Vancouver Campus Faculty and Staff
The preparation of world citizens through global education rings very true at FDU’s Vancouver Campus. We are privileged to have faculty and staff who come from all around the globe: from the British Isles, China, South Africa, Iran, Colombia, Germany, Russia, Korea, India, Nigeria, Turkey, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Mexico, and even Canada and the United States of America. Students will be earning degrees in a Canadian city, taught by faculty from all corners of the globe.
A total of 40 different languages are spoken on campus by staff and faculty so the chances are pretty strong that we may be able to serve you in your home language. The following languages are spoken on campus:
In keeping with the university’s mission of preparing world citizens through global education, the Vancouver Campus faculty hail from all corners of the globe. We are privileged to have faculty from India, Canada, South Africa, Peru, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Italy, Myanmar, Turkey, Macao, Iran, Turkey, Algeria, England, Philippines, Morocco, United States, Germany, and Ireland. Our students are fortunate to experience multiculturalism at every stage of their education at the Vancouver Campus.
David O’Reilly, Deputy Campus Executive, brings more than 30 years of experience in post-secondary education to the Fairleigh Dickinson University-Vancouver campus where he is responsible for the Pre University and Pre Master’s programs, Academic Support Services, and strategic oversight of campus finance and operations functions.
David has designed, developed, and delivered numerous academic and business training courses both in the traditional classroom setting and for electronic media. He has also taught a variety of business and economic courses at the university undergraduate level.
Before joining FDU, David was the Director of a Liberal Arts Diploma Program at a private Canadian College, where he was responsible for all aspects of program and curriculum development. David also spent almost 4 years in Japan working with Clarke Consulting Group where he developed and implemented training programs in Fortune 500 companies.
David has received his MBA from Simon Fraser University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce at University College Dublin. He has lived and worked in Ireland, Germany, Canada, USA, and Japan and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe.
David speaks fluent English and has a basic knowledge of Japanese and Irish.
MARIA ELIZABETH TORRES CONCEPCION
Maria Elizabeth Torres Concepcion, Office Manager of Vancouver Campus and Senior Assistant to the Campus Executive, joined Fairleigh Dickinson in September 2017. She recently received her Master of Public Health degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)- Metropolitan Campus in 2021. She obtained her Master’s degree in Administrative Science specializing in the field of Global Health and Human Services Administration from FDU Vancouver Campus in 2017.
She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Cebu Doctors’ University, a Doctor of Medicine from the Cebu Institute of Medicine, and a Diploma in Professional Education in the Philippines. Beth finished her residency training in Ophthalmology at Makati Medical Center.
Beth worked as a physician and gave lectures to healthcare professionals including nurses, physical therapists, optometrists, and medical transcriptionists. She volunteered in medical and surgical missions in various regions in the Philippines.
As a student, Beth volunteered in both on and off-campus activities. She worked as a part-time Accounting tutor on campus. She was always on the Provost’s List and was chosen as the Masters’ Student Representative during the commencement ceremony in May 2017. She worked as a volunteer in the Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia (SRABC) and eventually hired as the Branch Coordinator in both SRABC Templeton and SRABC North Burnaby branches.
Beth has worked as a full-time administrative staff in FDU Vancouver Campus since September 2017. She is also an adjunct professor at FDU Vancouver. She works as an adjunct lecturer and delivers lectures in Health Care Administration and General Arts and Sciences in other institutions in Vancouver.
Beth speaks fluent English and Filipino (Tagalog and Cebuano).
Nikhil Ukhande, Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist,
is originally from India. He completed a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Management Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) Vancouver campus in May 2022. During his academic years at FDU, Nikhil was a recipient of the FDU Alumna Scholarship in 2021, and Global Scholar Program with a gold medal in 2022. In January 2021, Nikhil became a student brand ambassador of FDU and worked part-time with Marketing & Recruitment on creating social media content for the FDU Vancouver campus and initiated multiple filming projects for university promotions. While studying at FDU, he formed and served as the president of the FDU Hospitality club. As a student, he also coordinated the activities of the Toastmasters club and events of Student Services at FDU. Currently he is also a member of Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club in the city.
