Jeff Casello

Jeff Casello

Associate Vice-President

Jeff Casello is the academic lead for GSPA. He works closely with other administrators to improve opportunities for graduate students, enhance the quality of graduate studies, and support the University’s postdoctoral scholars. He believes that the best part of his job is supporting students and postdocs in achieving their academic, personal and professional goals.

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Liz Nilsen

Interim Assistant Vice-President, GSPA

Liz is part of the academic leadership team in GSPA that supports graduate education and community, as well as grad-related initiatives that align with the University's strategic planning (e.g., building work-integrated opportunities). Liz collaborates with, and provides consult to, faculties and other academic support units, promoting fair application of University guidelines. As well, Liz is involved in ongoing processes within GSPA, such as adjudicating graduate scholarships, enhancing graduate students’ experiences, and coordinating the graduate petition process.

Shawn Wettig

Shawn Wettig

Assistant Vice-President, GSPA

Shawn Wettig is part of the academic leadership team for GSPA. He is currently working on academic calendar text revisions, international partnership programs, and new program development in particular for interdisciplinary programs. He is part of the team that reviews and adjudicates scholarship and award competitions at the university level.

Marianne Simm

Marianne Simm

Director

In her role as Director of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA), Marianne works collaboratively with the teams across GSPA to support our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. She advises on graduate studies matters, including marketing and recruitment, communications, admissions, enrolment and academic records, theses and examinations, convocation, employment and funding, and University policies and procedures.

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Laurie Larochelle

Executive Assistant

Laurie supports the Associate Vice-President (AVP) and senior management team, troubleshoots information technology (IT) issues, onboards new staff, manages the front reception area, arranges for PhD chairs and manages the chairs pool, and maintains the Approved Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor (ADDS) status faculty list.

Marta Bailey

Marta Bailey

Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Strategic Initiatives

As the Associate Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Strategic Initiates, Marta leads a dynamic team with a diverse portfolio, including communications, marketing and recruitment, student experience and postdoctoral affairs. Always the advocate, Marta enjoys collaborating with partners from across campus to champion graduate student and postdoc matters.

Jacquelene Bailey

Jacquelene Bailey

Graduate Admissions Specialist

As a Graduate Admissions Specialist, Jacquelene assesses, verifies, and makes final decisions on recommendations for Offer of Admission. She's responsible for the management of admissions records, communications and strives to improve business processes.

Miranda Bilotta

Miranda Bilotta

Manager, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards Programs

As the Manager of Graduate Financial Aid and Awards Programs, Miranda is honoured to spend her day assisting students who are experiencing financial need through various bursary programs. She is also responsible for managing the prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) scholarship competitions.

Britteny Blackman

Britteny Blackman

AMTD Events and Communications Specialist

As the AMTD Events and Communications Specialist with Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, Britteny’s role is dedicated to providing opportunities for AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship Program scholars to form com

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Janine Blair

Graduate Systems Assistant

As the Graduate Systems Assistant, Janine plays a key role in ensuring that applicants, referees, application reviewers, Faculty and Department Officers and Co-ordinators, Graduate Admissions and Records Specialists and students have timely and accurate information to manage their online activities. Janine supports the systems-based processes for the entire student lifecycle; supporting admissions, student records, student awards and financial aid portfolios.

Liza Boyar

Liza Boyar

Graduate Student Programming Strategist

Liza supports GSPA-led graduate student experience initiatives through program evaluation projects. Her role mainly involves research, strategic communication and outreach activities as well as the development and assessment of interdisciplinary programming.

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Suzanne Chung

Data Analyst

Suzanne is responsible for leading the development and implementation of reports analyzing data and trends related to graduate studies and
postdoctoral affairs.

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Trevor Clews

Academic Officer

As the Academic Officer, Trevor supports academic units who want to develop new programs or make changes to their existing programs (e.g. requirements, milestones, courses). He helps the academic units navigate the approval processes required to make these changes. Trevor also manages the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

Ileana Diaz

Ileana Diaz

Graduate Professional Skills Program Specialist

As the Graduate Professional Skills Program Specialist, Ileana assists in designing and delivering the foundational workshop to newly enrolled graduate students in the Professional Skills Foundations program and is a point of contact for students interested in the program.

