Betsi Burns, Director, Learning and Student Success
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Contact for: Anything relating to student learning and student success!
Betsi Burns oversees student learning, retention, and success initiatives at Loyola. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Law and Society with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Purdue University, her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Northwestern University, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Betsi currently serves as Director of Learning and Student Success at Loyola University Chicago, and is passionate about supporting students in various capacities. With her experience in athletics, academic advising, and program development, Betsi is dedicated to providing students with excellent student development services, as well as challenging them to make the most of their own college experiences. Betsi has held administrative leadership positions at Northwestern University and currently serves on Council for Student Success, and chairs the Student Academic Services Assessment Committee. In her role, Betsi oversees the Student Accessibility Center, the Tutoring Center, and manages the Sullivan Center building operations. She is also a member of AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability), NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and NACADA (the Global Community for Academic Advising).
Fun Fact: I'm the mommy of Scout, a wonderful rescue dog (she rescued us!).
Jessie LaChance, Associate Director, Tutoring Center
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Contact for: Course-Based Academic Support, Supplemental Instruction
Jessie oversees academic support initiatives, including Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Peer Tutoring, and works closely with the Success Coach Program and UNIV 112: Strategies for Learning course. A youthworker by trade, she enjoys being a facilitator of student leadership and development and promoting academic success within the Loyola community. Jessie graduated from the University of Minnesota for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Youth Studies and Educational Psychology respectively. Prior to joining the Loyola team, she worked in a variety of youth serving organizations in Chicago and the Twin Cities providing positive opportunities for young people to grow and develop within themselves. Jessie loves to play volleyball, attend trivia nights, and explore all the great restaurants Chicago has to offer.
Fun Fact: Jessie loves roller coasters, with Millenium Force at Cedar Point her all-time favorite!
Mary Kate Daniels, Assistant Director, Tutoring Center
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Contact for: Success Coach Program, UNIV 112: Strategies for Learning, Students on Academic Probation
Mary Kate oversees the Success Coaching Team and the UNIV 112 and 114 Strategies for Learning classes and curriculum. She enjoys teaching students about learning and wellness strategies to support student retention and success at Loyola. Mary Kate completed her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Butler University and went on to teach 6th students in the Indianapolis area. In the classroom, she expanded systems and support for social emotional learning and brain-based strategies to help all learners succeed. Her passion for student wellness led to a graduate certification in Applied Educational Neuroscience. Mary Kate has led school workshops and individualized teacher coaching sessions to amplify opportunities for student success and overall wellbeing. Mary Kate completed her master’s degree at Loyola University in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies. She also served as a Success Coach and UNIV 114 instructor prior to this role.
Fun Fact: Mary Kate is a big yogi! She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and loves the physical and mental benefits it offers.
Mustafa Mahdi Anwar, Coordinator, Tutoring Center
Pronouns: He, him, his
Contact for: Peer Tutoring, Faculty and Campus Partner Collaborations
Mustafa oversees the leadership, growth, and assessment of the Peer Tutoring program here at Loyola. He received his bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Marquette University, and his master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. Prior to joining Loyola, Mustafa worked for several different institutions focusing on Residence Life, New Student Orientation, and Multicultural Student Programming. An ambitious practitioner-scholar aiming to foster transformative student-centered experiences, Mustafa hopes he can help create a more socially-just world. He is passionate about supporting the “whole” person and hopes to continue to learn and develop alongside the students he serves. Outside of work, Mustafa loves to listen to new artists and podcasts, play board games, and spend quality time with his friends & family.
Fun Fact: One of the fastest ways to Mustafa’s heart is with quality focaccia bread.
Eric Perry, Adminstrative Assistant, Learning & Student Success
Pronouns: He, Him, His
Eric oversees administrative tasks associated with the Learning & Student Success, Student Accessiblity Center, and Tutoring Center teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Purdue University. He spent the next two years serving with the Public Allies and AIDS United AmeriCorps programs, where he provided testing, counseling and case management services to people living with HIV/AIDS. After relocating to Chicago, he worked as a case manager, connecting people newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS to medical care. In addition to Loyola, he also bartends in the Northalsted neighborhood, and serves as member of the Chicago Black Drag Council representing service industry staff. He is passionate about social justice, mental health, and serving the Black and LGBTQ+ communities. In his free time, he is an avid professional tennis fan, and loves music. He enjoys concerts, traveling the world, and spending time back home with his large family.
Fun fact: Eric has modeled for stock photos that have been used in a variety of digital and print advertisements around the world!