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AndreaAsterIMG_6498CaleyTaylorAndrea Aster
Current Title: Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Academic Background: B.A. Hon Philosophy (University of Toronto), B.A. Journalism (University of Kings College)
Work Experience: Former editor at various Rogers Media publications, contributing editor/freelance writer for publications including Globe & Mail and National Post.
Biography: I dream up endless ways to promote and communicate the bazillions of happenings at our amazing school — with both internal and external audiences. To decompress, I do Iyengar yoga, wander/cycle our fun city and leave lots of unscheduled time for my family.


EugeneCalvez_IMG_7674CaleyTaylorEugene Calvez
Current Title: Online Communications Manager
Academic Background: B.Sc. Information Technology (Simon Fraser University)
Work Experience: Collingwood School, Interim Head of IT.
Biography: I recently moved to Toronto from Vancouver. I’m spending time exploring my new surroundings and seeing what Toronto has to offer. I’m also a certified group fitness instructor.


kathrynchampion2016img_8726caleytaylorKathryn Champion
Current Title: Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager
Academic Background: B.A. Political Science and History (McGill), Chef’s certificate from the Natural Gourment Cookery School NYC
Work Experience: Five years with Tourism Toronto as Marketing Manager then ran my own Catering Business in Toronto for 22 years before joining UCC in January 2013 on contract to cover the Events portfolio. I joined UCC full time in January 2014 in my current position.
Biography: Working in the Advancement office it is my responsibility to manage all the ways we thank our very generous donors. I am the Assistant House Adviser for Jackson’s and assist David McBride with the running of the Lang Scholars Program. I am an avid downhill skier and hiker and love to do anything that involves being outside.


JodyJacobsonJody Jacobson
Current Title: Director, Office of Strategy Management
Academic Background: B.Comm. with specialty in Human Resources and Marketing
Work Experience: Prior to joining UCC, I started my career with the Business Development Bank of Canada and then moved to New York to work as a consultant for BearingPoint (formerly KPMG). Arriving in Toronto in 2001, I moved into the not-for-profit sector and became the executive director of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
Biography: I’m fortunate to be supporting the Senior Leadership Team on the development of the College’s strategic directions. I also work with the Board of Governors and the Foundation Board. UCC is so fortunate to have such a wealth of experience from its dedicated volunteers. I spend my free time with my husband and two daughters.


Maria KarakoulasMaria Karakoulas
Current Title: Events Manager
Academic Background: Medical administration diploma (Humber College)
Work Experience:  I worked for the dean and vice-principal of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College for six years prior to UCC.
Biography: I enjoy crafts, cooking, Zumba and spending time with my three sons.


samkerbel2016img_8657caleytaylorSamantha Kerbel
Current Title: Manager, Alumni Relations
Academic Background: B.A. Linguistics (York University), Certificate, Fundraising and Resource Development (Georgian College)
Work Experience: Prior to UCC, I worked at the Baycrest Hospital in the Foundation as a Database Administrator.
Biography: I have been with the Office of Advancement at UCC for almost 13 years in Alumni and Parent Relations. Currently, I’m responsible for the management of the Common Ties Mentorship Program, the Young Alumni Network, Old Boy reunion events and Class President programming. In my spare time I enjoy watching cheesy reality TV and spending time with my family and friends.


HeatherMcCallIMG_7530CaleyTaylor_webHeather McCall
Current Title: Admission Marketing & Communications Manager
Academic Background: B.A.A. Journalism (Ryerson University)
Work Experience: I started my marketing and communications career as a copy writer and editor at various agencies, followed by a two-year stint teaching English in Taiwan and Spain. Prior to joining UCC in 2012 I was the program manager at a small non-profit, managing events, the website, online communications and online donations.
Biography: I am a competitive Scrabble player and very proud to be running the School Scrabble club offered through the After School Program at the Prep School.


Jenny PriorJenny Prior
Current Title: Manager, Advancement Communications
Academic Background: BA (Hons), History and Music, York University
Work Experience: I joined UCC in 2015 after working at the Archives of Ontario and Ontario’s environment ministry.
Biography: I’m a Journey Prize-nominated short fiction writer and lover of movies. I spend my free time with my partner Dave and our dog Hopper.


