Meet the ECC Team

Team Direction

Roger Francis

Executive Director

Roger has an extensive background in partnership building and market development. With over 20 years of experience in for-profit and not-for-profit environments, Roger has been a part of the full cycle of launching, developing and growing teams. He spent eight years as a strategic recruitment consultant for U.S. technology companies in the electrical engineering sector. Roger’s contributions include initiatives in local and international markets in experiential learning, internships and co-operative education. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and a graduate degree in Leadership from the School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph.
416-978-3132 |

Anna Maria Russo, MA

Director, Employer Relations

Anna Maria has 13 years of experience at the University of Toronto with an impressive track record of launching and growing experiential learning programs. She is adept at departmental strategic planning involving expansion, governance and policy, and employer engagement while ensuring accreditation and industry professional standards. She has conducted research and co-authored publications on graduate student employability, co-operative education learning evaluations and improving work term assessment validity.

416-978-0128 |

Phanindra Deonandan

Director, Student Development and Career Programming

Position currently vacant

Manager, Operations

Employer Relations

Marlyn de los Reyes

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Marlyn joined the Engineering Career Centre in 2006. With a degree in Commerce, she brings an extensive background in office administration and finance. Marlyn manages a portfolio of industry partners, maintaining relationships that lead to opportunities for our students. She then connects those jobs with engineering students.

416-946-8816 |

Ryan Hand

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Ryan coordinates the Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program and advises students and employers throughout the process.

416-978-0432 |

Robin Kotisa

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Robin coordinates the Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program and advises students and employers throughout the process.

416-946-5987 |

Silvana Mello da Silva

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Silvana coordinates the Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program and advises students and employers throughout the process.

416-946-5995 |

Nabeela Rahman

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator 

Nabeela joined the ECC as an Internship Coordinator, bringing with her 10 years of experience in building partnerships in education, and promoting social justice learning to primary and secondary school students and educators. At the ECC, Nabeela looks forward to creating new partnerships with employers to provide rich and varied PEY Co-op work-term offerings to U of T Engineering students.

416-978-0796 |

Melissa Siah

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Melissa coordinates the Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program, and advising students and employers throughout the process. She brings 9 years of experience in Recruitment, Career Services and Employer Relationship building. Melissa is a Certified Human Resources Professional and is currently completing a Masters of Education in Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

416-978-3987 |

Miriam Neizer

Recruitment Cycle and Project Assistant


416-946-5596 |

Position currently vacant

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Position currently vacant

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Business Development

Justin Manning

Business Development Officer

Justin has over 15 years of experience in sales management and partnership development.  Having worked in the food manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and financial sectors, he is particularly passionate about reinventing business models and delivering strategies, frameworks, and plans that delight stakeholders.  At the ECC, Justin looks forward to fostering meaningful industry relationships that lead to exciting opportunities for students. He has an undergraduate degree from York University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business.

416-946-8103 |

Student Development

Brittany Cohen

Learning Technology Specialist

Brittany is a passionate educator with over eight years of experience designing, developing and evaluating learning experiences. Brittany’s passion for education lies in designing experiences that are meaningful, accessible, and engaging. She is inspired by holistic models of education and believes in the power of digital tools to transform learning and enhance professional development.


Joshua Shum

Student Development Coordinator, Career Resources and Online Technology


416-971-2119 |

Carol O'Donnell (Lam)

Student Development Coordinator, Peer Education

Carol coordinates the PEY Co-op Peer Mentorship Program and oversees an amazing team of Peer Coaches at the ECC. She is fascinated by the intersection of student identities and career development, a focus of both her professional and academic experience. She hopes to create programming that empowers and equips students with the necessary competencies to become self-directed in their career development process and successfully transition to the ever-changing workforce.

416-978-3326 | 

Korkoi Attoh

Student Development Officer

Korkoi is an experienced Career Practitioner and Certified Personal Development Coach, with over 15 years’ experience working in the social services and Career Development sector. Throughout her career, Korkoi has been a trusted advisor, mentor, counsellor and team member on several project teams.  She has held a number of roles over the years, and has counselled and provided coaching services to clients of all ages and stages; teaching career exploration, job readiness, and professional development.  She specializes in the areas of facilitation, mentoring/personal development coaching, skills assessment and career exploration. Korkoi is a champion for student success and growth.

416-978-0381 |

Vallissa Mueller

Student Development Officer

Vallissa supports the Student Development and Career Programming of students through their PEY Co-op journey.

416-978-6857 |

Michael Tacorda

Student Development Officer

Michael supports the Student Development and Career Programming of students through their PEY Co-op journey.

416-946-7199 |

Position currently vacant

Student Development Officer


Elizabeth O'Grady

Communications & Marketing Officer


416-946-7113 |

Michael Figueiredo

Operations Coordinator and Administrative Assistant


416-946-7016 |

Hannah Bild-Enkin

Program Administrator, SDCP

Hannah joined the Engineering Career Center in 2018. She brings her experience as an academic and financial administrator to the team, providing a full range of administrative support. Hannah assists with finance, human resources, and facilities needs.

416-978-5569 |

Megan Tate

Program Administrator

Megan is available to respond to inquiries regarding all aspects of ECC's programs. She coordinates the registration process for PEY Co-op.

416-978-6649 |

Position currently vacant

Stakeholder Engagement & Events Coordinator

Contact information will be posted here when the position is filled. In the meantime, please reach out to our general events mailbox.

Position currently vacant

Data and Systems Analyst

Position currently vacant

Program Administrator, ER