Alumni Association Board of Directors
The Fanshawe College Alumni Association is managed by members of a volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to providing support and recognition for Fanshawe College, its students and alumni. The Board partners with Fanshawe Alumni’s team to further the Alumni Association’s vision and mission.
Members of the Alumni Association are Fanshawe graduates who have completed a certificate, diploma, post-graduate or degree program at Fanshawe College. Board members may be contacted by email.
Rachel Luby - President
A graduate of the Social Service Worker Program at Fanshawe ('13), Rachael Luby is a Senior Communications Specialist at the Canada Life Assurance Company. In this role Rachael creates engaging content for Canada Life projects and programs, as well as financial advisors across the country to help them share their story and connect with clients. Prior to this role, Rachael was a Communications Specialist at the London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), leading communications efforts across platforms. Passionate about building relationships, Rachael is an active volunteer who has been involved with Fanshawe’s InSPIRE Mentoring Program, Immploy’s Mentorship Program, the London Chamber of Commerce, Forest City Film Festival, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University, the City of London and Brescia University College.
Tim Wharton - Vice-President
Tim Wharton has been fortunate to view Fanshawe College from a variety of perspectives. During his years as a student at Fanshawe, Tim was involved with the Student Union, culminating with being the Fanshawe Student Union President in 1981/82. He graduated in 1981 with diplomas in Purchasing and Business Administration Marketing. He returned to Fanshawe shortly after graduation to teach part-time in the Faculty of Business. Tim served on the Business School Advisory Board for six years, chairing during his final year.
Since 2012, Tim has been involved with the Fanshawe Alumni Association, currently is the Past President, and he has been a director of the Fanshawe Foundation since 2015. Tim attributes his lifelong involvement with Fanshawe College to the mutual respect that the administration and faculty have with the students. Tim's professional career has been spent at London Machinery Inc., managing procurement, logistics and aftermarket parts sales. Tim spends his time away from the office with his wife, Linda, and their two daughters. Together they have travelled to the corners of the globe. Tim is an avid reader and film lover, with an appreciation for the classics.
Meilssa Beilhartz - Director
Melissa is a graduate of the Business Marketing program at Fanshawe College (1998) and has a Bachelor of Professional Arts degree in Communication Studies from Athabasca University. Melissa is the Manager of Communications and Engagement at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH). In this role, Melissa is responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of all communication and engagement functions, as well as establishing collaborative working relationships among internal and external stakeholders. Prior to joining STEGH, Melissa worked in both, a communications and project management capacity for the South West Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre. Her position focused on cancer screening, health promotion, population health, and equity. Melissa also worked as a Communication Consultant for the Lawson Health Research Institute – a position that she held for over 10 years.
Over the years, Melissa has received numerous accolades for her work in the communication industry, including an IABC Gold Quill Award, the highest honour a communication professional can achieve. Melissa is a proud supporter of the International Association of Business Communicators and served on the Board of Directors of the local branch for many years. She has also been a mentor in the Larry Myny Mentoring for Success program at Fanshawe College since 2011. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, travelling, and cheering on her 13-year old daughter at various sporting events.
Peter Cassidy - Director
Peter is the principal of John Paul II Secondary School in London. As both an architectural technologist and an enthusiastic educator, Peter points to his hands-on college experience as a launch pad to his teaching career. Through his applied learning at Fanshawe, Peter honed a talent for creative design and learned to ask questions and help solve problems through collaboration—skills he continues to use in his leadership role as principal of John Paul II Secondary School.
Appreciating support of teachers who saw more potential in him than he saw in himself, Peter strives to see the best in every student. While working as a designer, he realized his passion for technology was more akin to education than industry, so he headed to teachers college. Peter then created a successful 18-year teaching career and advocated for the introduction of technology across the London District Catholic School Board curriculum before training as a principal.
Abe Kelledijan - Director
Abe is a graduate of the Broadcasting – Radio program from Fanshawe College (Class of 1994) and is a proud recipient of the Canadian Association of Broadcaster’s Award of Merit. Abe was working in the radio industry as a part-time employee after his first year in the Radio program, and in his words, “never really left the College”. Upon graduation in April of 1994, Abe maintained his ties with CIXX-FM (the College radio station 106.9 FM) and was hired later, on a part-time basis, as a technician to help implement the automation of the radio station while working at a local cluster of stations in London. His radio career highlights include on-air announcing with a strong focus on radio production, as well as being the Music Director for AM1410.
