Executive & Coordinators

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EDC benefits from the leadership of 7 Executive and 5 Coordinators:

EDC Executive serve 2-year terms with three of the roles elected each spring. Treasurer is appointed.

EDC Executive

EDC Chair
Carolyn Hoessler, Higher Education & Beyond, (send EDC emails to: edcchair@stlhe.ca)
Role: The Caucus Chair is responsible for providing overall leadership, liaising with STLHE through membership on the STLHE Board of Directors, raising the profile of faculty development, advocating for and representing the EDC within STLHE and beyond, and coordinating special faculty development issues. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Please note: The STLHE Board has suspended the elected Chair of the EDC, Carolyn Hoessler, until April 15th, 2021. For more information of this unprecedented moment in EDC’s history, please see “News from the EDC Executive Regarding the EDC Chair.”

Bio: I attended my first EDC AGM at STLHE in June 2007. Since then I have worked in educational development with faculty and programs across disciplines, institutions, and provinces. I currently a CELT Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development with Thompson Rivers University on the traditional lands of the Tk’emlúps and the T’exelc within Secwépemc’ulucw, and a consultant with national associations and programs with Higher Education and Beyond. My disciplinary roots are in social cognition with a PhD in Education, and my familial roots in Manitoba originate in England, Sweden and Scotland. I see the role of Chair as stewarding our vision, collaboratively navigating emerging terrains, and celebrating and considering the lived diversity of those engaged in educational development. Carolyn was a 2016 Educational Developer Leadership Awardee.   Term: June 08, 2020 – June 2022 (elected even years)

EDC Secretary
Mandy Frake-Mistak, York University, mfmistak@yorku.ca
Role: The Secretary is responsible for producing, collecting and archiving Caucus documents, and maintaining the EDC membership list. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Bio: Mandy Frake-Mistak, PhD, is an educational developer at York University. Having taught at numerous universities across Southwestern Ontario, her extensive teaching experience informs her work as she leads initiatives related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, higher education policy, and the Instructional Skills Workshop. She is an active member within the educational developer community having served as Chair of the Council of Ontario Educational Developers, Secretary of the Educational Developers Caucus, and Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Educational Developer Caucus. Mandy is a 2020 Fellow of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.   Term: June 21, 2017 – June 2021 (elected odd years)

EDC Treasurer
Jenn MartinNiagara College, jemartin@niagaracollege.ca
Role: The Treasurer is responsible for managing the finances of the Caucus. The term of office shall be two years with the option to renew for two-year increments subject to review by the Executive (appointed).

Bio: Jenn is an Educational Developer at Niagara College. She holds a PhD in Media Studies from Western University and has extensive experience integrating technology into teaching and learning. As an Educational Developer in the Centre for Academic Excellence, her main focus is the development and support of technology-enhanced learning initiatives, both at Niagara College and collaboratively with other institutions. She is involved in a number of technology-enhanced learning initiatives including learning management system training, workshop development, and project managing the development of online and hybrid courses and open educational resources. Her work also includes a significant focus on work integrated learning, and she has managed the development of the Experiential Learning Toolkit and the Work Integrated Learning Open Module Initiative. In addition to her work at Niagara College, Jenn is also an adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University.   Term started: March 2018 (appointed)

EDC Vice-Chair, Awards and Recognition
Natasha Patrito Hannon, Niagara College, nhannon@niagaracollege.ca
Role: The Vice-Chair, Awards and Recognition, coordinates the EDC Awards, the EDC grant program, the EDC Accreditation program and the EDC bursaries. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Bio: Natasha Patrito Hannon is the Associate Director of Educational Development at Niagara College, and she holds a PhD in Chemistry from Western University. With a decade-long career that spans both the college and university sectors, Natasha has worked in the areas of graduate student professional development, STEM education, faculty and curriculum development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Natasha is a committed member of the educational development community in Canada and is passionate about creating opportunities to share, acknowledge, and celebrate our work. She served as an executive member of the Council of Ontario Educational Developers and in 2016, along with her COED executive colleagues, launched the ED Summer Crawl initiative as an opportunity for informal networking and relationship building among Ontario developers. Natasha has also assumed leadership roles in a number of other collaborative endeavours including being a member of the College Educator Development Program Planning and Steering teams, chairing the NSERC CREATE grant committee, and leading the Work Integrated Learning Open Module Project and the development of the Experiential Learning Toolkit. Natasha is a particularly vocal proponent of the EDC grant program as a mechanism for sparking creative and highly valuable initiatives, research, and resources. She looks forward to working with the EDC executive and membership to expand the profile of the grants program along with the profiles of the EDC Awards and Accreditation programs.  Term: June 21, 2017 – June 2021 (elected odd years)

