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Meet the Staff

For general questions, email us at asla@northwestern.edu. Read about our mission here.
Marina Micari

Marina Micari

Director

847-467-6481
m-micari@northwestern.edu

Marina oversees the unit’s programming, with a focus on promoting learning and academic success for Northwestern undergraduates, and creating a culture of academic help-seeking and help-giving at Northwestern. She has been a member of Northwestern’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching since 2003, and continues in her role as one of its associate directors. She is also a lecturer in Northwestern's Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program. Her research addresses the undergraduate experience in learning environments, for instance the role of academic diversity in small learning groups, the student–professor relationship, and social comparison in collaborative learning experiences.

In her pre-Northwestern days, Marina worked for nearly ten years in publishing and corporate communication, and has taught courses in intercultural communication, multicultural education, and educational research methods. She received her B.A from Grinnell College in anthropology and French, and holds an M.A. in communication and a Ph.D. in education, both from the University of Minnesota.

See Marina's recent publications and presentations.

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Program Manager

Una McGeough

Una McGeough

Program Manager

847-467-0148
una.mcgeough@northwestern.edu

Una manages the Drop-In Tutoring and Peer Academic Coaching programs.

Prior to making a career shift into higher education, Una worked as an environmental policy analyst for a variety of organizations, focusing on energy and sustainability. She is currently president of her local school district’s board of education, and has served on the school board and volunteered extensively in K-12 education for over ten years. She has been with Northwestern since 2015. Una received a B.Sc. in biology from McGill University, and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.

Borislava Miltcheva

Borislava Miltcheva

Program Manager

847-491-2731
borislava.miltcheva@northwestern.edu

Borislava manages Peer-Guided Study Groups (all STEM courses except biology).

Before coming to Northwestern in 2017, Borislava worked for 12 years at Northeastern Illinois University, first as Writing Specialist and then Assistant Director of the Learning Support Center. Her work’s focus and personal joy is in guiding students on the road to achieving academic success and realizing their full potential. Borislava is proud to have started her own career as a peer leader while working on her degree.

Borislava holds a B.A. in English from National-Louis University and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ashley Truong

Ashley Truong

Program Assistant

847-491-3929

ashley.truong@northwestern.edu

 

Ashley has been with Northwestern since the fall of 2014. She previously worked as the coordinator for the Primary Care Clerkship and Education-Centered Medical Home program at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to working at Northwestern, Ashley worked as an elementary school teacher for seven years. She received her B.A. in secondary education/history from DePaul University.

Student Team

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Outreach Coordinator

Maksim Giljen

Maksim Giljen

Student Associate

Maks is a fourth-year Neuroscience and Psychology double major. He has been a peer facilitator for general chemistry in Academic Support and Learning Advancement's Peer-Guided Study Group Program for two years. Aside from his work with ASLA, he is heavily involved in research on campus and hopes to pursue a PhD after graduating, to eventually become a professor.
Ester Choi

Ester Choi

Engagement and Outreach Committee Member

Ester is a fourth-year Psychology major and Business Institutions minor.  She is a peer facilitator in Academic Support and Learning Advancement’s Peer-Guided Study Group Program.  One of her many passions is playing the piano.  She is part of Northwestern’s Piano Program for Advanced Non-Majors, taking lessons at the Bienen School of Music. 

Elise Forst

Elise Forst

Engagement and Outreach Committee Member

Elise is a third- year Biology major.  She is a mentor in Academic Support and Learning Advancement’s Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL).  A fun fact about Elise is that she has 10 pet chickens and has also owned/ rescued 12 parrots. 

Aurora Greane

Aurora Greane

Engagement and Outreach Committee Member

Aurora is a third-year Biomedical Engineering and Violin Performance major.  She is a tutor in Academic Support and Learning Advancement’s Drop-in Peer Tutoring program. You can catch her studying in places that have natural light on campus, such as the Deering Reading Room or in the little garden outside Deering’s Observatory. 

Deogratias (Deo) Mukuralinda

Deogratias (Deo) Mukuralinda

Engagement and Outreach Committee Member

Deo is a second-year Industrial Engineering major.  He is a tutor in Academic Support and Learning Advancement’s Drop-in Peer Tutoring program.  If Deo could share one piece of advice with a new Northwestern student, it would be that “success isn’t supposed to be achieved alone- it’s okay to accept help.”

Andrew Wayne

Andrew Wayne

Engagement and Outreach Committee Member

Andrew is a fourth-year Social Policy major in School of Education and Social Policy.  He is a tutor in Academic Support and Learning Advancement’s Drop-in Peer Tutoring program. The best piece of advice he has ever received is from Ernest Hemingway: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”