Intercultural Programs Staff

Ty Perkins M.Ed.
Ty’s desire to work in student development began years ago as an undergraduate student at Loras College. While at Loras, he served as Interim Co- Director of Multicultural Affairs and from that moment he realized the importance of student support. Upon graduating from Loras in 2002 with a BA in Business, Ty went on to get his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. His involvement in higher education over the last decade has included roles within every sector of higher education. His professional background includes various management and director level roles in the areas of enrollment management, faculty support, and student retention. His experience also includes extensive work as an adjunct faculty member. When he is not working, Ty enjoys spending time with his wife Bianca (02) and their two children. As a former member of the Duhawk basketball team, Ty enjoys competing in 3on3 basketball tournaments and running half marathons.

Cindy Behnke
Cindy has been at Loras College since August of 2000.  During her time here at Loras she has worked in the Admissions Office as the Visit Coordinator, and in June of 2006, Cindy moved to the Intercultural Programs Office in her role as Office Coordinator.  She thoroughly enjoys working with the students from various parts of the United States, as well as from around the world.  While she was working full-time here at Loras, she also completed her Associates Degree (Class of 2012).  Cindy has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 25 years and proud of their 4 children (Janelle, Justin, Josh and Jenna). She enjoys spending time with her family, running and reading.

Jessica Douglas
Jessica Douglas is a junior at Loras College majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Media studies. She is the President of BSU and social and sisterhood chair of Alpha Sigma Alpha: Zeta Psi Sorority. Jessica is from Chicago, IL. She loves the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears. When it comes to sports. She loves to keep up with player’s stats. Jessica plans to take the GRE her senior year and wants to attend grad school at Illinois State University for Public Relations.

Yvette Bahena
Yvette Bahena is in her senior year and will be majoring in International Studies and Finance with a minor in Catholic Studies. She is president of Loras Intercultural Student Association, commonly known as LISA. Apart from this leadership role she is also part of the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders program in where she has learned to further develop ethical decision leadership and critical thinker skills. Yvette has studied abroad to Spain for a semester and has engaged in a J-term to France and Italy. She loves to learn and interact with other cultures of her own. She is originally from Waukegan, Illinois and is a first generation Latina Student.

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