Loyola University Chicago

MVSS: Military Veteran Student Services

Meet the MVSS Staff

Associate Director, Office of Military & Veteran Student Services

Alex Pirila, his wife Anna and their dog, Lola, are newcomers to the Chicago area, and excited to be here. Alex is originally from Phoenix, AZ, where after high school he joined the United States Marine Corps as an rifleman in the infantry. Upon completing his training, Alex deployed to Bahrain as a member of the 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Team. Following his first deployment, Alex was sent to join "The Thundering Third" Battalion, Fourth Marines in 29 Palms, California. While with 3/4, Alex deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a team leader and squad leader, respectively.

Alex was honorably discharged from the Marines and returned to Phoenix to begin his academic studies. He has earned a bachelors in exercise science from Arizona State University, and a masters degree in exercise psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he has worked a wide breadth of athletes from youth and high school to professional and US special operations. His research focused on the affects of exercise on PTSD in military servicemembers.

While he enjoyed working in a training facility, Alex missed the camaraderie and is thrilled to be working with veterans. His door is always open, stop by, Sullivan Student Center 155.