Meet The A&P Council

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Christopher Maxwell, M.A.

Assistant Dean of Students
Student Affairs
Term expires: July 1, 2023

Christopher Maxwell is the Assistant Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs. He has a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and a Master of Arts in Community College & University Leadership from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. A passion of his is to help students better understand the advantage of using the collegiate experience as a framework for modeling their life post-graduation, and also work alongside colleagues who desire the best for their students. Another passion is helping professionals better learn and develop from each other in ways that help enhance and refine their skills to better aid students. He is thankful to be on the A&P committee and to provide new insights, along with upholding the values that supports the NEIU community.

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Dr. Liz Rodriguez
Outgoing Chair

Coordinator of Learning Innovations
Center for Teaching and Learning
Term expires: July 1, 2022

Dr. Rodriguez is excited to be a part of the NEIU community during this period of new directions. She is looking forward to working with our colleagues on the A&P Council to 1) increase timely communication with constituents by ensuring updates to the A&P Council website; 2) survey constituents about their current advocacy needs; and 3) communicate annual Council goals that address the most pressing needs identified. 

Like so many at NEIU, she has a long history with the University that began with earning her bachelor's degree here in 2009. Since then, she has worked as a GRE instructor with the McNair Scholars Program, taught classes as an adjunct with the English Department and Nontraditional Degree Programs, and now serves as the coordinator of Learning Innovations in the Center for Teaching at Learning. Dr. Rodriguez is energized when working with a team to accomplish something greater than any one person, and hopes to put that drive to good use as a member of the A&P Council. 

Mimi Crespo
Learning Resource Center
El Centro
Term expires: July 1, 2023

Mimi Crespo has been a part of Northeastern for many years. In 1996, she earned her bachelor's degree in Finance, returning 10 years later for a master's in Business Administration. Soon after earning an M.B.A., she joined the President's Office, serving as the assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees. In 2014, she became part of the El Centro team, as the coordinator of the Learning Resource Center.  

To better assist students, Mimi volunteered as a math peer leader in Northeastern's Math Enrichment Workshop Program, and returned to the classroom to study Trigonometry, Calculus, and Introduction to Advanced Mathematics. One of her favorite projects is interviewing students, learning about their amazing accomplishments, and writing their success stories for the El Centro Newsletter. 

As a member of the A&P Council, Mimi plans to use her academic and professional skills to improve the work-life experience at NEIU.

Laura West
Student Academic Services Specialist in STEM
Student Center for Science Engagement
Term expires: July 1, 2024

I am the STEM transfer advisor in the Student Center for Science Engagement (SCSE) who works with students transferring from Chicago-area community colleges into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors at NEIU.

Before I came to Northeastern, I worked with prospective and incoming transfer and first-year students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I also have experience as a science teacher at the middle and high school levels and as a science educator for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. I received my bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science and a Master’s of Education in Secondary Education and Biology. In my free time, I volunteer as a canoe guide with the Friends of the Chicago River and enjoy cooking and traveling.

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Amie Jatta, M.S., E.D.
Director of TRIO Programs
TRIO Student Support Services
Term expires: July 1, 2024

Amie Jatta is a multilingual (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Wolof and English) higher education professional with more than 12 years of experience working in post-secondary education. She has dedicated her career to the creation of pathways to success for underrepresented students, and to the development of support structures within the institutions they attend.  

Amie began her career at the University of North Dakota where she interned with five TRIO programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services and Ronald McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program). She then became the Team Wellness Coordinator at the UND Wellness Center where she was in charge of the hiring, training and development of 150 student employees. Coming to Northeastern Illinois University in January of 2011, and working for TRIO SSS was a full circle moment for her as she now was working for the program that sparked her passion for higher education. She is currently the Director of TRIO Student Support Services, where she oversees three programs (TRIO SSS - Achieve, Access, and Teacher Preparation). 

Amie is very passionate and interested in creating an enriching and positive work environment. Her goal includes creating change for the betterment of all Administrative and Professional Employees by supporting and encouraging all to participate in all aspects of the shared-governance process. In order to create change, you have to be a part of the movement, and that is what she encourages all of you to do.