Our Team

Our Team

Alyssa MacMillan
Name: Alyssa MacMillan
Graduated: Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Bachelor of Education, 2013
Program: Concurrent Education (Primary/Junior) with Psychology

Why I am unique: I spent the last two years living out my dream of teaching overseas. I taught grade 4 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and it was an amazing experience!

What I love about Nipissing: I love being able to walk around the halls and seeing so many friendly and familiar faces! The campus and class sizes are small, so it’s easy to get to know people and make connections.


Carla Tucker
Name: Carla Tucker
Graduated: Master of Education, 2015, Bachelor of Education, 2003 & Bachelor of Arts with Honours, 2002
Program: Combined Concentration of English and History, Intermediate/Senior Division

Why I am unique: After graduation I taught in Quebec and internationally then moved to a new career on Bay Street in Toronto. I love a big city but I’m a townie at heart.

What I love about Nipissing: The quality of the education is amazing. The course options are vast for such small school and the professors really care. I can’t speak more highly. I am biased though; all of my degrees are from Nipissing University.


Dennis Kariuki
Name: Dennis Kariuki
Graduated: Bachelor of Arts, 2011
Program: Major in Administrative Studies, Minor in Social Welfare and Social Development

Why I am unique: I came to North Bay right before high school after moving around a lot for most of my childhood. Out of all the places I have been North Bay has some of the most awesome places I have ever experienced.

What I love about Nipissing: I love that the professors and all of the staff are so committed to making your education and time here an incredible experience.



Name: Dez Bair-Patel
Graduated: Bachelor of Business Administration, 2016
Program: Organizational Studies

Why I am unique: I love to travel a lot! I am very adventurous and have even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

What I love about Nipissing: Nipissing University community is so small and tight-knit that just spending a little effort to get connected and network with faculty and staff will open up numerous opportunities for you. An opportunity I had in my final year at Nipissing was the ability to write my undergraduate Thesis.



Name: Gemma Victor
Graduated: Bachelor of Arts with Honours, 2007
Program: Environmental Geography with a minor in Business Administration

Why I am unique: I flew 7 hours to embark on my educational journey in a new city, based on a simple campus photo and program description. However, I urge you to come visit us, you will not be disappointed.

What I love about Nipissing: Everyone on campus goes out of their way to make you part of the Nipissing family. This was definitely important to me as an international student, my transition was seamless.


John Picard
Name: John Picard
Graduated: Master of Arts, 2013 & Bachelor of Arts with Honours, 2012
Program: History with a minor in French

Why I am unique: I was published during my undergrad in a peer-reviewed journal, alongside Dr. Nestar Russell.

What I love about Nipissing: The opportunity to work closely with my professors and the interest they take in their students. Because of the interest professors took in me, I had a lot of opportunities in my undergrad that I would not have had elsewhere.


Kerry-Lynn Peltier
Name: Kerry-Lynn Peltier
Graduated: Bachelor of Arts, 2016
Program: Social Welfare and Social Development with a minor in Sociology

Why I am unique: Nipissing’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives serves as a safe, supportive and family orientated atmosphere where student can utilize academic services, personal supports and cultural events to help motivate, encourage and ensure student success. To me, the OAI was a detrimental community of support that witnessed my success at Nipissing University.

What I love about Nipissing: The social, cultural and educational connections developed within the institution. My personal and professional networks gained at Nipissing University helped to expand and enrich my life.


Kyle Anderson
Name: Kyle Anderson
Graduated: Currently working on Master of Arts in History, Bachelor of Arts with Honours, 2015
Program: Major in History, Minor in Religion and Cultures

Why I am unique: I have a passion for music and sports! I was formally in a band that toured across Eastern Canada, and I currently provide on-air sports updates for the Kawartha Lakes Radio Station.

What I love about Nipissing: The tight-knit community, beautiful campus, small class sizes, and the relationships I have made with my professors. Knowing your professors on a first name basis and interacting with them inside and outside of the university cannot be undervalued. Plus, enjoying a coffee (or adult beverage) with them is always fun!


Meagan McLellan
Name: Meagan McLellan
Graduated: Bachelor of Business Administration, 2008 and Business Administration Diploma, 2006
Program: Human Resources Management

Why I am unique: After graduation I moved out west to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry before returning to my home town of North Bay.

What I love about Nipissing: Hands down, the people and the environment. I enjoy having the opportunity to talk to prospective students and their supporters about my experience at Nipissing and all it has to offer. Where else can you go for a quick snowshoe trek through the trails between classes? Also, we offer a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Scholarship, how cool is that?


Sarah Marinelli
Name: Sarah Marinelli
Graduated: Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2016, Bachelor of Arts, 2014, Diploma in Integrated Marketing Communication, 2012
Program: Marketing and Fine Arts

Why I am unique: I’m curious about everything, and have taken classes from just about every discipline within the University; from Computer Science to Criminology.

What I love about Nipissing: Because of the close relationships between the professors, the university, and the community I’ve had the chance to show my artwork in several local galleries and even at a conference in Toronto!



Valerie Edmunds
Name: Valerie Edmunds
Graduated: Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Bachelor of Education, 2011
Program: Geography with a minor in History

Why I am unique: My love of nature and being outdoors has lead to exploring much of North Bay with my sisters (who also came to Nipissing).

What I love about Nipissing: Having the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of the university community. I was shy in high school, but at Nipissing I was able to come out of my shell by volunteering on and off campus and meeting new people in class and at events.