Meet the 2015-16 UNESA Board of Directors and Staff
Judd is currently studying a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at UNE. He believes UNE is unique among universities in Australia offering small class sizes, beautiful vistas and as a general rule, highly competent academics. Judd has been a regular contributor to Nucleus, and is active in theatre and as an occasional broadcaster with TuneFM.
Hi everyone my name is Dale and I am the Vice President/Treasurer of UNESA. I am a second year Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws student who resides in Wright Village where I am a Resident Fellow. Since residing at Wright Village I have been a member of the Residents Association (RA).
I am from the small town of Bonny Hills (located 20min south of Port Macquarie, NSW). I am a keen and involved member of the local Surf Life Saving Club-Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC where I don the ‘red and yellow’ and patrol, as well as compete for the club proudly.
I think UNE should pride itself on its diverse nature, from its interactive online learning systems to its residential college system. I strongly urge students to take advantage of such diversity as they will be able to get far post graduation. In order to truly grasp and enjoy the University experience and in particularly the UNE experience, students need to get involved in all aspects of Uni life thrown at them, whether that be in your college JCR, a club or society, or student run organisation like the Nucleus or TuneFM or even getting involved in UNESA. All of these will in some way make your UNE experience one to remember.
Sanaz Alian – International Rep
I am currently doing a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at UNE, after graduating from UNE with a Master degree in 2013. I have a passion for ‘cultural diversity’ and ‘multiculturalism’ in Australia, which is the topic of my PhD. Being an international postgraduate student for four years, I experienced both the challenges and joys of studying at UNE. I was the Education and Communications Officer at UNE ISA (International Student Association) for 2014-2015 and I really enjoyed helping International Students adjusting to the education system in Australia. I am also a HDR representative in postgraduate and Research committee in school of Behavioural Cognitive and Social Sciences. This is my second year of being a board member of UNESA and I am looking forward to be with UNESA for another year and provide a better advocacy for students at UNE.
Sarah-Jane Bowers – General Rep
Sarah is one the General Representatives on the UNESA Board. Sarah is a 3rd year Bachelor of Criminology and Bachelor of Laws student and is passionate about UNE and advocacy. Sarah has been highly involved in Townies UNE, Enactus and TuneFM and is a great promoter for the numerous volunteer programs around the University, and would encourage everyone to get involved.
Koady Humphreys – Internal Rep
Koady is the current Internal Representative on the UNESA Board, studying his 3rd year of a Bachelor of Business combined with a Bachelor of Laws. Koady is a strong believer in student advocacy and the change and difference that can be made by student involvement on campus and in the community at large. Koady is highly involved in the TuneFM volunteering program and is the current President of Enactus UNE, and believes that every student should be involved with a club and society or volunteer program.
Leah Macdonald – Residential Rep
I’m Leah and I’m a PhD student in Chemistry researching metal complexes in wine. As I completed my undergraduate studies at UNE 2016 will be my 8th year studying at UNE. During this time I have gained a lot of knowledge about the university itself as well as the students that study through UNE both internally and externally. This is my second term on the UNESA Board of Directors.
I live in the college system and have held numerous college positions including MB Representative (Female Sport), Vice-President, Academic Mentor, Resident Fellow and am now currently the Senior Resident Fellow for Wright Village and Wright College. I have held other university positions including Residential College Representative on the Undergrads of New England Guild (UNEG) in 2011 before UNESA was established.
Through college, being a chemistry demonstrator and being involved in various sporting teams I interact with a wide variety of UNE students and hear various opinions on how students would like the SSAF spent. I understand how important the student’s voices are in the management of issues such as the expenditure of the SSAF. I enjoy using the information I hear from students and the experiences I have gained during my time at UNE to represent the students by being on the board of UNESA.
Natalie Marsh – External Rep
Maria Nelson – General Board Member
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Sustainability, and staying at Wright Village. I greatly enjoy student life here at UNE, in which I’ve been in student leadership roles such as, Wright Village Treasurer, and Enactus UNE Project Leader. I’m still an active member of various student clubs and societies. These activities have greatly enriched my experience at UNE and would recommend students to get involved.
This is also my first year as a board member and wish to bring my experience and knowledge of student life to the board. I’m a pretty friendly person, so feel free to chat to me anytime.
Chris Purcell – Undergraduate Rep
Chris is a 4th year Bachelor of Medicine student currently attached to the Maitland Hospital doing clinical rotations. She spent the first 3 years of her degree living in Armidale and was an active member of the UNE community throughout this time. Chris has represented student’s interests on various committees including being a student year representative on the UNE Medical Students Association, being a SSAF committee member and working with UNESA as a board member. She was regularly seen cooking pancakes on a Tuesday morning and if sausages needed cooking, she was probably there.
Chris is a strong believer in advocacy for students and regularly interacts with members of faculty to ensure that student’s interests are being adequately addressed.
In her limited spare time Chris enjoys playing hockey, socialising and will take any opportunity to put on a costume.
She is always happy to chat with students via email and assist in any way she can.
Christine Segaert – External Rep
28 years after leaving high school I decided study for the BHIP and this is my third year of part time study. On completion of the degree I hope to be up to the task of writing a specific book, which is part of what prompted me to undertake study in the first place. I have successfully run my own companies for the past 29 years and have a wealth of real life experience. I also work casually at an award winning Museum in Victoria and run my own real estate agency. I have a 26 year old son who is successful in his profession. I love my animals and in my spare time, I am a volunteer tour guide, support the ‘Food is Free’ movement and volunteer for the local Pop Up Shop for the Homeless initiatives and have PLAN sponsor children. I love flying aeroplanes, especially aerobatics; I also reading, travelling and baking. I believe in defending the underdog and just causes. I am excellent at time management, extremely driven to succeed and I am committed to being a strong voice for students.
Joanna Low – Executive Officer
I studied Agricultural Economics here at UNE in the mid 80’s. After a research stint with NSW Agriculture, I took redundancy and spent the next 15 years raising a family. Thereafter I worked in admin and quality assurance at Veterinary Health Research Pty Ltd and in Anatomy at UNE, administering the Body Donor Program. I have been the administrative arm of UNESA since July 2015. Among other things, I enjoy bushwalking, cycling (both motor and pedal), swimming, reading, music, film and have been a carer for both WIRES and the RSPCA. I have always had a keen interest in quality, holistic, lifelong learning/education and am pleased to work for an organisation that aims to enhance the UNE student experience.