Our Team

Loyalist College’s Applied Research & Innovation Office is an innovation hub helping industry collaborate with academia.

Kalina Kamenova

Director of Applied Research

Dr. Kalina Kamenova is the Director of Applied Research at Loyalist College.

She is an experienced research leader with multi-disciplinary expertise spanning fields such as bioethics, research and applied ethics, global health, science policy and health law, science communication, deliberative public engagement, social innovation, and community-based and participatory research.

Kari Kramp

Senior Scientific Manager

Dr. Kari Kramp is the Senior Scientific Manager within the Applied Research and Innovation Office.

Dr. Kramp is the identified Head of Laboratory meeting all qualifications defined in the current Cannabis Act and works to ensure all operations/compliance and reporting obligations meet Health Canada and CRA requirements.  

Carly Kelly

Senior Manager, Applied Research and Innovation

Carly Kelly is the Senior Manager for the Applied Research and Innovation Office. Carly provides leadership in setting priorities and objectives for the centres and she is responsible for all activities related to the day-to-day business operations of the centres.

Kurstin Salisbury

Manager, Centre for Healthy Communities

Kurstin Salisbury joined the Applied Research and Innovation Office (ARIO) at Loyalist College in January 2023, becoming Operations Manager for the Centre for Healthy Communities (CFHC) in January 2024. 

Jessica Becking

Research Coordinator, Applied Research and Innovation

Dr. Jessica Becking is the Research Coordinator within Loyalist’s Applied Research and Innovation Office. Her work helps to grow the culture of research at Loyalist through the support of the research teams, faculty researchers, and the Research Ethics Board. She is a passionate researcher and the designated Research Grants Officer for the College. 

Jennifer Zechel

Senior Researcher

Josh Powles

Faculty Researcher

Declan DeJordy


Cameron Parker

Laboratory Coordinator

Stephen Dick

Laboratory Technologist

Tegan Mandeville-MacKay

Compliance Technologist

Brittany Bachellier

Research Associate

Rodolfo Gonzalez

Research Associate

Richard Walsh

Research Associate

Clara I. Tascón

Senior Research Specialist

Amanda Solmes

Research Associate