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Associated Alumni

Associated alumnae 

Supporting current students and alumnae for over 100 years

The UNB Associated Alumnae Council is made up of women graduates and former students of the university. Founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1919, the association's goal is to promote – directly and indirectly – the educational and financial interests of the university, especially those related to the women graduates and undergraduates of the university.

The Associated Alumnae annually awards several scholarships to current students totaling more than $20,000 per year, including: an Entrance Scholarship in Education named in honour of Muriel Farris Baird; the Zula V. Hallett Scholarship; the Marion Fleet Rogers Scholarship; Alumnae award for part-time students and travel grants to graduate students.

The Associated Alumnae meets throughout the year to develop and implement events related to future, current and former UNB women students. A few of our signature events are as follows:

  • Renaissance College Mock Interviews
  • Celebration of Women Speaker Series
  • Recognition of our Scholarship recipients
  • Participation in Homecoming
  • Celebration of Award and Honorary Degree recipients
  • Support of the Women’s Centre on Campus
  • Supporting the UNB Women’s Hockey Team in particular, but of course all our female-identified athletes

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Associated Alumnae Executive

Jennifer WardA native of the Fredericton area, Jennifer graduated from the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick in 2008 with a BBA (Honours in Accounting). After her time at UNB, she began working with a local accounting firm Bringloe Feeney LLP, where she obtained her Chartered Accountant designation. 13 years later, she is a partner at that same firm.

Jennifer, her husband Chris and her young son Wyatt enjoy exploring the great outdoors, and of course spending time with extended family.

A long-time volunteer, in addition to the Associated Alumnae of the University of New Brunswick Executive Council, Jennifer serves on multiple accounting related committees, is the Treasurer of the Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association and is a director of UNB’s Board of Governors.


Jane Kidney-HermelinJane grew up in Marysville, a small community within the city of Fredericton. She graduated from the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick in 1997 with a BBA.  She worked in various industries over the years and pursued her Certified Management Accountant designation of which she completed in 2012. She has been with the Financial and Consumer Services Commission where she currently works as the Manager of Regulatory Systems.

Jane enjoys spending time with her husband Peter, their two children Gracie and Erik and the family dog, Thor. She volunteered on the New Maryland Home and School Committee for several years in the position of Vice President. 

She has volunteered on the Associated Alumnae of University of New Brunswick Executive Council since 2016.  She currently holds the position of 1st Vice President, Treasurer and lead on the Scholarship Committee. 


A native of Fredericton, Deanna graduated from UNB in 1987 with a BSc (Biology-Psychology). After graduating she went on to study Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University and returned home in 1990 to begin her career at Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, now part of Horizon Health Network.  She has worked in various areas of practice and is currently Manager of Physiotherapy Services with over 65 staff working in numerous facilities and programs across Fredericton and Upper River Valley Areas.

In addition to the Associated Alumnae of UNB Executive Council Deanna has volunteered with numerous programs and committees over the years. Those that bring the greatest reward are ones that positively impact others from behind the scenes. She is currently the President of the College of Physiotherapist of NB, has been the NB Chair of Physiotherapy Clinical Component Test Construction Committee for the national competency exam, member of National Physiotherapy Advisory Group working on Clinical Competency Profiles and enjoys working closely with teams to build and maintain positive work relationships. 
Deanna and her husband Doug (class of 1988 BSc CS) raised their children in Fredericton and enjoy anytime spent outdoors or on the water with friends and family.

Emilie ChiassonEmilie Chiasson (BPhil ’15) is the Provincial Program Coordinator for FutureNB where she works to bridge the gap between student workplace readiness and employee recruitment and retention through experiential learning.

During overseas field work and in her native Canada, Emilie has worked hard to support marginalized groups and bring to light their lived experiences through advocacy and programming with AIDS-Free World and Grand Challenges Canada, among others.

Outside of work, you can typically find Emilie exploring the corners of New Brunswick by foot or bike, soaking in her love of east coast music or sailing on the Kennebecasis River.


Jennifer Sutherland GreenJennifer Sutherland Green joined the Financial and Consumer Services Commission in 2014 as Deputy Director & Senior Legal Counsel, Pensions. In 2018, her Deputy Director role was expanded to include Insurance and in 2019 she was appointed Director & Senior Legal Counsel, Pensions & Insurance. Prior to joining FCNB, Jennifer practiced in a variety of roles in the labour and employment law sector.

