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Amanda Kohler – Communications Director


Growing up in Keswick, Amanda is just a small town girl taking on the concrete jungle. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Amanda’s life path changed when she became involved with student advocacy, communications, and marketing through several volunteer and paid positions with the Graduate Students’ Association at Laurier. Moving forward in her career, Amanda hopes one day to live in sunny California. She enjoys spending as much time outside in the warmth as possible through running, climbing, hiking, and cycling but hibernates while binge watching Netflix in the winter.


Danielle Pierre – Research & Policy Analyst


Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and a postgraduate certificate from Humber College’s Research Analyst Postgraduate Program. Danielle loves all things content analysis and has a keen interest in projects that study social and economic inequities. Moving forward in her career, Danielle wants to make positive contributions to the public and post-secondary sectors by putting the voice of her research participants at the forefront of her work. Danielle is a passionate writer and is energized by every opportunity to use individual stories to illustrate common, systemic problems. While away from the office, Danielle likes to practice yoga, play with her cat, and work as a virtual urban planner and city manager.


Marc Gurrisi – Research & Policy Analyst


Marc holds a Master of Education from York University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from McMaster University. He has experience working for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), wherein he was involved with several learning outcomes assessment projects, including the Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium (LOAC). He also has experience at the institutional level, liaising with incoming and prospective students, as well as faculty at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.


Deborah Lam – Operations Coordinator


Deborah holds an Honours Bachelor Business and Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University with a concentration in Marketing and Brand Communications. Heavily involved in volunteering in her undergraduate career, she moved on to help students enjoy their undergrad experiences just as much as she did. As the former Programming & Promotions Manager at the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union, she developed a passion for events and organization. She loves to help undergraduate students get the most out of their experiences. In her spare time she crosses new countries off her bucket list and adventures in her own backyard.