TLS Staff Members

TLS staff form a team consisting of academic, professional, administrative staff and student assistants. TLS collaborates on a variety of teaching and learning initiatives with faculty members in academic departments University-wide, and with other members of the University community who provide instructional support to faculty, such as IT Services and the Library.

Dr. Laura Winer

Tel: (514) 398-4232
laura [dot] winer [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: Oversees all TLS initiatives; works most closely on online education initiatives and Mercury, the online course evaluation system, as well as policy and strategic issues.

  • PhD (Educational Technology). Prior to coming to TLS, I worked at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, then moved to the Office of the Provost and CIO. I have taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels in educational psychology and educational technology.

  • At TLS since 2008.

  • I learn best when I am able to interact with others who are equally interested.

Adam Finkelstein

Academic Associate
Tel: (514) 398-1766
adam [dot] finkelstein [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Maria Orjuela-Laverde

Dr. Maria Orjuela-Laverde

Academic Associate
Tel: (514) 398-5704
maria [dot] orjuela-laverde [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: My main project at TLS is the Teaching Enhancement Initiative in the Faculty of Engineering.

  • I have worked in the field of education for more than 15 years, ranging from informal learning in museum settings to teaching and learning in higher education. 

  • At TLS since 2012.

  • I learn best when I repeat stuff through different means and/or formats.

Dr. Carolyn Samuel

Academic Associate
Tel: (514) 398-1712
carolyn [dot] samuel [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • PhD (Second Language Education); former Senior Faculty Lecturer (taught at the McGill Writing Centre, in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education); at McGill since 2002 and have collaborated with TLS on various projects over the years; recipient of two teaching awards at McGill.

  • At TLS since 2016.

  • I learn best when I have to teach new content and when that content is meaningful to me.

Marcy Slapcoff

Marcy Slapcoff

Senior Academic Associate
Tel: (514) 398-3024
marcy [dot] slapcoff [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Dr. Mariela Tovar

Senior Academic Associate
Tel: (514) 398-5996
mariela [dot] tovar [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: Teaching support for faculty through workshops, events and consultations (e.g., Course Design Workshop);  Assessment in Large Classes Advisory Group (Chair); Discipline-specific teaching initiatives (e.g., The Law Teaching Network; Food Science Accreditation).

  • PhD in Education, Indiana University. USA; Associate Professor in Education at Concordia University (1982-1997), Montreal; Educational consultant in environmental and human rights education.

  • At TLS since 2005.

  • I learn best when I am able to discuss ideas with other people.

Eva Dobler

Project Officer
Tel: (514) 398-4811
eva [dot] dobler [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Bio coming soon!

Jennie Ferris

Teaching and Learning Planner
Tel: (514) 398-3374
jennie [dot] ferris [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: Teaching and learning spaces (TLSWG, UTLWG, ALCs), the Law Teaching Network, teaching resource development, workshops and teaching awards support.

  • PhD Candidate in Education (McGill); Masters of Library and Information Studies (McGill); Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education / minor in English (University of Maine at Farmington). 

  • At TLS since 2009.

  • I learn best when I write, or when I can learn through practice (depending on the type of learning).  

Justin Fletcher

Learning Technology Consultant
Tel: (514) 398-2195
justin [dot] fletcher [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Sandrine Hoindo-Donkpegan

Sandrine Hoindo-Donkpegan

Administrator, HR & Finance
Tel: (514) 398-6650
sandrine [dot] hoindo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: I support the leadership of TLS Director and manage the Human Resources functions and Finance duties for TLS in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures. 

  • Former Administrator (Legal Services), Personnel Coordinator (Dean’s Office, Faculty of Engineering), Student Affairs and Administrative Coordinator (Enrolment Services), Administrative Coordinator (HR Employee Relations). Leadership Development Program graduate (2014, McGill); Certificate in HR Management (2004, McGill). Completed higher education in France.

  • At TLS since 2012.

  • I learn best when the material taught is of interest and I can apply it to help build on competency or expertise.

