Leadership & Business Operations

Operational Leadership and Business Operations



Sheila John
Sheila John
Assistant Dean, Wellness, Recreation & Sport

Sheila's bio coming soon

Shari Russell Opara
Shari Russell Opara (she/her)
Director, Health & Wellness

I am a Black woman, a mother and partner, and proud University of Toronto Scarborough Alum. 

Experience/Area of Expertise: I studied psychology and health studies and completed a Master of Education in leadership in higher education at OISE.  I hold a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management, which supports my deep interest and love of team building and people leadership. 

Things I Love: I love listening to music (90s dancehall, hip hop, even a little R&B), dancing, and expressing gratitude.  I love UTSC, my family including my partner, twin daughters, and dog Kiwi, mental health advocacy, art, and being in the ocean (preferably off the shores of my ancestors' most recent birthplace, Jamaica or some other sunny destination). I’m definitely a water baby at heart.  Finally, I'm incredibly proud of the UTSC Health & Wellness Centre team. They are some of the most empathetic, empowering, supportive, collaborative, and inclusive people that I have had the opportunity to serve, work, and be in community with.

Alexis Petric
Alexis Petric (she/her)
Assistant Director, Health & Wellness

I’m a second-generation Canadian woman of South Asian and European descent. I have deep roots in the city of Scarborough and am proud to continue to raise my family here.

Experience/Area of Expertise: I chose to study Kinesiology and to complete my Masters in Physiotherapy because I am passionate about health education, health equity and health promotion.

Things I love: I’m a self - proclaimed “people person” and love to meet new people and to support, where I can, in their personal and professional goals. Sports and recreation activities have played a huge part in my life and have been a great joy of mine over the years. I also love to listen to music (of all kinds) and am always interested in taking part in new experiences to broaden my horizons (particularly when it comes to food!).

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Alina Kovalchuk (she/her)
Administrative & Financial Assistant

I was born and raised in Ukraine.

Experience/area of expertise: I completed a post-grad program at Centennial College in Human Resources Management. My area of expertise is administration.

Things I love: I care about people and value an environment where people care as well, for example, care about each other's wellbeing, professional and personal development, and our team's success.

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Ricky Chan (he/him)
Finance & Business Officer

I was born in Hong Kong and I lived in Scarborough for most of my childhood. 

Experience/Area of Expertise: I am a Certified Professional Accountant. I worked at Dr. John Dick's Lab at University Health Network as a Business Analyst before I joined UTSC Health & Wellness Centre in April 2023. My expertise includes budgeting and forecasting in non-profit organizations.

Things I love: I love soccer, travel, food, and Japanese culture.   

Yana Liao
Yana Liao (she/her)
Administrative & Financial Assistant

I originally came from the hot pot capital of China-Chongqing. I have been in Canada for almost ten years.

Experience/Area of Expertise: I completed a Master of Education in Leadership and Administration at Brock University. I have been working in administration and finance for almost 5 years. My expertise lies in problem-solving and providing proactive administrative support to the team.

Things I love: I enjoy traveling and eating spicy food, sushi, and desserts. I am a person who prefers to talk less and do more, both in work and life. I am often known as a "One Liner" in social and work related gatherings.