Howitt Hall Residential Support Team

Russell GammieRussell Gammie - College Head, Howitt Hall

Born in the cold wet highlands of Scotland Russell migrated at a young age to a very hot and dry outback New South Wales before moving to Victoria soon after.  Growing up and finishing school in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, and to the surprise of many, Russell joined the emergency services.


Whilst serving with the Victoria Police, Russell was awarded the Angela Taylor Memorial Scholarship (in memory of Constable Angela Taylor who died in the 1986 Russell Street bombing) that enabled him to undertake specialist community policing, security and emergency management studies and work alongside police services and specialist units in England and Scotland.  In the latter part of his 20 year police career Russell was responsible for the Victoria Police contingent at Melbourne’s International Airport and regularly represented police at national and international conferences and exercises. He is also a proud recipient of the National Medal, the Victoria Police and National Police Service Medals, recognising his dedication and service to the Australian community.

Russell joined Monash University in 2003 as the University’s Security Manager & Crisis Team Coordinator and continues in that role.  In 2012 he extended his involvement with MRS, by joining the team as a College Head at Normanby House.  Then in 2013, Russell and his family moved across to Howitt Hall.  When asked what it is he likes about being a College Head Russell replied, “I’ve always liked being involved in roles that matter.  College Head gives me the opportunity to work with others to make a difference.  Monash is a great place to do that”.

In the rare moments when Russell isn’t working he enjoys; spending time with his family, walking his two golden retriever dogs (Harvey & Ruf), listening to a wide range of music and is a passionate sporting ‘spectator’ (a ‘grand master’ of the TV remote), particularly when watching his beloved Melbourne City in the soccer, Essendon ‘Bombers’ in the Australian Football League or Melbourne Storm and Rebels in the rugby codes.


LyntonLynton - Deputy College Head, Howitt Hall

Lynton has been a member of the MRS community since 2012, when he commenced in the role of Residential Support Assistant at Jackomos Hall. In 2013, he moved to Howitt Hall to take up the position of Deputy College Head.

Lynton completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees at Monash University, majoring in psychology and physiology. He was heavily involved in student life while studying, serving as Secretary of the Monash Student Association, President of Clubs & Societies, and holding a number  of  different roles in Host Scheme and a number of clubs.

Lynton is very passionate about student engagement and welfare, in particular mental health and wellbeing, and is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor at MRS. He is also a proud White Ribbon Ambassador and Monash LGBTIQ Ally.


Emily PearsonEmily Pearson - Residential Support Assistant, Howitt Hall

Emily has recently finished her Bachelor of Arts/Education (primary) with a major in Indonesian and a minor in psychological studies. Emily found her passion for teaching during her schooling back home on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong. This journey has taken her many places including Italy, Malaysia and Indonesia. She hopes to find a job teaching Indonesian in the near future.

This is Emily’s first year at Howitt Hall after spending the last 3 years living at South East Flats where she was a Resident Advisor in 2016. She is looking forward to the challenge and being involved in the community. Emily is a very social person and you will see her at many events throughout the year, say hi! In addition to her role at Monash Residential Services, Emily will be teaching casually in the area and working part time at the Woolworths supermarket.

Emily enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures and loves to hear about where other people are from. She is passionate about education and loves a good superhero movie or watching Game of Thrones. Emily is a major fan of Bon Jovi, she has seen them perform twice, once was in Abu Dhabi.


Amalia CantillonAmalia Cantillon - Resident Advisor

Hey guys! My name is Amalia Cantillon. I am originally from Tasmania before living in Gippsland and now at Monash. This year, I will be commencing my third year of studying a Bachelor of Architecture (at the Caulfield campus) where I plan to eventually study a masters of Architecture. This will be my second year as an RA at Monash and as one of your 3 community RA’s working alongside the rest of the RST to ensure 2017 is full of fun! I can’t wait for you all to experience the exciting community life at Monash Residential and I look forward to meeting you all.


Chris PanayiotouChris Panayiotou - Resident Advisor

Hi everyone, my name is Chris Panayiotou (free chocolate if you pronounce it correctly) and I will be your 8th floor RA for 2017. I’m currently doing my second year in a bachelor of Engineering degree, specializing in chemical engineering. I grew up in a country town called Traralgon which is about two hours away. Some of my hobbies include soccer(Football), which I’ve played for 13 years, and I have been known to indulge in a meme or two from time to time. I’m super excited to be back again at Howitt, I can’t wait to get to know you all and I hope you all enjoy your time in Howitt!


Cobie Farmer Cobie Farmer - Resident Advisor

Hey neighbors! My name is Cobie Farmer, currently in my 2nd year of studying Science, majoring in Psychology. I’m originally from a town called Traralgon, 2 hours east of Melbourne. I absolutely love the Simpsons, if what I say doesn’t really make sense; it’s probably a Simpsons’ quote. I’m hoping to make Howitt a loving and caring home for everyone, let me know if there’s anything I can do to help make that happen!

