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
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
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.