2019-2020 GPAC Members

Officers of the Council

Ava Francesca Battocchio  (she/they)
GPAC Co-Chair, School of Communication

Ava Francesca (B.A. ‘19, Advertising) is a second-year Master’s student and the inaugural student in the School of Communication’s first dual-degree program, BA Advertising & PR and MS Global Strategic Communication. Ava Francesca’s mixed-methods research agenda blends socio-spatial perspective, communication theory, public history, and political economy and centers on the relationship between advertising and ethics. 

The ’19-’20 academic year is Ava Francesca’s second year serving as a School of Communication Student Ambassador and GPAC representative. This year, Ava Francesca will serve as a GPAC Co-Chair and GPAC Representative to the University’s Shared Governance Task Force. Additionally, Ava Francesca has completed Safe Space, Share the DREAM, and I’m Here for You training, in order to better serve the Loyola community. 

Ava Francesca is committed to work that allows her to contribute to broader conversations in the intersections of human rights, ethics, public infrastructures, and technology industries.

Justin Sia (he/him/his)
GPAC Co-Chair, School of Law

Justin is a third-year law student from Lincolnwood, Illinois. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Emory University. In his second year of law school, he was a staff member of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, a regional champion in the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, a student clinician in the Legislation & Policy Clinic, and the Treasurer of the Student Bar Association.

He will continue his active involvement in his third-year by serving as the Co-Chair of GPAC, a graduate student senator on Loyola’s University Senate, and a Student Articles Editor for the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. Justin is also working on a capstone project that seeks to promote more gender-neutral restrooms across Illinois by amending a state statute. After graduation, Justin will be working at McDermott Will & Emery’s Chicago office, where he worked as a summer associate.

Cici Gazder (she/her/hers)
GPAC Interim Secretary, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

Cici Gazder is a first year Medical Laboratory Science student in the new Parkinson School on the Maywood campus. After two years she’ll take the BOR exam and continue her education in medical school to get her medical degree.


Program Representatives

Lolan P. Adan (he/him/his)
Representative, Institute of Pastoral Studies 

Lolan P. Adan is a 3rd (final) year student at the Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS), where he is pursuing an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling. After May 2020, he intends to secure a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) designation, so he can work as a mental health counselor in the state of Illinois. He is proud to represent the IPS community within a larger university forum and wants to contribute to the IPS being very much a part of the Water Tower Campus culture. He sees the work of GPAC as allowing the IPS to continue its transformative mission by deepening collective relationships. 

Michelle Allen (she/her/hers)
Representative, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Michelle Allen (BSN, ‘17) is a second-year graduate student in Loyola's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Family Emergency Nurse Practitioner program. Michelle is from Chicago, Illinois and grew up in an underserved community housing project (i.e., Cabrini Green). Here, she developed a passion to help others overcome barriers in life that prevented those in stricken environments to achieve their mental, and healthcare needs. Michelle is highly dedicated and committed to giving back to underserved populations. Her adverse childhood experiences encouraged her to receive higher education and promote wealth. She currently works as a trauma nurse for Cook County Trauma and Burn Critical Intensive Care. She also serves as a sexual assault nurse examiner for victims of sexual abuse and trauma. Michelle is very excited to join GPAC and looks forward to helping students overcome barriers to their success here at Loyola University. 

Farzana Arab
Representative, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

Eli Beller
Representative, School of Social Work

David Faich (he/him/his)
Representative, School of Law

David Faich is a first-year law student and a Civitas ChildLaw Fellow, originally from Philadelphia, PA. Prior to law school, David served as an assistant principal at a PK-8 public school in Camden, NJ and as a third grade teacher and early childhood family interventionist in Tulsa, OK. David holds a M.Ed in Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in Government and Spanish from Franklin & Marshall College.

Diego Garcia
Representative, Stritch School of Medicine

Annie Schultz (she/her/hers)
Representative, School of Education

Annie is a third-year student in the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies PhD program in the School of Education. She specializes in philosophy of education and women’s and gender studies. Her research focuses on posthumanist feminist education and ecological education. Annie is very excited to be a part of GPAC and represent the School of Education!

Deanna Trejo
Representative, School of Communication

Starr Young
Representative, Institute of Pastoral Studies

Organization Liaisons

Linas Mitchell (they/them/theirs)
Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Liaison, The Graduate School 

Linas is a fourth-year PhD student in the applied social psychology program, where they research perceptions of transgender people and beliefs about gender. Linas is also a former chair of Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) and serve as EDGE's representative to other groups and councils across Loyola.

Tori Olson (she/her/hers)
Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) Liaison, The Graduate School

Tori Olson is in her second-year of the Women's Studies, Gender Studies Master's Program. As a member of GSAC's executive committee, she serves as the link connecting GSAC and GPAC. She balances her time between schoolwork and hanging out with her dog.

Jamie Patrianakos(she/her/hers)
Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Liaison, The Graduate School

Jamie Patrianakos is a fourth-year graduate student in the Applied Social Psychology program. Her research interests include prejudice, discrimination, and confronting bias. She currently serves as the co-chair of EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) and is an active member of the Psychology department's CODA (Committee on Diversity Affairs). After graduation, Jamie hopes to hone her skills in an applied setting while teaching students about social psychological concepts.

LaShaunda Reese (she/her/hers)
Black Graduate Student Alliance(BGSA), The Graduate School

LaShaunda Reese is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Integrative Studies in Ethics and Theology (ISET). She has a BA in Theology from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Arts in Christian Ethics from Loyola University Chicago, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University Candler School of Theology. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., LaShaunda was a Case Manager for individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses. In addition to serving as the acting Co-President of the BGSA, LaShaunda is the Vice President for the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) of LUC's Graduate school. She works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the theology department and is an Ethicist Intern with Advocate Aurora Medical Group. LaShaunda is an Ohio native who spends most of her free time people-watching, reading African American fiction, and providing services to people of color in the neighborhoods including doing natural hair in the community for children and adults.