Meet The Team

Meet the team. Banner depicting a group of students looking up in a circle.

At the Centre for Student Engagement, we strive to promote student engagement through co-curricular opportunities that contribute to student success. Meet the team that makes all of our programs happen!

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Photo of Jessica Silver.Jessica Silver

Director, Student Engagement
905-569-4626 | Davis Building, room 2099
 

Jessica has a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from OISE and her Bachelors in Education and English from York University. Prior to working at UTM, Jessica spent time as a Secondary School Teacher with the Toronto District School Board, and was the Department Manager, Programming with Pathways to Education supporting marginalized high school students and their families through academic and personal mentorship programs.

Jessica joined the Centre for Student Engagement and UTM in 2014. Prior to her role as Director, Jessica has supported Orientation and Transition programming and was the acting Student Transition Manager for the Office of Student Transition. Her favourite part of her role is working alongside students, staff and faculty to build programs and courses that support student success at UTM. In her spare time Jessica is an avid foodie, a mom to a toddler and book club aficionado!

 

Orientation, Transition and Engagement

Photo of Jackie Goodman.Jackie Goodman 

Manager, Orientation, Transition and Engagement
905-569-4626 | Davis Building, room 2093
 

Jackie completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She then went on to earn her Master of Education in Student Affairs from UCLA in California, before relocating to Toronto in 2010. Her work developing first-year transition programs at UTM began in 2011. Since then she has committed herself to developing and implementing innovative programming to enhance academic success and student engagement of new students at UTM.

In her new role as the Manager of Orientation, Transition, and Engagement, she looks forward to extending her support to also include programming designed to benefit all UTM students. Jackie finds it a privilege to have the opportunity to work so closely with such talented students here at UTM! Outside of UTM, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor adventures, traveling, and athletics of all kinds!   

 

Photo of Svitlana Frunchak.Svitlana Frunchak

Student Success Coordinator, Academic Initiatives
905-569-4567 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)

Svitlana is a life-long learner with Master’s degrees in education and political science, a Ph.D. in History, and current interests including positive psychology, mindfulness, and transition. At CSE, Svitlana focuses on promoting successful transition to university through several academic initiatives. Svitlana works directly with faculty and also with students to help them adjust to university and be successful in reaching their goals, be it transitioning from college to university, returning to higher education after a break, or achieving their leadership potential as a student-mentor.

Svitlana enjoys very much working with multiple stakeholders, building strong partnerships, and finding synergies. She is passionate about diversity and connectedness of experiences, cultures, and approaches – something she attributes, at least in part, to her “luggage” of living, studying, and working in five countries.

 


Photo of Sako Khederlarian.Sako Khederlarian

Student Engagement Coordinator, Student Organizations and Outreach
905-828-3962 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)

Sako graduated from Trent University with a degree in history. Throughout his studies he had a number of student government roles at his institution, including a position as student cabinet president, vice president for the student union, and as an orientation leader for a number of years. Since completing his degree, Sako has focused his career on leading orientation and transition programs, and working closely with student groups to enable them to develop successful programs and events.

At UTM, Sako works closely with student organizations and multi-faith groups, and supports the Centre for Student Engagement with a number of programming initiatives. Sako enjoys working with student leaders, running team-building programs, and is always looking for ways to make a positive impact within the local community. Outside of work he enjoys reading, playing and coaching squash, and playing piano.

 


Photo of Laura Mammone.Laura Mammone

Student Success Coordinator, Orientation and Transition Programs
905-569-4282 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)

Laura has been working in the higher education environment for eight years in a variety of institutions such as Western University, Laurier University, and the University of Toronto Mississauga. She has completed her Masters of Education from the Nipissing Schulich School of Education completing her thesis in applying Gamification to co-curricular environments. Laura is a certified MBTI Step II Practitioner and her other specializations include: Social Media Strategy and Project Management.

Laura’s favourite aspect of her role is being involved in the development of innovative programs and student growth! In her spare time, Laura enjoys writing and manages her own blog!

 


Photo of Dray Perenic-Price.Dray Perenic-Price

Student Engagement Coordinator, Leadership, Mentorship and the Co-Curricular Record
905-828-3962 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)
 
 

Community Engaged Learning

Photo of Alysha Ferguson.Alysha Ferguson

Manager, Community Engaged Learning
905-569-4724 | Davis Building, room 3125C
 

Alysha is currently completing her Master of Education Degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and is an alumnus of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies and English. Alysha started her career in Student Affairs as a Residence Life Manager/ Coordinator at both the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus and Wilfrid Laurier University. She joined the Centre for Student Engagement in 2015, bringing her passion for supporting student success through co-curricular education to the community engagement portfolio.

As the Community Engagement Coordinator, she works in collaboration with local community organizations to develop new partnerships and grow opportunities for students to develop their skills and hopefully become inspired by the potential impact one person can make in the communities around them. In her spare time Alysha enjoys; reading, travelling, playing softball, discovering new music and learning photography.

 

Photo of Michelle Atkinson.Michelle Atkinson

Community Engagement Coordinator
905-569-4724 | Davis Building, room 3125C

Michelle completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts from Trent University. After working in the for-profit sector, Michelle spent six years with the UTM Career Centre as an Events and Employment Services Coordinator where she worked with both internal UTM partners and external employers to create and support career learning events and programs. Michelle joined the Centre for Student Engagement in August 2017 where she works in developing and running community engaged learning programs that enhance student co-curricular learning while bettering the community.

Her favourite part of her role is connecting students to opportunities to make them more engaged citizens both in their local community and also the world. In her spare time Michelle enjoys reading, cooking, geeking on out fantasy football, and spending time with her dog Ella.

 


Photo of Laura Walkling.Laura Walkling

Community Engagement Coordinator, Access and Outreach
905-828-3957 | Davis Building, room 3125C
 

Laura completed her Master of Teaching from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga. With ten years of non-traditional teaching experience under her belt, she moved to the United Kingdom where she taught English and History in inner-city London secondary schools for two years. Returning to Canada in 2016, Laura returned to her roots of working in the post-secondary field. Laura joined the Centre for Student Engagement in 2017 where she worked as the Student Success Coordinator of Transition Programs managing the LAUNCH and REACH programs as well as pre-arrival communications for New-to-UTM students.

Laura is now a Community Engagement Coordinator for Access & Outreach Programs within CSE where she helps students in the Peel District School Board see post-secondary education as a possibility in their future. In her spare time, Laura enjoys travelling, reading historical fiction, eating avocado mousse and cuddling with her Great Dane Rayne.


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