Committee Members & Contact Information
Jennifer Adams Peffer
Campus & Facilities Planning
Jennifer, a licensed architect and urban designer, joined the University of Toronto (U of T) in 1999 and has served in progressively more senior roles in Campus & Facilities Planning, Design and Campus Architecture. Jennifer is currently seconded to UTSC as campus architect where she is responsible for the campus space plan and design of public and academic spaces. Prior to joining UTSC in 2015, Jennifer served as senior planner in the University Operations office of Campus & Facilities Planning, leading the planning of new capital projects, major renovations and campus plans across all three campuses. She has served on a number of committees at U of T, including the Design Review Committee, and is an active mentor in the Rose Patten Mentoring Learning Program. She holds a BArch from the University of Toronto and MArch in Urban Design from Harvard University.
Lisa has worked at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management since 2009. She is currently associate director, custom program delivery for Executive Programs. She maintains key client relationships, manages a team responsible for delivering exceptional programs to corporate clients, and regularly reviews and updates processes to ensure efficiency. Prior to joining U of T, Lisa spent 12 years at IBM Canada, culminating in the role of national brand sales executive. When IBM sold the PC division to Lenovo, Lisa followed and spent three years with Lenovo as an account executive for the pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Lisa grew up in Toronto and has a BBA from the University of Ottawa. She enjoys travel, photography, and travel photography. This passion has taken her to 30 countries on six continents, and she plans to add at least one more destination to the list by the end of the year. Recommendations are more than welcome.
Tamara Breukelman is the operations manager at U of T’s Mississauga Academy of Medicine, overseeing finance, human resources, procurement, security, technology, facilities/operations, communication, and health and safety functions for the Academy. She creates and implements systems to ensure an excellent student, staff and faculty experience. Tamara is proud of her administrative and technical teams, which have won the U of T Excellence for Innovation award and the Faculty of Medicine, Staff Impact: Quality Improvement award.
A U of T employee since June 2009, she was previously the director of governance at UTM. Breukelman was the UTM United Way campaign staff chair in 2012 and 2013 and remains active in various fundraising campaigns. A mentor in the 2016 Mentoring Learning Partnership program, she is a proud recipient of a 2014 Chancellor’s Award in the Emerging Leader category. She is a member of the PM Advisory Committee and Faculty of Medicine Faculty Council. A mother of two children, she enjoys glass blowing as a hobby.
Director, Tri-Departmental Academic Operations & Administrative Services
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Office of the CAO
Director, Alumni Engagement & Partnerships
DUA, Alumni Relations
Faculty of Arts & Science, University College
Shelley has been the registrar of University College since 2006. She began her advising career in 1992 at U of T. She has held progressively responsible positions in East Asian studies, Psychology, Political Science, the School of Graduate Studies, Rotman, and Chemical Engineering before joining University College in 2003 as the associate registrar. Shelley appreciates the opportunities for professional development and movement that are possible at U of T. With this in mind, she actively encourages others to consider their careers and aspirations and to actively work toward them, even when it means losing really good staff members! That said, she is also a firm believer in the work / life balance with her own priorities firmly around family. She makes frequent trips to the Cayman Islands to visit her daughter and grandchildren, spending time with friends over dinners, music, theatre and skating. As a member of the PM 3-5 Staff Advisory Committee, Shelley is very interested in hearing about the challenges facing her colleagues and sharing those concerns with the University administration.
Donna has been at U of T since 2010 and is currently manager of finance and operations in the Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences at University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). She oversees all aspects of the Department including finance, human resources, technology, undergraduate teaching labs, operations, communication and manages a vibrant team of administrators and technicians. Her previous positions at UTM include department manager for four different academic units and director of governance. Her varied roles have given her exposure to many different aspects of the institution. She holds an MBA from Queen’s University and is a certified management consultant. Over her career Donna has worked in various industries including biotechnology, facility management franchising, radio, advertising and the recording industry. She has been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2001 and a member of the United Way Speakers Bureau since 2014. She teaches Nia at the Athletic Centre and for the City of Brampton. She is an avid runner and painter and spends her weekends on the trails riding her horse.
Faculty of Law, Office of the Associate Deans
Sara is the assistant dean, Associate Dean’s Office, Faculty of Law. She has been at the University for four years. Sara came to U of T during the summer of 2009. She had been practicing community economic development and affordable housing law in Buffalo, New York, and was very apprehensive about what it would be like to work in University administration. She was an English major at Wellesley College, practiced and taught public interest law at the SUNY Buffalo, and had never pictured herself as an administrator. Sara was relieved to find that it was engaging and challenging and surprised to find that she had so much to learn. Four years later, she is still engaged, challenged and learning.
