Loyola University Chicago

New Student Programs

Student Academic Services


New Student Programs consists of two teams, First-Year Experience and Special Populations, to support new students and families as they transition to academic and student life at Loyola. 


Associate Director for the First-Year Experience



Ashley Williams

Associate Director for Special Populations

Ashley, a Chicago native, joined Loyola in 2015. With deep roots in Student Affairs and Higher Education, Ashley brings excitement for working with students, staff, and faculty which makes her new role in New Student Programs a well-suited experience. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University (BA, MA). Prior to Student Academic Services, she worked in Residence Life and Student Housing throughout Illinois and Chicago. She enjoys rich Loyola traditions like Orientation, New Student Convocation, Move-In, Family Weekend, and many more! In her downtime, Ashley enjoys traveling, cooking and exploring Chicago’s food scene. She is raising a future rambler at home but it’ll be a while before he is seen around campus carrying books!



Adam McNeil 

Assistant Director for Orientation

Adam joined the New Student Programs staff in January 2019. Prior to that, he received his M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University and his Bachelor’s from Northern Illinois University. Adam has been passionate about New Student Orientation and working with students ever since his time at NIU as an Orientation Leader. He has worked with different Orientation programs across the country including Furman University, Rowan University, and most recently, Utah Valley University as the Program Manager. He is extremely excited to be back in his home state and in his free time enjoys cheering for all Chicago sports (Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls) and singing and coaching collegiate a cappella. 


Elizabeth Reynders

Assistant Director for First-Year Initiatives 

Elizabeth is a higher educational professional who is passionate about student success and wellbeing. Originally from Connecticut, she attended UC San Diego for undergrad. One of her most memorable college experiences was studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during her junior year. Elizabeth then worked as a student assistant in the Programs Abroad Office during her senior year, which sparked her love of working in higher education. Soon after graduating from UCSD, she realized that working with students was her true calling – this brought her to Chicago to pursue her M.Ed. at Loyola, and she’s never looked back! Prior to joining Loyola, Elizabeth worked as an advisor for MBA students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A desire to work with and mentor undergraduate students at a mission-driven school is what brought her back to Loyola and ultimately to New Student Programs. In her free time she teaches barre and cardio kickboxing classes at The Barre Code, and enjoys exploring Chicago with friends and family.


Allen Green

Coordinator for Special Populations

Allen was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, but also spent time in the south suburbs and northwest Indiana. He attended Governors State University where he received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a double minor in Psychology and Social Work. Allen spent time in middle school education and the non-profit sector, before finding his love of higher education at Loyola. Allen is most excited about supporting students and assisting with their transition to Loyola. He enjoys being a friendly face students can always turn to for help. As a proud Chicagoan, Allen is passionate about Chicago sports and roots for his favorite teams (Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks). If he’s not working or rooting for his sports team Allen can either be found playing with his Golden Retriever, Ivy, or gaming on his Nintendo Switch or Xbox One. Allen loves to talk about all things Disney and Harry Potter, so feel free to stop by and say hello! All muggles are welcome!


Mario Salgado

Administrative Coordinator 

Mario serves as the Administrative Coordinator for First and Second Year Advising and New Student Programs. Prior to joining Loyola, Mario worked for seven years in the Adult Education department for the City Colleges of Chicago. Loyola’s mission, and Mario’s passion for assisting others, is what ultimately drew him to want join Loyola University Chicago.



Lead Peer Advisors (PAs)



Loyola University Chicago Orientation (LUCO) Interns



Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars Program Assistants