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
Bethany Edmunds is the Director of Computer Science and Teaching Professor at Northeastern University’s Vancouver campus. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence, and is passionate about breaking down barriers to create greater diversity, access, and inclusion within the tech 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 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 also on the Board of Directors for Women in Machine Learning.
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 deliver an exceptional experience. 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.
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.
(On leave) 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, Khoury College of Computer Sciences
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.
As the Marketing Manager for the Vancouver campus, Denise oversees marketing, enrollment and community development initiatives as part of Northeastern’s regional marketing team.
Denise has over a decade of experience in marketing, program management and partnership development. Prior to joining Northeastern, Denise worked in higher ed supporting lifelong learning and executive education programs at a university in the lower mainland. She’s also previously worked with Doctors Without Borders in the Middle East and started her career at an ad agency in Dubai.
Denise is a marketing alum of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She’s looking forward to travelling again in a post-pandemic world and in her spare time enjoys photography, tennis and discovering local coffee shops around Vancouver.