Staff and Contacts


Leslie Oster, Director

Leslie Oster plans the MSL curriculum and works with the faculty, staff, and administration. She even finds the time to teach a course in the program every so often. Fun fact: Leslie likes watching tennis, figure skating, and basketball, but is not adept at doing any of these sports.


Jeremy Adler, Director of Academic Advising & Resources 

Jeremy is the go-to person for student and academic services in the MSL program; he handles advising, curriculum planning, exam details, program logistics, individual student situations, and community engagement. Fun Fact: Jeremy likes to bike throughout the winter.


Jessica Biddlestone, Assistant Director of Academic & Career Advising

Jessica provides curricular and career advising to MSL students. She also helps manage MSL student services and events. Fun fact: Jessica once spent a month walking across northern Spain. 


Alyssa Dyar, Director of Learning Design & Curriculum Development

Alyssa is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of the MSL curriculum.  She works with faculty to design their courses, and she helps chart the direction of the ever-evolving MSL curriculum.  Fun Fact: Alyssa loves to cook and eat and spends much of her free time exploring Chicago’s amazing food scene.


Evan Goldberg, Director of External Outreach

Evan supervises MSL operations and also oversees MSL professional development programming and advising for students and alumni.  In addition, Evan works to develop external collaborations and partnerships with industry, academia, and government to benefit the MSL program.  Evan is also a great resource for international students.  Fun fact: Evan is a runner and is always in search of his next meal—his favorite being ice cream.


Ashlee Hardgrave, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Recruitment, & Enrollment

Ashlee manages the entire admissions process, including recruiting and advising prospective students, overseeing all aspects of applications and admissions, guiding applicants through the admissions process, onboarding students, and welcoming new MSLs to the program. Fun fact: Ashlee is a classically trained musician, works as an opera singer, and runs a classical music company in Chicago.  


Kelly Zimmerman, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Kelly manages the program's marketing and communications strategy, including content development, digital marketing, social media, and community engagement. In addition, she works closely with the team on recruitment efforts and admissions outreach. Fun Fact: Kelly is a 7th generation Chicagoan and she attended Game 2 of the Chicago Cubs World Series run in 2016.