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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Adam Baden-Clay
Manager, Youth Leadership Programs
Adam brings significant experience in new project development, Australian indigenous development and international youth programming in East Africa, Canada, Switzerland and Australia.
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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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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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Andrea Curley
Indigenous Engagement Coordinator
Andrea is a graduate of Coady programs IWCL, Community Based Health Assessment and Facilitate the Facilitator. She has extensive experience in Event Planning, Program Development and currently enrolled at StFX for her Masters of Education in Administration and Policy.
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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
Coordinator, Youth Programs
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.
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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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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 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 Teaching Staff
Pauline MacIntosh has been with St. Francis Xavier Extension Department since 1997.
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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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Courtney Murdoch
Program assistant Assistant
Courtney Murdoch joined Coady in June 2022 as the Pathy Foundation Fellowship program assistant.
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Robin Neustaeter
Program Teaching Staff
Robin has taught Conflict Resolution, Adult Learning and Education, and women’s leadership at the university and community levels.
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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
Teaching Staff, Indigenous Programs
Karri-Lynn's journey with Coady International Institute started in 2011 as an Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program participant, continued as a facilitator, then a mentor, and, in 2018, she joined as teaching staff with the program.
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Brianne Peters
Senior Program Staff Program Coordinator Citizen-Led Development Program
Brianne Peters facilitates the Coady Institute’s overseas and Canada-based educational offerings in Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development.
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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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Kelly B. Schnare
Researcher-Research and Engagement Coordinator – Community Housing Program
A white settler, land-owner starting with the Acadian Expulsion, Kelly supports complexity through relationships and science-based narratives.
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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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Jaime Smith
Director, Social Innovation Coady Institute
Jaime’s work has spanned multiple contexts including co-founder of grassroots initiatives, board director for local, provincial and national organizations, and passionate activist for gender and racial equality. Jaime is empowered by her love of community and people.
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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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Kate Thomson
Education Coordinator
Kate joined the Coady International Institute in 2018 in the position of Education Coordinator, where she shares her time supporting the educational programs and the Women and Indigenous Centre.
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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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Charlene Worth
Supervisor, Admissions
Charlene provides effective leadership, direction and guidance to the Admissions team.
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