GSA Executives

President

Lauren Zink:  gsa.pres@uleth.ca  After completing my Honours BSc (Animal Biology) at Thompson River University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC, I relocated to Lethbridge and am now a first year MSc student in Biological Sciences studying the toxic effects of pollutants on fresh water invertebrates. At all stages of my academic career I have been extremely passionate about advocating for students to ensure that they have an environment that is conductive to success, and the resources required to achieve their goals. I was both an Executive on Student Council and an Executive Member of the District Student Advisory Council during secondary school. As an undergraduate student at TRU I was both a Resident Advisor and the President of the Residence Council, a team of individuals working to encourage balanced, healthy lifestyles for on-campus students by providing them tools to help with the natural stress of student life (academic tutoring, budget seminars and stress management/mental health workshops). I am currently a student representative to the Prairie Northern Chapter (PNC) of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry as well as PNC representative to the North American Student Advisory Council, which both work to provide networking platforms, collaboration programs, and funding opportunities to graduate students.  While the graduate programs at the University of Lethbridge are very diverse, the GSA represents the common thread that can serve to benefit students of all disciplines. As the GSA President, I will advocate for graduate students in all available forums, aim to ensure that graduate students are equipped to succeed in their current programs, and have the networking resources to confidently take the next steps in their careers. The dynamic nature of the GSA, representing many faculties across the U of L, enables us to successfully implement events & opportunities tailored to the needs of you – the graduate students for which we advocate! I look forward to actively engaging graduate students across campus to ensure that the GSA has a thorough understanding of where its efforts should be focused to ensure that the ever-changing needs of graduate students are met.

Lauren Zink: gsa.pres@uleth.ca

After completing my Honours BSc (Animal Biology) at Thompson River University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC, I relocated to Lethbridge and am now a first year MSc student in Biological Sciences studying the toxic effects of pollutants on fresh water invertebrates. At all stages of my academic career I have been extremely passionate about advocating for students to ensure that they have an environment that is conductive to success, and the resources required to achieve their goals. I was both an Executive on Student Council and an Executive Member of the District Student Advisory Council during secondary school. As an undergraduate student at TRU I was both a Resident Advisor and the President of the Residence Council, a team of individuals working to encourage balanced, healthy lifestyles for on-campus students by providing them tools to help with the natural stress of student life (academic tutoring, budget seminars and stress management/mental health workshops). I am currently a student representative to the Prairie Northern Chapter (PNC) of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry as well as PNC representative to the North American Student Advisory Council, which both work to provide networking platforms, collaboration programs, and funding opportunities to graduate students.

While the graduate programs at the University of Lethbridge are very diverse, the GSA represents the common thread that can serve to benefit students of all disciplines. As the GSA President, I will advocate for graduate students in all available forums, aim to ensure that graduate students are equipped to succeed in their current programs, and have the networking resources to confidently take the next steps in their careers. The dynamic nature of the GSA, representing many faculties across the U of L, enables us to successfully implement events & opportunities tailored to the needs of you – the graduate students for which we advocate! I look forward to actively engaging graduate students across campus to ensure that the GSA has a thorough understanding of where its efforts should be focused to ensure that the ever-changing needs of graduate students are met.

VP Academic & Student Life

Nathir Haimoun:  gsa.internal@uleth.ca  Hello, Salut & مرحبا  My name is Nathir Haimoun. I am a first year MA student in Economics with a BSc in Economics and Political Science from the Lebanese American University, where I had been an international student for four years. Having an enriching cultural journey of living in Canada, the US, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia, I place credence in diversity, diplomacy and dialogue.  Having the desire to make a difference within the graduate student experience has driven me to be more involved within the GSA. My previous experience of being a representative for an array of students from different cultural backgrounds well acquainted me with tools that are conducive to facilitating the process of communicating and voicing out students’ concerns. I am greatly delighted to be your VP Student Life for the remainder of this year, and look forward to helping make your experience a phenomenal one!

Nathir Haimoun: gsa.internal@uleth.ca

Hello, Salut & مرحبا

My name is Nathir Haimoun. I am a first year MA student in Economics with a BSc in Economics and Political Science from the Lebanese American University, where I had been an international student for four years. Having an enriching cultural journey of living in Canada, the US, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia, I place credence in diversity, diplomacy and dialogue.

