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.
Leticia Nieto, BA '03
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.
Evelina Ayrapetyan, MEd '13
Academic programs, Libraries
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.
Laura Colon Baker, BASC ‘08
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Colleges and Schools, Athletics
Laura grew up outside out Atlanta, GA and moved to Chicago in 2004 to attend Loyola. She majored in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Marketing and graduated in 2008. During her time at Loyola, Laura worked as a Student Ambassador for Undergraduates Admissions and as a building manager for the Student Union. After graduation, she served on the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Board for four years while working in the online marketing world. She began working for Loyola in the Advancement division in 2012 with the major gifts team prior to transitioning into Alumni Relations in 2015. When she is not reconnecting with alumni, she likes to attend Ramblers basketball games, try new restaurants, and spend time with her husband--whom she married at Madonna della Strada chapel in 2014!
Jocelyn D. Cheng, BS ‘94
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Service/Ministry, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Libraries, Mundelein College, The Clare
Jocelyn graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology. As a student, she enjoyed academic life and volunteer service projects for the university and communities. After graduation, Jocelyn honed her volunteer and intern program management, event planning, marketing and communication skills at Chicago nonprofit organizations. While working, she earned an MBA degree from Saint Xavier University. She is humbled to be part of the Loyola team where she can apply her skills and passion towards the fulfillment of the Ignatian values and mission. Jocelyn stays connected with relatives and childhood friends in the Philippines, serves as a lector and minister at St. Michael in Old Town Catholic Church, volunteers with her husband through the We Band Together music group, and enjoys learning about cultures through traveling and trying new restaurants.
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.
Mary King Houston, JFRC ’06, BS ’07, MEd ‘13
Associate Director, Alumni Relations
Prospective and Current Student Engagement, Staff Management
Bio to come soon!
Nicholas Ramirez, TBC '13, BASC '14
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.
Anne Wicker, BA ‘83
Office Assistant, Alumni Relations
A 1983 graduate, Anne is back as an alumna in every sense of the word. She is a second generation Loyolan, married to a Loyola graduate, and the mother of four Jesuit-educated sons. Whether in Hyde Park, Evanston, or Lincoln Square, Anne loves to catch up with friends (or college classmates!) over meals or at art events. She particularly appreciates ethnic restaurants, used bookstores, and old architecture.