Meet the Team

Anne Ripper – Director

As the head of GETI Tasmania, Anne is our state representative to many groups and advises the Tasmanian Government on international education. She is a qualified teacher with years of experience in management, training and business. Tasmania’s fine food is close to her heart, having formerly managed TAFE Tasmania’s Drysdale Institute, delivering hospitality, tourism and cookery training, and having owned and operated three successful Tasmanian restaurants.


James Burrows – Manager

Born in Tasmania, James is a strong advocate for the Tasmanian Government School system. Having attended Tasmanian Government High Schools (Rose Bay High School and Rosny College), James then continued his education in Tasmania, studying at the University of Tasmania. A very keen sailor, James enjoys spending as much time as possible sailing on Hobart’s River Derwent and around Tasmania’s East Coast. His favourite things in life are sailing, hockey, the Collingwood (AFL) Football Club, his dogs, and travelling to as many countries as possible.


James Holden – Marketing Manager

James grew up in North-West Tasmania and is a proud alumnus of Tasmanian government schools. He was an international student in Austria, Italy and Indonesia and has also worked as a language teacher and international student coordinator across Australia, Asia and Europe. James recently returned to Tasmania as nowhere else in the world could compete with its lifestyle and natural environment! In his spare time he enjoys hiking, travelling and cooking his favourite Italian dishes. James is passionate about the opportunities and benefits that international education provides for all students in Tasmanian schools and TAFE.


Fu Lei (Cathy Fu) – Chinese Regional Development Manager

Cathy has worked with GETI for a number of years as an in-country representative in China. Cathy lives in Shanghai with her husband and son, and enjoys visiting Tasmania when she gets the opportunity. She has extensive knowledge of TasTAFE programs, as she was integral to the establishment of a joint venture logistics program between TasTAFE and Shanghai Bangde Vocational College.


Mayumi Toya – Overseas Development Officer 

Mayumi is from Tokyo and first came to Tasmania over 10 years ago as an international student. She loves Tassie’s clean air, friendly people and enjoys getting lots of sunshine without being too hot. She is a champion archer and is quite well versed in Australian slang. She has many years’ experience in international education and continues to help provide a great experience for many Japanese students and others from all over the world.


Tom Knight – Overseas Development Officer 

Tom was born in Hobart and attended Tasmanian Government Schools from prep to year 12. He then graduated with a Bachelor of Business from the University of Tasmania, and was awarded scholarships to study in Shanghai & Kuala Lumpur during the course of his degree. After graduation Tom moved to Sydney where he worked for 3 years, before moving home to Tasmania to join GETI. As a former international student and an enthusiastic traveler who has visited dozens of countries across the world, Tom is passionate about his work in international education at GETI. In his spare time, Tom enjoys hiking, surfing & playing his guitar, and is a diehard supporter of the Port Adelaide AFL football club.


Jess Burt – Overseas Development Officer

Originally from the coast of New South Wales,  Jess grew up around the water;  swimming, surfing, scuba diving and kayaking. Jess studied her degree at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. After living and working in Sydney for years, she visited Tasmania on a holiday and loved the place.  Jess traded the conundrum of Sydney for the beautiful and accessible Hobart.  Energetic and enthusiastic Jess now has the time to enjoy all of her outdoor hobbies since moving to Tasmania.


John Brooks – Project Officer

John comes to GETI, after a decade at the former Tasmanian Qualifications Authority, with broad experience in qualifications management across education and training sectors. He has an extensive background of program and management experience in education and training roles. He has also lived and studied in London. As a former Victorian, his “religious interest” focuses on the Essendon Football Club. His hobbies include tennis, gardening and reading.


Angela Berechree – Finance and Compliance Officer

Angele grew up in a country town on the North-West coast of Tasmania and moved to Hobart to undertake tertiary studies. Angela has predominantly worked in finance and administration for both private and government organisations. In her spare time Angela enjoys reading, walking adventures with her dog and socialising with friends.


Shane Brock –  Business and Student Support Officer

Originally from Melbourne, Shane moved to Tasmania in 1999. He is the proud father of 3 growing boys. Shane spends most of free time on the golf course or travelling the state watching his oldest son play footy. Shane enjoys assisting students including overseeing their welfare.


Kelly Cooper – Finance Officer

Kelly first came out to Australia in the early 00s, after meeting her husband in her native England. They moved to Australia to make a better life for their family and settled in Tasmania after finding Perth too fast and busy. Kelly’s family includes two girls who all split their time between Hobart and rural Tasmania. As a migrant herself, she can relate to the experiences of people who choose to come to Tasmania and enjoys learning about their lives.


Anna Metz – Administration Officer

Anna grew up in rural Germany and moved to Tasmania in 2015. She has now settled down with her partner on Hobart’s sunny Eastern Shore and calls Tasmania her second home. Anna loves learning about other cultures and languages, and enjoys meeting students from many different backgrounds.


Danni Peterson – Homestay, Admissions and Study Tour Officer

Originally from the northern beaches in Sydney, Danni moved to the UK for her primary and junior high school years. The travel bug got her early in life, and Danni lived and worked in USA and London, and has enjoyed time spent in Europe, North and South America and South East Asia.  Now living in Hobart she enjoys yoga, hiking and cooking.


Deidre Cheers – Admissions Officer

Originally from Tasmania, Deidre spent years of her childhood living in Tonga and later won a scholarship to study senior high school in Chicago. A former manager for Australia’s Ansett airlines, Deidre used her employee discount to travel as widely as possible. She now remains in Hobart with her daughter and (very spoilt) puppy dog Bella.