Nikhil completed a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from the University of Pune in 2013. His previous work experience includes working various positions as a culinary professional for JW Marriott Pune, Marriott Tang Plaza Singapore, The Greenbrier Resort, The Hermitage Hotel, Celebrity Cruises, and several gourmet restaurants in the USA, and Canada.
Nikhil has travelled to over 15 countries and speaks fluent English, Hindi, and Marathi, and has a basic knowledge of German and French.
QINGHONG (FIONA) MA
Qinghong (Fiona) Ma, Reception/Administrative Assistant, is originally from China. Fiona graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Arts in Individualized Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in 2020, and she was the recipient of the Vancouver campus 2020 Student Pinnacle Award. She also obtained a Certificate in Immigration Laws from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2021.
During her time at FDU, Fiona served on the Global Scholars Program, and she was a co-president of the Model United Nations Club from 2018 to 2019. She represented FDU twice at the National Model United Nations Conference New York, and helped the team achieve two outstanding position paper awards as well as distinguished/outstanding delegation award. After graduation, she has worked in multiple administrative positions and re-joined FDU as a staff in 2021.
In her free time, Fiona enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing board games with friends. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Gillian Hartinger serves as the Director of Human Resources at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver Campus, bringing over 6 years of HR experience to the team. Gillian is the main point of contact in regards to Human Resource related matters for the Vancouver Campus.
Prior to joining FDU, she managed the Human Resource function for a non-profit organization and worked as a Human Resource Analyst within the agriculture sector.
Outside of work, Gillian donates her time in activities such as providing résumé critiquing services and interview practice skills to those who may find themselves unable to have the service otherwise.
CECILLE O. ROSADA
Cecille O. Rosada, Accounting Office Clerk, holds a baccalaureate degree in Accountancy and a graduate degree in Master in Management. She was also a Certified Public Accountant from the Philippines.
Cecille started as a banker in the Philippines until the call to teaching beckoned her. She first started as an adjunct professor and got promoted to being a department chair and a school of business dean. As a department chair, she successfully rehabilitated the Accountancy program of the school, produced a top-notcher in the board examination and as a result dramatically increased its school national board passing rate.
Currently, Cecille continued her passion in accounting work and joined FDU’s Finance Department. She also teaches finance course in the MAS program.
Kevin Atkinson, Network and Systems Manager, joined Fairleigh Dickinson in December 2020. With over 30 years of experience in the IT industry both as a corporate employee and consultant, having responsibilities that include; IT management, high-performance computing, networking, enterprise data storage, data center planning, and software quality assurance.
He has multiple certifications covering the areas of; networking, servers, telephony, and enterprise storage.
Kevin participates in Toastmasters and volunteers with Kids up Front.
Estref Resuli, Senior IT Specialist, is originally from Albania.
He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Tirana.
After 12 years of progressive experience in the Albanian Power Corporation (KESH) where he held various positions from field engineer to Managing Director of the regional power utility company, he moved to Canada. He studied Network Administration and Security Professional – a joint program at UBC/BCIT in 2010-2011 where he graduated with distinction.
He is an MCITP (Server), CCNA and holds several Comp TIA, Linux, and wireless CWNA certifications.
Estref enjoys reading, chess, soccer, and tennis. He also volunteers with the Eaglesland Albanian Society of BC. Estref speaks Albanian and English.
Coralia Palacios, IT Assistant, is originally from El Salvador. After a two-year Business Engineering program back in El Salvador, in 2016 she moved to Canada. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor in Information Technology with a minor in Business Administration.
During her years she was part of the Vancouver Global Scholars program and also worked part-time as a Student IT assistant.
Coralia enjoys reading, cooking, and watching movies in her free time. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Jobin Mojtabavi, Director of Student Services, has lived in Vancouver for over 17 years. Jobin received his Bachelors of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia, where he was a leader on campus as an Executive Member of the Human Kinetics Undergraduate Society and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Jobin received his Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2013. Jobin is also an alumnus of two academic honor societies at UBC — the Golden Key Academic Honor Society and the Order of Omega Honor Society.
