Loyola University Chicago

Tutoring Center

Student Academic Services

Our Staff


Betsi Burns, Director, Learning Support and Academic Success

E-mail: bburns4@luc.edu

Phone: 773.508.7700 


 Annie Kelly, Associate Director, Tutoring Center

Pronouns: she, her, hers

E-mail: akelly2@luc.edu

Phone: 773.508.3776

Contact for: Course-Based Academic Support, Supplemental Instruction, Faculty and Campus Partner Collaborations

Annie serves as Associate Director of the Tutoring Center overseeing 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. Annie started her career in academic support through coordinating a nationally recognized Supplemental Instruction Program at the University of South Carolina. This experience has been further complimented by her former roles at various universities within the functional areas of academic advising, academic coaching, first-year student programs, faculty development, and experiential learning. Annie also serves as a faculty member at the annual Appreciative Advising Institute at Florida Atlantic University. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Loyola’s School of Education.

Fun Fact: Annie is a big fan of ghost stories/tours having grown up in a haunted house!


Sam Siner, Assistant Director, Tutoring Center

Pronouns: he, him, his 

E-mail: ssiner@luc.edu

Phone: 773.508.7765

Contact for: Success Coach Program, UNIV 112: Strategies for Learning, Students on Academic Probation

Sam oversees Success Coaching, UNIV 112: Strategies for Learning, and other student success initiatives at Loyola.  He is passionate about supporting and coaching students through their college experience. Sam attended the University of Illinois for undergrad, majoring in psychology, and Indiana University for grad school in Higher Education & Student Affairs.  He loves singing and playing guitar, coding, discovering great places to eat, practicing French, and hanging out with dogs.  He is from Glenwood, IL.  

Fun Fact: Sam is a HUGE fan of the Legend of Zelda!


Jessie LaChance, Coordinator, Tutoring Center 

Pronouns: she, her, hers

E-mail: jlachance1@luc.edu

Phone: 773.508.7784

Contact for: Peer Tutoring, Faculty and Campus Partner Collaborations

Jessie coordinates the Peer Tutoring program and enjoys being a facilitator of student leadership and development. She also works as liaison to the Student Accessibility Center, Achieving College Excellence, Language Learning Resource Center, and Athletics to ensure program specific tutoring needs. 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!