OURA Executives2020-05-26T12:19:14+00:00

2020 – 2021 OURA Executives

DR. JOE STOKES
DR. JOE STOKESPresident – 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 a Doctoral degree in Education from Western University.
RAY DARLING
RAY DARLINGVice President – University of Guelph
Ray Darling has worked for 29 years in higher education and is currently the University Registrar at the University of Guelph. He was previously the University Registrar at the University of Waterloo from 2014 to 2017 and the University Registrar at Wilfrid Laurier University from 2007 to 2014. He completed his BA in English Literature and his MA in Political Science at the University of Guelph where he also played varsity basketball. Ray served as President of the Ontario University Registrar’s Association and Chair of the Ontario University Council on Admissions. He has presented at conferences across North America, published in the College and Universities Journal, and completed external reviews for universities across Canada. Ray taught Public Administration in the Political Science departments at both Laurier and Guelph.
MELISSA POOL
MELISSA POOLTreasurer – McMaster University
Melissa is the University Registrar for McMaster University. She is also a proud double graduate of the institution with a B.A and a M.B.A. In her registrarial role she oversees recruitment, admissions, student financial and scholarships, student records from registration to convocation, centralized scheduling of courses and exams and general student services. During Melissa’s time at McMaster she has worked to transform service delivery through her engagement in a number of technology projects ranging from the leadership of the Campus Solutions module of the Mosaic ERP implementation to recently being the first university in Canada to issue digital degrees on the blockchain. Under Melissa’s leadership, the Office of the Registrar took another important step in improving student service with a transformation of the student service delivery model in 2019. Melissa has served on the OUF steering committee and is a member of the McMaster Board of Governors.
CATHY NEWELL KELLY
CATHY NEWELL KELLYSecretary – University of Waterloo
Cathy is the University Registrar at the University of Waterloo, working with a terrific team of people to steward recruitment, admissions, student awards and financial aid, records management, class and exams scheduling, and student support services. Prior to this, Cathy spent 21 years shepherding the University’s correspondence courses to fully online programs. Cathy supported the Executives of the Ontario Council for University Lifelong Learning (President, 2006-07), and the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (President, 2012-13), and helped to shape and launch the Ministry’s eCampusOntario initiative, serving as its inaugural Executive Director from 2015-2016 on loan from Waterloo. Cathy holds a BA (Economics) and an MBA.

