Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Alumni Profiles


The Graduate School boasts more than 12,000 alumni, including 7,000 in Illinois, 4,800 living in other states, and over 300 living abroad. Graduate School alumni have gone on to rewarding careers in a wide array of fields. LUC Alumni Relations helps keep alumni connected through clubs, service projects, and social networking sites.  

  • Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. received his MA from Loyola University in 2002. Currently, Dr. Andrade is the President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. He is a Presidential Medal recipient, honored by President Bill Clinton for “the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation.” He has been recognized three times as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America.
  • Dr. Marsha M. Linehan received her BS (1968), MA (1970) and PhD (1970) from Loyola's Clinical Psychology program. She is currently a professor of psychology, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Linehan is the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is used worldwide for the treatment of suicidal behaviors, borderline personality disorder, and other severe and complex mental disorders including eating disorders, drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Dr. Linehan has received several awards including the Louis I. Dublin Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Suicide, the Distinguished Research in Suicide Award, the creation of the Marsha Linehan Award for Outstanding Research in the Treatment of Suicidal Behavior established by the American Association of Suicidology, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, the award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, and awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Practice of Psychology and Distinguished Contributions for Clinical Activities.
  • Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall received her PhD from Loyola in 1985 and is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer and innovative leader and teacher and an inspiring speaker and writer on leadership, learning and schooling, mathematics and science education, talent development, and the design of generative and life-affirming.
  • Dr. Jennifer R. Bridge received her PhD in U.S. and Public History from Loyola in 2009. Before her time at Loyola, she worked for six years at the Chicago History Museum where she contributed to the “Chicago: Crossroads of America” exhibition and the National Science Foundation-sponsored “Ethical Guidelines for Biohistorical Research” project focused on artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Dr. Bridge served for thirteen years in the Curatorial Department of Naper Settlement in Naperville, Illinois eventually becoming Curator of Exhibits and Interpretation in 2011 and Curator of Research in 2017. In 2019 she joined the leadership of the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hanson received her Ph.D. in English from Loyola in 2013. After working as an independent freelance editor and writer for over a year, Dr. Hanson joined Applied Systems, an insurance software provider in University Park, Illinois, as a technical writer in 2014. In this role, she edits and publishes release notes, develops documentation for insurance software solutions, and works with a multi-disciplinary team with colleagues across the organization to develop and launch new software products. Dr. Hanson draws upon her experience as a Ph.D. candidate to make specialized, highly-technical information accessible to a general audience.
  • Dr. Sarah Eilefson received her PhD in English from Loyola in 2015 and has a rich and varied background beyond academia. During her time as a Graduate student, she also served as the Grants and Communications Coordinator and later as the Director of Programming for the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, ultimately growing the organization’s programming and outreach to veterans by 500%. After earning her Ph.D., Dr. Eilefson joined Hektoen International, an online medical humanities journal, as an Associate Editor and Social Media Consultant. In 2016, she was named Director of Communications for Hillard Heintze, a national security consulting firm. She is currently the Head of Product for First Page Sage, a search engine optimization firm, where she draws upon her problem solving and project management skills to create new, innovative opportunities for clients, define and communicates metrics of success, and lead a large and collaborative remote team.