OUR TEAM

Leadership Team

We provide services, support, advocacy and representation to all students of Saint Mary’s University, and provide assistance in overcoming any challenges they may face.

Mary Navas

Mary Navas

President & Chief Executive Officer

SC503B
T: 902-496-8701
E: [email protected]

Job Description
  • Responsible for advancing the best interests of the Association and its membership alongside objectives determined by the Board from time-to-time
  • Held accountable for the overall success and well-being of the Association by the Board
  • Acts as the official representative and primary spokesperson for the students
  • Primary delegate of the federal advocacy group (Canadian Alliance of Student Associations) and member of the provincial advocacy group (Students Nova Scotia)
  • Member of the Academic Senate and Board of Governors
  • Responsible and accountable for student representatives
  • Serves as the primary representative on the University’s budget advisory committee
Bryn de Chastelain

Bryn de Chastelain

Vice-President Academic & Advocacy

SC503F
T: 902-496-8705
E: [email protected]

Job Description
  • Member of the Academic Senate and various committees
  • Manages the tutor database and book exchange group
  • Oversees the Experiential Learning Fund
  • Carries out research and develops recommendations/solutions for academic issues
  • Represents and advances external interests of students
  • Serves on provincial and federal advocacy groups (Students Nova Scotia and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations)
  • Serves on the University’s Budget Advisory Committee
  • Chair of the SMUSA Academic Committee
  • Helps students with Discipline Appeals, Grade Appeals and other academic issues
  • Spearheads academic events and initiatives from SMUSA
Asha Graham

Asha Graham

Vice-President Student Affairs

SC503A
T: 902-496-8709
E: [email protected]

Job Description
  • Responsible for SMUSA student societies
  • Acts as the Welcome Week Coordinator for Fall and Winter Welcome Weeks
  • Schedules and plans student events throughout the year
  • Designs and prepares the “Orientation Pack” for new students
  • Oversees Welcome Week Pack Leaders
  • Maintains a volunteer-database
  • Staffs information tables or booths for SMUSA initiatives
  • Records, maintains and validates volunteer hours for students’ Co-Curricular Records (CCR)
Kevin Mullen

Kevin Mullen

Vice-President Equity & Wellness

SC503D
T: 902-496-8710
E: [email protected]

Job Description
  • Conducts research based initiatives for the benefit of the Association’s advancement in the areas of equity, health, wellness, and sustainability
  • Engages in community outreach pertaining to matters of equity and wellness
  • Plans, organizes and executes events
  • Brings forward the student voice on the University’s Board of Governors
  • Holds a position and main role on both the SMUSA Student Equity and the SMUSA Student Wellness committees

Full-Time Operations Staff

Cathie Ross

Cathie Ross

General Manager

[email protected] / 902-496-8702

Job Description

The General Manager is the senior full-time employee of the Association. As such they act as the policy and financial advisor, administrator of daily operations and planner of long range objectives. They provide aid to the Association treasurer in preparing the annual budget and oversee adherence to operational timelines. The General Manager reports directly to the President & CEO.

Graeme Mackenzie

Graeme Mackenzie

Operations Manager

[email protected] / 902-496-8703

Job Description

Oversees the operations of the Students’ Association including the Gorsebrook, Liquor Services, the Information Desk, Husky Patrol and the UPASS distribution. Manages a staff of close to 70 students; including student managers, coming from all over the world ranging from being in their first year to grad students. Working with SMUSA is a great way to gain work experience, earn extra money and meet new friends. Hiring is generally done in March for the following year but opportunities do come up so keep an eye out for openings as they do arise at any time.

Terri Timmons

Terri Timmons

Accounting & Payroll Manager

[email protected] / 902-496-8704

Job Description

The Accounting & Payroll Manager is responsible for everything from bi-weekly payroll for 80-100 employees, accounts payable and receivable, and budgeting, to preparing T4’s, confirmation of earnings/employment letters, preparing cash deposits, and preparing the annual audit.

Valerie Lively

Valerie Lively

Health Plan Coordinator

[email protected] / 902-496-8754

Job Description

The primary purpose of the Health Plan Coordinator position is to coordinate the daily activity of the Student Health Plan Office and to support the Student Health Plan Committee.
The focus is on providing information and guidance to students while promoting the plan, providing benefits information and processing claims.

Karla Hodge

Karla Hodge

Administrative Assistant

[email protected] / 902-496-8700

Job Description

The primary purpose of this position is to administratively assist the General Manager and Executive team.
A focus on ensuring that all above mentioned positions are supported. The Administrative Assistant will take the initiative to identify when any SMUSA office is in requirement of assistance.

Student Staff

Dénis Amirault

Dénis Amirault

Marketing & Communications Officer

SC527
T: 902-496-8732
E: [email protected]

Student Managers

Gorsebrook Lounge

Travis Evans - Gorsebrook Lounge Manager

Oversees a staff of 10-15 student employees. They are responsible for the minute to minute operations of the Gorsebrook Lounge, and sit on the Events & Entertainment Committee, helping to plan weekly events. They are expected to keep strict inventory control as, well as being responsible for large sums of money at any given moment. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.

Door Staff

Sam Cox - Head Door Staff Manager

Oversees a staff of 18-20 who are responsible for ensuring that all policies set down by the Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority and Saint Mary’s University are adhered to at the Gorsebrook Lounge, as well as at all liquor events on campus. They also work with the Husky Patrol program ensuring safety within the vans. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.

Ryan Foster - Assistant Door Staff Manager

Oversees a staff of 18-20 who are responsible for ensuring that all policies set down by the Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority and Saint Mary’s University are adhered to at the Gorsebrook Lounge, as well as at all liquor events on campus. They also work with the Husky Patrol program ensuring safety within the vans. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.

Functions/Liquor Services

Zikomo Jardine & Lyntus Serieux - Co-Liquor Services Managers

Oversee and train a staff of 6 who are responsible for all liquor service catering events outside of the Gorsebrook Lounge. These events can range from a beer tent on the field during a football game to a dinner hosted by the president welcoming a head of state on campus. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.

Information Desk

Deandrea McIntosh - Information Desk Manager

Oversees and trains a staff of 7. The Information Desk is an area in which people get their first impression of the organization. The desk presents a high level of customer service with a range of services offered. They also work with the Husky Patrol program as the dispatch. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.

Husky Patrol

Danny Ingleston - Husky Patrol Managers

Oversees and trains a staff of 6 who are responsible for the maintenance, scheduling and upkeep of the two Husky Patrol vans. The program is a safe drive program and the student manager, in consultation with the Operations Manager, decides if the weather and road conditions merit that it is too dangerous to run that night.  They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.

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