Having the desire to make a difference within the graduate student experience has driven me to be more involved within the GSA. My previous experience of being a representative for an array of students from different cultural backgrounds well acquainted me with tools that are conducive to facilitating the process of communicating and voicing out students’ concerns. I am greatly delighted to be your VP Student Life for the remainder of this year, and look forward to helping make your experience a phenomenal one!

VP Finance & Services

Annabella Ansah:  gsa.finance@uleth.ca  Annabella Ansah is my name. I’m a first year MA Economics student of this university with research interest in Labour Economics. I received my bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Economics.  With five years professional agency experience in Media Account Management for world-class brands like Diageo, Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive and with my last business portfolio worth US $1.5 million, I believe I am well placed and skilled to take on this VP Finance & Services position.  I mostly enjoy drawing rich insights from data and brainstorming with teammates to develop the most brilliant strategies in solving problems. This passion of harnessing the power of data has allowed me to fit perfectly within any organization I find myself. I also love to travel and learn new things, especially from diverse cultural backgrounds.  I’m excited to take on this new challenge and I look forward to contributing my significant best of value to the GSA experience!

Annabella Ansah: gsa.finance@uleth.ca

Annabella Ansah is my name. I’m a first year MA Economics student of this university with research interest in Labour Economics. I received my bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Economics.

With five years professional agency experience in Media Account Management for world-class brands like Diageo, Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive and with my last business portfolio worth US $1.5 million, I believe I am well placed and skilled to take on this VP Finance & Services position.

I mostly enjoy drawing rich insights from data and brainstorming with teammates to develop the most brilliant strategies in solving problems. This passion of harnessing the power of data has allowed me to fit perfectly within any organization I find myself. I also love to travel and learn new things, especially from diverse cultural backgrounds.

I’m excited to take on this new challenge and I look forward to contributing my significant best of value to the GSA experience!

 

GSA Council

Independent

Rachel Dombowsky:  rachel.dombowsky@uleth.ca  Hello all! I am M.Sc. student in the Neuroscience department studying the development of rodent vocalizations. I completed my B.Sc. in Neuroscience here at University of Lethbridge. I’m currently in my second year of my PhD. During my time here I have worked in many research labs in the neuroscience and physics department and spend my free time volunteering with Let's Talk Science.  I am dedicated to my research and community and will continue to bring this aspect to the 2019/2020 GSA council. It is absolutely my pleasure and honour to continue to advocate for my fellow graduate students

Rachel Dombowsky: rachel.dombowsky@uleth.ca

Hello all! I am M.Sc. student in the Neuroscience department studying the development of rodent vocalizations. I completed my B.Sc. in Neuroscience here at University of Lethbridge. I’m currently in my second year of my PhD. During my time here I have worked in many research labs in the neuroscience and physics department and spend my free time volunteering with Let's Talk Science.

I am dedicated to my research and community and will continue to bring this aspect to the 2019/2020 GSA council. It is absolutely my pleasure and honour to continue to advocate for my fellow graduate students

Indigenous

Yvonne N. Tiger [Cherokee-Seminole-Muscogee (Creek)]:  tigery@uleth.ca  I am PhD candidate in the Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program here at the University of Lethbridge. My work will engage with the life, art, and legacy of Winnebago artist Angel De Cora. I am a first generation Native American college graduate, and hold a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College with honors, two master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma, one in 20th c. U.S. History with a focus on Indian boarding school policy and the other in Native American Studies—Native American Art History and Curating. I am a firm believer in public service, and have been highly engaged with student organizations and the student body throughout my education. I remain current in the field of Native American Art History and History through conference presentations and freelance writin

Yvonne N. Tiger [Cherokee-Seminole-Muscogee (Creek)]: tigery@uleth.ca

I am PhD candidate in the Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program here at the University of Lethbridge. My work will engage with the life, art, and legacy of Winnebago artist Angel De Cora. I am a first generation Native American college graduate, and hold a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College with honors, two master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma, one in 20th c. U.S. History with a focus on Indian boarding school policy and the other in Native American Studies—Native American Art History and Curating. I am a firm believer in public service, and have been highly engaged with student organizations and the student body throughout my education. I remain current in the field of Native American Art History and History through conference presentations and freelance writin


