Meet the Undergraduate Admissions Staff

Eric Ruiz Admissions StaffEric Ruiz, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
& Coordinator of Multicultural Initiatives

Work: 815-740-5070
Cell/Text: 815-680-5401
Fax: 815-740-5078

Eric graduated from USF in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance and joined the admissions team in the same year. During college, Eric had fun being the man in the mascot suit, Bernie! He also was the vice president of finance for the Student Business Association, a Ministry Staffer and Saints Ambassador. Eric also earned his Master’s of Business Administration from USF. He really enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and staying active. He grew up in Evergreen Park, and now resides in Joliet.

Serving students from Illinois, Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, Oregon, Washington

Eloise Billups Admission StaffEloise Billups, Associate Director of Admissions
Work: 815-740-5091
Cell/Text: 815-306-4688
Fax: 815-740-5078

Eloise graduated from the University of St. Francis with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Organizational Management. In 2006, she began working at the USF in the Graduate and Degree Completion Admissions Department as an Admissions Counselor. Prior to joining the admissions team, she worked in Financial Aid Services as a Loan and Scholarship Coordinator. Eloise is currently pursing her Master of Science in Management degree at USF.

Serving students from Illinois, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia

Alejandro Campos Admissions StaffAlejandro (Alex) Campos, Admissions Counselor
Work: 815-740-5028
Cell/Text: 815-768-3954
Fax: 815-740-5078

Alejandro was born in Wisconsin, but raised in Joliet. He attended Joliet West High School, and after graduating from Joliet West he went into the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Alejandro served with Echo Company 2nd Battalion 24th Marines 3rd Platoon out of Chicago. He served as the 2nd squad leader and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Alejandro is a proud alum of the University of St. Francis, where he graduated in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Alejandro has a strong connection with the school due to his mother (’92 & ’17), father (‘06), and grandmother (‘85) all receiving their Bachelors and/or Masters degrees from USF. In his free time, you can find him watching or working with the Chicago White Sox and being with family & friends.

Serving students from Illinois, Connecticut, Kansas, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and parts of Wisconsin

Nikki Diorio Admission StaffNicolina Diorio, Admissions Counselor
Phone: 815-740-5030
Fax: 815-740-5078

Nikki graduated from USF in May 2018 with a Bachelors in History. She held a leadership role in the USF History Club and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. After graduating with her BA, she completed an internship at the National Archives in Chicago. Her hobbies and interests include working out and reading historical memoirs.

Serving students from Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Idaho,  Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming

Amanda O'Connor Admission StaffAmanda O’Connor, Admissions Counselor
Work: 815-740-3640
Cell/Text: 815-402-3688
Fax: 815-740-5078

Amanda graduated from Western Illinois University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She planned on continuing her education in Occupational Therapy, however instead followed her passion for Student Affairs. Amanda graduated with her Masters of Science in Education in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University in May of 2018.  Amanda recently moved to Plainfield and enjoys gardening, rooting for the Chicago Cubs, eating pizza, and watching HGTV.

Serving students from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia

Crystal Macias Admission StaffCrystal Macias, Admissions Counselor
Phone: 815-740-4282
Cell/Text: 815-599-1262
Fax: 815-740-5078

Crystal grew up in the area and graduated from Governors State University in 2018 with a Bachelors in Arts in Psychology. She is a first generation college graduate. Crystal has a background in Criminal Justice, with a combination of both psychology and criminal justice. “Working with children in any capacity and being able to assist in aiding in their future is a high interest of mine.” She enjoys reading, arts, and crafts as well as spending time with friends and family.

Serving students from Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and parts of Wisconsin

Elisabet Miramontes Admission StaffElisabet Miramontes, Associate Director of International Admissions
Work: 815-740-3419
Cell/Text: 815-599-1107
Fax: 815-740-5078

Elisabet grew up in Cicero, Ill. and was the first in her family to graduate from a university. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from USF in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal and Social Justice and minor in Spanish, and has been her greatest achievement thus far. Her passion has always been education and community outreach which is very evident not only in her college but also in high school years. She was president of Unidos Vamos a Alcanzar (our Latino organization on campus), Co-founder of H.O.U.S.E (established to serve the unprivileged students on campus), mentee for the Student Alumni Mentoring Program, University Success Scholar, member of Delta Epsilon Sigma and Board Member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy County Latino Advisory Board. During her time at the University of St. Francis her passion for helping students stemmed with assisting undocumented and DREAMer students and only grew from there, by the end of her college years she knew she wanted to work in higher education. Coming from a family of immigrants it has only propelled and inspired her towards success and hopes to spread that with the student body. Her favorite quotes: “Education is power” and “Si se puede”!

Annette Jelinek Admissions StaffAnnette Jelinek, Welcome Center Coordinator
Work: 815-740-3477
Fax: 815-740-5078

Annette has been with USF since March of 1988. She began in the Health Arts Program and joined the Undergraduate Admissions area in 2001. She is a mom to 35 kids– the Saints Ambassadors, who are her greatest enjoyment at USF! Annette was born and raised in Joliet and is very proud of and active in her Croatian heritage.

Emily Ellis Admission StaffEmily Ellis, Welcome Center Assistant Coordinator
Work: 815-740-2270
Fax: 815-740-5078

Emily has lived in Joliet for most of her life and graduated from Beloit College in 2008 with a degree in Studio Art and Museum Studies. Emily enjoys baking, reading and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be a part of the Welcome Center.

Eric Wignall Admission StaffEric Wignall, Vice President of Admissions, Enrollment & Marketing
Work: 815-740-3444

Eric came to USF in 2017 and is a graduate of Indiana State University and the University of Essex. Eric has held staff, faculty, and leadership roles at Ancilla College, Governors State University, Purdue University Calumet, and Valparaiso University.