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!).
Sam Siner, Assistant Director, Tutoring Center
Pronouns: he, him, his
Contact for: Success Coach Program, UNIV 112 & 114: Strategies for Learning, Students on Academic Probation, Navigate Software
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 earned his M.S. in Software Engineering from Loyola University Chicago. 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
Contact for: Peer Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Faculty and Campus Partner Collaborations
Jessie coordinates the Supplemental Instruction and Peer Tutoring programs 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!