Jobin has several years of student admissions experience, having previously served as Western Canada’s Marketing Manager for the world’s largest test educational company. He has a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA) designation.
In his free time, Jobin enjoys coaching basketball, volunteering, reading, golfing, and water-skiing. Jobin is fluent in English and French and speaks basic Farsi.
Niharika Padiyal, Assistant Director of Student Services, is a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) who provides Immigration support and services to students at FDU.
Niharika, originally from Hyderabad, India, is an alumna of FDU Vancouver and has received a Master of Administrative Science degree in 2015. She came to Canada as an international student in 2013 and has been living in Vancouver since then.
Holding an Immigration Consultant Diploma from Ashton College, she became an RCIC in 2018 and since then she has been working as an Immigration Consultant. She is a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and joined the FDU team in 2021.
Being an international student herself, Niharika is aware of the challenges being faced by the students in Canada, which is why she decided to study Immigration and help people like her who come to Canada. She brings in a great amount of experience of working with and assisting students from diverse backgrounds and is happy to be part of a culturally diverse place like FDU Vancouver Campus.
In her free time, Niharika loves watching movies & series, exploring nature, going for drives and trips. She is fluent in English, Telugu, and Hindi.
Sheenam Bhardwaj, Activities Coordinator of Student Services
June Cho, Associate Director of Career Services, is an FDU alumnus who graduated with a Masters of Administrative Sciences degree in Human Resources in 2016. June supports the operational and administrative needs of the Career Services and Student Services departments.
June has experience working in the recruitment sector as well as a Career Coach in a career preparation academy, assisting international students in resume development, career exploration, job search, and interview strategies. Prior to coming to Canada, June also served as a Project Manager in the vocational education field in Taiwan, specializing in training and development course design.
As a Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) Candidate, Certified MBTI Practitioner and Certified Career Strategist (CCS), June supports students from an array of professional and personal backgrounds to increase their career readiness and to make informed career decisions.
June speaks English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.
Misa Zhang, Career Services Advisor, is originally from China. She completed her undergraduate study at East China Normal University in Shanghai, during which she spent 6 months as an exchange student at University of Oregon to closely learn about North American post-secondary education system. In 2016, Misa moved to Canada to pursue her Master of Education degree at Simon Fraser University. Before joining FDU, Misa supported Career Services Department at Northeastern University. She also has the experiences to work as a teaching assistant, a Chinese language teacher, and a marketing executive in the local education industry in Vancouver. Working in different roles in the field of education, Misa interacts with post-secondary students on a daily base, which provides her a solid understanding of students’ needs in career preparation.
Misa brings her 4 years of experience in career services & student advising as well as her great passion in supporting students to achieve success to the role of career services advisor. Misa enjoys the fulfillment of helping students find their careers and she believes good career education benefits students for a lifetime.
Misa speaks Mandarin and English.
Natalia Kharitonova, Director of Admissions, is originally from Russia (Magnitogorsk) and brings to FDU extensive administrative experience in higher education. As a Provost Scholarship recipient and a summa cum laude Bachelor of Arts graduate in English and German languages (1996) she started her career at her alma mater Magnitogorsk State University (MaSU) where she worked in different positions from a Teaching Assistant at the Foreign Languages Chair to the English Specialization Coordinator at the Department of Information Technology. She also worked as a Head Administrator and Program Coordinator at a private business school.
After completing the post-graduate program on Theory and Methodology of Higher Education at MaSU (2002) and defending a dissertation on Developing Professional Competence of Future Teachers through Intercultural Communication was awarded a Candidate of Science Degree in Pedagogics (PhD equivalent in Russia). After being appointed an Assistant Professor at MaSU she taught Business English and English for Computing credit courses in 2003-2005.
After moving to Canada, Natalia joined FDU in 2007 when FDU-Vancouver campus just opened and worked in different administrative positions in Enrollment Services and Admissions. She participated in establishing FDU-Vancouver admission practices and procedures, served as a Secretary to FDU Admissions and Scholarships Committee.
