Marylynn Steckley
Chair, Nominations and Elections

I am an Assistant Professor in Global and International Studies at Carleton, and was formerly an Instructor in the same unit. At CUASA, I have been the Nominations and Elections Chair, and the Instructor Representative. CUASA has been a place where I have found warmth and great people, and I look forward to learning more about how to best support our membership.

Before coming to Carleton, I was an Assistant Professor at Portland State University, and have also spent time working as a Food Justice Advocacy Officer and Policy Analyst in Haiti. My work is located broadly in the field of political ecology, with a focus on food systems, peasant movements, and inequality. My current CIHR-funded project is geared towards supporting food sovereignty movements in Northern Haiti, and I have another project related to land grabbing, dispossession, and community-based struggles for land rights.

Dominique Marshall
Vice President

Dominique is Professor of History, where she teaches and researches the past of social policy, children’s rights, humanitarian aid, refugees, disability and technology.

As a CUASA member she has been a member of Council for the Department of History for one year, and a CUASA representative on the Carleton University Joint  Health and Safety Committee. She was President of the Canadian Historical Association from 2013 to 2015, member of the Board of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities (CFSSH) from 2012 to 2017.

Angelo Mingarelli
President

Angelo is Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, where he’s been on the faculty for 32 years. As a CUASA member he’s been a member of almost every committee in the association and President of the association for six years over three terms. He has published more than 130 papers and is the author of six books.

Greg Franks
Treasurer

Greg is Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and is the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. He has served on Council and as Salary and Benefits officer, in addition to being the Treasurer. His research interest is primarily in trying to make computer systems run fast. When he is not trying to balance books, decipher University finance, advise students, or make computer systems run faster, you will find him out snowboarding in the winter and cycling in the summer.

Martha Attridge Bufton
Professional Librarian Representative

Martha is the Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian. She has supported faculty and students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since 2008 and has been a librarian since 2017. She has served on several key committees since 2008. Martha was a member of the Carleton University Pension Committee (CUPE 2424 representative 2008—2017; CUASA representative 2018—2020) and is the only committee member to represent both white-collar unions. She was also a CUASA council librarian representative (2018—2021) and has been a member of the Carleton University Research Ethics Board (A) since 2018. Her research focuses include women’s history, labour history, game-based learning, and scholarly information practices.

Ahmed Hassan
Instructor Representative

Ahmed is an instructor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. As a researcher his focus is on advanced structural systems for building resilient buildings in seismic zones. Being a graduate from Carleton’s undergraduate, masters’ and PhD programs, Ahmed has served on a number of hiring committees as a student, served on the university senate as a student, and served as GSA departmental representative. Upon graduation, he decided to pursue his passion for teaching in the role of an instructor, and is looking to continue his involvement, this time with CUASA, for the betterment of the Carleton community and its members. As an instructor, Ahmed is always looking to bring innovative and engaging pedagogical into the structural engineering discipline. In his free time, Ahmed enjoys travel and visiting local dineries, as well as watching sports, especially soccer.

Mayurika Chakravorty
External Relations Officer

Mayurika Chakravorty teaches in the Department of English and the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (Childhood and Youth Studies). Her research focuses on speculative fiction as a subversive genre of political expression, and more recently, she has been working on representations of childhood/girlhood that foreground children’s voices and their rights. She teaches courses on South Asian literature, postcolonial literature, diaspora literature, as well as on children’s knowledges, cultures, and representations. Mayurika served on the CUASA Council from 2017-2020 and is excited about this new role in which she is hoping to foster connections with allied and sister organizations and stand in solidarity to pursue matters of common interest and concern.

Brett Stevens
Salary and Benefits Officer

Brett Stevens has been a professor of mathematics at Carleton University since 2001. He has represented Mathematics and Statistics on CUASA Council for several terms. He was CUASA’s Salary and Benefits Officer from 2005-2006, Chief Negotiator from 2008-2011 and Chair, Internal Affairs from 2019-2020. He is interested in equity, secure employment, fairness and intellectual property/privacy rights in Universities.

Jeni Armstrong
Chair, Nominations and Elections

An instructor at Carleton since 2020, Jeni teaches in the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. She joined Carleton after five years in senior political staffing roles — including serving as the prime minister’s lead speechwriter for five years — and a 20-year career in communications for a national industry association and private sector clients. She loves her family most, but coffee, pens, deadlines, em dashes, and inclement weather run a close second.

