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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
After High School I studied Social Science at UniSA but swapped to Economics at Adelaide at the end of my first year. Whilst studying at Adelaide Uni I got a job at National Australia Bank where I worked in Commercial Leasing and Asset Finance.  After 8 years at NAB I transitioned into the NFP sector in 2005 as General Manager of Music SA, with a desire to ‘give back’ and use the skills I had gained in business and finance to make a difference in the community. After 8 years I joined USASA as General Manager in 2013. I completed a certificate in Financial Accounting in 2000, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration in 2015, Australian Institute of Company Directors course in 2015 and Masters in Business Administration in 2016.

I have a passion for governance and strategy and have held positions on a number of NFP and for-profit boards. Over the last 10 years these have included the Tertiary Access Group, Music SA, Arts Industry Council, Australian Music Industry Network, Campbelltown City Soccer Club and St Josephs School.  
What do you like to do outside of work? 
Our kids are 11 and 13 and take up much of our time outside of work with their sport and music commitments. I’m a big football (soccer) fan and Adelaide United member. I love music of all kinds, although I mostly listen to the heavier stuff, and love to play guitar (badly).
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
It’s a cliché, but the opportunity to make a real difference in students lives. I've seen how important and impactful the programs are that we run for students over the years, and the difference they can make. I really enjoy the challenge of working with students and the University to make the experience at UniSA the best in the world.
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?
I did a quiz on Buzzfeed and it said Mute Swan which just shows that the quiz is broken. I think I’m probably more of a Warbler as I’m always talking (and always signing at home)
 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
I am a Bachelor of Laws degree graduate from Colombia. I have completed three postgraduate degrees in Australia - Master of International Relations – Master of International Trade and Law and a Postgraduate Degree in Immigration Law and Practice -.  
I am a very passionate professional that enjoys creating, implementing, developing and evaluating student support services. I have over 12 years of work experience working with academic policies at UniSA and advocating for student’s rights.  
What do you like to do outside of work? 
I like reading, playing and watching soccer, surfing and spending time with my family. 
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
Supporting, assisting and empowering students that are facing difficulties. 
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Tawny Frogmouth

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
    •    Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (Recreation Planning & Management) in 2006
    •    14 years’ experience in the Events Industry 
    •    Worked for a variety of organisations and large scale festivals/events including: Port Adelaide Football Club; Bedford Group; Fresh 92.7 and Australian Masters Games
    •    Strong operations professional skilled in decisiveness, communication, Event Management, agent for change, and management
    •    Been working for USASA for 4 years, commenced as Events Coordinator and progressed to current role as Manager: Events & Clubs 
What do you like to do outside of work? 
    •    Spending quality time with my family, especially my daughter, Frankie
    •    Camping and exploring this beautiful country 
    •    Socialising with friends 
    •    Experiences – no matter how small or big 
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
    •    Potential to make a positive impact on the strategic direction and future of the organisation 
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

    •    The Buzz Feed Quiz Answer – Red-Tailed Hawk
    •    My personal choice – Laughing Kookaburra 

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
My background is in retail and sales management. I previously worked for the Just Group and was there for 7 long years. 
What do you like to do outside of work? 
My family is what I invest all my spare time into. Originally from the country, that’s where you’ll find me if I have the time.
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
 I love the fun, bright and supportive environment. Never have I ever been surrounded by such a warm and positive work environment that believes and delivers its promise for an even work-life balance.
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

 I’ll just say a magpie because you can’t go wrong when wearing black and white, plus they will swoop and protect for what’s important to them.

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
I started studying a Bachelor of Architecture at UniSA in 2001 but decided that after 3 years of study, I needed to see the world. I spent six years living in the UK, where I worked a plethora of different jobs including a cake designer for Choccywoccydoodah, a concierge for American Express Black Card, and managing a Karaoke Bar & Night Club. I returned to Australia in 2009 to complete my studies, which included a Certificate IV in Graphic Design, a Certificate IV in Small Business Management and finally, graduating from UniSA with a Bachelor in Visual Communication.

