Staff Directory

From leadership, to academics and operations, UTS is proud to be the home of a talented and diverse team of staff dedicated to student success.

Both inside and outside the classroom, UTS staff embody the spirit of courageous curiosity we strive to instill in every student.

UTS Staff Directory

Leadership

Leanne Foster, Principal

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Leanne Foster is the 15th Principal of UTS. Appointed by the UTS Board of Directors, the Principal guides all aspects of UTS and is supported by the Schools’ Senior Leadership Team.

Kimberley Tavares, Deputy Principal

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Kim Tavares guides our progress as UTS strives to create a greater culture of inclusion. She builds upon recommendations made by Dr. Avis Glaze O Ont in her 2022 report: Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Our Shared Responsibility. Kim’s mandate is to support our evolving educational programming to foster greater equity and inclusion as well as building partnerships to further this work. Her role intersects with and impacts nearly every area of our academic program and operations. She is also leading our commitment to increasing representation at UTS among traditionally underrepresented groups, ensuring that all students feel affirmed and truly welcome at our school. She instills equity as a mindset within all that we do.

Garth Chalmers, Vice Principal of Senior School

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Garth Chalmers is responsible for overseeing Senior School students (Grades 9/M3 through 12/S6) to ensure their successful integration into the school’s academic, co-curricular and social life, as well as the integration and support of new families during their transition into the School. In addition, he is responsible for M3 to S6 parent and student issues related to the UTS Code of Conduct and promoting Positive School Culture, including preventing harassment and assault and support of restorative practices and digital citizenship. Other areas of primary responsibility include oversight of International Partnerships, as well as oversight of the UTS IT Department, Safe Schools protocols, the school calendar and academic timetabling.

Garry Kollins, Vice Principal of Foundation Years & Student Life

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Garry Kollins is responsible for Foundation Years students (Grades 7/F1 and 8/F2) to ensure their successful integration into the school’s academic, co-curricular and social life, as well as the integration and support of new families during their transition into the School. In addition, he is responsible for F1/F2 parent and student issues related to the UTS Code of Conduct and promoting Positive School Culture, including the prevention of harassment and assault and support of restorative practices and digital citizenship. Other areas of primary responsibility include oversight of the school’s Student Life, Co-Curricular and Student Support programs.

Jennifer Pitt-Lainsbury, Vice Principal of Academics

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Jenny Pitt-Lainsbury oversees UTS’ academic program. She leads curriculum development, setting and maintaining high standards for the quality of the school’s academic programs. She also works in cooperation with all school staff and faculty to promote UTS and develop strategic academic partnerships, and enhance collaborative relationships with all stakeholders and the wider community. Other areas of primary responsibility include leadership of the Academic Team and areas related to teachers’ professional development, academic program review and ensuring Ministry of Education compliance.

Kathy Dimas, Chief Financial Officer

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Kathy Dimas provides financial guidance and focused oversight with regard to UTS’ long-term budget and finance strategy, and the direction of financial planning and investment of funds for the UTS Foundation. She oversees the day-to-day functions of the Finance Department and ensures that resources are in place to support an adequate infrastructure to meet UTS’ long-term objectives.

Martha Drake, Executive Director, Advancement

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Martha Drake provides strategic leadership for UTS’ philanthropic objectives and focused oversight of a full-service Advancement operation. She leads a team of Advancement professionals and manages integrated fundraising, alumni and parent relations, and stewardship activities She is a principal ambassador in building positive and constructive links with the school’s diverse constituencies to maximize financial support for the school. 

Lily McGregor, Chief People Officer

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Lily McGregor is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resource management functions, labour relations, as well as Health and Safety and Facilities functions. In addition, she oversees all aspects of the school’s communications aimed at promoting the school’s presence and reputation within the community and the public. Partnering with the Principal and other members of the School’s Leadership, she helps shape the culture of the school to promote and encourage a dynamic organizational culture that is grounded in the core principles of human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion

Strategic Leadership Team

Nancy Dawe, Head of Student Support              
[email protected] 416-978-7867

Cresencia Fong, Head of Innovation & Research
[email protected] 416-946-3276

Sean Hayto, Associate Director of Innovation Programs
[email protected] 416-864-8070

Kara Lysne-Paris, Director of Communications
[email protected] 416-303-6976

Julie Martin, Director of Facilities & HR Services
[email protected] 416-946-0225

