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 – Jaslyn Rasmuson

Jaslyn Rasmuson is a third year undergraduate student in the honours physiology program. She also works as a Respite Worker for children with disabilities. Jaslyn is currently involved in a research project exploring a drug for heart failure in animal models, and in the past worked on a project to discover a drug for a subtype of breast cancer. This is Jaslyn’s third year being involved with TeamUP Science. Her past positions include Vice President External, Director of Public Outreach, and Director of Task Design for the Youth STEAM Innovation Challenge. As Chair of Innovation, Jaslyn hopes to work to expand TeamUP Science to other universities across the country. In her free time, you can find Jaslyn furiously knitting blankets or binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Chair of SPEC – Anna Romero

Anna is in the third year of her BA Psychology Honors degree, where she is in a lab looking into visual perspective and autobiographical memories. Her previous positions with TeamUP Science include being the Outreach Director for SPEC, SPEC Logistics Coordinator, and VP of SPEC. As Chair of SPEC, she hopes to find a way to keep SPEC running every summer and retain campers. Anna is also part of the UAlberta Rowing Club, and will sometimes top rope in her spare time, but if she’s not doing that, you’ll catch her watching Netflix!