Kimberly John

Project Administrator
Tel: (514) 398-1358
kimberly [dot] john [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Bio coming soon!

Sophia Kapchinsky

Dr. Sophia Kapchinsky

Skills Development Officer
Tel: (514) 398-2613
sophia [dot] kapchinsky [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: Graduate and undergraduate skills development initiatives, and GradLife social media platform

  • Doctoral degree in physiology; have been working with TLS since 2009; content writer and musical director with CreativeMornings/Montréal

  • At TLS since 2016.

  • I learn best when I can see the forest for the trees.

Maggie Lattuca

Program Manager, Online Graduate Education
Tel: (514) 398-3300
maggie [dot] lattuca [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: Responsible for the implementation of the new Online Graduate Program.

  • Masters in Educational Technology, University of British Columbia (2005). IT Portfolio Manager, Educational Technology (2007-2016). Recipient of the 2012-2013 Principal’s Award in the Team Projects category.

  • At TLS since 2016.

  • I learn best when I can immediately put the learning into practice.

Dr. Alexander Liepins

Project Administrator
Tel: (514) 398-1359
alexander [dot] liepins [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: Leadership Project.
  • Ph.D. (Philosophy) University of Ottawa 2017; M.A. (Philosophy) Memorial University of Newfoundland 2011; B.A. (Philosophy) Wisconsin Lutheran College 2008.

  • At TLS since 2017.

  • I learn best when I can take a systematic and conceptual approach to well-defined learning objectives.

Diane Maratta

Diane Maratta

Learning Technology Consultant
Tel: (514) 398-1311
diana [dot] maratta [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: working with faculty, teaching academic staff, and teaching assistants to improve teaching and increase student learning with the use of various learning technologies.

  • Previous experience in designing and developing e-learning; working in corporate, community and post-secondary settings; Master’s in Educational Technology with a BA in Human Relations and Minor in Adult Education

  • At TLS since 2014.

  • I learn best when I test things out through trial and error.

Mary-Jo Rahal  

Skills Development Administrator
Tel: (514) 398-5087
mary-jo [dot] rahal [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Bio coming soon!

Nazanin Rostami

Administrative Coordinator
Tel: (514) 398-6648
nazanin [dot] rostami [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: I provide administrative support for all workshop activities.

  • Bachelor of Arts.

  • At TLS since 2016.

  • I learn best when I plunge into action and have the freedom to explore!

Nancy St-Pierre

Nancy St-Pierre

Senior Administrative Coordinator
Tel: (514) 398-5939
nancy [dot] stpierre2 [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: I provide administrative support to the Director of TLS, act as Secretary to several committees (STL, TLSWG, UTLWG), and coordinate the university-wide teaching awards (PPET, LAALL). Finally, I am responsible for ensuring that pedagogical consultations are responded to in a timely fashion.

  • From 2005-2009, I was an administrative coordinator in the Office of the Provost.

  • At TLS since 2009.

  • I learn best when I have fun.

David Syncox

Graduate Education Officer
Tel: (514) 398-6750
david [dot] syncox [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: Responsible for Graduate Education Initiatives at McGill including SKILLSETS, a suite of professional development workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and supervision training, workshops, and resources for faculty members.

  • MA Second Language Education (McGill) and BA Psychology (Lakehead).

  • At TLS since 2009.

  • I learn best when I am engaged and have opportunities to contribute, connect new information to previous knowledge, and practice. 

Claire Walker

Claire Walker

Online Course Designer
McGillX Project
Tel: (514) 398-5050
claire [dot] walker [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

  • Projects at TLS: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

  • Masters in Educational Technology from Concordia University. Prior to joining TLS, I worked at the Canadian Space Agency training astronauts and mission controllers on the operation of Canadarm2 and developing educational resources for students across Canada. 

  • At TLS since 2013.

  • I learn best when I handwrite my notes and complete hands-on projects.

Mariette Xenopoulos

Learning Technology Consultant
Tel: (514) 398-3934
mariette [dot] xenopoulos [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Bio coming soon!