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Thompson Rivers University

Meet the Team



  • Julie Taylor

    Julie Taylor
    Manager of Student


    Julie has been at TRU since 2010 where she oversaw the Global Competency certificate. She then moved into a role within the Center for Student Engagement, was a Learning Strategist- Orientation & Transitions and now the Manager of Student Life. Julie completed her education at UBC with a Bachelor of Education and worked in SD73 for many years before TRU. In her spare time Julie can be found exploring the outdoors, playing soccer, working out, or spending quality time with her son.

  • Kayla Sanford

    Kayla Sanford
    Learning Strategist
    Orientation & Transitions


    Kayla (she/her) has been supporting TRU students’ personal, social, and academic success through their first year since 2018 and has received the TRUSU Student Success award for demonstrating excellence in supporting students. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Science (Co-op, Biology) at TRU. As a mental health advocate, she is passionate about reducing stigma associated with mental health conditions. When Kayla is not in the office, she enjoys painting, making music, being outdoors, and listening to Taylor Swift.

  • Payton Comazzetto

    Payton Comazzetto - On leave
    Learning Strategist
    Orientation & Transitions


  • Begimai Alisherova

    Begimai Alisherova (she/her)
    Program of Study: BSc
    Fun Fact: I am a fan of sudoku, poker, and other card games in general. If you have the same interests, I’d be down to play with you.

  • Bhavika Jain

    Bhavika Jain (she/her)
    Program of Study:BCS
    Fun Fact: Math is my jam! I also went paragliding once and fell off the mountain cliff quite literally.

  • Emily Fagg

    Emily Fagg (she/her)
    Program of Study: BSc
    Fun Fact: I love to travel - I used to live in Australia and New Zealand and can't wait to study abroad in the future!

  • Garima Mehta

    Garima Mehta (she/her)
    Program of Study: BA
    Fun Fact: I am from India but moved to Uganda and finished high school there. I have three German shepherds back in Uganda that I miss so much.

  • Leah Rousseau

    Leah Rousseau (she/her)
    Program of Study: BSc
    Fun Fact: I've recently completed three co-op work terms outside of Kamloops. I love having the opportunity to explore new cities and finding the best brewery in each place I visit.

  • Shelly Garg

    Shelly Garg (she/her)
    Program of Study: BCS
    Fun Fact: I love to play with virtual machines trying some ethical hacking tricks. Catch up to know about some great cybersecurity practices that you can follow and secure yourself from bad guys out there.


  • Laiba Qureshi

    Laiba Qureshi (she/her)
    Program of Study: BBA
    Fun Fact: I really enjoy learning about the law and the different legal systems around the world! I'm also very interested in acting for both theatre and film.

  • Leo Chahi

    Leo Chahi (he/him)
    Program of Study: PBD HRM
    Fun Fact: It's often joked among my friends that I have a PhD in patience. I'm known as the go-to person when someone needs a listening ear or a helping hand. Rest assured, you can count on me whenever you need assistance or have a problem.

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