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Meet Our Team


Arlene Tan, Ph.D.

Director

Dr. Tan received her degrees in Psychology from SIU. Her areas of expertise include Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Traumatic Brain Injury. She has led the Achieve Program since 2011.

📧 arlenet@siu.edu


Roger Pugh, M.A.

Developmental Skills Training Specialist

Roger completed his degrees in English at SIU. Roger specializes in student support services. He has worked for Achieve since 1999.

📧 rpugh@siu.edu


Leslie Love

Administrative Aide

Leslie received her degree in Classics 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.

📧 llove@siu.edu


Zain Abdi, M.S.

Case Manager

Zain completed his degree in Petroleum Geology at UT-Arlington. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Organic Geochemistry and Petrography at SIU. He has experience in tutoring and teaching.

📧 zain.abdi@siu.edu


Jessica Freeman, M.F.A., M.A.

Case Manager

Jessica earned her M.F.A from SIUC and her M.A. from SIUE. She joined Achieve in 2021 and has extensive experience in teaching and writing assistance. 

📧 jessica.freeman@siu.edu


Olga Kaczmarczyk, M.A., Ms.Ed.

Case Manager

Olga earned her degree in Curriculum and Instruction from SIU and has been with Achieve since 2014. She specializes in working with freshman students.

📧 olgakaczma@siu.edu