Meet Your Advisor

Student Central, Thunder Bay & Orillia Campus

Student Central Professionals are available to offer guidance throughout your university career.  They provide clarification, motivation and direction in making positive post-secondary choices.  They can help you:

  • Develop your academic plan to graduation
  • Review your course selection in relation to completing degree requirements
  • Discuss academic standing, academic regulation and petitions
  • Change your major or program of study

Before meeting with the Student Central team, be sure to check to see if your program has a Faculty Advisor you should see first.

Student Central Professionals

Matthew Beaucage

Jessica Clarke

Melanie Oakes

Emily Vogelman

Allison Buchanan


Phone:  (807) 343-8500

Team Lead

Derek Lawrence


Phone:  (807) 343-8010 ext. 8153

Location:  University Centre UC 1002


Faculty Advisor Contact List 

Faculty Advisors are available to offer advice on program-specific inquiries and to facilitate your development and learning as you progress through your studies. Unless otherwise specified, your Faculty Advisor is your Program Chair.

Contact your Faculty Advisor if you need help with:

  • Selecting courses that will develop/complement knowledge of your discipline
  • Clarifying requirements for graduation
  • Providing assistance regarding internship/co-op opportunities (where applicable)
  • Discussing graduate school options and professional opportunities
  • Discussing research/volunteer opportunities in their respective discipline
Lakehead-Georgian Partnership Programs
 Program Title Program ChairProgram Coordinator
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree and Electrical Engineering Technology Advanced DiplomaDr. Carlos Christoffersen
Dr. Mohammad Nasir Uddin
Dr. Majid OstadRahimi
705-728-1968 ext. 1948
Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) Degree and Environmental Technician DiplomaDr. Sreekumari (Sree) KurisseryNicole Barbato
705-728-1968 ext. 5224
Samantha Sullivan Sauer
705-728-1968 ext. 6280
Honours Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) Degree with Computer Programmer DiplomaDr. Ruizhong WeiRoss Bigelow
705-728-1968 ext. 5325
Honours Bachelor of Science – Applied Life Sciences (Specialization in Biomedical Techniques) Degree with Biotechnology – Health diplomaDr. Heidi SchraftDr. Sean Madorin
705-728-1968 ext. 1085
Chair & Primary Advisor: Dr. Matt Boyd
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee 
Orillia Campus Advisor: Dr. Tim Kaiser 
Applied Life Science
Coordinator: Dr. David Law (Acting - July 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021)
Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk
Coordinator:  Dr. Wely Floriano

Chair: Dr. Azim Mallik

Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB) Coordinator: Dr. Michael Rennie

For additional information please review the OUPFB's website at:

Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk


Thunder Bay Campus

Program Chair YR1 & YR2: Dr. Wing Him Yeung
Program Chair YR3 & YR4: Dr. Timothy Hardie
Administrative Assistant:  Morna Toderash
Academic Advising:

Orillia Campus 
Program Chair: Dr. Isaam Dawood (July 2016 - June 2022)

Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Academic Advising:
Chair:  Dr. Wely Floriano (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024)
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Romito
Computer Science
Chair:  Dr. Hosam El-Ocla
Program Advisor (Lakehead/Georgian Program): Dr. Ruizhong Wei
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Romito
Program Coordinator: Dr. Michael Stevenson (Interim) 
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Dementia Studies (Interdisciplinary Certificate)
Advisor: Dr. Lynn Martin
Earth Science
Chair of Geology: Dr. Andrew Conly
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Chair of Economics:  Dr. Robert Petrunia (July 2018 - June 2022)
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee
Education - Aboriginal Education
Chair: Dr. Paul Cormier
Administrative Assistant: Brandi Shorthouse
Education - Indigenous Language Instructors' Program
Coordinator:  Bryanna Scott
Administrative Assistant:  Maeghan Chasse
Education - Professional Development in Education
Acting Director: Dr. Wayne Melville
Administrative Assistant:  Colleen Woods
Education - Undergraduate Studies
Thunder Bay Campus 
Chair: Dr. Donald Kerr (Jule 2019 - June 2022)
Administrator: Tina Falcigno
Advising: Please contact Tina Falcigno.
Registration Assistance: Please contact Teresa Ruberto at 