Jai Pandey, Director of IT
[email protected]416-978-0468

Charline Wan, Head of Admissions & Outreach
[email protected] 416-946-7088

 

Academics

Canadian & World Studies

Mita Bhattacharyya, Careers & Civics, History, - Head Coach, Speech & Debate           
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Jonathan Bitidis, CWS - Admissions Program Coordinator
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Richard Cook, Geography - Director of Global Citizenship Programs
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Vince Dannetta, History, Philosophy
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Mike Farley, Geography
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Josh Fullan, Geography
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Paul Harkison, History
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Rebecca Levere, Geography, History, Law
[email protected]416-978-3212

Maureen McCarthy, History - Department Chair
[email protected]416-978-3212

Charlotte Speilman, CWS
[email protected]416-978-3212

Gowsiga Thirunavukkarasu, CWS
[email protected]416-978-3212

Chris Walasek, CWS
[email protected]416-978-3212

Expressive Arts

Gabrielle Kemeny, Drama
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Nasreen Khan, Visual Arts
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Mark Laidman, Music - Director of Music Program
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Jeffrey McLeod, Music
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Robin Michel, Visual Arts
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Lyris Pat, Music
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Charlie Pullen, Visual Arts
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Melissa Shaddick, Drama              
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Sarah Shugarman, Music - Expressive Arts Department Chair
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Janet Williamson, Visual Arts
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Languages

Brigitte Amiot, French              
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Chris Carswell, Latin
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Dan Chen, Mandarin
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Walter Guerra, Spanish
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Claude Guillemot , French
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Anna Jalocha, French
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Jennifer Kelly, French - Department Chair
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Marí­a Niño-Soto, Spanish
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Negar Shayan, French
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Miriam Swatuk, German
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Mark Timmins, Latin
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Nicola Townend, On Leave

Science

Marion Andrew, Science            
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Bryan Balkissoon, Chemistry
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Shawn Brooks, Physics
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Sarah Cescon, Chemistry
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Emily DiNunzio, Science
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Mary Hall, Science
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Alan Kraguljac, Biology - AP & Extended Programs Facilitator
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Isabella Liu, Chemistry - Department Chair
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Marí­a Niño-Soto, Biology
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Elizabeth Straszynski, Biology
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Marisca Vanderkamp, Physics
[email protected] 416-978-3212

Student Services

Jameel Baker, Student Success     
All F2 students , Returning M3 students (M-Z), M4 students (Th-Z)     
[email protected] 416-946-8249

Marleen Constantin, Social Worker    
[email protected] 416-864-8069

Julie Klein, Student Success
[email protected] 416-978-8440

Munira Lila, Guidance Counsellor
M4 students (Hui-Mo), M5 students (A-Lim), S6 students (K-Sh)
[email protected] 416-978-8440

Kelly Marcella, Student Success
[email protected]

Stephanie Stavro-Pearce, Social Worker
[email protected] 416-978-0759

Andrea Stoeckl, Director of University Counselling
M4 students (A-Hud), S5 students (Lin-Sin), S6 students (A-J)
[email protected] 416-978-3899

Joelle Therriault, Social Worker
[email protected] 416-978-0759

Julia Thompson, Guidance Counsellor
Returning M3 students (A-L), M4 students (Mu-Ta), S5 students (Sle-Z), S6 students (Si-Z)
[email protected] 416-946-7394

Catherine Wachter, Guidance Counsellor
All F1 students and new M3 students
[email protected] 416-946-0223

 

Operations

School Operations

Martin Aiello, Database Administrator              
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Hijab Ahmed, Equity and Innovations Projects Officer              
[email protected] 416-864-8094

Natalie Cannistraro, Innovation Lab Program Director
[email protected] 416-864-8071

Madeline DiGiacomo, Senior Student Life Officer
[email protected] 416-864-8095

Sean Hayto, Associate Director, Student Life & Experiential Programs
[email protected] 416-559-5208

Bert Horvath, Innovation Lab Technician
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Monica Jucha, Library Technician
[email protected] 416-978-6246

Yogita Patel, Senior Officer, Academic Operations
[email protected] 416-946-8776

Freyja Phillips, Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion and Outreach Lead Coordinator       
[email protected] 647-799-1527

Neuton Watson, Student Life Officer
[email protected] 416-770-2371