Since 2013, I have been freelancing as a Graphic Designer and brand developer. In this time period, I worked for Newstyle Media and specialised in magazine layout and business development, working on such publications as Adelaide Hills Magazine, SAkids, Barossa Living, McLaren Vale Visitor Guide, Aspire Magazine, Parade, Wine Business Australia and finally, Fritz Magazine. My job role at Newstyle Media evolved into content curation, which mainly focused on video production, blog and copywriting, social media and brand management. In 2017, I taught first-year studio for Communication Design at UniSA, which reignited my love for University life, and eventuated with me taking a role at USASA. 
 
What do you like to do outside of work? 
I am a dog lover, so one of my paid hobbies is looking after people’s pets and houses while they go on holiday. I also enjoy video games, making graphic art and having a social drink with a sprinkling of good old banter.
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
I love being able to interact with University students from all walks of life, and I also love learning something new every day.
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

I subscribe to the conspiracy that all birds aren’t real – but if I had to choose one, I’d probably be a cockatoo, because they’re very social and very loud and often my hair looks like a cockatoo’s crest. 

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
I graduated with a double degree in Law and Arts (Politics/Public Policy) from Flinders in 2015, where I had been studying since 2009. During my time at Uni I gained a lot of governance and administrative experience on the Flinders Law Students’ Association and was called upon to be the student rep on a wide range of committees at the University. Thankfully, I realised about halfway through my degree that I had no interest in practising law, so I didn’t pursue this and just before graduation I stepped up to a management role at McDonald's where I had been working part-time since I was 16.  Immediately prior to coming to work at USASA, I was People Performance Manager at Happy Valley McDonalds where I oversaw hiring, training and rostering of over 100 staff. 

At USASA my role includes the coordination of training and administration for the Student Board, working on projects around Student Representation and Governance, and (most importantly) running the student election.
I am currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Marketing from Griffith University and will be finished in May 2020. 
What do you like to do outside of work? 
I play video games and make weird art.
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
First and foremost, I appreciate that I work in a scholarly environment where learning is encouraged and supported. For me, the best part of academia is the arguing and I am very thankful that unpacking and/or challenging points of view is something that comes up daily in my ordinary course of business. These are much better than the arguments about “where are my pickles?” that I would get into at my old job.
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

I am definitely a male peacock as I enjoy looking fabulous, climbing up on top of stuff, and screaming loudly. 

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
BS Accountancy from UMissouri-Columbia, CPA, 4 years as winery accountant, 10 years of accounting and auditing for various not-for-profit organisations
What do you like to do outside of work? 
Gardening, choir
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
Reconciliations- figuring out a puzzle
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Hummingbird

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
Bachelor of Management (Marketing) | Master of International Business | Graduate Certificate in Mediation (Workplace Relations)
My journey at the Student Association started in 2007 when I was elected as the President of UniLife. I had the privilege to represent and stand up for UniSA Students in University Council, Academic Board as well as externally just after the period where the Student Association had gone through major restructuring due to the loss of income due to the introduction Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) and as was rebranded to UniLife. My board was focused on re-establishing the Student Association with our stakeholders specifically Students and Staff at UniSA as well as to introduce Second Hand Textbook Sales and UniLife Premium Membership as programs in order to generate income. 
In 2010, I was employed as Campus Manager and Volunteers Coordinator at UniLife.  The role includes overseeing all counter operations, manage on-campus events, manage the bar at City West Campus, and responsible for Volunteers at UniLife (students who volunteer their time to assist UniLife in running events, bar and counters).  
In 2013 I reposition to become an Advocacy Officer when some of my responsibilities from the Campus Manager and Volunteers Coordinator role were transferred to the University. Although I have been an Advocacy Officer for over 7 years, I feel that every day is different, and I get to interact with such a varied people in this role which means I am constantly learning!
What do you like to do outside of work? 
I enjoy playing soccer, badminton and tennis with my daughters. 
I am currently learning how to play the keyboard. I used to play saxophone and the drums before 2006 and is something I would like to start again soon. 
I am involved in various boards outside of my workplace.  
I often spend my holidays undertaking home improvement projects so do not be a surprise if you see paint or even plaster on my hands after a long weekend. 
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
I can’t control decisions made by University staff towards a student matter.  I, however, feel that I am empowering students when I spend time to listen to them and then providing them with options to move forward from the issue they are facing. 
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Eagle. 

