Loyola University Chicago

First and Second Year Advising

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First and Second Year Advisors



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Kevin Clarke

Assistant Director

Kevin joined Loyola University Chicago from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked as the Assistant Director of Academic Engagement in the Center for the First-Year Experience. Kevin earned a Master of Arts in College Student Development from Appalachian State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kevin lives in Evanston with his wife, Annie, and enjoys reading, running, traveling, and spending time with friends.



Joe Drake, MS

Assistant Director

Joe attended American University in Washington, D.C. where he earned his BA in political science. He moved to Chicago several years ago to complete an MS in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern. Joe came to Loyola after directing educational programs and leadership conferences for high school students across the country. He also worked previously as an educational and strategic planning consultant for national and local health-related organizations. His interests include traveling domestically, playing "got your snout" with his dog, college football, and trading stocks.



Katrina Weizer, MSED

Asisstant Director

I was raised in Youngstown, OH and attended Youngstown State University (Go Penguins!) where I earned both my Bachelor's of Art in Professional Writing and Editing, with a concentration in Journalism; and my Master's in Higher Education.

I have a lot of different interests, but if it involves making me laugh or better yet, allowing me to make others laugh, I am all in! Since moving to Chicago I completed year-long improv training programs at The Second City and Improv Olympics, and enjoyed performing throughout the city. I have also completed a number of half-marathons, and I am training for my third Chicago marathon this fall, so I guess it is fair to say that I enjoy running. What I treasure the most though, is spending time with my family and friends. I always look forward to spending quality time with the people I love most in the world.


Cindy Chun, MA

Academic Advisor 

Born in New York and raised in Florida, I earned my Bachelor’s degree at Andrews University in Michigan. Moving to Southern California to escape the humidity, I earned my Master’s degree at La Sierra University and stayed on to teach Composition and Rhetoric for the next five years, the last of which I also served as a first-year advisor for the Center for Student Academic Success. Apparently unable to stay away from the humidity, I moved back to the Midwest to pursue my passion for supporting students on their road to success while reveling in that thing known as a white Christmas. In my free time, I enjoy cooking (and then subsequently feeding it to other people), spending time with family and friends, and weekend trips to Michigan.


  Keyona Castleman

Keyona Castleman, MEd

Academic Advisor

I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Interestingly enough, I attended Loyola University Chicago for undergrad!  I had a ton of great experiences and received an amazing Jesuit education! At Loyola, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I then headed south to the University of South Carolina, where I earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I love Loyola and the people that the university attracts, so I am extremely excited to work with first and second year students in this role as an academic advisor.

 There are so many things that I love and that get me excited. I love to watch college football, bad reality television, and Grey’s Anatomy. But honestly, I just love spending time with the people I love.  Any day that I am able to laugh and make new memories with good people, is a day well spent!


  Carrie Daut

Carrie Daut, MEd

Academic Advisor

Carrie grew up in Louisville, KY, where she learned at an early age to appreciate college basketball and "the greatest two minutes in sports." After earning her BA in Economics at the College of William & Mary, she dabbled in publishing, nonprofit administration, and Central American travel before finding a professional home in higher education. Carrie worked for three years in undergraduate admissions at Bellarmine University and then completed her MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont.

As a member of the Loyola community, she’s most excited to meet students and help them design academic plans that will introduce them to interesting courses, amazing people, new challenges, and transformative opportunities. Outside of work, Carrie can't wait to put down roots in Chicago and is on the hunt for the best yoga studios, the best food, and the best beaches.


  Mark Anthony Florido

Mark Anthony Florido, MA

Academic Advisor

Mark Anthony is a community organizer, non-profit professional and higher education specialist who is dedicated to inclusion, impact & innovation. Mark Anthony received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College and his Masters of Arts in Higher Education & Student Affairs from New York University.

Mark Anthony has spearheaded a number of student programs and academic research projects that explored the experiences of GLBT and students of color in higher education, media representation of underrepresented communities, and Asian Pacific Islander history and leadership.

Mark Anthony is a native Chicagoan who takes pride is his love of food, the Chicago Bulls and Doctor Who.


  Bri Lauka

Bri Lauka, MA

Academic Advisor

Originally from East Lansing, MI, Bri grew up down the street from a beautiful college campus—her alma mater, Michigan State University. During both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Bri worked for university writing centers assisting students with academic writing projects as well as employment and graduate school application materials. After finishing her master’s degree and an internship in a community college women’s center, Bri advised first and second year students at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL for two years. She then joined Loyola first in graduate enrollment management and then as an Academic Advisor in FSYA. When not working, you will likely find Bri running along lakeshore path, trying new recipes, and traveling whenever possible. Bri also studied abroad in Istanbul during college and highly recommends this experience to students!



Talaya Le Gette

Academic Advisor



Amanda Martinez, MA

Academic Advisor

Amanda is from Seattle, Washington, where she attended Seattle University (shout out to that Jesuit education) for her B.A. in Criminal Justice.  After loving her time at SU, she decided to engage in a year of service work through AmeriCorps at L’Arche Noah Sealth Seattle.  After a lot of discernment and late nights of research, she decided that Higher Education work was what she wanted to do and attended Michigan State University (GO GREEN) for her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration. 

Amanda joined the Loyola University Chicago community as a Resident Director where she found a passion for supporting students through their academic endeavors.  This led her to join the FSYA team! She is so excited to work with the Loyola student population and help them find their passions.  For fun, Amanda loves to bake, read books, explore Chicago, and play with her dachshund Alonso. 



