Peninsula Residential Support Team

Dan McHughDan McHugh - College Head, Peninsula & Berwick Residences

Dan was born in Sydney but spent most of his life in Newcastle. He studied a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle, and during that time he went on a study tour through Europe and worked at a large architectural firm. He chose to change direction in 2014 and moved to Melbourne to study a Master of Teaching, specialising in Visual Art, Design and History. His interests include music, art, cooking, reading, hanging with friends and meeting new people.

During his time at MRS, Dan has lived and worked at three different campuses. He was a resident and RA at Clayton, Residential Support Advisor and Deputy College Head at Berwick, and is now taking on the role of College Head at Peninsula. He is looking forward to new experiences and supporting the community at Peninsula Residential.


Laura BirchLaura Birch - Deputy College Head

Laura joined the MRS office team in 2009 and in 2012 joined the Residential Support Team as Deputy College Head of Farrer Hall on Clayton campus. After leaving Monash in 2015 to travel around Europe Laura has returned to her studies and MRS.

In 2017 Laura will be an honours student at Monash Clayton in Literary Studies and Creative Writing, with a focus on speculative fiction and the new weird.

Born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, Laura moved away in 1999 to complete a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne and is surprised to be back at Peninsula campus, the site of her childhood ballerina fantasies at the George Jenkins Theatre.


Caleb HillCaleb Hill - Resident Advisor

Hey everyone. I'll be in my 3rd year of physiotherapy this year, which I am so excited for. I am originally from Brisbane where moving to Frankston has been a big change and a really exciting experience.

I like spending my time doing everything from spending time outdoors hiking and enjoying the sun to relaxing indoors watching tv on a rainy day (which is even better when paired with all the delicious food). Due to all the food intake I often spend time in the gym, which is why res is so great as it's just a short walk away. Most of all I like spending my time laughing and hanging out with my friends.

Res is such a great place and I can't wait to see all the new and old faces!


Hannah CotterellHannah Cotterell - Resident Advisor

Hello! I am currently a fourth (and final) year Nursing/Paramedic double degree student here at Monash Peninsula and I absolutely love it! I moved up here from the beautiful island state/country known as Tasmania, which means you'll often find me in a t-shirt and shorts during the middle of winter. I am a keen netball player and have enjoyed playing with the university team as well as in social rosters. Being outdoors, Disney movies, dad jokes, and anything to do with pizza are some of my favourite ways to spend my time.

Family and friends are extremely important to me and so to have the Res community become like a second ‘family' really helped me settle in and get the most out of last year. I absolutely cannot wait to help others join the ‘family' and make Res their ‘home-away-from-home'! Bring it on 2017!


Joseph McCormickJoseph McCormick - Resident Advisor

Hey team. I'm Joseph McCormick and I'm super keen to be an RA this year. 2017 is going to be my second year on res at Peninsula and my first year as an RA. This will be my second year studying primary education here.
I'm originally from Traralgon, Victoria. I'm pretty keen on footy and I got into netball thanks to living on res last year. Carn the Blues! I enjoy a good board game so feel free to pop 'round if you're keen.

I'm excited to meet all of the new ressies so introduce yourself!


Mikaela DeavinMikaela Deavin- Resident Advisor

Hi everyone. I am a third year student studying paramedics at Monashs Peninsula campus. I moved to Frankston from my home town of Launceston, which is located in the north of Tasmania in 2015 for my studies. Living at Monash Residential Services (MRS) has been one of the best experiences. I have met so many amazing people, and I have been offered so many different opportunities. I have a passion for playing hockey, and I also love being in the outdoors and exploring new places. My vision for MRS in 2017 is to ensure that all residents feel safe, accepted and a part of a community.


Samantha TaylorSamantha Taylor - Resident Advisor

Hi everyone! My name is Sam and in 2017 I will be studying my 2nd year of Physiotherapy. I originally come from Drouin in Gippsland, Victoria. I love my sport - basketball, hockey, futsal, cricket, AFL. You'll hear me talking about sport, watching sport or playing sport. I also love music - playing guitar, ukulele and I just started learning Violin. I am looking forward to 2017 and all the wonderful events we have got planned!


Setelia TurnerSetelia Turner - Resident Advisor

Hey everyone! I’m from a small town in rural NSW called Leeton and moved to Peninsula Residential in 2015. I’m in my 3rd year of studying a bachelor of Nursing and a bachelor of Midwifery. I love my course and I’m passionate about midwifery.

Coming from the country, I’ve always loved the outdoors. You can find me studying outside, going for walks or camping. I also love waterskiing and wakeboarding which I’ve done most of my life. In my down time I like to hang out with my friends and family. Moving to the city was a big change for me however living on res for the past two years made the transition easy and exciting. I love participating in res events and I’m always keen to meet new people.

I am looking forward to 2017 and meeting lots of new faces in the res community.


Stefia LamStefia Lam - Resident Advisor

Stefia was originally from Singapore but has spent the past eleven years in Hong Kong. She is studying a bachelor’s of Nursing and Midwifery at Monash Peninsula campus. This would be her first year as a residential advisor. She is very excited to be a part of the residential advisor team for 2017 and would be delighted to be at your service. If you are in need of any assistance, she is more than happy to support you through your experience on RES.


Peninsula Steph WyndSteph Wynd- Resident Advisor

Hello! My name is Steph and I am currently a 2nd/3rd year Primary Education student here at Peninsula. I am originally from Darwin, Northern Territory but my family recently relocated to Puckapunyal, Victoria. I am a keen soccer player and I love to keep active, more often than not, I can be found at the Monash gym here on campus. On the flip side, I am an avid video gamer (Pokemon nerd for life!) and also can be found curled up on the couch reading a good book! Music is also a must in my life, particularly anything 80s. I am certainly a 80s kid at heart!

Moving to Monash Residential in 2016 was an exciting experience for me because I love exploring new places and meeting new people. My dad serves in the Australian Defence Force and has so for the past 21 years. Therefore as a residential advisor, I am committed into helping all of you settle in to res life and becoming a part of our res family. I can safely say that res will very quickly become your ‘home-away-from-home’ and when you start going home to family; you’ll end up referring to res as home!