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 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 currently oversees the Brock Summer Day Camps along with managing our social media, marketing, challenge course, outcomes measurement and grant seeking. Michelle supports the Niagara community by volunteering for The United Way and is a member of the Waterway Advisory Committee in the City of Welland. In her free time, you will find Michelle reading, kayaking, camping, hiking or gardening. She enjoys travelling and spending time outdoors with her three children and their dog Skye.

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, son and daughter.