Anani Moy

Academic Advisor

Born in Tacna, Peru, Anani and her family immigrated to the states where she would enroll just down the street at Swift Elementary School for kindergarten. She is proud to be a first-generation college graduate and Latina who received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completion she decided to become a stay-at-home mom but later would change careers by returning to school and completing a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at Loyola.

While in graduate school she invested her time as a graduate assistant at Northwestern University working with Latino/Latina Student Affairs, interned at First and Second Year Advising, and TRiO program at Malcolm X City College. Prior to joining FSYA Anani worked as a Recruiter Specialist/Advisor at University Center of Grayslake helping students as young as middle school learn how to navigate their way to college completion. She recognizes that her bilingualism is a privilege that helped her reach families by presenting in Spanish. Her desire to help fellow first-generation college students accomplish a bachelor’s degree is the fire that keeps her energized as an Academic Advisor at FSYA today.

Anani is a true north-sider, Cubs fan, who enjoys going on adventures with her husband and two teenage boys. Spending time with family and good friends, finding new adventures in serving at church, going on bike rides or just watching TV with the family and two cats are just a few things that make her smile.


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Leah Pasquesi, MEd

Academic Advisor

Leah Pasquesi Mika is a higher education professional and social justice advocate who is passionate about increasing access and retention of underserved and underrepresented students in post-secondary education. Leah received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Masters of Arts in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Leah was born and raised in a southwest suburb of Chicago though she currently resides in Chicago with her partner Keith. What qualifies a good day for Leah is one that is filled with laughter and gratitude.


  Akeya Porter

Akeya Porter

Academic Advisor, International Student Advisor

Originally from the Hoosier State, Akeya attended Indiana University where she participated in the TRiO program and earned a BS in Education. She was an elementary school teacher for a few years before she attended the University of Connecticut (UCONN) and earned a MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs. In her free time, Akeya enjoys travelling (she’s been to 15 countries), reading, laughing, and pinning things on Pinterest. 


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Elizabeth Reynders, MEd

Academic Advisor

Elizabeth grew up in Connecticut and moved to Southern California with her family when she was a sophomore in high school. She attended UC San Diego for undergrad, and one of her most memorable college experiences was studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester during her junior year. Elizabeth then worked in the Programs Abroad Office throughout her senior year, which sparked her love of working in higher education. After graduating from UCSD, Elizabeth lived in New York City, working in the publishing industry, until she soon realized that working with students was her true calling – this brought her to Chicago to pursue her M.Ed. at Loyola, and she’s never looked back!

Prior to joining FSYA, Elizabeth advised MBA students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A strong desire to work with undergraduate students at a mission-driven school is what brought her back to Loyola. Elizabeth loves the emphasis Loyola places on its Jesuit values, social justice, and enhancing the student experience. In her free time she likes to take yoga and spin classes, write, spend time with her friends and family, and root on the Cubs.


Hanna Ricketson

Hanna Ricketson, MEd

Academic Advisor

Originally from Arkansas, Hanna completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Arizona State University. As a Teach for America corps member in Phoenix, Hanna taught secondary English for a number of years before transitioning to roles in higher education in Chicagoland, including work in Residence Life and Student Involvement.


  Ethan Rucker

Ethan Rucker, EDs, MA

Academic Advisor

As a “missionary kid,” Ethan lived in Florida, Hong Kong, Kentucky, and Florida again before graduating from high school. A passionate and lifelong Gator fan, he attended the University of Florida and earned a BS in Psychology. After graduating, Ethan joined Teach for America and taught 6th-8th grade math for two years in Indianapolis, Indiana. His experiences with students instigated an interest in counseling, and after graduating from Marian University with an MA in Teaching he moved to Chicago to attend LUC. Ethan graduated with an Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and completed an internship at the Career Development Center as a Graduate Career Advisor, both of which led to serving as an Academic Advisor in FYSA. Beyond advising, Ethan enjoys reading books about behavioral economics, as well as church history and theology. He also likes discovering podcasts, watching sports and traveling.  


  Stephanie Sferra

Stephanie Sferra Bassill, MEd

Academic Advisor

I was raised in Toledo, Ohio and love living close to family now. I graduated from Denison University with a degree in Psychology and have not been able to stay away from Higher Education since! After beginning my career in fundraising, I realized that what truly brought me joy was working directly with students. This led me to Loyola where I completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education.

I try to fill each day with laughter, love, and good food. I love taking long walks around my neighborhood and, of course, along the lake! Podcasts are my daily soundtrack so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!



Kirsten Lawrence

Academic Advisor Special Programs

Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Sport Studies from the University of Aberdeen.  I then wanted pursue a dream of playing college soccer in the USA, whilst doing this I earned my Masters in Education from Campbell University in North Carolina.  A door was opened into coaching that I jumped through with both feet; I spent almost 12 years as a college coach but regularly found myself in auxiliary roles that involved teaching classes and being academic liaison for the programs I worked with. Loyola is the Higher Education institution I have spent the largest part of my career at and there is a reason for that; it is a wonderful place to be!  I have met so many brilliant people here and continue to learn every day.  

I am truly passionate about sports, my two favorites to compete in are Soccer and Netball (google that one) but I can watch just about any and love to try new ones as long as I am good at them.  Nothing clears my head better than a walk with my dogs or a bike ride along the lakeshore.  



Samantha Stewart

Academic Advisor Special Programs



 Mario Salgado

Administrative Assistant