The Deanery




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Melissa Abraham

Administrative Assistant

The smooth operation of the Deanery is Melissa's specialty. Hers is the first face visitors are welcomed by when visiting the Deanery. Melissa manages office supplies, schedules appointments and coordinates room bookings at the Bergeron Centre. 

We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney



Dana Alexander
Executive Assistant to the Dean/Special Projects Coordinator 

Dana is the first point of contact for the Dean. She coordinates leadership meetings and manages his schedule, always keeping track of where he needs to be.

What we think, we become. - Buddha



Sean Billingsley
Director, Design, Admissions & Recruitment

Sean leads the visual identity, brand and marketing strategy for Lassonde. He provides overall creative direction for the School’s presence across print and digital media as well as marketing the School directly to our potential Lassondians. He also leads the strategic planning of undergraduate recruitment and the admissions process, building relationships with the schools that are the homes of future Lassondians.

Design thinking is the search for a magical balance between business and art; structure and chaos; intuition and logic; concept and execution; playfulness and formality; and control and empowerment. - Idris Mootee



Pamela Edgecombe 
Director, Strategic Policy & Planning

Pam is in charge of coordinating academic planning and new program initiatives. Whether it's enrolment management and reporting or curriculum decisions, Pam is the one to go to for all things designed to help make the next Renaissance Engineer.

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. - Albert Einstein



Diana Frasca 
Research/Awards Officer

Diana supports faculty with research and grant guidelines and is constantly on the hunt for new external-funding opportunities. She organizes and promotes events that strengthen the reputation of the work done at Lassonde.

The present moment is the only time that any of us ever has. It is the only time that we have to perceive, to learn, to act, to change, to heal, to love. - Jon Kabat-Zinn



Suzie Lee Hortness
Senior Development Officer

Responsible for activities related to major-gift prospects and donors, Suzie makes sure those who support Lassonde are recognized for their donations.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill



Janice Hylton
Administrative Assistant to the Vice Dean

Janice supports the Vice Dean with the hiring and management of faculty. She also coordinates the tenure and promotion process and assists the Director, Strategic Policy & Planning.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman



Jane Iordakieva
Communications Specialist 

Jane creates and develops communication materials that grow and share the Lassonde brand. She also coordinates events that promote Lassonde's message and showcase the work being done at the school.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle



Paulina Karwowska-Desaulniers  
Director, Research Priorities & Partnerships

Paulina oversees research initiatives and processes, funding and awards. She also supports the management of graduate studies programs.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? - Albert Einstein



Mudita Kundra
Student Recruitment Officer

As the primary contact for prospective and current undergraduates, Mudita coordinates communication, organizes events and develops the relationship between the school and future Lassondians.

One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension. - Oliver Wendell Holmes



Eva Najemnikova
Financial Officer

Eva deals with all things financial, including processes, maintenance and operating costs. She coordinates audits, budgets and makes sure Lassonde always stays within York's financial guidelines.

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. - Confucius



Sal Paneduro 
Accreditation Strategist

Overseeing pre- and post-accreditation processes is a big job but Sal deals with it all. He manages all the information needed to get Lassonde's degrees considered by the engineering community.

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strengths. - Sigmund Freud



Edward Secnik 
Manager, Health, Safety, Security & Facilities

Responsible for occupational health and safety concerns, Ed coordinates Lassonde spaces and manages facilities. 

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain



Laura Simpson
Director, Administration & Opportunities 

Laura makes sure Lassonde is staffed with the most qualified people for the job. She is the human resources lead and helps create an environment that allows everybody to do their job best.

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - Stevie Wonder



Tara Somaroo
Financial Coordinator

Supporting financial activities for the Deanery, Tara sees to expense claims and payments, PCards and requisitions.

Be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi



Frances Valerio
Accreditation & Academic Curriculum Coordinator

Frances supports the approval and implementation of program and course requirements while also designing curriculum-related student support tools.

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. - C.S. Lewis