Our Staff

Take some time to learn about the staff of the StFX Extension Department.

Phil Davison, Director

Phil Davison, Director of Extension since 2010, is fortunate to have worked for 30 years at home and abroad in a variety of roles within community, institutional and government settings. He values creativity, compassion, tenacity, and humour and strives to secure the grace of his daily work.

Phil holds a PhD in Adult Education (Post-Secondary Leadership) from the University of New Brunswick, a MA (Adult Education) and a BEd (Secondary) from Dalhousie University, and a BSc from Acadia University.

Pauline MacIntosh, Fieldworker

Pauline MacIntosh has been with the Extension Department since 1997. An experienced adult educator and facilitator, she is passionate about working with groups engaged in participatory research, program evaluation, capacity building, community development, and strategic planning. She has extensive hands-on experience supporting the success and growth of a variety of local, provincial, and regional entities, and regularly designs and delivers educational workshops and training for groups and organizations. Pauline has been instrumental in the design and delivery of the Extension Department’s Rural Leadership Development Program. Through this program, she has brought people together to discuss community-based approaches to development and has led engaging discussions that bridge theory and practice.

Pauline holds a MA (Adult Education) from Mount Saint Vincent University, a BEd (Secondary), a Diploma in Adult Teacher Education and a Certificate in Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a BA from StFX.

Beverly Hemlow, Assistant to the Director and Administrative Assistant

Beverly Hemlow has been at the core of the Extension Department’s work since 1995. Her strengths in problem solving, communication, and project management are invaluable. An experienced teacher and administrator, she oversees the department’s daily affairs, including liaising with Extension’s partners, program participants, and the general public, coordinating events, supporting the Director and colleagues, and preparing course materials, as well as performing general office administration duties.

Beverly holds a BA and a BEd (Secondary) from StFX and a Diploma in Business Education from the Nova Scotia Community College.

Paula Brophy, Acting Coordinator, Innovation and Enterprise Centre and Self Employment Benefit Program Coordinator

Paula Brophy has been with the StFX Enterprise Development Centre (XEDC) since 2007, and with the StFX Extension Department since 2012. Paula is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals. As an experienced business counsellor and facilitator, she is passionate about working with entrepreneurs to help strengthen and grow their businesses. With a strong belief in education and self-improvement, Paula has focused on developing and facilitating entrepreneurial programming in Northeastern Nova Scotia. She is well versed in what it takes to design a successful start-up enterprise, and she is dedicated to helping clients get the information and skills they need to succeed.

Paula holds a BIS from StFX and a Diploma in GIS from the Centre of Geographic Sciences, Nova Scotia Community College.

Jordan MacDonald, Marketing, Communications, and Events Coordinator

Jordan MacDonald joined the StFX Extension Department in 2017 as Marketing, Communications, and Event Coordinator for the StFX Extension Innovation and Enterprise Centre.  Jordan is entering his fourth year at StFX, completing an honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship with Co-operative Education. His work at the Centre includes developing and coordinating the Summer Launch program and acting as the Conference Development Coordinator for the 2017 4-H Leadership Development Conference – a partnership between 4-H Nova Scotia and StFX University.

Originally from Western PEI, Jordan is passionate about rural communities and the unique opportunities they embody. Working with Extension has allowed him to further develop skills acquired in previous non-profit work and volunteer experience as well as gain new talents and insights from his Extension colleagues.

Jaime Smith, Executive Lead, Centre for Employment Innovation

Jaime Smith joined the Extension Department as the Executive Lead of the Centre for Employment Innovation in April 2017. Jaime has a rich volunteer and professional experience rooted in planning, participatory leadership, adult education, and community development. Jaime’s work spans multiple contexts such as compassionate activist, board director, small-business owner, and government employee. Jaime is empowered by her love of community and people. She is enthusiastic to work with Nova Scotians to explore and develop innovations in employment services.

Jaime is currently enrolled in the MAdEd (Community Development) program at St. Francis Xavier University, she holds a BDes (Honors in Planning) from the Nova Scotia College and Art and Design, and a BA (Environmental Studies) from Mount Allison University.

Jess Popp, Coordinator, Stakeholder Engagement, Centre for Employment Innovation

Jess Popp joined the Extension Department as the Coordinator for Stakeholder Engagement for the Centre for Employment Innovation in 2017. As an experiential educator and passionate environmental scientist, Jess has been using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education as a tool to facilitate changes in youth development and career awareness. She has extensive experience designing and delivering hands-on, learner-centered workshops for youth, post-secondary and graduate students, volunteers, and professionals. Inspired by community-driven development, Jess has collaborated with a variety of sectors to create programs that empower communities, emphasize transferable skill development, and prepare individuals to become critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Jess is eager to bring together voices and ideas from across Nova Scotia to help foster a more resilient and effective workforce.

Jess holds a MSc (Aquatic Ecology & Predation) from the University of Saskatchewan and a BSc (Biology & Environmental Studies) from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Paula Romanow, Manager of Applied Research, Centre for Employment Innovation

Paula Romanow joined the Extension Department in April, 2017 as Manager of Applied Research for the Centre for Employment Innovation. Paula has worked in a variety of communication roles: television news and documentary producer/director, freelance writer and journalist, military public affairs officer, and owner of Bramblefield Research & Consulting. Active in community-based education and rural community development, she began teaching at the Nova Scotia Community College in 1994 and in the Communications Studies and Faculty of Education (Lifelong Learning) at MSVU in 1999. Paula’s academic research interests centre on rural community development in all its facets – economic, health and wellness, sustainability, education, and policy development, and the role that communication plays in resiliency. Paula has also conducted research for a variety of academic and community-based research projects ranging from communication in all its forms and the cultural effects thereof to the use of recognition of prior learning in developing competency-based standards and certifications for career development practitioners. Prior to coming to Extension, she was the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Career Development Association.

Paula holds a BA in communication studies from the University of Windsor, a Diploma in Adult Education from StFX, a MAEd in Adult Education from MSVU, and a PhD in communication from Carleton University.