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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 serves as director of ASLA, leading Northwestern's efforts to provide high-quality, inclusive, and holistic academic support for undergraduates. She has been at Northwestern since 2003, previously with the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, where she led program evaluation projects and worked with faculty seeking to enhance their students' learning. Marina is also a lecturer in Northwestern's Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program within the School of Education and Social Policy. She is engaged in national and international conversations around academic success in higher education, particularly in STEM, and has authored numerous journal articles and two books on the college student academic experience. In her pre-Northwestern days, Marina worked for a decade in publishing and corporate communication, and 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 publications and presentations.

Una McGeough

Una McGeough

Program Manager

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

Una manages the Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL) 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.

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.
Krystal Wilson

Krystal Wilson

Program Manager

krystal.wilson@northwestern.edu

847-467-6406

Krystal manages ASLA's Drop-In Peer Tutoring and Navigating Northwestern Academics programs.

Krystal has recently joined our team as of 2020. Prior to coming to Northwestern, Krystal worked for seven years with students in various capacities, serving as a Financial Aid Administrator, Program Coordinator, and College Advisor within colleges, high schools, and non-profit organizations in the Chicago area. She has been deeply engaged in various facets of helping students prepare for and succeed in college, from the college application and financial aid process to the development of leadership skills. She has also volunteered as a mentor to youth for many years. She is passionate about providing holistic support for student success. Krystal holds a B.S. in Community Health and an Ed.M. in Higher Education, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stanton Cope

Stanton Cope

Graduate Assistant

Stanton is an MSED graduate student in the Educational Studies concentration. He graduated from Tufts University in 2019 with a bachelor's in theater, dance, and performance studies, and a minor in sociology. They're very interested in systemic educational problems, coffee, breakfast, politics, and reading lots of research about anything sociological. You can find them in a nearby coffee shop, reading or writing, or in the ASLA office this upcoming year! 

Student Team

Brad Isada

Brad Isada

ASLA Operations Assistant

Brad is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in biology and mathematics. He is a Senior Facilitator for multivariable calculus for ASLA’s Peer Guided Study Group program. His hobbies include binge-watching TV shows and studying at various coffee shops in Evanston.

 

David Meza

David Meza

ASLA Operations Assistant

David is a second-year Industrial Engineering major who is also pursuing a certificate in the Kellogg School of Management. He is a peer facilitator for Differential Calculus in Academic Support and Learning Advancement's Peer-Guided Study Group Program.  His favorite spot on campus is the Lakefill!