Faculty biographies

Drew Dowling

Drew Dowling began teaching part-time for Durham College in 1992 and became a full-time faculty member in 1994, where he is a professor teaching in the Legal Administration program. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from York University and is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. Drew has been a lawyer and a member of the Law Society of Alberta since 1983 and the Law Society of Ontario since 1988. He had his own general law practice in Alberta for five years before moving to the Durham Region in 1988, where he continues to practice part-time in the area of real estate law with the firm of Walker Head, one of the largest firms in the region. Drew teaches courses in Contracts, Land Planning and Municipal Law, Legal Research and Taxation.

Nicole Doyle

Nicole has been a member of the Durham College faculty since February 2005. From 2005 until 2011, she was a faculty librarian instructing and supporting students in a variety of programs at Durham College and Ontario Tech University. She is a subject specialist in the areas of law, government and legal research, criminology, justice, data/statistics and company/business research. In May 2011 she joined the full time faculty in the School of Justice and Emergency Services at Durham College where she teaches legal research, information literacy, and research skills. Nicole’s achievements include developing the library’s first data library service, serving on the Data Liberation Initiative’s Education Committee and, most recently, initiating and launching a new college graduate certificate program in Legal Research and Information Management. Prior to her career in education, Nicole spent several years as a corporate librarian and leader in knowledge management with human resources and public relations consulting firms. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree and an Honours BA in Economics and History from the University of Western Ontario.

Mark Frayne

Mark Frayne began teaching in the School of Justice in 2006. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Science and History from York University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Windsor. Since being called to the Bar of Ontario by the Law Society of Ontario in 1987, Mark has been a lawyer and remains a member of the Law Society of Ontario as well as the Canadian Bar Association. Prior to teaching at Durham College, he practiced law as a partner in a law firm, served as in-house legal counsel with a biotechnology company, represented athletes as a certified agent with the National Hockey League and served on various ethics committees, including the Lakeridge Health Corporation. Mark teaches courses in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Practice Management, Employment Law, Administrative Law, Property, Advanced Estates, Political Science, and Intellectual Property & Securities.

Virginia Harwood

Virginia Harwood teaches in the Law Clerk Advanced program as well as the Mediation-Alternative Dispute Resolution graduate certificate program. She is a graduate of the Law Clerk Advanced program at Durham College and joined the Ontario community college system as a faculty member after a 17-year career as a law clerk for a major Toronto law firm, an international risk management firm and a sole-practitioner working in the areas of civil litigation, family law, estates, legal research and real estate. Virginia is committed to assisting Durham College students with their own career success and is passionate about teaching and learning. Along with her advanced diploma in Law Clerk Advanced, she holds a Durham College Adult Education certificate, a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education from Brock University, and a certificate and advanced certificate in ADR from the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor.  Virginia is an associate member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, holds a Q. Med. designation from the ADR Institutes of Canada and Ontario, and is a volunteer director with the Durham Community Legal Clinic.

Peggy Hinan

Peggy Hinan is a Durham College graduate who has gained extensive experience in the legal field. She has worked for several firms in the Durham Region and has experience in the areas of civil litigation, corporate, family law and real estate. Peggy’s background also includes self-employment experience as a freelance bookkeeper for several firms in the region. She began her teaching career at Durham College in 2003 as a part-time professor, obtained an Adult Education Certificate and now teaches full-time with the School of Justice and Emergency Services. Her areas of expertise include: PCLaw, accounting, law office procedures and computer applications.

Maria Iannuzziello

Maria Iannuzziello is a professor currently teaching in the Police Foundations and Law and Security Administration programs, as well as the Youth Corrections and Interventions graduate certificate program..At the age of 18, she became the first female cadet to join the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS). During her eighteen years with DRPS, Iannuzziello worked on the road in Ajax, Oshawa and Pickering, and also specialized in the areas of victim services and domestic violence for an extended period of time. After completing a secondment with Durham College, she resigned from the police service, joining the college as a professor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and is currently working to complete her Master’s degree in Education.

Susan Knox

Susan Knox joined Durham College in 2002 as a part-time member of the teaching faculty. In addition to teaching, Sue Knox is the communications training co-ordinator for the Durham Regional Police Service. She has over 30 years of 911 call centre and police dispatch experience and is a certified instructor with the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.

Lynne LeRoy

Lynne LeRoy is a graduate of the Law and Security program at Niagara College and also has an Honours degree in Criminal Justice from Athabasca University and a certificate in Adult Education from Brock University. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member of the School of Justice & Emergency Services, Lynne was a police officer with the Peel Regional Police in Mississauga, Ont. for a number of years. Currently teaching in both the Protection, Security and Investigations and Police Foundation programs, Lynne is a former program co-ordinator of the Protection, Security and Investigation program.