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Loc Do

Records Specialist

As Records Specialist, Loc is responsible for the maintenance and updating of graduate student records within the faculties of Engineering and Science. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, enrollment status changes and withdrawals, milestone updates, transfer credits, class changes, supervisor changes, grade revisions, changes to student immigration status, and degree completion coding. She also provides knowledge and advice on University rules and regulations to department and faculty administrators.

Hannah Ellingham

Hannah Ellingham

Graduate Financial Aid Records Specialist

As the Graduate Financial Aid Records Specialist, Hannah is responsible for supporting awardees, departments, faculties, and administrative units with the ongoing processing of financial aid for graduate students.

Stephanie Forsyth

Stephanie Forsyth

Manager, Graduate Admissions

As the Manager, Graduate Admissions, Stephanie leads a team of Graduate Admission Specialists, providing essential direction and vision for the execution of admission activities, customer service, and new admission initiatives. She provides recommendations on policy development, improvements on procedural efficiencies and strategic planning.

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Laura Frazee

Co-ordinator, Graduate Financial Aid & Awards

Laura manages multiple internal and external scholarship competitions and award programs, including the prestigious OGS and QEII-GSST scholarships. She is a resource to department staff and faculty members concerning eligibility criteria for scholarship competitions and she assists with the interpretation and implementation of internal and external program regulations, guidelines and instructions. Laura is also responsible for the submission of scholarship applications to external partners on behalf of the University.

Tara Gingerich Hiebert

Tara Gingerich Hiebert

Graduate Admission Specialist

As Graduate Admission Specialist, Tara is a key liaison with the Departments and Faculties for the evaluation of admission recommendations, production of offers of admission, tracking conditions of admission and decisions, management of admission records and communications with prospective students and applicants, monitoring special applications and admissions sanctioned through University agreements with international institutions or governments and collaborative or joint programs with other universities. Tara is responsible for preparing procedures, and training and mentoring administrative departmental staff and faculty on best business practices for application and admission requirements, programs and agreements, and on the use of complex and evolving student system.

Tasha Glover

Tasha Glover

Manager, Communications

As the Manager of Communications, Tasha is responsible for the planning, project management, delivery, evaluation and reporting on the impact of communications strategies and programs that support GSPA’s goals. She oversees all GSPA websites and social media channels and is responsible for executing succinct and timely communications to graduate students and campus partners.

Kelly Heald

Kelly Heald

Senior Manager, Graduate Records Operations

Kelly manages a team responsible for all aspects of graduate academic and enrolment records: university-wide deadlines, procedures, advisory, academic transcript data, academic decisions, grade revisions, program changes, transfer credit, supervisor data, enrolment status changes and withdrawals, service indicators, degree completion, and academic integrity course management.

Kari Hueber

Kari Hueber

Manager, Graduate Marketing and Recruitment

Kari is responsible for providing strategic marketing and recruitment oversight for graduate studies at the University of Waterloo. In collaboration with colleagues and campus partners, she plays a major role in shaping recruitment initiatives that effectively build on the University’s global brand reputation.

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Wendy Irving

Graduate Admissions and Records Systems Analyst

As the Graduate Admissions and Records Systems Analyst, Wendy is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and support of PeopleSoft (Quest) & Onbase systems, for admissions and records. 

She provides document management, course catalogue changes, quality assurance, and also supports admissions communications.

Elena Machado

Elena Machado

Manager, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards Programs

In her role, Elena is responsible for overseeing several graduate scholarship competitions, including NSERC which supports high-calibre scholars engaged in graduate studies, and the International Experience Awards which provide funding to those who want to go abroad for various reasons. She also administers Waterloo's Graduate Needs Based Awards and assists students in navigating through their financial needs, awards and funding options.

Julie MacMillan

Julie MacMillan

Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Transformation Project (GRATP) Implementation Manager

As the Implementation Manager, Julie works closely with the Information Systems Technology (IST) Project Manager and project team to accelerate the development and implementation of the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) admission and recruitment system.

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