Natalia’s interests lie in professional education, multiculturalism, psychology, fine arts and history. She is passionate about helping students become world citizens through global education. Natalia speaks Russian, German, and English.
Juliana Fiorentino, Associate Director of Admissions, is a FDU-Vancouver Alumna, graduated with a B.A. in Individualized Studies with a concentration in Business in 2011. Juliana also holds a degree in Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil.
Juliana thinks it is important to get involved in society, so she is constantly pursuing opportunities to make contacts and engage in her community. She was the President of the FDU Student’s Association for the term 2010-2011 and was an orientation leader to the new students for the summer semester of 2010. Furthermore, she has been helping to recruit students from Brazil to pursue their dream of a North American degree. Juliana is very proud to have her name put on the Honors list throughout her program at FDU.
Juliana enjoys working with people, learning about other cultures and traveling. She lived in the United States for over 3 years and has visited many countries in Europe. She finds FDU a perfect place to meet the “world” for its multiculturalism.
Juliana brings to FDU over 8 years of experience in various capacities including human resources, education, and customer service. Juliana is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Natsumi Otsubo, Assistant Director of Admissions, joined the FDU Vancouver campus in 2017. Born and raised in Japan, she has always had a strong interest in overseas cultures since childhood. She studied English in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada and obtained TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Diplomas in Vancouver, BC. Whilst completing her Bachelor of Arts in British and American Studies in Kyoto, Japan, Natsumi enjoyed engaging in volunteer activities to help immigrants with their study at a local elementary school.
Natsumi has been in the field of education for over 9 years and loves being able to see positive outcomes and growth in students. Most recently, she worked for a private college in Vancouver for several years. Her responsibilities included recruiting Japanese students and advising students with their studies. She was also an instructor in one of the major ESL schools in Japan, where she taught English to a wide range of age groups.
Natsumi enjoys working in FDU Vancouver with its friendly and supportive environment and the diverse backgrounds of the students, faculty, and staff. Natsumi speaks Japanese and English.
ANA PAULA PICCHI
Ana Paula, Admissions Assistant, is an alumni student from Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus. She graduated from the Masters in Administrative Science program with a specialization in Global Leadership in 2020. She started as a student worker member of the FDU Admissions department in 2019.
She holds a Bachelor in Law from Universidade Bandeirantes de São Paulo (UNIBAN – Brazil) and completed a Specialization degree in Contracts at (CEU – Centro de Extensão Universitária) in Brazil. Prior to her moving to Canada, she worked as a Lawyer for over 10 years in the private and public sectors in her home country.
FDU Vancouver’s warm and supportive environment, as well as the different backgrounds of the students, instructors, and staff, make Ana Paula appreciate her position.
Ana Paula speaks fluent English and Portuguese and speaks conversational Spanish.
Joao Camara, Admissions Assistant, originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Joao Camara moved to Canada and joined Fairleigh Dickinson University- Vancouver Campus as a student in 2016. During this period, Joao applied as an on-campus student worker and performed various administrative roles. In 2018, after earning his Master’s degree, Joao worked as an administrative assistant and got the position as an Admissions assistant in the FDU Vancouver Campus.
Before moving to Canada, Joao lived and studied in the United States, where he graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky earning a bachelor’s degree in commerce and leadership. During this period, Joao was a member of the Murray State Racers’ tennis team, playing in the NCAA Division 1.
Joao’s interests include sports and reading. Joao is a big tennis fan and also loves to watch the Brazilian national soccer league on TV. Joao speaks fluent English and Portuguese.
Larissa Antunes, Admissions Assistant, is an alumni student from Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus. She graduated from the Masters in Administrative Science program with a specialization in Global Leadership in 2019. She started as a student worker and became a staff member of the FDU Admissions department in 2019.
She holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN – Brazil). As an intern, Larissa participated in the academic research studies on Design Project Technics and Design Representation Methodologies called Projetar (2006-2007). After that, she studied Project Management, following guidance from the Project Management Institute, and completed an MBA degree at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. Prior to her moving to Canada, she worked in Project Management for over 8 years in private and public sectors in her home country.
