OURA Executives2019-05-27T13:41:37+00:00

2019 – 2020 OURA Executives

ROBYN PARR
ROBYN PARRPresident – Ryerson University
Robyn is currently the Assistant Registrar, Student Financial Services at Ryerson University where she works with all things student fee related and leads the initiative in establishing a campus wide academic advising network through the Office of the Registrar. Robyn is currently complete the Strategic Enrolment Management Endorsement Program (SEM-AP) through AACRAO. Robyn’s interests are in organizational effectiveness, process improvement, service delivery and project management.
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DR. JOE STOKES
DR. JOE STOKESPast President - University Ontario Institute of Technology
Joe Stokes is the University Registrar, at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Joe’s portfolio includes the leadership of enrolment management, including admissions, recruitment, financial aid, records, client services, as well as university-wide student communication. Joe is the past Chair of the Ontario Universities’ Council on Admission, and has led work across the post-secondary sector on retention and student success. Joe holds Doctoral degree in Education from Western University.
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SHELBY VERBOVEN
SHELBY VERBOVENVice President – University of Toronto Scarborough
Shelby Verboven is currently the Associate Registrar and Director of Admissions & Student Recruitment at the University of Toronto Scarborough and has worked in several aspects of post-secondary education, including residence life, registration, academic advising, admissions and recruitment. Previously, she has served with OURA as the Chair of the Ontario Universities’ Fair Steering Committee. As a result of her accomplishments at U of T, Shelby received the Principal’s Accomplished Leader Award in 2017. Shelby holds a BA and BEd from York University and an MEd in post-secondary education from Memorial University. She is currently completing the Strategic Enrolment Management Endorsement Program (SEM-EP) through AACRAO.
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DR. KRISTEN BOUJOS
DR. KRISTEN BOUJOSSecretary – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Kristen is currently the Manager of Scheduling and Convocation at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology where she oversees the academic, examination, and ad hoc scheduling, coordinates the convocation ceremonies, and supports academic program and curriculum implementation. Kristen holds a BA in Communications from the California State University, Fullerton, an MEd in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Western Ontario.
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HEATHER PALMER-SAETTONE
HEATHER PALMER-SAETTONETreasurer – Ryerson University
Heather Palmer-Saettone is a Senior Admissions Officer at Ryerson University with over ten years of experience in recruitment, client service and admissions. As chair to the Nursing Admissions Committee she is advisor to both faculty and staff on the review and selection process, trains and mentors admission officers, proposed and implemented change to a variety of operational processes. As project manager to the Collaborative Nursing Marketing campaign she has overseen multiple projects including biannual surveys, data analysis and reporting, promotional website and other marketing projects through resourceful budgeting.
Having recently completed her Master in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE), she looks forward to her new role and working with the OURA Executive Committee.
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 NECIA MARTINS
NECIA MARTINSCommunications Officer – Wilfrid Laurier University
Necia is the Associate Registrar, Student Finance & Client Services at Wilfrid Laurier University. In this role, she is responsible for providing and improving the current and perspective student experience within Enrolment Services, as well as the management of awards, government funding programs and Student Accounts Receivables. Her past experience at Laurier was in Enrolment Services as the Manager, Service Laurier, and in Residential Services as a Residence Life Area Coordinator.

Necia holds a BSc from Western University, a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership from Western University.

She is looking forward to being more actively involved in OURA as a new executive.

