Meet the Student Staff

The Dean of Students Office has a team of students who assist with office operations.


Allison Pottala

Allison is a sophomore in McCormick studying Biomedical Engineering.  She is from a suburb an hour away, but is still not used to Chicago’s winter. When not working in the Dean of Students Office, she enjoys being a Peer Adviser, dancing, and taking snapchats of her dog.

Liz Coin

Liz is thrilled to be working at the Dean of Students Office. She is a junior in the School of Communication studying Radio/Television/Film, Comedy Arts, and Business Institutions. Liz, originally from Bettendorf, Iowa, now loves to spend her time around Chicago taking classes at The Second City, performing at various comedy venues, and eating tons of cheeseburgers. When she's not eating or onstage, Liz is probably taking care of her many plants, swimming laps at SPAC, doing the People magazine crossword puzzle, or cheering on the 'Cats!


Andrew O'Brien

Andrew is a sophomore in Weinberg studying economics and computer science. He was born and raised in Evanston and he appreciates being able to bike home for dinner when he gets tired of the dining hall food.  When he isn’t manning the Dean of Student’s Office front desk, Andrew is likely at the beach, avoiding studying for his midterm, napping in the Shakespeare garden, pondering theology and geometry, perusing The Art Institute, or locking himself out of his room. Go Cats!

Ida Duan

Ida is a senior in Weinberg studying Economics, Statistics, music, and legal studies. She was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, but grew up in Los Angeles, California before moving to Evanston. During her free time, Ida enjoys trying new restaurants, attending concerts, and exploring museums in Chicago.