Our students come full of hopes and dreams. Our Alumni turn their dreams into reality. They are living proof that a college education has been their path to success and that St. Augustine College was their bridge to a better future. They are proof of the value of an education at our institution. They have taken their place as professionals and leaders in many areas, including, business, administration, education, the arts, technology, health, government, etc. We are proud of their personal and professional accomplishments and the impact that they’ve had on so many as role models, as symbols of determination and perseverance, and as proof that when you have skills, preparation and confidence, you can reach for the sky. Meet some of our proud alumni!
Dr. Arellano came to St Augustine College in 1988 with the hope of earning an Associate’s Degree. In 1990 she earned an AA in Psychology and Business Administration. She continued her studies at Loyola University Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies with a major in Psychology and later a Master’s Degree in Education in Community Counseling. She went on to earning a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP) at Argosy University Chicago.
In addition, she earned a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Spirituality in 2007.
Initially, Dr. Arellano did not have high goals, but at St. Augustine College she gained the preparation and motivation for greater dreams. She had to overcome many obstacles such as working full time and being a single mother while studying. One of her passions is to help and encourage women to overcome challenges that prevent them from earning a college education. Dr. Arellano continues to work providing psychological services and has returned to St. Augustine College as a resident assistant professor and to coordinate the Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Rodolfo Medina is the President of Second Federal, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, a full a service, member-owned financial institution. Medina manages all operations, consumer and mortgage lending for Second Federal. The organization currently holds $130 million in deposits and serves approximately 11,000 members in three predominantly Latino Chicago communities.
Medina lived in the Little Village neighborhood as a young child in the 1970s, where his parents owned and operated a local business. At a young age, the family moved from Chicago to Mexico. At 18, Medina returned to Chicago and earned an A.A.S. from St. Augustine College and a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University. Medina worked for more than 15 years in the financial sector as a retail and mortgage manager before joining Second Federal in 2009 as a manager of its branch in Little Village. In 2013, Medina was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine’s “40 under 40” list.
His civic engagement includes serving on the board of the Rauner YMCA and San Jose Obrero Mission. Medina also participated in the 2015 Cohort of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Community Development Financial Institution – Leadership Learning Network (CDFI LLN).
Alderwoman, City of Chicago Milly Santiago came to Chicago in 1976 and started working as a bilingual clerk for Chicago Public Schools in the Department of Bilingual Education. Santiago decided to join the U.S. Army Reserves. After the birth of her first daughter, Milly decided to attend college full-time at St. Augustine College in 1981 and then moved on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Northeastern Illinois University.
Milly had a distinguished career in journalism, having worked for various publications and as a News Reporter for the Telemundo and Univision TV stations in Chicago. In 2008, she joined the press team for the Governor’s Office in 2008 and eventually became a Communications Manager for state agencies under the Central Management Services. In 2015 she was elected to the Chicago City Council, representing the 31srt. Ward. She has been supportive of various issues and causes, including; education, immigration, senior care, women empowerment. Milly Santiago’s popularity in the community also stems from her involvement in issues surrounding the immigration debate, seniors, and education.
She is a proud mother of two beautiful daughters, Julissa and Giovanna Cruz. Both daughters are graduates of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. We congratulate Milly for her drive, determination and commitment to succeed and to serve the community and for making St. Augustine proud.