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Meet the ACE Tutors

Our ACE Tutors have a wide range of availability to fit students’ busy schedules. ACE students can arrange a one-on-one session for any subject on Tutor Trac. Visit the Tutor Trac scheduling system or email our Tutoring Coordinator, Ruby Benigno, at rbenigno@luc.edu to be paired with the right tutor for you! More information on scheduling an appointment can be found here.


John Kafarhire, Tutoring Coordinator

Graduate Program: Political Science

Bio: John Kafarhire is a master’s student in the Political Science Department and hopes to get into the PhD program to focus on Foreign Policy analysis. He has a Licentiate degree in Economic and Social Law from the Catholic University of the Congo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a master’s degree in international studies from DePaul University. His research focuses on foreign policy towards Africa, specifically the work and impact of multinational corporations on African societies. Before joining ACE, he worked as Senior Account Executive for a Chicago-based marketing company. In his free time, John loves to read, listen to music, explore places, or just chill and watch a good TV show. He joined ACE in January 2021 and enjoys working with tutors and tutees.


Meenakshi Dhamija

Major: Accounting and Information Systems

Courses Taught: ACCT 201, ACCT 202, ACCT 303, ACC 311, ACCT 317, BSAD 220, COMM 103, INFS 247, INFS 346, INFS 347, INFS 360, INFS 397, LREB 315, MGMT 201, MARK 201, MATH 100, MATH 118, MATH 131, MATH 132, MATH 161, SCMG 332, THEO 282, UCLR 100E

Bio: Meenakshi is the Lead ACE Tutor who strives to make her sessions as comfortable and as exciting as possible! In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and singing all around her apartment. If she isn’t working or doing homework, you can catch her watching Friends under a comfy blanket with a tub of ice-cream in her hands. The best advice she has ever heard is, “No one else knows what they are doing either! So just keep moving.” She is excited to see you in her sessions :)


Suha Moten 

Major: Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience

Minor: Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Honors Program 

Courses Taught: BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 251, BIOL 252, BIOL 282, BIOL 283, BIOL 357 CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 223, CHEM 224, CHEM 225, CHEM 226, CHEM 361 (cross listed as BIOL 366), COMP 150, COMP 170, HIST 209, HONR 102, HONR 102D, HONR 204, HONR 204D, MATH 117, MATH 118, MATH 131, MATH 132, NEUR 101 (PSYC 202), PHIL 182, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L, PHYS 112, PHYS 112L, PSYC 101, PSYC 382, SOCL 101, STAT 335, UCLR 100

Bio: Suha is a pre-med junior who hopes to have a fun and enjoyable session. She has been a tutor since high school and believes tutoring provides her with accountability and motivation to push herself. Apart from tutoring, she enjoys coaching basketball and volleyball. She strives to achieve a greater sense of community and loves to indulge in conversations! Don’t be afraid to approach her if you see her rambling on campus! 


Yatzany Resendiz-Rivera

Major: Biology and Spanish

Minors: Bioethics  

Courses Taught: BIOL 102, CHEM 225, PHIL 130, PSYC 101, SOCL 101, HIST 102, CHEM 226, CHEM 100, BIOL 242, BIOL 242L, BIOL 283, PHYS 112L, THEO 107, SPAN 251

Bio: Yatzany is an ACE Scholar in her third year pursuing medicine. She hopes to use her platform in ACE to create a bigger and more supported community when it comes to tutoring. She enjoys dancing and taking yoga classes in her spare time along with teaching swim lessons. Her guilty pleasures include: watching drama-filled reality shows and eating a bag of Hot Cheetos in one sitting. Interestingly enough, she decided to name her dogs after celebrities when she was little (Britney, JLO, and Channel). She loves to chat, so always feel free to say hi when you see her!


Meredith Meschewski

Major: Molecular Biology

Minor: Biostatistics and Interdisciplinary Honors Program

Courses Taught: BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 112, BIOL 251, BIOL 265, BIOL 282, BIOL 283, BIOL 382, HONR 101, HONR 203, HONR 204D, HONR 209, HONR 210, MATH 131, MATH 132, PHYS 111, PHYS 112, PSYC 101, STAT 335, BIOL 390, BIOL 317, BIOL 319, STAT 336

Bio: Meredith is a pre-med junior who enjoys meeting new people during her tutoring sessions, as well as creating a safe and comfortable learning space. Besides tutoring, she also works as a desk receptionist at Campion Hall and is part of LUCEMS. If you ask her about becoming an EMT, she will probably give you way more information about it than you wanted. In her free time, Meredith watches too many movies and tv shows (her favorite show is Criminal Minds!) and is always looking for new recommendations. One of her talents is knowing all the lyrics to every One Direction song and also who is singing which part. 


