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.

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

 

KAILIE DELA CRUZKailie

  • 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

Najuka GhorpadeNajuka Ghorpade Photo

  • Position in the Learning Center: Lead Peer Tutor
  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: Biochemistry
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
  • Favorite Restaurant: Doobu
  • Favorite Thing to do: Try new restaurants and go shopping in Union Square when my family visits :)
  • Favorite Class so far: Spanish 1
  • Favorite thing bout USF: small class sizes
  • Last book I read: May you be the mother of a thousand sons by Elisabeth Bumiller 

Chris McKeon

  • Position in the Learning Center: Lead Peer Tutor
  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Berkeley, California
  • Favorite Restaurant: Oori
  • Favorite Thing to do: Play guitar and listen to music!
  • Favorite Class so far: Anatomical Kinesiology
  • Favorite thing about USF: The location - best area in SF!
  • Last book I read: The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

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

Dian Braganza   Dian Braganza Photo

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Nursing 
  • Year:  Freshman
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Purple Kow
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Take a stroll at Salesforce Park, Go to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Expedition USF (USF101)
  • Favorite thing about USF: The views of the city!
  • The last book you've read: "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi
  • Favorite spot at USF: Undercaf by the fireplace 

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*ck 
  • Favorite spot at USF: Madonna Lounge in Malloy Hall

Kahmala Gonzales Kahmala Gonzales photo

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Psychology
  • Year: First year
  • Hometown: Newark, DE
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Marnee Thai
  • Favorite things to do in the City: Hiking Lands End and walking around the Ferry Building 
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: General Biology
  • Favorite thing about USF: Everyone you meet is very nice
  • The last book you've read: Brave New World
  • Favorite spot at USF: Gleeson Plaza

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

Julie HolleyJulie Holley Photo

  • Position at the LC: Front Desk Staff
  • Major: Biology
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Daly City, CA
  • Favorite restaurant in the City: Perilla or Super Pan
  • Favorite things to do in the City: getting coffee or boba with my friends! 
  • Favorite class you've taken thus far: Existentialism 
  • Favorite thing about USF: the people!
  • The last book you've read: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Favorite spot at USF: UC4 

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