One of our strongest assets are our people. They build trusting partnerships, support the incubation and development of new projects, broker research relationships, and oversee the progress of our research programs. After 18 years of community-based research experience, CUP has become a necessary and important voice around tables in the community and on campus.

CUP is guided by a Steering Committee that provides guidance to Karen Edwards (Director) in her leadership of CUP operations. Karen is supported by a collaborative team of Rebecca Gokiert and Maria Mayan. Rebecca and Maria lead specific research areas within CUP. Click on the photo to read their bio.

Leadership Team

Karen Edwards


Dr. Maria Mayan


Dr. Rebecca Gokiert

Photo of Dr. Rebecca Gokiert

Our Team

Our researchers are sought after leaders in community-based research, knowledge mobilization, and the scholarship of engagement. Our researchers and research assistants play a key role in ensuring the progress of our partnerships and projects. Their experience is drawn from various faculties across the University of Alberta. We strive to provide innovative experiential-based learning opportunities for our graduate students and new leadership opportunities for our staff.

Bethan Kingsley
Research Associate


Jason Daniels
Evaluation & Research Specialist


Kirstyn Morley
Research Assistant


Marilyn Hawirko
Centre Administrator


Rob Buschmann
Research Associate 


Sarah Scott
Research Assistant 


Shelly Jun
Research Coordinator  





CUP Steering Committee

CUP Steering Committee - June 2015