Science Dean and Associate Deans

Dr. Paul Kench

Dean of Science

Phone: 778-782-7521

Dr. Mary-Catherine Kropinski

Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Phone: 778-782-9351


Dr. David Hik

Associate Dean, Academic

Phone: 778-782-9462


Dr. Michael Silverman

Associate Dean, Research, Graduate Studies, and Advancement 

Phone: 778-782-9351


Academic and Administrative Staff

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.

Theresa Blancaflor

Sr. Associate Director, Advancement

Cell: 604-351-4942


Theresa works as part of the Advancement team to meet the Faculty's philanthropic goals.

Cheryl Bosley

Director, Advancement

Cell: 604-371-1341


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

Ramya Gururaja

Financial Assistant

Phone: 778-782-3707

Ramya is responsible for the day to day financial transactions in the Dean of Science Office. She monitors Faculty of Science accounts and works with departments and faculty to ensure consistent processes across the faculty. 

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.

Andrew Lee

Appointment Secretary

Phone: 778-782-7521

Andrew schedules appointments and maintains the calendars for the Dean, Associate Deans, and Director, Administration and Strategic Planning. He also provides administrative and senior secretarial support to senior administrators in the Faculty of Science Dean’s Office. 

Erin Legros

Coordinator, Academic Affairs

Phone: 778-782-5530


Erin coordinates and processes all faculty appointments, renewals, tenure and promotion, salary reviews and faculty leaves and provides clerical support for the management and administration of faculty programs and services. She provides advice in the application and administration of the SFUFA Collective Agreement and academic policies governing all academic personnel within the Faculty of Science and its Departments.

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. 

Carolyn Peachey

Director, Marketing and Communications

Phone: 778-782-7234

Carolyn manages all elements of strategic marketing and communications for the faculty, including, but not limited to brand, student attraction and retention and student experience.

Rachel Sargeant


Phone: 778-782-4590


Rachel coordinates the front office, handles telephone and in-person queries and assists with event coordination.

Kathryn Savage

Director, Strategic Enrollment Management 

Phone: 778-782-3772

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

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.  

Dr. Jacki Watson

Research Grants Facilitator

Phone: 778-782-3132

Jacki supports and advises faculty members in the Faculty of Science in identifying and applying for research grant funding from all Canadian and international funding agencies.

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.