Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Sherry - Associate Registrar, Student Success

Sherry

Having worked in the Hong Kong office, the Rotman School of Management and the School of Continuing Studies, I join UTM with nearly 15 years of experience at U of T in community outreach, international student recruitment, program development, student advising and business development.

My team and I are here to support UTM students from admissions to graduation. Our amazing team of Advisors and Enrolment Services Representatives help you navigate the rules and policies that govern your U of T degree. Please do not hesitate to see us if you have questions about your program, courses, financial aid or scholarships. (A little open secret, shhhhh!  If you use UTM Mobile to see the walk-in line status trends, you can avoid lineups at our Express Desk to see an advisor ASAP!)

 

 

 

 

The Front-Line

Olha - Assistant Registrar, Front Line Services

Olha

I began working at the University of Toronto Mississauga as a UTM Library Student Assistant in 2005. This first work experience opened the doors to an incredible and rewarding career within Student Services.

Before assuming my current role of the Assistant Registrar Front-Line Services at the UTM Office of the Registrar, I worked in various progressive positions at the UTM Library and the Faculty of Engineering at St. George campus. My work experience has evolved around helping students to understand various University services, policies, and procedures.  While working at the Library I realized that in order to provide better services to the University community, I needed to expand my own knowledge. This inspired me to pursue studies in Higher Education. I hold Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History and a Masters of Education in Higher Education degrees from the University of Toronto.

I feel very excited and privileged about coming back to my “home” campus and helping UTM community with their questions and registrarial needs.

 
 
 

Carol - Enrolment Services Representative

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I joined the Office of the Registrar at UTM in January 1989 and realized almost immediately that I had found my perfect job!
 
I have always enjoyed the one on one contact with the students, from first year, confused and nervous students, to final, mature and excited graduating students!
 
My hope is that I was able to in some way help them on their journey.   It has always been a challenging, forever changing, and extremely rewarding experience for me.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Truc - Financial Aid Advising

Truc

I have been part of the UTM community for 10 years now. As a former Enrolment Services Representative in the Office of the Registrar, you may recognize me from the Express Desk. It first started when I chose to pursue my undergrad at UTM. I graduated with an HBSc in a double major in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies, and a minor in History. During my time here, UTM has become my second home. I have witnessed the campus grow and innovate – in buildings, programs and with students. 

As a recent graduate student at U of T for my Masters, I am still too familiar with the procrastination, last minute cramming and stress of being a student. Navigating the OSAP application can be confusing so don’t be afraid to ask for help. I look forward to meeting you when you drop by!

 

 

 

 


Stacey - Enrolment Services Representative

StaceyI completed my undergraduate degree at UTM not too long ago. I did an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Art and Art History. During the 3rd year of my undergraduate degree I started working at the Office of the Registrar as a work-study student. This gave me the opportunity to see the university from both the student and administrative side of things. Shortly after completing my degree I started working full-time at the Office of the Registrar.

Coming from a small town, I’ve always liked the smaller community feel of the UTM campus; that and all the green space and trails (and the deer of course!). Make sure to get out and explore the area around the campus during your time here; there are some great places to find.

I love that I’ve been given the opportunity to help students navigate the university experience in the same way the Office of the Registrar once helped me. Make sure to drop by the office if you have any questions or need advice.

 

 


Waffa - Enrolment Services Representative

Waffa

I began my time at University of Toronto Mississauga in my second year after transferring from the Scarborough campus. The proximity and ease of living at home spurred my decision to transfer from the co-op program at the Scarborough campus and complete my HBA degree at UTM in sociology and writing. This decision proved to be worthwhile with memorable classes, an amazing community and a whole lot of scenic spots on campus.

During my studies I also worked as a work-study student at the Office of the Registrar. This allowed me to learn more about the university setting and all the different opportunities available to students and I have come to find that what you put into your university experience is what you’ll get out of it. Now, I’m excited to work as an Enrolment Services Representative in helping students along their path in whatever way I can. 

 

 

 

 

The Academic Advisors

Laura - Academic Advisor

Laura


I attended York University and earned a BSc with a major in Biology. While studying at York, I was able to meet budding new scientists as a student advisor for newly admitted students. I also have a Veterinary Technician Diploma from Seneca College. After a few years working in both clinical and research animal health settings, I changed direction….in a big way! My first administrative role at U of T was at St. George in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science - First Year Office, where I was the first friendly face first year Engineering students met when they came into the office. I’ve worked at U of T for over 10 years, and I started as an Academic Advisor at UTM in September 2011. I’m currently working on my Masters of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and enjoying being immersed in both relevant policy and publications. What I really love about UTM is the sense of community, collaboration and impressive green space. I’ve had the opportunity to wander around some beautiful trails on campus, and you wouldn’t even know you were still at a university! Please come and see us in the Office of the Registrar so we can help support your academic goals! 

