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Meet Our Team

Meet our passionate rare team, consisting of individuals with varied backgrounds in education, skills and expertise. Their dedication to rare’s mission of conservation, research and education is propelled by their belief of rare’s limitless growth.

Our Staff

Stephanie Sobek-Swant

Executive Director

stephanie [dot] sobek-swant [at] or 519-650-9336 x113

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Laura Eckhardt

Manager, Finance & Administration

laura [dot] eckhardt [at] or 519-650-9336 x117

Kim Robichaud

Administrative Coordinator

kim [dot] robichaud [at] or 519-650-9336 x125

Christine Thompson

Christine Thompson

Major Gifts Manager

christine [dot] thompson [at] or 519-650-9336 x118

Catherine Becsky

Administrative Assistant

catherine [dot] becsky [at] or 519-650-9336 x120

James Bow

Communications Officer

james [dot] bow [at] or 519-650-9336 x123

Nancy Campbell


nancy [dot] campbell [at] or 519-650-9336 x118

Alissa Fraser

Conservation Technician

alissa [dot] fraser [at] or 519-650-9336 x114

Taryn Jarvis

Gill Ratcliffe Gardens & Facilities Coordinator

taryn [dot] jarvis [at] or 519-650-9336 x115

Michelle MacMillan


michelle [dot] macmillan [at] or 519-650-9336 x112

Katie McMullen

Katie McMullen

Sponsorship Events Coordinator

katie [dot] mcmullen [at] or 519-650-9336 x122

Jessica O'Connell

Jessica O'Connell

TMMC Food Bank Gardens, Seed & Land Steward

jessica [dot] oconnell [at] or 519-650-9336 x126

Jenna Quinn

Program Scientist - Research & Education Priorities, Partnerships, & Monitoring

jenna [dot] quinn [at] or 519-650-9336 x111

Istafa Sufi

Istafa Sufi


istafa [dot] sufi [at] or 519-650-9336 x116

Maisy Winn

Administrative Assistant

maisy [dot] winn [at] or 519-650-9336 x125

Tom Woodcock

Planning Ecologist

tom [dot] woodcock [at] or 519-650-9336 x121

Our Fellows



mackenzie [dot] ramsay [at] or 519-650-9336 x123