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
Program Assistant

My name is Joseleen Gomez and I am the Program Assistant for ALANA Services and Student Activities. 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 am currently earning my Master’s in Emerging Media at Loyola University Maryland as well! As Program 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. I also assist with the coordination of events for Student Activities. 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.

GA Assistant Giovanna

Giovanna Baisie-Arthur
Graduate Assistant
Leadership Development

Hi my name Giovanna Ama Baisie-Arthur. I am currently a Grad student in Clinical Psychology here at Loyola. I am the new Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development and Cultural Programming. A little about myself, my family is originally from Ghana, West Africa but I was born and raised in Prince George’s County Maryland. I am a recent graduate of Stevenson University where I earned my B.S in Psychology. I was the president of the African Student Union at Stevenson which will help me with some of my responsibilities here at ALANA. My overall responsibilities comprise of 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. Outside of ALANA, I love to read, listen to music, and hangout with my family. I am very excited to be a part of the ALANA team and look forward to a great a year and making connections with everyone! 

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.