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

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Karen Edwards

Dr. Maria Mayan

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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.  

Kirstyn Morley, Research Assistant

Marilyn Hawirko, Centre Administrator

Morgan Allen, Grocery Run Coordinator

Pauline MacPherson, Research Assistant

Rob Buschmann, Research Associate

Sarah Scott, Research Assistant

Sennait Yohannes, Community Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator

Shelly Jun, Research Coordinator

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Stanley Varnhagen, Faculty Service Officer

Surma Das, EPE Research Coordinator

Tatjana Alvadj, Research Coordinator

Teresa Meija, Project Coordinator

Our Students

CUP has a number of talented Graduate Students who support our research projects.  They come to us from various faculties across the University and CUP provides them with skills and experience to effectively translate theory into practice.  

Chelsea Durber, PhD Student

Chelsea Freeborn,

Emma Wallace, Master Student
Master of Arts in Community Engagement
Faculty of Extension

Erica Partridge, Master Student

CUP Steering Committee

CUP Steering Committee - June 2015