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.
Director of Alumni Relations
Olga joined Loyola University Chicago in 2006 as a member of the Advancement Division working specifically with the John Felice Rome Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. Prior to re-joining Loyola as the Director of Alumni Relations, Olga was the Director of Advancement for the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Olga received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola in 2009, with a concentration in Operations Management. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs, and Alpha Sigma Nu, the international Jesuit honor society. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Business Statistics from the School of Statistics of the University of Bologna (Italy). Originally from Italy, Olga has been loving Chicago since 2006 and deeply enjoys spending time with fellow Loyola alumni.
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!
Alumni Career Services, John Felice Rome Center, and Mundelein Alumni
Casey grew up in Rochester, New York and moved to Chicago in 2001 to earn her undergraduate degree from Loyola. She studied at the John Felice Rome Center in the Spring of 2003 and graduated in 2005 with a degree in marketing. She is currently earning her Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business. Casey joined Loyola’s Alumni Relations team in 2013 and brings her prior experiences from an association management company, planning conferences and trade shows within the U.S, with her. She enjoys seeking out Chicago’s newest restaurants, reading her book club picks, and skiing each winter.
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.
Development Officer for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
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.
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
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.
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.
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