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CPSA Staff

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(Pictured from left: Sam Radom, Ewa Politanska, Ewa Wodzinska, Elizabeth Dominguez, Vlad Dolgopolov, Grace Wilkison,Judah Viola, Judy Hultberg, Jason Landrum)

 There is a Kenyan Proverb that says, “Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” The CPSA staff is exactly that—unbreakable.  The staff is comprised of a dynamic and diverse group which is the heart of the college.  They not only provide excellent service to their programs, faculty and students, but will support any department in need.  They are dedicated to the college and always go the extra mile to get any job done. 


Anitra Burkett Anitra Burkett, Administrative Assistant
Anitra is a self-motivated administrative professional who is also a team player with excellent communication skills. She has been working at NLU since September 2013 and supports Gen Ed, Applied Communications (B.A.) and Psychology (B.A.) programs. She has a Master’s in Written Communication from National Louis University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from DePaul University.  

Anitra’s past work experience includes working in academia, health care, corporations and law.  Working in these industries has allowed her to attribute her success and ability to plan, schedule, and handle many different challenges and responsibilities. Anitra is a published writer, and she has a piece coming out fall 2017 in a journal called Espressions from Englewood.

Elizabeth Dominguez, Administrative Assistant
Elizabeth Dominguez
Elizabeth Dominguez has been at National Louis University since 2005 and is known among her colleagues and by NLU students for her kindness and willingness to assist, no matter the issue and whether it belongs to her or not; she will always find a way to help.

Elizabeth started her career as an administrative assistant for the Department of Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences (currently part of CPSA) and in 2015 she accepted  the promotion to be an assistant to the Dean of the College. In this position she provides administrative support and is responsible for the Dean’s schedule and calendar. Elizabeth also helps with the college’s Faculty Evaluation Process and is instrumental in the planning of Special events within the college. She also continues to support the M.A. in Psychology; she just couldn’t completely let go of her work with Faculty and students.

Elizabeth came to NLU from the Tribune Company, where she worked in the HR department as a Benefits Representative and Administrative support. While at NLU, she has earned a BA in Liberal Arts (Art/Psychology majors), as well as a Master's in Human Resources, and a MBA. She is well regarded by her colleagues as an administrative professional with Higher Education, Corporate and Retail experience and as a genuinely nice person, who remembers everyone’s Birthday.

Jason Landrum Jason Landrum, Administrative Assistant
Jason is a very interesting character.  He has been a part of the NLU family in 2010, where he started off working part-time in the Facilities department.  Twenty months later, Jason transitioned into an admin position for the CAS Dean’s Office (now CPSA), and has been there ever since.  In his current role, Jason assists the college and faculty with multiple administrative tasks including: class scheduling, credentialing, textbook coordination, meeting scheduling and coordination, room management, past and present student advising, event coordination, M.S. in Counseling  faculty admissions interview coordination, practicum & internship paperwork coordination, emergency management operations, FATS Machine operation for the B.A. in Criminal Justice program,  MS Counseling Handbook maintenance, college newsletter editing/management.  Jason also assists these additional programs:  
Ph.D. in Community Psychology, B.A. in Human Services, and M.S./Ed.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis.

JL received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication (majoring in Public Relations) from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in 2003.  However, more recently, Jason is ecstatic about completing the MA in Public Policy & Administration program (MAPPA), here at NLU this year.  Congratulations to Jason!!

Jason has a very diverse work history, working primarily in the private sector, in media-centered positions.  JL worked for companies such as Wisconsin Public Radio, Saga Communications, Black Entertainment Television (Chicago), Clear Channel Communications (Taxi Media division), VeriFone Media Solutions, The Horseshoe Casino (Hammond, Indiana) and National Louis University.

Sara Olivarez, Administrative Assistant Sara Olivarez
Sara joined the NLU team in 2016, after years in the nonprofit sector. She has had the privilege to be a part of the construction of an orphanage in Domincan Republic with Maestro Cares Foundation. She worked with high school students while with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and was the Director of a youth center for International Community Alliance. Sara has a strong commitment to her community and continues to work with progressive organizations that focus on leadership development and civic participation.

