Loyola University Maryland


Meet the Staff

Lisa Oberbroeckling, Ph.D.
Faculty Co-Director of Messina
Maryland Hall 145

Michael Puma 
Student Development Co-Director of Messina
Maryland Hall 145

Mary Ellen Wade 
Associate Director
Maryland Hall 145

Teresa Heath
Student Success Specialist
Flannery O'Connor 227

Megan Azzalina
Student Success Specialist
Flannery O'Connor 227

Messina Main Phone Line: 410-617-2669
Messina Direct E-mail: messina@loyola.edu

Lisa Oberbroeckling, Faculty Co-Director of Messina


University of Oregon
Ph.D., Mathematics
M.S., Mathematics
University of Iowa
B.S., Mathematics

As an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, Lisa participated in an undergraduate research program at the Clinical Trials Data Management Center (CTDMC).  Upon graduating, she was hired full time at the CTDMC until she moved to Oregon for graduate school.  After graduate school, Lisa joined the faculty at Loyola in the Fall of 2002.
She has published articles on her research in functional and numerical analysis and has spoken at many conferences on her research and her teaching, specifically on teaching the Programming in Mathematics course.  Committed to the recruitment and the retention of all students in STEM, she has attended workshops on scientific teaching and high impact practices in higher education.  She is currently a co-investigator on the NSF S-STEM grant that provides scholarships and mentoring to students of financial need majoring in computer science, physics, mathematics, and statistics (the CPaMS Scholars Program).
Lisa has taught MA151: Applied Calculus in the Messina program and taught numerous times in Loyola’s previous first-year programs.  She has been actively involved in Loyola’s chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma.  Lisa is currently Loyola’s NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative.  Lisa co-chaired the Career Outcomes working group in forming Loyola’s current strategic plan The Ignatian Compass. Recently she was named Class Dean for the Class of 2022.

Michael Puma, Student Development Co-Director of Messina

University of Maryland - College Park
Current Doctoral Student, Higher Education Administration

Syracuse University
Master of Science, Higher Education Administration

Fordham University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology and American Studies

Michael Puma was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Puma spent his first nine years at Loyola in the Office of Student Life serving as both an Assistant Director and Associate Director for Living-Learning Initiatives.  As Associate Director, he helped to coordinate Loyola's First-Year Living Learning Communities and the Ad Infinitum Sophomore Community. He also facilitated the professional staff search recruitment, selection, and training as well as the peer education initiatives for Student Life.  In 2011, Puma was named the Student Development Co-Director of Messina.  Prior to joining the Loyola community, he served as a Resident Director at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.

While at Loyola, Puma has taken part in campus ministry retreats and immersion trips including Spring Break Outreach to Cumberland, MD, Fries, VA, and New Orleans, LA and the Encuentra El Salvador trip. He served as president of Loyola's Phi Beta Kappa chapter from 2009-11 and is a member of OUT Loyola - Loyola's LGBTQ group for faculty, staff and administrators. He also is a trained Loyola Safe Zone and Green Dot Facilitator and a member of Loyola's Commitment to Justice Committee. 

In 2017, Puma received the Outstanding First Year Advocate award from the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition.  He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park and serves as Secretary of the Ednor Gardens - Lakeside Civic Association in Baltimore City.  

Mary Ellen Wade, Associate Director of Messina

Rowan University
Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration

Rowan University
Bachelor of Arts, History with a Secondary Education Certification

In Fall 2013, Mary Ellen Wade joined Messina as Associate Director. In this role, she coordinates the planning, implementation and evaluation of direct assessment initiatives and fosters development of pre-packaged modules for first-year seminar facilitators to utilize in their Messina courses. Mary Ellen also serves as a Messina mentor for two Messina course pairings.

Beyond Messina, Mary Ellen supports the Division of Student Development as the co-chair of the Research Consultation Group, the Loyola liaison to the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA), and as a hearing officer and investigator for student conduct. In Fall 2016, she was awarded the Dedication to Professional Service Award by the Maryland Chapter of the Association of College Personnel Administrators (MCPA). She authored a case study which will appear in the forthcoming volume What Makes the First-Year Seminar High Impact? An Exploration of Effective Educational Practices. In summer 2017, Mary Ellen will be a part of Elon University's Center for Engaged Learning’s 2017-2019 Research Seminar on Residential Learning Communities as a High-Impact Practice.

For five years prior to working with Messina, Mary Ellen was an Assistant Director of Student Life for the Hillside and Gardens Areas at Loyola. During her time in Student Life, she coordinated Resident Assistant Training and Staff Development, Student Staff Selection, and helped to develop the Be a Good Hound campaign. Mary Ellen was also a co-instructor for FE100 and participated in the Encounter El Salvador immersion experience in May 2009.

Prior to Loyola, Mary Ellen previously worked at Georgetown University as a Hall Director.  Her past work experience included working on the Living Learning Community Committee in the Office of Residence Life and serving as the DC Metro Regional Coordinator for MACUHO (Mid Atlantic College and University Housing Organization).  Mary Ellen is originally from Southern New Jersey. Professional interests include fostering connections to institutional mission and values among students and her personal interests include painting, hiking, and road trips.

Teresa Heath, Student Success Specialist

Loyola University Maryland
Master of Education, School Counseling

Salisbury University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Teresa is an alumna of Loyola’s graduate program in School Counseling, and is currently taking graduate courses in Psychology. Before joining the Messina office as Program Coordinator in 2015, Teresa worked for nonprofit organizations in Connecticut and Virginia, providing mental health services to adolescents. As a first-generation college student, Teresa is passionate about supporting first-year students in their transition to college and is looking forward to her third year with Messina as a Student Success Specialist!

Megan Azzalina, Student Success Specialist

Boston College
Master of Arts, Higher Education

The University of Scranton
Bachelor of Arts, Strategic Communication

Prior to joining the Messina team in August 2017, Megan worked as Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement in Boston College’s Office of Student Involvement where she managed Senior Week and the Diversity and Inclusion branch of student government. As an alumna of two Jesuit institutions, Megan is excited to be able to continue to incorporate our Ignatian values into her everyday work with Messina.

Megan is originally from Easton, Pennsylvania, and some of her personal interests include playing tennis, spending time outdoors, and trying new recipes. 

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