Executive Members

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Kelly Bertrand
Director, Organizational Services, Library
+1-519-824-4120 x53359

PSA Chair and Employment Terms & Conditions Chair

I started with the University in 1997 and can honestly say it has been a pleasure to be part of this environment over the years. My first few positions were with Audit Services, then the Office of the CIO and now with the Library. I currently oversee teams that focus on administration, human resources, financial and facilities support for the Library. I have an undergraduate degree in business and obtained my accounting designation more than 20 years ago. Having taken a keen interest in financial planning, I have served on the Pension Committee of the Board of Governors since 2013 and look forward to contributing to the ongoing efforts to bring sustainability to our pension plans. This is my second stint on the PSA Executive and I look forward to the opportunity to advocate for the highly skilled and dedicated professional and managerial staff on campus.

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Leigh West
OAC Dean's Office
+1-519-824-4120 x52101

PSA Vice Chair and Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

As a long time Guelphite and a soon to be 2 time alumna (BA - Sociology & Marketing and CBE Exec MBA – Food and Ag Business) I am passionate about the University of Guelph, the community of Guelph and the success of the students and my fellow colleagues.  I rejoined the University in January of 2010 after 12 years in the private sector where I last held the position of Director of Sales, Marketing and Corporate Contracts for a local R&D/manufacturing SME. 
Upon returning to the University, I held the position as Contracts Officer within the Office of Research.  During this time I was nominated as an executive member of the Steel Workers Union.  I participated on the Women’s Committee, the Pension Review Committee as well as the President's Exemplary Staff Awards Selection Committee in 2012.  Recently, I am honoured to have been elected to Senate for a three year term starting September 2015 where I am a member of the Senate Research Board as well as the Honours and Awards Committee.      
In 2013, I became a member of the Ontario Agricultural Colleges Dean’s Office team in my role as Manager, Research and Graduate Operations.  This position allows me to facilitate and support both the research enterprise as well as the graduate program within the College.  In addition, I am currently spearheading a Graduate Recruitment Initiative promoting UoG Graduate programs by providing information and support to senior level undergraduate students.
Above all else, however, I am a proud Mom of two very active boys, an equally active boxer and an insane “Fug” (aka fake pug = mostly pug with a little something else we’re not sure of mixed in) who all do their part to keep me on my toes.  
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Christopher Hewitt
+1-519-824-4120 x52959

PSA Secretary

I have been with at the University since January of 2016 in my current role as Manager, Classroom Technical Infrastructure where I interact daily with faculty, researchers and administrators across the various disciplines. My team is responsible for an AV loan counter and the technical support that is required to make teaching and learning work within the classrooms.
Outside of work, I have 3 children and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk & Oxford counties Branch of St. John Ambulance. Having taken on the role of Community Services chairperson, I directed the strategy and wellbeing of 5 divisions that service those communities. Additionally, I am a Scout leader in the Guelph & Wellington Area with both Cubs and Scouts and as a Deputy Area Commissioner.
My natural passion is towards service and my natural ability to seek harmony allows me to work hard to deliver a great balance weighing the risks and challenges appropriately. My involvement in the Local JHSC, PSA Remuneration Committee, Convocation and Summerfest committees has allowed me to expand my area of influence outside of my immediate department and furthered my experience around the University.
For the past 2 years I’ve had time to look at the role of the Professional Staff Association and how it plays a significant role in the daily lives of professional staff around the University. I was looking for another way to contribute to the University community - I want to help make a difference!
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Mark Torcoletti
+1-519-824-4120 x53640

PSA Treasurer

I am currently the Manager, Finance & Administration in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and have worked at the University of Guelph since 2009 in a couple of different finance and management roles. Prior to this, I worked in accounting and finance at a large publicly-traded manufacturing company.
I am a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Bachelor of Commerce program and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
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Marcus Litman
Office of Associate VP Research
+1-519-824-4120 x58856


Past Chair and OANUE Board Member

I have been a full-time staff member at the University of Guelph since 2003. Working as a veterinarian in the Office of Research, I help oversee the care and use of animals that the University keeps for the purposes of research and teaching. I first arrived here in the fall of 1986 and, having completing a BSc., DVM and Graduate Diploma at Guelph over the ensuing years, it is safe to say that the University has played, and continues to play, a major role in my life. Already a very active participant in campus United Way activities I was looking for another way to contribute to the University community and the PSA seemed the perfect marriage of volunteer service and the opportunity to help shape my employment experience. I consider it an honour and privilege to take on the responsibility of representing the interests of the exceptional team of colleagues that are the PSA. Outside of the work environment I choose to spend my time biking, golfing, taking photos and engaging in sporting and recreation activities with my two young sons.

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Sameer Al-Abdul-Wahid
+1-519-824-4120 x58914

PSA Member at Large & External Committee Representative Liason

I joined the University of Guelph in 2016 as the manager of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Centre. Alongside fellow NMR Centre staff, I work directly with students and faculty on a daily basis to support their research and teaching in the area of NMR. I have a graduate degree in chemistry, and enjoy collaborating/supporting research projects in my spare time. I am looking forward to being a part of the PSA and contributing in some small way to the great workplace we have here at the University of Guelph.

