News about Alumni, Faculty, and Staff



Melanie ADRIAN, BA ’97, MA, University of Essex, MA and PhD, Harvard University was appointed to the Order of Ontario. The province’s highest honour for both 2019 and 2020, was presented on 2021’s New Year’s Day by Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, recognizing “individuals whose exceptional achievements have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond.” The Order of Ontario acknowledges Adrian’s role establishing Carleton University as a global leader in protecting vulnerable scholars and founding an organization to help cancer patients navigate the medical system.


Nicole Bakes
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Nicole BAKES, BA Hons ’08 (Legal Studies and Criminology Major, Psychology Minor) and Brandon CARTER BA Hons ’12 (History and Political Science Major, International Relations and Global Governance Specialization), welcomed Mitchell to their family in June 2021.

Andrew Kloiber
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Andrew KLOIBER, BA Hons ‘08 (History); MA ‘09 (History), McGill University, completed his PhD in History from McMaster University in 2017, and began work as an Implementation Consultant at the Ontario Ministry of Health. While at the Ministry of Health, Andrew worked in the home care and palliative care sectors, contributing to important work to ensure Ontarians have access to high quality end-of-life care, in the settings of their choice. He is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that work, and to gain valuable experience in the healthcare sector. In Spring 2021, Andrew returned to the postsecondary education sector, starting a new role as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities - a development opportunity that will challenge him with new responsibilities. At MCU, Andrew is working on files related to training personal support workers, early childhood education, and students with disabilities. He is particularly excited about his work related to accessibility. "As a student with a non-visible disability, I made use of the accessibility services available at my universities throughout my studies. I'm really proud and grateful to now be in a position where my daily work helps to ensure students like me can access the services they need to help them succeed in their studies."

In his spare time, Andrew has stayed active as an academic, publishing a few articles, and is in the final stages of preparing his book manuscript for publication with Berghahn Books, expected to be launched in 2022. 

Cherise R. Chin Fatt
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Cherise CHIN FATT, BMath, Hons, ’08 (Statistics), Masters of Sciences, ’10 (Honors Statistics), PhD ’17 (Cognition and Neuroscience), is an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Due to her research success, she has been accepted into NIH KL2 Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Career Development Program out of 37 faculty applicants. She contributed to 11 publications in 2021 alone and two are currently in press. As a KL2 scholar, Cherise will receive two years of protected time to focus on research, receive mentorship, and a customized career development plan. Cherise is identifying immune factors that may be potential targets for drug discovery leading to more insight on depression and mental health.

Nicholas Melfi
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Nicholas MELFI, BA Hons ‘08, (History Major/Honours English Language and Literature Minor) is working as the System Student Achievement Teacher for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.

SJU Reasech Academic Staff Shannon Nash
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Shannon NASH, BA ’07 was recognized as an Emerging Thought Leader by Women in International Security-Canada (WIIS). Nash, who graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Arts (History), and a PhD from the University of Toronto, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Trent University. She is also the Network Manager of the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN), where she works and collaborates with experts, emerging scholars, and students working in defence and security. Her research on terrorism in Canada drew the attention of the WIIS-Canada group, who solicited a call for researchers to submit their work as part of its inaugural Emerging Thought Leader initiative.  


Kristin Leis
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Kristin LEIS, BA Hons ’17 (Joint Honours Anthropology and Psychology) is working as the Admissions Officer, Arts and Environment, in the University of Waterloo’s Registrar’s Office. She is responsible for processing all non-Ontario secondary school, out-of-province, and international applications for undergraduate studies, and supports the Ontario Secondary School application, recruitment and offer process at the university.

Tommy Mayberry
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Tommy Mayberry, BA  Hons ’10 (Joint Honours in English Literature and Fine Arts: Studio), former Manager of Outreach and Recruitment at SJU, was appointed Executive Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of Alberta and took up this position on August 1, 2021. The executive director position is a new strategic role at the University of Alberta, fostering a university culture in which teaching and the scholarship of teaching is highly valued, promoted, and maintained. In this position, Tommy “leads powerfully from their decolonial, anti-racist, and equity-driven intersectional vision and identity.”

Katy VAN PUYMBROECK, BA Hons ‘18, BEd ‘21, Western University, is working as a teacher in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board. Katy was active as a residence don and worked as a senior student activities coordinator during her time at SJU.

Rachel WARNER, BA ‘17 (Arts and Business, Speech Communication major) worked in software sales for the past four and a half years, prior to starting her Masters in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at the Martin Luther University College at Wilfrid Laurier University. Rachel would like to become a registered psychotherapist. The accredited program at Martin Luther King University College integrates spirituality and religion with counseling theory. During her time at SJU she was on the Orientation Committee and an AAC. “I think my love for working with others and helping others reach their potential was a factor in deciding to pursue this MA program.”


Shelby Firth
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Shelby FIRTH, BA ’21 (Psychology and Business) is attending Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (Toronto,ON).

Lorena MCNAMARA, BES ’20 (International Development), MSc (International Development, Environmental Studies), is the Project Coordinator for “The Quiet Immigrant Project”, a multimedia legacy exhibit opening April 24, 2022, in the JD Carrier Gallery, located at the Columbus Centre (Toronto, ON). The exhibit pays homage to the Italian women who immigrated to Canada following World War II.

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