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 Brunsonjpg

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, writing, knitting, 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 to get 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 which will in turn benefit their overall success.  Haley’s passions include traveling, exercising and reading and when she has spare time she likes to explore San Francisco.

XIAOTIAN (KATE) ZHANG, Supplemental Instruction Graduate Intern Kate_1.jpeg

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. 


Janay is originally from Riverside, California but completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley. During her undergraduate career she discovered a passion for student leadership, academic retention, and advocacy while working in the Multicultural Center and Diversity, Equity, and Campus Climate office. She considers herself a Leader by doing, listening, and learning. Janay's favorite self-care activities include hiking, meal prepping, offering advice to friends, and creating diy boards on pinterest.      

Learning Center Student Staff

Ashley Jimenez

  • Position at the LC: Peer Tutoring Program Lead
  • Major: International Studies and Spanish
  • Minor: Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies
  • Year: Third
  • Hometown: Los Angeles
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Italian Homemade Company
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Go tp ocean beach
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: International Law and Organization
  • Favorite thing about USF: My favorite thing about USF is the small class size and easy access to the city.
  • The last book you've read: Sputnik Sweetheart by Murakami
  • Favorite spot at USF: The sculpture terrace on the 3rd floor of K-Hall
  • Other involvements on campus: Eco-Restoration Club and Food Recovery Network


  • Position at the LC: Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) Program Lead
  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: Biochemistry
  • Year: Third
  • 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

Sabrina Diaz

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Music
  • Year: 4th Year
  • Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: E Tutto Qua 
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Going to the Emporium
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Forensic Psychology
  • Favorite thing about USF: It located in the city
  • The last book you've read: Zodiac 
  • Favorite spot at USF: Grass area in front of the Church
  • Other involvements on campus: Part of the chamber ensemble

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: I am Keith Hernandez
  • Favorite spot at USF: Lo Schiavo Study spots or the Library 

Alina Flores

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Nande-ya 
  • Favorite things to do in the City: I really enjoy visiting the beaches to unwind and distress
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Favorite thing about USF: Small class sizes are amazing. I really get the opportunity to interact with my professors and peers. 
  • The last book you've read: Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle 
  • Favorite spot at USF: The green lawn outside of Gleeson Library. It's a nice space to sit and soak in the sun on a rare sunny day. 
  • Other involvements on campus: Women in Business Club, Muscat Scholars Program, Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE)

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 
  • Minor: Business 
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: San Jose
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Osha and Balompie
  • Favorite things to do in the City:  Go get boba 
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Computer Science
  • Favorite thing about USF: I like how nice our campus is
  • The last book you've read: Rich Dad, Poor Dad. 
  • Favorite spot at USF: LoMo's Benches next to the trees. 

Victoria Santiago

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Communication Studies
  • Minor: Business
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Casper, WY
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Good Luck Dim Sum on Clement
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Mission Delores Park or Crissy Field Picnic!
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: International Conflict & Alliance Building
  • Favorite thing about USF: The size. There's always new people you can meet and our professors are always willing to help.
  • The last book you've read: The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
  • Favorite spot at USF: Kalmanovitz
  • Other involvements on campus: Kasamahan

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

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