Larissa has been working in the international education field in Vancouver since 2017. She is happy to be part of the team that supported her as a student and believes that it is her time to contribute to the international admissions team with empathy for the applicants’ needs. She understands that each student contributes to a unique and relevant experience for the FDU community. She is very passionate about diversity and multiculturalism and sees the university environment as a perfect opportunity to develop her soft skills in that direction.
Larissa speaks fluent English and Portuguese and can handle communication in Spanish as well.
Amy Yan, Director of Marketing and Recruitment, was born in the most beautiful coastal city of Yantai in China and has been living in different places including Guangzhou and the capital city of China, Beijing. She obtained her B.S. Degree in Engineering from the Agricultural University of China and graduated as the top honors student. Before moving to Canada, Amy lectured at the Guangdong Machinery & Electricity College in Guangzhou where she published “Engine Principle” that soon became a successful college textbook.
In Canada, Amy has worked in registration, recruiting, marketing and student services for the New York Institute of Technology, Athabasca University/Century College as well as the operations director for NASE-Pattison Education Group. Amy brings to FDU-Vancouver her vast experience working with local and international students and educational institutions and partners. In 2013, Amy obtained her Masters in Administrative Science in Global Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Amy really enjoys the fulfillment of helping students with their future planning and has the passion to inspire them to live a life of significance through proper education. Amy speaks English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
GI EUN (JEANETTE) LEE
(Jeanette) Gi Eun Lee, Associate Director of Marketing and Recruitment, is originally from Seoul, South Korea and she has been in Canada for 11 years. Jeanette recently obtained her Masters of Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology and has B.B.A with a concentration in Marketing.
In Canada, Jeanette has worked in many parts of the education industry. Her primary experience is in teaching ESL courses with the focus of iBT-TOEFL preparation. She personally helped more than 80 students to prepare for universities in the U.S & Canada and prestigious high schools in Korea. Moreover, she wrote a number of student workbooks for children’s literature. Jeanette also has experience in administration and marketing in a student services company, where she had to assist with the launch of a new language school in Seoul, Korea.
Jeanette enjoys working to help students to achieve their academic goals and she believes that the role of education is to encourage students and shape their future. Jeanette speaks fluent English and Korean.
Rafaela Freitas, Assistant Director of Marketing and Recruitment, has over seven years of work experience in the Education Industry in Canada. She has received a Bachelor of Communication with a minor in Journalism and a Post Degree Diploma in Organizational Communications. Before coming to Canada, Rafaela worked as Corporate Communications and Media Relations Specialist in a variety of industries, including the automotive sector, entertainment, arts, hospitality, and others.
Rafaela spent a year studying abroad in Australia, where she became very passionate about international education. Before joining FDU, Rafaela worked in private ESL training institutions where she recruited students to study in Canada. She is excited about helping students to adapt to their new life, seeing students develop and progress in their potential, helping students achieve their goals, fulfill their dreams, and celebrate their victories.
In her free time, Rafaela enjoys taking care of her plants, watching TV series, listening to audiobooks, running, exploring new coffee shops, traveling, and learning about new cultures.
Rafaela speaks fluent English, Portuguese, and she is currently learning Spanish.
Jesmin Subba, Student Recruitment Officer, joined Fairleigh Dickinson University in September 2019. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. It was in her university days where her passion and contribution to student leadership led her to win the Residence Life Student Leadership award and Student Life Platinum Service award.
Jesmin brings along over four years of post-secondary work experience where she has coordinated student acceptance in residence, organized various student orientations/events, managed paraprofessional staff, trained, facilitated and led workshops, and mitigated over 100 students’ cases.
Her goal at FDU Vancouver is to educate prospective students about FDU, help bring in more partnerships with different colleges and implement innovative methods to extend the reach of FDU presence.
Jesmin speaks fluent Nepali, English, and Hindi.
Peter Guo, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, was born in the romantic city of China, Dalian, and came to Canada in 2005. He attended high school here in Vancouver and graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in marketing, and a diploma of Digital Design and Development from BCIT. He joined FDU in 2022 and brings various marketing skills to the team.