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AMAN DHINSA
AMAN DHINSAWeb Administrator – Western University
Aman Dhinsa is the Senior User Experience Specialist for the Office of the Registrar and Student Experience Portfolios at Western University. She has been at Western for the past 11 years. Aman came from England just over 12 years ago after she graduated with an Honours degree in Multimedia Technology and Design from Brunel University. For the past 10+ years, Aman has been responsible for the User Interface (UI) and User flow for a variety of applications that assist students, staff and faculty with their academic tasks. She works closely with other areas of the Portfolios to design, develop, and maintain responsive web applications and websites. She also provides support for staff with Western’s Content Management System (CMS), Cascade Server. Aman has recently worked on the User Experience and UI for Western’s new Academic Calendar system. Along with her web expertise, Aman is a passionate designer and enjoys creating graphics outside of the web realm, including Western’s ID cards, various departmental logos and infographics. She looks forward to this new role at OURA and working with the OURA Executive Committee.
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HEATHER CROWLEY
HEATHER CROWLEYMember at Large – Trent University
Heather Crowley is the Manager of Systems & Projects, in the Office of the Registrar at Trent University. In this role, she oversees all academic and exam scheduling, room bookings, special projects and process improvements. She has over twelve years of experience in the Office of the Registrar, at Trent University, including previous roles within undergraduate and Bachelor of Education Recruitment and Admissions, and academic and exam scheduling at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Heather holds an Honours BA, and a Masters in Educational Studies, with a focus on Higher Education and Leadership, both from Trent University.
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JASON LENNARD
JASON LENNARDMember at Large – Brock University
Jason Lennard is the Assistant Registrar, Scheduling and Examinations, at Brock University. Jason’s portfolio includes the leadership of all course and examination timetable construction, as well as distance examinations for internal and external students. He has worked in the capacity of systems and support within the collegiate environment, but most recently as a Manager, within Brock University. Jason holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, and near completion of a Master’s of Education, specializing in Administration and Leadership, both from Brock University.
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CRAIG CHIPPS
CRAIG CHIPPSStudent Recruitment – Wilfrid Laurier University
Craig Chipps is the Manager of Canadian Student Recruitment at Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to Recruitment and Admissions, Craig has a professional background in Student Affairs and Residence Life. This is Craig’s second time serving as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Student Recruitment and has also sat as an elected member of the Ontario Universities’ Fair Steering Committee over the course of his 10 years as an active member of OURA.
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CAROLYN POSA
CAROLYN POSAChair, Records and Systems Standing Committee – Ryerson University
Carolyn Posa is currently Assistant Registrar, Student Records and Legislated Reporting at Ryerson University. Her portfolio includes leadership in Student Records and Operations, Course and Examination Scheduling, and Legislated Reporting. Carolyn has been at Ryerson University for over 25 years and an active member of OURA for over 15 years. She brings to the executive team a wide range of knowledge about Registrarial functions, government reporting, and Student Administration Systems. She also has expertise in the automation of business processes, a strategy that improves the accessibility and utility of student services. Carolyn is passionate about helping students achieve their academic goals and enhancing their educational experience, and takes pride in sharing lessons and best practices through the OURA network.
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TATUM BIZONY
TATUM BIZONY Undergraduate Admissions – University of Waterloo
Tatum Bizony is currently the Acting, Assistant Registrar, Admissions at the University of Waterloo, overseeing 13 Admissions Officers and is responsible for OSS admissions. Previous to this, she held the Manager, Admissions role, specializing in domestic and international credential evaluation as well as the authentication of documentation. She has worked in several areas of post-secondary education at Waterloo including Student Awards and Financial Aid, Manager of Academic Advising in the Faculty of Arts as well as several roles within Admissions during her 15 years.
Tatum holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Police Foundations, and is currently the Chair of the Standing Committee on Admissions.
She looks forward to working with the OURA executive this year and meeting new colleagues.
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BRENDA DENOMME
BRENDA DENOMMEStudent Finances – University of Waterloo
Brenda has worked in various roles within Student Awards & Financial Aid at the University of Waterloo for over 28 years and has held the position of Manager, Undergraduate Awards since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Brenda has been involved with OURA for many years: as a conference participant, as a member of the Standing Committee on Student Finance (formerly Scholarships & Awards), as well as Standing Committee Chair in 2011/12 and 2012/13. She sees real value in networking with colleagues at sister institutions and hopes to increase member participation in 2019/20.
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CHERIE MONGEON
CHERIE MONGEONGraduate Studies – Wilfrid Laurier University
Chair, Graduate Studies Standing Committee

Cherie Mongeon is the Graduate Financial Aid and Awards Officer at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University. In this role, she oversees the administration of major external graduate scholarship and awards competitions at the institutional level as well as many other graduate student and postdoctoral funding matters. Cherie has been at Laurier for the past 14 years, spending the last 5 years as a member of the FGPS team. Prior to joining the FGPS, she was an Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Arts and the full-time Lab Instructor, Human Geography, in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Cherie holds an Honours BA in Geography and Environmental Studies and a Master’s of Environmental Studies, both from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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CHRISTOPHER ROONEY
CHRISTOPHER ROONEYChair, Service Committee - Trent University
Christopher oversees various aspects of financial aid, student awards, student records, and service delivery at Trent University. Since joining Trent in 2012 he has worked with student recruitment, articulation and transfer pathways, financial aid, student awards, and student academic records. Christopher’s experience in hospitality management and private club member services help him bring new perspective to business process and service delivery in a university setting. He holds degrees from Trent University (BA, MEd) and Carleton University (BA), and is pursuing a PhD in Canadian Studies at Trent.
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Executives – Archives

