Coady People

Our People

Eileen Alma
Director, International Centre for Women’s Leadership
Eileen Alma is the Interim Executive Director at Coady Institute, St. Francis Xavier University. She has been with Coady since 2013 and previously held the position of Director, International Centre for Women’s Leadership.
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Akua Amankwah-Poku
Collective Impact for Inclusive Youth Employment (CIIYE) Summer Intern
Akua will work to support young people and employers to create inclusive workplaces. She will be working with multiple stakeholders, supporting the design and implementation of community-based research to help create meaningful employment for underrepresented youth (18-34).
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Adam Baden-Clay
Program Teaching Staff
Adam brings over 25 years’ experience in such areas as new project development and management, Australian Indigenous development, and youth leadership development.
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Preet Banga
Storying Climate Change Intern
Preet recently accepted the role of the Storying Climate Change Intern with the Coady Institute this summer and is working with Clean Foundation.
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Angela Bear
Navigator of New Initiatives, Centre for Employment Innovation
Angela Bear is a Certified Career Development Practitioner who has worked within the Nova Scotia Works Employment Services system for several years prior to joining the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI), Coady Institute, St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department in 2017 as the Navigator of New Initiatives.
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Brenda Berger
Education Program Assistant, Recruitment and Admissions
Brenda worked for 20 years for the City of Nepean/Ottawa in the Nepean/Ottawa Public Library before moving to Nova Scotia in 2001.
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Silas Brushett
Womens leadership Summer Intern
Silas hopes to delve deep into transgender issues and how these issues intersect with feminist theory.
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Kyra Campbell
International Centre for Womens leadership Summer Intern
Kyra will be assisting with the coordination and preparation of content for on-site program activities, including the Feminist Advocacy for Agency, Equity, and Justice course.
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Emilie Chiasson
Senior Development Executive
Emilie joined Coady Institute in October 2021 as the Senior Development Executive.
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Jody Cook
Financial and Administrative Coordinator, Centre for Employment Innovation
Jody joined the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) team in August 2018
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Lola Corkum
Finance Officer
Lola joined the Coady staff in May 1999, bringing with her three years of experience working in an accounting office environment. At the Coady, Lola manages and maintains the daily financial functions of the Institute.
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Martha Fanjoy
Director of Programs
Martha Fanjoy has more than 15 years of experience in applied research, teaching, and program development, in both Canada and internationally
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Carrie Ferguson
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer
Carrie is a social sciences researcher with more than 15 years of research experience and a passion for immigration, gender, and employment.
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Jessica Franko
Manager, Pathy Foundation Fellowship
Jessica joined the Coady in June 2020 as the Pathy Foundation Fellowship Program Assistant, before transitioning to the role of Coordinator, Youth Programs in June 2022, and Manager, Pathy Foundation Fellowship in January 2023.
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Brenda Gatera
Engagement and Stakeholder Coordinator, Centre for Employment Innovation
Brenda has worked with youth from historically underrepresented groups in Edmonton and Antigonish in different capacities over the past five years and carries a social justice lens in all of her roles.
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Yogesh Kumar Ghore
Strategic Partnerships Advisor, Senior Program Teaching Staff
Yogesh is Strategic Partnerships Advisor, Senior Program Teaching Staff in the thematic area of Inclusive Economies at Coady where he facilitates the institute’s educational and training programs, research and knowledge building initiatives, and capacity strengthening efforts globally.
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Krista Hanscomb
Program Teaching Staff – Circle of Abundance
Krista has been working in Indigenous education for over 15 years and earned a Masters of Education, Indigenous focus from St. Francis Xavier University.
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Susan Hawkes
Communications Coordinator
Sue is responsible for the Coady website, as well as the design and creation of print materials such as the annual report, education brochure, etc.
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Catherine Irving
Library Specialist
Catherine is responsible for the overall operations of the library, as well as maintaining the library’s catalogue on the Novanet system.
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Hannah James
Youth Engagement and Symposium Intern
As the Youth Engagement and Symposium Intern, Hannah will play a major role in the planning and hosting of the CEI’s 2023 Student Symposium – an opportunity for interns and other students to share their summer work and research.
