Meet the Team

  • Karen Nichols

    Karen Nichols
    Early Alert Learning Strategist


    Karen has been with TRU since early 2010. She has spent most of her time in the Registrar’s office as the Enrolment Services Supervisor overseeing the front line staff on the phones and in person. Karen is a customer service specialist and brings this expertise to her current role in Early Alert as she supports students experiencing difficulties both academically and personally.

    Starting her academics in her early 30s, Karen has earned a Bachelor of Arts, major in Geography and a minor in English, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Education all at TRU. After gaining her BEd., she taught kindergarten to grade 12 and every grade in between as a teacher on call in Merritt BC, until she found herself at TRU. She may not be teaching in the traditional sense but she is always teaching as she guides students, staff and faculty at TRU through the many intricacies of navigating post-secondary. Karen has not stopped learning and is always looking to professional development opportunities, recently completing the Queen’s University Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate program.

    When not in the office, Karen continues to be busy at home with her family, and animals. Karen and her husband have a fish room in their basement with 25 aquariums, a rabbit, dog, cat and a goldfish pond in the backyard. Her grandsons keep her active and fill her heart with joy.

  • Emilio Porco

    Emilio Porco
    Academic Integrity Learning Strategist


    Emilio has been an educator for 14 years. He began his teaching career as an ESL instructor in Toronto and then in Italy. He then worked as an English Composition Instructor and Elementary School Teacher in Ontario. Emilio returned to Kamloops (his home community) and has completed his Master of Education at TRU.

    Since joining the TRU community he has worked as a Graduate and Undergraduate Writing Centre Tutor and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. As part of his MEd, Emilio studied in Germany where he had the opportunity to engage with international students as a Guest Lecturer and as a Learning Centre Graduate Assistant.

    In his free time, Emilio enjoys working out, woodworking, renovating, cooking, and travelling.

  • Holly Winzey

    Holly Winzey
    Student Case Manager


    Holly Winzey's educational pathway began at the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work from University College of the Cariboo, and also has a Master of Education in Counselor Education/School Counseling from the University of Northern BC in Prince George.

    As a lifelong learner, Holly has many hobbies. She’s studied play therapy and psychotherapy, but also makes time for refurbishing vintage furniture, brunching with friends and being a supportive and present mom for her two children.

    You’ll often find Holly in her office, listening to and working with students or possibly in the Starbucks lineup, as she loves a latte. If you see Holly around campus, please say hello. She’d love to meet you.

  • Kamal Grewal Chaudhry

    Kamal Grewal Chaudhry
    Student Case Manager


    Kamal graduated with a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University, focusing on Economics and Finance. Before joining the Student Services team, Kamal worked as an International Student Advisor at TRU World. She helped students from all across the globe discover programs and resources to achieve their ambitions and dreams in Canada.

    Kamal is a highly motivated higher education professional with a commitment to student-centred learning, a collaborative work environment, and a customer service-oriented approach. She is passionate about the holistic well being of individuals, families and communities and is an outspoken mental health advocate.

    Ever since Kamal decided to make Canada her new home at the age of 17, she has fully appreciated every challenge and opportunity presented to her. Drawing on her own experience as an immigrant in Canada and student at TRU, she strives to connect students with resources, opportunities and support networks to help them thrive and succeed in a Canadian Post Secondary institution.

  • Amber Huva

    Amber Huva
    Sexualized Violence Prevention & Response Manager

  • Zahra Ghoreishi

    Zahra Ghoreishi
    Sexualized Violence Prevention & Response Manager


    Zahra has been with TRU since June 2021 as a Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Manager. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature in 2011 from Azad University in Tehran, Iran. Zahra obtained a Master of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies in 2018 from the University of Saskatchewan and then a TESOL Diploma from ILAC College in Toronto in 2019.

    Before joining TRU, Zahra held various positions including Workshop Facilitator (U of S Women’s Centre), Communications Coordinator (U of S Internationalization Office), and WGS Researcher (Saskatoon Community-University Institute for Social Research). She believes that her support work is meaningful and appreciates the opportunities to empower individuals as they go through their healing journey.

    Zahra enjoys playing volleyball, board games, reading, travelling, cooking, and sometimes just watching what goes on around her.

  • Julia Hedge

    Julia Hedge
    Department Assistant


    Julia Hedge is pleased to join the Faculty of Student Development, as a Student Affairs Assistant. Working in office administration for many years, Julia brings experience and enthusiasm to the work. A creative thinker with an interest in organization and systems, Julia is looking forward to supporting her colleagues and the students they serve. “It’s great to be working with a team of caring individuals, all pulling together toward the common goal of helping students navigate their challenges.”

    Julia moved to the TNRD from the Lower Mainland five years ago to be with her partner Brian. She has an art and music studio in Ashcroft where she spends her weekends creating. Julia loves the weather and outdoor spaces of Kamloops and the surrounding communities, as well as the new friends she has made and the artistic groups that she is a part of.

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