Science Dean and Associate Deans

Dr. Paul Kench

Dean of Science

Phone: 778-782-5530

Dr. Michael Silverman

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

Phone: 778-782-9351


Dr. David Hik

Associate Dean, Academic

Phone: 778-782-9462


Academic and Administrative Staff

Dr. Daria Ahrensmeier

Educational Consultant

Phone: 778-782-9544

Daria is a theoretical physicist and educational developer who works with faculty, sessionals and TAs on developing courses, customizing methods of student assessment, effective use of classroom technology, teaching practice and education research. She is also an Associate Member in the Physics department.

Ruth Appanah

Director, Facilities and
Technical Operations

Phone: 778-782-5347

Ruth oversees Science Stores, Science Technical Centre, Environmental Medicine & Physiology Unit, and the Faculty of Science IT group. She also coordinates the development, renovation and assignment of space and serves as the Faculty of Science safety representative.

Cheryl Bosley

Director, Advancement

Phone: 778-782-4891

Cheryl works with Faculty of Science researchers, teachers, staff, students, donors and alumni to achieve the Faculty’s vision and philanthropic goals.

Cynthia Henson

Manager, Outreach and Engagement

Phone: 778-782-6967

Cynthia is responsible for the administration and coordination of Science Outreach programs for children, youth and adults.  She assists with fundraising, marketing, delivery, evaluation, budget and logistics for all 20 programs.

Dr. Theresa Kitos

Research Grants Facilitator

Phone: 778-782-3132

Theresa works with faculty members to develop competitive research grants applications.

Erin Legros

Secretary to the Dean

Phone: 778-782-5530

Erin provides administrative support to the Dean and faculty committees. She coordinates faculty appointments, renewals, tenure and promotion and salary reviews in addition to providing clerical support for the management and administration of faculty programs and services.

Alan Leung

Business Analyst

Phone: 778-782-9463

Alan is responsible for the ongoing development, data extraction and End User Support for the FacSIMS SQL database.

Diane Mar-Nicolle

Communications Officer

Phone: 778-782-9586

Diane is responsible for internal and external communications for web, digital and print formats. She also handles press, photography and social media. 

Sachi Perera  

Financial Assistant

Phone: 778-782-7307

Sachi provides support in managing, processing, and troubleshooting various accounts and day-to-day transactions in the Dean of Science Office. 

Susanne Stockdill

Director, Administration
And Strategic Planning

Phone: 778-782-4222

Susanne is responsible for the overall management of budgets, human resources, enrolment, retention and admission planning, administrative systems and supervision of Dean's office staff.

Arlene Sullivan

Budget Coordinator

Phone: 778-782-9585

Arlene provides support for the financial reporting and budgeting process in the Dean's office. She is also a resource for best practices in Finance procedures and policies.

Dr. Eileen van der Flier-Keller

Special Advisor to Dean of Science

Phone: 778-782-3789

Eileen is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences with research interests in Earth science education and public awareness of science. As Special Advisor to the Dean on Public Education and Outreach she works to promote the culture of public engagement in the Faculty of Science and is building partnerships to support K-12 science education.  


Kathryn White

Manager, Academic Programs

Phone: 778-782-3772

Kathryn oversees recruitment, retention, and admission planning and enrolment management for the Faculty of Science.

Nadia Williams

Undergraduate advisor and recruiter


Surrey Campus, Room 2910

Nadia is a pan-campus advisor, servicing both the Surrey and Burnaby campuses.  She provides academic advising for Surrey Science students, Data Science majors, General Science Double Minor program students, deciding Science students over 60 units, and internal Faculty of Science transfer students.  

Claire Wilson

Student Recruiter

Phone: 778-782-3720

Claire works with prospective undergraduates and applicants to the Faculty of Science and represents the Faculty at recruitment events on and off campus.