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Lois Whitehead
(she/her)

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 over 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.

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Jessica Trigo
(she/her)

Web Developer

Jessica is a Computer Programming graduate from Fanshawe College. Her background volunteering with various mental health advocacy groups sparked her interest in nonprofit organizations. She is excited to learn more about the structure and function of not-for-profit organizations while working at Science Atlantic. In her role as Web Developer, Jessica is responsible for updating the design and accessibility of Science Atlantic’s website. 

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys playing tabletop and video games, reading, and spending time with her animals.   

Maria Mannette
(she/her)

Business Development Assistant

Maria Mannette is joining the team in the newly created position of Business Development Assistant.

Over the summer, Maria will showcase, and improve upon, her existing skills by helping to craft Science Atlantic’s value proposition, creating promotional and marketing materials, drafting a memorandum of understanding for the organization, and assisting in our fundraising efforts. Maria is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Commerce, with a double major in Computing & Info Systems and Management at Saint Mary’s University. She plans to graduate in Spring 2025 after returning to full-time studies in the fall. 

In her downtime, Maria enjoys hanging out with her friends and walking her dog Buddy while away from work

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Sabrina Sgambati
(she/her)

Communications and Member Engagement Assistant

Sabrina Sgambati is returning to the role of Communications and Member Engagement Assistant, a position that she originally held during the Winter 2023 term. 

She’s excited to build upon the skills she developed in Winter 2023, and send out Science Atlantic’s bi-weekly newsletter, run our social media channels, and help to plan new and engaging Science Atlantic Sessions for All events. Sabrina graduated from Acadia University in May 2024 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology with Co-operative Education and Applied Options.

Outside of work, Sabrina enjoys walking, reading, and taking pictures of the sunset. She will be attending the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in September.

Guilherme Couto
(he/him)

Communications and Member Engagement Assistant - Web

Guilherme (Will) Couto is returning to Science Atlantic in the role of Communications and Member Engagement Assistant – Web, after previously holding the position of Junior Web Developer from June to December 2023. Will will be focused on developing a smooth and functional sub-domain for our members, and he’ll assist in the maintenance and upkeep of our website. He’s looking forward to helping to advance the science community in the Atlantic region. 

Will plans to graduate from Fanshawe College in December 2024, with a diploma in  Computer Programming and Analysis. In his free time, Will enjoys physical activities, gaming, and hanging out with his pets.  

Day Mackay
(she/her)

Communications and Member Engagement Assistant

Day Mackay is joining the team as our Administrative Assistant. Day’s responsible for doing a bit of everything. She supports the team and Executive Director by assisting with conference and award winner support, managing shared email inboxes, organizing documents, forms, schedules, and much more. Day’s position grows every day, and she appreciates the opportunity to expand her knowledge and skills with it. The time she spent studying at Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University has given Day a unique perspective that enables her to work with universities effectively.

When she’s not working, Day loves cuddling her cat Lulu, spending time in nature, drawing, and doing any type of physical activity, especially dancing.

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