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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 618-453-6138.


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.



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 Assistant

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 Assistant

Ben earned 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.



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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.