Office Hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

(773) 442-4981
Amie Jatta
Amie
Jatta
Director of TRIO Programs Student Support Services Achieve (Regular) Access (Disability) and Teacher Preparation
TRIO Student Support Services
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 10 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

Room LIB 407
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, W, TH, F: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lunch: 2-3 p.m.
Jesse Rutschman
Jesse
Rutschman
Enrollment Coordinator-Achieve
TRIO Student Support Services
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 Schools 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 SSS 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

LIB 405
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, W, TH, F: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
T: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Stacy Alikakos
Stacy
Alikakos
Advisor-Achieve
TRIO Student Support Services
Expertise
Critical thinking, academic advising, foster relationships and community, integrative learning, responsive student programming, student empowerment
Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Integrative Biology

Background

Stacy is determined to see NEIU undergraduates thrive by providing them guidance and meaningful support on their journey. Her drive to help students is cardinally motivated by her own undergraduate experience. She navigated her degree alone with a lot of needless difficulty but now heartily applies the lessons she learned to benefit the next wave of students. Prior to advising in TRIO Stacy has worked at NEIU as an admissions representative in Enrollment Services, a program advisor in the College of Business and Management, and a coach for science, math and psychology students. She is also a current graduate student at NEIU in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies. She treasures studying and working with NEIU students because they are dynamic, inspiring and at the vanguard of excellence.

Additional Information

Top five strengths: Learner, Harmony, Input, Intellection, Individualization

 

LIB 410
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, W, TH, F: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Lunch: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Rachel Schaffnit
Rachel
Schaffnit
Enrollment Coordinator-Teacher Preparation
TRIO Student Support Services
Expertise
Curriculum planning and instructional design; teaching English as a second language; supervisor of tutoring services; development of personalized tutoring programs
Education

Allegheny College, B.A., International Studies

Northeastern Illinois University, M.A., Higher Education Leadership

Background

Rachel is originally from western Pennsylvania, which is where she earned her bachelor's degree in international studies at Allegheny College. Between 2006 and 2018, she taught English as a second language to diverse groups of students in Seoul, South Korea, Istanbul, Turkey, and here in Chicago. Rachel loves working with students and learning every day. She earned her master's degree in higher education leadership here at NEIU in 2018.

Additional Information

Top strengths: Includer, Positivity, Input, Learner, Woo

 

LIB 409
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, W, TH, F: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Lunch: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Marcial Garibay
Marcial
Garibay
Advisor-Teacher Preparation
TRIO Student Support Services
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 alumnus 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 TRIO Student Support Services Teacher Preparation program.

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

LIB 406
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, W, TH, F: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Erin Long
Erin
Long
Enrollment Coordinator-Access
TRIO Student Support Services
Expertise
Individualized success planning, holistic advising, building relationships, applying a strengths perspective to working with students, project management, needs assessment, research, advocacy.
Education

DePaul University, Master of Social Work

Lamar University, Master of Educational Administration

Ohio University, B.S., Interpersonal Communication

Background

Erin has always loved working with students and her 10-year teaching career took her across the U.S. -- from Western Colorado to San Antonio, Texas, to Kansas City! She relocated to Chicago to be closer to her adorably goofy nephews and graduated in June with her Master of Social Work from DePaul University. She earned her LSW in November 2018. Erin is excited to connect with NEIU students on their educational journeys. As coordinator of the TRIO SSS Access program, Erin hopes her office will be a place everyone feels comfortable stopping by. She’d love to chat with you about your interests … feel free to ask about her time as a National Park ranger or what podcast she’s listening to lately.

Additional Information

Top five strengths: Empathy, Positivity, Responsibility, Achiever, Learner

LIB 404
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, W, TH, F: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Lunch: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Richie Heard
Richie
Heard
Advisor-Access
TRIO Student Support Services
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

LIB 411
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Regular hours:
M, T, W, TH, F: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Lunch: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Vernon Collins
Vernon
Collins
Office Support Specialist
TRIO Student Support Services
Expertise
In conjunction with the department’s director, Vernon coordinates TRIO SSS 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 TRIO Student Support Services programs and to all NEIU students. He specializes in office administration and furthering the mission of TRIO SSS.

Additional Information

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

LIB 403
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
M, T, W, TH, F: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m.