Suzanne Dykes – Admissions Officer

Suzanne was born in Tasmania, has lived interstate and enjoys travelling overseas as often as possible. She has worked for the Federal Government, the private sector and the Education Department for  the past 15 years in various roles. Suzanne attended Tasmanian Government Schools and then studied part time at TasTAFE to earn qualifications in Information Technology, Business, Business Administration and Library and Information Services. She is currently studying part time at the University of Tasmania to earn her teaching degree.


Trista Ge – Admissions Officer

Originally from China, Trista chose to move to Tasmania in early 2016 after many years as visa officer for the Australian Consulate-General in Guangzhou. Her knowledge of the Australian visa framework and her experience as a migrant herself value-adds to her role- and passion – in supporting international students to Tasmania. She believes that the quality of support is a valued part of the international student experience and she loves working with the GETI team to assist students create enduring people, community and professional links.


Saumya Pant– Admissions Officer

Originally from India, however Saumya prefers to be called a global citizen, she has lived and worked in New Zealand, Germany and Australia and speaks three Languages. She moved to Tasmania in 2017 with her family and feels absolutely at home in this beautiful island. She has experienced life overseas both as an international student/migrant as well as administrator of international students at universities in New Zealand and Germany. She loves to travel, watch movies and bake. In her free time you will find her out on bushwalks with her kids and husband or drinking coffee at one of the lovely cafes in Hobart.


Genevieve Sayers – Admissions Officer

Originally from Queensland, Genevieve and her family moved to Tasmania in 2010, residing on acreage in the beautiful Huon Valley, south of Hobart. Genevieve completed a Bachelor of Business at QUT and also a Cert III Information and Cultural Services at TasTAFE. In her free time Genevieve indulges in her passion of providing birth support to women and their partners, alongside spending time with family and friends -enjoying the fruits of rural living and Tasmania’s great outdoors as well as reading and board gaming.


Michael Sly– Administration Officer

Mike grew up in Hobart where he completed a Bachelor of Education. Soon after graduating he headed to Japan where he taught English at secondary schools and universities in Kanagawa. While living in Japan he undertook a Master’s degree in Japanese and spent the next 20 years of his life working there. He loves the outdoors and is an avid cyclist who raced throughout Japan and Tasmania. On any given weekend you can catch Mike on his bike in the foothills around Mt Wellington if you’re fast enough to keep up! He enjoys working at GETI and is extremely passionate about international education in Tasmania.


Santhana Vaidhyanathan – Administration Officer

Santhana was born in India, where he did his schooling and undergraduate degree. After graduating, Santhana worked for IDP Education helping aspiring students to study in Australia. Later, he moved to Tasmania where he completed his Masters Degree at University of Tasmania (UTAS). After completing his Master Degree he joined the UTAS International Admissions team before joining GETI. Santhana is also a Musician. He plays Indian percussion instruments and is now learning Flute. He loves playing music with various musicians in and around Hobart.


Anna McDermott – Administration Officer

Anna was born in Hobart and attended Tasmanian government schools from year 7 – year 12. Anna backpacked through South-East Asia and enjoyed learning about different cultures and exploring the beautiful places  these countries have to offer. Anna has worked for the Department of Education for 4 years and has worked in primary schools, high schools and the corporate sector.


Alice Procter – Executive Assistant

Alice was born in Tasmania and has lived here her whole life. She enjoys travelling and has spent time in South Africa (where her sister lives), France, England, Scotland, Wales and Italy where she spent time studying her university course. Alice has recently completed studying a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice through Monash University, where she was on the Dean’s Roll of Honour. Alice enjoys bushwalking, gardening, swimming and dining out.


Tiffany von Stieglitz – Homestay Coordinator (North)

Tiffany’s family were some of Tasmania’s early free farming settlers. Her family welcomed international students into their home, and Tiffany herself took a student exchange in Pennsylvania, before travelling around the world. She loves working with international students, finding out about their lives and is still amazed by all the cultures she encounters. She has two boys of her own who enjoy the mix of a city and farming lifestyle.


Eve Rodahl – Accommodation Officer (South)

Eve grew up in Tasmania where she attended university before moving overseas and forgetting to come home. She spent a many years living in Nagoya, Japan first as an exchange student, then English teacher. She understands firsthand the difficulties that international students face settling in and living in another culture. Living in Japan where flights overseas were so cheap, Eve used this as an opportunity to travel to as many places as she could get to. She loves meeting new people from different backgrounds and cultures. Eve’s favourite things are getting outdoors, gardening, hiking, volleyball and cooking up a storm. After so many years away she is loving the clean air and beautiful Tasmanian nature.


Francesca Cridland – English Language Support Teacher (South)

Originally from Sydney, Francesca moved to Hobart around 30 years ago. Francesca has also lived in Europe and experienced life as an international student so she understands first-hand the challenges a student faces when studying in a foreign country. She thoroughly enjoys meeting students from around the world, and providing study and language support to assist them in achieving their goals.


Lisa Risby – English Language Support Teacher (South Drysdale)

Hobart born, Lisa is an experienced teacher who loves getting to know the students. By nurturing their learning and personal development, Lisa gets to watch the students grow in confidence as they meet the unique challenges that each student’s culture and language bring to their studies in Australia.


Barbara Marshall– English Language Support Teacher (South)

Barbara was born and raised in Hobart and has been an English language teacher for many years in a range of roles and contexts, both here in Tasmania and overseas in Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. Her love of travel, languages and meeting people of different language and cultural backgrounds first lead her into this work. She gets great satisfaction from assisting international students in their learning journeys here in beautiful Tasmania.


Val McQuestin – English Language and Learning Support Teacher (North)

“I get tremendous satisfaction out of seeing my international students do well in their studies, especially after they have had to struggle so hard with their English to do so.”