Program Manager

WWEST Manager - Danniele Livengood

Danniele Livengood (@livengood) is the Manager of Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology. Danniele also serves on the board of directors for the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST), a non-profit organization which delivers programming to promote, encourage and empower women and girls in science, engineering and technology. Her educational background is in Chemistry and Environmental Science, with particular interest in sustainable innovations which support a circular economy.

Current Staff

WWEST Software Developer - Zavier Aguila

Zavier Aguila is a Computer Engineering student at Simon Fraser University and is currently a Software Developer at Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology. Also the Director of Diversity for the Engineering Science Student Society, he hopes his work with WWEST will foster and promote a diverse and inclusive environment in the STEM fields. Often found in kitchen cooking up a storm, he is also an avid fan and ex-participant of theatre and is currently learning how to figure skate by repeatedly falling.

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 Software Developer - Ardalan Benam

Ardalan is a computer scientist who has recently received his Master's degree in Computer Science at Simon Fraser University. His main area of research is 3D, 2D, and medical image processing. He received the Albert Kingman Young Investigator award at the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology for his research in dermoscopy image processing. Ardalan is a nature enthusiast and that is where he spends most of his free time.

Social Psychology Survey Development - Odilia Dys-Steenbergen

Odilia works as a research consultant at Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology. Her focus is research design, survey and method development, and data analysis. Odilia is a PhD student in social psychology at Simon Fraser University. Her main research interests are positive intergroup relations, poverty reduction and gender equality.

Literature Review Research Assistant - Diana Koval

Diana conducts literature review about women in STEM fields for WWEST publications. She is currently an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Applied Sciences and a proud member of Women in Computing Science club at SFU. In her free time she enjoys swimming and solving programming challenges.

WWEST Assistant Coordinator - Vanessa Reich-Shackelford

Vanessa Reich-Shackelford is the Assistant Coordinator at Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology. Vanessa is the main point of contact for the WWEST Partners Program and also assists in various capacities with the many fun projects WWEST has in the works (including, but not limited to, producing the Best of the WWEST podcast). She is currently pursuing a post-baccalaureate in Communication at Simon Fraser University, 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.

WWEST Communications Coordinator - Danika Wong

Danika is a Communications Coordinator at Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology, where she focuses on designing spiffy graphics and creating engaging content. As a Communications and Sociology student, she is passionate about the construction and representation of racialized women in media, and hopes her work with WWEST will help people of all identities find a place in STEM. In her spare time she enjoys online shopping and playing Pokemon.

Past Staff

Tim Woinoski 
Software Developer
May - August 2017
Aaron Cheung
Software Developer
January - August 2017
Jaime Vargas
Software Developer
March - May 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