthony received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College and his Masters of Arts in Higher Education & Student Affairs from New York University.

Mark Anthony has spearheaded a number of student programs and academic research projects that explored the experiences of GLBT and students of color in higher education, media representation of underrepresented communities, and Asian Pacific Islander history and leadership.

Mark Anthony is a native Chicagoan who takes pride is his love of food, the Chicago Bulls and Doctor Who.

mflorido@luc.edu

 Bri Lauka

Bri Lauka, MA, BA

Academic Advisor

Originally from East Lansing, MI, Bri grew up down the street from a beautiful college campus—her alma mater, Michigan State University. During both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Bri worked for university writing centers assisting students with academic writing projects as well as employment and graduate school application materials. After finishing her master’s degree and an internship in a community college women’s center, Bri advised first and second year students at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL for two years. She then joined Loyola first in graduate enrollment management and then as an Academic Advisor in FSYA. When not working, you will likely find Bri running along lakeshore path, trying new recipes, and traveling whenever possible. Bri also studied abroad in Istanbul during college and highly recommends this experience to students!

blauka@luc.edu

 

Talaya Le Gette

Academic Advisor

tlegette@luc.edu

 

Amanda Martinez, MA, BA

Academic Advisor, Honors Advisor

Amanda is from Seattle, Washington, where she attended Seattle University (shout out to that Jesuit education) for her B.A. in Criminal Justice.  After loving her time at SU, she decided to engage in a year of service work through AmeriCorps at L’Arche Noah Sealth Seattle.  After a lot of discernment and late nights of research, she decided that Higher Education work was what she wanted to do and attended Michigan State University (GO GREEN) for her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration. 

Amanda joined the Loyola University Chicago community as a Resident Director where she found a passion for supporting students through their academic endeavors.  This led her to join the FSYA team! She is so excited to work with the Loyola student population and help them find their passions.  For fun, Amanda loves to bake, read books, explore Chicago, and play with her dachshund Alonso. 

amartinez25@luc.edu

 

Anani Moy

Academic Advisor

amoy2@luc.edu

 Leah Pasquesi Photo

Leah Pasquesi, MEd, BA

Academic Advisor

I was born and raised in Darien, Illinois, which is a southwest suburb of Chicago. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and recently earned my Master’s degree in Higher Education here at Loyola.

If you visit me at my work space you’ll find pictures of my beloved family and will quickly learn that I am a very, very proud aunt! Beyond spending quality time with loved ones, I enjoy running and finding new activities and places to try out around the city. What qualifies a good day for me is one that is filled with laughter and gratitude.

lpasquesi@luc.edu

 

Akeya Porter

Academic Advisor, International Student Advisor

apeterson5@luc.edu

 Elizabeth Reydners

Elizabeth Reynders, MEd, BA

Academic Advisor

Elizabeth grew up in Connecticut and moved to Southern California with her family when she was a sophomore in high school. She attended UC San Diego for undergrad, and one of her most memorable college experiences was studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester during her junior year. Elizabeth then worked in the Programs Abroad Office throughout her senior year, which sparked her love of working in higher education. After graduating from UCSD, Elizabeth lived in New York City, working in the publishing industry, until she soon realized that working with students was her true calling – this brought her to Chicago to pursue her M.Ed. at Loyola, and she’s never looked back!

Prior to joining FSYA, Elizabeth advised MBA students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A strong desire to work with undergraduate students at a mission-driven school is what brought her back to Loyola. Elizabeth loves the emphasis Loyola places on its Jesuit values, social justice, and enhancing the student experience. In her free time she likes to take yoga and spin classes, write, spend time with her friends and family, and root on the Cubs.

ereynders@luc.edu

Hanna Ricketson

Hanna Ricketson, MEd, BA

Academic Advisor

Originally from Arkansas, Hanna completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Arizona State University. As a Teach for America corps member in Phoenix, Hanna taught secondary English for a number of years before transitioning to roles in higher education in Chicagoland, including work in Residence Life and Student Involvement.

hricketson@luc.edu

 Ethan Rucker

Ethan Rucker, EDs, MA, BA

Academic Advisor

As a “missionary kid,” Ethan lived in Florida, Hong Kong, Kentucky, and Florida again before graduating from high school. A passionate and lifelong Gator fan, he attended the University of Florida and earned a BS in Psychology. After graduating, Ethan joined Teach for America and taught 6th-8th grade math for two years in Indianapolis, Indiana. His experiences with students instigated an interest in counseling, and after graduating from Marian University with an MA in Teaching he moved to Chicago to attend LUC. Ethan graduated with an Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and completed an internship at the Career Development Center as a Graduate Career Advisor, both of which led to serving as an Academic Advisor in FYSA. Beyond advising, Ethan enjoys reading books about behavioral economics, as well as church history and theology. He also likes discovering podcasts, watching sports and traveling.  

erucker@luc.edu

 

Stephanie Sferra Bassill, MEd, BA

Academic Advisor, Honors Advisor

I was raised in Toledo, Ohio and love living close to family now. I graduated from Denison University with a degree in Psychology and have not been able to stay away from Higher Education since! After beginning my career in fundraising, I realized that what truly brought me joy was working directly with students. This led me to Loyola where I completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education.

I try to fill each day with laughter, love, and good food. I love taking long walks around my neighborhood and, of course, along the lake! Podcasts are my daily soundtrack so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

ssferra@luc.edu

 

Kirsten Lawrence

Academic Advisor Special Programs

klawrence1@luc.edu

 

Samantha Stewart

Academic Advisor Special Programs

sstewart7@luc.edu

 

Ashley Curtis

Administrative Assistant

acurtis3@luc.edu

 

 Mario Salgado

Administrative Assistant

msalgado3@luc.edu

Talaya Le Gette Academic Advisor 773.508.7714
tlegette@luc.edu Amanda Martinez Academic Advisor 773.508.7714
amartinez25@luc.edu Anani Moy Academic Advisor 773.508.7714
amoy2@luc.edu Leah Pasquesi Academic Advisor 773.508.7714
lpasquesi1@luc.edu Akeya Porter Academic Advisor
International Students 773.508.7714
apeterson5@luc.edu Elizabeth Reynders Academic Advisor 773.508.7714
ereynders@luc.edu Hanna Ricketson Academic Advisor 773.508.7714
hricketson@luc.edu Ethan Rucker Academic Advisor 773.508.7714
erucker@luc.edu Stephanie Sferra Bassill Academic Advisor 773.508.7714
ssferra@luc.edu