Employee Moves and Changes September – December, 2023

Welcome to the new employees who have joined us since September, 2023 as well as some current employees that have moved into new positions. And congratulations to the temporary employees that have now become permanent! We are very excited to have you join the UFV team.


Congratulations to Eric Welsh, Specialist, Communications and Writing

Hi. I’m new to the UFV communications department, joining the team after 17 years at the Chilliwack Progress. 

I’m a Port Coquitlam kid, born and raised. I graduated from Terry Fox secondary school in 1994 and enrolled in the BCIT Broadcast Journalism diploma program in 1998. After spending one year in radio with CKWX News 1130 AM in Vancouver, I went back to school for a print journalism diploma at Kwantlen College (now Polytechnic U). 

My newspaper career started at the Cold Lake Sun in northeast Alberta around 2002. From there, I moved to Edmonton for a two-year stint at the Saint City News in St. Albert, Alberta. Then, back to BC with the Penticton Western News, and finally the Progress in 2007. I’ve lived in Chilliwack since November 2006 with my wife of (soon to be) 23 years, Tracie. We have two teenage children and two food-obsessed terriers. 

I have sat on the board of the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame, including several years as president, and I’ve been part of the selection committee for the Cascades Hall of Fame. I’ve also been a youth soccer coach for more than a decade.   

In the little spare time I have, I enjoy thrift stores and hunting for vintage toys from the 1980s. 

It’s long been a goal to work at UFV and I am very happy to now be a part of this wonderful community. If I haven’t met you yet, I look forward to meeting you in the near future. 

And also welcome to these new employees:

  • Michael Hitch, Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Lara Duke, Dean , Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Juliana Lima, Laboratory Technician, Health Sciences
  • Ranminder Kaur, Executive Assistant, Board of Governors
  • Robert Baschak, Administrative Assistant, Library


  • Stephanie Laframboise, Program Technician, Agriculture
  • Michelle Andrus, Officer, Credential Evaluation
  • Courtney Klemets, Strategist, Community Programming & Engagement
  • Zaira Ramirez Luis, Technician, Photo & Digital Design
  • Cobi Timmermans, Computer Lab Technician, Graphic & Digital Design
  • Sabrina Cheema, Assistant, Enrolment and Records
  • Kirstin Taylor, Custodian
  • Leanne Woelke, Department Coordinator, Adult Education
  • Thamilini, Jothilingam, Digital Asset Archivist, Research, Engagement & Graduate Studies
  • Shary Jose, Administrator, Administrator, Human Resources Information Systems and Analytics
  • Lincoln Chan, Manager, Marketing and Applicant Engagement, UFV International
  • Vincent Pagot, Maintenance Technician
  • Sylvia Coutts, Department Assistant, Continuing Education


  • Curtis Magnuson, Director, School of Social Work & Human Services
  • Caitlin Pascuzzo,  Strategist, Community Programming, Ceremonies & Events
  • Alyson Gher-White, Coordinator, Student Support, Indigenous Student Centre
  • Maureen Wideman, Advisor, Accessibility, Teaching & Learning
  • Adrian Bontuyan, Academic  Advisor
  • Ashley Friesen, Manager, Business and Communications, Office of the CIO
  • Caroline Majeau, Department Coordinator, Biology
  • Sandra Reid, Assistant, Campus Planning & Facilities Management
  • Danielle Fournier, Senior Buyer, Supply Chain