Contact Us

Our team is currently working remotely and has moved our services online.

Questions about Student Life? Email studentlife@brocku.ca
Questions about Off-Campus Living? Email ocl@brocku.ca
Questions about Learning Services? Email learning@brocku.ca
Questions about Faith & Life? Email faithandlife@brocku.ca

Or connect with our team members directly. We are here to help!

Team Members

Brad Clarke
Director, Student Life & Success
bclarke@brocku.ca
TH 124A
905 688 5550 x4059

Portfolio Areas: I provide leadership and direction to the Student Life and Success department. I also currently serve as a co-chair for the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity & Decolonization, PACHRED (2018-2021) and as an elected staff representative on the Brock University Board of Trustees (2019-2022).

About Me: My love and appreciation for the ‘Brock Experience’ is a definite driving force. I have two degrees from Brock, most recently a Master of Education (MEd) degree with a focus on administration and leadership in education. My academic interests center on exploring students’ co-curricular learning experiences; and on the potential for assessment activities to be a catalyst for transformative change in Student Affairs and Services.

Student Life & Success Operations

The Operations team supports the business operations of the Student Life and Success department, including service coordination and delivery, marketing & communications, assessment & reporting, budget development and financial management and information and technology systems and support.

Amber - headshot

Amber Scholtens
Manager, Operations
ascholtens@brocku.ca
Decew R210
905 688 5550 x4376

Portfolio Areas: Oversight of Operations, including marketing & communications, information technology, assessment & evaluation, service coordination, human resources, and finance and budget development.

About Me: I am a proud graduate of Brock University’s Goodman School of Business and I have worked at the University ever since completing my degree in 2005. I love hiking, travelling and playing board games (my current collection is over 100 games and counting!)

Henry Gerbrandt; Diplom-Volkswirt, BAcc
Data & Assessment Coordinator
hgerbrandt@brocku.ca
TH131
905 688 5550 x5996

Portfolio Areas: I oversee the data collection for our services and provide assessments and analyses for continuous service improvement. I also assist with clerical duties for a variety of our programs.

About Me: My favourite hobbies are soccer, table tennis, chess, and spending time with my kids. My passions include working with both spreadsheets and people, bringing out the best in all of them. (“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein​)

Philipp Lesmana
Marketing and Media Design, Operations
plesmana@brocku.ca
TH 131
905 688 5550 x5698

Portfolio Areas: I provide information technology and interactive media support for our services, including but not limited to websites, social media, sharepoint, PowerApps, graphic design, videography and photography.

About Me: In my spare time, I love to work out, read, learn exciting new skills and play games.  (“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford)

Rachael Kopp
Student Services and Supports Coordinator
rkopp@brocku.ca
TH 129
905 688 5550 x5476

Portfolio Areas: Administrative support for Off-Campus Living Services, Tutoring, Academic Integrity programs, ExperienceBU workshops, A-Z Learning programs, student academic resources, and private consultations with A-Z Learning Services staff.

About Me: I love reading, bad reality TV, running, and travelling. My focus is to help students navigate Brock life and all the resources campus has to offer, in order to have their own best University experience. Come see me at the front desk!

A-Z Learning Services

The A-Z Learning Services team support students’ success by creating opportunities for students to build academic skills, increase self-awareness, and muster the courage to follow their own passions. 

Maggie Whitfield, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT.
Manager, A-Z Learning Services
mwhitfield@brocku.ca
TH 129
905 688 5550 x5774

Portfolio Areas: Oversight of A-Z Learning Services student academic skills workshops, drop-in, tutoring, online Academic-Zone modules and non-credit courses BOOST, STEP, and BU101.

About Me: I completed my undergraduate degree at Brock as a mature student with three children. The challenges I faced, the strategies I developed, and the life-altering education I experienced fueled my passion to support others on their journey. We are all so much more than we can ever imagine. (“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” — Ernest Hemingway)

Gail Neff
Chemistry Support, A-Z Learning Services
gneff@brocku.ca
TH 129
905 688 5550 x5774

I provide Chemistry support in our Drop-In Centre, work with our student staff, and collaborate with Brock’s Science Faculty to organize engagement programming in the sciences, like Scientifically Yours. I’ve been at Brock since 1970 and held Chemistry Senior Lab Demonstrator and Chemistry Course Coordinator positions.

