Meet the 2016-17 UNESA Board of Directors and Staff
Hi everyone my name is Dale and I am the President of UNESA. I am a third year Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws student who resides in Wright College and Village where I am a Resident Fellow. Since residing at Wright 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 Nucleus or TuneFM or even getting involved in UNESA. All of these will in some way make your UNE experience one to remember.
Rufaro Chinoda – International Rep
James Brouff – General Rep
I am a current Masters of Business Administrations Student at the university and work in Business banking on a portfolio specialising in Agribusiness and commercial clients with lending in excess of one million dollars. I have studied with UNE previously graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business (Agri). I have lived on campus at St Alberts college and served as part of many different student societies such as Enacts, UNEBES, UNELSS, UNE Water Polo & others. I have also been fortunate enough to serve as the SAC representative for two years previously and to have been a member of the UNE life advisory board.
My focus is to represent what my fellow students put forward to me without fear of scrutiny from anyone else even if that is close to home. I also believe that we need to have a constructive open relationship with the university to see effective engagement that will deliver the outcomes that UNESA sets out to achieve. I want our members to see us as a constructive group as we look to start fresh and open minded in 2017 with a focus on the big picture – bridging the gaps between the university and it’s students.
Vacant- Internal Rep
Leah Macdonald – Post Grad 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 2017 will be my 9th 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 third term on the UNESA Board of Directors.
Ihave lived in the college system and have held numerous college positions including MB Representative (Female Sport), Vice-President, Academic Mentor, Resident Fellow, Senior Resident Fellow and Senior Academic Mentor. 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.
Ben Holden – External Rep
Sam Bourke – General Board Member
Shonia Poole – Undergraduate Rep
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.
Vacant – Residential College Rep
Vacant – Executive Officer