Your Current Executive Team

Selena Arcovio


Selena is in her sixth year of university taking Human Ecology in the faculty of ALES. She is majoring in Family Ecology and minoring in Community Diversity. OUTreach is very important to her because she knows the value of finding a community where you feel accepted, included, and understood. When she isn't in class (and she is not in class very often) she is usualy hanging out with friends at Remedy or wasting time on tumblr! She is so thankful and excited for the opportunity to be a part of OUTreach as an executive. Don't be shy, she would love to get to know you all!

Cassie Robertson

VP Internal

Cassie is a fourth-year transfer student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, working on a combined degree in Psychology & English Lit! You can almost always find her camped out in Rutherford Library, reading Shakespeare or trying to understand Sigmund Frued. If she's not there, chances are high that she's loitering in coffee shops, re-watching the same 10 shows on Netflix, or reading for fun (because she’s just that cool). She is currently employed as a Residence Assistant for the university, and is passionate about creating safe, inclusive spaces on campus! She's totally jazzed to be working with OUTreach's amazing members as VP Internal, so if you see her around you should say hello!

Michael Abenojar

VP External

Michael is in his umpteenth year at the University of Alberta, tying up the loose ends of a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is majoring in linguistics and minoring in art & design, and hopes to work his way toward a career in graphic design. While studying (and creating!) on campus, he has sought to make community engagement and volunteerism a big part of his life. From working with a number of Students’ Union services to being a student leader in various student groups to volunteering for non-profits in the Edmonton area, Michael is now focusing on OUTreach as a way to help foster growth and inclusion at the U of A.
Off-campus, he can be found working night shifts at a locally-owned bar, watching WOWPresents or Al Jazeera English on YouTube, being so deep in thought that he bumps into things, or eating. Like a lot. Despite being on the introverted side, Michael always enjoys meeting new people. Actually say hello and start a conversation with him! If it ends up with a stumble into a black hole of social awkwardness, at least he’ll be there with you.

Alec Macdonald

VP Operations

Alec is in his fourth year of the Honors Immunology and Infection programme at the U of A and is working on his 499 Project Thesis under Dr. Shmulevitz on Oncolytic Virology. In addition to serving as VP Operations on the OUTreach executive, Alec serves as the Special Performances Manager for the U of A Mixed Chorus. He was introduced to OUTreach by a friend three years ago and has since enjoyed it's capacity as both a social group and a forum for discussion. Alec is very grateful to be able to give back to this wonderful group and will strive to uphold the safe place provided by OUTreach: where issues of all kinds may be discussed and differing perspectives and points of view are respected and considered. Alec is always up for meeting new people - don't be shy to say hi! 



Leanna Karpoff

HB Finance

Leanna is a Honey Badger, full-time student at the University of Alberta and self-employed independant contractor. After a number of years hopping Universities and majors, xe has finally settled for Edmonton as a good habitat in which to study Linguistics and Computing (including but not limited to natural language processing and artificial intelligence——Skynet: coming soon to a computer near you). In addition to xir eclectic academic journey, HB also has experience in a number of vocations including finances, public relations and marketing, teaching, and security. Currently, in xir spare time HB enjoys active activities, pranks, xir oddly heterogeneous music collection and anything cats. HB loves cats.
HB first stumbled—literally—across OUTreach one chilly Tuesday winter night as xe was code-brained and attempting transport home. Since then xe hasn't looked back, and indeed, is greatly looking forward to the year and the opportunity to work with OUTreach's executive team and members.
HB can generally be found on campus (and the comp sci labs where, like many a computing scientist, xe enjoys all-nighter's and a convenient futon). A friendly badger, HB encourages you to say hello when you see xir—-unless it's a Tuesday, in which case xe might bite.

David Campbell

VP Support Internal

David is in his first year of a General Science program at the University of Alberta with a Biology major and a Chemistry minor. David is very passionate in the realms of science, music, learning, and social justice. Last year he was the president of Jasper Place High School's Gay-Straight Alliance, and was involved with FinAl, a partnership between the Finnish and Albertan education systems. His involvement has included student exchanges and a project to open dialogue about sexual and gender minorities, in attempt to better supports and visibility for students and staff in both systems. When not studying or working, he is usually playing music, hanging out with friends, or getting sucked into the vortex that is social media. David loves to make new connections and meeting new people. Don't hesitate to say hi and see where a conversation ends up! 

David is honoured to be a part of the OUTreach executive for 2015/2016 and he looks forwards to both contributing to, and learning from the incredible, inclusive, and diverse group we know OUTreach to be.

Arlene Lam

VP Support External

Arlene is a fifth year Human Ecology student at the university. She currently is majoring in Family Ecology with a minor in Youth and Child studies. Arlene has a passion for volleyball, fitness, food, the fine arts, the sciences, and as you can see the list can go on.

She is a big believer of living life in the present and being mindful of others. Her goal is to spread love, promote equality and celebrate diversity. Don’t be shy to say hello to her!

It is her pleasure to serve OUTreach as the VP Support external for 2015/2016. 

Ps, I spend majority of my time building and playing with my award winning model train set.

Tom Qiu


Tom is a full-time, third year student at the U of A. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Biological Sciences with the eventual goal of either grad or law school. Tom can usually be found wandering from lecture to lecture like a zombie or be seen at Rutherford South, his second home. However, while most (all) of his friends believe that his passion for life is studying, Tom does greatly enjoy watching television, sleeping, and computer gaming.


This is his second year at OutReach, and he has been profoundly changed by its weekly meetings and members. Tom strives to work with the other OutReach executives to make sure that OutReach continues to be a welcoming space for not only those who are already in the LGBT community, but also for those who are reaching out for a chance to be included.