My interests include spending time with my family (including 8 grandchildren), playing tennis(!), tutoring chemistry, as well as supporting women in their pursuit to attain postsecondary education. I am currently the Vice President of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Laura Lane, Hons. B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.
eLearning Specialist, A-Z Learning Services
llane@brocku.ca
TH 129
905 688 5550 x3349

As the eLearning Skills Specialist, I develop online versions of academic skills workshops and resources to address the needs of all Brock students and to extend our services to distance learning students.

My interests include supporting critical reading, facilitating positive learning communities, and exploring innovative approaches to education. (“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”― Malala Yousafzai)

Monica Drenth, Hons. B.A.
Learning Specialist, A-Z Learning Services
mdrenth@brocku.ca
TH 129
905 688 5550 x6672

I provide study skills support designed to enhance academic performance for students in all disciplines.

My interests include writing, grammar (yes, REALLY!), and student engagement. (”No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens)

Sara Kiley Hons. B.PhE, B.Ed, OCT, HRM
Curriculum Development, A-Z Learning Services
skiley@brocku.ca
TH 129
905 688 5550 x5774

Portfolio Areas: I develop in-person and on-line academic skills workshops and resources to enhance academic performance for students in all disciplines. I also manage our student Learning Skills Assistants that provide our peer delivered services.

About Me: When working with students, I enjoy helping them to recognize their strengths and identify strategies that will work for them as individuals. As I have worked with both secondary and post-secondary students, I understand the importance of supporting the transition to university life and helping students make the most of our services and all that Brock University offers. On a personal note, I am a proud Brock alumnus and love the great outdoors.

Sarah Miller
Learning Specialist, A-Z Learning Services
smiller2@brocku.ca
TH123
905 688 5550 x6617

Portfolio Areas: I work with students across all disciplines on things like writing, research, and methodology skills, managing time effectively, and developing active study techniques.  I also manage our tutoring service – Brock University Tutoring – for both Brock students and members of our community.

About Me: If I don’t need to be inside, I won’t be!  You can usually find me out on my bike, in my canoe, or (if possible) sleeping under the stars! (“I will face my fear: I will permit it to pass over and through me…where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain” – Frank Herbert)

Faith and Life

Faith & Life offers a wide variety of religious, spiritual, and secular supports, such as religious education and support, campus-wide events, spiritual direction and counselling, and critical thinking for all students, staff, and faculty.

Zack DeBruyne
Christian Reformed Campus Pastor
nb_zdebruyne@brocku.ca ; 905-321-8296
Faith and Life Centre – Alphie’s Trough
8:00AM – 4:00PM

Portfolio areas: Zack is the newly appointed Christian Reformed Chaplain. Born and raised in St. Catharines, and a proud Badger. He graduated with his Master of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary, and is an ordained Pastor in the Christian Reformed Church.

Kailey Meehan, B.Sc, M.Sc
Roman Catholic Campus Minister
nb_kmeehan@brocku.ca
Faith and Life Centre – Alphie’s Trough

Portfolio areas: Kailey is the newly appointed Catholic Campus Minister. She works with Zack DeBruyne to provide students and staff the wide variety of supports offered by the Faith and Life Centre.  She oversees the Catholic Chaplaincy, providing things such as retreats, spiritual and vocational counselling, leadership development, and faith formation to the Catholic community at Brock.  She also works with a local priest to provide the Sacraments on campus.

About Me: I was a Brock student for 7.5 years! I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and again in 2020 with a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology. I am now pursuing a Master’s in Theology with Augustine Institute while serving the Brock community as your Catholic Chaplain.  I am passionate about my job, solving Rubik’s cubes, and dancing!

Student Affairs

Student Affairs team supports students through by leading the Crisis Assessment Response and Education (CARE) team and the Non-Academic Misconduct process.

Darryl Veld
Associate Director, Student Affairs
dveld@brocku.ca

905 688 5550 x4041

Portfolio Areas: Oversight of the Student Code of Conduct and the Campus Assessment, Response, and Education (CARE Team). We take a restorative and educational approach to student misconduct and at-risk behaviour.

About Me: As a sports enthusiast, I am often at a local golf course or chasing a ball in the backyard with my dog. As a wine and food enthusiast, I feel fortunate to live in Niagara where fine wine & spirits are made and fresh food is grown.

Alicia McGoldrick
Student Affairs Case Coordinator
amcgoldrick@brocku.ca
TH 208B
905 688 5550 x6332

Portfolio Areas: I provide support to students struggling with mental health concerns, academics, relationships, and personal/emotional issues. I assist students in accessing proper resources, while using my professional counselling skills, as part of the Campus Assessment, Response, and Education (CARE Team). I also work with Student Code of Conduct and alternative dispute resolutions for students at Brock.

