Loyola University Chicago

Achieving College Excellence

Student Academic Services

Meet the ACE Staff


Roy Saldaña, Jr.
Project Director

As the project director, Roy is tasked with the coordination 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 (ESL) and American Indian students grades K-12.  For the next four years, he was employed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as 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 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 bookshelves 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, Room 260B, LSC
Phone: 773.508.2722 E-mail: rsaldana@luc.edu
Dr. Michele Everett
Assistant Director
Michele received her PhD in Education from the University of Tasmania, Australia. The focus of her current research is student well-being, engagement, and success. The areas of concentration for her undergraduate and graduate degrees were environmental, science, and arts education. Her scholarship documents a strong commitment to improve learning experiences and outcomes for all students.

Michele’s professional experience focuses on student success and retention in higher education. Her prior work experience includes coordinating the First-Year Experience and Peer Mentoring programs at Coastal Carolina University. In that role, she developed and assessed programs, and served as a mentor for students in leadership roles. After returning to Chicago, she supported students on their journey to complete their Health Career degree programs at a suburban community college. She is driven by a strong desire to make a positive difference in students’ lives.

For fun and relaxation, Michele enjoys visiting museums, listening to music, dancing, taking photos of nature, and most of all, her walks along the lake!
Giuliana Scardina

Giuliana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and continued on at Marquette to receive a Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education in May of 2018. This program allowed her to learn about college student development, environmental behavior, counseling skills, and multicultural competency. During this graduate program, she worked as a graduate assistant in the Marquette University Graduate School in their admissions and student services department.

Halfway through this graduate program, in the summer of 2017, Giuliana did a practicum experience with the ACE program at Loyola. During this summer practicum, she learned about this TRiO program at LUC, and how much it impacts the students it serves. This experience made Giuliana realize her desired career goal of supporting college students through academic advising. After graduating with her master's degree, she worked as an undergraduate admission counselor at Roosevelt University for a year and a half before returning to ACE as an Advisor/Counselor. As an ACE Advisor/Counselor, Giuliana works with ACE Scholars on a variety of topics and needs, including the transition to college, deciding courses and academic planning, financial literacy and FAFSA, and choosing a major and/or minor to pursue. College is a time of independence, growth, and development, and Giuliana helps Scholars with this while stressing the importance of self-care, self-advocacy, and service to others. 

In her free time, Giuliana enjoys running, drinking coffee, baking cookies, and watching movies. Her favorite time of the year is awards season, and she becomes heavily invested in the Academy Awards nomination. 

Office: Sullivan Center for Student Services, Room 260B, LSC
Phone: 773.508.7381 E-mail: gscardina@luc.edu
Jennifer Kahn
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She continued her studies at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and in 2017, received a Master’s degree in Counseling and Counseling Education.

Jennifer started her career at the top-ranking early college high school in Indiana, which serves a majority-minority of first-generation college-bound students. As the senior class core advisor, she assisted students with a variety of academic, career development, and social and emotional needs. This experience helped Jennifer recognize her passion for supporting first-generation college students in achieving academic success and pursuing career goals. Jennifer is thrilled to be part of the ACE team and supporting first-generation college students at the university level.

You will catch Jennifer with an iced coffee every morning wanting to talk about 'The Bachelor' franchise. She has traveled to 25 countries, with her favorite being New Zealand. She loves trying new restaurants, going to the gym, and being at home with her boyfriend and cat.
Lauren Carr
Graduate Generalist

Hometown: Williamston, Michigan

Degree currently pursuing: MA in Women's Studies and Gender Studies (WSGS) 

Involvement: Research with the School of Social Work; Teaching Assistantship with WSGS

Favorite Aspect of ACE: The community wanting everyone to succeed.