Our Team


Opiyo Oloya 

Associate Vice-President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

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Opiyo was born in Pamin-yai village, west of Gulu town in northern Uganda. He first attended post-secondary at St. Peter’s College, Tororo, Uganda where he studied History, Literature and Economics.  

He later joined Makerere University in September 1979 to study political science. Heavily involved in reestablishing democracy in Uganda, he was elected president of Makerere University Student Guild in July 1980. On February 24, 1981 students protested on campus against rigged national elections.  A crackdown of students by security forces, sent Opiyo and three colleagues into hiding. The four leaders fled to Kenya. 

He was granted refugee status and arrived in Canada on June 7, 1981. The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) sponsored his undergraduate program at Queen’s University. 

In Canada, he obtained a teaching degree at Queen’s and Master’s degree in education at the University of Ottawa.  He taught briefly at Eight Mile Rock Secondary School in Freeport, Grand Bahama before returning to Canada in December 1988 to work as a teacher with the York Catholic District School Board. 

He was later appointed vice principal in September 1999 and school principal in the spring of 2001. Finally, he was appointed Superintendent of Schools in November 2011 

In September 2004, he enrolled at York University to carry research on child soldiers.  He was awarded a PhD for his groundbreaking work on child warriors in Northern Uganda.  He published Child to Soldier in 2013. Since 2010, he has worked alongside peacekeepers of the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Somalia. His latest book, Black Hawks Rising, chronicles AMISOM’s successful war against terror.  In 2012, York University awarded Dr. Oloya an honorary Doctorate of Law (LLD, honoris causa) for his humanitarian and social justice work in Africa.  In June 2016, he was awarded Uganda Heroes Medal by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.   

He lives with his wife Emily and two young men, Oceng and Ogaba. 


Lesley Oliver 

EDI Specialist 


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In addition to her role at the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Lesley is also a part time Faculty member with Fanshawe College and teaches Human Resources, Law & Leadership courses with the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business 

She earned her Undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce degree from Guelph University. In 2020, she had completed her Master’s in Education, specializing in International Education through Western University as well as acquiring a Certificate in Learning and Development from Western University. 

Lesley started her journey at Western over 9 years ago as the Manager of Staff & Faculty Relations with the Faculty of Science.  She then joined the Equity & Human Rights Services team as the Diversity & Accessibility Coordinator, planning events, workshops & learning opportunities as well as coordinating the AODA compliance for Western. In 2021, Lesley joined the new Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion as an EDI Specialist. 

Her duties as EDI Specialist involve supporting and leading EDI initiatives across campus, acting as a consultant for Wise Practices on EDI & Accessibility related matters and coordinating EDI-focused events through engaging with potential speakers, hosting workshops & training.  

She is a mother of two amazing children and three rescue furbabies.  Lesley has lived in 7 different countries and speaks English and conversational Spanish.


Dr. Ana Boller

Digital Learning Specialist, EDI 


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Ana has been part of the Western community for the last 9 years. After completing an Undergraduate Bachelor degree of Education in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador and teaching ESL for 5 years in Caracas, Venezuela, she emigrated to Canada with her family. At Western, she earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies, Literature. In 2018 she joined the Centre for Teaching and Learning as an Educational Developer for ITA Programs, and she has been part of the Western English Language Centre since 2016 teaching academic English to international students. Later, in 2022 she joined the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as the Digital Learning Specialist, EDI.  

As the Digital Learning Specialist, EDI, Ana collaborates with subject matter experts as well as internal and external stakeholders to design, create, and facilitate digital and in-person learning experiences to advance EDI in the Western campus and in the London community.  

Ana’s passion for EDI began when she arrived in Canada, as she learned more about her identity as a person of colour, and her relationship to this land. Recognizing the work that was needed to champion EDI in the community, she pursued an EDI Certificate from UBC to formally learn more about this field and to achieve her goal to advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion using her teaching skills.  

Ana is also the proud mother of Mariana and Kathy, and two puppies named Scarlet and Luna 


Andreen Jackson-Ellis

Administrative Coordinator

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Andreen Jackson-Ellis moved from Jamaica in 2018 with her daughter to join her husband, who is completing his Ph.D. studies with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Western.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of the West Indies, Mona. Her experience working on the topic of EDI started In Jamaica, where she worked as a social worker in community development. She was responsible for ensuring that underdeveloped communities obtained the necessary resources needed for their growth and development. In London, she has worked as an Employment Specialist at LEADS Employment Services to help individuals with barriers and disabilities find jobs

Her passion has constantly involved breaking the barriers for the underserved, marginalized groups, including within her Black community. She hopes to use her experience and knowledge in social work and administrative skills to help Western build a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus.

Andreen is the proud mother of two fantastic children named Arianne and Andrew-Dean.


Neisa Long

EDI Coordinator

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Jessica Ouko

EDI Coordinator


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Dr. Michael Godfrey

EDI Data Analyst


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Michael began his EDI work during his graduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His PhD examined how cultural diversity impacts sport teams and individual athletes’ experiences. Following the completion of his PhD in June 2020, Michael began a Postdoctoral Fellowship that focused on advancing EDI within the Faculty of Science at the University of Windsor. His SSHRC-funded program of research examined the academic climate for students who belong to the 2SLGBTQ+ community and the effects of ethnic diversity on the persistence of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) students.

His current role as the EDI Data Analyst involves coordinating the collection of campus-wide EDI-related data, and subsequently, analyzing and producing reports on this data to inform institutional EDI initiatives.

Michael’s dedication to advancing EDI is driven largely by his experiences in sport, postsecondary education, and as a partner of a Black woman. He strives to use his expertise in EDI and indirect experiences of systemic discrimination and oppression to educate others and promote change.



Maharus (Mars) Noorani

Communications Specialist - EDI

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Maharus, also referred to as Mars, was a refugee to Canada from the United States following the tragic events of 9/11, the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

In 2013, Mars began his journey at Western University through Huron University College. He holds two undergraduate degrees in three disciplines and earned a Master’s in Media Studies from Western University in 2021.  

His experience in EDI work comes from his research interest which examines the impacts digital mediums like film, VR, video games, and social media have on people, specifically from equity-deserving communities.   

Before joining The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in November 2021, he has worked at Western Student Experience as their Digital Engagement Coordinator specializing in EDI-focused communications initiatives. Currently, Mars’ primary role revolves support the EDI Office Team in effective communications for EDI education, learning, recognition, and celebration.  

Like Lesley, Mars is a proud pet parent to a young sheepadoodle named Benji. Mars is also a proud alumnus of the Western Men’s Wrestling Team.