Meet our College Supports Team

College Supports

Across the College, there are supports for both students and faculty to promote international student success.

Student Supports

The Student Support team includes the intercultural counsellor, the student career advisor, student coaches, program advisors, and the welcoming officer and they provide service and support to international students. Note: contact information for Student Coaches Maria John, Eric Harvey and Jacques-Heri Soares da Silva and Program Advisors Joanne Tansley and Maria Bracalenti is located on the Student Services webpage, while contact information for the Welcoming Officer Ola Salah is located on the Language & Culture Centre webpage.

Mona Fathieh

Mona Fathieh
Intercultural Counsellor

Mona is a Registered Psychotherapist who provides confidential support, information and strategies to improve International student well-being. Mona can provide strategies to manage the various stressors that often come from moving to a new country. These may include: expectations to succeed, adjusting to Canadian culture, homesickness (leaving family and friends), crisis, isolation, loneliness, worrying, uncertainty about the future, the challenge of balancing new responsibilities, and difficulties with family, friends or other relationships. Additionally, Mona provides support for students who want to learn skills to improve their academics and/or want to explore potential careers in Canada.

Languages: English and Farsi

Hussam eldib

Hussam Eldib
International Student Career Advisor

Hussam has the privilege of assisting students in identifying and fostering their strengths as they embark on their journey to build a successful career. Having lived in the Middle East and experienced the wonderful cultural differences, Hussam recognizes the value of international students and their positive impact on the Canadian workforce. With the ability to speak Arabic, Hussam hopes to provide some students an option to speak in their native language to better express themselves and their goals.

Languages: English and Arabic

Faculty Supports: The Faculty Leads - International

The Faculty Leads - International are champions in the Schools to lead the development and implementation of tools and strategies that promote the academic success of international students. Missing from the list below is: Alison Diamond, International Lead - School of Health Sciences at IAHS.

shirley bainbridge

Shirley Bainbridge
International Lead - Community Services

Shirley is a Professor in the Early Childhood Education program as well an International Faculty Lead.  In the latter role, Shirley supports International students enrolled in the ECE program.  She is currently developing a Student Toolkit to assist all International students new to Canadian culture and the Mohawk College community. 

tara dinyer

Tara Dinyer
International Lead - School of Health, Professor Health, Wellness and Fitness

Tara Dinyer is a professor in Health, Wellness and Fitness at Mohawk College. Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, a Master’s degree in Science from McMaster University as well as countless fitness training certifications. She has worked in the industry in a variety of fitness training roles and currently teaches Anatomy, Intro to Health & Wellness, Facilities Equipment & Design, and Counseling Prescription. Tara is currently a member of the SURGE Board of Directors at Mohawk College, and a board member for the Community Support Centre Haldimand Norfolk.

erica fagan

Erica Fagan
International Faculty Lead - Liberal Studies

Erica currently coordinates the Communication courses for all ESL students in their programs and has taught communication and cross-cultural training courses at university and college for too many years to say! Growing up with Canada and South Africa as her primary cultures, she has a hunger for travel and learning more about all people and the nations they come from.

Languages: English, French, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Spanish

carol fleck

Carol Fleck
International Lead - Business

Tara Dinyer is a professor in Health, Wellness and Fitness at Mohawk College. Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, a Master’s degree in Science from McMaster University as well as countless fitness training certifications. She has worked in the industry in a variety of fitness training roles and currently teaches Anatomy, Intro to Health & Wellness, Facilities Equipment & Design, and Counseling Prescription. Tara is currently a member of the SURGE Board of Directors at Mohawk College, and a board member for the Community Support Centre Haldimand Norfolk.

john holloway

John Holloway
International Faculty Lead - Engineering Technology, Professor, Computer Science

John Holloway, B.Sc. (Adult Ed), MCITP, MCTS has been involved in Adult Education for over twenty years, in both the private sector and the college system and in IT at various companies such as Dofasco, Procor, Halton County, Haldimand Hydro and more. Beyond his skills as an educator, John has over 25 years of experience in the music ministry, currently acting as Cantor and Director of Music Ministry in his church managing 3 choirs whose ages range from 9 to 93 years of age. His interest in international education comes from his experience with his in-laws who were first generation ESL immigrants from Italy.

marla robinson

Marla Robinson
International Faculty Lead – Skilled Trades

Currently coordinating the Manufacturing Engineering Technician and Mechanical Techniques programs at our Stoney Creek campus, Marla is happy to support both program specific and non-academic questions to help those new to the college and country.

jamshed turel

Jamshed Turel
International Faculty Lead - Media and Entertainment, Co-ordinator Applied Music

Internationally renowned as a musician, Jamshed frequently performs and writes music for concerts and films all over North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Alongside his position at Mohawk College, Jamshed enjoys sharing his passion for music with youth, regularly leading academic panels and various workshops worldwide, from creating new digital musical instruments, to writing music for film and television, and sound design in musical theatre. In addition to his musical exploits, Jamshed is an avid traveller, cinema and food enthusiast, frequently globetrotting and exploring films and cuisine of diverse cultures.

Kelley Hoyt

Kelley Hoyt
Teaching & Learning Consultant – International Education

Kelley Hoyt works in both the Centre for Teaching & Learning and Mohawk International supporting faculty in developing tools and strategies to promote the success of international students. Kelley was a professor in the Human Services program at Mohawk College and actively involved in managing overseas global experiences for both student and faculty for many years before taking on this new role. Kelley is an IDI qualified administrator and her deep passion for understanding diverse cultures and countries of the world aids in her promotion of intercultural competencies across Mohawk.