The Vancouver Team
Regional Dean and CEO
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.
Director of Computer Science and Lead Teaching Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences
Dr. Bethany Edmunds is a recognized leader in Computer Science and STEM education in North America. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence, and is currently the Director of Computer Science and lead Khoury faculty at Northeastern University’s Vancouver campus. Bethany is passionate about breaking down barriers to create greater diversity, access and inclusivity within the technology community. She brings together expertise in software development, machine learning, and educational innovation to create STEM opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
Bethany’s commitment to breaking ground in tech education began early. While earning her Ph.D. in Machine Learning at Rutgers University in her native New Jersey, she was the co-organizer for the second international Women in Machine Learning Workshop. She continues to actively encourage women and girls to pursue careers in tech, speaking regularly at women in technology events. She is also currently on the Board of Directors for Women in Machine Learning.
Prior to joining Northeastern, Bethany was the first female Associate Dean of Computing at British Columbia Institute of Technology where she led the pedagogical innovation of the Computer Information Technology Program. Her industry experience includes developing flight simulation software while working for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the government body that oversees all aspects of civil aviation in the United States.
Dr. Edmunds has been named one of BC Business's Most Influential Women in STEM, Business in Vancouver's Forty under 40, and YWCA’s Women of Distinction. She is a broadly published researcher, and sought after media expert on the subject of improving diversity in STEM education.
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.
Director, 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.
Associate Teaching Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences
Richard is an Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University in Vancouver. He was previously a mathematician for the Government of Canada, a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, and most recently a professor of mathematics and computer science at Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Richard has published 35 research papers across numerous fields, including graph theory, biometric identification, sports tournament scheduling, and optimal school timetabling. He has consulted for a billion-dollar professional baseball league and three Canadian TV game shows.
Richard has presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) six times in the past decade, winning their Deployed Application Award twice. His work for the Canada Border Services Agency included helping reduce wait times at Canadian border crossings as well as creating risk scoring algorithms for marine cargo containers.
Richard is also heavily involved in community outreach, and has visited over 50 high schools, conducting workshops on problem-solving and computational thinking for thousands of students and teachers. He was the 2017 recipient of the Adrien Pouliot Award, awarded by the Canadian Mathematical Society as a lifetime achievement award to celebrate “significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education.” He is also the author of the novel “The Math Olympian,” currently ranked #1 by GoodReads for Best Young Adult Books that Empower.