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
I have around 8 years’ experience in the field of tertiary education and have worked in student and academic services throughout my career. I love engaging with students from different backgrounds and advising and supporting them in academic/policy matters.
I have completed a BSc (Honours) in Business Administration and have enrolled for a master’s degree in International Education, commencing in February 2020.
What do you like to do outside of work? 
Outside of work, I enjoy experimental/fusion cooking and all kinds of shopping activities.
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
What I love most about my role is that it provides me with the opportunity to help and stand by people when they need that extra support.
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

I think I would be a Macaw – bright, colourful and friendly! 

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
I’ve worked in the community sector for many years in the areas of financial counselling, child protection, student support, mental health and disability services.
My undergraduate degree is in psychology. I also have financial counselling qualifications.
What do you like to do outside of work? 
I like to do arty things – write, draw, take photos and go to art galleries.
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
I’ve only been in the position for a short time but I was drawn to it because I like to work in areas that make a difference in people’s lives.
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Probably a lorikeet? 

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
I studied a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) at UniSA, which I completed shortly before being employed by USASA.
Moving from the country to study in Adelaide was not what I expected. As a student, UniSA didn’t offer the community I was looking for, which was why I got involved with clubs as a student. 
When the role came up, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to further support clubs and support the growth of communities on campus.
What do you like to do outside of work? 
Outside work I like to travel, and I also like gardening.
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
The best bits about my job are recognising the efforts of club executives at our awards night, helping clubs to receive funding, watching the personal development of club leaders and, above all, I love the spreadsheets.
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

An owl – I prefer to work at night, and my head spins 270 degrees. 

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
Before working at USASA, I studied a double degree in Tourism and Event Management and Sport and Recreation Management at UniSA. Whilst studying I worked at Blockbuster in a customer service role and Cycling South Australia in Events and Admin. 
What do you like to do outside of work? 
If I’m not at work, I’m probably sitting behind my sewing machine making something. If I’m not there, then it’s because I have tickets to a musical, comedy show, wine event or I’m at a cycling event. 
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
The variety, you never really know what your day is going to include, and the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of projects from training camps to pub-crawls. It keeps things interesting. I also love the culture of the organisation and the fact that no one takes themselves too seriously. 
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

I should probably say a Fowl given the name and all, but I think I’d be a Seagull because 70% of my diet is chips and if you try take one, I will fight you. 

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
- I studied a Bachelor of Business (Tourism & Event Management)
- Over 3 years’ experience in coordinating and facilitating a wide variety of events, predominantly community and cultural events.
- Have worked for a variety of organisations and events including: Botanic Gardens of South Australia, Bowerbird Design Market and City of Prospect.
What do you like to do outside of work? 
- Staying very active whether it's going to the gym, walking or my newly found interest of gardening.
- My weekends are usually made up of going out to lunch or dinner and trying new cafés/restaurants. 
- Exploring and creating memories with friends and family 
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
I have only just started in this role, but I am loving it already. Being able to provide a sense of community with events and engagement for students during their Uni experience is so awesome. Also, being able to work with like-minded people and in the university environment.
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Probably a penguin since they can’t fly - I’m so afraid of heights so I don’t think I'd be a good flier… They're also very social, loyal and love seafood like me!

 
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Tell us a bit about your study and work background: 
I graduated from UniSA in 2019 with a Bachelors in Communication Design. While I was studying, I became involved with the UniSA Student mag, Verse Magazine, and in 2017 took the reins as Graphic Designer. This was a huge learning curve and allowed me to gain confidence in what I do and run into some pretty cool people along the way. From here I began working at USASA as a casual employee. It’s now 2020 - currently working full time I continue to learn new innovative skills all in the company of an exquisitely unique team.
What do you like to do outside of work? 
I’m a big design nerd. I love aesthetics, typography and pretty colours. Really nice signs make me happy too. But in my spare time, I often find myself outside. Whether it’s walking from A to B, repotting my plants... or planting more plants. Pretty much if I’m around trees, fresh air and sunlight I’ll be having a nice time.
What do you love most about your role at USASA?
Working with like-minded people to help students get the most out of uni – insert *it ain't much, but it’s honest work* meme. 
If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Pressure Budgie... um, it isn’t real, but neither am I.

 
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