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Julien Landry
Program Teaching Staff
Julien designs and facilitates educational programs focused on citizen engagement, advocacy, social accountability, good governance and accountable democracies.
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Brian Lazzuri
Manager Marketing and Communications
Prior to joining the Coady team, Brian was General Manager and Editor of the Casket newspaper in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
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Johnann LeBlanc
Manager of Operations and Executive Assistant
Johnann joined Coady in November, 2018 as Executive Assistant and Manager of Operations.
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Jenny MacDonald
Marketing Coordinator
Jenny is responsible for creating and implementing strategic marketing plans to support Coady’s mission, programs and recruitment, fund development, and events.
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Pauline MacIntosh
Program Staff
Pauline MacIntosh worked with the St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department from 1997 until its merger with the Coady International Institute in 2021, at which time Coady Institute was formed.
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Erin MacKenzie
Administrative Assistant, Student Services
Erin is a key person in the admissions process – moving applications through the system, responding to queries and ensuring all documents are correct.
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Eunice Muthua
Research Assistant
Eunice joined the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI), in December 2021 as a research Assistant.
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Courtney Murdoch
Pathy Foundation Fellowship Program Assistant
Courtney Murdoch joined Coady in June 2022 as the Pathy Foundation Fellowship Program Assistant
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Joel Murphy
Impact and Innovation Coordinator
Joel has been working at the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) since September 2019, first as a Student Intern and now as Impact and Innovation Coordinator
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Lynn O’Donnell
Development Officer
Lynn is the Coady Development Officer who fundraises to support participants, programs and the Institute.
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Karri-Lynn Paul
Program Teaching Staff, Circle of Abundance – Indigenous Programs
Karri-Lynn Paul is a skilled Wolastoqewisqehs adult educator, born and raised in Wôlastôqewisqehsan (Woodstock First Nation) in what is now known as New Brunswick.
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Jessica Popp
Manager of Engagement and Partnerships, Centre for Employment Innovation
Inspired by community-driven development, Jess’s work aims to connect people, develop partnerships, and foster collaborative and strengths-based approaches to better support communities. As Manager of Engagement and Partnership, Jess is eager to bring together voices and ideas from across Nova Scotia to help foster a more resilient and effective workforce.
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Paula Romanow
Manager of Research and Evaluation, Centre for Employment Innovation
Paula Romanow joined the Extension Department in April 2017 as manager, Applied Research for the Centre for Employment Innovation.
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Alaa Salih
Research Assistant
Alaa joined the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) in 2020 as a Student Intern and now is a Research Assistant
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Cathy Sears
Library Assistant
Cathy is responsible for assisting in the daily operations of the library, and providing technical assistance to the Institute’s participants and staff.
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Sarika Sinha
Program Teaching Staff
Sarika Sinha joins Coady Institute as a Program Teaching Staff member leading our global women’s leadership programming
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Eric Smith
Project Manager, ENGAGE: Women’s Empowerment and Active Citizenship
Eric joined Coady in 2016 and has rich experience in project development and management, monitoring and evaluation, and research.
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Wellington Sousa
Program Staff
Wellington brings 10 years of experience advancing Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development approaches through training and projects in countries like Brazil, Uganda, Colombia, United States, Canada, and more recently Indonesia.
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Katie Stewart Snyder
Marketing and Communications Officer, Centre for Employment Innovation
In her position as marketing and communications officer, Katie’s role is to manage all communications initiatives for the CEI, as well as the social media presence of StFX Extension, and provide other departmental support as required.
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Addy Strickland
Youth Engagement Specialist
Addy joined the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) team in July 2021 with more than 10 years of experience in youth-led spaces.
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Veronica Torres
Program Teaching Staff
Veronica Torres joins the Coady Institute with global experience in adult education working with practitioners focused on gender equality, social inclusion, and alignment of power and asset-based development.
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Marian Li Turniawan
Research Coordinator
Marian joined the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) as a Research Coordinator in April 2021.
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Charlene Worth
Supervisor, Admissions
Charlene provides effective leadership, direction and guidance to the Admissions team.
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