Chair of the Board – Kim Nguyen-Phuoc
Kim Nguyen-Phuoc is currently a Masters student in the University of Alberta’s Medical Science-Medical Genetics program. She has a history of research in green sea turtle behaviour and is hoping to pursue a PhD in ecogenomics. Before becoming Chair of the Board in TeamUP Science’s Non-Profit division she was in the positions of Director of Biology and Vice-President Interdisciplinary Science Competition in the University of Alberta’s TeamUP student group. As Chair of the Board, she hopes to expand TeamUP Science to other universities in Canada. Kim’s history with science education is more than ten years in the making, where she got her start volunteering in Calgary’s TELUS World of Science and has gone on to volunteer and work with other science education organizations such as Let’s Talk Science, Halifax’s Discovery Centre, and Mad Science of Southern Alberta. In her free time, Kim likes to leisurely sprint write fiction and watch Friends on loop until she can recite every line from the extended version.
Student Group Advisor – Richard He
Richard is a first-year medical student at the University of Alberta interested in transnational research and global health. Aside from school, Richard is passionate about mentoring others and is committed to causes that advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) opportunities for youth. Many of Richard’s closest friends call him spontaneous and unique, which he would like to think is a compliment. When not in school or studying, Richard likes taking the time to travel and try new foods, hang out with friends, or watch Netflix.
Chair of Community – Neesha Persad
Neesha is a new teacher working on a High School within the Edmonton Public School Board. This is Neesha’s 6th year with TeamUP Science and 3rd year with the Board of Advisors. Neesha is extremely passionate about working towards more youth empowerment opportunities and improving student’s access to educational opportunities. She is really looking forward to working with all of you!
Chair of Innovations – Kaelyn Gras
Kaelyn is a BSc graduate currently working in the field of mental health with children and adolescents. Kaelyn has been involved in a number of TeamUP projects over the years, including Interdisciplinary Science Competition, the workshop series, and the STEM Potential Enrichment Camp. She is always looking for new ideas on how to better bring STEM to venerable populations of youth and is passionate about bringing these ideas to reality. In her free time, Kaelyn likes to attempt baking fancy cakes and quoting Harry Potter to anyone who will listen.
Chair of SPEC -Kaya Persad
Kaya is a third year Science and Kinesiology student in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation. Kaya has been volunteering with TeamUp Science for the past 4 years. This is her first year on the board of advisors as the Chair of SPEC. Kaya is passionate about educating youth on all of the potential options for their post secondary careers; especially creating opportunities for youth who come from a marginalized background and require more accessible opportunities. Hence, most of Kaya’s previous involvement with TeamUp Science was with the SPEC program.