Manager, Administrative Services
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
HR & Equity, Office of the Vice-President
Alex is the assistant director of operations in the Department of Facilities Management, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). He has been at the University since 2010. He came to UTSC after retiring from the Toronto Police Service after 26 years and found the environment quite inviting. At his new employee orientation seminar, he was advised to always look forward in his career. He found it amusing at the time, as he had been employed for about two weeks and was being told he was both expected and welcomed to move forward. Alex’s best experience at the University so far has been the mentorship he has received from a senior colleague in assisting him to transition to the University environment, offering advice and guidance to take new ideas and concerns to new levels. It is his goal to fulfill that same type of role for those in the PM 3–5 group who seek to have their voices heard and their ideas and concerns brought to the Committee for discussion.
Manager, ACT Support
Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Saira is the manager of academic and collaborative technology support at the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). She is responsible for supporting instructors with existing solutions and / or identifying new solutions for both academic and collaborative services that include the Portal (Blackboard Learn suite), Lecture Capture and webcasting services, webinar / webconferencing services, video-mediated communication services, plagiarism detection services, Microsoft Live/O365 collaboration suites, content management and webspace services, among others. Saira has worked at the University since 2002 and has a Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) from McGill University, a BSc in Environmental Science from Trent University, and is currently pursuing her PhD at OISE. Her research interests include examining online assessment methods beyond commonly used or traditional assessment practices such as tests and essays. She is also interested in enhancing student engagement online.
Director, Continuous Professional Development
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Rita has been the director of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy since 2013. She is responsible for the administrative and operational leadership of the CPD portfolio, which includes the International Pharmacy Graduate bridging program for internationally educated pharmacists. Prior to this role, she was the director of Open Enrolment Programs, Executive Programs at Rotman and program coordinator for the Certificate in Adult Training & Development Program at OISE. Rita obtained her BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and her MEd (Adult Education) and Certificate in Adult Training and Development from OISE. She is also a certified professional coach.
Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design
Andrea has been the registrar at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design since 2012, and her position recently expanded to include the role of assistant dean for students. Andrea began her career at the University in 1992 at the Office of Development & University Relations. Since that time, she has held positions at the Faculty of Music, St. Michael’s College and the Transitional Year Programme. Andrea feels that giving back to the university community is important since many members have provided her with support. She feels that mentorship and professional development opportunities are integral to one’s personal success as well as the success of the University as a whole.
Faculty of Arts & Science, Chemistry
Jeannie is the financial officer in the Department of Chemistry. She has worked at the University for almost 18 years. Her most memorable experience at U of T is the first job she had in Financial Services. She will never forget being part of the hard working team that put in long hours during the first AMS implementation. After a few years, she moved to University College to look after ancillary financial services. She worked for over 10 years and then took a few years off to raise her two children, before returning to the University and joining the Department of Chemistry.
Research Manager, Office of Research & External Relations
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Director, Logistics Services
Faculty of Medicine, MedStore
Michael is the director of Logistics Services, MedStore, Faculty of Medicine. He runs the largest research store of any University in North America, which serves all three campuses of U of T, along with all of the surrounding hospitals and small to mid-sized bio tech companies. He has worked in a variety of positions during his 19 years at U of T. The thing he likes best about his time here is the people he has met and the lifelong friendships he has formed.
Emma is currently manager of HR for the Faculty of Engineering. She has been at the University for 13 years. She worked in a senior HR consultant role at the Faculty of Medicine for eight years before moving the Professional Faculty South HR Office, where she served six of the professional faculties until the creation of the Faculty of Engineering HR office in 2013. As a part of the HR team she has twice participated in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure that has been held on the St. George campus. “It was such a wonderful and moving experience to see so many people come together on our campus to raise money and awareness for this cause that has affected so many of us, directly and / or indirectly. It was also a great way to spend time with some of my HR colleagues outside of work and to meet some of their families who joined us on the walk / run.”
UTM, Office of the Registrar
Director, Office of the Dean
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Office of the Dean
Jesse is currently director, Office of the Dean at OISE. He has been at U of T since 2011. Previously, he held the positions of senior coordinator, Faculty & Academic Life and coordinator at Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, he was an institutional research analyst in the Office of the Provost at the New School in New York City. While at the New School, Jesse completed a PhD in Philosophy, and he continues to be engaged in academic research. He is originally from Saskatoon.
Department of Computer & Math Sciences
University of Toronto Scarborough
Director of Finance
Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Director, Professional & International Programs
Sarah Witol is the director of the Professional & International Programs Office at Woodsworth College. She oversees the University of Toronto Summer Abroad Program, which sends over 1,000 undergraduate students overseas each summer, and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) post-baccalaureate certificate program. She has worked at the University since 2004 in a variety of roles, including manager of International Recruitment, Faculty of Arts & Science and graduate program administrator, Department of Computer Science. Having had the opportunity to travel the globe on behalf of U of T, meeting with prospective students abroad and visiting with international partners, Sarah now enjoys spending more time in Toronto with her young family. She is thrilled to be able to provide students with an enriched academic experience that enables them to truly experience the world.