Cassy Weber: Chief Executive Officer
Like a valence electron, Cassy is drawn to positive environments, people and results. So, after graduating with a BComm from the University of British Columbia, working abroad in the Pacific Rim, and completing her third year of science at the University of Waterloo, she took a leave of studies to enter the exciting high-tech space in the mid 1990s where she honed her knowledge-base in product management and innovation, team building, and sustainable organizational growth. It was only a matter of time before she found her way to our team. Fueled by a deep interest in science, a love of poached eggs, frequent lattes and climbing mountains, she spends her days sitting in meetings, strategizing on whiteboards, and acting as a human lightning rod in brainstorms. Cassy has made a career of zigging when others zag, and she brings this commitment to innovation to all of MindFuel’s initiatives.
Alma Abugov: Director, Development & Community Engagement
Alma never met a comfort zone she liked – which is why she spends so little time in them. Constantly pushing the boundaries and frontiers of connecting and forging new bonds, Alma brings over 20 years of sales experience and scientifically-proven success in the Calgary community to MindFuel. Equipped with a University of Calgary MBA, an unquenchable curiosity and self-confessed obsession for details, (not to mention Sudoku and sweet onions) Alma is the oxygen that feeds the fire of our key relationships within the greater community. When not nurturing these relationships, she’s nurturing home-grown tomatoes and flowers that think her real name is “Mother Nature” – and a daughter every bit as imbued with wonder and a love of learning as her mom.
Sabina Bauer Lewis: Grant Writer, Resource Development
With a passion for transformative education, inspiring children and youth to be their best, and working collaboratively with change makers, Sabina loves to spark ideas and implement new initiatives.
Bringing 17+ years of education, entrepreneurial experience and grass-roots non-profit enthusiasm, she is a great addition to MindFuel’s resource development team. When she is not researching, supporting or writing about all of MindFuel’s innovative and exciting STEM programs, Sabina enjoys hiking and skiing near her home, and experimenting with culinary chemistry in the kitchen with all her boys.
Brent Bawel: Sr Program Manager
Keeping everything organized in lists and schedules, Brent ensures that everything Wonderville is on time, exceptionally well developed and exciting for the young and the young at heart. Brent brings together his creativity and his knowledge and love of the science world to ignite imagination in youth. Possessing a keen mind, Brent has always had an interest in problem-solving, puzzles and science. With a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Forensic Science, he is a great fit for the MindFuel team. When Brent is left to do his own thing, he enjoys sports and spends time with his wife, Whitney, and their son Caleb.
Brad Bill: Executive Assistant
Ever since he was a young child, Brad pestered his teachers about what would happen if you mixed different chemicals together. This would have been fine in a science class; not so much in History or English literature. From this inquisitive beginning Brad, luckily for us, came to MindFuel. Helping to organize the CEO’s schedule, as well as editing, revising, organizing and putting his stamp on a zillion different bits of documentation, he is an indispensable part of the team. When he has time to relax Brad enjoys reading, good food and time with family.
Gwen Cowan: Director, Finance & Administration
When she was a young child, Gwen was given a microscope for Christmas. Little did she know, this was the beginning of a lifelong journey that would eventually lead her to a career where she was surrounded by science. After earning her CGA and with over 20 years in the financial business, she was inspired to join MindFuel by a mutual love of creating things that make pupils dilate and imaginations race. Now, instead of slides and sea monkeys, she puts financial reports and program strategies under the microscope to ensure every dollar we spend achieves measurable results.
Margaret Glover-Campbell: Director, Programs
A self-confessed science and ‘technology-geek’, Margaret has spent over 20 years connecting innovative products and ideas with like-minds and markets. With her Political Science degree from Dalhousie University, extensive leadership and media training, and ongoing pursuit of a certificate in public relations, Margaret parlays both her long practical program development experience and trademark enthusiasm into actionable strategies that help propel MindFuel programs into the market. The real catalyst for her though, is being part of making science exciting and “fun” for her son in ways it never was for her. Margaret’s “renaissance woman” sensibilities mean her broad and diverse range of passions and interests – everything from bio-science to modern art to the quest for the perfect margarita – can all co-exist in perfect covalent harmony. A state which allows her own elemental “fire” to inform every aspect of MindFuel’s program development initiatives.
Shannon McClennan-Taylor: Marcom Advisor
Shannon McClennan-Taylor is a self-proclaimed “multidisciplinary geek.” A lifelong bookworm, science fiction and fantasy nerd, Indie film buff, and would-be tabletop role-player, her interests are broad and diverse. A member of a prize-winning high school Science Olympics team, Shannon once dreamed of being a marine biologist. However, a lifelong talent for and love of language made it clear her future was in communications.
With a BA in English literature and an MA in international journalism, Shannon has worked in a variety of marketing and communications roles, including corporate, government and not-for-profit.
A published poet, aspiring author, and skilled pie maker, when Shannon isn’t writing, tweeting, or working, she can be found kayaking, collecting vinyl with her husband, knitting, drinking coffee, listening to podcasts, sleeping, or reading Neil Gaiman – but rarely at the same time.
Magdalena Pop: Project Manager
With a long history of teaching students and inspiring young scientists, Magda joined us to run our geekStarter and Edacity programs. Her passion for scientific inquiry, coupled with a Ph.D. in natural sciences and bachelor of education equip her with a combination of skills that help to ensure the success of the programs she works with. Inspired by young people that are curious and want to try new things, she’s found a perfect fit working with them through edacity and geekStarter. When she has the chance to pull herself away from her work, Magda loves to spend time with her family, a good book and get in the occasional trip out to the mountains.
Caitlin Quarrington: Manager, Education
One of the catalysts who keeps MindFuel’s programs in perpetual motion, Caitlin brings her science and education background to the MindFuel team to help us create incredible things. As a former junior high teacher, she loved educating and shaping the minds of tomorrow – which makes her a perfect fit for engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math. If you catch her outside the office, she is probably busy training for her first half-marathon, or engaged in creative writing (she even has a dream to publish a novel someday!).
Sue Stevenson Brown: Sr Advisor, Resource Development (Consultant)
From FIRST Robotics to MindFuel, Sue brings a unique tech edge to the MindFuel resource development team. With 25 years of experience as a teacher and school board administrator, Sue knows the education landscape inside and out.
Sue holds a master’s in education from the University of Calgary and is passionate about fostering leading educational environments that render high caliber teachers and students. Known for her energy, imagination and creativity, Sue is inspired by advancing youth education in the fields of technology and science. Sue brings her stewardship and prospecting skills to the MindFuel team part-time as a consultant. While not at work, she treasures family time at Lake Windermere and can often be found playing golf and skiing.
Tammy Yamkowy: Director, Marketing & Communications
Curious and questioning best describe Tammy. For a time, she thought she would be a math teacher but somewhere during those formative university years, she discovered her passion for marketing and corporate communications. Now, focused on delivering the right message to the right people at the right time in the right way, she calls MindFuel home during the workweek. Weekends and evenings are reserved for golfing in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. Sometimes a travel adventure sneaks in too, if she’s not too busy with her Calgary Stampede volunteer commitments.