Meet Our Team

The Team

 

President – Mason Schindle

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Hi everyone! My name is Mason Schindle and I’m a 4th year neuroscience student as well as one of the founding members of The FentaNIL Project (TFP). My initial impetus for starting this initiative derived from the impact that synthetic opioids have had on my friends and family—in high school I lost a close friend to an overdose and soon after I almost lost a family member. As a result, I was very invested in starting a student group with the intention of doing whatever possible to mitigate the effects of the overdose crisis on campus, in the greater Edmonton community, and throughout rural communities in Alberta. If you have any questions regarding The FentaNIL Project whatsoever, or would like to meet, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at mschindl@ualberta.ca. I look forward to seeing you at future events!

 

VP Internal – Carmen Ng

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My name is Carmen and I am currently in my fourth and final year of the Neuroscience program at the U of A, completing my research thesis in the field of spinal cord injury. Outside of my academic endeavours, you can find me golfing in the summer, snowboarding in the winter and once a year, I take the time to travel and visit a new city somewhere across the world! I am one of the VP Externals for the Fentanil Project. The negative impact the current opioid crisis has incurred in the lives of my friends and family motivated me to join this initiative. I am very excited be apart of a harm reduction team on campus and raise awareness on overdose to those within the University Community.

 

VP Design – Madeline Yee

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I am a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Neuroscience program. While my current research interests lie in the field of computational neuroscience, I plan on pursuing a path that will merge my passions in biological sciences, mathematics, and the visual arts following graduation. I am excited to use my knowledge and experience to create designs for TFP that will effectively educate the public, and am humbled to be a small part of a project that has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of many.

 

VP Events and Fundraising – Nicole Hartley

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I am a 4th year Civil Engineering student, holding executive positions in two students groups at the UofA. As an advocate for mental health, much of my time is spent on different campus-wide initiatives to increase support for students, and on spreading my story through poetry.

 

VP External – Azra Panjwani

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I’m in my third year of a Psychology degree and am currently doing research on
autobiographical memory. I work as a Resident Assistant, volunteer with Unitea, and spend my free time cheering on the Canucks! I am passionate about harm reduction and preventative healthcare and believe that the FentaNIL Project is a great avenue to help keep people within my campus and Edmonton communities safe.

 

VP Public Relations – Joey Mathieson

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My name is Joey and I am a third year Petroleum Engineering student! I am currently completing an 8 month research term in Chemical Engineering; researching the Cation Exchange Capacity of clay particles and it’s impact on the rheology of multi-phase flows in pipelines. Outside of school and work, I am the President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers UAlberta Chapter, a part of 5 committees representing engineering students and am a Volunteer Gallery Interpreter at the Telus World of Science Edmonton. My reason for joining TFP, is broadening the impact I make as a student leader. Getting involved with a philanthropic initiative like TFP, allows me to help a larger community on an issue I am passionate about.

 

VP Finance & Sponsorship – Natalie Vankka

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Hi! My name is Natalie and I am in my final year of the Chemical Engineering Co-op Program. I am currently conducting bioengineering research for my 8-month co-op work term. I volunteer at the Telus World of Science, the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Canadian Blood Services. I spend most of my time outside of school and work hanging out with my puppy and cheering on the Oilers! I also enjoy travelling. I’m glad to be part of TFP as it allows me to help provide support for members of the University community.