President – Dr. Joe Stokes – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Vice – President – Robyn Parr – Ryerson University
Past President – Tracy Al-idrissi- Trent University
Secretary – Shelby Verboven – University of Toronto Scarborough
Treasurer – Manuela Sheehy – University of Guelph
Communications Officer – Necia Martins – Wilfrid Laurier University
Website Administrator – Aman Dhisa – Western University
Member at Large – Julie Zahab – Ryerson University
Member at Large – Erika Danizger – Ryerson University
Recruitment – Soeun Outh – Ryerson University
Records & Systems – Stella Holley – University of Guelph
Undergraduate Admissions – Tatum Bizony – University of Waterloo
Graduate Studies – Zarine Ahmad – University of Toronto
Scholarships & Awards – Lisa Lamanna – University of Toronto Scarborough

President – Tracy Al-idrissi- Trent University
Vice – President – Joe Stokes – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Past President – Serge Demers – – Laurentian University
Secretary – Robyn Parr – Ryerson University
Treasurer – Manuela Sheehy – University of Guelph
Communications Officer – Necia Martins – Wilfrid Laurier University
Website Administrator – Andy Moonsamy – McMaster University
Member at Large – Julie Zahab – Ryerson University
Member at Large – Christopher Rooney – Trent University
Recruitment – Lionel Walsh – University of Windsor
Records & Systems – Margaret Bura – University of Toronto
Undergraduate Admissions – Erika Danziger- Ryerson University
Graduate Studies – Alice Brummell – University of Toronto
Scholarships & Awards – Lisa Lamanna – University of Toronto Scarborough

President – Serge Demers – – Laurentian University
Vice-President – Tracy Al-idrissi- Trent University
Past President – Charmaine Hack – Ryerson University
Secretary – Robyn Parr – Ryerson University
Treasurer – Manuela Sheehy – University of Guelph
Communications Officer – Necia Martins – Wilfrid Laurier University
Website Administrator – Andy Moonsamy – McMaster University
Member at Large – Geraldine Jones – Brock University
Member at Large – Christopher Rooney – Trent University
Recruitment – Marlin Gold – York University
Records & Systems – Neil Neebar – University of Toronto
Undergraduate Admissions – Erika Danziger- Ryerson University
Graduate Studies – Almey Tse Soriano – York University
Scholarships & Awards – Valerie Sarkany – Western University

President – Charmaine Hack – Ryerson University
Vice-President – Serge Demers- Laurentian University
Past President – Lucy Bellissimo – York University
Secretary – Beth Natale – Brock University
Treasurer – Manuela Sheehy – University of Guelph
Communications Officer – Samantha Read – Ryerson University
Member at Large – Jen Sugar – Carleton University
Member at Large – Christopher Rooney – Trent
Secondary School Liaison – Paula Johnson – McMaster University
Records & Systems – Dave Marasco – Algoma University
Undergraduate Admissions – Parisa Memari – University of Toronto
Graduate Studies – Matt Dumouchel- Western University
Scholarships & Awards – Valerie Sarkany – Western University

2014 – 2015 OURA Executive

President – Lucy Bellissimo – York University
Vice-President – Charmaine Hack – Ryerson University
Past President – Effie Gatsinos – University of Guelph
Secretary – Beth Natale – Brock University
Treasurer – TBD
Communications Officer – Samantha Read – Ryerson University
Member at Large – Yvette Ali – University of Toronto
Secondary School Liaison – Paula Johnson – McMaster University
Records & Systems – Margaret Bura – University of Toronto
Undergraduate Admissions – Parisa Memari – University of Toronto
Graduate Studies – Deborah Russell – Wilfrid Laurier University
Scholarships & Awards – Valerie Sarkany – Western University

President – Lucy Bellissimo – York University
Vice-President – Aaron House – Brock
Past President – Effie Gatsinos – University of Guelph
Secretary – Beth Natale – Brock
Treasurer – Shari Nemirovsky – Western
Communications Officer – Vacant
Member at Large – Ray Darling – Laurier
Member at Large – David Marasco – Algoma University
Admissions – Nancy Weiner – Waterloo
Graduate Studies – Terry McAfee – Ryerson
Liaison – Amelia Burton – Waterloo
Records & Systems – Mwinchande Chande – Brock
Scholarships & Awards – John Arnou – St. Jerome’s University (Waterloo)

President – Effie Gatsinos – University of Guelph
Vice-President – Lucy Bellissimo – York University
Past President – Robert Perrier – Lakehead
Secretary – Lee Ann Wilson – The University of Western Ontario
Treasurer – Shari Nemirovsky – Western
Communications Officer – W. Aaron House – Brock
Member at Large – Melissa Pool – McMaster
Member at Large – Lori-Ann Beckford – Nipissing
Admissions – Jan Sage – OCAD
Graduate Studies – Sarah Hildebrandt – York University
Liaison – Craig Chipps – Laurier
Records & Systems – Stella Holley – Guelph
Scholarships & Awards – Brenda Denomme – University of Waterloo
COU – Erica Simmons – COU

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