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Moreen Tapper - interim Dean

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Alexandra Chastven

Alexandra Chastven - Administrative Assistant

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Alexandra is new to Durham College, joining the C.A.F.E. team in May 2017. She has a diploma in Office Administration from George Brown College, and has worked in healthcare administration for 8 years. During this time, she was presented with the opportunity to work on several multidisciplinary project teams which allowed her to contribute to quality improvement and advancement of patient care practices within the Ontario Healthcare system. This sparked an interest which led Alex to expand her understanding of project management methodologies and best practices through a Graduate Certificate program in Project Management. Alex has experience with a multitude of computer systems and applications. She also has a passion for communications, innovation, advancement through technology, and continuous learning.

Amanda Stephens

Amanda Stephens - Administrative Assistant

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Amanda is currently a student in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Durham College. Prior to joining the C.A.F.E. she worked in the President's Office. Amanda spend three years teaching English as a second language in the Dominican Republic.

Michelle Cole

Michelle Cole - Manager, Program Development and Quality Assurance

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Michelle has been a member of the administrative team at Durham College since 2006 and she began her position as manager, Program Development and Quality Assurance in 2012. As a team member in The Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment her areas of responsibility include new program development and college quality assurance including the upcoming College Quality Assurance Audit Process (CQAAP).

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University, and a Masters of Arts degree in Education with a Community Colleges concentration from Central Michigan University. She was the recipient of the 2011 CMU/OCASA Outstanding Research Award for her capstone research.

Emma Thacker

Emma Thacker - Manager, Program Review and Renewal

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Emma has been a member of the administrative team at Durham College since 2016. As a team member in The Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment her areas of responsibility include oversight and support of the annual and comprehensive program review process, curriculum and program change and support of Durham's quality assurance processes.

Emma has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Literacy from the University of Sheffield (UK). She has also completed a graduate certificate in Publishing from Centennial College. Emma has many years of experience with communications, program development, academic policy and program review.

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Anna Natoli- Manager, Educational Development

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Anna has been a member of the administrative team at Durham College since June 2017. She brings years of experience in teaching and learning in post-secondary education in addition to her most recent experience in the college sector supporting program development and program quality processes. As a team member of the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment, her area of responsibility is the suite of professional development and educational opportunities for faculty at Durham College.

Anna is an graduate of Durham College holding a diploma in Business Administration: Production and Operations Management and more recently a certificate in Teaching and Training Adults. Her pursuit of higher education led to the completion of a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and a Master of Philosophy (Humanities) with a focus on the sociology of education and feminist and anti-racist pedagogy.

Jacqueline Towell, Curriculum Specialist

Jacqueline Towell - Manager, Curriculum Development

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Jacqueline Towell has a diverse background in education, curriculum design, and faculty development. Since joining Durham College in 2007, Jacqueline has had various roles including teaching in the nursing program and working as a curriculum specialist. As the Manager of Curriculum Development, Jacqueline has expertise and passion for student success, universal design for learning, and quality curriculum. Jacqueline is a key person to meet with when undergoing curriculum review and mapping, writing learning outcomes, or new program development. Also, be sure to connect with Jacqueline if you share an interest in international curriculum development, essential employability skills, and research.

Amanda Aschaber

Amanda Aschaber - Curriculum Developer

Amanda Aschaber is a curriculum developer at the C.A.F.E. Her background includes creating and developing degree programs, graduate certificates, and diplomas at a program level. She has also worked at a course level, with Ontario Learn and eCampus on various projects including mapping, and development. Amanda enjoys working with faculty by assisting them with course outline review, course assessment, student assessment and teaching methodologies. Amanda is currently completing her MEd in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design.

