Meet Our Staff

Ms. Crystal Royal


Crystal Royal is the Site Coordinator at Morton Freshmen Center. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Administration from University of Illinois-Chicago Campus.   After working at the University of Chicago for several years, she accepted a teaching opportunity at Morton College in Cicero, Illinois. As an instructor, her teaching experiences inspired her to pursue a career in counseling. Later, she earned a Master’s of Science in Counseling and Human Services from National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois.  Her previous employers include City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and University of Chicago. As a counselor, she prides herself on creating culturally competent advisory lessons, promoting resiliency in youth, and facilitating groups.

Working with TAPESTRY program for 2 years, she enjoys supporting students and working with Morton staff. In her spare time she serves youth in several Chicago communities such as Roseland, Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Bronzeville, Back of the Yards, and South Shore. Born and raised on Chicago’s Southside, she is passionate about giving back to the community.

Mr. Eduardo Bastian


Eduardo Bastian is a Student Advocate for Project TAPESTRY at Morton Freshman Center.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  Eduardo was previously a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Multicultural and Latino Health Research Program at UIC. He helped coordinate two NIH funded research grants on Latino Health.  He is experienced in data collection, management and analysis, as well as recruitment and retention.  Eduardo strives to encourage and empower at-risk youth to achieve academic success.

Eduardo has been with Project TAPESTRY since February of 2015. The best part of working with TAPESTRY is knowing that you can make a positive difference in a student’s academic and life goals. “My career and life goals were always to give back to the community and the population that I grew up with.”

He was raised in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood and experienced some of the same trauma and life altering experiences that many students have experienced.  “I believe that I relate and assist students in finding positive coping methods that can allow them to have a more successful future.”  He enjoys science fiction films and watching the Star Wars movies.

Ms. Amy Ferguson

Amy Ferguson started in Student Advocate with Project TAPESTRY at the Morton Freshman Center. She has been with the program since June of 2016.  She attended Cornerstone University and earned a BS in Social Work.  She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC.  Prior to starting with TAPESTRY, she worked as a high school Social Worker. During this time, she gained experience working with diverse student populations and facilitating social-emotional learning. She has a passion for helping students pursue their goals and reach their highest potential.

Mr. Patrick Liston


Patrick Liston is a Student Advocate with the West 40 TAPESTRY program at the Morton Freshman Center.  Patrick has been with West 40 and the TAPESTRY Program since September 2015. Patrick enjoys working with TAPESTRY because it affords him the opportunity to cultivate growth and positive change in young students lives. Patrick graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2013.  Patrick went on to work as a Clinical Case Worker and Quality Assurance Coordinator.  Patrick also has a passion for athletics. He is a big Chicago sports fan, played college baseball, and coached little league. Through his personal and professional experiences Patrick has sought to effect positive change in those around him. His passion for helping others is what drives him to catalyze the personal, academic, and future success of young students.

Ms. Claudia Alvarez


Claudia Alvarez began working as a Student Advocate for Project TAPESTRY at the Morton Freshman Center in December of 2016. She graduated from National-Louis University with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Services, and is currently working towards a Masters of Arts in School Counseling at Roosevelt University. Ms. Alvarez has experience in working with a diverse population, from students with special needs, at-risk youth, to LGBTQ community, just to name a few. In her free time she enjoys painting, drawing, and recently discovered a love for snowboarding. Her favorite part about working with TAPESTRY is helping students find their strengths and passion in life – which she truly believes is the key to success.