And if you have any dogs pls show me pictures.


Forbes Linderman Forbes Lindeman - Resident Advisor

Hey friends! I'm Forbes, this floor's RA for 2017. This will be my second year in Howitt and at Monash University, where I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. I've moved to Melbourne from the small outback town of Deniliquin, where I lived on a farm. I'm really keen to kick off my role as the merchandise RA by kitting everyone out in some neat threads. Want a fun fact? My farm is an alpaca farm, and I used to have a pet camel.


Jack HansonJack Hanson - Resident Advisor

Hey guys, I'm Jack and I'm originally from Launceston, Tasmania. This is my third year in Howitt and my second year as an RA. This year I’ll be one of your Community RA's!

I'm in my third year of a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Economics double degree majoring in Actuarial studies, Finance and Econometrics. When I'm not studying I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing 8-ball pool, watching sport and playing piano.

I'm excited to organise the biggest and best events throughout the year, as well as making sure you all feel welcome. My door is always open for a chat, and I’m looking forward to seeing you around Howitt!


Katrina Ball Katrina Ball - Resident Advisor

Hello lovely camels!

My name is Katrina. I'm going into my fourth year at Monash and my third year living at halls. I'm studying a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) majoring in Linguistics and Spanish and minoring in Japanese and Ancient Cultures.

I grew up in a small coastal town about two hours south of Melbourne. In my spare time I like to visit my home town and go swimming and surfing as well as visit my parents and their four dogs, three horses, three pet chooks and two cats who I adore.

You will most likely find me chilling in the floor kitchen where I am notorious for spending most of my time. I am looking forward to catching up with all of you returners as well as getting to know all of you new camels. Fun fact: I have an extremely unhealthy obsession with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Lilly WalshLilly Walsh - Resident Advisor

Hey 2017 camels, my name is Lilly Walsh and I’m your volunteering and charity RA! I’m in my second year of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts degree, and I’m studying Journalism and Psychology in my Arts degree. I come from Sale, a small country town in central Gippsland, so moving to the City for Uni felt like a really big change. I am so grateful for how much Howitt helped me with the transition and I am really excited to get to know you all and help you with settling in to your new home. I’d love for you to swing by either my room or the kitchen for a chat!


Sinead AllenSinead Allen - Resident Advisor

Hey guys! My name is Sinéad and 2017 will be my second year at Howitt and my first year as a Residential Advisor. I was born in Ireland and moved to Australia when I was little and grew up in a rural Victorian town known as Wodonga. I am currently studying a double degree in Arts and Education. I love sport especially netball and I have also been doing Irish dancing for 13 years! I’m really excited for another great year at Howitt and can’t wait to meet you all!


Tatjana LinklaterTatjana Linklater - Resident Advisor

Hey friends! My name is Tatjana (but everyone calls me TJ). I grew up in the Northern Suburbs of sunny Darwin in the Northern Territory and moved to Melbourne in 2015 to further my studies and escape the humidity. I study a Bachelor of Education (Primary)(Honours)/Bachelor of Arts degree, currently in my second year and absolutely loving it. Post graduation I aspire to be an international or remote community primary school teacher combining my two passions of working with children and travelling. This year I am one of the two sport RA’s and I will be planning a range of exciting health and sporting programs to ensure happy and healthy camels, so make sure you keep an eye out for the programs throughout the year and get involved! I am extremely excited to be returning to Howitt in 2017 and I look forward to meeting you all. Do not be afraid to come knock on my door for a chat about anything and please remember, in the wise words of The Rembrandts, “I’ll be there for you”...


Thomas TrengroveThomas Trengrove - Resident Advisor


Hey everyone! My name is Thomas and I am the ninth floor Resident Advisor (RA) for 2017. I moved for the first time to Melbourne at the start of last year from New Zealand and contrary to popular belief I don’t have any pet sheep and I do know what Wi-Fi is. I am currently in my second year studying Medicine and I’m also your sports RA for 2017, so I’ll be helping organize all the sporting events at Howitt this year. I’m always up for a chat, whether it’s about sport (and the mighty All-Blacks) or study or anything else that’s going on. A fun fact about me? I compete in triathlon events (swim then bike then run) in my spare time which I genuinely really enjoy!


Yee Yee WangYeeYee Wang - Resident Advisor

Hey guys! My name is YeeYee and I am an RA for 2017. I grew up in little old Auckland, New Zealand. I’m now studying my second year of my Science and Arts double degree, majoring in Physiology and Psychology. In my spare time I like to watch TV shows and David Attenborough documentaries! My door is always open for anyone who feels like a chat so don’t be a stranger! We have so many amazing events planned for you guys, it is going to be a great year!