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Student Engagement Team

Saint Louis University’s School for Professional Studies has a dedicated student engagement team to help you through the process of achieving your degree or certificate. From questions about your application and orientation to academic planning and registration, our academic coaches and student engagement team are with you every step of the way.

Justin Smith, M.S.H.E.
Student Engagement Manager

Academic Coaching Philosophy

At the School for Professional Studies, it is our goal to provide you with the tools you will need to be successful. To help you achieve success and reach your academic goals, you will be assigned an academic coach for the entirety of your academic career. Your academic coach will help you understand your degree or certificate program, and assist you with course planning and selection. Your coach will also refer you to resources for academic and career success and identify academic policies and procedures as they relate to the Jesuit model of education.

Undergraduate/Certificate Academic Coaches

Alyssa Brown
Academic Coach I

Programs: General Studies, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Nursing - R.N. to B.S.N., Organizational Leadership and Technology, and Project Management

Ashley Eckhardt
Academic Coach II

Programs: Brewing Science and Operations and Cannabis Science and Operations

Eboni Chism, M.S.
Academic Coach II 

Programs: Computer Information Systems, Emergency Management, Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutic Management, and Security and Strategic Intelligence.

Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Academic Program Coordinators and Coaches

Elena Farel, Ph.D.
Academic Program Coordinator

Programs: International Global Graduate Students with Last Name A-K

Katie Maclean, M.S.W., LCSW
Academic Program Coordinator

Programs: International Global Graduate Students with Last Name L-Z

Sharon Spicer, M.P.A.
Academic Coach II

Programs: Online Graduate Degrees and Certificates*

*Eboni Chism ( is the academic coach for the online Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutic Management post-baccalaureate certificate.

Student Financial Engagement Coordinator

Shayla Johnson, M.A.
Student Financial Engagement Coordinator

Student Engagement Coordinators

Debra Blanquart, M.A.
Student Engagement Coordinator - Academic
BJC Partnership Academic Coach

Eric Miller, M.A.
Student Engagement Coordinator - Enrollment

Career Counselor

Rashad Young, M.A. 
Career Counselor