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Health Sciences

Kelsey Berg:  kelsey.berg@uleth.ca  Hello! My name is Kelsey Berg, I am a PhD student in population studies in health and the Health Sciences GSA representative.  My research focuses on policy solutions to address income as a determinant of health. In a broader sense, my interests include equity, research methodology, and contemplating the fate of the universe.  I currently represent the GSA on a Student Awards Strategy Task Force, the Alcohol and Drug Awareness committee, and contribute to the Meeting of the Minds planning team. I also co-facilitate a graduate interdisciplinary research journal club on campus.  Feel free to reach out with any ideas, questions or just to chat. I’m always happy to discuss research or other grad student projects. Take care!

Kelsey Berg: kelsey.berg@uleth.ca

Hello! My name is Kelsey Berg, I am a PhD student in population studies in health and the Health Sciences GSA representative.

My research focuses on policy solutions to address income as a determinant of health. In a broader sense, my interests include equity, research methodology, and contemplating the fate of the universe.

I currently represent the GSA on a Student Awards Strategy Task Force, the Alcohol and Drug Awareness committee, and contribute to the Meeting of the Minds planning team. I also co-facilitate a graduate interdisciplinary research journal club on campus.

Feel free to reach out with any ideas, questions or just to chat. I’m always happy to discuss research or other grad student projects. Take care!

International

Akalanka Galappaththi:  a.galappaththi@uleth.ca  Hi! My name is Akalanka Galappaththi. I am a first year MSc student in Computer Science. My research is on summarizing software artifacts with the intention of improving the productivity of software developers.  I completed my BSc in computer science in Sri Lanka. I had been working in the student union when I was an undergraduate in Sri Lanka. I was actively engaging with the students and staff and acting as a liaison to the students in faculty board meetings. I think my experience with the student union will be an asset to work with the GSA.  I am passionate about helping and sharing experiences which could make the students' life much easier. Living in Canada for over 2 years allowed me to learn the culture and gain experience that helped me to progress throughout my journey.  This is my first time officially working with the GSA and I am looking forward to contributing to the graduate student community.

Akalanka Galappaththi: a.galappaththi@uleth.ca

Hi! My name is Akalanka Galappaththi. I am a first year MSc student in Computer Science. My research is on summarizing software artifacts with the intention of improving the productivity of software developers.

I completed my BSc in computer science in Sri Lanka. I had been working in the student union when I was an undergraduate in Sri Lanka. I was actively engaging with the students and staff and acting as a liaison to the students in faculty board meetings. I think my experience with the student union will be an asset to work with the GSA.

I am passionate about helping and sharing experiences which could make the students' life much easier. Living in Canada for over 2 years allowed me to learn the culture and gain experience that helped me to progress throughout my journey.

This is my first time officially working with the GSA and I am looking forward to contributing to the graduate student community.

Social Sciences

Johura Begum:  begum@uleth.ca  Hello all!  My name is Johura Begum. I am a first year M.A student in the Department of Economics. After completing my B.S.C and M.S.C in Bangladesh I had thoroughly involved myself in a teaching role for four years. Moreover, during my teaching period, I was involved with teaching a variety of class sizes, mentoring students, and developing supportive schemes and procedures to raise consciousness among community people. Currently, I am working as a Graduate Assistant providing comprehensive teaching and administrative support and also holding office hours with students to review materials, answer general questions, and provide assistance on assignments. All of these experiences have allowed me to develop strong time management and organizational skills, which are things I look forward to utilizing in facilitating the procedures of supporting and working with my fellow graduate students.  So, it is really thrilling to place me in the GSA council to get the opportunity to support students throughout their novel journey to graduate school.

Johura Begum: begum@uleth.ca

Hello all!

My name is Johura Begum. I am a first year M.A student in the Department of Economics. After completing my B.S.C and M.S.C in Bangladesh I had thoroughly involved myself in a teaching role for four years. Moreover, during my teaching period, I was involved with teaching a variety of class sizes, mentoring students, and developing supportive schemes and procedures to raise consciousness among community people. Currently, I am working as a Graduate Assistant providing comprehensive teaching and administrative support and also holding office hours with students to review materials, answer general questions, and provide assistance on assignments. All of these experiences have allowed me to develop strong time management and organizational skills, which are things I look forward to utilizing in facilitating the procedures of supporting and working with my fellow graduate students.

