Session Host Bios

School of Liberal Education Symposium - Session Host Bios

Haley Allard is currently a MSc student in the Department of BIological Sciences.

Kelsey Berg is a PhD candidate in Population Studies in Health at the University of Lethbridge studying the potential health implications of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) policy in Alberta.

Czarina Bonifacio (BN '13) received her Bachelor of Nursing Degree with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge in 2013 and is a licensed registered nurse in Alberta and is the current Research Nurse Coordinator for the Urogynecology department at the Lois Hole Hospital Women's Research Centre.  She started her Master of Nursing program at the University of Lethbridge in 2018 with research on chronic physical pain on home health care aide workers in Alberta.

Mike Bruised Head (Ninnaa Piiksii) (BASc (BA) '80, MSc '10) is Doctoral Candidate in the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought program, as well as a sessional lecturer at uLethbridge. His research focuses on the oral stories of the mountains passed on from thousands of years.

Nicholas Canning is a Dhillion School of business student, studying Human Resource Management.  He is currently the Program Coordinator for the uVolunteer program which connects uLethbridge students to volunteer opportunities in the community.  He is passionate about liberal education, especially critical thinking among students and community members.  He is committed to assisting students and non-profits in serving their mission of helping the community.

James Clemens-Seely is the Senior Recording Engineer and coordinator of the Audio Recording Engineer Practicum at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  His engineering credits include albums nominated for several Junos and a Grammy award, and a Canadian Screen Award for best music.  Co-applicant on The WAAN partnership, he has hosted a Malian music producer at Banff Centre o September 2019 - March 2020.

Dr. Jon Doan (PhD '06) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Lethbridge.  His research program focuses on examining the mechanics of human movement inside work and leisure environments.  This interest includes physical activity behaviours, biopsychosocial state, and precision interventions in industrial, agricultural, and service workplaces.

Antoine Gendron is a 5th year U of L student completing a Bachelor of Science.  He has been part off the co-op program and completed 5 work terms.  He also has been on the Oldman Watershed Council board of directors and has led the Earth Day Symposiums for the past three years on campus.

Dr. Robbin Gibb (BASc (BSc) '77, MSc '01, PhD '04) has a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, and a Masters and PhD in Neuroscience, all from the University of Lethbridge.  She is currently at Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge.  Her research is focused on 1. how prenatal and preconception experience influence brain development and 2. how to improve outcomes for kindergarten children by enhancing early literacy, executive function and self-regulation, and motor skills in preschool children.  She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, 13 book chapters, and edited two books; one on brain development and the second on second language acquisition in children.  She is a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 7.

Mary Greenshields (BA '01, MA '11) is a settler librarian at Iniskim (the University of Lethbridge) in beautiful Blackfoot Territory.  Her subject specialities are Indigenous Studies, the Indigenous Student Success Cohort, Indigenous Governance & Business Management, Aboriginal Health, and Special Collections.

Allonna Harker (BA '13 MSc '15)  is a graduate student at the Canadian Center for Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge where she has obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Masters in Neuroscience and will defend her PhD in Neuroscience later this year.  Allonna has authored multiple research papers and 2 book chapters and is currently immersed in writing her PhD dissertation.  For the past 10 years Allonna has studied the impact of father experience on offspring neurodevelopment and behavioral outcomes in laboratory animals.  Once believed to be insignificant, preconception paternal experience has been shown to have significant and lasting impact on brain morphology and behavioral outcomes in progeny.  She is now an instructor in the School of Liberal Education at the University of Lethbridge, teaching courses based on the Brain Story certification.  Allonna has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Dr. Ute Kotke is a professor of Biochemistry and founding member of the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI).  She has received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014 and currently holds the position of Board of Governor's Teaching Chair at the U of L.  Together with her husband, H.J. Wieden, she is raising three children.

Dr. Jenny McCune's work focuses on how human activities are influencing plant communities.  She has also collaborated on projects focused on quantifying biases and delays in the process of species recovery under the Species at Risk Act.  She teaches Conservation Biology (BIOL4850) in the Spring term.

Hailing from Edmonton, Leonard Menon is in his fourth year of the Digital Audio Arts program.  Always involved in numerous music, audio, and film-related projects, he has worked as a research assistant on The WAAN partnership since 2019.  He recently received the Chinook Summer Search Award and the Joyce and Ron Sakamoto Prize to teach music production workshops to local Indigenous rappers with Drop'n Beats.

Abby Morning Bull is a Piikani Nation Member of the Blackfoot Confederacy, signatory of 7.

Amandine Pras' research aims to enhance diversity and inclusion in audio.  With a background as a freelance recording producer/engineer, she is currently leading two international partnerships: Women thriving in the audio industry funded by CREDO in collaboration with Dr. Athena Elafros (Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge), and The Western African Audio Network (WAAN) funded by a SSHRC-PDG, in partnership with AFRINUM founded by ANR and directed by Dr. Emmanuelle Olivier (senior research fellow at Georg Simmel Centre, CNRS, EHESS Paris).

Luc Roberts (BSc '12) is a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge and the Alberta RNA Reaearch and Training Institute.  He is also the CSO of Allos Bioscience which is a start-up company focusing on computationally selected custom biosensor engineering.

Haley Shade is a 4th year undergraduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Mary Siever (BA '19) is a graduate student working on a MA in Women and Gender Studies.  As a mature student, having completed a BA in English and WGST in 2019, she completed an undergraduate thesis on student parenting that led the way to studying the normative student in university policies for her graduate research.  Along with her husband Kim Siever, she is a parent to six children, with four still at home.  Her last baby was born halfway through her undergraduate degree and was the impetus for looking at student parenting more closely.

Tyler J. Stewart (BFA '11) is a curator, writer, and MA candidate in the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought program. His research focuses on the reception and production of sound, how sound is used as a form of social control by those in power to intimidate and silence, and how artists use sound as a form of resistance against imbalances of power. 

Ibrahim Turay is a PhD student in the Cultural, Social and Political Thought program at the University of Lethbridge and an Instructor in the School of Justice Studies at Lethbridge College.  He holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, from the University of Alberta.  Ibrahim worked for Alberta Justice & Solicitor General, Correctional Services Division, for 11 years as a Correctional, Probation and Senior Probation Officer.  His research interests include policing and racialisation, racial profiling, youth gangs, corrections and (in)justice in the criminal justice system.

Dr. Julie Young is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography/Environmental Sciences at the University of Lethbridge.  Her research program aims to better understand North America's borders in the context of broader global processes as well as what local practices tell us about where, how, and for whom borders work.