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Lois Whitehead

Executive Director

Lois Whitehead has over 30 years’ experience in not-for-profit and association-based organizations. Her educational background in psychology, non-profit management, and community economic development, combined with experience and training in strategic planning, facilitation, and human resources, has helped to make her a leader in the nonprofit world. Lois has served as the Executive Director of Science Atlantic for the past 20 years. In this time, she has successfully led and grown the organization’s footprint in the region, including increasing the membership, realigning services to a redefined mission, and rebranding (twice!).

In her spare time, Lois is a news, charity, professional development, and tech junkie, president of her condo association, and loves leaving surprise gifts at her neighbours’ doors.

Michelle McPherson

Program and Membership
Support Officer

Michelle McPherson completed both an undergraduate degree in Biology as well as a Master’s degree in Earth Science at St. Francis Xavier University. Her Masters work focused on the impacts of climate change on Lyme disease in Canada. To continue her work in the research field, Michelle also works part-time as a Research Coordinator at Dalhousie University in the information management department.

Michelle is able to apply her research and project management skills as the Program and Membership Support Officer. Michelle has been leading research initiatives to better understand faculty needs and has been heavily involved in improving member onboarding. In addition, she works with conference organizers to educate them on Science Atlantic’s role in conferences and to share best practices. To further support organizers in this virtual world, she has been heavily involved in researching virtual conferencing platforms for the 2020-2021 conferences. She also provides assistance to the Board and to the Finance Officer.

Patty King

Finance Officer

As president and founder of PMD Services – Project Management & Development Inc., Patty specializes in the development of strategic partnerships and stakeholder engagement. Her work has included developing and managing collaborative research projects; developing and delivering training programs; working with boards, committees and working groups; and event management and conference services for gatherings of up to 250 people. Patty has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Marketing and Management, and over 20 years of senior management experience, including developing and leading the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society.

Shanley Weston

Web and Content Coordinator

Originally from Ontario, Shanley spent several years adventuring around Canada, before settling in Halifax. Currently in their third year at Saint Mary’s University, Shanley is completing a Bachelor of Commerce in General Business Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology, and is currently enrolled in Skills for Hire’s User Experience (UX) program. Shanley’s passion for web design and copywriting made them an ideal fit to lead the development and implementation of Science Atlantic’s new website.

When not staring at a screen, Shanley volunteers as a VP of Project Development for Enactus Saint Mary’s, and spends free time playing with her kid and cuddling her cat.

Kate Hayter

Communications Officer

As a professional wedding photographer turned recent graduate of the advanced diploma in public relations at Nova Scotia Community College, Kate has a strong history with intentional, emotional, and successful visual and verbal storytelling. Transparency and authenticity guide her communication style. Kate values diversity in personality type and skill sets while working with others and thrives in an environment that encourages creativity and innovative problem-solving.

Kate is also the artistic director of thirtySomething Dance Co-Operative based in Halifax Nova Scotia and a self-declared Broadway geek. She is the mother of twins who are currently obsessed with Minecraft and the Muppets.

She is a professional cat-herder, hand-holder and fire-putter-outer.

Lynn Matheson

Volunteer and Events Coordinator

Lynn Matheson has an extensive background in public relations, administration, and event coordination. She holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Public Relations. Her ability to stay calm under duress has served her well when planning events.
Lynn is a self-taught filmmaker and has contributed to numerous productions in a variety of roles including producing an award-winning short Bound and a micro-budget feature Head Space. She also produced/directed/wrote a short documentary When We Were Poor. Over the past two years, she wrote her first feature and over a dozen
shorts.
In her spare time, Lynn volunteers on the board of Musgo Rider.

Communications and Member Engagement Assistants

Emma Cole

Strategic Planning

Emma is a creative writer from St. John’s, Newfoundland, currently pursuing an honours co-op degree in English at Acadia University. She is completing the second work term of her co-op program at Science Atlantic, and is excited to expand and hone her skills in technical writing, communications, and administration. Emma is supporting the Strategic Planning Committee as they work to realize Science Atlantic’s vision, as well as assisting in various other projects to increase membership engagement and facilitate communications within our organization.

Emma is also pursuing a minor in theatre production and spends her time painting watercolours, playing tabletop games, and learning the most obscure instruments she can get her hands on.

Day MacKay

Social Media and Newsletter

Day is in her third year at Saint Mary’s University, completing a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology. By choosing this program she hopes to learn more about the vast functions of the mind and inner working pieces of the numerous human processes. She is excited to hone her social media development skills and organizational skills for the Science Atlantic Communications and Member Engagement Assistant role.

Day spends most of her time studying but takes breaks to watch a variety of shows and play video games with her boyfriend. She loves books, art, and dogs (of any size and type).

Cindy Smith

Administrative Assistant

Cindy is a first year Human Resources student at Grant MacEwan University. She is in her first term with Science Atlantic, and is excited to grow her communication, critical thinking, and time management skills. Cindy comes to Science Atlantic with a background in leadership, customer service, and a go-getter attitude. Excited to help Science Atlantic in various projects, Cindy hopes to broaden her knowledge as she pursues a career in human resources.

When not behind her computer working or studying, Cindy can be found either with a game controller in her hands, or playing her clarinet. Cindy has a passion for making a difference in mental health issues in the workplace and hopes to one day help organizations realize how impactful they are to their team’s well-being.

Adriana Quezada

Conferences

Adriana Quezada will be entering her fourth year at Dalhousie University in September, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her time at Science Atlantic will focus on redesigning Conference-in-a-box. Her work will help future conference organizers as they move through the planning process. Adriana brings her creativity, attention to detail, and optimism to this position.

Shae Kadrija

Communications and Fundraising

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