Meet the Student Leadership & Development Staff

Andrea Niemi

Director of Student Leadership & Development

Andrea Niemi is a Southern California native and has worked at LMU in Student Life for the past 21 years. Over her 24 year career in higher education, she has worked directly with leadership development, orientation, student work and volunteer service programs, student organizations, Greek life, and student government. She currently serves as the Program Director for the Ignatian Leadership Institute and teaches various leadership seminars as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education. Andrea has her BA from California State University, Northridge and her Masters of Education from Oregon State University. She recently completed the Ignatian Colleagues Program sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities in partnership with the Jesuit Conference of the United States.

Andrea's passion in leadership work is to support students as they discover their gifts and work toward the common good. In her free time, Andrea loves spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Katie Styles

Associate Director, Student Involvement

Katie Styles

Katie is originally from Oakland, California and joined the Student Leadership & Development team in 2017. She earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from LMU and her M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Baylor University. As the Associate Director, Katie oversees the professional staff and student staff teams of all registered student organizations, Mane Entertainment, and is the primary advisor for both ASLMU and GSLMU. Katie is also an instructor within the Ignatian Leadership Institute.

In her free time, Katie loves spending time with her dogs Lola and Stella and watching movies.

Jenn Leal

Assistant Director, Student Involvement

Jenn Leal

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Jenn earned her B.A in Liberal Studies from LMU and her M.S. in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University. As the Assistant Director for Student Involvement, Jenn advises ASLMU's programming members and Mane Entertainment through event management and logistics.

In her free time she loves to keep up with friends and family through FaceTime, hang out with her cat Nigel, and watch the latest rom com on Netflix.

Sabrina Merritt

Assistant Director, Registered Student Organizations 

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Sabrina is originally from the Inland Empire, California. She earned her B.S. in Health Science from California State University, East Bay and her M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from University of San Francisco. During both her undergraduate and graduate school experiences, Sabrina was heavily involved as a student leader by participating in several student organizations. Sabrina is excited to join the Student Leadership & Development team and work with registered student organizations in her role as the Assistant Director for Registered Student Organizations. 

In her free time, you can find Sabrina at your local Starbucks!

Devin Walker

Associate Director, Sorority & Fraternity Life

Devin Walker

Primary Advisor for:

  • Interfraternity Council (IFC)
  • Greeklight

In his role as Associate Director for Sorority & Fraternity Life, Devin leads the development and implementation of the strategic vision for the sorority and fraternity experience at LMU, while also advising council and chapter leaders. Originally from Cleveland Heights, OH, Devin received a B.A. in Communication from The Ohio State University and an M.S.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Dayton.

Beyond LMU, Devin is an engaged member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). Having been exposed to this work as a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Devin's journey through higher education is guided by a passion for improving the student experience and the holistic development of self for life beyond college.

Rainey Lynch

Assistant Director, Sorority & Fraternity Life 

Primary Advisor for:

  • Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC)
  • LMU Dance Marathon

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Rainey attended Loyola Marymount University as an undergraduate student. She graduated with a B.A. in English and went on to serve Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women as a Traveling Leadership Development Consultant. One year later, she joined the Headquarters staff at Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity as their very first Growth Consultant. Now, she is back on the Bluff and eager to give back to the LMU community as the Assistant Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life. In this role, Rainey advises chapter and council leaders to support the development and advancement of the LMU Sorority & Fraternity experience.

Rainey is passionate about keeping Sorority & Fraternity Life relevant on college campuses and widening the positive impact that our chapters have on our students, on our campus, and in our community. In her spare time, you can find her reading on the beach, playing volleyball, and exploring all the best vegetarian food in Los Angeles!

Isabella Ferrante

Assistant Director, Sorority & Fraternity Life 

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Primary Advisor for:

  • Black Greek Council (BGC)
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
  • Order of Omega

Originally from Monterey, California, Isabella earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California and her M.S. in Education with a concentration in Higher Education from California State University, Fullerton. In her role as Assistant Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life, Isabella is committed to supporting council and chapter leaders and promoting the growth of SFL at LMU. Isabella values the uniqueness of each students’ experience and sees the importance of connecting students to their campus community. In her free time Isabella enjoys working out, trying new coffee spots, and making charcuterie boards.

Jeanette Ramirez

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Jeanette is originally from Inglewood, California and joined the Student Leadership and Development team in 2021. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. As the Coordinator, Jeanette works directly with front desk student staff and together they ensure the office runs smoothly.

In her free time Jeanette enjoys spending time with her family, driving down the beach, and watching any and all romantic comedies.