Meet The Team

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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
905-569-4789 | 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!


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Ashley Pereira Mendoza

Student Engagement Administrator 
905-828-3962 | Davis Building, room 2091
 
Ashley completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  Prior to joining the Centre for Student Engagement, she supported student transition, specifically pertaining to the experiences of first generation, international and new-to-Canada students in the post-secondary realm at the International Education Centre. She has experience in digital marketing and communications alongside student advising on various topics such as cultural adjustment, academics, financial literacy, health and well-being and internationlizing your degree. 
 
At CSE, she is excited to continue to use her role to support and develop students through advising and within a digital capacity. Outside of UTM, Ashley enjoys going to concerts, working out, travelling and watching sports! 
 

 

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!   


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Andrew Fenech 

Academic Success Coach, Orientation, Transition & Engagement
905-282-3962 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)

Andrew graduated from the University of Toronto Mississauga with an Honours Bachelor of Science. His experience supporting students began during his own time as an undergraduate student, working for the Health & Counselling Centre, the Career Centre, and as a Teaching Assistant. Andrew knew as soon as he graduated that his time at UTM was not over, and he joined the Centre for Student Engagement a year later to continue his work helping students reach their full potential.  

In his role at CSE, Andrew coordinates the Bridging Mentorship Program and the Academic Coaching Program, supporting students entering university from alternative pathways. He is passionate about empowering students to engage in their education holistically, to persist in spite of university’s many challenges, and to believe they are good enough to thrive at UTM and beyond.   

In his free time, Andrew enjoys gaming, listening to podcasts, and a good non-fiction book. If you see him on campus, ask him for a bird fact!


 

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Trent Barwick

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

Trent graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in English and Geography. After that, he completed his Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston. Upon graduation he spent time working at Wilfrid Laurier University within the Department of Residence, working two years as a Residence Life Area Coordinator. He then transitioned into teaching, where he spent time as a High School Teacher in the Upper Grand District School Board.

At UTM, Trent has a focus on first year student success, helping coordinate the LAUNCH and O-Week programming for the CSE. With a passion for student development, and a background in Education, he is excited to work with his team of student leaders to create the strongest transition programming possible for all incoming students. Trent is an avid sports fan, and in his spare time enjoys playing baseball, golf, or any other sport he can.

 

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

Rebecca has a Masters of Education in Adult Learning from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University (SFU).  She has been working in higher education supporting students and faculty for 10 years.  Before relocating to Toronto in November 2018, she gained valuable experience in student development with the Student Engagement and Retention and Residence Life units at SFU focusing on experiential and peer assisted learning programs.  Prior to working at SFU, she supported research award and grant review programs with the Office of the Vice President Research at UBC, and also supported her peers as a graduate student writing consultant and support group facilitator. 

Rebecca is excited to engage students with programming and initiatives that support their academic success as well as their professional and personal development at UTM.  In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys hot yoga and exploring the city on her bike but also appreciates staying in and spending time with her 2 cats, a good book and a cup of tea.

 


Photo of Sako Khederlarian.Sako Khederlarian

Student Engagement Coordinator, Student Organizations and Outreach
905-828-3753 | 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.

 


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Laura Walkling

Student Engagement Coordinator, Leadership, Mentorship and the Co-Curricular Record
905-828-3957 | Davis Building, room 2077 (map)
 
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.

Community Engaged Learning

Photo of Alysha Ferguson.Alysha Ferguson

Manager, Community Engaged Learning
905-569-4724 | Davis Building, Room 2098

Alysha completed her Master of Education from 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 the creation of community-based co-curricular educational opportunities.

As the Manager, Community Engaged Learning, she works in collaboration with local community organizations to develop new partnerships and grow opportunities for students to develop skills and feel inspired by the notion that one person can make a difference by participating in their community as engaged citizens. In her spare time, Alysha enjoys reading, travelling, playing softball, discovering new music, learning photography and is a certified life skills coach. 

 

Photo of Michelle Atkinson.Michelle Atkinson

Community Engagement Coordinator
905-828-3871 | Davis Building, Room 2095

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.


 

Martin Kengo.Martin Kengo

Community Engagement Coordinator, Access and Outreach
416-864-8383 | Davis Building, Room 2092
 

Martin is always building on his skills in project management, policy development, and stakeholder engagement. He loves being on campus where his passion for creative thinking, problem-solving and building high functioning teams are a part of his everyday work. He holds a Bachelors in International Development Studies and Political Science from York University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Queen's. Before joining UTM, Martin led regional and community-based initiatives centred on settlement and integration, social inequality, employment precarity, and health promotion.  


At UTM, Martin is responsible for the development of partnerships and opportunities that make UTM accessible and attainable for all students; regardless of their background and circumstance. He enjoys working with students and community partners, co-creating engaging points of access to post-secondary opportunities. Martin enjoys the team dynamics of working with students and other professionals at the University. Outside of UTM, he enjoys some down-time with his family and playing soccer.