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.
Abbas Hill - Associate Director for Housing Operations
Abbas Hill joined Loyola University Maryland as the Associate Director of Student Life for Housing Operations in 2017. Abbas earned his B.S. in Industrial Management / Information Systems from The University of Akron and his M.S.in Education / Human Services Counseling from Purdue University.
Abbas’s prior professional experiences include housing operations, student conduct, housing systems and technology, social justice and inclusion, and program development at Purdue University Calumet (PUC) and Central Michigan University (CMU). While serving at PUC, Abbas helped establish the foundation of PUC’s housing operations, residence life program, and student leadership structures.
Abbas has a passion for student affairs, student leadership development, and the student college experience. As such, Abbas served two terms (five years) as the Great Lakes Regional Advisor for the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc. – the largest student run organization in the world. He considers it an honor to serve students and staff in supervisory, advisory, and mentoring capacities, partnering with them in their journey of being the very best they can be for themselves and others.
Tim Cherney - Associate Director for Inclusion & Community Development
Cherney 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.
Teisha Miles - Coordinator for Housing Operations
Teisha Miles joined the Student Life staff in February 2017. A Maryland native, Teisha earned her degree from the University of Baltimore (UB) in Nonprofit Leadership and Community Engagement. While attending UB, she worked in the Office of Admissions and served as an 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.
When she is not in class pursuing her Masters in Negotiations and Conflict Management, service projects within Baltimore City. Her love for arts and the Baltimore community can be seen in the many processes that she does daily in her role as Coordinator for Housing Operations.
Garrison (Garry) Schmitt - Administrative Assistant
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 education 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, Connecticut, Garry completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from fellow Jesuit institution, College of the Holy Cross, and his Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Post University.
As the Administrative Assistant for Budgeting and Student Conduct at Loyola, Garrison seeks to inspire an accountable and inclusive environment and works toward supporting a dynamic professional staff. He enjoys leadership podcasts, PC/PS4 games, and spending time with his fiancé and their two dogs, Bailey and Luke.
Sherie Gayle - Assistant Director for Campion Tower
Sherie Gayle serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life in Campion Tower. She joined the Office of Student Life as a Graduate Resident Coordinator in 2016 and transitioned into the Assistant Director position in August of 2018. In the process of defending her thesis for a Master of Theological Studies, Sherie’s passion lies somewhere at the intersection of interreligious explorations, feminine theology, and racial justice.
In addition to her role as Assistant Director, Sherie was recently ordained a “Women’s Ministry Leader” of the Greater Baltimore Church. She has given many talks on the role of women in authority, and is dedicated to advocating for women in general and minority women in particular. Additionally, she is also committed to nurturing emerging adults and new professionals.
When she is not functioning in her capacity as the Assistant Director, Sherie is living her best life as a ballroom dancer, an avid reader, a music maker, a world traveler, a patronizer of local minority owned businesses, and a writer.
Deryka Nairne - Assistant Director for Charleston (Hopkins, Lange Court, Seton Court & Southwell) and Gardens (Avila, Bellarmine, Claver & Dorothy Day Halls)
Deryka Nairne joined the Student Life team in November 2018. Originally from Maryland, she attended Hood College in Frederick and received her B.A. in Psychology. She then went north to The University of Vermont for a Masters’ degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. There, she worked as an Assistant Residence Director. During her time in Vermont, she learned how integral story sharing is to connect with those around her and it continues to inform her professional philosophy. Loyola’s focus on holistic student development is the perfect model for her to practice her philosophy. She believes story sharing is an essential way to get to know the whole person.
Deryka’s professional interests include: case management/student support and outreach, first year programs, leadership development, and residential life (of course).
Personally, her first love is bacon. Her second is her pup, Mitchie. She also truly enjoys bible studies and finding ways to strengthen her relationship with God.
Nick Bates - Assistant Director for Newman Towers
Nick began working at Loyola in the summer of 2015. Originally from Chicago, IL, Nick earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. In addition, Nick earned his Master of Science in Education specializing in College Student Personnel from Southern Illinois University (SIU) as well. At SIU, Nick worked as graduate assistant in University Housing Residence Life, StudentSupport Services. And Center for Inclusive Excellence
Nick’s professional interests include: social justice advocacy, gender violence prevention, leadership development, financial management and interacting with the students. Personally, Nick enjoys watching sports specifically basketball and the Baltimore Ravens. Nick also enjoys listening to music such as Jazz, R&B, and Hip Hop and watching TED talks.
Marci Reisman - Assistant Director for the Hillside Area (Flannery O'Connor, Butler & Hammerman)
Marci Reisman 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, is what leads 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.
Dave Tiscione - Director of Student Conduct
Dan Kelly - Assistant Director of Student Conduct
Dan began working at Loyola in the fall of 2016 as the Assistant Director of Student Life for Student Conduct. As a Loyola alum Class of 2012, Dan had the privilege of attending Loyola as an undergraduate and obtaining his degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology. In addition, Dan earned his Master of Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University (JMU). At JMU, Dan also worked as the Graduate Assistant for Sexual Violence Prevention and Education in the University Health Center and as the Graduate Assistant for the Accountability Board in the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices.
Dan’s passion lies in mentoring students. Whether mentoring is through conduct, Messina, or another outlet, Dan loves challenging and supporting students so they may become the best version of themselves. Dan’s professional and research interests include: sexual and intimate partner violence advocacy and prevention, healthy masculinity, restorative practices, atheist student development, and training non-student affairs staff in student development theory. When Dan is not working you’ll find him reading a good sci-fi book, baking some delicious dessert, or enjoying the company of friends.