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Dr. Arlene Tan


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 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 or 618-453-6138.

Leslie Love

Administrative Aide

Leslie is a Southern Illinois native and is pursuing her B.A. in University Studies from SIU. 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 or 618-453-6161.

Tara Thompson

Tara Thompson

Office Support Specialist

Tara lives in Carbondale and is pursuing a B.A. in Health Care Management. 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 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.


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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.


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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.

Andrew Goforth

ENGL Instructor

Andrew hails from Des Moines, Iowa.  He received his bachelor’s degree in English / writing and philosophy at Grand View University and his MA at Southern Illinois University in contemporary American Literature.  He is currently working on a PhD in Rhetoric in Composition focusing on the relationship between literacy, identity, and writing curriculum design.  Andrew is an avid gamer and media enthusiast and loves integrating multimodal approaches to his teaching.  He is excited to work with the Achieve Program due to a greater emphasis on personalized approaches and communication with his students.

Daina McKinney

MATH 101 Instructor

 Aashish Neupane

Graduate Assistant

Erika Riley

Graduate Assistant