2021-2022
Board of Directors

Michael Hamilton

Co-President

Hi, my name is Michael! I am a third year student at the University of Guelph majoring in Bio-Medical Sciences and minoring in Business Studies. I am one of the Co-Presidents with the STEM Students Guelph Support Association. My role in the club is to oversee the functioning of all the club’s branches and make all the big logistical decisions for the club. I am very passionate about pediatric medicine, along with research in the medical immunology and molecular biology fields. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, meditation and volunteering with youth organizations. If you have any questions about our organization, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]

Reece Cowan

Co-President

Hi there! My name is Reece Cowan and I am a third year Bio-Medical Science student, and will be filling the role of Co-President for the SSGSA this upcoming year. My main interests are in human health, physical fitness and athletics, and spending time being social with family and friends. I am so excited and grateful to have the opportunity to take on a leadership role with the SSGSA, as I know we have a fabulous team of students, and extreme drive to accomplish great things, making a true difference for STEM students at the University of Guelph. My personal mantra is that “hard work beats talent, every time talent doesn’t work hard”, as I believe it is applicable to almost any case scenario and it motivates me to keep working and moving forward. One of my favourite things to do is meet new people and make new friends, so if you ever have any questions or just want to reach out, feel free to email me at [email protected] I would love to hear from you!

Tithi Jain

Head of Internal and External Affairs

Hi there! My name is Tithi and I'm a first year student studying biomedical sciences at the University of Guelph. I'm the other head of internal and external affairs here at the STEM Students Guelph Support Association. I work closely with the co-presidents to assist in making executive decisions as well as helping all other board members when needed. I aspire to work in pediatric medicine while focusing closely on metabolic diseases. Some of my hobbies include reading, watching Netflix, crocheting and working out. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]

Kartikay Pabbi

Head of Internal and External Affairs

My name is Kartikay (I also go by Karti) and I am a third year Biomedical Science Major at the University of Guelph. I am the Head of Internal and External Affairs for the Stem Students Guelph Support Association. My role consists of overseeing and assisting all board members with various operations, and offering additional help where needed, while working closely with the Co-Preisdents to make executive decisions for the club. My passion lies in helping make the community a better place through giving back. With over 700 community service hours working with children, elderly, intellectually disabled individuals, and executives, I believe it is crucial to take part in meaningful experiences that help develop character and leave a positive impact on the world. Whether that means giving time, resources, education, or simply my company, I believe the community can greatly benefit from this type of attitude, especially if it is shared among more community members. Asides from this, I enjoy travelling with my friends and family, listening to my favourite music, and learning about investing.

Sarah Matta

Co-Director of Communications

Hey everyone! My name is Sarah and I’m in my second year of Biomedical Science!! I am the Co-Director of Communications for the SSGSA. I manage the social media pages and advertise club events along with answering any questions you may have about our club! I love being out in nature and going on spontaneous adventures with my family and friends. I enjoy swimming, biking and binge-watching greys anatomy and brooklyn 99.

Sana Tasawar

Co-Director of Communications

Hi everyone! My name is Sana and I am the Co-Director of Communications for the STEM Students Guelph Support Association. I am very excited to be going into my third year of Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences at the University of Guelph! As the director of communications, I am in charge of managing the official website of this club, along with creating web advertisements. I’m passionate about healthy eating and, when not busy with academics, I love shopping, travelling, and enjoy making double chocolate brownies! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns via email at [email protected]!

Lyndsey de Guzman

Co-Director of Finance

My name is Lyndsey de Guzman and I am in my fourth year of my undergraduate studies in Bio-Medical Science with a minor in Business. For my fourth year, I am apart of the STEM Students Guelph Support Association as the Co-Director of Finance. In this position within the finance department with the support of Maddy, I am in charge of preparing a budget for each semester, maintaining a detailed record of club expenditures, and much more. I did competitive gymnastics for 8 years and have become very passionate about the sport. During my free time, I love to hang with friends and cook/bake with my roommates.

Faraz Adibzadeh

Co-Director of Finance

Hello everyone, my name is Faraz, and I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Bio-Medical Science. For the 2021-2022 school year, I will be an executive member of the STEM Students Guelph Support Association as one of the co-directors of finance. In coordination with Maddy and Lyndsey, my responsibilities include overseeing club finances and expenditures, among other financial duties. I am very passionate about soccer and have a fascination for the world of finance. I love playing soccer, going skiing with friends, and keeping up with the stock market in my free time. I am very excited to be a part of the SSGSA and hope this can be a fun and exciting year for everyone!

Maddy Packer

Co-Director of Finance

My name is Madison Packer and I am a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Guelph, working towards a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Biomedical Science. As part of my university involvement, I am an executive member of the STEM Students Guelph Support Association (SSGSA), as the Co-Director of Finance. I am responsible for overseeing club finances among other things. When I am not studying or creating a budget, you can see me on the soccer field. I grew up playing soccer and I have a gained a true passion for the sport.

Kashika Sareen

Co-Director of Events

Hi everyone! My name is Kashika Sareen and I am in my fourth year of undergraduate studies in the Biomedical Sciences program. I am working with the STEM Students Guelph Support Association as the Co-director of events. In this role, I help with the planning, coordination, and proposals of all club events, so be on the lookout for me at our next event! I am dedicated to putting forth my best efforts in order to make positive contributions that cultivate students’ personal and professional success. I am grateful to be a STEM student and enjoy the challenge of integrating the multiple disciplines within this field to consolidate my thinking. I hope that through the SSGSA events, students are able to learn about and appreciate these various disciplines to eventually find something within them that they would like to pursue.

Ammarah Nakhuda

Mentornity Manager

My name is Ammarah Nakhuda and I am in the third year of my B.Sc program majoring in Neuroscience. I have been on the executive team of the SSGSA since its launch in 2020. This year, I am the Director of Mentornity and my primary task is managing the mentoring platform for use in our Healthcare Mentorship Program. I am passionate about neuroscience and mental health research. I love to learn, travel and spend time with friends/family as much as I can. I am really looking forward to being on the Executive team for another year and cannot wait to see what we will accomplish.

Erminio Jacobelli

Mentornity Manager

My name is Erminio Jacobelli and I am a third-year student at the University of Guelph majoring in Biological Science. I am one of the Co-Director of Events: Mentornity Managers with STEM Students Guelph Support Association. My role in the club is to manage the Mentornity platform and foster connections between mentors and their mentees for our Healthcare Mentorship Program. I am very passionate about science and the fields of pharmacy/biotechnology. I have a strong interest in sustainability to help combat climate change and entrepreneurship to find innovative ideas that can improve our healthcare system. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, running, meditation and spending time with my friends and family. If you have any questions about our organization, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]

Janet Doner

Faculty Advisor