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 Peer Mentors:

Sarah Alharsha

Hometown:  Bridgeview, IL (super south suburbs) 
Degree currently pursuing:  Bachelors in Neuroscience with a minor in Bioethics 
Programs/Clubs:  Campus Ministry & their Unwritten retreat, Neuroscience Society and ACE.
Favorite quote: “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” - Joseph Campbell

Monica Cabrera

Hometown:  Berwyn, IL
Degree currently pursuing:  Nursing
Programs/Clubs:  The ABI Program
Fun Fact:  I love dogs and hope to get a golden retriever one day.

Radia Daud

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Degree currently pursuing: BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing)
Programs/Clubs: The Gannon Scholars Leadership Program, ACE, MSA (Muslim Student Association)
Favorite quote:  "If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride- never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards." - Paul Bryant 

Allison Fila

Hometown: Oak Forest, IL
Degree: Pre-Medicine Psychology and Statistics
Programs/Clubs: ACE Mentor, ACE Retreat Leader, Desk Receptionist for Residence Life Department,
Favorite quote: But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light - J.K. Rowling

Maribel Flores

Hometown:  Guerrero, Mexico & Chicago
Degree currently pursuing:  B.A. Information Technology
Programs/Clubs:  Orientation Leader, Spanglish Club, LASO, Study Abroad, Senn Scholars, SDMA
Favorite quote:  Nos quisieronenterrarpero no sabían que éramos semillas.// They tried to bury us but they didn't know we were seeds. 

Jaime McDowell

Hometown:   Munster, IN
Degree currently pursuing:  Bachelors in Psychology, then Ph.D./MD
Programs/Clubs:  Leadership Learning community, ACE, Loyolacore, Astronomy club
Fun Fact:  I'm a twin!

Samit Minhas

Hometown:  Chicago
Degree currently pursuing:  Philosophy
Programs/Club:  None as of right now other than ACE.
Favorite quote:  Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. - Warren Buffett


Isaac Rivera

Hometown: Elgin, IL
Degree currently pursuing:  Bachelor's in Biology, while on a Pre-Med track
Programs/Clubs: ACE Peer Mentor, Research Assistant at Loyola University Medical Center
Fun Fact: I'm Lactose Intolerant. 

Elizabeth Sotelo

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Degree currently pursuing: Middle School Math Education
Programs/Clubs: Algebra Boot Camp Math Coach, STARS Mentor4.
Favorite quote: “Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.” 

Andy Soto

Hometown:  Chicago
Degree currently pursuing:  Sociology
Programs/Clubs:  Peer Advisor
Fun Fact:  I clap after I sneeze.



 ACE Master's Mentors:


Jacob R Storck - Lead Master's Mentor

Hometown: Villa Park, IL

Previous Degree(s) & School: BA- Elementary Education and Theatre Arts, Dominican University (May 2014)

Anticipated Degree: MSW- Leadership and Development in the Social Services

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019

Favorite thing to do in Chicago:  There is nothing quite so beautiful as sitting in Bridgeport Coffeehouse and watching the world pass by.

"There are stories you'll learn, if you're strong enough to travel there; one of them might heal you."

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 in Chicago: My favorite thing about Chicago so far is finding amazing new restaurants to try.

Emely Medina-Rodriguez

Hometown: Rincon, Puerto Rico

Previous Degree(s) & School: Political Science BA and Educational Policy MA

Anticipated Degree: Higher Education PhD

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: I love the parks!

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 in Chicago:  I don’t know much about Chicago yet, so just walking around and exploring is my favorite thing to do right now!

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 in Chicago: Seeing live music.