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Dr. Arlene Tan

Director

Dr. Arlene Tan received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Psychology from SIU. Her areas of expertise include Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Traumatic Brain Injury. She has led the Achieve Program since 2011. Her office is always open to students and parents who have questions or concerns. Dr. Tan's top priority is to see her students succeed at SIU and develop the skills they will need after they have graduated. Please feel free to contact her at arlenet@siu.edu or 618-453-6135.


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Roger Pugh

Developmental Skills Training Specialist

Roger lives in Metropolis, Illinois and completed his B.A. and M.A. in English at SIU. He is currently working to complete his Ph.D. in Special Education. Roger worked for the Achieve Program as an undergraduate tutor and graduate assistant before accepting a full-time staff position in 1999. Roger has dedicated his professional career to working with students because of their continuing need for services at the university level, and the opportunity he is afforded to make a difference in their lives. Please feel free to contact him at rpugh@siu.edu or 618-453-2369.


Leslie Love

Leslie Love

Administrative Aide

Leslie lives in Makanda, Illinois and is pursuing her B.A. in History from SIU. She has over 13 years of experience working at SIU and other state universities in both academic and student services departments. She has been with the Achieve Program since April 2012 and performs a variety of roles in fiscal and personnel management, as well as student services. She enjoys working in an environment so responsive to individual students’ needs and with colleagues so dedicated to student success; working at Achieve is truly fulfilling. Please feel free to contact her at llove@siu.edu or 618-453-6161.


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Roberto Ramon Regas

Program Assistant

Roberto is originally from Tartagal, Argentina and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in English Literature and is pursuing his M.A. in Special Education-Behavior Intervention. Roberto was a Secondary Resource and ESL English Language Arts Teacher in Houston and a Title I Parental Involvement Coordinator before joining the Achieve Program in 2012. Roberto is excited to be part of such an amazing team that continues to do so much work to help our students become successful. Please feel free to contact him at robertorregas@siu.edu or 618-453-6278.


Tara Thompson

Tara Thompson

Office Support Specialist

Tara lives in Carbondale and is pursuing a B.A. in Business. She has been with SIU since 2014 in various departments but has found her niche with the Achieve Program in 2016. She is excited to be a part of an amazing team and contribute all that she can to the success of the students. Please feel free to contact her at achieve@siu.edu or 618-453-6155.


Zain Abdi

Zain Abdi

Case Manager

Zain was raised in Arlington, TX where he completed his B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science and M.S. in Petroleum Geology at UT Arlington. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Organic Geochemistry and Petrography at SIU. He has over 2 years of experience in tutoring and supplemental instructing with 2 years of experience as a teaching assistant. His previous job was as an adjunct at Tarrant County College. With a passion of research, tutoring, teaching and helping others he is incredibly thankful for being a Case Manager at the Achieve Program. He is always looking forward to helping others achieve a life as a productive, independent college student.


Ben Alexander

Ben Alexander

Case Manager

Ben earner his B.S. in Agriculture Education from Southern Illinois University. He is a first year graduate students studying Agriculture Education, with a focus in extension programs and adult education. Ben student taught in Vienne, IL last year and greatly enjoyed working with high school students. Ben is very excited to be taking a step up and working with the students in the Achieve Program. He plans to use his experience leading a classroom to understand student's unique issues and foster greater student success.


Libby Davison

Libby Davison

Case Manager

Libby earned her B.A.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Sociology, Psychology, and Women’s studies at Western Illinois University. She is currently in her second year in the Counseling Education Program with a focus on clinical mental health. Libby and her wiener dog, Luna, made the move to Southern Illinois from the rocky shores of Rock Island, Illinois. She began working at Achieve as the head tutor where she had the pleasure of meeting the vast array of personalities in the program. She is looking forward to creating a warm atmosphere where students can feel supported.


Paige Henry

Paige Henry

Case Manager

Paige earned her B.A. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. She is a first year graduate student in the Counselor Education program, with a focus on clinical mental health. She has worked as the Psychology tutor at Achieve in the last two years and is returning as a case manager. Paige is excited to work with students. She has enjoyed the time she has spent at Achieve and will work to help students reach their goals at SIU.



