Destination Exploration Staff

Valerie picture 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 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 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. 

Pam Harbers is one of our Traveling Labs Coats Scientists and Summer Camp Leaders. She is in her fifth year of a combined Social Science and Education degree at the University of Lethbridge. Pam is passionate about promoting STEM and STEAM education and is excited to join the Destination Exploration team this summer! When she is not working, Pam enjoys hiking, spending time with family (especially her adorable nephew), reading and volunteering.

Cedric Linatoc is very excited to be one of our Traveling Lab Coats Scientists and 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 Enayetullah is one of our Travelling Lab Coats and STEM camp leaders. In September, she will start 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.


Mathew Richards is one of our Travelling Lab Coats and Technology Camp 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.

Darby Readman has joined the Destination Exploration team as a Summer STEM Camp Instructor. He just graduated from the University of Alberta with a combined degree in the Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education. He has been a substitute teaching back in Edmonton in two districts, and he hopes to be hired on full time next year! He has a passion for teaching, especially physical education and science - specifically, how the body moves, and functions during physical activity. When he's not in the classroom, you can find him at any rink in Edmonton and surrounding area as he is a hockey referee at the Midget AAA level. He no longer plays hockey but this is a great way to stay in shape and still be a part of the game!

Mariah Besplug is excited to join the Destination Exploration team as a summer STEAM Camp Leader. She recently graduated from the University of Lethbridge where she studied Anthropology and Social Studies Education. Mariah is excited to share her passion for STEAM with campers this summer. She looks forward to exploring the intersections of science, technology, and art. In her spare time, Mariah enjoys biking, golfing, reading, and doing all kinds of puzzles.

Samantha Macphee is back again this year as a STEM summer camp instructor. 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. 

Sarah Little is exited to share her passion for computers and tech as one of our Technology camp leaders. In September she will begin her second year of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. She hopes to specialize in biomechanics and have the chance to work on developing prosthetics and health aids. When she is not tinkering with gears or computers you can find her at the pool where she trains to compete at the varsity and national level. Additionally, Sarah has a love for art, books, and playing with her dog. She looks forward to being able to work for Destination Exploration this summer and having a chance to work with the next generation of STEM enthusiasts.