Chantal Dion
Chair, Collective Bargaining & Chief Negotiator

Education is Chantal’s passion. Fair democracy is her main objective. With this in mind, it probably helps she has written a PhD dissertation on Humor and Laughter in learning and teaching a second language (Université de Montréal, 2007). Chantal believes in negotiations, as long as all parties are respectful and fair. Over time, her involvement with CUASA has been natural: Council representative, Instructor representative, President, and Chair of the Collective Bargaining Committee/Chief Negotiator. She believes in the strength of the whole, and she has faith in intelligent and positive participation. In Chantal’s opinion, there is no greater power than the power of solidarity exercised with no-nonsense diplomacy.

Dawn Moore
Chair, Equity

Chinnaiah Jangam
Chair, Grievance Policy and Administration

Chinnaiah Jangam is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. His research focuses on the history of Dalits (untouchables) in South Asia. He writes on the issues of caste, race social justice, human rights, inclusion, equity, and equality. He teaches courses on colonialism, anti-colonial nationalism, decolonization. He served as a CUASA Council representative before becoming the Chair of Grievance Policy and Administration.

Brian Greenspan
Chair, Internal Affairs

Brian is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, and the Digital Humanities and Human-Computer Interaction programs. His scholarship focuses on new media and the history of utopian thought. As Chair of Internal Affairs, he is dedicated to ensuring fairness and collegiality in the workplace.

Christal Côté
Director / Senior Grievance and Arbitration Officer

Christal is the in-house legal services professional responsible for representing the Association, and its members, at all stages of the grievance process and before various boards, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. Under the oversight of the Grievance Policy and Administration Committee and in collaboration with the President, Christal is also responsible for coordinating legal projects, developing grievance education and overseeing the Association’s grievance handling and representation services. She also serves as CUASA’s Director and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the Association.

Christal is licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) and holds a P1 license; has a BA from the University of Manitoba; is a Mediator with a certificate in Advanced Negotiations; and graduated with honours from the LSUC accredited licensed paralegal program at Algonquin Careers Academy. Christal graduated in 2022 with a Master of Ethics and Legal Studies with a specialization in Industrial Relations from Charles Sturt University, and recently began Doctor of Philosophy in Ethical Leadership from St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, FL).

Josh Horton
Member Services and Communications Officer

Josh (he/they) is responsible for helping to write, edit, and distribute both internal and external communications on behalf of the Association, including the CUASA website and social media feeds. Their primary responsibilities also include assisting in collective bargaining, providing committee support, responding to member inquiries, meeting with academic job candidates, and developing and coordinating events and activities.

Josh holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication from Cape Breton University in their hometown of Sydney, NS. He has also completed training in professional writing for public relations, and labour relations.

LeAnne Parrish
Office Manager

LeAnne ensures the physical office, financial, and data infrastructure. She provides support to front-facing individuals, so they can shine in their roles. Efficiency is a life-long goal. LeAnne loves to garden and reading in the garden. She loves her kids and cats. She loves backwoods lake camping and is grateful to the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation for allowing her to enjoy this beautiful land.

Max López
Research Officer (Equity)

Max (he/they) is a queer, trans, disabled Muslim who loves hiking, playing with his dog, and reading Afrofuturist feminist sci-fi. Prior to working at CUASA, Max worked in the senior services sector and taught in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Oregon State University. Max holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College, with a double major in Human Rights and Political Studies, and he received a Master of Arts from Oregon State University in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Queer Studies. Their master’s thesis, titled “The Tawḥīdic Pull: Towards a Queer Islamic Spiritual Activism,” utilized Audre Lorde’s biomythographical framework to put queer and trans Muslim theology and activism in conversation with disability studies and queer woman of color feminist theory.

Max joined CUASA in March of 2022, where he serves as the support staff for various subcommittees, creating minutes and agendas for meetings, assisting with scheduling, and performing research for equity-related initiatives.

Alex Aucoin
Grievance Representative

Alex assists CUASA throughout the grievance, mediation, and arbitration processes.

Alex holds a P1 licence from the Law Society of Ontario and graduated with honours from the paralegal program at Algonquin Careers Academy in Ottawa. Alex has also completed a certificate in human resources and labour relations from Athabasca University and a certificate in labour law from York University. He is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in human resources and labour relations from Athabasca University.

Hanan Mankal
Grievance Representative

Hanan grew up in Ottawa and moved to the Middle East for a number of years with her family. She comes from a diversified professional background working in the medical field, retail, and the legal field.

Hanan holds a P1 licence from the Law Society of Ontario, and graduated with excellence from the LSO accredited paralegal program at Algonquin Careers Academy. She is passionate about helping people and is looking forward to a new chapter in her career.

Liala Swayty
Assistant to the Director

Liala first joined CUASA’s team in 2015 as the Records and Space Management Coordinator and is now the Assistant to the Director. Liala helps contribute to the overall effective operation of CUASA services by providing executive administrative support, taking minutes, scheduling meetings, preparing various material, and organizing and filing association documents.

Liala has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Ottawa.