Meet The A&P Council

Liz Rodriguez portrait.

Dr. Liz Rodriguez

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.

Amie Jatta smiles into the camera.

Amie Jatta, M.S., E.D.
Outgoing Chair

Director of TRIO Programs
TRIO Student Support Services
Term expires: July 1, 2021

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.  

Rae Joyce Baguilat
Assistant Director
Student Leadership Development
Term expires: July 1, 2021

Rae Joyce Baguilat has been part of the NEIU community as the Assistant Director of Student Leadership Development since July 2014 and part of A&P Council since 2016. Additionally, she is also one of the A&P representatives on the University Planning and Budget Council. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (ENLACE) from Northeastern Illinois University.

She is passionate about serving students, NEIU, and her community. She has worked in residence life, student conduct, alternative break programs, and student activities. Rae Joyce is also NEIU's confidential advisor and teaches NASPA-certified peer educator classes. She is thankful to be on A&P Council to continue serving with and advocating for all A&P employees.

Dr. Shreya Patel
Recording Secretary
Physical Sciences Advisor
Student Center for Science Engagement
Term expires: July 1, 2022

Shreya Patel is the Physical Science Advisor at the Student Center for Science Engagement. She obtained her B.S. in Animal Science and her Ph.D. in Comparative Biosciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is passionate about helping students understand and navigate different STEM career pathways, in order to determine ones that are best for them.

Dr. Patel is excited and thankful to be a member of the A&P Council. Her goals are to help develop a
closer community among A&P staff, foster a culture of open communication, and to provide a unique
insight when addressing matters at NEIU.

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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.

Lynette Correa-Velez smiles into the camera.

Lynette Correa-Velez, M. Ed.
Assistant Director
Career Development
Term expires: July 1, 2022

Lynette Correa-Velez has been career coaching diverse learners within the U.S. and internationally for over 16 years. She is blessed to say that, "I love what I do for a living at NEIU!" So much so, she is a current second-year doctoral student in the Diversity and Equity in Education with a focus in Human Resource Development program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a trained Career Coach, she has co-empowered over 8,000 individuals from their first job during high school to their fourth career change.

Goals within membership in the A&P Council:

  1. Assist in being a thought partner on University-wide matters and represent the diverse and collective interests of A&P staff

  2. Provide different insight in addressing the issues of various areas at NEIU

  3. Listen and learn more about NEIU holistically and how she may be able to be of
    assistance through servant leadership

Mimi Crespo
Learning Resource Center
El Centro
Term expire: 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 ten 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.