 

 


Violet - Academic Advisor

Jessica
My journey to UTM began many years ago. I followed what I thought was my calling, studying Nursing at Ryerson, but soon realized that sciences were not my strength. I transferred to UTM and earned a B.A. degree in English Literature.
 
I was the first person in my family to attend university, and found myself very comfortable on the UTM campus. In my final year, I worked as a UTM Career Centre volunteer and developed knowledge and skills that prepared me to enter the workforce. I worked in the fields of arts administration and publishing before returning to UTM in to work in student services and administration. 
 
As a lifelong learner, while working at UTM I went back to school part-time. I earned a B.Ed. in Adult Education from Brock University (2009), and a M.Ed. in Leadership, Adult and Higher Education from University of Toronto, focusing on international education (2013).  I love to travel, and have visited 47 countries on 6 continents. 
 
As an Academic Advisor, the most satisfying part of my job is helping students achieve their personal and academic goals, and encouraging their intellectual growth from first year through to graduation. I look forward to meeting you!
 

Jessica - Academic Advisor

Jessica
Since completing a diploma at Sheridan College and earning a BA from UTM (English and Philosophy), I have worked in student services  for over 22 years, the last 8+ of those years as an academic advisor, a job I love. The most gratifying part of my job is making a difference, helping make students’ experience here a positive one. Having been a student and now an employee has allowed me to relate to both sides.  
 
UTM has grown over the years, but it has not changed in the fact it’s a great place to be.   Working for a world recognized university in such a natural setting and serving students is an honour.  
 
In my free time I love to travel the world; a learning experience in itself.  
  
Do you have academic questions or concerns?Drop by the Registrar’s office and meet with an academic advisor. We care about your success; we’re here for YOU! My motto is,’ keep right on till the end of the road.’ There may be some bumps during your journey, but at the end, achieving your degree will have been worth the journey. We’re here to help make that journey as smooth as possible.
 

Ron - Academic Advisor

Ron

My name is Ron Racioppo and I am currently working in the Office of the Registrar as an Academic Advisor. I have worked at the University of Toronto for 18 years, and have been here at UTM for 10 years.

I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in June 2014 with a major in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies and a double minor in Canadian Studies and Political Science. In addition to my fantastic job, my experience as a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Mississauga gave me the opportunity to see things from both an administrative and student perspective.

I’m a sports minded guy that loves my hometown Maple Leafs even if they don’t love me back. I can be found on campus in the Tim Horton’s line or hard at work in my office meeting with students.

UTM is a great place to work, where I have met several super talented colleagues and some very intelligent student friends. Working, attending classes and graduating from UTM has certainly changed my life in a positive manner. I wish you all the best when making your academic plans for the future.

 


Darcy - Academic Advisor

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I am very excited to be working here at the UTM Office of the Registrar as one of your Academic Advisors.

I received my undergraduate degree from York University, a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and my graduate degree from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Education in Higher Education and Policy.

During my university studies, I learned early on the value of cultivating a school-work-life balance, while finding opportunities to get involved on campus.  My work-study experiences as an undergrad established my goal of a career working with post-secondary students.  While I began my U of T career at the St. George campus, I was thrilled to join UTM and become part of its unique and vibrant community – you get the big university advantages with the small campus vibe!  Most importantly, every single day I look forward to helping students get the most out of their university experience, and I hope you'll always feel welcome to come visit us in the Office of the Registrar. 

 

 


Kristina - Academic Advisor

Kristina

I completed my Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga a few years ago, specializing in Italian and majoring in Psychology. The four years that I have spent at UTM were both challenging and rewarding. Yes, you do need to work hard but do remember to have fun along the way. The highlights for me were the Italian theatre courses. Not only did they enable me to master the Italian language but gave me an opportunity to really get to know my professors, make great friends, and discover a (theatrical) side of me I didn’t know I had.  After graduation I have worked at a bank for a couple of years before I decided to go back to school. I chose Seneca College and earned a graduate certificate with honours in Human Resources Management. Returning to school reminded me of the great experience I have gained while at UTM. So, I was thrilled to accept a position at the Office of the Registrar and be back to my alma mater. I work with a wonderful group of people and get to interact with the most fascinating and diverse group of students. 

