Loyola University Chicago

Student Accessibility Center

Student Academic Services

Meet the Staff

Elissa Caropreso

Associate Director

Elissa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.   She then attended Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree.  Most recently, Elissa earned her Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Western New England University in Springfield, MA, in Estate Planning and Elder Law. Elissa has over 20 years experience working in education.  Her experience includes working with universities, school districts, administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students with the goal of uniting everyone in the best interests of the student.

Outside of work, Elissa values spending time with her family.  She and her husband enjoy being at their two sons’ baseball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball games and at their chess tournaments.  Elissa also volunteers within her community and at her children's school.  When life permits, Elissa is eager to travel and explore new places.


Katie Tappel

Assistant Director

Katie Tappel earned her Bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Psychology from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She later earned her Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology, with a concentration in Psychiatric Disabilities and Mental Health from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Before transitioning to higher education, Katie gained valuable experience in mental health and non-profit organizations. She worked as a mental health and substance abuse outpatient therapist, and she was a supervisor in a program for adolescents and young adults in foster care with mental health issues. Katie has enjoyed her new role in higher ed at LUC for the past several years, and her favorite part of her job is getting to know her students beyond the intake appointment! 

In her free time, Katie loves reading, doodling, and triathlons. Free time is limited though, as she also has two little kids and an energetic dog that keep her pretty busy! Stop by her office to chat on LSC!  


Anna Hershner

Accessibility Specialist

Anna Hershner is thrilled to be joining the team as an Accessibility Specialist at Loyola University Chicago. Anna obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Prior to returning to school for her Masters in Social Work she worked in special education to support students with behavioral and learning needs in elementary schools. Anna earned her MSW from Loyola University Chicago with a specialization in Children and Families. After graduating, Anna worked as a behavioral health counselor at a residential eating and mood disorder treatment program. She is excited to return to the world of education and to work with the students here at Loyola!

 In her free time Anna enjoys yoga, reading and playing with her dog, Millie. Please feel free to reach out and say hello!


Brianna Malin

Accessibility Specialist

Brianna Malin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Leadership Studies from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Brianna later earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship, Management, and Policy. Brianna focused her Master’s degree studies on disability inclusion and access for students in higher education. Brianna has had numerous professional experiences over the past several years working with students with disabilities in a variety of settings ranging from middle school to higher education. Brianna is very excited to join Loyola as new Accessibility Specialist at the Student Accessibility Center!

In her free time, Brianna loves to spend time with friends and family exploring fun food spots in Chicago! She also loves to be outside and enjoy the warm weather or go to the beach! Feel free to stop by Brianna’s office at the LSC, anytime.


Kendra Syed Abdul

Accessibility Specialist

Kendra has earned undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology and a Master’s in Adult Education.  Additionally, she completed 18 hours of graduate level English courses and earned a graduate certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).  She began working in higher education in 2010 and has worked in a variety of roles and organizations.  They have included public universities, community colleges, private colleges, and technical colleges as academic advisor, instructor, full time faculty, and academic counselor.  Recently, she got married and relocated here to Chicago from Louisiana. 

In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and traveling which allows her to immerse herself in new cultures especially all the delicious new foods eaten along the way.  Last year she travelled to over 10 states and 2 countries including Mexico and the Dominican Republic.  Kendra is extremely passionate about education and seeing students reach their full potential through higher education.


Graduate & Undergraduate Staff