Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

(773) 442-4971
Amie Jatta, Director
Amie
Jatta
Director
TRIO Student Support
Expertise
Project Management, Team Building, Student Services, Program Development, Relationship Building, Student Retention, Student Recruitment, Student Success, Fiscal Management, Grant Management
Education

University of North Dakota, Master of Science in Educational Leadership 

University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Business Administration in Management

Background

Amie Jatta is a multilingual (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Wolof and English) higher education professional with more than ten 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 all 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. 

Additional Information

Top five strengths: Deliberative; Consistency; Harmony; Woo; Communication

Ronald Williams Library, LIB 407
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, W, TH: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Jesse Rutschman smiles into the camera.
Jesse
Rutschman
Enrollment Coordinator-Achieve
TRIO Student Support
Expertise
Strengths-based mentoring and career development; academic advising; individualized success coaching; motivational interviewing; overseeing tutoring/student service programs; assessment planning and instruction; experiential and adventure education; creating a college success pipeline for Chicago Public School students.
Education

National-Louis University, M.A., Teaching (some coursework completed with Northeastern Illinois University’s MSTQE program)

Earlham College, B.A., Psychology

Background

Enrollment coordinator and student advisor for TRIO Achieve (2014-Present); Teacher (grades 7-9) of Natural Sciences and Language Arts in CPS and Noble Charter Network (2011-2014); College and career advisor for middle school and high school youth through GEAR UP (2005-2012); Youth enrichment programs and youth/adult job training programs supervisor (various projects/positions); Adventure education/team-building facilitator.

Additional Information

Top five strengths: Ideation, Connectedness, Activator, Individualization, and Input

Ronald Williams Library, LIB 405
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, W, TH: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
William Escalante looks into the camera in a studio portrait.
William
Escalante
Advisor
TRIO Student Support
Expertise
Over the course of his career, Will has developed expertise in the following areas: academic advising, major selection, professional writing and presentation, effective networking, community outreach, event planning, student recruitment, social science and qualitative research, and teaching.
Education

Michigan State University, M.A., Sociology

Michigan State University, B.A., Social Relations with a Specialization in Chicano/Latino Studies

Background

William “Will” Escalante is a bilingual (English/Spanish) educator with 10 years of experience in post-secondary education. Will began his career at Nevada State College where he worked in College Admissions, Recruitment and Academic Advising. The interactions he had with students in the Las Vegas area motivated him to pursue graduate education in order to better understand the historical and social contexts in which students live and pursue their education. During graduate school, Mr. Escalante was involved with multiple research projects that focused on topics of migration, identity development, assessing the needs of Latino/a communities, and Latino/a business ownership. These experiences reinforced his dedication to working with students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in U.S. higher education. With the completion of his master’s degree, Will began working at NEIU in the summer of 2015. Prior to TRIO, he worked in the Admissions Office as an Admissions Counselor and Recruiter. As an Academic Advisor, he strives to meet students “where they are,” help them identify “where they want to go,” and develop a path to achieve their academic, professional and personal goals. Will approaches each appointment with an empathetic ear and a genuine desire to help students succeed. 

Additional Information

Top five strengths: Input, Woo, Connectedness, Learner, Ideation

Ronald Williams Library, LIB 410
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, Th: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
W: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
F: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lunch:
M, T, TH, F: Noon to 1 p.m.
W: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Walk-in hours:
M: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
T: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
W: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
F: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Marcial Garibay smiles into the camera.
Marcial
Garibay
Advisor
TRIO Student Support
Expertise
Customer service; academic advising; student success planning; workshop/event planning and development; clinical and student teaching field placement; budget management; and math tutoring.
Education

Northeastern Illinois University, B.S., Business Management 

Northeastern Illinois University, M.S., Business Administration in Finance

Background

Marcial graduated from NEIU with a B.A. and M.A. in Business Administration. Passionate about his students, Marcial has been working in higher education since 2008. As an academic advisor for the TRIO Student Support Services-Teacher Preparation program, he helps students create an individualized success plan each semester so they have a clearer picture of their goals and how to achieve them. Marcial helps students develop an academic course plan, select the appropriate classes, and graduate in a timely manner. As a proud alum and academic advisor, Marcial encourages students to develop strong long-term ties with NEIU staff, administrators, fellow students, and the community.

Additional Information

1997-2000: Work-study student with the Proyecto Pa'Lante program. 
Summer 2001: Internship with the ENLACE program.
2008-2011: Administrative assistant for the Clinical Experience and Student Teaching (CEST) office.
2011 to present: Academic advisor for the TRIO Student Support Service-Teacher Preparation program.

Top five strengths: Includer; Activator; Arranger; Responsibility; Positivity

Ronald Williams Library, LIB 406
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
T, W, Th, F: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lunch:
M: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
T, W, TH, F: Noon to 1 p.m.

Walk-in hours:
M: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
T, Th: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
W: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
F: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Richie Heard smiles into the camera.
Richie
Heard
Advisor
TRIO Student Support
Expertise
Richie has been working in higher education for 15 years. He specializes in institutional planning and research to support college and university programs, accreditation, administrations, financial aid and student support services.
Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.S., Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Speech Communication

Background

Richie's experiences in postsecondary education are firmly rooted in understanding the complexities of students’ academic and personal lives and assisting in the development of those students in a college setting. His passion for working in student services has kept him particularly engaged with both traditional and nontraditional students throughout his career. Richie believes education is the best investment in the future, paying great dividends to students and to society as a whole.

Additional Information

Top five strengths: Connectedness; Ideation; Adaptability; Input; Maximizer

Ronald Williams Library, LIB 411
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
T, W, TH, F: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Lunch:
M: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
T, W, Th, F: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Walk-in hours:
M, F: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
T, TH: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
W: 11 a.m. to noon
Vernon Collins, Office Support Specialist
Vernon
Collins
Office Support Specialist
TRIO Student Support
Expertise
In conjunction with the department’s director, Vernon coordinates TRIO activities at NEIU, provides a wide range of office support services, implements promotional and social media campaigns, and assists in preparing the Annual Performance Report for the U.S. Department of Education.
Education

University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A.

Background

Vernon is dedicated to providing first-rate customer service to students participating in the TRIO Student Support Services program and to all NEIU students. He specializes in office administration and furthering the mission of TRIO.

Additional Information

Top five strengths: Input; Learner; Achiever; Intellection; Discipline

Ronald Williams Library, LIB 403
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday 11 a.m-7 p.m.; Wed, Thur, Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ann Sego, Office Support Specialist
Ann
Sego
Office Support Specialist
TRIO Student Support
Expertise
Customer Service; Receptionist; Office Support; and Fiscal management for Director, Advisors and Coordinators; Fiscal management for three programs in the TRIO Student Support Services Department
Education

Oakton Community College

Background

Administrative work, office support, customer service, receptionist

Additional Information

Motivated to support students and staff at NEIU.

Top 5 Strengths: Input; Connectedness; Intellection; Individualization; Ideation

Ronald Williams Library, LIB 412
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.