Lisa started at Humber in PPDR in 2011. She brings experience in logistics and planning to her role - previously organizing special events, and working in international development project management. Her current work involves designing and developing new programs, managing consent renewal processes, supporting program review and accreditation, and examining pathway and partnership opportunities. She researches and analyzes primary and secondary student, faculty, and labour market data, collaborates with schools and departments across Humber, subject matter and industry experts, and informs and seeks feedback and approval from internal Humber committees and the Ministry. She holds a Masters from U of T in Adult Education and Community Development.
After working as a broadcast journalist, Nancy started her Humber career 30 years ago teaching in the Journalism program. Since then she has worked all over the college in a variety of roles. She joined PPDR in 2006 to develop new programs and review existing ones. Since then she has overseen the review of all postsecondary programs at Humber, working closely with faculty, students and administrators. She strives toward academic excellence through continuous improvement initiatives and also prepares documents for Ministry and other approval processes. Nancy has a Master of Arts – Integrated Studies from Athabasca University.
Mahwish Choudhry recently joined the PPDR team on secondment from University of Guelph-Humber (UGH). She started working at UGH when it first opened in 2002, where she was involved in admission, registration and student financial aid. She also was seconded to Acting Department Head, Academic Services in 2015. Mahwish brings a diversity of skills to the PPDR team through her experiences at UGH. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree as well as a Master of Arts in Leadership degree, both from the University of Guelph. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Lisa joined the PPDR team in November 2018 as the PPDR Coordinator and is currently on a secondment from the University of Guelph-Humber (UGH). Lisa began working at UGH in 2014 as a Faculty Support Officer, where she was involved in providing a variety of support services and guidance to faculty, staff and students in the Media Studies program. Lisa’s role in PPDR is to assist in gathering program data by pulling information from numerous dashboards; leading student focus groups; organizing student surveys; and providing other administrative support, as required. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Guelph.
Erin enjoys her work in PPDR as a Program Development Consultant. Her career at Humber began in 2003 as a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences and has been with the PPDR team since January 2017. Erin’s first Humber experience however was as a student in the paramedic program. Her training and experience gathering vital information and making decisions in stressful situations has served her well in working and communicating with students, faculty, support staff, associate deans, deans and other stakeholders across many Schools on various projects including program accreditation, program review and program development. Erin holds a Master of Arts degree in Education with a focus on teaching and learning in the community college and a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences.
Melinda acts as the liaison between the academic schools and postsecondary partners to develop pathways and manage articulation agreements. Her work also includes program development and review. Melinda has been at Humber for 20 years and joined PPDR in 2016. Prior to this role, she worked in the Community Outreach and Workforce Development department collaborating with many Ontario colleges and local community organizations on projects focused on integrating immigrants to employment and postsecondary education. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University and a BSc from the University of Toronto.
Stephanie Machado Fernandes
Stephanie joined the PPDR team in January 2018 as administrative assistant and became Office Manager in September 2018. She began working at Humber in 2013 as a Support Services Officer at The Business School supporting the business degrees. Stephanie was heavily involved in the degree course and curriculum development, program consent renewals, and enrolment progression reports. Stephanie’s experience has afforded her familiarity with the post-secondary sector and its governing bodies. Stephanie holds a Master of Science in Organizational and Business Psychology from the University of Liverpool, a Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate from Humber, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and Communication Studies from York University.
Barb has been with PPDR since 2015 working on program reviews, program accreditations, program curriculum changes and program development. Before coming to PPDR she worked for Humber’s School of Applied Technology where she gained valuable experience and insight in curriculum (gap) analysis and transfer/articulation agreement development. She began her career in PSE in 2004 at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto, where she held a variety of positions, most notably Program Manager. She holds an M.Ed degree (Curriculum Teaching and Learning), a B.Ed (Science), and an Hon.B.Sc, all from the University of Toronto. She enjoys collaborating to create meaning-rich curriculum and thoughtful design of the systems that support education, and she brings this passion and collaborative spirit to all of her projects in PPDR.
Kelly began in PPDR in February, 2017. Her EdD (higher education leadership/administration) is from the University of Calgary and Master of Education (distance education) is from Athabasca University. Kelly's professional focus is on Higher education quality assurance with an emphasis on program development and review, disciplinary accreditation, and state and regional legislation/authorization. She enjoys projects that take her to the margins of what's considered 'the norm' (where change actually happens) and provide an outlet for her creative energies and entrepreneurial spirit, honour her commitment to social justice, and make the most of her skills and education.
Geneviève joined the PPDR team in 2017 as a Program Consultant. Before joining Humber, Geneviève worked at the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS) as a Quality Assurance Associate. She provided support in managing the self-regulatory mechanisms for the public colleges in Ontario and offered invaluable leadership to the Colleges through the operations of the Credentials Validation Service and the College Quality Assurance Audit Process. Her experience as an academic manager at Collège Boréal, where she was part of the academic team that managed the strategic planning process of the academic unit across all of the College’s campuses, provided her with a solid background in project management and program development. Before joining Collège Boréal, Geneviève worked in the Capacity Enforcement, Professional Practices and Quality Assurance department at the Public Service Commission of Canada. Furthermore, she completed a Masters of Arts in Conflict Studies with specialization in International Security and Governance. During her studies, she worked as an intern with Never Again Rwanda (NAR) in Kigali, a non-governmental organization specializing in human rights where her scope of work consisted of creating and designing NAR- specific non-formal education curriculum.
Melissa Van Twest
Melissa started her career at Humber in the Business School in 2010. She joined PPDR in 2013 as a research analyst and moved into developing new programs and reviewing existing ones. She works closely with students, faculty and administrators in comprehensive program review and annual program reflections toward continuous academic improvement. Melissa also prepares documents for MAESD and supports the evolution of PPDR practices and processes, especially with research and data collection. Melissa is committed to using evidenced-based practices to support accountability within a responsive learning environment and a culture of academic quality. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Queen’s University.