2020 – 2021 OURA Professional Development & Education Committee

SHELBY VERBOVEN
SHELBY VERBOVENChair – 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.
ROBYN PARR
ROBYN PARRPast-Chair – 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.
CHRISTINE MACGREGORVice-Chair – University of Ottawa
MELANIE MOLNAR
MELANIE MOLNARSecretary – University of Western Ontario
Melanie Molnar is the Associate Registrar of Student Success at Brescia University College which is affiliated with Western University. Melanie has worked in the post-secondary setting for the past 15 years, both in teaching and administrative roles. Melanie holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Western University.
LEAH ROSENTHAL
LEAH ROSENTHALCommunications Officer – McMaster University
Leah is currently the Assistant Registrar, Strategic Communications & Marketing at McMaster University where she supports all departments in the Registrar’s Office – from prospective students and applicants to current students, graduating students and alumni. Leah holds an honours Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University, an OCGC (PR) in Corporate Communications from Sheridan College and is currently working on her Masters of Education from the University of Ottawa. Leah has built the communication team in the Registrar’s Office from the ground up, working to provide communication efficiencies in administrative processes alongside building strategic and targeted communications plans and platforms to better connect with students at McMaster.
SCOTT BAILIEWeb Administrator – Ryerson University
SASHA TRIVETT
SASHA TRIVETTChair, Recruitment Standing Committee – Trent University
Sasha is currently the Manager of Student Recruitment at Trent University where she has worked in marketing and recruitment for the past 12 years. Sasha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop’s University and a Masters of Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary. Sasha’s interest include effective leadership strategies, events management and theological historical discourse.
MELISSA OUIMETTEChair, Admissions Standing Committee – Laurentian University
DAVID MARASCO
DAVID MARASCOChair, Records & Systems Standing Committee – Algoma University
As a member of the Algoma University community for the past 28 years, David has been University Registrar for the past twelve years with extensive experience in partnerships including secondary schools, community colleges, universities and international institutions. He has championed many partnership efforts working collegially and collaboratively with partnering institutions with the best interests of the student at the forefront. David has worked with credit transfer/pathways and curriculum assessment for almost 20 years. While serving on many Senate committees, David has gained valuable experience both administratively, strategically while incorporating the institution’s mission to support the Anishinaabe language and culture.
WHITNET BARRETTChair, Graduate Studies Standing Committee – University of Western Ontario
CARLY BASIAN
CARLY BASIANChair, Student Finance Standing Committee – Ryerson University
Carly Basian is the Manager Student Financial Assistance at Ryerson University. Carly brings nearly 10 years of experience working in the post-secondary field. Carly’s interests are in change management, process improvement, and student wellness. Carly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ryerson University, a Masters of Teaching from the University of Toronto, and is completing her Leadership in Organizations certificate at Ryerson University. Carly is midway through a 2-year term as the Ontario Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) Co-Chair.
KEVIN GOODCHILD
KEVIN GOODCHILDChair, Service Delivery Standing Committee – University of Toronto
Kevin is currently the Manager, Call Center & Support Services at the University of Toronto where he oversees the front line operations within Enrolment Services. Kevin has spent over 12 years working in higher education administration with a goal of developing, empowering, and building capacity amongst his staff so they can continue to deliver service excellence. Kevin obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ryerson University and his Masters in Leadership from the University of Guelph. With a passion for learning, he continued his studies and completed his Certificate in Human Resources Management at Ryerson University. Kevin is passionate about helping others and currently volunteers as a Crisis Responder with Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone.
JODI FITZGERALD
JODI FITZGERALDMember at Large – Brock University
Jodi is the Associate Registrar of Enrollment Operations at Brock University and leads the functions of curriculum management, Registrar’s Office communications, convocation, student information and services, and central academic advising. Jodi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University is a designated Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Leader (CHRL). She has more than twenty years’ experience in progressive specialist and leadership roles in Human Resources in public and private sector organizations. Jodi previously held volunteer positions as Director of Programs and Director of Communications with the Human Resources Professional Association of Niagara and is currently a member of the Board of Directors with Literacy Link Niagara.
RACHEL HUANG
RACHEL HUANGMember at Large – McMaster University
Rachel Huang is the Assistant Registrar, Administration at McMaster University. After earning a Bachelor of Science, Honours degree from McMaster, Rachel began her career at McMaster and has been in the Registrar’s Office for over 10 years. In her role, Rachel oversees all functions of human resources, financial processes, budget management, and overall operational administration for the Office of the Registrar. Acting as an in-house HR business partner, she provides strategic HR and operational advice to the registrar’s management team. In addition to strategic leadership, Rachel also oversees the planning and delivery of McMaster’s convocation ceremonies. Rachel is an active member of the McMaster community, volunteering on McMaster’s Volunteer Engagement Committee, the TMG Job Evaluation Committee and is a McMaster President’s Awards Team Recipient for her previous involvement on the university’s 125th Anniversary Committee.

Executives – Archives

President – Robyn Parr – Ryerson University
Past President – Dr. Joe Stokes – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Vice – President – Shelby Verboven – University of Toronto Scarborough
Secretary – Dr. Kristen Boujos – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Treasurer – Heather Palmer-Saettone – Ryerson University
Website Administrator – Aman Dhisa – Western University
Member at Large – Heather Crowley – Trent University
Recruitment – Craig Chipps – Wilfrid Laurier University
Records & Systems – Carolyn Posa – Ryerson University
Undergraduate Admissions – Tatum Bizony – University of Waterloo
Student Finances – BrendaDenomme – University of Waterloo
Graduate Studies – Cherie Mongeon – Wilfrid Laurier University
Service Committee – Christopher Rooney – Trent University

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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