AMPD welcomes six new staff members
Please warmly welcome the newest members of the AMPD team Sukdev Baral, Lois Chan, Julia Kenny, Peggy Lowndes, Helen Ogundeji and Kathleen Welsby. From faculty departments to the Office of the Dean, AMPD’s newest team members collectively bring over 60 years of expertise and invaluable experiences to AMPD.
Financial Officer | Office of the Dean
Sukdev Baral comes to AMPD from Harbour Centre’s Finance Department, where he has worked since 2014. With over 18 years of experience in accounting, finance, reporting, data analysis, budgeting, internal audit, and administration, Sukdev brings a breadth and depth of global experiences to AMPD. In his native Nepal, Sukdev worked in the banking sector and taught part-time as a financial management faculty member for two different colleges.
Receptionist and Office Assistant | Office of the Dean
Lois Chan is a Communication Studies graduate at York University and a current York employee. Coming from the Schulich School of Business, as a Data Base and Room Booking Assistant, among other positions at York, Lois brings five years of experience in York’s central administration and an understanYork’sf York’s systems.
Grad Programs Assistant | Department of Theatre
Familiar with administration in the post-secondary education sector, Julia Kenny most recently worked as a Financial Aid Officer at triOS College and as an Administrative Coordinator for the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Community Sciences. Julia also has experience with graduate studies, having earned her Masters of Arts in Critical Sociology and Criminal Justice from Brock University in 2019.
Interim Executive Assistant to the Dean | Office of the Dean
Peggy Lowndes joins the Office of the Dean as an interim Executive Assistant to the Dean, assistDean’se Dean’s Office with executive support until the recruitment process for a permanent Executive Assistant to the Dean concludes. Peggy is no stranger to supporting Senior Leadership at York University. In 2018, she successfully supported the Vice-Provost Academic, Alice Pitt, on an interim basis. Peggy has extensive experience supporting other leaders within organizations, including the Hospital for Sick Children, the Canadian Federation of Musicians, and LifeLabs Medical Laboratory.
Graduate Program Assistant | Department of Computational Arts
Helen Ogundeji brings over eight years of student and academic affairs experience after spending most of her time at McGill University as a Student Affairs Administrator, Arts Student Advisor, and Student Society Equity Commissioner. Helen most recently served as an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Facilitator with the Inclusive Communities unit at Sheridan College, where she administered a series of focus groups to measure EDI progress across the institution.
Administrative Assistant | Department of Dance
Many of you will know Kathleen Welsby from the Schulich School of Business, where she has been the Program Coordinator for the MBA with a specialization in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management, as well as the combined MBA/MFA and MBA/MA programs since 1998. Kathleen is a dedicated member of the York University community, demonstrated by her participation on the recent Schulich Decanal Search Committee, as Staff Representative on the Schulich Faculty Council, and as a member University’sersity’s Joint Job Evaluation Committee. Undoubtedly, the Department of Dance and AMPD will benefKathleen’sthleen’s years of experience and activity at York University.