 

 

 

 

The Financial Aid Team

Renu - Assistant Registrar, Financial Aid & Scholarships

Renu
I completed an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration with Geography minor (Wilfrid Laurier University) and a Master of Arts in Higher Education (U of T, OISE).  I had an amazing undergraduate experience and was a campus tour guide, residence don, and manager of the student union-owned campus convenience store.  Although I had planned to pursue a career in accounting/marketing, my campus involvements helped me discover careers in student affairs and services – and I couldn’t be happier with my decision!  After I graduated, I worked for a non-profit international exchange company and then at the University of Western Ontario in areas of recruitment and first year student programs.    In 2006 I came to U of T as the Coordinator of Student Life for University College (St. George).  I loved working with student leaders, orientation week, and the student government.  In January 2012, I was thrilled to start working in the Office of the Registrar at UTM!  I love the green spaces, new buildings, the friendly staff, students, and faculty I’ve met, and of course….the deer!  Whether you have a quick question or are finding yourself in a difficult situation - drop in to talk to a financial aid advisor…that’s why we’re here!
 
 
 

Francis - Financial Aid Advisor

Francis

I’m what you might call a University of Toronto lifer.  My first adult job after studying at UofT was as an admissions application assessor at Enrolment Services.  After a few years, I switched gears to work as a financial aid counselling assistant in the same office before morphing into a full-fledged financial aid counsellor, working primarily on UTM cases.  And now I find myself at UTM, over two decades later.

I hadn’t planned to be a financial aid counsellor while I was reading Chaucer and Dickens and calculating the area under the curve during my undergrad days.  However, like many students, my experiences at university transformed and shaped my calling. 

The one constant throughout my time at the UofT has been the quality of the people with whom I work to make our institution one of the best in the world.  It’s a blessing to enjoy coming to work every day.  The UofT truly is the best place I’ve ever worked and it has brought out the best in me.  I feel privileged to be in a position to help students in their journeys to find their own callings and become the best versions of themselves.

 

 


Andrea - Financial Aid Advisor

Andrea

Of all the places I have worked in and communities I have been a part of, I can say my experience here at the University of Toronto at Mississauga is one of the best thus far.

I spent the last 15 years living, working and going to school in the United States in a completely different capacity, religion. I received my BA in Ministerial Theology and Master of Divinity with the hopes of being able to help people work through the tragic events of their lives, and I did, I became a Chaplain and crisis counselor. I worked at the Washington Hospital Center and Howard University in Washington D.C, but it was something about being with students that fueled me and made me feel good about the work that I was doing.

Upon moving back to Canada, I struggled with finding a place that I could use my unique skills and still work with people. My search led me here, the University of Toronto Mississauga. I could not be happier! 

Thank you for welcoming me here to UTM and making me feel at home. It is my endeavor to be the best I can be while I serve you as one of the Financial Aid Advisors in the Office of the Registrar.

 

 


Mark - Financial Aid Advisor

MarkHi, my name is Mark. I have an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Sociology and Communication Studies from McMaster University. I also have a Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Mohawk College.

My first position in education was as a Clerk in Applied Health Sciences. When I saw the opportunity for a position in Financial Aid I thought to myself, I’ve had OSAP for years so I’m pretty much an expert. If only that were true! It’s been 3 years and I’m still enjoying it.

I am very passionate in my role and I understand the importance it can have in a student’s life. Growing up in a single parent household, Financial Aid was an absolutely necessity for me and my siblings during university and college. I like to think of this is a way of giving back for everything I have been fortunate enough to receive. While I’ve only been at UTM for a short time, my colleagues have been very welcoming since my arrival. The campus itself is very beautiful; it reminds me of a quiet oasis nestled in a bustling city.

I look forward to assisting you when you drop by.

 


Bridgette - Financial Aid Advisor

Bridgette

I graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics for Commerce, and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. My desire to remain connected to the university environment led me to apply for my first administrative position as a Transcript Clerk in the Office of the Registrar at York University. Who knew that 6 months later a position would become available in Financial Aid, and I would begin a career that I love, assisting students in an area of work that has become my passion. After spending 14 years as a Financial Aid Advisor at York University, and almost 8 years at Concordia University as a Graduate Awards Advisor; I am very pleased to be joining the Financial Aid Advising Team at UTM. Thank you to my colleagues for the warm welcome!

Navigating the process to receive OSAP or other Financial Aid assistance can often be intimidating and confusing for students. It is my pleasure to assist you, and answer any questions that you may have. I am looking forward to meeting with you in the Office of the Registrar. We are here to do our best to help!