At NLU, Sara continues providing great service to the M.A. in Public Policy and Administration, B.A. in Social Science, B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences, Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, B.S. in Health Care Leadership and Master of Health Services Administration (MHA) programs. Sara attended Purdue University Calumet where she studied Political Science and Sociology.


 Ewa Politanska Ewa Politanska, Administrative Assistant
Ewa was a small business owner in Poland, but immigrated to the US in the early 90s to look for other opportunities. After attending ESL courses at NLU she continued her education here, earning BA in Business Administration.

Ewa has enjoyed her experience here so much, she decided to stay on and work for the institution. She has been an asset to the university since 1998, starting her NLU career at the Registrar’s Office where she handled student registrations, she then moved to customer services in the Student Services department where she served as a student concierge, providing general support to student in all aspect of their experience.

After few years of dedicated work, Ewa accepted a position of Faculty Assistant at the College of Arts and Sciences, what is now part of CPSA. There, Ewa progressed seamlessly and is now the CPSA “money” lady, responsible for creating all of the teaching contracts for the college and assuring that everyone gets paid on time.  Ewa also processes other accounts payable items and is instrumental in the course scheduling process of the college, working closely with the various departments and programs to create in the internal NLU system courses that are offered each term.  

Fun facts: Ewa is an animal lover and lived in four different countries.

Samuel Radom, Administrative Assistant 
Samuel joined National Louis in 2015. He provides exceptional assistance to the following programs: M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development, Undergraduate Business (B.A. in Business Administration, B.S. in Management, B.S. in Management Information Systems), M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Master of Business Administration (MBA), and M.S. in Written Communication. One of Sam’s previous jobs was Administrative Assistant at Luther High School North. Sam has a BA in Theater (directing), and currently is in the MS in Written Communication Program.


Grace Wilkison Grace Wilkison, Manager of Academic Scheduling 
Grace started out at NLU as a two week temporary employee in the Registrar’s Office, but never left.

Hired in October of 2002 she worked for two years in the Registrar’s Office before moving to Career Services for a year, then transitioned into the College of Arts and Sciences (which is now CPSA).

When Grace started at NLU she had almost two decades of customer service experience working at CNA/Insurance as a supervisor in the Education and Training Department. During that time she attended Bryant and Stratton College.  She left CNA/Insurance after 17 years to raise her two children.  From there, Grace worked as a teacher’s aide in the Wheaton school district before her start at NLU. 

Grace spends her day creating CPSA courses in BANNER, processing course changes and cancellations, tracking missing grades, checking for D2L compliance, entering textbooks, and many other duties which give students an exceptional customer service.

Ewa Wodzinska, Academic Support Manager Ewa Wodzinska
Ewa considers herself an NLU veteran, having 20+ years of full time employment under her belt, though her NLU roots go even deeper: before working for NLU, Ewa has been an ESL student at NLU’s renowned Language Institute starting classes in 1991 and then continuing her studies here, earning her BA in International Business. She enjoyed her experience here so well that she also worked on campus as a student and then in 1997 accepted a full time position at the college (formerly College of Management and Business, CMB). 

As she progressed through her career from Faculty Assistant to Assistant to the Dean and subsequently to an Academic Support Manager, Ewa also earned her graduate degrees: MS in Human Recourse Administration followed by a MA in Psychology and a certificate in Clinical Counseling. She also successfully taught introductory business courses at CMB in an Adjunct capacity, but ultimately decided that her calling was in serving students as an advisor, which she did through her career at CMB and then CPSA.

It is safe to say that Ewa understands the NLU experience from all perspectives: that of a student, teacher and an employee, and that, as an immigrant and  a beneficiary of receiving education at NLU herself,  she deeply believes in the university’s mission of providing a superior and supportive educational experience for students of all ages and backgrounds. 

Though no longer working directly with students, she now supports college’s Strategic Planning work which focuses on quality of instruction and student experience at the college.


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