Office of Student Affairs

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Viviana Martinez, M.Ed.

Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs
vimartinez@luc.edu
(708) 216-8140 

Dean Martinez counsel’s students regarding development of their academic programs and competitive profiles for residency application. 

Common reasons to contact Dean Martinez:  

  • Advise students regarding career planning, residency and ERAS application process
  • Counsel students regarding personal well-being, academic progress and USMLE performance outcomes
  • Approve M4 externship applications, advise students on M3 and M4 schedule planning
  • Contact regarding emergent absences

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Lupe Zarco, MAOL

Assistant Director for M3 & M4 Students, Office of Student Affairs
gzarco@luc.edu
(708) 216-8140

Lupe serves as the primary contact and advisor for all third (M3) and fourth (M4) medical students. Lupe is responsible in implementing programs and services that support student progress, career planning, and well-being for the M3 and M4.

Common reasons to contact Lupe:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) Review    
  • Request an Excused Absence
  • Academic Policy Questions         
  • Careers in Medicine
  • Summer Opportunities

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Tina Marino, MA

Assistant Director for M1 & M2 Students, Office of Student Affairs
tmarino@luc.edu
(708) 216-8140

Tina serves as the primary contact and advisor for all first (M1) and second (M2) medical students. She is responsible in implementing programs and services that support student progress, career planning, and well-being for the M1 and M2.

Common reasons to contact Tina:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) Review    
  • Request an Excused Absence
  • Academic Policy Questions         
  • Careers in Medicine
  • Summer Opportunities

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Haydeé R. Nauert, MSF

Assistant Dean, Medical Student Administration
hnauert@luc.edu
(708) 216-8140

Haydee is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation management of the Office of Student Affairs, affiliation agreements and budgets for the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Medical Education.

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JoAnne Kremske, MA

Executive Administrative Assistant, Office of Student Affairs
jkremske@luc.edu
(708) 216-8140 

Supports Associate Dean Mendez, Assistant Dean Sonntag, and Administrative Director Nauert.  JoAnne schedules all meetings for the OSA Deans and Director Nauert, assists with the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letters, and documents pertinent to Match Day and Graduation.

Common reasons to contact JoAnne:

  • To schedule appointments with a Dean & check in when arriving for appointments
  • Assist students to obtain partial funding for presentation of research projects at professional conferences
  • Answer general inquiries germane to Student Affairs

Office of Registrar

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Agape Lamberis

Director, Office of Registration & Records
aglamberis@luc.edu
(708) 216-5291

Agape, along with her staff, are “keeper of the records.” She receives the student records of incoming students from Admissions and updates and adds to the records throughout the medical student’s career until graduation.

Common reasons to contact Agape:

  • Questions regarding your student file, grades and evaluations
  • Enrollment in courses and clerkships both required and elective
  • Academic calendar
  • Degree requirements, transcripts, diplomas, licensure
  • Graduation

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Julie Steinecker

Assistant Director, Office of Registration & Records
jsteinecker@luc.edu
(708) 216-5290 

Julie assists students with registration and scheduling, particularly for third and fourth year required clerkships and electives. She also assists course directors and coordinators with grading and other course registration issues.

Common reasons to contact Julie:

  • Questions about graduation requirements          
  • Scheduling issues
  • Help with clerkship sequencing                                 
  • Questions regarding electives
  • VSAS

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Rosemary (Rose) Calcagno

Registration Specialist, Office of Registration & Records
rcalcag@luc.edu
(708) 216-3222 

Rose is responsible for processing away rotation applications through VSAS and Non-VSAS as well as assist with processing grades from the away rotations. She also works with visiting students from US and international medical schools that would like to complete a rotation here.

You are welcome to contact Rose with any questions regarding the below:

  • Away Rotations
  • Good Standing Letter Request
  • Pager Issues
  • Transcript Form Request
  • Verification of Enrollment
  • Visiting Students

Office of Admissions

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Darrell Nabers, MSc

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
dnabers@luc.edu
(708) 216-5326

Dean Nabers serves as the primary recruitment and committee administrator for all members of the committee on admissions. He oversees and manages the office of admissions and recruitment efforts. He also aids the office of student life.