About Me: I am a dog mom to Murphy- a Dalmatian! I am proud to dance with Army of Sass. I love reading and socializing with family and friends. Music is the soundtrack to life- Bruce Springsteen is the boss. I have a passion for quotes and will share one of my favourites: “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.

Student Life - Student Engagement

The Student Engagement team supports an exceptional student experience by providing students with co-curricular opportunities that facilitate connections to others within the Brock and Niagara communities. The team also supports new student orientation, ExperienceBU and the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum and students who are living off-campus/commuting.

Tanya Bradley
Manager, Student Engagement
tbradley@brocku.ca
DeCew R209
905 688 5550 x5280

Portfolio Areas: Off-Campus Living & Neighbourhood Relations, Orientation, Transitions and First-Year Experience. Contact me regarding the new student experience, including orientation and first-year experience programming. You can also connect with me if you have questions about off-campus living and neighbourhood relations.

About Me: Since I was an undergraduate student myself, my passion for student engagement and learning outside of the classroom led my career and personal pathway. When I’m not in the office, I love spending time outside with family and friends exploring our beautiful Region.

Scarlet Stark
Co-Curricular Engagement Coordinator
sstark@brocku.ca
Student Life Involvement Commons, MC A204
905 688 5550 x6326

Portfolio Areas: ExperienceBU, Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC), Co-Curricular Advising, First Year Experience, Student Event Risk Management (SERMA), Mascot appearances

About Me: As a proud Brock alumni and Brock employee, I have a passion for connecting students to co-curricular opportunities and thoroughly enjoy being part of the student journey outside the classroom. I am also a lover of nature, and enjoy walks around campus in the Summer – especially to see the cherry blossoms in bloom! A favorite quote of mine that I first heard as a kid that has stuck with me is from “the great” Wayne Gretzky – “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

Rox Chwaluk
Coordinator, Off-Campus Student Engagement
rchwaluk@brocku.ca
Student Life Involvement Commons, MC A204
905 688 5550 x6431

Portfolio Areas: Are you a student living off campus or planning to? Are you a landlord looking to successfully rent your home to Brock students? Are you a local Niagara resident with questions about off-campus students? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I’m the person you want to chat with!

About Me: I am passionate about using the arts as a tool for education, leadership development, discussing social issues, and building community. I also love meeting new people and learning new languages! “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”- Alice Walker

Student Life - Community Experience & Leadership

Kristen Smith
Manager, Community Experience & Leadership
kristen.smith@brocku.ca
DeCew R209
905 688 5550 x3845

Portfolio Areas: Oversight of community outreach and partnerships, student and community engagement, volunteering, leadership training and development, as well as Honour Societies.

About Me: I am a proud Brock graduate of the Child and Youth Studies program.
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing students as well as inspiring campus and community partners. I love all things local, from local food to live music and community events. I am an active volunteer, enjoy cooking and am happiest near water.

Frankie Garnon Williams (They/Them)
Coordinator, Leadership Development
fgarnonswilliam@brocku.ca

Portfolio Areas: Leadership Development at Brock. Designing, developing and delivering interactive leadership programming for students and staff at Brock. Contact me if you’d like to learn more about leadership opportunities.

About Me: I have a background in international politics but my skillset is in community building, speaking and facilitating. I have travelled across the UK, Canada and the USA, supporting communities in discussing the issues that impact them most, and imagining new futures together. I am passionate about creating environments for people to experience and learn about their world as their most authentic selves. I am at my happiest when surrounded by those I love (my cat).

Our Locations

Student Success Centre

market hall

The Student Success Centre provides students with convenient and approachable access to supports and resources. Onsite services include skills workshops, drop-in academic support, and tutoring.

Find us beside the Market Hall.

Faith & Life Centre

Alphie’s Trough

The Faith and Life Centre now finds its home in one of the most beautiful spaces on campus. Set into the escarpment, right on the Bruce Trail, the FLC is a peaceful escape from the bustle of the University campus.
Join us for drop-in study hours, student led groups, and individual spiritual support and direction from our capable University Chaplains.

You can find us right at the end of Thistle hallway, headed South down the hill, in Alphie’s Trough.

Student Life Involvement Commons

MC A204

The Student Life Involvement Commons is the front door to Student Life! It is the resource center for getting involved at Brock and in the community.

Find us in MacKenzie Chown A-Block, just around the corner from the Schmon Tower Tim Horton’s!

Hours:

Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm