Staff Profiles

Welcome to the Australian staff profile section! We are all here to make your life easier when you are in our beautiful country, so please always feel that you can contact us with questions and suggestions on how we can help you to have the best time possible ‘down under’.

 
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Christi Hoover
 
Director of Australian Programs
 
IFSA-Butler, Australia Office
Based in Brisbane Office
 

My name is Christi Hoover and I am the Director of Australian Programs in Australia. I am Canadian and grew up on a small island in the Great Lakes. I graduated with my Bachelor of Honours in Kinesiology, with a major in sport and leisure management, so I'm enjoying living in a nation that loves its sport and the outdoors. I also have my Bachelor of Education and taught secondary physical education in England for one and a half years before coming here. I've done extensive travelling in Europe and love the adventure that travelling brings.

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Felix Khanis
 
Manager of Finance & Information Technology
 
IFSA-Butler, Australia Office
Based in Sydney Office
 

Hi, my name is Felix Khanis and I manage all Finance and IT in the Australian office, I was born in the Ukraine but I am a proud Australian and I believe it's the best country in the world. I love my kids (Aksel & Lucas my twin boys), my wife, cycling and soccer, I'll let you decide in which order.

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Fiona Pearson
 
Senior Student Services Coordinator
 
IFSA-Butler, Australia Office
Based in Sydney Office
 

Hi, I'm the Senior Student Services Coordinator for the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and the University of Technology. I have a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Theatre & Media as well as a passion for live comedy and musical theatre. I have also lived and worked in the UK and I believe that travelling is one of the most life enriching decisions you can make (as long as you take some back up vegemite-I'm an addict).

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Lindsey Meldrum
 
Student Services Coordinator, The University of Melbourne and Monash University
 
IFSA-Butler, Australia Office
Based in Melbourne Office
 

Hello Adventurers!

My name is Lindsey and I am the Student Services Coordinator for The University of Melbourne and Monash University.

You are at the beginning of an incredible journey on which you will visit extraordinary places, experience new cultures and learn so much about yourself. I have spent a year on exchange in New Jersey, a month in India on a social entrepreneurship program and have travelled extensively in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific region. Each of these experiences has been eye opening, life enriching and super fun! I am so excited to support you on your own amazing adventure.

During your time in Melbourne I will be here for anything you need. New challenges come with every worthwhile experience and I am here to help you tackle these and support you in any way I can. Never hesitate to contact me about anything, even if you just need a coffee and a sympathetic ear. There will also be events throughout the semester which are designed to help you get to know each other and get to know Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city and the cultural capital of Australia!

You are going to have a fantastic time here; I’ll see you soon!

Lindsey

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Rebecca Duell
 
Student Services Coordinator
 
IFSA-Butler, Australia Office
University of Queensland and Griffith University in Brisbane and the Gold Coast Office
 

Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the Student Services Coordinator for the University of Queensland and Griffith University in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. I really enjoy travelling and living abroad. I lived in the small Pacific Island nation of Niue as a child, and in Ireland in my early 20s. My favourite destinations so far are Venice, Italy and the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

I’m originally from New Zealand and have lived in Brisbane for nearly 5 years. I moved to Brisbane to do a Ph.D. at Griffith University in Environmental Sociology and Sustainability. Now I’ve finished studying I’m happy to continue to live in Brisbane as it’s such a great easy city. I love going to the beach, seeing live bands, going to music and cultural festivals, visiting markets, and eating at Brisbane’s many great cafés. I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to Australia’s beautiful Sunshine State!

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Sharna Bremner
 
Student Services Coordinator
 
IFSA-Butler, Australia Office
Based in Adelaide Office
 

Hi everyone, my name is Sharna and I am the Student Services Coordinator for the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. I have lived in South Australia for most of my life, so I can make sure you students can see everything we have to offer, from beautiful countryside and beaches, world class performers and festivals, to strange and wonderful wildlife including koalas, dolphins and everything in between. I have just taken post graduate studies at the University of Adelaide and I also have studied abroad, doing a semester at Mahidol University International College in Salaya, Thailand in 2009, which was one of the most exciting, challenging and valuable experience of my life.

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Gillian Erasmus
 
Student Services Coordinator
 
IFSA-Butler, Australia Office
University of Western Australia and Murdoch University
 

Hi everyone, my name is Gillian and I am the Student Services Coordinator for the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University. I moved to Perth from South Africa about six years ago, and have been studying at the University of Western Australia for the last few years. As much as a loved South Africa growing up, I feel incredibly privileged to call Australia my home. I recently completed a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English Literature and Psychology and am currently completing postgraduate studies in Secondary Education. I understand the challenges accompanying student-life and will be happy to share my advice with you. Adjusting to a new place can be difficult, but not if you have the right social support and the motivation to embrace the differences. That is why I am here—to help you adjust and enjoy your stay in Perth.

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Darja Miscenko
 
Student Services Coordinator
 
IFSA-Butler, Australia Office
University of Western Australia and Murdoch University Offices
 

Hello, I am the Student Services Coordinator for the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University. I come from Latvia, a small country in Eastern Europe, but I have spent last 10 years studying, working, and living abroad. Early 2014 I came to Perth for an exchange program, and I was charmed by the beautiful city and breathtaking nature of Western Australia. Currently, I am a PhD student in management and organizational behaviour at UWA. I enjoy the ocean and sunny weather, so during the hot summer days you will definitely find me at one of the amazing Perth’s beaches. I love exploring Perth and WA for events, experience, and most importantly, food.

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