So, it is really thrilling to place me in the GSA council to get the opportunity to support students throughout their novel journey to graduate school.

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Natural Science

Nathan Hill:  nathan.hill@uleth.ca  Hello! I am a Ph.D. student in chemistry, and I study a class of compounds called 'redox non-innocent ligands', which is terribly interesting, I promise! Hit me up some time and I'll be happy to talk to your ear off about it.  I completed my B.Sc. here at the U of L, and I have had the privilege for the past two years to serve as a representative on the GSA council. During that time I have been a part of a number of very interesting committees, including the selection of the dean of the new School of Liberal Education, and I spear-headed the creation of the new graduate student teaching award which recognizes the efforts of our awesome graduate student teaching assistants.

Nathan Hill: nathan.hill@uleth.ca

Hello! I am a Ph.D. student in chemistry, and I study a class of compounds called 'redox non-innocent ligands', which is terribly interesting, I promise! Hit me up some time and I'll be happy to talk to your ear off about it.

I completed my B.Sc. here at the U of L, and I have had the privilege for the past two years to serve as a representative on the GSA council. During that time I have been a part of a number of very interesting committees, including the selection of the dean of the new School of Liberal Education, and I spear-headed the creation of the new graduate student teaching award which recognizes the efforts of our awesome graduate student teaching assistants.

Independent

Suzanne Chmilar:  s.chmilar@uleth.ca  I am currently in the second year of my MSc in Biological Sciences, studying the effects of parental age and stress on the stress tolerance of duckweed, an aquatic plant. I have previously completed my BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. I have always been interested in being involved with student life, and helping to provide a great university experience. During my years as an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to lead BioClub, as the president of this student-run club, as well as advocate for students as an undergraduate representative, and consultant in the Biology department.  As I join the GSA team as an independent representative, I am excited to serve and work with the graduate student community. I look forward to making the upcoming year a great one!

Suzanne Chmilar: s.chmilar@uleth.ca

I am currently in the second year of my MSc in Biological Sciences, studying the effects of parental age and stress on the stress tolerance of duckweed, an aquatic plant. I have previously completed my BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. I have always been interested in being involved with student life, and helping to provide a great university experience. During my years as an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to lead BioClub, as the president of this student-run club, as well as advocate for students as an undergraduate representative, and consultant in the Biology department.

As I join the GSA team as an independent representative, I am excited to serve and work with the graduate student community. I look forward to making the upcoming year a great one!

Independent

Justin Miller:  justin.miller2@uleth.ca  Hello everybody!  My name is Justin Miller, I am an M.Sc. student in the biology department studying the effects of agricultural contaminants on the zebrafish. My work focuses on how these contaminants affect the epigenome and transcriptome, as well as how these chemicals alter the metabolome.  I began my B.Sc. in biology at the College of the Rockies and completed my degree here at the University of Lethbridge. In that time, I was fortunate to serve as a medical representative of the Pre-med club for two years. This gave me the opportunity to work with a portion of the student population to coordinate and plan events, something I look forward to continuing with the GSA!  As an independent council member, I will be involved in a variety of events and services that the GSA coordinates. I am excited to advocate for the grad student population with my passion for research and health at the forefront!

Justin Miller: justin.miller2@uleth.ca

Hello everybody!

My name is Justin Miller, I am an M.Sc. student in the biology department studying the effects of agricultural contaminants on the zebrafish. My work focuses on how these contaminants affect the epigenome and transcriptome, as well as how these chemicals alter the metabolome.

I began my B.Sc. in biology at the College of the Rockies and completed my degree here at the University of Lethbridge. In that time, I was fortunate to serve as a medical representative of the Pre-med club for two years. This gave me the opportunity to work with a portion of the student population to coordinate and plan events, something I look forward to continuing with the GSA!

As an independent council member, I will be involved in a variety of events and services that the GSA coordinates. I am excited to advocate for the grad student population with my passion for research and health at the forefront!

Management

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