Our staff

Brock student instructors

When you arrive on campus, you will be greeted by our outstanding Brock University student instructors who will lead you through your experience. Along with their ability to build community, our student staff are selected for their contagious enthusiasm, their desire to make a difference and, of course, their expertise. All of our instructors undergo reference and police checks, first aid certification, and extensive pre-program training and ongoing education and evaluation.

Professional staff

Our full-time staff are professionals in education, youth development and recreation. Together they have more than 25 years of experience in empowering lifelong learners.

Michelle Leone, M.A. Program Manager

Michelle Leone, M.A.

Program Manager

Michelle Leone joined Youth University in 2008 after completing both her undergraduate (BRLS) and graduate degree (MA) here at Brock University. Michelle has been facilitating and managing experiential education for over 15 years. She oversees our Summer Day Camp programs along with managing our social media, marketing, challenge course and grant seeking. Michelle supports the Niagara community by volunteering for Brock’s United Way Employee Campaign and the United Way Community Investment Committee. In her free time, you will find Michelle kayaking, camping, hiking, gardening and spending time outdoors with her three children and dog Skye.

Greg Zwiep Program Manager

Greg Zwiep

Program Manager

Greg Zwiep is the Youth University Program Manager responsible for school and community day programs along with Challenge Course Management. Greg is a graduate of Niagara College with a concentration in Community and Social Justice Services. He also completed his Bachelors of Applied Health Sciences with a minor in psychology at Brock University.  He has been facilitating experiential education programs for over ten years. Greg grew up in the Niagara Region and has been involved in the community through many different initiatives.  In his spare time Greg enjoys working at his family farm, golfing and travelling with his wife and son.

Devin Bright, OCT Program Manager

Devin Bright, OCT

Program Manager

Devin Bright is the Program Manager for Youth University Overnight Programs. Devin graduated from Brock University’s concurrent education program in 2013 with a double minor in music and geography. He is working toward completion of a Masters of Education, also at Brock. Devin has volunteered for various youth programs throughout the Niagara region. His experience includes educational technology and curriculum design. Outside of work Devin enjoys camping, biking and piano.