Debbie Miller

Debbie Miller is a full-time professor teaching in the Court Support Services program. She was the regional trainer of all newly hired courtroom clerks in the Peterborough, Cobourg and Lindsay court centres. She worked as a courtroom clerk for the Ministry of the Attorney General in the Court Services Division for 21 years as part of the court support team in the Ontario Court of Justice in both criminal and youth courts. Debbie Miller was also the interpreter co-ordinator and exhibit co-ordinator for the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. She was a member of the Youth Justice Networking Committee and Tri-County Learning Team, as well as certified health and safety representative. She also served as chair of the Best Practices Committee for Courtroom Clerks, facilitator of the courtroom clerk training manual for the Central East region, facilitator of the bail court training for tri-county and the video remand trainer. Prior to becoming a courtroom clerk, she was a correctional officer for the Correctional Service of Canada.

Margot Murray

Margot Murray has a diverse background in emergency services. She has previously worked as a paramedic, emergency medical dispatcher and fire dispatcher. She also has case management experience, developed while working as a correctional officer in adult correctional settings, and is a certified adult teacher/trainer. Margot has more than 25 years of experience teaching and training in a variety of subject areas and holds certifications in Emergency Management Facilitation, Association of Public Safety Communications Instruction and Casualty Simulation.

Joanne Paterson

Joanne Paterson is the program coordinator for the Victimology (graduate certificate) program, she has extensive experience in the field of social work and counseling including 10 years as a front line counsellor for Social Services and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities employment maintenance programs. She teaches a variety of subjects within Durham College, including Introduction to Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Principles of Research and Design; Interpersonal Communication; and Group Dynamics. She holds a diploma in Social Service Work, a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science and a Master of Arts degree in Education, in addition to achieving certification as a personality dimensions trainer.

Annette Patrick

Annette Patrick is a Durham College graduate and a professor in the 9-1-1 Emergency and Call Centre Communications program. Prior to joining the faculty at Durham, Annette spent many years working in the call centre field. In addition to holding a diploma in Business Administration and an Adult Education certificate, she is a certified instructor with the Association of Public Safety Communications and is an emergency management facilitator for the province of Ontario.

Kathy Phillips

Kathy Phillips is the program co-ordinator for the Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations program and teaches courses in the Police Foundations, Protection, Security and Investigation, 9-1-1 Emergency and Call Centre Communications and the Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations programs. She also holds certifications in personality dimensions facilitation and Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP). A certified fitness professional with 25 years of experience, she brings her passion for fitness and healthy lifestyles to her teaching and facilitating of fitness classes at the college’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.

Laurie Priske

Laurie Priske is a professor in the two-year diploma and graduate certificate Court and Tribunal Agent/Paralegal programs, where she teaches the Provincial Offences, Legal Computer Applications and Small Claims Court courses. In addition, she is the field placement liaison for both programs. Laurie is a licensed paralegal and member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. After graduating from college, she worked as a legal assistant/law clerk for ten years prior to owning and operating a successful paralegal firm in the Durham Region serving Small Claims, Landlord/ Tenant and Provincial Offences clients. Committed to life-long learning, Laurie completed her Advanced Mediation Certificate from Conrad Grebel College and is currently pursuing her Mediation Practicum at Durham College.

Monique Rishea

Monique Rishea teaches part-time at Durham College in the Court Support Services program. In addition to teaching, Monique has spent the past eight years working for the Ministry of the Attorney General. She began working with the ministry as a courtroom clerk, and after two years of clerking in both the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) and Superior Court of Justice (SCJ), she took on a position with the OCJ trial office as the judges’ secretary.  Monique has also been the trial co-ordinator for the Tri-County Ontario Court of Justice since October 2004. She is responsible for scheduling five judges in six different court locations. Her previous work experience also includes working with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Labour, in addition to 12 years of work as a legal secretary with private law firms.

Kathleen Stewart

Kathleen Stewart has been teaching at Durham College in the Legal Administration program since 1998. After graduating from the college’s Sports Administration program, she worked as an event management consultant in the amateur sports field for several years and as the executive director for a provincial sport organization. A desire to change careers led her to Durham College’s Legal Administration program. Upon graduation she obtained a position with a small Toronto legal firm that specialized in residential and commercial real estate. Shortly after that, she accepted a teaching position with Durham College while completing a graduate certificate Adult Education program at Brock University.

Vicki Stewart

Vicki Stewart is a professor in the Law Clerk Advanced program, teaching Landlord and Tenant Law; Title Searching; Business Law; and Conveyancing. She has been a legal administrative professional for more than 30 years and title search consultant to several law firms and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Trent University and is also a graduate of the program in which she teaches. She is a past board member of several community organizations including the Durham College Board of Governors, Oshawa-Durham Symphony Association, Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario and the Real Estate Institute of Canada. Stewart also published an article on performance-based learning in the 2006 winter edition of the academic journal, College Quarterly.

Lesley Wagner

Lesley is a 1985 graduate from the Law Clerk Advanced program at Durham College.  She worked as a corporate/commercial law clerk for 13 years for two prominent downtown law firms upon graduating.  She is a current member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.  She began teaching part time in 2000 and then in 2002 became a full time professor in the Law Clerk Advanced program. She has taught in the Law Clerk Advanced, Paralegal, Court Support Services, Office Administration-Legal and EMCC programs.  She has also educated law clerks for the Professional and Part-time Learning department at Durham College and for the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (“ILCO”).  Lesley currently serves as the President and Board member of the Durham College Alumni Association as well as a Certification member for ILCO.