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.

 

Kathryn Wakefield – Operations Manager

Kathryn was born in Hobart and has lived and worked in Tasmania for most of her life.  She completed her education in Tasmanian Government schools; from Lenah Valley Primary to Elizabeth College, and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Tasmania.  Not keen on sitting behind a desk every day, Kathryn owned and operated three critically acclaimed hospitality businesses for over a decade before gaining training and assessment qualifications to teach Hospitality at TasTAFE.  Employed by the Department of Education in 2007, Kathryn has been in education project and operations management ever since and has found GETI to be the perfect place to support her commitment to providing every student in Tasmania with the opportunity to meet, laugh and learn with people from all over the world.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Angela Berechree – Finance and Compliance Officer

Angela 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 lived and studied in Tonga and the USA before undertaking a globe trotting career as a frequent flyer lounge manager of Australia’s Ansett Airlines. Having worked for the Tasmanian Department of Education since 2003, and with GETI since 2011, Deidre brings a wealth of experience to the team. Deidre loves jazz, theatre, culinary experiences, and of course her very spoilt puppy dog, Henry.

 

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 18 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 studied at the University of Tasmania to earn a degree, and is now a registered teacher.

 

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.

 

Violeta Solis – Administration Officer

Violeta was born in Chile and arrived in Tasmania as the infant child of political migrants. After studying and completing her Business degree, she shipped off to Cuba to study Arts and Culture for a year. Returning to work in local and federal government, the world called out and she quit her job to travel for another year. Upon her return to Hobart, she fell in Love with a Chilean man and decided to follow him back to her original country where they resided for two and a half years. Together with her, now, partner they’ve decided to call Tasmania home. In her spare time she enjoys bushwalking, gardening, yoga and watching movies.

 

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. 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.

 

Sally Duay – Senior Project Offcer, EAL

Sally attended the University of Tasmania and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education.  A desire to travel resulted in Sally living and working in Switzerland with her Swiss husband for over three and a half years before returning to Hobart to raise a family. When ready to rejoin the workforce she was fortunate to commence work as an EAL teacher and worked for the Tasmanian Department of Education, Catholic Education  and Independent Schools. Sally later worked for four years as a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired before being offered a full time position as an EAL teacher with the DoE. Over the years Sally has had many different roles in the EAL Program and is very happy to now be part of GETI.  She has always been passionate about working with culturally and linguistically diverse students and has maintained strong connections with many humanitarian families.  When not walking, gardening or travelling, much of Sally’s spare time is taken up with her grandchildren.

 

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 considers herself very lucky to have been raised in beautiful Tasmania. Early in her career, she taught briefly in Tasmanian schools, but the world beckoned, and she trained as an English language teacher. This training has enabled her to indulge her love of travel, different cultures, people and their languages. First she worked in Japan and the United Arab Emirates. She went on to work with international students at UTAS, and with migrants in Tasmanian schools, colleges and TasTAFE. Later she lived and taught English for Academic Purposes in Bali, Indonesia, and brought back her love of Indonesian to share with younger students in Tasmania. Now Barbara enjoys bringing all these skills and experiences together to support international students at TasTAFE. She’s passionate about the environment, and all things sustainable and creative.

 

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

Val (Walburg) came to Australia with her family from Germany during the late 1950s.  She completed her tertiary studies at the University of Tasmania with a Masters in Education, specialising in languages (German and French) and ESL (English as a Second language).  She has taught in numerous Tasmanian schools and other educational establishments (the Australian Maritime College, UTas, ELICOS, Adult Migrant Education) as well as at the Australian College of English (Sydney) and RMIT University (Melbourne).   She has over 46 years of teaching experience at both secondary and tertiary levels and has been involved with International students for a significant number of those years.   She has now been with GETI for over 15 years.