Deakin student and Olympic gold medallist leads Queen's Birthday Honours

Media release

13 June 2022

Deakin University congratulates all in its community who have been awarded Queen's Birthday Honours in 2022.

This year's recipients include Deakin student and gold medallist Jakara Anthony who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the sport of mogul skiing.

Jakara has been studying exercise and sports science at Deakin University but has paused her studies to prepare for the upcoming world championships and the Milano Cortina Winter Olympics in 2026.

The 23-year-old became Australia's first Olympic women's moguls champion and was Australia’s only gold medal winner at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Jakara is Australia's sixth winter Olympic gold medallist.

The Barwon Heads, Victoria native learnt to ski at Mount Buller where her parents initially met and where she learnt to ski at just four years of age. This year is the first time she returns to the ski season at Mount Buller as a gold medallist.

Other Deakin University recipients include Emeritus Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Associate Professor Deb Friedman and Honorary Associate Professor Barbara Wilson.

Emeritus Professor Brenda Cherednichenko was the recipient of a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Professor Cherednichenko is an Alfred Deakin Professor and was Executive Dean Arts and Education at Deakin University.

With a background in social sciences and early childhood education, Professor Cherednichenko is highly regarded in the industry and among the Deakin community, having lead research that focussed on improving education opportunities and socially just outcomes.

Clinical Associate Professor Deb Friedman of Deakin's School of Medicine specialises in infectious diseases and is Deputy Chief Health Officer at the Victorian Department of Health. Clinical Associate Professor Friedman played an integral part in Victoria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honorary Associate Professor Barbara Wilson is from Deakin's School of Life and Environmental Sciences and specialises in wildlife ecology and conservation.

The Queen's Birthday Honours list recognises those in the Australian community who have demonstrated their commitment to service, excellency, and selflessness.

In 2022, 45.9 per cent of the recipients were female and 92 were awarded for their contribution to supporting Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For further information on the 992 Australians recognised in this year’s awards, see The Queen's Birthday 2022 Honours List.

Deakin's 2022 Queen’s Birthday honour recipients: (Please note: this list will continue to be updated as additional Deakin-connected recipients are identified)

Companion (AC) in the Military Division of the Order of Australia

Vice Admiral David Lance JOHNSTON – For eminent service to the Australian Defence Force through strategic stewardship and capability integration.

Master Of Arts (Strategic Studies), 2005.

Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Dr Keith Clifford BELL RFD – For significant service to surveying, to geospatial information, and to humanitarian operations. Master of Business Administration (technology management), 1998.

Major General Jason Peter BLAIN - exceptional performance of duty as Director General Force Options and Plans, Branch Head National Security Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Commander 7th Brigade.

Master of Business Administration, 2016.

Emeritus Professor Brenda CHEREDNICHENKO – For significant service to tertiary education, and to first nations peoples.

Alfred Deakin Professor Emerita.

Mrs Robyn-Lee ERSKINE –For significant service to accountancy, and to professional associations.

Bachelor of Business, 1990.

Mr Todd HARPER – For significant service to cancer support programs, and to medical governance.

Deakin Honorary Doctorate, 2018.

Major General Paul KENNY - exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in the field of Special Operations Command and senior staff appointments.

Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), 2015.

Mr Graeme Colvin LEGGE – For significant service to emergency response organisations, and to the community.

Bachelor of Education, 1995.

Mr Joseph George LEWIT – For significant service to architecture, and to public administration.

Rear Admiral Wendy MALCOLM - exceptional service in surface ship sustainment for the Australian Defence Force.

Master of Commercial Law, 2001

Ms Robyn MONRO MILLER – For significant service to the community through children’s organisations.

Colonel Andrew MOSS - exceptional service and significantly enhancing the operational effects and capabilities of the Australian Defence Force.

Master of International Relations, 2022.

Rear Admiral Ian Gordon MURRAY - exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in strategic logistics and operations support.

