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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.


Chelsea Davis

Chelsea Davis

Case Manager

Chelsea earned her B.A. in Rehabilitation Services from Southern Illinois University. She is a first year graduate student in the Rehabilitation Counseling program, with a focus on Addiction Studies. Chelsea has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in a work and classroom setting. Chelsea is very excited for this opportunity to work alongside the students enrolled in the Achieve program, hoping to make a positive impact in their experiences here at Southern illinois University.


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.


Nathan Fortmeyer

Nathan Fortmeyer

Case Manager

Nathan earned his B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justine and Cinema & Photography from SIU. He is currently pursuing his M.S. in Mass Communication and Media Arts. Nathan is excited to be returning to Achieve as a case manager. He looks forward to working with students and helping them realize their full potential, both academically and existentially.


Katrina Hancock

Katrina Hancock

Case Manager

Katrina earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is currently in her second year as a graduate student in the Counseling Education Program. Originally from Wisconsin she is still adjusting to the hot weather and southern accents at SIU.  She began working at Achieve as head tutor and really enjoyed getting to know each student. She is excited to further that knowledge and to work in an environment that is such a positive and supportive space for the students.


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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.


Eric Lim

Eric Lim

Math Tutor

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.


Ricky Lundquist

Ricky Lundquist

Case Manager

Ricky earned his B.A. in Political Science from SIU and will be pursuing his Masters in Public Administration. Ricky was previously a tutor at Achieve and stayed busy helping many students. Ricky says Achieve is one of those programs that makes you feel like you are part of something bigger. It’s like a family and everyday work feels fun. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t feel better after coming in—it’s the best job he’s ever had!


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 worked 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. Please feel free to contact her at maria.regas@siu.edu. 


Patrick Soule

MATH 101 TA

Patrick graduated with his B.S. in Mathematics from SIU and is a 2nd year graduate student in Mathematics. He has experience with AmeriCorps in literacy promotion and has worked at Achieve in a variety of roles. Patrick is thankful to be an integral part of such an amazing and successful program. The Achieve atmosphere feels more akin to family than a business and he consistently finds himself wanting to do more to help his Achieve family thrive.


Rick Turner

Rick Turner

Case Manager

Rick graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Kansas State University, an M.A. in Rehabilitation and Counselor Education from The University of Iowa, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling. He is excited to work with students to help them navigate the college landscape. He is passionate about student success and driven to help students achieve their academic goals. He is proud to be a part of the Achieve family for another year.


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 134.