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Meet the Learning Support Team


‌‌ Courtney Bondi, Executive Director of Advising and Learning Support

Courtney has worked in various academic advising roles at NLU for the past twelve years and recently added the Learning Support Center under her leadership. Previously, she worked as an International Student Advisor at Kendall College before joining NLU. She has over fifteen years of experience in higher education and is focused on access to education for a diverse student body and embedding strategic support for students. Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College and her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University of Chicago.




Reece McDevitt, Learning Support Manager 

Reece is excited to be a part of the NLU family. He has worked in both higher and secondary education as a math instructor and learning specialist. He is dedicated to helping students feel successful in their academic and professional pursuits. In particular, he enjoys coaching students to communicate well and manage their time. Reece holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a M.A. in Mathematics Education from DePaul University. He is an avid bibliophile and enjoys perusing old bookstores for rare finds. In his spare time, Reece enjoys being in nature, playing video games from the 90s, and watching his favorite TV shows/anime. He is excited to lead a team of motivated Learning Specialists to support NLU students. Email:



Travis Murphy, Writing Support Specialist

Travis is a writing specialist and is excited to be a part of the Learning Support Team at NLU. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. Travis has over ten years of experience working in education with a focus on reading, writing, and test prep. In his spare time, Travis enjoys producing and writing for stage and film projects, as well as traveling and reading. Email:

Kellie Zaremba, Writing Support Specialist

Kellie is the dedicated Writing Support Specialist at Kendall College at National Louis University’s Goose Island campus. A former high school English teacher, she has experience teaching writing and reading for over eight years. Patient and understanding, Kellie prides herself on helping to push students to develop and expand on their written communication skills. A New England native, Kellie holds a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity College and a M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Tufts University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, checking out local events, and spending time with her dogs. Email:

Peter Ploegman, Writing Support Specialist and Section 504/ADA coordinator

Peter has worked in the higher ed field for the past 17 years as a student disability access coordinator, writing specialist and coordinator, English composition instructor, ESL instructor, and as interim director of learning support.  Peter earned his M.Ed. in Education at NLU in 2006. Before returning to NLU in 2012, he worked in the afore-mentioned capacities at both Dominican University and Triton College.  Peter is married with one son and lives in northwest Chicago.  In his spare time, he plays the tuba at various Chicagoland community events and enjoys reading and Chicago Cubs baseball. Email: 



Tim Cortes, Math Support Specialist

Tim has worked as a math tutor since he graduated from college in 2014, helping students with algebra, geometry, calculus, and similar subjects as well as preparing them for tests such as the SAT and ACT. Tim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Roosevelt University. He greatly enjoys helping others with math, and is excited when he sees students complete a problem they thought was impossible. Tim also likes biking, board games, and desserts. Email:

Moshe Rubin, Math Support Specialist

Moshe (Rhymes with "Kenosha") is the dedicated Math Support Specialist at Kendall College at National Louis University. Moshe is a Chicagoland native and has been tutoring math and science subjects since he was in high school and 15 years old. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics from The University of Illinois at Chicago. When he is not with the Learning Support team, Moshe also works as a Teaching Assistant in NLU's Computer Science department. Outside of NLU, Moshe can usually be found coding, exploring the city, or playing his piano. Email:

‌‌ Grover Wake, Learning Support Specialist

For the past 10 years, Grover has been working with NLU students in the areas of reading, writing, note-taking, test-taking, and critical thinking. His work here has included coordinating tutoring services; teaching composition and student success courses; and developing and facilitating study-skills workshops. His favorite part of working at NLU is helping students become independent learners and succeed in their academic careers. Outside of work, Grover likes reading and writing both fiction and non-fiction.  He is currently taking Written Communications courses in order to expand his skills beyond academic writing. Email:




Kevin Sparrow, Writing Support Specialist

Kevin Sparrow has been working professionally as a writer, editor, and educator since 2008 and with National Louis for the past two years. He received an MFA in Writing from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was the recipient of the 2014-15 MFAW Teaching Fellowship from SAIC. He also works with different theatre groups in the city as a playwright and as Literary Manager for the theatre company Nothing Without a Company. He enjoys both creative writing and formal writing, which is why he loves to help other people develop their writing skills and their voices. Email:



Tracy Kaske, Writing Support Specialist

Tracy received a Bachelors of  Arts degree in English with minors in Psychology and Leadership from Eureka College. During her time as an undergraduate student, Tracy served as a peer tutor for the college. Tracy also spends her time working as a Teaching Assistant for Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. In her free time, Tracy enjoys biking, reading, and binge-watching shows on Netflix. Email:



    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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