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
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.
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 - Program 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.
TBA - Assistant Director for Charleston (Hopkins, Lange Court, Seton Court & Southwell) and Gardens (Avila, Bellarmine, Claver & Dorothy Day Halls)
Marci Belton - Assistant Director for the Hillside Area (Flannery O'Connor, 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, 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.
Federica A. Bucca - Assistant Director for the Eastside Area (Ahern, Aquinas, McAuley, Rahner Village)
Federica A. Bucca serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life in Eastside. In this role, she is responsible for the holistic development within the upper-class residential areaof campus. Federica is also charged with guiding the on-going learning and assessment for the overall leadership program of Resident Assistant Training and Development.
Federica joined the Loyola Student Life team and Baltimore community in February of 2019. Federica is originally from Mendoza, Argentina but considers Hartford, Connecticut her home here in the states. She earned her B.A in Sociology at Eastern CT State University, and her M.Ed. in Counseling with a specialization in Higher Education from Providence College. Federica’s area of studies and experience are with First-Generation and Low-Income students, First-Year college readiness and transitioning programs, and Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Education. Federica’s professional interest include: inclusion and equity practices for marginalized communities, on-going leadership and development assessment, and financial management.
Outside of the office you can find Federica flourishing!! She enjoys traveling, hiking, visiting art/culture and pop-up museums, trying out local eateries, and fostering meaningful connections!
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, NY, 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.