Lauren Hoekstra

Case Manager

Lauren graduated with a B.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from SIU. She is currently enrolled in her first year of graduate school, in Communication Disorders and Sciences. After she graduates, Lauren hopes to work in a medical setting as a speech-language pathologist.  Lauren has spent the last two and a half years working at Achieve, assisting with test proctoring. She is excited to continue with Achieve in this new role.


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Olga Kaczmarczyk

Case Manager

Olga earned her B.A. in Psychology from SIU and is currently a graduate student in the TESOL program. She has a wide variety of experience at Achieve, as a tutor, test proctor, and case manager. She is excited to return as a case manager this year and finds it rewarding to see students learn to use resources and become more independent.



William Lam  

Case Manager

William graduated from SIU with a B.S. in Accounting. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Accountancy with a concentration on auditing and accounting information systems. Previously, William was a tutor at Achieve and is returning as a case manager. He is thrilled to be part of a wonderful team that is dedicated to the success of their students.



Eric Lim

Eric Lim

Case Manager

Eric is from Malaysia and has completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at SIU. He is currently a first year graduate student, and have worked with Achieve for the last two years as a tutor. He enjoyed the time working with students at Achieve and believes in making positive changes which will benefit the students in both short and long term.


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Gabriela Lopez

Case Manager

Gabriela holds a dual B.A. in Applied Linguistics and Human Nutrition & Dietetics, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Gabriela enjoys helping her students prepare to overcome the difficulties and challenges that college life presents. Her goal is to guide them to become independent and successful students, achieve all their potential, and meet their expectations and goals they are seeking for their future lives.


Delaney Parker

Delaney Parker

Case Manager

Delaney earned her BSW from Southern Illinois University.  She is a first year graduate student in the Social Work Program, with a focus on mental health.  Delaney has prior experience working with adolescents with learning differences and developmental disabilities in a school setting.  She began working at Achieve as a desk worker, where she was able to develop a broad understanding of how Achieve operates and the positive impact it has on students.  Delaney is excited to further her experience and help students realize their full potential while at the Achieve Program.


Abigail Plecki

Abigail Plecki

Case Manager

Abigail earned her B.S. in Forestry from SIU and is currently enrolled in her first year of graduate school. In the classroom, her focus is Restoration Ecology, but at work her focus is each individual students' academic success. Abigail spent the last year at Achieve as a tutor and she is excited to continue to be part of the positive learning environment at Achieve.


Lucy Regas

Lucy Regas

Case Manager

Lucy was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in History and English Literature and is pursuing her M.A. in Geography. Lucy has  worked with students of all ages and was a high school World Geography teacher for three years in Houston. Lucy is excited to work with students in the Achieve Program and continue helping our students become successful.


Magan Snowden

Proctoring Assistant

Magan has earned her B. A. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. She is currently a second year graduate student in the Masters of Public Health Program with plans of attending medical school to become a physician. She has helped develop and participate in various programs at the university that have offered students the opportunity to learn and grow. Magan has experience with working with individuals that have disabilities and hopes that she can make students feel supported while they are away from home.  Her passion for helping others succeed in their endeavors has been the most rewarding experience thus far. She hopes that her passion will continue to grow as she helps assists students that are served under the Achieve Program.


Kris Wells

Kris Wells

Case Manager

Kris was raised in Saint Louis, MO but earned his B.A. in architecture and is currently pursuing his master’s degree here at the University of Southern Illinois Carbondale. Kris is new to the Achieve Program, but has always had a passion for teaching and helping others. He is looking forward to helping students become productive and better organized college students. His goal is to help students reach their greatest potential.


Kate Worzala

English Instructor

Kate started out as a secondary English teacher in her home state of Wisconsin before moving to SIU to earn her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition. This is her fourth year teaching composition at SIU, but her first time working with the Achieve program. Her goal as a teacher is to help her students grow as writers and thinkers; she does this through a variety of reflective activities that make students think about their writing process. In her free time, Kate loves watching movies and singing along to the radio. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she cheers for the Milwaukee Brewers and the University of Wisconsin Badgers, and desperately misses Friday Night Fish Fry! Come see the "displaced polar bear" (as she calls herself) in room 127.