Peter developed a passion for marketing in high school, he enjoyed communicating and working with people, and always flourished in storytelling and designing. He now has over 5 years of designing and marketing experience and looks forward to bringing FDU stories to life!
Peter currently serves in the Royal Canadian Navy, and is a proud sailor who vowed to defend his country and everything he loves. Also, if you want to play a game of basketball, he is always up for it!”
Arlette, Director of Enrollment Services, moved to Vancouver in 2004. In 2008 Arlette graduated from Capilano University with an Associate’s Degree in General Arts. In 2010, she also graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. In 2013, Arlette obtained her Masters in Administrative Science in Global Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Arlette is originally from Tabasco, Mexico and came to Canada as an international student. At the age of fourteen years old, she moved to Madrid, Spain, where she studied high school and experienced for the first time the journey that is to live in a new country. Living in Madrid gave her the opportunity to travel all over Europe and learn about different cultures.
In her free time, Arlette practices her public speaking skills as part of Toastmasters. Arlette speaks fluent Spanish and English.
Karla Enriquez, Enrollment Services Administrative Assistant/Graduation Specialist, is originally from Mexico. She is a dynamic and positive person, passionate about providing exceptional customer service. Karla has several years of experience in office administration and has built her career in a variety of areas such as education, finance, marketing, event management, customer service, and business.
She received her Bachelor of Administration of Tourism Enterprises from Cristobal Colon University – Veracruz, Mexico.
Prior to moving to Canada, Karla had worked as an Administrative Manager for Santander Bank, a globally recognized corporation with 133 million satisfied customers and branches all around the world.
Karla moved to Canada 3 years ago, she started working as an International Student Advisor for ILSC Education Group – one of the biggest ESL Schools in Canada. Karla quickly discovered that she really enjoys the cultural diversity and interaction with students that an international school provides. Therefore, she decided to remain working in the Education industry, specifically in the Post-Secondary Education sector.
Previous to joining FDU, Karla worked as a Student Recruitment Advisor for a private University in Vancouver and traveled locally and internationally representing Canada as an education destination.
Karla is inspired by all the amazing success stories that she hears from international students pursuing their dreams. She wants to keep guiding and serving students in their journeys throughout their studies at FDU. Karla is fluent in Spanish and English.
Soyun Kwon, Enrollment Services Administrative Assistant/Financial Specialist, has had several years of work experience in various roles within the education sector. Originally from South Korea, Soyun started her career as an English teacher at an elementary school before moving to Vancouver in 2013 where she took on administrative roles in international student advising, registration, accounting, and enrollment services.
Soyun holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Silla University in Busan, South Korea. Before she joined FDU, Soyun worked as an Accounts Receivable Coordinator for ILSC Education Group. To further pursue her interest in accounting and to strive for continuous improvement, she takes accounting courses in the Diploma in Accounting (DAP) Program at the University of British Columbia.
Soyun is passionate in helping students and enjoys learning about the diverse backgrounds and achievements of students at FDU. Soyun speaks fluent Korean and English.
Uyen Le, Enrollment Services Administrative Assistant/Academic Records and Schedule Specialist, was originally from Vietnam and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in 2018. During her years at FDU, she was a Global Scholar and a member of the FDU Business Student Association. In addition, she was honored to receive an Academic Achievement Award at FDU and an invitation to become part of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Society.
Uyen is passionate about meeting people from different cultures as well as helping others and she hopes to help create the best experience for students at FDU. She believes FDU is a perfect environment for nurturing a multicultural outlook and improve oneself academically and professionally.
During her free time, Uyen enjoys reading, cooking, and doing Pilates. Uyen is fluent in English, Vietnamese, and knows a little Korean.
Anh Phan, Enrollment Services Clerk, is a proud Vietnamese. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies specialized in International Relations and Business. During her academic years, she constantly developed herself into a culturally-aware person. After graduation, she continues to be a member of the FDU community and assists the students in their academic journeys.