Briar Jamieson - interim eLearning Manager

Briar Jamieson - interim eLearning Manager

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Briar Jamieson has project managed and delivered online learning programs for the past nine years. Combining her skills in human resources and public education, Briar built Manitoba's first e-learning program for newcomers learning ESL. She launched Canada's first online conference for ESL educators. Working alongside technology, multimedia and curriculum specialists, Briar enjoys bringing courses to development in both online and blended formats, and refining delivery through iterative feedback. Prior to joining Durham College, Briar ran an e-learning consultancy building client’s capacity to develop online strategies. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Brandon Carson, Learning Technologist

Brandon Carson - Learning Technologist

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Brandon has a background in education, website design and development, marketing, social media and accessibility. Since joining Durham College in 2008, Brandon has worked as a Web Specialist and Learning Technology Specialist, taught part-time in three academic schools and has been involved with several committees and initiatives. His primary responsibilities are providing consultation, advice and support to faculty on the use of DC Connect and education technology.

Brett Clayton, Learning Technologies Specialist

Brett Clayton - Learning Technologies Specialist

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Brett has a background in education, illustration, and design. As both a student and teacher in learning communities over the past decade he has, through experience and practice, developed a broad range of expertise with respect to technology in the classroom. His primary responsibility is providing consulting, advice, and support to faculty on the use of instructional technologies as part of the learning experience.

Erin Banit, Multimedia Developer

Erin Banit - Multimedia Specialist

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Erin has a background in multimedia design and has worked at Durham College since 2003. She works with faculty to create multimedia resources such as learning objects, videos, animations, interactive activities and websites. If faculty have a subject or concept that students struggle with in their course, or if they would like to make their course more engaging, Erin will work with them to find a creative multimedia solution.

Jonelle Arendoque, Multimedia Developer

Jonelle Arendoque - Multimedia Specialist

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Prior to accepting her role at Durham College, Jonelle worked at a variety of companies throughout her career, bringing years of multi-industry experience to the team. With a Multimedia Design diploma under her belt – graduating from here at Durham College in 2004 – Jonelle began to cultivate her design style beginning at Embanet, a company in pioneering online education. In this role, she landed her first major project: designing the online style guide for all schools under the company umbrella, unifying the visual design of all courses offered by each school. From there, Jonelle’s creative and out of the box ideas led her to obtain several senior, lead, and even management roles with other companies in online advertising, software development, fitness, retail and education.

Notable career achievements include winning an IAC award for the “Best Game Site Email Message Campaign” for her work with Gamevance in 2011, assisting with the transition at Shopper’s Drug Mart to Loblaw in 2012 and landing the role of design lead on the current University of Ontario Institute of Technology website in 2014. Notable clients include Oprah Winfrey, Jillian Michaels, Toyota, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

In her spare time, Jonelle practices and teaches yoga – she’s a certified teacher, spends time with her husband and their fur kids, Blaze and Tyson – a rabbit and a blue Boston terrier, and is quite the foodie – happily accepting any food sent her way.

Tyler Perras, Multimedia Specialist

Tyler Perras - Multimedia Specialist

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Tyler has been with Durham College as Multi Media Specialist since 2015, he develops multimedia assets and online resources to enable and support technology in learning. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Multimedia Design as well as a certificate in Website Creation and Design, both obtained through Durham College.

Tyler had worked as part of the Marketing Department as a Graphic and Web Designer at Excel Funds, an emerging market investment company in Mississauga. He helped to improve digital media strategy by updating / designing web pages, filming / editing video and animation, producing graphic content for web and print, creating and sending newsletters, and aided in advancing their social marketing objectives.

Tyler aims to design and develop original assets in multimedia to support technological solutions to teaching challenges.

Visal Chea, eLearning Developer

Visal Chea - eLearning Developer

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Visal has a Bachelor in Software Engineering and has his Masters in Computer Science. He loves to learn new languages and technology. Visal has been working at Durham College for a few years, he started at the I.T service desk and before coming to Corporate Training Services he was a part-time instructor in our School of Business and I.T. He shares his passion with the Corporate Training Services team working as a Developer/System Administrator for the Ontario Life License Qualification Program (LLQP) Testing project and an eLearning Developer for the initiative to bring classroom learning online in a fun and interactive way.