Orillia Campus
Pre-Professional Program Coordinator (Advising): Dr. Frances Helyar
Acting Chair: Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo (January 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022) 
Programs Officer: Julie Howell
Engineering - Chemical
Acting Chair:  Dr. Ebrahim Rezaei
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Toneguzzi
Engineering - Civil
Chair: Dr. Sam Salem
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Toneguzzi
Engineering - Electrical
Chair:  Dr. Carlos Christoffersen (July 2019 - June 2022)
Administrative Assistant: Lori Kaluzny
Engineering - Mechanical
Chair:  Dr. Basel Ismail (July 2019 - June 2022)
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Toneguzzi
Engineering - Software
Acting Chair:  Dr. Abdulsalam Yassine (Acting) 
Administrative Assistant:  Lori Kaluzny
Chair:  Dr. Doug Ivison
Administrative Assistant:  Cynthia Haggerty 
Environmental Studies - Biology
Thunder Bay Campus Chair: Dr. Azim Mallik 
Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk 
Orillia Campus: Dr. David Law
Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk 
Environmental Studies - Earth Science
Chair of Geology: Dr. Andrew Conly
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Environmental Studies - Geography
Chair of Geography:  Dr. Adam Cornwell 
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee
Environmental Sustainability 
Chair: Dr. Sree Kurissery
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
General Program - BA
Assistant Dean: Dr. Jennifer Roth
Administrative Assistant: Susan Viitala
General Program - BSc
Dean:  Dr. Todd Randall
Advisor:  Dr. Matthew Boyd
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee
Geography and the Environment
Chair: Dr. Adam Cornwell 
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee
Chair: Dr. Andrew Conly 
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Coordinator: Dr. Anna Kone Pefoyo
Acting Chair: Dr. Richard Maundrell (June 2020 - June 2022) 
Administrative Assistant:  Gail Fikis
Advising: Dr. Michael Stevenson (July 1, 2021 - August 15, 2021)
Dr. Ronald Harpelle (August 16, 2021 - June 30, 2022) 
Indigenous Learning
Acting Chair: Dr. Robert Robson
Administrative Assistant: Elaine Doiron
Interdisciplinary Studies
Advisor: Dr. Larry Fiddick
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
YR1:  Dr. Carlos Zerpa
YR2:  Dr. Derek Kivi
YR3:  Ms. Leanne Smith (Unit Study Abroad Advisor)
YR4:  Dr. Ian Newhouse
Transfer Student Advisor: Dr. Carlos Zerpa or Ms. Leanne Smith

Administrative Assistant:  Sandra Blackburn
Chair: Dr. Isabelle Lemée 
Administrative Assistant: Lori Kapush
Dean:  Dr. Jula Hughes
Administrative Assistant:  Andrea McCall Onyefuru
Mathematical Sciences
Chair: Dr. Razvan Anisca (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024) 
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Romito
Media, Film & Communications
Advisor: Dr. Alice den Otter
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Chair: Dr. Aris Carastathis (July 2019 - June 2022)
Secretary:  Jennifer Howie
Natural Resources Management
Dean: Dr. Ulf Runesson 
Chair of Environmental Management Program:  Dr. Brian McLaren (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024) 
Chair of Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry Program:  Dr. Matthew Leitch (January 2019 - June 2022)
Administrative Assistant:  Eva Scollie
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer Bain Manion
Natural Science
Chair:  Dr. Azim Mallik
Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk
Northern Studies
Program Coordinator: Dr. Steven Jobbitt 
Acting Program Coordinator: Dr. Richard Maundrell (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) 
Administrative Assistant: Gail Fikis
Director: Dr. Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio 
Advisor YR1 & YR2: Karen Poole
Advisor YR3 & YR4: Dr. Karen McQueen
Administrative Assistant: Audrey Drebit 
Outdoor Recreation
Acting Director: Dr. Scott Pound (until July 25, 2022) 
Academic Advising YR1: Dr. Harvey Lemelin & Alexa Haberer
Academic Advising YR2: Dr. Tom Potter 
Academic Advising YR3: Dr. Willow (Lesley) Curthoys & Rod Swaton
Academic Advising YR4: Dr. Julie Rosenthal & Craig Paiement 
Administrative Assistant: Lori Kapush
Palliative Care (Interdisciplinary Certificate)
Advisor: Dr. Marg McKee
Chair: Dr. Richard Maundrell (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024) 
Advisor: Dr. Jason Blahuta (July 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022)
Dr. Richard Maundrell (January 2, 2022 - June 30, 2022) 
Administrative Assistant:  Gail Fikis
Chair: Dr. Mark Gallagher
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Political Science
Chair: Dr. Patrick Cain (July 2019 - June 2022)
Administrative Assistant: Karen Woychyshyn
Chair:  Dr. Rupert Klein 
Program Coordinator: Kristen Bohonis (
Administrative Assistant: Taylor Onski (
Social Work
Director: Dr. Jo-Ann Vis (July 2020 - June 2023)
Thunder Bay
Academic Advisor:  Jenna Garlick 
Administrative Assistant:  Madge Chan 
Orillia Campus
Academic Advisor: Tess Buchanan (Temporary Advisor: Lee Brownlee:
Administrative Assistant:  Lynda Kerr ext 2003 
Advising: students may contact to book an appointment or call 705-330-4008 extension 2003
Chair: Dr. Tony Puddephatt 
Secretary:  Karen Woychyshyn
Sustainability Sciences (Environmental Sustainability)
Chair: Dr. Sree Kurissery 
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Visual Arts
Chair & Academic Advisor:  Dr. Kristy Holmes (July 2019 - June 2022)
Secretary:  Jennifer Howie
Water Resource Sciences
Program Coordinator - Dr. Amanda Diochon
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Gender and Women's Studies
Chair:  Dr. Lori Chambers 
Administrative Assistant: Elaine Doiron

For a list of all Graduate Coordinators, please visit the Available Supervisors and Graduate Coordinators page.