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LASSA Executive Team (2020-21)

We are your elected executives for LASSA, the ones who organize the events, represent you to the AMS and GSS, and we’re eager to hear what you have to say. Get to know us and what we do!

Rio Picollo (they, them)

Co-President (MLIS), AMS Representative, GSS Representative

Heyo, I’m Rio. I’m an MLIS student and your LASSA Co-President for 2020-21 academic year. Aside from LASSA, I’m a co-coordinator with Out on the Shelves Library, a Technical Services student librarian at Xwi7xwa Library, and in the First Nations Curriculum Concentration (FNCC). I’m looking forward to being part of LASSA during this interesting time and helping us all make the most of our time at the UBC iSchool.

Anita Fata (she, her, hers)

Co-President, MLIS (FNCC)

Hi, I’m Anita. Originally from Prince George, BC, (traditional lands of the Lheidli T’enneh) I’m currently a MLIS student in the FNCC. I learned a lot in my former role of Event Coordinator last year and I’m looking forward to serving as your LASSA Co-President and working with the new executive team. In addition to LASSA, I’m a also a Co-op Student at the Making Research Accessible initiative and a Co-Coordinator at Out on the Shelves Library. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the iSchool, LASSA, OOTS, the FNCC or the Co-op Program, or to reach out with any ideas on how LASSA can better serve our student body.

Mya Ballin (she, her, hers)

Treasurer, Dual MASLIS

Hailing from Mountain View, CA (traditional lands of the Ramaytush and Tamyen Ohlone), Mya is a second year DUAL student in the FNCC. She is very excited to represent you as treasurer this year! In addition to her position with LASSA, she is involved with Out on the Shelves, iPOC, and the iSchool’s Curriculum and Assessment Committee. She is happy to field any questions regarding LASSA’s finances, being an iSchool student, or anything else she might be able to help with. Please feel free to reach out!

Claire Swanson

Secretary, Student Representative (iSchool Co-op Advisory Committee), MLIS

Hi all, I’m Claire, and I just completed my first term in the MLIS program.  I’m excited to be serving as your LASSA Secretary.  Feel free to come to me with any general LASSA questions, or if you want to discuss note-taking techniques.

Cejay Johnson (she, her, hers)

Communications Officer, Dual MASLIS

Hey everyone! I’m Cejay, a Dual student entering my second year at the iSchool. As LASSA’s Communications Officer, I mainly oversee LASSA’s newsletter and website, and keep us all up to date on the latest news and events. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have. I look forward to a great year!

Tamara Lee

Events Coordinator, MLIS

Hi everybody! I’m Tamara, and I’m looking forward to serving as your (online for now) events coordinator. I’ll do my best to keep planning fun and helpful events through this tricky time, and I’m looking forward to getting everyone together for some great events once it’s safe to do so. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for any event suggestions, questions, or concerns.

Minori Kato-Hopkins (She, her, hers)

MaCL Representative, MaCL

Hello everyone, my name is Minori (rhymes with story) and I’m the Master of Children’s Literature program representative! Feel free to reach out about anything related to our program, as I’m also the treasurer for MaCL’s own student society, the Children’s Literature Student Association (CLSA)!

Lucita Villarreal

AMS Representative; Faculty of Arts Representative

Hi Everyone! I’m Luz, I’m here to look good and be your liaison to the Faculty of Arts! I’m in my third (and final) year of the Dual Program at the iSchool, so feel free to ask me any relevant questions.

Clara Giménez-Delgado (she, her, hers)

Clubs Liaison, Dual MASLIS (FNCC)

Hello everyone! My name is Clara, and I’m entering my third year as a Dual student. I’m very excited to help connect LASSA and the different clubs as the new Clubs Liaison. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me for any club’s related business.

Andrea Kampen

PhD Representative, PhD

Hey folks! I’m Andrea, the PhD representative as well as Acting President of Doctoral Student Association (DSA). I’m in the first year of the PhD program under the supervision of Dr. O’Brien. I’m looking forward to creating open lines of communication among all the students at the School of Information.

Shannon Murray (She, her, hers)

First Year Representative, MLIS

Hi everyone! I’m Shannon and I am the First Year MLIS Rep. Please reach out to me with any concerns you may have, or if you just want to chat, as I am here to advocate for first-year students and represent the incoming cohort!

Ariko Kaneka (She, her, hers)

MAS Student Representative (UBC iSchool Co-op Advisory Committee), Dual MASLIS (FNCC)

Hi everyone, I’m Arika, a third-year Dual student at the School of Information. As a MAS student representative for the UBC iSchool Co-op Advisory Committee, I am looking forward to hearing your feedback and new ideas about the co-op program! If you have any related questions, please feel free to reach out to me.”   

Kira Vandermeulen (She, her, hers)

GSS Representative

Hi, I’m Kira and I’m excited to be a part of LASSA as a GSS Representative! I’ll be attending the GSS’s meetings and keeping everyone up to date on what is happening among grad students. If there’s anything you want to know about GSS activities, I’m your person!

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