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. 

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Braden Wiens is a graduate student here at the U of L working on his Masters in Physics. He enjoys taking on random projects and building things. Some of his projects include programming computer models, one of which was for solar system modeling of planet orbits, and building of various robots. One year over Christmas break he had some spare time and was a bit bored so he collected scrap parts from around his family's farm and built a small jet engine based on a turbo pulled off an old car. Braden will be one of Destination Exploration's Robotics & Engineering Club leaders.

Prachi Sanghavi is one of our In-School STEM Club Leaders. She is a second year neuroscience student at the University of Lethbridge and is passionate about teaching science. She is excited to help introduce students to the amazing world of science! When she’s not at school, Prachi spends her time volunteering, in dance and gymnastics, or playing with her dog.
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Dana is a 2nd year bachelor of nursing student at the University of Lethbridge. She currently has 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 1 bunny!  Her dream career is a paediatric operating room nurse or pursuing medicine post grad to specialize in paediatric plastic surgery. She has a true passion for science and the interesting phenomena that occur around us everyday. She's looking forward to teaching others about what she has learned and the great things found in nature. Other interests and hobbies she enjoys are running, hiking, spending time with animals, volunteering and watching cat videos.

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Chelsea is one of our iScientist and STEM Club leaders. She is a third-year student here at the University of Lethbridge taking a combined science and education degree. She loves science and can’t wait to share her passion with the club members. When not at the university, Chelsea loves spending time with family, friends and going to various sporting events.

Sydnee is in her third year of a Biochemistry degree at the University of Lethbridge. She has always had a passion for science and is excited to be joining Destination Exploration as the Tech Maker leader for winter 2018! Outside of working with DE, she is heavily involved with the iGEM competition, which involves using synthetic biology to solve a problem in the world.

Kayleigh Nielson is one of our in-school STEM Club, Boys & Girls Club, and Science Sizzle Club Leaders. She graduated with a M.Sc. in Invasive Plant Ecology (Biological Sciences) from the University of Lethbridge. Science outreach is one of her passions, which she happily shares through her work and volunteerism. When she is not sharing her love of science with others, Kayleigh enjoys spending her time outdoors ― hiking, camping, snowshoeing, birding, plant-watching, and riding her bike.