Destination Exploration Staff

Valerie Archibald - Director of Youth Outreach

Valerie Archibald is the Director of Youth Outreach for the Faculty of Arts & Science. She is responsible for overseeing outreach for the faculty and creating a strong balance with both STEM and Social Science & Humanitiies outreach. Valerie moved to Lethbridge in 2012 from Frederiston, NB. She has a B.Sc. in Forestry & Environmental Management and a Masters in Youth and Family Studies. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors - camping, swimming, biking, running and enjoying nature.

Laura Keffer-Wilkes - Program Coordinator
Laura Keffer-Wilkes is our Program Coordinator, organizing activities and staff for all the STEM outreach programs. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences (Biochemistry) from the University of Lethbridge and has had a lifelong enjoyment of science and learning. When she's not thinking about or doing science, she is cuddling her cat, cooking with her partner, or rocking out.

Cassandra Allenby - Codemaker Coordinator
Cassandra Allenby is our Codermaker Program Coordinator and a self-professed super nerd. This means along with her passion for programming, she also tinkers with 3D printing, electronic engineering, robotics and game design. She is currently a graduate student in the MFA program at the University of Lethbidge. Whenever possible she takes the opportunity to teach what she loves, and to be a strong female mentor in a field desperately in need of more. After a good day of nerding, she grabs some buddies to backpack, do music-y things with her guitar or lift heavy things at the gym to get her out of her computer chair.

Cedric - STEM Leader
Cedric Linatoc is very excited to be one of our Youth STEM leaders. He is in his third year of a combined Science and Education Degree at the University of Lethbridge. He has always had a passion for sharing his knowledge about the environment and is excited to engage students with the wonders of STEM. When he's not doing science, he enjoys being a violinist, rock climbing, yoga, backpacking, photography, and being a National Geographic fanboy (yes, it's still Science!).

Humaira - STEM Leader
Humaira Enayetullah is one of our STEM club leaders. She just started her fourth year at the University of Lethbridge where she is majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. She is very excited to return to Destination Exploration for another awesome summer. Science is her passion and she is looking forward to sharing this with young scientists. When not busy studying, she enjoys cooking, arts and volunteering at the local hospital.

Mat - STEM Leader
Mathew Richards is our Robotics & Engineering Club Leaders. Previously completing a BSc. in Biological Sciences, he is back obtaining a second BSc. in Computer Science at the University of Lethbridge. Mathew has always had a passion for technology, even causing trouble as a child taking apart electronics and messing around with system files on the computer to learn how things work. Outside of tech he enjoys cycling, basketball, tennis, weightlifting, board games, and fighting the forces of evil.

Sam - STEM Leader
Samantha Macphee is one of our iScientist Club Leaders this fall. She is currently a student at the university of Lethbridge taking a combined degree of kinesiology and education. She has a passion for working with children and being able to teach science through fun experiments. For fun she enjoys keeping active and spending time outdoors through running, hiking, and biking.