Senior Leadership Team
Senior Leadership Team - DSD
Keith M. Champagne, PhD, Vice President for Student Development
Dr. Keith Michael Champagne plays a critical role in transforming the “One Loyola” vision into practice, challenging others to transcend traditional school and college-based approaches, and thinking creatively about fully integrating academics, and student life. He ensures that core services are equitably provided across geography and student educational level.
Dr. Champagne has over 25 years of expertise and experience working in student affairs, student success, enrollment management, diversity, public relations, academic and student life, and intercollegiate athletics. Prior to his current position, he served as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Athletics at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Dr. Champagne is a graduate of the prestigious Sports Management Institute, and he is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. He completed the NASPA Richard Stevens Institute, and the NACDA-NCAA-Sports Management Institute.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Public Relations from Loyola University New Orleans, a Master of Science degree in Communications and Media Management from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington.
Astrid Beltrán, MS Ed, Assistant Vice President for Diversity & Student Engagement
Astrid (she/her) oversees the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (formerly Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs), the Center for Student Engagement (formerly Student Activities & Greek Affairs), the Center for Black Student Excellence, and Graduate, Professional & Adult Student Life. She works closely with the Vice President for Student Development and the leadership team to promote, strategically advance, and implement diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism strategies, initiatives, projects, and programs. Astrid also leads the DSD Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Committee. Astrid serves on numerous university–wide committees and initiatives representing the division.
Astrid has held serval roles at the university within Student Actives & Greek Affairs, Graduate, Professional & Adult Student Life, and the Office of the Dean of Students. Before joining Loyola, Astrid worked within Sorority & Fraternity Life at Baylor University. Astrid received her B.A. from Western Illinois University and her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from University of Kansas. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Loyola.
Dawn Collins, Assistant Vice President of Campus Support, Conferences and Auxiliary Services
Dawn came to Loyola to be the Director of Student Complex, which has grown to include Campus Recreation, Campus Reservations, Conference Services, the Loyola University Museum of Art, Residence Life. Dawn also manages the daily operations of Aramark (LSC/WTC) and Handcut (HSC), our food service providers for dining, catering, and retail. Along with the units that report to her, Dawn collaborates with campus partners and external stakeholders to ensure that facilities and resources are effectively used to support the university’s goals, and that LUC community members experience a sense of belonging within our campus environments. Priorities within the Student Complex include providing an excellent residential experience, assisting with events, and coordinating recreational programs that support well-being and leadership development. Dawn has developed corporate partnerships that supported community-based programs, educational programs, and initiatives addressing hunger.
Prior to joining Loyola, Dawn held multiple leadership roles and spent 13 years with the University of Illinois at Chicago managing programs, facilities, external events, housing, and generating revenue. Beyond UIC, Dawn worked for the Chicago Park District and community-based programs for over 28 years.
Jim Flavin, Director of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives
Jim assists with setting strategy, monitoring progress, and overcoming challenges related to various projects. He is charged with cultivating and enhancing campus partnerships by representing DSD to various internal and external University constituencies. Jim focuses on fundraising opportunities, and advises on the acquisition of professional services, talent, and/or resources. With colleagues within and beyond the division, Jim supports the Rambler Brotherhood Project, which aims to improve the educational outcomes and campus engagement of men students from diverse groups.
Jim comes to Student Development from the President’s Office where he strengthened the One Loyola Initiative across our three Chicagoland campuses and worked to ensure that all Loyola students have equal access to Loyola resources.
Prior to joining Loyola, Jim taught in universities in Europe and the United States and presented workshops to help people build skills necessary for healthy living. Jim has collaborated with government agencies and non-profits to develop programming to support underserved youth. As a licensed therapist, he brings expertise to developing resilience skills.
Irina Greenwald, MBA, Director of Business Operations
Irina is responsible for developing and monitoring budgets for the Division, including operating and capital budgets. She is also responsible for recommending rates and fees, and developing policies and procedures. She ensures close coordination between the various departments in the Division of Student Development and the Finance Department. As part of her daily responsibilities, she provides guidance to the staff in the division in the area of finance and accounting, including record keeping, budgeting, efficiency of operations and cost savings. Irina works collaboratively with all departments in the Division. She further ensures that student programs are given the funding that they need. Her daily focus is to ensure a fiscally responsible operation, and that the departments in the Division are well-funded.
Prior to joining Loyola, she worked in the corporate sector as a project accountant. Irina received her MBA from Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business and her bachelor from St. Petersburg State Marine University.
Joan Holden, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Wellness, and Director of the Wellness Center
Joan is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in higher education. Joan’s focus on supporting students’ health and wellness is a priority for students as they navigate their collegiate experience. She oversees the Wellness Center, which is a multidisciplinary center with 2 locations, including medical, counseling and health promotion services. Joan also serves as Ambassador for the Loyola Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education. In this role, she promotes interprofessional education, collaborative practice and scholarship. She has served on the Management, Policy and Command team as Health Officer during Loyola’s pandemic response.
Dr. Holden previously held clinical faculty positions at Rush University School of Nursing. As an academic, Dr. Holden has published in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Holden earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Rush University, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family at their organic farm.
Shannon Howes, PhD, Assistant to the Vice President and Director for Assessment
Shannon (she/her/hers) has served in this role since 2018. Shannon coordinates divisional assessment practices, chairs committees for campus-wide events (such as Family Weekend, and the Excellence Awards Ceremony), serves on institutional committees focused on student success, and partners with colleagues across the university to support communication efforts. After serving as a member, Shannon recently became co-chair for DSD’s Professional Development Committee.
Shannon is the administrative partner for the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community, and advisor for the Maroon & Gold Society honor society. She is an instructor of the UNIV 101 first-year seminar, and an adjunct professor in the Baumhart Scholars program.
Shannon previously served as the director for a co-curricular Student Leadership Development department at LUC and another institution, and has past experience working in Residence Life. Shannon earned her doctorate in Higher Education at LUC, a Masters degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph.
Will Rodriguez, PhD, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students
Will (he/him/his), joined Loyola in 2017. The Office of the Dean of Students serves all students through care, advocacy, and empowerment. We care deeply about student development and success. In the Jesuit spirit of cura personalis, we offer timely, compassionate, individualized attention that focuses on the whole person. We do so by being part of a larger network of caring staff and faculty.
The CURA network is a culmination of the collaborations and commitment by our larger community to helping students succeed. Whether students or those helping them are seeking direct assistance or general information, start by visiting the CURA Network website at www.luc.edu/csaa (soon to be www.luc.edu/cura).
Will received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola, an M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, Will was the Associate Dean of Students and Ombudsperson at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Much of his experience focuses on crisis management, policy development, diversity, student success, and advocacy.
Suzan Cibulskis, Executive Assistant
I studied psychology at DePaul University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. I started at LUC in 1993 in the Counseling Center, which is now part of the Wellness Center. As the Executive Administrative Assistant, I support the Vice President for Student Development in the operation of all departments and areas in DSD. I serve as a liaison between the VP and other University officers, Deans, Directors, administrators, faculty, staff and students. I’m responsible for organizing and managing the VP’s calendar and internal and external meetings and events. And of course, I handle other duties as assigned!