Sarah Robertson
Current Title: Executive Director of Development, Office of Advancement
Academic Background: Queen’s University, BA Hon 1995; INSEAD, Executive Program 2004
Work Experience: Toronto French School, Executive Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations (2009-2011) INSEAD, Director of Annual Fund; Director of External Relations, North America (2001-2009) Queen’s University, Manager of Admissions and Student Recruitment; Manager of International Initiatives (1995-2001)
Biography: I work with alumni, parents, students, faculty & staff and friends of the College to deepen their engagement through participation in school life. I collaborate with the Principal’s Advisory Council, the Asia Advisory Council, the Advancement Committee and the Board to identify resource requirements aligned with our strategic priorities, and to raise funds to support them. I oversee fundraising including the UCC Fund and leadership gift programs. These are crucial in order to improve our facilities and curriculum, and to build our financial assistance program. I have recently taught fundraising courses at George Brown College, and I speak at events like the CapitalOne Women in Leadership Forum. I have 2 daughters who love to spend time at UCC – especially dining hall and summer camp!


Jennifer SingerJennifer Singer
Current Title: Senior Development Officer
Academic Background: BA, University of Delaware; MEd, University of Toronto
Work Experience: Prior to UCC, I worked at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and before that, St. Bonaventure University (New York State). I got my start in fundraising at my alma mater, University of Delaware.
Biography: I’ve been at UCC for over 17 years, and my longevity for the most part is due to all the great people with whom I work every day: alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff. I really enjoy creating and maintaining ties to College Community members who are able to advance the mission of UCC through their philanthropic support.


jillspellman2016img_8757caleytaylorJill Spellman
Current Title: College Archivist
Academic Background: B.A. Anthropology and Cultural Studies (Trent University) Diploma in Archival Science (Algonquin College)
Work Experience: Archives Association of Ontario, Director Without Portfolio (2010-2012); University of Glasgow, Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), Consultant (2008-2010); Great-West Life/London Life/Canada Life, Assistant Manager, Archives & Record Control (2003-2007); Oxford University Press, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Contributor (2002); University of Oxford – Bodleian Library, Conservative Party Archivist (1998-2002); International Records Management Trust, Consultant (1997); University of Glasgow, Archives and Information Services, Records Manager (1996-1998)
Biography: I love my job as College Archivist and take my role in preserving the long history of Upper Canada College seriously. I’m always pleased to speak with members of our UCC Community be they Old Boys, faculty, staff, parents and friends but, perhaps most of all, current students. Outside of work my life revolves around family and friends. A passion is travel and making memories with my husband and two children.


Lindsay TarvitLindsay Tarvit
Current Title: Associate Director, Alumni & Parent Engagement
Academic Background: BA, Western University 2005; Certificate, Public Relations, Humber College 2006
Work Experience: I worked at the University of Toronto for four years in a variety of advancement roles that included: External Relations Officer (Division of Engineering Science), Donor Relations Officer (University Advancement) and Alumni Relations Officer (Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering).
Biography: I am the go-to staff person here for all things involving engagement for our Old Boys, parents, current students and broader community. My favourite thing to do is travel and my favourite companions are my husband, our son (Cohen – 4.5) and our daughter (Quinn – 1).


joanneweedmark2016img_8689caleytaylorJoanne Weedmark
Current Title: Associate Director, Annual Giving
Academic Background: B.A. Economics (Carleton University)
Work Experience: St. Clement’s School, Manager Annual Fund (2006-2012) and Special Olympics Canada, Manager of Special Events (2001-2006).
Biography: I manage all aspects of the UCC Fund at the College. I enjoy sailing and spending time with my husband and two boys, Jack and Sam, at the cottage.


rodgerwright2016img_8942caleytaylorRodger Wright
Current Title: Adviser, Advancement
Academic Background: Upper Canada College Class of ’70 – Go Martlands!, B.Ph.Ed (University of Toronto), M.Ed.Admin (University of Toronto)
Work Experience: Head of PE Dept and Seatons Housemaster at UCC 1974 -1983; Headmaster, Trinity College School 1983-2004; Headmaster Collingwood School in West Vancouver 2004 to 2016
Biography: I’m back at the school that launched me, and that I believe in, trying to add a little value through the work of the Office of Advancement. It is also fun to get to know and to champion 10 Advisees in Wedd’s. In my spare time I like to hang out with my wife, workout and keep track of six grandchildren.