Staff Profiles

Coordinator of Volunteer Programming and Community Engagement (Volunteer Coordinator)

The Coordinator of Volunteer Programming and Community Engagement manages the volunteer program and provides training and support for volunteers and Action Groups. The VPCE also works with other organizations to bring speakers and programming to the campus  and wider community.



Mandy Hiscocks is well known for her dedication and understanding of a range of issues. She  has lived in Guelph for over 20 years, many of which were spent studying and working at the U of G, so she has an in-depth knowledge of the campus and the community. If you want to volunteer at OPIRG, join or start an Action group, propose an event or a workshop, or get connected to other people and groups doing similar work to you, drop by or get in touch to  make an appointment. Mandy is happiest when the OPIRG office is full of busy, enthusiastic people. You can usually find her there 12-4:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 1:30-4:30pm on Thursdays.

Coordinator of Organizational and Policy Development (Organizational Coordinator)

The Organizational Coordinator is responsible for organizational and policy development, Board support and development, and work associated with Ontario PIRG (the provincial network of PIRGs).



Natali Euale Montilla (Rosa Amarilla) is a Venezuelan immigrant to Turtle Island, currently residing on the ancestral territory of the Attawandaron (Chonnonton), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples and the treaty land of the Mississaugas of the Credit (Guelph, ON). She is of mixed ancestry from Cuicas territory in the Andes of Venezuela and from the Mediterranean. Her organizing and work is centered on exposing and dismantling all levels of oppression and violence towards Black and Indigenous folks and People of Color (BIPOC). She is interested in how settlers can un-learn colonial behaviors and build allyship with Indigenous communities to support their struggles for land-restitution and self-determination.

Coordinator of Office Finances and Administration (Office Coordinator) and Speed River Project Coordinator

The Office Coordinator is responsible for managing OPIRGs’ physical space, administrative systems, bookkeeping and financial reporting and equipment purchases and maintenance.


The Speed River Project Coordinator is responsible for managing OPIRG’s Speed River Project, which includes the Adopt-A-Riverside project. The Speed River Project Coordinator works with OPIRG staff, students and the broader community towards enhancing the ecological health of our rivers. Neighbourhood-based naturalization initiatives and educational programming form the heart of this project.



Kiran Bhattarai has a wealth of knowledge and experience about community development and environmental sciences. She also has international experiences on social and environmental activism. Most weeks Kiran is in the office from 10:30am to 4:30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Symposium Coordinator

The Symposium Coordinator is a temporary staff person who is responsible the overall operations of Rebel Knowledge, OPIRG’s annual Social and Environmental Justice Symposium.




The OPIRG Workstudy Support Staff are temporary staff who responsible for assisting full-time staff in aspects of their work, engaging in training and skill-building, and taking on project specific tasks related to the organization.

Events and Programming Support

The Events and Programming Support staff person assists in planning, running and promoting events including the annual Symposium.


Obehi Okaka (she/her) is a queer, Nigerian community organizer residing in Guelph, ON.


Assistant Library and Archives Coordinator

The Assistant Library and Archives Coordinator aids in the overall operation, function and promotion of the Radical Resource Library and the OPIRG Local/Provincial Archive.


Jason Richards is a fourth-year Sociology major, a member of the Varsity Football team, and is the director of the Guelph Creative Collective (CSA club). Jason is interested in how creative activism can transform traditional arts-based research methodologies and how research innovation can re-vitalize the non-profit sector.


Speed River Project Event Support

The Speed River Project Event Support staff person assists in planning, running and promoting tree plantings, park maintenance, invasive species control and river cleanup events.

We do not currently have anyone in this position.




Summer Research and Archival Coordinator (Research Coordinator)

The Research Coordinator is a temporary staff person who is responsible the overall operations of the annual OPIRG People’s History Project.  This position only exists in the summer.