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Meet the Science Atlantic Fall 2023 Team!

Cindy Smith: Membership and Administrative Support Coordinator

Cindy is a recent Human Resources graduate from Grant MacEwan University. She is in her second year with Science Atlantic and is excited to continue connecting members of Science Atlantic to each other and the resources Science Atlantic has to offer. Cindy has a background in leadership, customer service, and training and development. With a go-getter attitude, Cindy hopes to broaden her knowledge of non-profit organizations 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.

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Jessica Trigo da Paz: Web Developer

Jessica is a recent Computer Programmer Analyst graduate from Fanshawe College. Her journey with Science Atlantic began with a co-op position in Winter 2023 and transitioned to a role as a Web Developer in summer 2023. Effective fall 2023, Science Atlantic is thrilled to have Jessica on the team with the support of SMU and MITACS to complete a user experience study to improve the website and to build a new online awards database. 

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

Megan Krempa: Communication and Member Engagement Assistant

Megan is a first year Master of Information student at Dalhousie. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in the History of Science & Technology and Philosophy. She is starting her second term at Science Atlantic working on digitizing Science Atlantic’s records and artifacts as a Communication and Member Engagement Assistant. 

When she’s not obsessing over digitization practices, Megan is an ardent alto singer (primarily choral and classical) and hobby-collector. She’s interested in almost anything under the sun: knitting, sewing, keyboards, bags, travel, cross-stitch, Linux, painting, restoring old objects….the list goes on.

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Amelia St. John

Amelia St. John: Communication and Member Engagement Assistant

Amelia is studying marine biology and journalism at Dalhousie University. She believes that effective science communication is imperative for the conservation and protection of the environment from climate impacts. She is excited to exercise her writing and storytelling skills as a Communications and Member Engagement Assistant in order to portray the significance of Science Atlantic as an organization, particularly its historical roots. 

Outside of the classroom and office, Amelia is a part-time surfer and a full-time shark enthusiast – perhaps these passions are what sparked her interest in science communication.

Guilherme (Will) Couto: Jr. Web Developer

Guilherme (Will) is in the final stages of his Computer Programming and Analysis degree at Fanshawe College and has enthusiastically joined the Science Atlantic team for another semester. As Jr. Web Developer, he’s eager to apply his skills in website editing and responsive layout design. Will perceives this opportunity as a critical springboard, one that’s certain to provide him with tangible, hands-on experience that will be instrumental in shaping his career. He’s thrilled to contribute to Science Atlantic’s mission of building collaborative networks within the Atlantic Science community. 

Away from work, Guilherme strives to maintain an active lifestyle through various exercises, immerses himself in engaging games, and cherishes quality time with family and friends.

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Kate Gibson: Communication and Member Engagement Assistant

Kate is a 2023 Dalhousie graduate holding a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an English minor. She is currently taking a Bachelor of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University with the goal of becoming a high school biology teacher. Kate is excited to be back working with Science Atlantic for another term. As a Communications and Member Engagement Assistant, Kate focuses on social media, blog posts, and the bi-weekly newsletter. 

In her spare time Kate loves to be outdoors and spending time with her friends, family, and dogs.