Alicia Butler, Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising
Alicia completed her Bachelor of Art in Sociology at Western Illinois University and her Master of Education in Higher Education at Loyola University. Alicia has worked in higher education for over 10 years. She began her Roosevelt career in 2008 in academic advising.
She loves her hometown Chicago and is a devout Chicago Bulls fan. Alicia enjoys watching HGTV, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, their family and friends.
One of Alicia’s favorite quotes is, "Do not be afraid to ask for help. Nobody gets through college on their own." - Michelle Obama
Linda Davis - Assistant Director, Advising
Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University, and is currently pursuing her PhD, ABD in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.
Linda has a passion for helping students and believes that every student has the potential to be successful and happy and she is committed to working with them to realize that potential. In her free time, Linda enjoys traveling, shopping, spending time with her family and friends and watching reality TV.
One of Linda’s favorite quotes is, “When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama
Danette Schulz – Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Career Development Center, Schaumburg Campus
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Danette is a career changer who joined Roosevelt University in 2007 as an Academic Advisor while completing her Master of Arts in School Counseling. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Northern Illinois University and is a skilled professional with over 15 years of experience in management, sales, and special projects including 10 years of experience in education.
She enjoys working in a diverse Higher Ed environment supporting students with their academic and career goals. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping farmers markets, baking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Lois Backas, Academic Advisor
Lois is a Roosevelt Alum. She obtained her Bachelor’s in History and her Master’s in Literature. She has had many roles at the University including secretary, union steward, graduate assistant, and for 32 years, she was the Assistant Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences. After retiring, she chose to come back to Roosevelt and serve as an academic advisor.
She believes in the mission of social justice at Roosevelt, and is proud of the university’s history. As Assistant Dean she gave out the diploma to her 75 year old father, and her 22 year old son – both of whom graduated from Roosevelt in recent history.
She enjoys traveling, reading, movies, and is trying to learn Spanish. She also loves to play with her grandsons.
One of Lois’ favorite quotes is, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
Kaelyn Schulz – Academic Advisor
Kaelyn graduated from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s in English and is currently earning a Master’s in Training and Development at Roosevelt University.
Kaelyn started her career as an Academic Advisor and has since spent 6+ years working in a variety of positions in Higher Education. She is committed to empowering students with the skills and guidance to accomplish their goals and proud to support Roosevelt’s mission of inclusivity and diversity.
In her free time, she enjoys wandering the Art Institute, exploring the shelves of the Harold Washington Library and eating at as many Chicago restaurants as possible.
She believes “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - W.B. Yeats
Courtney Williams – Academic Advisor
Courtney completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Relations. She completed her graduate degree in Education and Educational Leadership. She started her career in higher education as a Resident Assistant and has since worked in various roles within the educational field, but takes a special attentiveness in academic advising.
She has a passion for social justice and positive change. She is a natural born motivator and enjoys helping people reach and obtain their lifetime goals. She believes that every student deserves a chance, and she has dedicated her life to empower each person that crosses her path.
Courtney enjoys nature, spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, or doing something random and spontaneous!
A quote Courtney likes is “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman
Shari Jones– Academic Advisor
Shari earned her Bachelor's degree in English from Illinois State University. She is looking to pursue a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. Shari has 4 years’ experience in Academic Advising within higher education.
In 2014, Shari decided to begin a career in higher education after working in a nonprofit organization for 4 years because she believed working in education was her calling. She is very passionate about her students and their education. She is dedicated to help students reach their full potential.
Shari enjoys eating and trying different foods, cooking, singing in the choir at her church, spending time with her family and friends, and enjoying each moment of life. Shari is passionate about Social Justice and giving a voice to the voiceless.
One of her favorite quotes is "Give yourself permission to live a big life. Step into who you are meant to be. Stop playing small. You are meant for grater things." - Nikhil Gorg