Meet our staff

Our staff are decidated to providing a safe space for QUT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to share and discuss ideas, resources, challenges and experiences.

Our Director

Julie Cook

Julie Cook is a proud Nunukal woman; her traditional country is Minjerribah-North Stradbroke Island.

Within Ms Cooks role as the Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, she manages and leads the university’s Oodgeroo Unit and oversees the successful development and implementation of recruitment, support, and retention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Guiding the Oodgeroo Unit to provide leadership, expertise and advice in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student matters to all parts of the university.

Developing and reviewing policies, objectives and strategies relevant to the Oodgeroo Unit ensuring alignment with the university’s priorities and strategic direction.

To help address all aspects of student success, including career development and employment, retention and case management, support for learning and student partnership and leadership development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Julie’s passion is to ensure services are culturally safe, inclusive and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Acting Manager

Alisha Britten

Alisha Britten is a Yorta Yorta woman, with connections to Ngarrindjeri Nation in South Australia (Bordertown / South East Kingston) who was born and raised in North East Victoria (Kyabram, Shepparton, and Echuca).

Alisha has worked passionately with the Aboriginal community in Victoria and held a range of positions in community-controlled, not-for-profit, and government before relocating to South East Queensland.

Alisha’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Deakin University and completing a Master of Public Administration, Government and International Relations at Griffith University.

Her culture and people inspire Alisha. As the acting Manager of the Oodgeroo Unit, Alisha directs the operations across Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses to ensure; the successful student and community engagement; recruitment of staff and prospective students; and the learning support of QUT's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Professional Services team

We are your first point of contact for office inquiries. The Professional Services team provides high-quality operational and administrative support to students and staff of the Oodgeroo Unit.

Senior Business Support Officer

Suzanne Savage

Suzanne Savage is a descendant of the Bidjara and Dunghutti mobs, traditional lands lay in South West Queensland. As the Senior Business Support Officer for the Oodgeroo Unit, Suzanne is responsible for implementing business processes including general financial administration to support staff and students.

Personal Assistant / Project Administration Officer to the Director

Angie Reynolds

Angie Reynolds is a Gumbaynggirr and Dunghutti woman. Angie is responsible for providing high level projects support to the Oodgeroo Unit’s Director, include; managing the Director’s calendar; secretarial support to committees / leadership teams; and liaising with all levels of university staff to provide a range of client focus support services.

Administration Officer Kelvin Grove campus

Naomi Booth

Naomi Booth is a descendant of the Bunthamara mob of South West Queensland and Goreng Goreng mob of Central Queensland. Naomi is the first point of contact for the Kelvin Grove Oodgeroo Unit and is responsible for administrative duties and assisting and supporting the day to day activities of the Oodgeroo Unit.

Administration Officer Gardens Point campus

Parina Wasaga-Soki

Parina Wasaga-Soki is a Kaurareg and Mualgal / Italgal woman. Parina is the first point of contact for the Gardens Point Oodgeroo Unit and responsible for support the day to day activities of the Oodgeroo Unit.

Learning Support team

The Learning Support team is focused on supporting and engaging current Oodgeroo Unit undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework) students across all QUT campuses and those undertaking external study. We are committed to providing academic and cultural support and delivering the Keystones of Success: Supporting Our Future Leaders Program to students.

Team Leader

Lexie McGourty

Lexie McGourty is a descendant of the Anaiwan mob in Armidale on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. As the Team Leader for the Learning Support team, Lexie oversees the Pre-Orientation Program (POP) for commencing students, coordinates the Keystones of Success: Supporting our Future Leaders tutoring program, and manages a number of QUT’s Indigenous scholarships and internships.

Learning Support Officer Kelvin Grove campus

Georgie Baumann

Georgie Baumann is a Butchulla woman. Based at Kelvin Grove campus, Georgie is the first point of contact for students studying within the Creative Industries Faculty, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Health.

Learning Support Officer Gardens Point campus

Annie Tyhuis

Annie Tyhuis is a Seisarem woman of Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait. Based at Gardens Point campus, Annie is the first point of contact for students studying within the QUT Business School, Faculty of Law and Science and Engineering Faculty.

Recruitment, Events and Community Engagement team

Our Recruitment, Events and Community Engagement team is focused on the recruitment of prospective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We actively promote the Oodgeroo Unit and QUT to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities locally and nationally. We are the first point of contact for: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wishing to study at QUT, schools requiring information or presentations, the public and private sectors offering opportunities to partner with the Oodgeroo Unit.

Acting Team Leader

Katalin Csatlos

Katalin Csatlos is a descendant of the Budjiti mob and has connections to the Kunja mob traditional lands situated in South West Queensland. As the acting Team Leader for the Recruitment, Events and Community Engagement team, Katalin oversees the Oodgeroo Unit recruitment and Widening Participation activities, on-campus events, and community engagement activities.

Recruitment and Community Engagement Officer

Seth Willie

Seth Willie is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Nanima with connections to Dubbo / Peak Hill, Central West NSW and Vanuatu. As the Recruitment and Engagement Officer Seth is responsible for developing partnerships for improving community engagement and facilitating a range of initiatives aimed at increasing student access and recruitment to university.

Events and Projects Support Officer

Desmond Frescon

Desmond Frescon is an Iman and Kannalu man. As the Events and Projects Officer, Desmond is responsible for organising and facilitating the Oodgeroo Unit’s admission pathway program, Centralised Assessment and Selection Program (CASP) and supporting Oodgeroo Unit events.

Get in touch

Get in touch if you have any questions about the Oodgeroo Unit or study options.