EDC Vice-Chair, Communications
Tommy Mayberry, St. Jerome’s University, edc_communications@stlhe.ca
Role: The Vice-Chair, Communications is responsible for facilitating communication and coordinating the availability of resources via the EDC listserv, website, and other means. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Bio: Tommy Mayberry (he/she/they) is the Manager of Outreach and Recruitment at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo as well as an Instructional Skills Workshop Trainer and Facilitator with the ISW Network. As an academic drag queen, Tommy works and researches from an embodied standpoint to explore, both individually and intersectionally, gender, pedagogy, performance, language, social media, and reality TV (to name but a few) and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, the most recent of which is the University of Guelph’s Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF) for “The Science Library Project/Le projet de bibliothèque scientifique” (2019-2020). Tommy is also co-editor of the forthcoming book, RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Teaching and Learning (McFarland, 2020) and has presented academic work and research across Canada and internationally in Oxford, Tokyo, Washington DC, and Honolulu. Prior to joining St. Jerome’s University, Tommy was an Educational Developer in the Office of Teaching and Learning at the University of Guelph (2018-2020) as well as in the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo (2015-2018), and they are currently finishing their PhD in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo.   Term: July 2020 – June 2021 (interim appointment)

EDC Vice-Chair, Conferences
Cosette Lemelin, University of Alberta, cmt@ualberta.ca
Role: The Vice-Chair, Conferences is responsible for coordinating the annual conference process in collaboration with the conference host, the Vice-Chair (Professional Development), and the EDC executive. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Bio: Cosette has 17 years of experience in Educational Developer roles in a 20+-year career in adult and post-secondary education at three universities (University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and University of Alberta). She has a Master of Education (2003) and PhD in Education (2016) focusing on adult and post-secondary education. Cosette is currently the Assistant Director at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta. As an Educational Developer, unique interests include educational development within health professions education (with a focus on clinical practicum teaching and learning), classroom management, and varying aspects of interpersonal communication in teaching and learning. Cosette has organized workshops, one-day retreats, multi-day orientations or events for university and clinical instructors ranging from groups of 10 to 250 participants. By nature and by nurture, Cosette has the mindset of a host. Like a good host, Cosette takes on the role of providing and facilitating the most useful and meaningful experience possible. She has an inviting and warm spirit, and she enjoys collaborating with fellow colleagues to create well-organized, welcoming environments where participants feel safe to engage in novel learning experiences  Term: June 12, 2019 – June 2021 (elected odd years)
EDC Vice-Chair, Professional Development
(To be elected in the next elections)
Role: The Vice-Chair, Professional Development is responsible for coordinating the professional development session during meetings of EDC members at the AGM and GM; chairing the grants program and the Academic Program of the annual EDC conference. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.


Term: June 2020- June 2022 (elected even years)

EDC Past-Chair
Erika Kustra, University of Windsor, kustraed@uwindsor.ca 
Role: The Past Caucus Chair is responsible for facilitating the transition to the new leadership team with a term of one year.

Bio: Erika Kustra is Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor. Erika has been an educational developer for over 20 years – facilitating over 200 workshops nationally and internationally. During that time, it was a privilege to be the EDC Chair, EDC Secretary, STLHE Newsletter Editor, and to participate in EDC Action Groups. Erika was part of a collaborative team for Inquiry-Based teaching that won the national Alan Blizzard Teaching Award. Erika has research interests and publications including enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education, educational leadership, assessing impact of educational development, and most recently the support for Indigenizing curriculum. She co-authored guides on Leading Effective Discussions, Learning Outcomes Assessment and Educational Developer’s Portfolio. Currently, Erika is leading a multi-institutional project exploring teaching culture.   Term: June 2020- June 2021


EDC Coordinators

EDC Grants Coordinator
Kyle Scholz, University of Waterloo, 

Kyle is an Educational Developer, focusing on teaching and learning research and consulting at the University of Waterloo. In this role, he supports faculty and staff who are interested in conducting research into their teaching practices and student learning. He also chairs the annual University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference and coordinates the internal Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) grant program. Kyle holds a PhD (2015) in German applied linguistics, and his research interests span computer-assisted language learning, game-based learning, assessment, and how disciplinary research conventions impact one’s approach to undertaking teaching and learning research.   Term: June 2020-June, 2022

