Meet the Liaison Team


Read more about our team here and follow our travels on the GoBrescia 2016 Facebook group and Instagram!


Jessica Patterson, Financial Aid & Liaison OfficerJess (2)

Hometown: Aylmer, ON
Program Studied: BA Psychology and Criminology
Why I chose Brescia: After visiting Brescia for the March Break Open House, I was in love!  This place just felt like home the moment I stepped on campus. And coming from a small rural community, I really appreciated the personal touch that everyone at Brescia adds to everything that happens here. Getting involved at Brescia was so easy and exciting and I continue to see how great a place this university is when we welcome new students each year! 
Fun Fact:
I was raised as farm girl and continue my childhood memories by enjoying the tending to my “urban” garden with my family now.

Shannon Smith, Liaison OfficerShannon

Hometown: London, ON
Program Studied: BSc Nutrition and Dietetics
Why I chose Brescia: I chose Brescia for a couple of reasons. One was because of their renowned food and nutrition program, as well as a “feeling” I got on my very first visit to campus. I instantly felt welcomed, supported and valued. The smaller environment was exactly what I was looking for and allowed me to form some lasting relationships with professors and classmates.
Fun Fact: 
I used to be a competitive figure skater and moved away from home at age 9 to train. Today, I am an avid fan and learn to skate coach.

Kaitlin Randall, Liaison Officer

Hometown: Corunna, ON
Program Studied: BA Community Development and Sociology; Diploma Human Resources Management
Why I chose Brescia: I loved the small class sizes and intimate learning experience that Brescia offered. It was easy to meet other students and get to know your professor on an individual level. 
Fun Fact: 
I am a true kid at heart! In my spare time I love curling up in a blanket and watching a classic Disney movie.

Nikita Miller, Liaison Officer

Hometown: Dorchester, ON
Program Studied: BA Community Development and Leadership
Why I chose Brescia: I chose Brescia for the small community where I still had access to Western. I really liked the people (staff and faculty), and the fact that when I called the Admissions Office they answered my calls and knew exactly who I was.
Fun Fact: I have been skydiving twice; I’m currently working on my Master’s of Adult Education and have two children.


Chantelle Lassaline, Media & Liaison Officer ChantelleL

Hometown: Oil Springs, ON
Program Studied: BA History and Bioarchaeological Anthropology; B.Ed.
Fun Fact: I’ve been on service learning trips to both the Dominican Republic and New Orleans, and am eagerly awaiting to plan my next excursion.



Cait Bionda, AdmissionsCait & Liaison Officer

Hometown: Port Sydney, ON
Program Studied: BA Social Sciences
Why I chose Brescia: I wanted a small campus experience without losing any of the ‘extras’ a big campus has to offer.
Fun fact: I coach competitive girls gymnastics in my spare time.



Christine Van Leeuwen, Media & Liaison Officer

: Tillsonburg, ON
Program Studied: BA Psychology; MTeach
Why I chose Brescia: I transferred to Brescia in my second year because of how welcoming and helpful the academic advising team was. A university’s staff are not often taken into account when choosing a university, but Brescia has some of the most caring staff with a very student-centred attitude who are invaluable to your university transition experience.
Fun fact: I completed my Masters in Teaching in Australia.


Maria Wei, China Program Liaison Officer

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Program Studied: Bachelor of Arts, English; Changchun Normal University
Fun Fact: I also have a Certificate of English Teaching for Senior High School.



Rhea Johnson, Associate Registrar, Recruitment & Admissions

Hometown: London, ON
Program Studied: BA Media, Information, and Technoculture; MA Media Studies
Fun Fact: I have traveled the world to meet with prospective students! I have visited almost every city in Ontario (aside from Thunder Bay!); Montebello, Quebec; Burlington, Vermont; Calgary and Canmore, Alberta; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE; China, Hong Kong, Barbados, Bermuda, Antigua, and Grenada.