Neil Andrito - Director of Student Life
Neil Andrito joined the Loyola Student Life team in 2017 as the Director of Student Life. Neil's prior experiences focused on advocating for students, community development, and housing operations. Neil strives to create opportunities for students and help them to grow and develop. Neil believes that strong campus partnerships are essential to creating a holistic student experience. Neil is passionate about service learning and helping students and staff make a difference in the world.
Neil completed his B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College and his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Centenary College.
Arienne Milkles - Associate Director for Recruitment & Staff Development
Evan Huckfeldt - Associate Director for Housing Operations
Evan Huckfeldt joined the Loyola Student Life team in 2019 as the Associate Director for Housing Operations. In this role, he oversees many of the department processes including: residence halls opening and closing, first-year housing assignments, returning student housing selection, room changes, and manages the student RoomRez portal. In addition to overseeing housing processes, Evan advises the Residence Hall Association which aligns with his passion for student leadership and empowering students to advocate for themselves.
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Evan received his Masters of Education in Training and Development and his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The Pennsylvania State University. When not on campus you can find Evan exploring hiking trails, playing trivia or trying out new coffee shops in the Baltimore area.
Tim Cherney - Associate Director for Inclusion & Community Development
Tim is the Associate Director of Student Life for Inclusion & Community Development. In this role, he oversees residential, social, and educational programs that foster a welcoming and inclusive living environment for all students. Along with supporting initiatives geared toward facilitating conversations around the intersections of race, gender, faith, class, and ability, Tim is specifically charged with increasing the sense of belonging amongst LGBTPQIA+ students in the residence halls.
Tim joined the Loyola Student Life team in 2007 as a live-in assistant director within the residence halls and feels blessed to have had the opportunity to continue his career at a place that has become his professional and personal home. At Loyola, Tim is also a member of OUTLoyola, our LGBTQPIA+ faculty and staff association, a Step-UP! (bystander intervention) facilitator, and he provides administrative support to Spectrum (Loyola's queer student organization.)
Originally from outside Cleveland, Ohio, Tim received his M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and his B.A. in English from John Carroll University in Cleveland. It was at JCU that Tim first experienced cura personalis, and his love for Jesuit education has remained strong since.
Garrison (Garry) Schmitt - Assistant Director for Housing Operations
Garrison (Garry) moved to Maryland and joined the Loyola team in 2018 having departed from his former role in Hospitality Administration with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Garry has a diverse educational background, having served in both K-12 as well as higher education roles. But, while Garry has found a passion for working with students of all ages, he truly excels when in an atmosphere where students are empowering one another to serve, create their own identity, and care for the whole person. Bring on the Jesuit value of cura personalis!
Originally from Berlin, Conn., Garry completed his B.A. in Psychology from fellow Jesuit institution, College of the Holy Cross, and his M.Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration from Post University.
Garry enjoys leadership podcasts, PC/PS4 games, and spending time with his Wife and their two dogs, Bailey and Luke.
TBA - Assistant Director for Campion Tower
Kara Lesniak - Assistant Director for Charleston Gardens Area (Hopkins, Lange Court, Seton Court, Southwell, Avila, Bellarmine, Claver & Dorothy Day Halls)
Kara Lesniak joined Loyola’s Student Life team as an Assistant Director in May 2020. Kara is originally from Massachusetts, where she earned her B.S in Health Education at Worcester State university, her Master’s in Public Health from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her Master’s in Education from University of Massachusetts Lowell. Kara has experience working in the public and private realm of higher education and came to Loyola from the University of Texas at Arlington. Kara is passionate about the belief that we are human’s first and we must nurture those basic rights.
Marci Belton - Assistant Director for the Hillside Area (Thea Bowman, Butler & Hammerman)
Marci Belton joined Loyola's Student Life team as an Assistant Director in October of 2018. Marci is originally from Connecticut, where she earned her B.A. in Sociology and Criminology at Eastern CT State University, and her M.S. in Counselor Education with a specialization in student development and higher education from Central CT State University. Marci has experience working in the public and private realm of higher education, and she has also worked for several non-profit organizations. Her vast experiences, both professionally and personally, are what lead her to serve others in an intentional, individualized, and compassionate way.
Marci is passionate about the holistic well-being of all people, equity for marginalized groups, student development, and fostering meaningful connections. Marci is excited to be serving a population of first-year students, and hopes to provide a supportive space during their transition. Outside of work, Marci can be found socializing with family and friends, shopping (usually thrifting), exercising, cooking, then eating, and she's also into museums and unique pop-up events.
Teisha Miles - Assistant Director for the Eastside Area (Ahern, Aquinas, McAuley, Rahner Village)
Teisha Miles joined the Student Life staff in February 2017. A Maryland native, Teisha earned her degree from the University of Baltimore (U.B.) in nonprofit leadership and community engagement. While attending U.B., she worked in the office of admissions and served as a resident assistant for the office of community life. Teisha has experience in housing operations, community development, non-profit work and service leadership. She prides herself on integrity, compassion, and values while mentoring students. Her passion shines through her ability to meet students where they are and support their growth.
Stepf Diaz - Assistant Director for Newman Towers
Stepf joined Loyola's Student Life team as an Assistant Director in August of 2019. Stepf is originally from Queens, N.Y., and after living in central Pennsylvania for several years, they are excited to experience city living again. They attended Shippensburg University, where they earned their bachelor's and master's degrees in social work. While social work is often the field of choice for folks who want to be counselors, Stepf knew they wanted to use their degree to work with college students, specifically around the topics of identity, equity, and social justice. Prior to joining the student life team at Loyola, they served as the coordinator for multicultural programs at a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, where they created a social justice curriculum and a plethora of opportunities for students to celebrate their authentic selves.
When not in the office Stepf can be found at local coffee shops, trivia nights, hanging out with their wife and cats, and trying to find the best places in the city to take selfies.