Common reasons to contact Darrell:

  • Recruitment of prospective students or providing advocacy for candidates
  • Direction of admissions process and procedures
  • Information about serving on committees associated with the Committee on Admissions
  • Second Look

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Whitney Kieca, MLD

Associate Director, Office of Admissions
wkieca@luc.edu
(708) 216-3240

 

Whitney works closely with Dean Nabers to coordinate Stritch's admissions processes, including training committee members, managing application reviews, and coordinating interview days.  She’s involved with local and regional recruitment, as well as advising applicants about successful strategies for applying to medical school. 

Common reasons to contact Whitney:

  • Interest in joining an admissions committee
  • Recruitment opportunities or campus visit days​
  • Applicant counseling
  • Questions about Stritch admissions

 

Melissa Wergin

Admissions Specialist, Office of Admissions
ssom-admissions@luc.edu
(708) 216-3229

Melissa manages the day to day activities of the Office of Admissions. She handles general inquiries and logistics for visit days, applicant interviews, and accepted student pre-matriculation.

Common reasons to contact Melissa:

  • General questions about the Stritch admissions process or medical school requirements
  • Scheduling a Stritch Visit
  • Incoming student pre-matriculation questions or requirements
  • Interview day questions or student host requests
  • Current applicant recommendations

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Latrice Williams, MJ

Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions
lwilliams33@luc.edu
(708) 216-3229

Latrice's major role involves regional recruitment and management of the admissions application process. She also oversees admissions committees for both current SSOM students and faculty/staff.

Common reasons to contact Latrice:

  • Scheduling a Stritch Visit
  • Recruitment opportunities or campus visits
  • Applicant counseling
  • Interview day scheduling and questions
  • Training and onboarding of committee members

 

Office of Student Life

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Catherine Jardien, MA

Assistant Director, Office of Student Life
cjardien@luc.edu
(708) 216-3872

Catherine oversees student events, activities, and organizations. 

Common reasons to contact Catherine:

  • Student Event Planning & Coordination
  • Medical Student Union & Student Organizations
  • Student Organization Fundraising 
  • Student Wellness
  • ASPIRE summer programs
  • Safe Space Training

 

Rachel Davis, MA

Student Life Coordinator, Office of Student Life
rdavis21@luc.edu
(708) 216-5426

Rachel assists with student events, activities, and organizations. 

Common reasons to contact Rachel:

  • Student Event Planning & Coordination
  • Medical Student Union & Student Organizations
  • Student Organization Fundraising 
  • Student Wellness
  • ASPIRE summer programs

Office of Financial Aid

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Tammy Patterson, MBA, MPA

Associate Director, Office of Financial Aid
ssomfinaid@luc.edu
(708) 216-3227

Tammy advises all first through fourth year medical students regarding all aspects of student financial aid. She also conducts financial aid presentations through the academic year and meets with all first year medical students for their mandatory individual budget planning session.

Tammy is glad to answer any questions regarding:

  • Federal & Private Loans
  • Institutional Loans & Scholarships
  • Financing Options
  • Loan Repayment
  • Leave of Absence
  • Budgeting 

Lynn Wawrzyniak

Assistant Director, Office of Financial Aid
ssomfinaid@luc.edu
(708) 216-3227

Lynn advises all first through fourth year medical students and Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing (ABSN) students. She also conducts financial literacy presentations and programs.

Lynn is available to answer any questions regarding:

  • Federal & Private Loans
  • Financing Options
  • Financial Literacy
  • Military Options
  • FAFSA Completion
  • Budgeting

Office of Bursar

 

Laura Zaucha

Assistant Bursar, Office of Bursar
lzaucha@luc.edu
(708) 216-3228 

Laura is responsible for the billing of tuition and fees, collecting payments, processing refunds and administration of Loyola’s Student Health Insurance plan. 

Common reasons to contact Laura:

  • Questions regarding bills and payment
  • Student Health Insurance