Get to know our board members
RITESH NARAYAN, PRESIDENT
Ritesh Narayan is a Lecturer in the Department of Justice at Mount Royal University since 2010. Prior to coming to MRU in 2010, he had taught at several public and private institutions and mainly specializing in Criminal Law and Criminology. Before entering into academics, Ritesh has worked for various law firms in areas of criminal, civil litigation, corporate, and family law. Ritesh holds a Certificate and Diploma in Criminology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology from University of the Fraser Valley, and a Master of Law degree from Brunel University in London, England. He is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Ritesh’s area of research includes sentencing of criminals, racism, white collar crime, and private policing.
BRYNN WEINKAUF, VICE PRESIDENT
Brynn is currently enrolled in her fourth year of post-secondary education at Mount Royal University. She entered the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a passion for criminal law. Brynn aspires to continue expanding her knowledge of the criminal justice system through her studies and practical experience. She hopes to pursue a future career that will allow her to work with young offenders. As the vice president of the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies, Brynn plays a flexible role working alongside the president and other members to ensure that the association operates smoothly. She also manages the association’s website. When not studying, Brynn enjoys spending time with her friends and family and most importantly her dog, Harley.
ALLISON STRASSER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Allison Strasser is in her third year of Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University. She is entering her third year of being one of the board members for the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies. After obtaining her BA in Criminal justice she plans to work for a police agency in Canada. When she is not studying or planning for CACLS Allison enjoys spending her time traveling the world and being in the mountains. Allison is looking forward to another successful year with CACLS.
MAKENNA LUTZ, ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Makenna Lutz is a second-year Criminal Justice student at Mount Royal University. This is her first year as a board member of the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies.When not studying, Makenna acts as a dancer and Vice President of the Mount Royal Cubs Dance Team. Makenna hopes to continue her participation in volunteerism and aspires one day, to obtain a law degree.
CASSIE HAGERTY, ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Cassie is currently studying her second year in the Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice degree at Mount Royal University. She is also a member of the Cubs Dance Team, the official dance team of Mount Royal; the Cubs do performances at home basketball games and local clubs like cowboys. Cassie has always had an interest in the proceedings of the Canadian Justice System and plans to pursue a career working within the field; she would like to do her practicum in the field of probation and go from there. Cassie was a member of the Social Media Committee last year (2017/2018 season) and is excited to take on the role of Assistant Executive Director alongside her close friend, Makenna Lutz
BEN WOLTERS, FINANCE CONTROLLER
Ben is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University. He chose the Criminal Justice program as a stepping stone towards entering law enforcement. Ben is a second year member of the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies as Finance Controller. His big passion has always been public service. Future plans include a desire to join Calgary Police Service for a coop program.
KRIS STEFFLER, ASSISTANT FINANCE CONTROLLER
Kris Steffler is an assistant financial controller within CACLS, as well as a second year Criminal Justice student at Mount Royal University. Kris chose Criminal Justice for two reasons. Firstly, as a pathway for law school, as a degree related to law enforcement is a good background for those wanting practicing law. Secondly, Kris has always been fascinated with the dark side of society, those individuals who have committed especially heinous and devious crime. Kris hopes to work as a Crown Prosector after obtaining a law degree.
KSENIA PENKOVA, SECRETARY
Ksenia Penkova is a second year student in the Criminal Justice program at Mount Royal University. This is also her first year as a secretary board member for the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies. After completing her degree in Criminal Justice, Ksenia is hoping to get into working with Calgary Police services, but she is not opposed to exploring other options the field of criminal justice might offer in the future. Ksenia is looking forward to all the experiences and learning opportunities being a part of CACLS and working with her fellow peers has to offer.
NOAH BRIDGE, ASSISTANT SECRETARY
Noah is currently enrolled in his first year of post-secondary education at Mount Royal University. This is also his first year as an assistant secretary board member for the Canadian Association of Criminology & Legal studies. After completing his degree in Criminal Justice, Noah hopes to pursue law school becoming either a criminal or an immigration lawyer one day. Noah is looking forward to working with CALCS hoping to learn many skills and gain experience. When he isn’t studying, Noah enjoys talking with friends and volunteering with the Rotaract Club serving as the Vice President of that team.
Our board members are not the only ones who comprise our team. In addition to our board members, we have a large number of committee members.
Social Media Committee
Workshop and Conference Committee
Tour/Event Planning Committee
Corporate and Legal Committee