Staff

Hugo Teruel : Director

Hugo Teruel

Director

hugot@uic.edu

I am Hugo Teruel. I am the Director of LARES and oversee the program to provide the best educational experience possible to our students. I have a B.A. and an M.A. in Music Composition from Roosevelt University. I have performed and collaborated with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Luis Duarte : Acting Associate Director

Luis Duarte

Acting Associate Director

luisd@uic.edu

My name is Luis Duarte. I have a B.A. from De Paul University. I am one of the Acting Associate Directors of the LARES program. Before coming to UIC, I worked in the community helping Latino students for over thirteen years. I advise students majoring in pre-law, pre-social work, criminal justice, political science, engineering and math. I enjoy spending time with my family, and I also love music, going to concerts, sporting events, and listening to really good jokes.

Onintze Zenarutzabeitia Pikatza : Acting Associate Director

Onintze Zenarutzabeitia Pikatza

Acting Associate Director

onintze@uic.edu

I am Onintze Zenarutzabeitia Pikatza. I hold a B.A. from UIC and an M.S. Ed. from Northern Illinois University. I am one of the Acting Associate Directors of the LARES program. I am also the Admissions Coordinator and work with over 4,000 applications a year. I enjoy traveling and spending time with friends.

Areli Castañeda : Assistant to the Director

Areli Castañeda

Assistant to the Director

acasta2@uic.edu

My name is Areli Castañeda and I am the Assistant to the Director of the LARES Program. I have a Master's in Business Administration from UIC. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and playing with my daughter, family and friends.

Terry Mankus : Academic Skills Specialist / Math Instructor

Terry Mankus

Academic Skills Specialist / Math Instructor

tmanku1@uic.edu

I am Terry Mankus the ASP math Instructor and tutor. I hold a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from UIC. I played hockey at UIC (both at the college and semi-professional levels). I also play golf, exercise, watch TV, and tell really bad jokes.

Counseling Assignments:

  • Academic Skills Program (ASP): Math Instructor
Mitzi Ramos : Academic Skills Specialist / English

Mitzi Ramos

Academic Skills Specialist / English

mramos8@uic.edu

My name is Mitzi Ramos. I teach the English Academic Skills Program (ASP) courses and tutor students with their writing. I am also the Summer Transition and Enrichment Program Coordinator. I hold a BA in English Literature & Language and Foreign Languages & Literature (concentration in Spanish) from Western Illinois University, an MPA from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from UIC.

Counseling Assignments:

  • Academic Skills Program (ASP): English Composition Instructor
Annette De La Torre : Advisor

Annette De La Torre

Advisor

adelat2@uic.edu

My name is Annette De La Torre. I have a double B.A in Applied Psychology and Sociology from UIC. I am also a Certified Nursing Assistant for the state of Illinois. I advise students who are interested in pursuing a degree in nursing, health sciences and medicine. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, listening to music, and spending quality time with family and friends. Fun fact about me is I love chocolate!

 

Counseling Assignments:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Movement Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary
Jennifer Juarez : Advisor

Jennifer Juarez

Advisor

jjuare2@uic.edu

My name is Jennifer Juarez I have a Master's in Education Degree in Youth Development and a B.A. in Communications from UIC. In my free time I do photo journalism, practice dance, play music, and enjoy being involved in various social justice initiatives in the Latino community.

Counseling Assignments:

  • Architecture & the Arts
  • Art History
  • Communication
  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
Iliana Miranda : Advisor

Iliana Miranda

Advisor

imiran2@uic.edu

My name is Iliana Miranda.  I have a B.A in English from UIC. I advise students who are interested in pursuing a degree in the health sciences or nursing, as well as students who are undecided.  In addition, I advise students seeking admission to UIC. During my free time I enjoy being out and about, spending time with loved ones while exploring the various things the city has to offer.

Counseling Assignments:

  • Biochemistry
  • Movement Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre- Public Health
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Undecided
  • Admissions
Diana Soriano : Advisor

Diana Soriano

Advisor

dsoria2@uic.edu

My name is Diana Soriano. I hold a BA in Teaching of History with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies. I advise students majoring in elementary or secondary education and also business. When I am not in the office, I enjoy exploring the city of Chicago by attending concerts, lectures, and cultural events.

Counseling Assignments:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information and Decision Science
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
Omare Villagrana : Advisor

Omare Villagrana

Advisor

ovilla7@uic.edu

My name is Omare Villagrana and I am currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration. When I work with students I do my best to keep in mind that they all come with unique backgrounds and stories.

Counseling Assignments:

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Physics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics