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. During her time at Chapman, she worked in their events department and as a tutor, which allowed her to realize the passion she has for working in higher education.  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.

Didem Ekici, Supplemental Instruction Graduate Intern Didem

Didem is the Learning Center Graduate Intern for Supplemental Instruction (SI) and she supports USF undergraduate students in their roles as Supplemental Instruction Leaders. Didem earned her Master of Education with TESOL concentration at Salem State University in Massachusetts and moved to the Bay Area a few years ago to pursue her doctoral education in International and Multicultural Education at University of San Francisco, where she works as a teaching assistant now. In addition to 9 years of teaching experience with linguistically and ethnically diverse students, she also worked with ESL students and immigrant families in different projects. Didem is currently the Director of Coordination in a non-profit peace building organization, Applied Ethics/Pax Populi.

JANAY OSBORNE, PEER TUTORING Graduate InternJanay

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

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KAILIE DELA CRUZ

  • Position at the LC: Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) Program Lead
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Sabrina Diaz

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
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  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: E Tutto Qua or Godzilla Sushi
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Explore different parts of Golden Gate Park
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Abnormal Psychology
  • Favorite thing about USF: The small size of the school because you're able to receive one-on-one help
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  • Favorite spot at USF: Grass area in front of Cowell
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Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Biology
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  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Brownsville, VT
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Starbelly (in The Castro!)
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Eat good food and look at beautiful places
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Cell Physiology
  • Favorite thing about USF: The LWSC and all of my amazing coworkers
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  • Favorite spot at USF: Gleeson Plaza
  • Other involvements on campus: On-campus research position

Alina Flores

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: East Los Angeles, CA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Ghirardelli Square Original Chocolate Manufactory (its an ice cream and chocolate shop but still love it!)
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Go exploring with my roommates!
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Principles of Microeconomics
  • Favorite thing about USF: I love how the campus feels big but it is actually small. I don't feel constrained here but I still get that one on one experience with professors and small class sizes.
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  • Favorite spot at USF: The view from LoMo. It's a hike but when you get there it is beautiful.
  • Other involvements on campus: Muscat Scholars Program, International Business Club

Victoria Santiago

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Communications
  • Minor: Business
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Casper, WY
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  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Martin-Baro Scholars Program; Rhetoric 125/126 
  • Favorite thing about USF: The size. There's always new people you can meet and our professors are always willing to help.
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  • Favorite spot at USF: Gleeson Plaza 
  • Other involvements on campus: ASUSF Voices, Kasamahan, InterVarsity, University Ministry