Bailey Sanderson

Major: Psychology

Minor: Psychology of Crime and Justice

Courses taught: ANTH 107, BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 101, CHEM 111, ENGL 272, HIST 102, MATH 100, MATH 117, MATH 118, PHIL 181, PSYC 273, PSYC 279, PSYC 304, PSYC 306, PSYC 331, PSYC 346, PSYC 372, THEO 107, UCLR 100, UCWR 110, CJC 101, CJC 345, CJC 346, PSYC 318, PSYC 348

Bio: Bailey is a junior who strives to create a friendly and encouraging tutoring environment. She enjoys working with and forming connections with new and returning students. On campus, Bailey enjoys doing psychology research in the SEEDS lab and being on the board of active minds, a mental health awareness group. In her free time, Bailey spends way too much time watching drama tv shows on Netflix and looking at pictures of her dogs. If you ask, she will probably show you 100 pictures of them. 


Sohaib Mirza 

Major: Biology

Minor: Bioethics

Courses Taught: BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 101, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 225, MATH 131, MATH 132, PHIL 130, PSYC 101, SOCL 101, THEO 107, UCLR 100E, UCWR 110, BIOL 283, CHEM 226, PHIL 284, LITR 200-WI, BIOL 283, CHEM 226, PHIL 181, HIST 102, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L, PSYC 304

Bio: Sohaib is a junior who has been tutoring since his early high school years and enjoys it too much to let it go! He is one of the many leaders in the Tutoring Center while being a part of the Training and Professional Development (TPD) Committee. In his free time, he loves hanging out with friends and watching/playing sports including soccer, basketball, and football. He is very passionate about pursuing a career in the medical field and enjoys doing cardiac-related research, working as an EMT, and representing the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) here on campus! He strongly believes in the quote “To move forward, you have to give back”, and is always ready to help others in whatever it may be!

 Maya Kota

Major: Biology

Courses Taught: BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 251, BIOL282, CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM111, CHEM112, CHEM 223, CHEM224, CHEM226, HIST 102W, MATH 131, MATH 132, PHYS111, PHIL181, UCLR100E, UCWR110, THEO100, SOCL101, SOCL225, SPAN102, STAT103, BIOL 265, CHEM 361, PHYS 11L, PHYS 112, PHIL 130, STAT 335

Bio: Maya is a sophomore at Loyola and an aspiring physician. Although this is her second semester as an ACE tutor, she has had experience as a tutor for nearly 5 years. Her academic interests include conservation biology as well as her research on obesity and metabolic medicine. In her free time, she enjoys learning new violin concertos, going coffee crawling with her friends across Chicago, watching stand-up comedy, and playing with dogs.


Sumaiyah Dairo

Major: Biology 

Courses TaughtBIOL 251, CHEM 101, CHEM 111, CHEM 223, CHEM 224, CHEM 226, ENGL 317, HIST 102, SOCL 101, MATH 100, MATH 117, MATH 118, MATH 131, PHIL 130, PHIL 181, PSYC 101, THEO 107, THEO 295, UCLR 100, BIOL 265, CLST 276, PHIL 274, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L

BioSumaiyah is currently a pre-med junior and interested in becoming a cardiologist. At her local hospital, she works with patients dealing with heart, thorax, and lung-related issues. She is a warm and welcoming individual who is always willing to meet new people. One of her favorite subjects to tutor in is mathematics. She is a part of Doctors Without Borders and the American Medical Student Association. Through her organizations, she enjoys volunteering at local centers and engaging with the community. In her free time, she enjoys playing various sports like basketball and volleyball. Not only does she play them, but she also watches sports as well, so she is always open to conversations about them. Also, she is pretty crafty and currently runs an online shop, so if you’re interested in seeing anything please ask.


Gowtam Mannam

MajorBiology and Neuroscience (Molecular & Cellular)

Courses TaughtBIOL 101, BIOL 111, BIOL 102, BIOL 112, BIOL 251, BIOL 252, BIOL 257, BIOL 265, BIOL 282, BIOL 283, BIOL 362, CHEM 101, CHEM 111, CHEM 102, CHEM 112, CHEM 223, CHEM 224, CHEM 225, CHEM 226, CHEM 361, NEUR 101, NEUR 300, PSYC 304, PSYC 306, SOCL 101, HIST 112, THEO 282, PSYC 273, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L

BioGowtam is a current sophomore on the pre-med track. His interests outside of academics are watching sports, playing sports, and watching movies. This is his first semester as an ACE Tutor, but he has prior experience tutoring younger children in high school. On campus, he is involved in AMSA (American Medical Student Association) and Habitat for Humanity. He is also part of Professor Burns’s Lab, working on the human microbiome's interaction with psychostimulant drugs. He is excited to work with students to achieve their goals at Loyola. 


