Program Manager

WWEST Manager - Danniele Livengood

Danniele Livengood is the Program Manager of Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) at Simon Fraser University, operating under the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (BC/Yukon Region). At WWEST Danniele works to further the participation of women and other under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Additionally, Danniele is the Director of Events for the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST). She has volunteered on SCWIST’s Board of Directors since 2014, and has represented the organization twice in addressing the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Danniele has a passion for advocacy and community engagement, and currently serves on 3 non-profit boards.

Current Staff

WWEST Software Developer - Payam Ahmadvand

Payam is a computer scientist who has received his Master's degree in Computer Science at Simon Fraser University. During the course of his thesis, Payam developed the first fully automatic approach to finding cancerous lesions in 3D medical images. He was involved in one of the biggest projects for cancer treatment in Canada, in collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency and The University of British Columbia and Quantitative Imaging Network in the USA for the evaluation of responses to cancer therapies. He has published over 10 scientific papers and has won several awards during his study, including The SFU’s People’s Choice Award at the Faculty of Applied Sciences Heat of the Three Minute Thesis. He has 3+ years of experience in full life cycle Software development involving OOP design development, testing, documentation.

WWEST White Papers Coordinator - Gabby Chia

Gabby is a White Papers Coordinator at Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology where she contributes to the white papers. She is a Communications and Cognitive Psychology student who spends her free time working as freelance photographer, brand collaborator and editor.

Podcast Producer - Vanessa Hennessey

Vanessa Hennessey is the Podcast Producer at Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology for the Best of the WWEST podcast. She finished her post-baccalaureate in Communication at Simon Fraser University in 2019, co-hosts/produces a podcast on "the X-Files" (her favourite character is, of course, Dana Scully), and has 2 cats and a dog that she is crazy about.

WWEST Communications Coordinator - Alicen Ricard

Alicen Ricard is a Communications Coordinator at Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology. She runs the WWEST social media accounts, generates original content for the WWEST blog, and produces WWEST’s biweekly newsletter. In her spare time she watches far too much television and then cosplays the characters. She also owns her own crochet company and blog. 

Creating Connections Conference Coordinator - Danika Wong

Danika is the Conference Coordinator for Creating Connections 6.0 where she is the first point-of-contact for emails and social media. She also manages the website and designs all CC 6.0 visual content. This June she is graduating with a major in Communications and minor in Sociology. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new things on Youtube and working with her hands.

Past Staff

Gabby Chia Communications Coordinator May - December 2018
Zhi Yuh Ou Yang Data Analyst
May - December 2018
Ardalan Benam Software Developer January 2017 - December 2018
Tarek Elganainy Software Developer January  - August 2018
Danika Wong Communications Coordinator September 2017 - April 2018
Diana Koval Literature Review Research Assistant September 2017 - April 2018
Zavier Aguila Software Developer May - December 2017
Tim Woinoski 
Software Developer
May - August 2017
Aaron Cheung
Software Developer
January - August 2017
Jaime Vargas
Software Developer
March - May 2017
Odilia Dys-Steenbergen Social Psychology Survey Development September 2016 - April 2017
Natalie Lim Communications Coordinator
September 2016 - April 2017
Jenna Anderson Communications Coordinator
February 2016 - May 2017
Albee Hong
Data Analyst February 2016 - May 2017
Daphne Chong
Software Developer September - December 2016
Aaqib Khorasi Software Developer September - December 2016
Jack Anderson Software Developer July - September 2016
Ginny Van Pelt Partners Liason April - August 2016
Sarah Ngo Communications Coordinator February - August 2016
Diana Koval Analysis of Women in STEM Statistics BC
February - April 2016
Vani Choubey Computing Careers White Paper
February - April 2016
Rohit Ranjan Techical Literacy Survey Development February - April 2016