Abe has completed his Bachelor of Education in Adult Education from Brock University and has been teaching at Fanshawe College since 1998. In 2002, Abe joined his mentor and friend, Barry Sarazin, as colleague, when he was hired as full time faculty and has been Program Coordinator since 2012. His areas of interest and specialty include production, programming and announcing. In his spare time, Abe enjoys singing tenor as a member of The Voices of Broadway Show Choir.
Rachel Levean - Director
Rachel Levean grew up in Kitchener, Ontario and moved to London in 2010 where she started the Law Clerk program at Fanshawe College. She graduated from the College in 2011. She has been working as a National Manager at Deloitte in London, Ontario since 2015, where she manages a team of professionals spread throughout Canada who support the Audit and Tax teams internally. She is responsible for providing day-to-day management and coaching to a number of professionals and overseeing the daily operations of this team including designing processes at a national level to ensure optimal client satisfaction. One of the things she enjoys most about this role is getting the opportunity to help grow and mentor many employees as they evolve in their careers. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling and being outdoors.
Liz Gogol - Director
Liz Gogol graduated from Fanshawe College and Western University in 2010 with the Media Theory and Production collaborative degree/diploma, where she specialized in Radio Broadcasting. She began her radio career as part of the Intern Army for 102.1 The Edge in Toronto where she worked her way from Intern, to Board Operator, to part-time Content Producer and eventually achieved her goal to become an On Air Announcer. This path led her to move from Toronto to London where she worked as Drive Host for 103.1 Fresh Radio and later became Midday Host at FM96 and Y108 in Hamilton. As well, she hosts the syndicated countdown show, “Canada’s Rock 20”. In the summer of 2021, Liz celebrated her 10 year anniversary with Corus Entertainment. Liz is also passionate about the arts and often reviews films for the Forest City Film Festival as well as shows like ‘Cats’ and ‘Rent’ that have come to Budweiser Gardens as part of Broadway in London.
Elliot MacKinnon - Director
Elliot has been working in the marketing and sales industry since 2014, in both the private and public sectors. He has worked at Fanshawe for the past 6 years as a Community Partnership CRM Marketing Officer. In this role, he provides marketing and promotional support, as well as CRM administrative support, to several internal teams that have regular touchpoints and engagements with external partners, clients and stakeholders.
Elliot oversees community partnerships and sponsorships on behalf of Fanshawe and works regularly with the organizations such as the London Knights, London Lightning and London Majors. He has also worked on large-scale events that have been held in London such as the Juno’s and the Tim Horton’s Brier.
Originally from Brantford, Elliot completed his undergraduate education at Brock University, receiving a Bachelor of Honours, History degree in 2010. After a brief stint in the construction industry, he came to Fanshawe in 2013 to peruse a graduate certificate Public Relations and Corporate Communications (PRCC). Upon completion of the PRCC program, Elliot worked as a Student Recruitment Officer for Fanshawe before moving to Voices (a web-based marketplace for sourcing voice over work) where he spent two years working as a Partner Account Specialist and then a Strategic Development Manager, EMEA.
Sarika Gokhlani - Director
Board Member Nominations
Nominations for Board membership may be made by any member of the Alumni Association. Board members are elected for a two-year term and may serve three consecutive terms. Please contact the Alumni Office for additional information.
Nominations for the Board may be sent via mail or email:
Fanshawe Alumni Association
1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard, P.O. Box 7005, Room K1003
London, ON, N5Y 5R6
Annual General Meeting
Take notice that the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Fanshawe Alumni Association will be held as follows:
DATE: Monday, May 8, 2023
TIME: 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Fanshawe College, Oxbury, Room OXB-140
For more information please contact the Alumni Office at email@example.com
Contact The Alumni Association
We always love hearing from our alumni, and there are many ways you can reach us. Feel free to email, mail or connect with us on social:
Fanshawe Alumni Association
1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard, P.O. Box 7005, Room K1003
London, ON, N5Y 5R6