Loyola University Maryland

ALANA Services


Rodney Parker 

Rodney Parker, Ph.D.

I am Rodney Parker from Wilson, NC and serve as the Director of ALANA Services. I obtained my BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!). Later, I received my Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke University (Go Blue Devils!). I came to Loyola more than eight years ago and worked with the dynamic Center for Community Service and Justice staff. After the first two and a half years at Loyola, I joined the ALANA team in the Spring 2005. My job responsibilities include providing leadership for the ALANA team. I recently received my doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling. In my spare time, I like to read, hang out with friends, and listen to all types of music.  

Raven Williams

Raven Williams
Associate Director

I am Raven Williams, Associate Director of ALANA Services and a native of Saginaw, Michigan.  My work in higher education has been focused on student retention, identity development, cultural competency, and diversity/inclusion.  As the Associate Director of ALANA Services, I assist our director with the retention and support services for students of color, as well as staff supervision and implementing leadership training and development opportunities.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Eastern Michigan University and my Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.  My next academic goal is to begin working on my doctoral degree.  In my spare time, I love anything related to music, church, sports, traveling, shopping, and exploring new restaurants.  The one thing people will learn about me quickly is that I’m a social butterfly and I love connecting with people.  Most importantly, I love helping students!


Julie Rivera
Assistant Director

My name is Julie Rivera, and I am the Assistant Director of ALANA services. My parents are originally from El Salvador and immigrated to the US in the 1980s. They made their life here and here I was born along with my other 4 siblings in Silver Spring, MD. I am a recent graduate from the University of Maryland School of Social having obtained my Master’s in Social Work with a concentration on Community Action and Social Policy. I also obtained my Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). I am responsible for overseeing of our programming, leadership development and student organizations, as well as supervision of our Graduate Assistants. I also support the Associate Director and Director with the daily operations of the office.  When I’m not working, I enjoy eating out in many of the Baltimore hot spots, running, and exploring new activities, like kayaking and hiking! I also love spending time with family and friends when I get the chance. 


Joseleen Gomez
Administrative Assistant

My name is Joseleen Gomez and I am the Administrative Assistant for ALANA Services. I was born in Venezuela, raised in Trinidad and the United States. I grew up in Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. I earned a B.A. in American Studies with a focus in U.S. Latino Studies. I hope to attend Loyola to earn my Master’s in Emerging Media. As the Administrative Assistant, I provide secretarial and clerical support to the Director Dr. Parker, work collaboratively with the Associate Director Raven Williams and the Assistant Director Julie Rivera, to provide supervision for the Student Employees and to assist with the coordination of major ALANA programs and initiatives. My interests include spending time with friends and family, traveling, reading, listening to music, watching movies and shopping.


Taylor Butts
Graduate Assistant
Academic & Career Enrichment

Hello there. My name is Taylor Simone Butts and I am currently a full time Graduate Student on track to receive a Masters in Education with a concentration in School Counseling. I was born and raised in Chesapeake, VA and just moved to Baltimore by way of the beautiful Winchester, VA where I recently obtained my Bachelors in Music Performance with a concentration in Voice and Piano from Shenandoah University. I was introduced to Loyola by a friend and fell in love with its caring nature and genuine concern for equipping its students for life after graduation by just my research alone. Needless to say, my love for the people and the campus has grown immensely since then, especially since joining the ALANA family and meeting some of the passionate and dedicated staff and students. I am thrilled to be working alongside them as the new Graduate Assistant of Academic and Career Enrichment. With this title I am able to plan and implement programming that highlights our various backgrounds and cultures while setting a precedence for excellenceand preparing students to thrive academically while here and Loyola and in their various career paths in the years to follow once they leave this institution. This position is in line with my own career goals and passion for helping people become an even better version of themselves. My interests include spending time getting to know new people, relaxing with friends and family, singing, dancing, studying the bible, listening to live music, and going to see a nice theater production or movie just to name a few. I'm so excited to be a part of ALANA services and cannot wait to meet everyone and exchange stories as we strive for greatness together.

Aliyah Johnson

Aliyah Johnson
Graduate Assistant
Leadership Development

My name is Aliyah Johnson. I am excited to join the ALANA team as the Leadership Development and Cultural Programing Graduate Assistant. I am currently an MAT student for Secondary Education at Loyola. I was born and raised in Maryland. I earned my B.A in Political Science at Mount St. Mary's University. I love watching old reruns of tv shows, music, and Rugby. My overall responsibilities include assisting in the development of programs for ALANA students and the community as well as working closely with ALANA students to collaborate and facilitate various events and celebrations. 

james James Willey
Graduate Assistant
Research & Retention
My name is James Willey and I am the Research and Retention Graduate Assistant. Originally, I am from Milton, DE, but I went to Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA to get my B.S. in Psychology. At Loyola, I am pursuing my Masters in Clinical Psychology with the intention of one day getting my doctorate and having my own private practice, as well as, becoming a professor. Part of my responsibility at Loyola is to help oversee the ALANA Mentoring Program (AMP) and run focus groups. Outside of the office and school, I enjoy watching movies and anime, reading, playing video games, and going outside and exploring.

ALANA Student Assistants


Tariq Elmetwally
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Class Standing: Junior
Major: Marketing


James Grant
Planfield, NJ
Class Standing:
Business Management
*Proficient in Spanish

nathaniel Nathaniel Hong
Hometown: Lansdale, PA
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Biochemistry
*Proficient in Korean
 picture of haleema  Haleema Hafeez
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Class Standing: First-Year
Major: Marketing
Proficient in Spanish

Oscar Rodas-Falla
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Class Standing: First-Year
Major: History/Economics
Proficient in Spanish

maahnoor Maahnoor Shah
Hometown: New York, NY
Class Standing: Sophomore
Major: International Business
*Fluent in Urdu
 natalie rosado

Natalie Rosado
Lawrence, MA
Class Standing: First-Year
Major: Undecided