Audrey Marticello  


Minor: Economics

Courses TaughtACCT 201, ACCT 202, BSAD 343, ECON 201, ECON 202, ECON 323, FINC 334, INFS 247, LREB 315, SCMG 332, MATH 131, ISSCM 241, HIST 212, THEO 266, UCLR 100, HIST 101, THEO 100, UCLR 100, PHIL 181, MARK 201 

BioAudrey is a third-year student at Loyola studying finance and economics. In her free time, she loves attending Zumba classes, going on runs, listening to political podcasts, and watching old movies. This is Audrey’s first year as an ACE tutor but has loved being an ACE scholar for the past two years. Audrey is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and cannot wait to use her tips and tricks to help others achieve academic success. She loves chatting so feel free to say hi! 


Alli Lueders

Major: Biochemistry and History

Minor: German Studies

Courses TaughtBIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, MATH 131, MATH 132, CHEM 106, CHEM 212, CHEM 300, CHEM 305, 370, SOCL 101, BIOL 282, GERM 250, HIST 254A, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L, PHYS 112, PHYS 112L, GERM 102, GERM 103, GERM 104, BIOL 283, BIOL 251, CHEM 222, PSYC 101, THEO 100, THEO 299

BioAlli is a third-year pre-med student from Omaha, Nebraska. On campus, she is involved with chemistry research and organizations such as AMSA (American Medical Student Association) and WISAM (Women in Science and Math). Alli also has an unhealthy obsession with tea and in her free time, she enjoys caring for her houseplants, watching bird documentaries, and practicing her German skills. This is Alli’s first year as an ACE tutor but she is eager to get to know the scholars!


Nicole Moreno

Major: Biology and Psychology

Courses TaughtBIOL 101; BIOL 102; BIOL 111, BIOL 112, MATH 118; PHIL 130; PSYC 238; THEO 186; UCWR 110; WSGS 101, BIOL 265, PSYC 304, THEO 107, UCLR 100E, BIOL 266, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L, PSYC 306, PSYC 331, THEO 299

BioNicole is a third-year ACE scholar and an aspiring neonatal physician’s assistant. On campus, Nicole enjoys forming connections with fellow ACE scholars and stands behind her passion for social justice by involving herself with Loyola4Chicago. In her free time, she loves working out, listening to music (Frank Ocean is her favorite), and exploring Chicago with friends. This is Nicole’s first year as an ACE tutor, but she is eager to help others succeed and achieve academic growth and prosperity! She is excited to meet all the ACE scholars and loves to chat. Feel free to say hi and if you ask, she will probably talk about all her favorite coffee shops in Chicago. 


Priyali Patel

Major: Biology 

Courses Taught: BIOL 265, BIOL 283, CHEM 102, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 214, MATH 132, PHIL 130, PHIL 181, PHYS 111L, PHYS 112L, THEO 107, FRENC 101

Bio: Priyali is a third-year student at Loyola and an aspiring pediatrician. She enjoys her time with the ACE community and loves spending time in the lounge. In the past, she has enjoyed hosting workshops for ACE and hopes to meet new scholars every year. Priyali is also involved with Save the Children Action Network and looks forward to working with people passionate about on-going issues affecting children all around the world. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her friends, working out, and learning how to cook. As a new ACE tutor Priyali is eager to meet and connect with scholars on campus!  


Simon Jillson

Major: Business

Courses Taught: ACCT 201H, ACCT 202, BSAD 220, ECON 201, ECON 202, ECON 303, ECON 304, ECON 328, ENGL 211, ENVS 224, EXPL 292, FINC 334, INFS 247, ISSCM 241, MATH 131, PHIL 130, PHIL 279, PHIL 323, SCMG 332 ,THEO 100, UCLR 100E, UCSF 137, UCWR 110, LREB 315, MARK 201, ENGL 273, COMM 103, HIST 102

Bio: Hi, I’m Simon! I am a junior here at Loyola where I study Economics, Philosophy, and English, independently passionate about all three. When I’m not in the classroom, I spend my time playing soccer on the Loyola Men’s Soccer Team, biking around Chicago, or listening to live music. This is my first year with ACE, and I’m extremely excited to work with you all!


India Martin

Major: Nursing

Courses Taught: GNUR 155, GNUR 155L, GNUR 160, GNUR 160L, GNUR 102, GNUR 156, GNUR 156L, GNUR 207, GNUR 238, GNUR 238L, GNUR 293, GNUR 297, GNUR 290, GNUR 294, MSN 277, MSN 277L

Bio: India is a junior-year BSN student passionate about helping others navigate the difficult path that is nursing school. She hopes that everyone she tutors gains the confidence to practice competent, evidence-based and patient-centered nursing care. Upon graduation, she plans to head straight into the Emergency Department. Besides academics at Loyola, India has previously volunteered with LUC’s Loyola4Chicago and St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen programs. When she isn’t studying for exams, she is usually found relaxing and listening to podcasts with her adorable pet Bearded Dragon! India is looking forward to meeting you soon, and she can’t wait to collaborate with you!