Our Staff

Below you will find our dedicated advisors and counsellors alongside the portfolio they head. Please feel free to contact us at scibmsac@uwo.ca should you have any questions!

Contact information for department specific counsellors can be found here.

Martha Fuller, Manager

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BESc Mechanical Engineering

Biography

After spending 10 years, working as a Professional Engineer in industry, it was a huge shift and joy to return to academia – to be a part of where it all starts for students. Helping students navigate their path to success is a passion of mine. Students are the bloodline of Western and I am honoured to be a part of the Western tradition of making it the best student experience by providing students with a safe place in Western Science Academic Counselling to discuss their struggles, joys and triumphs as they navigate their academic world.

Deb Gregus, Advisor

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Responsible for the communication to and advocacy for our diverse student population including the international, indigenous, and LGBTQ+ communities.

Education

Diploma in Animal Health Technology; BSc in Statistics

Biography

I have a Diploma in Animal Health Technology from Centralia College of Agricultural Technology and a BSc in Statistics from the University of Western Ontario. I worked for several years as an Animal Health Technician in Small Animal and Mixed Animal Practices as well as in Research. I also taught Animal Health Technology for a few years at C.C.A.T. I have been working full time at Western since 2000. I started out working in the Office of the Registrar before I started working as an Academic Counsellor in the Faculty of Science in 2005. I have always enjoyed working with young people and problem-solving so the combination of the two seemed to be a perfect fit for a career as an Academic Counsellor.

Tarrah Fairweather, Advisor

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Responsible for connections with upper year (3/4+), mature, transfer, and future students.

Education

Honors BSc in Biology; MSc in Biology; Bachelor of Education

Biography

After completing my BSc and MSc in Biology, I pursued a BEd at Western University and worked as a high school teacher for several years. I came back to Western University in 2012 as an Admissions and Liasion Officer before joining the Science & Basic Medical Science Academic Counselling team in 2015. I have always enjoyed helping students shape their future and guiding them along their chosen path. While that path is winding, it is always rewarding to see it all come together as students achieve their academic goals.

John De Heus, Advisor

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Responsible for student's transition to Western and from year 1 to year 2

Education

Diploma in Business Admin; BA: BMOS and Poli Sci

Biography

After working in banking finance for 10 years, I came to Western University and began working for Western's financial aid services. I joined academic counselling 9 years ago to help students succeed during their time at university. University is a time of self-discovery and I have always been passionate about helping people discover their potential and achieving their goals.

Jane Sexsmith, Advisor

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Responsible for initiatives to ensure student wellness

Biography

Coming shortly.

 

Courtney Fleet, Counsellor

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Responsible for Med Sci 1 and 2, BMSc students, and Grad checks.

Education

BA in History/Sociology; Master of Library and Information Science

Biography

I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Western University with a BA in History/Sociology in 2010 and a Master of Library and Information Science in 2014. I began working in Science Academic Counselling at Western in the fall of 2014 as an academic counselling assistant; began working as an academic counsellor in the fall of 2015. Western's academic counselling played an integral role in helping me to succeed during both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I am happy to now be able to provide the same service and assist current students to succeed in the completion of their undergraduate degrees.

Jennifer Sandig, Academic Counselling Assistant

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Academic Counselling Assistant

Education

BA in Philosophy

Biography

I have been working at Western University for 7 years and 5 of those years have been in academic counselling offices, and what motivates me to work in academic counselling is interacting with students and being able to help them.

Eleanor Ovtscherenko, Academic Counselling Assistant

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Academic Counselling Assistant

Education

Diploma in Business Information Systems; Diploma in Accounting

Biography

In my first career, I worked as a systems analyst/programmer for a number of years. After taking time off to be a parent, I started doing accounting in 2002. I prefer working with people rather than numbers, and so I have been working as a counselling assistant since the spring of 2015.