EDGE Grants Coordinator

Deb Chen, University of British Columbia, d.chen@alumni.ubc.ca
Deb Chen is a Learning Design Strategist with the VP Research & Innovation Office at the University of British Columbia. In her role, Deb weaves her formal training in health sciences research (PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) and work experience as an educational developer (UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology) to design educational and training materials to raise awareness of and promote the responsible conduct of research. She collaborates with faculty, staff and students to build capacity, create learning communities, and engage in important conversations around scholarly integrity. Deb is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer with the ISW Network.   Current term: April 2016-June, 2020. Incoming Term: June 2020 – June 2022

Educational Development Guide Coordinator
To be appointed, for suggestions or interest please email mfmistak@yorku.ca



EDC Institute Coordinator
Lisa Endersby, York University, lmendersby@gmail.com
Lisa Endersby is currently an Educational Developer in the Teaching Commons at York University, where she supports faculty in exploring experiential learning and reflection as pedagogy, alongside collaborative contributions to research and scholarship in the field. Lisa is also a doctoral candidate pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies at the University of Windsor. Her work is within the stream of Cognition and Learning, where she is exploring online communities of practice as a medium for developing a professional identity for emerging professionals in student affairs. Lisa has enjoyed a variety of working and learning experiences, including positions in career services, new student orientation, leadership development, and experiential education. Lisa has also served as a volunteer for numerous professional associations and initiatives, including past Chair of the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community (TKC), a team lead for the ACPA assessment planning initiative, and a member of the Next Gen program committee for ACPA 2016, the first ACPA convention held in Canada.   Term: April 2016-March 31, 2020. Incoming Term: March 2020 – June 2021
EDC Resource Coordinator
(To be appointed, for suggestions or interest please email mfmistak@yorku.ca)



EDC Online Events Coordinator
Mel Young,
Cambrian College, mel.young@cambriancollege.ca  
Mel Young is an Educational Developer with Cambrian College in Sudbury, ON. She holds a Master of Science in Adolescent Education from Daemen College. As an Educational Developer in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub, Mel supports faculty to create learner-centered and pedagogically informed learning environments. She provides professional development regarding teaching and learning and works with course developers to design new program curriculum. In addition, she provides orientation and onboarding to new faculty. Mel offers new faculty year-long support and professional development with the Teaching Excellence Program. Mel’s interests include diversity and inclusion (including anti-racism and decolonization), open education and trauma-informed practice.   Term: July 2020-June, 2022

Recognizing Past Executive and Coordinators


  • 2004?- 2006? Joy Mighty (Inaugural)
  • 2006?-2008 Teresa Dawson
  • 2008-2012 Nicola Simmons
  • 2012-2016 Debra Dawson
  • 2016-2020 Erika Kustra


  • 2004?-2007? Angie Best (Inaugural secretary/treasurer)
  • 2007-2011 Ruth Rodgers
  • 2011-2015 Erika Kustra
  • 2015-2017 Erin Aspenlieder


  • 2004?-2007 Angie Best (Inaugural secretary/treasurer)
  • 2007-2012 Janice MacMillan
  • 2012-2017 Tim Loblaw (treasurer)

Vice-Chair, Communications

  • 2004?-2007? Trevor Holmes (Inaugural)
  • 2007-2011 Jeanette McDonald
  • 2011-2013 Natasha Kenny
  • 2013-2017 Stephanie Chu
  • 2017-2019 Maureen Wideman
  • 2019-2020 Carolyn Hoessler

Vice-Chair, Professional Development

  • 2004-2006 Lynn Taylor (Inaugural)
  • 2006-2010 Alice Cassidy
  • 2010-2014 Paola Borin
  • 2014-2016 Carolyn Hoessler
  • 2016-2020 Jaymie Koroluk

Vice-Chair, Conferences

  • 2011-2013 Marla Arbach
  • 2013-2015 Jordanne Christie
  • 2015-2019 Celia Popovic
  • 2016-2018  Marla Arbach

EDC Grants Coordinator

  • (previously the Vice-Chair, Professional Development role)
  • 2016-2020 Kris Knorr

Webinar Coordinator

  • 2016-2018  Joe Lipsett
  • 2018-2019 Jessie Richards

ED Guides Coordinator

  • (previously the Vice-Chair, Professional Development role)
  • 2016-2020 Jessica Raffoul

EDC Resource Coordinator

  • 2016-2020 Mel Young