Originally from Fredericton, Jennifer obtained her BA (Honours) in Economics from Queen’s University in 1994, her MA in Economics from Université Laval in 1996, her LLB from the University of New Brunswick in 1999, and her LLM from Osgoode in 2011. She is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Canadian Bar Association.

Jennifer is married with two children and is active in her community, having served in a variety of roles with both the Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association and the UNB Associated Alumnae among other groups. She is currently a member of the UNB Board of Governors and the UNB Senate.


Associated Alumnae Councillors

Mary Jo McIntoshMary Jo graduated from UNB in 1980 with a MEd in special education and previously from St. FX in 1968 and 69 with a BA and BEd. Throughout her teaching career, Mary Jo taught in Nova Scotia, Saint John and in Fredericton where she taught for over 30 years. As a passionate educator, she also served on various committees on the local and provincial levels of the NBTA.

Currently she serves on the NBSRT (New Brunswick society of retired teachers). Mary Jo is also a member of Grandmothers helping Grandmothers Fredericton, and is a councillor on the UNB Associated Alumnae Council serving as one the council's representatives on the University Women's Centre. 

A proud UNB alumna, all four of her children also attended UNB.

In her spare time, Mary Jo enjoys travelling with her husband Mike, quilting, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Lana Tingly LacroixLana is a passionate advocate for global engagement and works to leverage New Brunswick’s relationships with foreign governments, to promote the province’s economic and cultural agenda, and to create a lasting and positive image of the province. As Chief of Protocol, whether at home or during international missions abroad, her hand is often the first extended to greet foreign dignitaries on behalf of the Premier and the province of New Brunswick.

An energetic and committed volunteer, she currently serves on the board of governors of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the board of management at her church. She has also volunteered her time in support of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital Foundation, the Fredericton Community Foundation, Hospice Fredericton, and Theatre New Brunswick.

Lana and her husband Patrick live in Fredericton with their three children, Pascale, Gabriel and Thomas and their pup Pippa.


Brenda Johnston SamsonBorn in St.Stephen, NB, Brenda graduated from Teachers College, Fredericton in 1971 and began teaching in Florenceville, NB. She has also taught in St.Stephen, Port Elgin and Fredericton.  Following teaching Brenda was in the travel and tourism business for ten years but left to start the Junior Achievement Program in 1984.

In 1995 she  became  chair of the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women as well as serving as city councillor and deputy mayor for the City of Fredericton for nine years.  Brenda has been involved in numerous volunteer organizations. 

She and David enjoy travelling and in particular  music themed cruises.  They share their home with their beloved puppy Buddy, named after Buddy Holly.


Sharon Crabb Sharon graduated from the University of New Brunswick with degrees in Bachelor of Teaching (1976), Bachelor of Education (1976, Master of Education (1993) and a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi (1997). Her 36-year career in education included classroom high school teacher, District Office Supervisor and a high school principal. She taught Master of Education at UNB for two summers.

Following her retirement in 2008, Sharon entered the field of volunteerism. Over the past years, she has served on numerous Boards and Councils, including the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, the UNB Associated Alumnae, CFUW Fredericton and CFUW National.


Chloe JardineChloe Jardine is a Prince Edward Island native that began her UNB journey in 2016. After graduated from Renaissance College in 2019, she ventured up the hill to attend the UNB Faculty of Law. Chloe has been an active member of the UNB community since arriving in Fredericton, including various positions with UNB Student Union and as a student representative on the UB Board of Governors. She looks forward to continuing her involvement with UNB through the UNB Associated Alumnae.

While she never misses an opportunity to visit the Island, Fredericton has quickly become Chloe’s second home. In her spare time, Chloe can be found frequenting some of Fredericton’s local cafes, breweries, and the Boyce Farmer’s Market.


Council Roles

  • Mardi Cockburn, BA'52, Fredericton, NB
  • Karen Taylor, BA'72, MPA'88, Woodstock, NB

  • Jennifer Ward, BBA’08, Fredericton, NB
  • Jennifer Sutherland Green, LLB'99, Fredericton, NB

  • Jane Kidney-Hermelin, BBA'97, Fredericton, NB

  • Jane Kidney-Hermelin - Chair, Finance
  • Jennifer Sutherland Green - Chair, Nominating
  • Jane Kidney-Hermelin - Chair, Planning and Operations
  • Deanna Stewart - Chair, Scholarships
  • Lana Tingley Lacroix - Chair, Events
  • Emilie Chiasson - Chair, Communications
  • Deanna Smith, Mary Jo McIntosh - Women's Centre Representatives

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