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Michael Bird
Assistant Manager, Operations and Service Delivery Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre
+1-519-824-4120 x56728

The University of Guelph has been my home since 2011. My passion is working with students and staff and being involved in the success of our campus. Over the last 10 years I have had the privilege of working in Residence Life at both Guelph and McMaster. Currently, I work in the OVC Health Sciences Centre in Operations and Service Delivery. During my time at Guelph, I have completed an MA in History and a MBA with a focus on Hospitality and Tourism Management. During my MBA, my research focused on HR challenges relating to hiring, retaining, and motivating part-time staff in a post-secondary work environment. I am very excited to be serving the PSA in the capacity of Member at Large and to be able to positively contribute to our fantastic campus. I very much look forward to being strongly involved in the PSA organization and meeting all of you at our various social events throughout the year.

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Jacqueline Hamilton
PSA Member at Large
+1-519-824-4120 x52489

PSA Member at Large and Membership & Communications Committee Chair

I am an alumni from the University of Guelph BASc. Adult Development program, and have been working full time at Guelph  in a couple of different roles since 2013. Currently I work as the Manager, Academic Programs in the College of Business and Economics. I also have my Masters of Education in Student Development and Student Services in Post-secondary Education from OISE, and a background in learning and curriculum development. With the PSA, I am the Chair of the Membership and Communications Committee and am in the first year of my first term. I look forward to helping improve the communication between the PSA and its members and please feel free to reach out if you every have any questions or suggestions.

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Anne Ingram
Food Science
+1-519-824-4120 x52280


PSA Member at Large and Problem Resolution Committee Co-Chair

I started working at University of Guelph in 2005, after working in the industry for 15 years. I am very proud to serve the Department of Food Science in the capacity of Administrative Assistant. My most favourite activity among others is teaching/assisting the faculty, staff and students on various policies and procedures which probably stems from my formal education as a school teacher in Argentina, South America. It is a privilege to now be part of the PSA Committee and be able to favourably shape my work environment and those of my colleagues. When I am not at work I enjoy many outdoor activities with my husband and 2 wonderful boys. I have recently become a new Gryphon's Football MOM...Go Gryphons Go!

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Kirk Sprague
Manager, Facilities Services, McLaughlin Library
+1-519-824-4120 x53602

PSA Member at Large

I have been a full-time member of the University of Guelph since September 1989.  Over this period, I have held non-managerial positions within Student Housing Services and Physical Resources.  In early 2004, I accepted a managerial position in the Library as Manager, Facilities Services as well as joining the PSA. It is an honour and privilege to serve the membership of the PSA and I am currently serving in my second term as a Member at large.  I am also currently participating as member of the Employment Terms and Conditions committee and have contributed in the renegotiation of our last three Memorandums of Agreement with the University.  

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Nora Teri
Biological Science
+1-519-824-4120 x52774

PSA Member at Large and Problem Resolution Committee Co-Chair

I joined the University of Guelph team in July of 2007 as a full time staff member in the College of Biological Science as the Financial/Purchasing Clerical Unit Supervisor. My education background is in Quality Assurance, Business and Elementary/Secondary Education. I am honoured to be part of this fantastic PSA team and to serve my colleagues and our great UofG community. I enjoy most sports, gardening, stained glass and volunteering with various groups which has enabled me to travel to many countries around our lovely planet.

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Breanna Wells
Senior Development Manager College of Biological Science, College of Arts and Library
+1-519-824-4120 x56384

PSA Member at Large and Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

Breanna has been professionally engaged in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser for over 10 years. She holds a post-graduate degree in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber College and a degree in International Relations and Development from the University of Windsor.   Breanna achieved her Certified Fundraising Executive certification (CFRE) in March 2012.

Breanna joined the University of Guelph in September 2015 after returning from maternity leave with her first born, a son named Braeden.

Under Breanna’s leadership, the initiatives she has worked on throughout her career have helped to connect thousands of donors to causes they care about while generating millions of dollars to help change lives and influence public policy.

If you were to ask Breanna what gets her out of bed every morning excited for her job, she would say that it is the opportunity to get to know so many different people from all over the world and to be the connector who helps them fulfill their philanthropic goals with causes that are near and dear to their hearts.

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Alicja Zachertowska
Enivronmental Health and Safety
+1-519-824-4120 x54270

PSA Member at Large

Alicja Zachertowska is Laboratory Safety Officer who works with students, faculty, physical resources and U of G administration to support the University of Guelph campus safety in particular in research and teaching laboratories. After spending nearly a decade working in the research laboratories, Alicja knows what truly drives health and safety in the laboratory setups. It’s how well you connect with the people you’re trying to help; and how well you communicate your knowledge and understanding back to them.

Prior to joining Environmental Health and Safety unit on campus, Alicja worked in the biotech industry in Toronto, leading R&D research lab and humane vaccines bench-to-production scale-ups. She has also worked at the Animal Health Laboratory and Office of Research at U of G on multiple projects. Alicja has spent many years sharing her knowledge in science, health and safety through her daily coaching of the laboratory personnel and teaching WHMIS and Laboratory Safety.

Alicja holds master of Science in Engineering – Biotechnology from Agricultural University, Poznan, Poland; MSc in Biology from the University of Waterloo and PhD from the University of Guelph.