CEO & Founder
Monika’s passion for health and wellness began at an early age and the concept of lifelong learning was instilled in her soul from the passion her father showed for education.
While studying to receive her Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S) degree with a specialization in Panchkarma in India, she learned that Ayurvedic Medicine teaches us that our physical health and wellbeing is deeply connected to our mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. These principles and concepts were something that resonated with her deeply and she dedicated her life to bringing these learnings to more people around the world.
When she came to Canada, Monika brought this holistic approach to Calgary and was the founder of one of Calgary’s first Ayurvedic spas. Her passion for education led to the creation of MCG Career College, where her vision is to apply these ideas to elevating health and wellness training programs and extending them into the lives of students. She is a strong believer in the power of education and its ability to change the life of a person, their family and the community for the better.
Monika is focused on enabling every member of the community the opportunity to learn a skill, to build a business and earn a living for their families — all through education and training. In the future, Monika hopes to continue growing the offerings at MCG Career College and providing students with opportunities of continued growth and success.
Ed.D (Cand.), MGM, SLHE, CNet, CTP
Vice President and Dean
Tim Ogilvie is trailblazer with over 20 years of senior leadership experience in academic, operations, and business fields. Focusing on partnership creation, policy development, transformation strategies and innovation, Tim has obtained awarding winning success in both public and private settings.
As the Vice President and Dean of MCG College, Tim will be applying his skill set to Grow, Engage and Transform the intuition through the development of quality, cutting edge programs and community partnerships.
Among Tim’s achievements are:
A lifelong learner, Tim has completed a Masters of Global Management, Post-Graduate Diplomas in Network Engineering Technology and Strategic Leadership in Higher Education as well as numerous certifications and is currently a candidate for is Doctorate in Education. In his spare time, Tim enjoys working on cars, music and spending time with his family.
Director, Marketing and Admissions
Raisa Afrida is a self-directed, solutions-driven and creative professional. She spent over 12 years in sales & marketing, management and business development, embracing challenges and delivering results to academic institutions, businesses, and corporations.
She has an MBA from University of Calgary with a focus in sustainable development. She is passionate about developing and maintaining strong relationships centered on trust and respect with her peers and clients.
Raisa came to Canada as an immigrant along with her family and ‘Higher Education’ changed her and her family’s lives. She believes in the power of education and has been actively engaged in admissions, instruction, and management at both public and private education institutions. Raisa believes in diversity, inclusion and aspires to be a global citizen.
Raisa wants to grow the college focusing on life-long student engagement and enrichment. She wants every student to feel proud to be part of an institution that cares, supports and values ‘People’. Apart from work, Raisa is an adventurous soul who likes to sing, paint, read books and try new food.
Director, Regulatory and Compliance
Faye is a high energy, driven individual with a passion for customer service excellence and building relationships. After spending 20 years in private industry leading a national customer service team, Faye went back to school and became a Registered Dental Assistant specializing in Orthodontics. Most recently, she was a Project Coordinator responsible for bringing new educational programs to market at a public post secondary institution.
Faye has completed the Adult Educator Series (MRU), Applied Project Management Certificate of Achievement (SAIT) and is a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma Methodology. As Enrollment Coordinator at MCG, Faye is looking forward to working with students and staff to contribute to the continued growth and success of MCG Career College.
When Faye isn’t working she can usually be found spending time with Roxy, her little morkie dog. Her many and varied interest and hobbies include baking, gardening, travelling, jigsaw puzzles, reading and playing board games and cards.
Dr.Ac., T.C.M.D., R.M.T.
Department Head, Massage Therapy and Wellness Programs
Dr. Gustafson brings in his passion for teaching students and health professionals. He is an aspiring leader who will provide the MCG massage therapy program with the skills needed for our students to excel in the massage therapy industry. Jaeger Gustafson is a Doctor of Acupuncture and is a Registered Massage Therapist. He specializes in orthopedics. Dr. Gustafson is an authority on the integration of orthopedic massage and acupuncture. He double majored as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and a Doctor of Acupuncture at the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Jaeger Gustafson’s experience over the years will allow him to share his experiences and skills with students. Our students, staff, and faculty are thrilled to have him and can’t wait to see the amazing projects he will create at MCG Career College!
Lead, Addictions and Mental Health
Maureen Wit has dedicated her #career to the field of Human Services working with the Complex Needs of children, youth, families, and elders using a person-centered approach.
She has transitioned into sharing her knowledge and practical approaches in Post Secondary Career colleges, as an instructor, education manager, and academic coordinator to support students with their educational journey and life management. She makes student success a priority.
Maureen was awarded the Excellence Educator Award from Alberta Career Colleges Association. Most recently she has delivered a curriculum using online, blended formats in her classroom environment.
BLT, RDMS, CRGS, RVT
Department Head, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Valerie is a diagnostic medical sonographer credentialed in generalist and vascular sonography. Her robust career spans 30+ years in healthcare and post secondary instruction. She is passionate for the profession and believes the heart of teaching lies in leading by example.
Valerie started her career in healthcare as a medical laboratory technologist, earning a degree from the University of Regina. After working in that field for a few years, she wanted to expand her healthcare knowledge. She earned a diploma in sonography at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario and acquired practical hospital experience in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After working several years in both hospital and clinic sonography environments, in Calgary, she transitioned to instructing in the DMS program at the Southern Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 2001.
Valerie has diverse teaching experience that includes didactic courses and practicum.
In her spare time, Valerie enjoys walking with her Golden Retriever, Boone, reading, spending time at her cabin, paddle boarding, kayaking, golfing, and cooking. She believes in creating a work/home life balance.