Graduate Diploma of Human Resources, 2002.

Master of Business Administration, 2006.

Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), 2014.

Professor Timothy Gerald REEVES - For significant service to sustainable agriculture research and production.

Former Chair, Academic Advisory Board, International and Community Development, c2003.

Honorary Professor, International and Community Development, 2007-2018

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts, 2003-206.

Deakin Vice-Chancellor’s Award Winner for Outstanding Contribution, 2004.

Ms Kathleen SLOANE - significant service to nursing, and to global women's health.

Bachelor of Nursing, 1994.

Captain Letitia Deborah VAN STRALEN - exceptional service in senior leadership positions by enhancing culture and people systems and building a framework for positive engagement with all people in the Royal Australian Navy.

Graduate Certificate of Defence and Strategic Studies, 2022.

Mr Michael John WARD - significant service to the defence industry.

Graduate Diploma of Defence Studies, 1996.

Brigadier Malcolm Dalziel WELLS - exceptional service as the Deputy Commander 2nd Division and Joint Task Force 629 and Commander of Joint Task Force 629 during OPERATION COVID-19 ASSIST.

Master of Arts (International relations), 2001.

Master of Business Administration, 2020.

Commodore Gregory John YORKE - exceptional service to the Royal Australian Navy in senior command positions.

Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), 2006.

Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

Ms Jakara ANTHONY – For service to sport as a gold medallist at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games 2022.

Professor Josie Jacqueline ARNOLD – For service to tertiary education.

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), 1995.

Mr Geoffrey Walter BOEHM – For service to the community through a range of roles.

Graduate Certificate of Management, 2004.

Master of Business Administration, 2006.

Ms Ann Therese BYRNE - For significant service to the superannuation sector, and to the community.

Graduate Diploma of Business (Human Resources Development), 1988

Mr Trevor Alan CARROLL – For service to people with disability.

Mrs Wendy Leeanne HELLEBRAND – Service to the community through a range of roles.

Diploma of Nursing, 1992.

Bachelor of Nursing, 1993.

Dr Peter LANGKAMP – Service to social welfare organisations.

Former CEO Callista Software Services, 2003 – 2014.

Mr Jon MAMONSKI - service to the community of Geelong

Master of Commerce, 2010.

Mr Stuart McINTYRE - Service to the community of Brighton

Graduate Diploma of Business (Accounting), 1986.

Mr Mark MIDDLETON - Service to medical administration

Master of Business Administration, 2007.

Ms Leanne MITS - service to early childhood education.

Bachelor of Education, 1996.

Ms Sharyn Veronica MULLENS-TAYLOR - service to amateur theatre.

Bachelor of Arts, 2003.

Mr Howard Garry SPRY - service to the community of Queenscliffe

Bachelor of Arts, 2011.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), 2012.

Mr Steven STEFANOPOULOS - service to the community in a range of roles.

Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies, 2005.

Associate Professor Barbara Anne WILSON - For service to the environmental sciences, and to tertiary

Honorary Associate Professor Deakin School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Public Service Medal (PSM)

Associate Professor Nadia Deborah FRIEDMAN – Outstanding public service to health in Victoria, particularly for the COVID-19 response.

Clinical Associate Professor Deakin School of Medicine.

Emergency Services Medal (ESM)

Ms Kylie Michelle TROTT

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management), 1992.

Graduate Certificate of Applied Science (Environmental & Heritage Interpretation), 1994.

Australian Police Medal (APM)

Assistant Commissioner Nigel Patrick RYAN

Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), 2017.

Conspicuous Service Cross

Colonel Stuart CREE - outstanding achievement as Director Training Systems - Army, in driving training systems towards a single system that generates joint capability for Australia.

Master of Arts (International Relations), 2003.

Colonel Stuart KENNY - outstanding devotion to duty in the areas of operational planning for the Australian Defence Force, as the Director of Joint Collective Training in Headquarters Joint Operations Command

Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), 2016.

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