Meet the Staff 2017-2018

Editorial Staff

Mirali Almaula

Editor-in-Chief

Mirali completed her PhD at U of G in Theatre Studies. She started with The Ontarion as a volunteer and worked as Digital Content Editor last year — despite a troubling past with all things technology. Mirali likes creating recipes, reviewing theatre and comedy shows, and performing stand-up comedy.  

Frances Esenwa

Director of Layout and Design

Frances is an artist that graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber. Now, she uses the skills she learned in school, and her love for editorial design, as the Director of Layout and Design for The Ontarion. Outside of work you will probably find her covered in paint or re-watching something on Netflix.

Alora Griffiths

Photo & Graphics Editor

Alora went to Humber College for Film and Media Production, but is mostly self-taught with photography and videography. Outside of The Ontarion, she is a high-level powerlifter in the Canadian Powerlifting Federation. She enjoys joining her passions for lifting and photography by documenting her training on YouTube. She hopes to expand her knowledge this year and grow as a photographer for The Ontarion by learning new skills and creating new content.

Tiann Nantais

News Editor

Tiann is a fourth-year Political Science student at the University of Guelph. This is her second year on staff with The Ontarion, having held the role of Copy Editor in the last publishing year. Tiann’s work has also been featured on Student Life Network and College Pro. When she’s not writing, Tiann enjoys volunteering on campus and schooling her friends about politics. Tiann aspires to be the reason Sophie Grégoire and Justin Trudeau get divorced.

Will Wellington

Arts & Culture Editor

Will has been living under a rock for a couple years and is very eager to see the light of day. He writes plays and songs and thinks a good deal too much about Magic: The Gathering.

Matteo Cimellaro

Sports & Health Editor

Matteo Cimellaro is a fifth-year arts student with a major in Philosophy and minor in English. His interests are journalism, film, literature, and food. Matteo’s writing has appeared in The Ontarion and The Come Up Show.

Karen K. Tran

Digital Content Editor

Karen is a fourth-year student at U of G with a major in English and minor in Creative Writing. She tried gardening this summer, but was not very successful. She loves reading, going to karaoke nights, and her crazy border collie, Jackie.

Leslie Thompson

Marketing Assistant 

Leslie is a fifth year History major and French minor at the University of Guelph. She has a special knack for getting her point across in 140 words or less, and for yelling at people to read The Ontarion. Outside of work, she enjoys history, writing, learning new languages, and traveling. You can find her travel stories and fun historical facts on her blog, astudyinsanity.com, and on Instagram @astudyinsanity.

Carolynn Whitehouse

Copy Editor

Carolynn is a fifth-year student in the Bachelor of Applied Science Adult Development program. She enjoys many aspects of the arts, including theatre and music, and has a strong tendency to consume peanut butter by the spoonful. She recently visited the far-away land of China on a semester abroad and surprised herself by growing fond of the busyness of city life. On the other hand, she also enjoys finding quiet spots on campus to relax and be by herself. She looks forward to learning and working alongside everyone at The Ontarion in her role as Copy Editor.

Aaron Jacklin

Office Manager

Aaron completed his MA at U of G in Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy. He started with The Ontarion as a volunteer a very long time ago and has had many positions with the paper. Aaron is a proud husband of a vet tech student and father of two boys.

Lorrie Taylor

Business Coordinator 

Lorrie has been the “number cruncher” for The Ontarion for almost 20 years. She enjoys the energy on campus and the creativity and talent of the staff and volunteers who revolve through The Ontarion doors. When she’s not in the office processing payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and creating awesome spreadsheets, she cherishes family time with her four precious grandchildren, scrapbooking, quilting, and cottage time. Her happy word is “Water” – on it (kayak), in it (swimming), or beside it (dock).

Al Ladha

Advertising Manager

Al completed his B.Comm at U of G in Marketing. He has been the Ad Man for the last six years and finds great pleasure in helping on- and off-campus organizations spread their message to the thousands who make up the U of G community. In his spare time, Al likes playing the drums, eating pizza, and chillin’ with his dog, Louis.