Staff

Eric Armstrong

Eric Armstrong, M.B.A.
Director
earmstrong1@niu.edu

A native of the southside of Chicago, Eric holds an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management and a bachelors in science and technical management (human resources concentration) from DeVry University. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999-2003 and deployed into Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and deployed into Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Eric has worked in higher education for 10 years in various capacities from admissions to the registrar, to academic advising and for the past four years, working with student veterans. He loves working with students and can be found interacting with students on a daily basis on campus. He enjoys watching almost any sport, but football is king. Eric has an open door policy for all students who need to talk or exchange ideas that would help all students at NIU.


Jeffrey Salmon

Jeffrey Salmon, M.A., M.S.Ed.
Associate Director
jsalmon1@niu.edu

A native of Geneva, Ill., Jeffrey holds a master's degree in adult and higher education from NIU and a second master's in mass communication from the University of Oklahoma. Jeffrey originally joined the MPTSS office in June of 2013. He enjoys helping students because he feels he was blessed with great academic experiences and wants to help students get the most out of their journeys. Jeffrey has worked with college students in one capacity or another for 10 years in academic and athletics settings. He’s worked as a teaching assistant, certifying official, public relations practitioner and an academic tutor. At the student affairs level, he has worked in TRiO and admissions offices. The perfect day at work for Jeffrey is a day that is busy with students needing assistance and them leaving feeling they were better because of his efforts than when they came into the office. The best advice Jeffrey would give to a NIU student is "Enjoy and take advantage of every moment possible here on campus. You are not only investing in an education at NIU, you are investing in yourself!"


Terri Gible

Terri Gibble
Office Support Specialist
tgibble@niu.edu

Terri comes to MPTSS from the Convocation Center. A native of Aurora, Ill., she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Landscape Architecture. She worked as a Park Planner in the western suburbs and in central Illinois for 30 years. She recently moved to Sycamore, Ill., and decided to take her career in a different direction--working in office administration assisting colleagues, students and the general public. Terri enjoys helping students (and, sometimes, their parents!) navigate through their questions in order to have a successful college experience. In her free time, Terri is involved with the Sycamore History Museum, the Sycamore Park District and St. Mary’s Church. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, watching movies and traveling. Her advice to students: "Follow your passion with persistence and do not hesitate to ask for assistance along the way. Enjoy your college journey!"



Laura Vivaldo Cholula

Laura Vivaldo Cholula
Graduate Assistant
lvivaldocholula1@niu.edu

Laura is continuing her education at NIU by pursuing a law degree after receiving her bachelor's degree in political science with a minor with Latino and Latino studies. She comes to the MPTSS office from Elgin, Ill.. Her goal is to give back to the community using her legal education. As post-traditional student, she used the MPTSS lounge and support services. As a graduate assistant, she looks forward to assist undergraduate students and help them feel welcomed on campus. Laura's advice to students is, "study hard and do not be afraid to ask for help. Students should take advantage of all the opportunities and resources on campus".


Angelia Faller

Angelia Faller
Graduate Assistant
asandquist@niu.edu

Angelia is pursuing her masters in school counseling. She earned her bachelor’s degree from NIU majoring in art with a minor in psychology. Over the past few years, Angelia has lived in several states including North Carolina, Virginia and Colorado. She is very excited to be entering the field of counseling and enjoys helping people. As a nontraditional commuter student, she is familiar with the planning and challenges of being a parent and a student. Time management is key! Angelia volunteers at animal shelters, loves hiking, camping, kayaking, trail running and cooking. Her favorite quote is from the book Wild, "My mom said there’s a sunrise and sunset every day and you can choose to be there or not. You can put yourself in the way of beauty." - Cherl Strayed.


Christopher Robinson

Christopher Robinson
Graduate Assistant
crobrinson13@niu.edu

Chris is pursuing a master's degree after completing his B.S. in athletic training at NIU in the spring of 2018. From 2009-2013, he served in the United States Marine Corps and then returned home to Yorkville, Ill., to begin school at NIU. He started at Military Student Services in August of 2013 and has continued to increase his knowledge of military benefits ever since. He enjoys pretty much any activity that helps him stay healthy and in shape. Recently he started an internship at Sycamore CrossFit and has really enjoyed gaining the knowledge and experience.


Zachary Alexander
VA Student Benefits Counselor
zalexander@niu.edu

Zachary Alexander is a computer science major who enjoys helping others. In 2012, he joined the United States Marine Corps and enlisted as a Cyber Network Specialist. He was lucky enough to be stationed in Okinawa, Japan for two years. In 2016, he returned home to Rockford, Ill., and started attending Rock Valley College, where he earned his Associate's Degree in 2018.



Tucker Carpenter
VA Student Benefits Counselor
critchie2@niu.edu

Tucker, a native Texan, has lived in a western suburb of Chicago for the last eight years. After graduating from high school, Tucker enlisted into the United States Army Military Police Corps, where as an enlisted soldier he deployed once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom conducting overseas detainee operations. Tucker received an A.G.S., an A.A., and an A.A.S. in master automotive service technology from College of DuPage, and currently attends NIU studying business administration. His lifelong passion as a car enthusiast has motivated him to explore career opportunities within the automotive performance, racing, restoration, auction and service industries. Tucker also enjoys assisting veteran and post-traditional students in and outside of class, and looks forward to doing so as a new member of the Huskie family.


princess jeremie

Princess Jeremie
Student Intern

Princess is currently pursuing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to enlist in the Army and join the Army Corps of Engineers. Princess was born in Landstuhl, Germany, as a natural-born American citizen. She is a member of Society of Women Engineers and Engineers without Borders. She joined the MPTSS team in the fall of 2017.



Craig Ritchie
VA Student Benefits Counselor
critchie2@niu.edu

Craig holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Michigan. He is pursuing a psychology degree from NIU. He served in the Navy from 2000–2013 as a nuclear trained electrician aboard submarines. He has worked in the engineering field since he left the Navy, but has returned to school to pursue helping those who suffer from PTSD. His goal is to ensure everyone that comes to the office is equipped with the knowledge required to have a fun and productive time while in school. In his spare time he is highly active in the NIU Tabletop Club.


Devin C. Smith
VA Student Benefits Counselor
dsmith51@niu.edu 

Devin Christopher Smith is a native of North Carolina. After living in North Carolina for most of his life, he decided to come move Illinois to be closer to the city of Chicago. He is currently a senior studying Spanish with an emphasis in business and translation and minors in Latin and Latino Studies. After graduation, he plans to find a business where he can use his translation skills. Devin's hobbies include cycling, gaming and learning languages. His goal in life is to learn four different languages and become fluent in each one. He will be able to assist students in our office who wish to converse in Spanish.



Yaroslav Sobal
VA Student Benefits Counselor

Yaroslav is a junior at NIU and is currently pursuing a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on policy. From 2010-13, Yaroslav served in the U.S. Army, and continues to serve in the Illinois National Guard today. During Yaroslav’s active military time, he was stationed overseas in Germany, Latvia, and spent a year-long deployment to Paktika province Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. His hobbies are outdoor activities such a cycling, camping and hiking. His goal is to provide vital information to post-traditional NIU students to aid their transition to the Huskie family and provide sustainable support to students enhancing their NIU experience.


Contact Us

MPTSS Lounge and Support Services
Campus Life Building, room 170
815-753-9999
ocntss@niu.edu 
815-752-9999 (FAX)



Military Student Benefits Counseling
Campus Life Building 240
815-753-0691
mss@niu.edu
815-753-0943 (FAX)