Meet the Learning Center Staff

Learning Center Leadership

Kim Rutledge, Directorkimrutledge

Kim is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandising from Ohio University, and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Miami University. Working in the Learning Center, Kim’s greatest joy is regularly interacting with students and helping them take steps to achieve their goals. In her free time, Kim enjoys knitting, reading, watching movies, and exploring the city.

Rachel Brunson, Assistant DirectorRachel Brunson

Rachel graduated from USF’s School of Education with a Master of Arts in Organization & Leadership (emphasis in Higher Education & Student Affairs) in 2013, after receiving her Bachelors degree in English from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2011. She is originally from Angels Camp, CA, a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Rachel is passionate about enriching student success and impacting student persistence through collaborative learning and peer leadership; she is grateful to work with The Learning, Writing, and Speaking Centers to cultivate individualized learning environments for USF students. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys reading, swimming, hiking, playing the piano, watching basketball, and traveling with family and friends.

Haley Rietman, Program AssistantHaley

Haley grew up in San Diego, CA. She also attended college in Southern California at Chapman University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Haley is currently in school at USF pursuing her Masters in Counseling Psychology. Haley hopes that through her work in the Learning Center, she will be able to encourage students to achieve their academic goals, and support them on their journey to individualized success.  Haley’s passions include traveling, exercising, and reading and when she has spare time she likes to explore San Francisco.

 

Matt Anderson, Peer Tutor Graduate Intern Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson migrated from Columbus, Ohio with his husband, two dogs, and two cats. He graduated from Capital University and worked in Child Welfare for 3 years before moving into higher education. Matt is a graduate student at USF with the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. He hopes to use his time working in higher education to make college accessible to underserved populations. When not working or taking classes on campus, Matt enjoys all forms of visual media and performing arts, museums, traveling, trying every food, and anything that involves animals. 

XIAOTIAN (KATE) ZHANG, Supplemental Instruction Graduate Intern Kate

Kate comes from Northern China. She earned her bachelor degree in China and she graduated from University of San Francisco with a master degree of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2015. Kate is the  Supplemental Instruction Graduate Intern and she supports USF undergraduate students who work as Supplemental Instruction Leaders. As a student of education, Kate has a strong passion for helping students to become independent and confident learners. In her spare time, she loves reading, jogging, cooking Chinese food, watching movies, and traveling.   

Learning Center Student Staff

DANIELLE ABAYADanielle Abaya

  • Position at the LC: Peer Tutor Programmatic Lead
  • Major: Economics with a Concentration in Financial Economics
  • Year:  Third
  • Hometown: Manila, Philippines
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Marufuku & Sakesan
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Exploring new places with friends, trying different restaurants, shopping in the malls, visiting parks, outdoor activities
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Econometrics & Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Favorite thing about USF: I love the people and the location!
  • The last book you've read: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Favorite spot at USF: University Center and Koret
  • Other involvements on campus: Hip Hop Club (Varcity SF), Kasamahan (USF Filipino-American Organization), Omicron Delta Epsilon: The International Economics Honor Society

KailieKAILIE DELA CRUZ

  • Position at the LC: Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) Program Lead
  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: Biochemistry
  • Year:  Fourth
  • Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Nojo Ramen & Tavern
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Adventure to new places, Hang out near Pier 39, try new food places with friends
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Bioinformatics, Organic Chemistry
  • Favorite thing about USF: It is a great university filled with a very diverse population that is always supportive, encouraging and positive.
  • The last book you've read: Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen
  • Favorite spot at USF: Lone Mountain
  • Other involvements on campus: Tri-Beta, Corpus Clinic,  American Chemical Society, Father Alfred Center Volunteering with University Ministry, Minority Association of Pre-Med Students, Research with Professor Suni's Lab

Jamison Delgado

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Communication Studies
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Washington DC
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Brenda's Meat & Three
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Off the Grid Food Truck Festival
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Queering Religion
  • Favorite thing about USF: Diversity, Inclusivity
  • The last book you've read: The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock
  • Favorite spot at USF: Anywhere in the Library! 

Camille Batiste Camille headshot

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: International Studies
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Oakland, CA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Hard Knox Cafe
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Visit Golden Gate Park
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: The Global Economy
  • Favorite thing about USF: The breathtaking views of SF from campus : ) 
  • The last book you've read: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Favorite spot at USF: Lone Mountain

Shelby Clemente

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Hospitality Management
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Usagi Sushi and K-Elements (for lunch on the weekends bc its only $20)
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Walk through the neighborhoods and explore new areas
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Business Law (w/ Griffis!)
  • Favorite thing about USF: The people
  • The last book you've read: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*uck 
  • Favorite spot at USF: Madonna Lounge in Malloy Hall

Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Biology
  • Year: Class of 2019 (Fall) 
  • Hometown: Brownsville, VT
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Little Star Pizza on Divisadero
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Go to Golden Gate park on the weekends
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Comparative Animal Physiology with Dr. Thometz
  • Favorite thing about USF: The science professors are amazing 
  • The last book you've read: Neverwhere by Neil Gaimen
  • Favorite spot at USF: Gleeson Library 

Samantha Gonzalez 

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Psychology 
  • Minor: Music
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: East Los Angeles, CA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Powder for Dessert and La Taqueria for dinner/lunch. 
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Union Square for shopping and eating
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Latinas in the U.S 
  • Favorite thing about USF: Many Clubs and Great Professors 
  • Favorite spot at USF: The city view from LoMo. 
  • Other involvements on campus: Muscat Scholars Program, ACV Club

Antonio Gutierrez

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: San Jose
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Popsons
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Eat, Chill, Boba
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Favorite thing about USF: The beautiful campus
  • The last book you've read: Polishing the Mirror by Ram Dass
  • Favorite spot at USF: The Learning Center :D

 

Sarah Sarte

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Nursing
  • Year: Sophomore 
  • Hometown: Union City, CA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Takara
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Attend the tree lighting at Union Square on Black Friday
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Microbiology
  • Favorite thing about USF: Ability to engage and personally ask questions to the professors
  • The last book you've read: The Screwtape Letters  
  • Favorite spot at USF: Kalmanovitz Hall

Sophia Stribling

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: History/Dual Degree Student 
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Street Taco
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Go to Giants Games
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: American History during the 1960's
  • Favorite thing about USF: Small class sizes 
  • The last book you've read: You are a Badass
  • Favorite spot at USF: UC 4th Floor
  • Other involvements on campus: CAB

Mariah TanMariah Tan

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Nursing
  • Year: Sophomore 1
  • Hometown: San Jose
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: PhoHuynh Hiep 2 (Kevin's Noodle House)
  • Favorite things to do in the City: go on boba runs, go to the beach, and watch the sunset
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Shakespeare First Year Seminar w/ Professor Brown
  • Favorite thing about USF: the supportive community
  • The last book you've read: probably something from my Shakespeare FYS lol
  • Favorite spot at USF: the top of the Lomo stairs (once I've finally caught my breath and I can enjoy the view)

Sophia Tarantino-Lenschmidt

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Economics 
  • Minor: Public Service and Community Engagement
  • Year: I graduate in Spring 2021. 
  • Hometown: San Rafael
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Arashi Sushi and Plutos
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Explore Golden Gate Park
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Martin-Baro Scholars
  • Favorite thing about USF: Social Justice Values
  • The last book you've read: Fear by Bob Woodward
  • Favorite spot at USF: K-hall
  • Other involvements on campus: RA in Gillson and a McCarthy Fellow