The Vancouver Team
Regional Dean and CEO Northeastern University, Vancouver
Steve Eccles brings a unique background to his role at Northeastern, combining corporate C-suite executive experience with postsecondary education innovation and leadership. With a shared values-based approach to building teams and supporting student success, he focuses on education and workforce development strategies that secure positive economic and social outcomes for British Columbia.
Associate Dean and Vancouver Lead Computer Science Faculty
Recently named as one of BC Business's Most Influential Women in STEM and Business in Vancouver's Forty under 40, Dr. Bethany Edmunds has a background in software development, artificial intelligence, and educational innovation.
Assistant Director of Student Recruitment & Enrollment
Kannan Chandran has a global experience within the Higher Ed space having worked with educational institutions in Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and North America. He manages and oversees the student recruitment and enrollment efforts for Northeastern University-Vancouver.
Kannan has an MBA in International Marketing & International Management from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, United Kingdom. He is a strong believer in education and aspires to help people reach their true potential.
Campus Operations Manager
As Campus Operations Manager for Northeastern University Vancouver, Chandra ensures that campus operations and services support the needs of all faculty, staff and students to delivery exceptional experiences. Chandra has over 18 years of progressive experience in higher education; providing leadership in areas of campus operations, human resources, and strategic planning. Her multi-disciplinary skill-set includes financial planning, budget and capital management, employee on-boarding, advisory services, performance management and project management.
Chandra’s education includes a Diploma in Business Management from Thompson Rivers University, Management Certificate in Human Resources and one in Management Studies from BCIT, and Foundations of Leadership from the Justice Institute of British of Columbia. Chandra continues to pursue educational opportunities part-time and volunteers in her community to support youth in sports.
Student Services Advisor
Yueli serves as the primary contact and information source and providing advice and assistance on all aspects of the graduate program. As a registered member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), Yueli provides advising services to international students and scholars per Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), Immigration Refugee Protection Regulations(IRPR), Operational instructions and guidelines.
Yueli holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration & Leadership from the University of British Columbia. Yueli speaks English and Mandarin.
Computer Science–Regional Director of West Coast Graduate Student Services
Jackie Saarenas is a native Seattleite and a passionate educational administrator. In her role, she supports all aspects of the Khoury college graduate student services department for the West Coast regional campuses (San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle & Vancouver). Prior to her current role, she worked in various roles supporting learning, access, retention, and engagement in higher education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in student development administration from Seattle University. Inspired by her own experiences in higher education, her master’s research focused on learning communities and first-generation college student engagement.