Staff listing

Our institute is run by friendly, professional staff who have experience with teaching and learning in a culturally inclusive environment. Please don't hesitate to get in touch regarding course queries or any other questions you might have.


For general enquiries, please contact the Institute of Koorie Education office.

+61 3 5227 2538
1800 063 383
Email the Institute of Koorie Education

Academic staff

Acting Director
Associate Professor Gabrielle Fletcher
Associate Head of Institute (Strategy & Development)
Karinda Burns
Professor of Indigenous Knowledges (Research)
Professor Tarquam McKenna
Associate Professor (Indigenous Teaching & Learning)
Associate Professor James Charles
Senior Lecturer, Indigenous Knowledges
Dr Tyson Yunkaporta
Senior Lecturer, Indigenous Knowledges (Indigenous Studies, Land & Sea)
Donna Moodie
Lecturer in Land & Sea
Suzanne Nunn
Lecturer in Education (Primary)
Lisa Bell
Lecturer in Education (Primary)
Kate Chealuck
Teaching Scholar (Early Years)
Gracie Adamson
Lecturer in Education (Early Years)
Rosemarie Garner
Lecturer in Education (Early Years)
Naomi David
Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Jodie Satour
Lecturer, Teaching & Learning (Social Work)
Jennie Briese 
Lecturer in Social Work
William Abur
Lecturer, Teaching & Learning (Social Work)
Jesse Ivelja
Senior Lecturer in Nursing
Kelly Menzel
Lecturer in Law
Wilbert Mapombere
Lecturer, Teaching & Learning (Law)
Robert Buggy

Professional staff

Institute Manager
Kim Neilson
Elder in Residence
Aunty Janis Koolmatrie
Administrative Coordinator
Paula Zovin
Student Services Coordinator
Natasha Rossington
Student Services Officer
Mark Gilmore
Student Services Assistant (Scholarships)
Emmalina McLachlan
Student Services Assistant (IT Support)
Chris Dunn
Student Services & Indigenous Tutorial Network Assistant
Anna Tsiantas 
Travel Officer
Grant Burns
Travel Officer
Barry Charles
Marketing, Events & Project Officer
Georgie Cameron
Marketing & Promotions Assistant
Natalie Bowdery
Learning Adviser
Jessy Canvert
Learning Adviser
Ashleigh McKenzie
Kitjarra Kitchen Hand
Lea Santospirito