Anh is an extrovert who enjoys conversations with people from all walks of life. She eagers to learn about different cultures and their uniqueness that contributes to Canada’s Cultural Mosaic.
Anh is a creative lefty who loves to paint, calligraphy, plant, and bake. She speaks fluent English and Vietnamese.
Sonali A. Hoheisel, Assistant Director of Academic Support & Operations, started her career at FDU Vancouver in 2015. She holds a Master of Science in Digital Marketing (M.S.) and a Project Management degree.
Sonali moved from Germany to Canada in 2009. Outside work, Sonali owns her own business which brings the Vancouver lifestyle closer to her clients by letting them collect experiences of Vancouver’s local cuisine and activities.
Sonali speaks English and German and reads Spanish and French.
Lubna Irshaad, Academic Support Services Assistant, is from India. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies specializing in Business. She has a Bachelors Degree as well in Visual Communication (honors) from SRM University, India and a Honors Diploma in Professional Photography from Vanarts, Vancouver.
Lubna is keen to broaden her network and enhance her skills. She is open to sharing her experience as an international student to assist in having a seamless transition to the new environment. On her active days, she enjoys experimental cooking, street photography or reading non-fiction. On slow-moving days she prefers to binge-watch rom-coms or sitcoms.
Lubna speaks English, Tamil, Malayalam and has a basic knowledge of French and Hindi.
Nicolas Galeano-Monsalve, Administrative Assistant, is an FDU alumnus who graduated with a Master of Administrative Sciences degree in Global Technology Administration in 2020. He’s been part of the FDU team since he started his studies in 2018, supporting administrative tasks and providing academic workshops and one-on-one tutoring to Master and undergraduate students in business-related topics. His vast business experience and education background bring a valuable craft to enhance students learning process here at the FDU community.
He holds a Business Administration and a Specialization in Financial Management degrees from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, where he’s original. His professional career encompasses more than 20 years of business experience as a Marketing and Financial Consultant in different industries, Project Management in the retail sector, and Business Development in the Oil & Gas industry, which allowed him to live in Houston, TX more than a decade.
As a new Vancouverite, outside his work, Nicolas practices competitive level rowing at Vancouver Rowing Club, volunteers supporting charity endeavors, as well as keeps performing business consulting. Within his scope of activities ahead, he is enrolled to hold a CFA Level I certificate.
AYTEN KARA KUN
Ayten Kara Kün, Academic Advisor of Academic Advising, has over 15 years of experience with a background in Psychology and social services in youth counseling, case management, adult education, facilitation, coaching, and counseling.
Passionate about life-long learning and helping individuals achieve their full potential, Ayten has worked on multiple projects with the provincial and federal government, private and non-profit sectors counseling high school & university students, adult learners, and Internationally Trained Professionals.
Before joining FDU, Ayten spent several years as a career counselor at multiple secondary schools in the Vancouver School District. Through her work and personal coaching experience, she has developed a passion for advising students and assisting them in reaching their educational, career, and personal goals.
Volunteerism and giving back to the community is one of the most important pillars of Ayten’s life. She has a passion for volunteering her expertise in non-profit organizations and committees. She is currently a committee member of the YWCA Youth Advisory Committee, Fraser Health Authority, and the Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre.
Ayten speaks fluent English and Turkish.
SYDNEY (RUOQI) SHI
Sydney (Ruoqi) Shi, Academic Advisor of Academic Advising, has 9 years of experience in academic advising, academic planning, admissions, and ESL training. She obtained her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor’s degree in the English Language from the South China University of Technology, with a concentration in Tourism and Hospitality Management. She was originally born in China and moved to Canada 8 years ago.
Sydney enjoys being a part of students’ growth and is proud to be called by the students as their “mom” at school. She has a love for student success, helping students navigate their academic and non-academic journey, and supporting them in achieving their goals. She believes that education is beyond knowledge transmission. We should encourage students to also learn about global awareness, social responsibility, critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication skills, collaboration skills, etc.
Having been an international student herself, she embraces cultural diversity and likes to learn about different cultures. Travelling is her passion and she holds dear the experience of living and working in Greece. Sydney is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.