You see our faces at Alumni Weekend and networking receptions, hear our
voices when you call to RSVP, and exchange emails with us on all manner
of subjects — but who are we? Read on to learn more about your Loyola
Alumni Relations team.
Alumni Relations Director
A native Chicagoan and first-generation student, Leticia grew up in Pilsen, a Mexican American neighborhood on the near-west side. After graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep, she continued her education at Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Sociology. Upon earning her degree, Leticia began her career at Loyola while working in the Financial Aid Office and eventually found her passion for higher education in the Office of Undergraduate Admission where she recruited students from across the country and overseas. Most recently, she served as Associate Director of International Admission and spearheaded the University's efforts to increase international student enrollment on the graduate and undergraduate level. Along with her husband Michael, who is also a graduate of Loyola, Leticia enjoys to travel, explore, and eat. Throughout her career she has had opportunity to visit over 25 countries in 6 different continents but never forgets the rich culture available right here in her favorite city, Chicago.
Academic programs, Libraries
, Loyola travels
, alumni benefits
Evelina was born in Yerevan, Armenia and split her childhood between Armenia and Los Angeles, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and sport management at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006. Soon after, Evelina moved to Barcelona, Spain to travel, and teach English as a second language. Evelina moved to Chicago in 2010 to pursue her master’s degree in higher education at Loyola after working for a TRIO program at Mount St. Mary’s College in LA. Most recently, Evelina served as the Associate Director of Development for the Colleges of Education and Social Work at UIC where she successfully coordinated alumni and donor events that increased alumni engagement, provided opportunities for professional development and intellectual stimulation, and raised money for student scholarships. When not at work, Evelina enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, walking all over the city, and marathon ‘Netflixing” of shows like Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Newsroom. As a Loyola alum, Evelina is happy to be back!
Rambler clubs, reunions
Dana earned her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University, where she majored in Public Relations and minored in Writing. She also was a Division I college athlete on ISU’s women’s soccer team. Prior to joining Loyola’s Alumni Relations team, Dana worked at a non-profit managing corporate relationships and fundraising efforts. During her free time, she enjoys spending time on the lakefront and staying active by training for marathons.
Athletics, Student Development
Vivian was born and raised in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. She received her degree in Communications from Loyola in 2011 with a minor in International Studies. For the last three years, she has produced and reported for Vocalo, a subsidy of Chicago Public Radio, and manged the production and university interns.
During her time at Vocalo, Vivian fund-raised for non-profit organizations through pledge drives and social media. She hopes to bring her hardball research, multi-tasking skills, and easy-going personality to this position and become a successful bridge between Alumni Relations and the students at the Lake Shore Campus. She still lives with her large family in Skokie and enjoys running long distances, writing, playing her violin, and cooking in large portions.
Alumni cards, class notes, alumni weekend
Nicholas was born and raised in Sacramento, California and moved to Chicago in 2010 to attend Loyola. He attended the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in spring 2013 and graduated in May 2014 from Loyola’s School of Communication with a degree in advertising and public relations. During his time as a student, Nick worked in the Office of First-Year Experience as an orientation leader and, most recently, as program coordinator for the Summer Scholars program. He is also a Cristo Rey Scholar and was deeply involved in the development of the Cristo Rey Scholars Program at Loyola. When not connecting with alumni, Nicholas enjoys exploring Chicago’s many neighborhoods and trying all the great restaurants the city has to offer.
GOLD board, affinity groups
Olivia graduated from St. Norbert College where she studied Sociology Human Services and minored in Peace and Justice. She worked in the college's Admissions Office where she discovered her passion for higher education! Her volunteer work includes St. Norbert Service to St. Benedict the African and St. Jude Cancer fundraising. When she's not spending time catching up with the latest celebrity dish, she loves to read and take her dog Lucy to the park.
Alumni Relations Ambassador
Ramblers at the gateway
Bob Ward is Alumni Ambassador for Loyola University Chicago. He is a graduate of Loyola, as is his wife, Jean Brahm Ward. Bob and Jean met at Loyola and have lived in the Chicago area for many years. At Loyola, Bob majored in Political Science and was elected to Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor fraternity. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Northwestern University Law Review. Bob practiced law in Chicago for many years prior to joining the Advancement Division of Loyola as a major gift officer in 1996. He has also been Director of Planned Giving and Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events at Loyola. Bob has served as Director of Development for Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, IL and as Midwest Region Major Gift Director at The ALS Association. He returned to Loyola in 2013 as Alumni Ambassador.
Director, Alumni Relations and External Engagement, Health Sciences Division
Krista Giuffi joined Loyola’s Advancement team as the Director of Alumni Relations and External Engagement for the Health Sciences Division, which encompasses the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, in 2014. A Minnesota native, Krista comes to Loyola from Philadelphia where she built a career in in health care and nonprofit public relations before accepting a position as Director of Alumni Relations at Temple University’s School of Medicine. While at Temple University, Krista managed the medical school’s alumni relations, special events and stewardship programs as well as the alumni communications schedule. Krista holds a MS in Communication Management from Temple University and a BA in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Minnesota. She currently resides in Forest Park with her husband and young daughter.
Additional Alumni Relations Staff
In addition to these Alumni Relations staff members, the School of Law, Stritch School of Medicine, and Niehoff School of Nursing have staff that work directly with the school-specific initiatives (such as alumni boards) for those schools.
School of Business - Andrea Brault
School of Law - Beth Kondrat