Holman Hall Residential Support Team

Simon Kupec - College Head, Holman Hall                                                                                               Holman Hall College Head Simon

Simon grew up in Adelaide. Following his admission as a barrister and solicitor in 2008, Simon tried his hand at a range of legal roles before finding a niche in the criminal investigations field. After spending seven years working for Queensland's crime commission, in 2018 he relocated to Melbourne to join the Monash community. In his day job, Simon is responsible for the University’s community safety and security portfolio.

Simon is a keen cyclist, hiker, kayaker, climber and traveller, and in his spare time enjoys seeing and experiencing everything Victoria has to offer. He enjoys coffee, and appreciates Clayton campus having 40+ coffee outlets to choose from.

This year will be Simon’s third in MRS, having previously been College Head at South East Flats in 2019-20. Simon is thrilled to be leading the residential support team at Holman Hall, and is excited to be part of a remarkable three-tier community— Monash, MRS and Holman Hall — that is renowned for its vibrancy, warmth, inclusiveness and support. Together with the other members of the RST, Simon looks forward to guiding Holman residents in achieving their personal and academic goals, and to making this year both successful and memorable.

Photograph of Shifa, Holman Hall RSAShifa Sadiq - Deputy College Head, Holman Hall

Shifa moved from India to Melbourne in 2016. Her inquisitiveness and determination saw her become a versatile Marketing Postgraduate in 2017. At the heart of completing her degree, she held two imminent positions with MRS, namely the Resident Advisor at Normanby House and also lead the Central Environmental Co-ordinator portfolio.

Having come from the Land of Culture, Shifa loves what diversity can bring to a vibrant community and hopes to see it bring nothing but the best this year! Grateful to have been part of MRS from 2016 and having previously held the Residential Support Assistant position at Holman Hall, Shifa is excited and looks forward to working with the Holman Hoppers and wishes the new residents a fun-tabulous year!

Shifa’s hobbies include photography, travelling and playing sports. Her creative passions saw her pursue a Diploma in Graphic Design in 2020, which she currently enjoys and has kept her busy during the pandemic.

Photograph of Emma, Holman Hall Deputy College HeadEmma Gamble - Deputy College Head, Holman Hall

Emma is originally from a small town just out of Wangaratta in North East Victoria. This year she is studying her fourth and final year of Secondary Education and Science, majoring in biochemistry. Emma moved to Melbourne in 2018 to attend Monash University and after living off-campus for 1 year, Emma moved on-campus to Turner Hall and was keen to get involved in hall life! She was on the Turner Hall Society in 2019 and then became an RA in 2020.

This year, Emma looks forward to joining the Holman Hall Residential Support Team and working with the RAs to foster a vibrant and inclusive community.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys playing netball as well as a bit of AFL and futsal every now and again. She loves Italian food, but if given a choice of sweet and savoury, would probably always pick the sweet option. Emma also enjoys driving around the countryside, going camping and hiking with her friends exploring the great outdoors. She also enjoys crafts, like knitting and sewing.

Blake Cohen - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Blake is excited to be your resident advisor in 2021! Originally from Launceston, Tasmania he is an engineering student heading into his third year of study at Monash. Blake decided to become an RA to help fellow residents through the challenges that they may face. He is looking forward to giving a hand and forming some enduring and meaningful friendships. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball (or many other sports for that matter), listening to his records that he’ll always be happy to talk about, or just hanging out and exploring the city with friends.

Brandon Tan - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Brandon grew up in Singapore and moved to Melbourne in 2017 to pursue a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine at Monash. In his time off from studying, he enjoys cooking, traveling, hanging out with his friends and meeting new people. Given the tough and challenging year that 2020 has been for everyone, Brandon hopes that he can utilise his skills to help create a vibrant and welcoming Holman community in the upcoming year ahead.

Victor Jin Chuan Chin - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Victor is from a tropical country, Malaysia and fluent in speaking 3 languages (English, Malay, Chinese). He is currently in his final year of pursuing Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) specializing in Mechanical Engineering. It has been nearly 5 years since Victor first lived with MRS and he is very excited to contribute back towards the community by becoming a dependable Resident Advisor. He is an outgoing person who enjoys meeting new people and chatting with his friends. In his free time, he loves to read books, cooking a new recipe and taking photos.

Mary Morkos Rizk Hanna - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Mary was born in Dubai, UAE and spent the first 18 years of her life there but comes from an Egyptian family. She is very passionate about mental health and is, therefore, studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). In her spare time, she enjoys baking, listening to music, and playing the ukulele. She is also a very proud plant mom and is always looking to expand her family. Mary looks forward to being an RA next year and is excited for an awesome year with all the residents at Holman!

Noah Koschade - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Noah is currently in his second year of a Bachelor of Music, with a specialisation in Composition and Music Technology. He grew up in a tiny town in West Gippsland, Victoria, and moved to Monash and Holman Hall in 2019. After already being a resident advisor in 2020, Noah is excited to be participating in the role for another year. He is eager to help further create an inclusive community in the hall, and can’t wait to meet all the new residents! In his spare time, Noah likes to compose, perform, and listen to music.

Sheryl Pham Thao Ly - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Sheryl grew up in Vietnam and is pursuing a bachelor degree in Nutrition Science. She came to Melbourne in 2017 and moved to Monash in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, outdoor walks and baking. Her first year in Holman in 2020 was greatly supported and welcomed, despite the difficult situation of the pandemic and she very enjoyed the experience. Sheryl is excited to make new friends and include herself in spreading the positivity in Holman community in 2021.

Sophie King - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Sophie grew up in the nearby suburb of Balwyn and is studying a double degree in Engineering and Commerce specialising in Civil Engineering and Finance. When she’s not studying, Sophie enjoys a good chat with friends (or anyone really), making potato wedges, travelling and boxing. She also enjoys running fun events for the hall such as campus-wide capture the flag and reading books, especially those being studied by her VCE English students. Sophie is really looking forward to welcoming all residents to Holman in 2021, both new and old, for a fantastic and fun-filled year!

Thomas Harris - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Tom is a third year Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Global Studies student from the nearby suburb of Hawthorn. In his spare time, Tom loves procrastinating (mostly via Netflix), going for walks around the campus and meeting friends for brunch or iced coffee. After experiencing how social and friendly everyone at Holman is, Tom is super excited to meet all the new ressies and welcome them to the hall for a fun and vibrant 2021!

Urvi Bharania - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Urvi is a third-year Biomedical Science student who moved to Australia in 2019. She was born in India and was brought up in Uganda. She has been living in Holman Hall for two years now and absolutely loves the experiences that she has gathered while staying on campus. As someone passionate about health and fitness, Urvi loves going for runs and doing yoga every now and then. Her enthusiasm and friendly nature are what drive her to take up leadership roles in the community to empower people and improve the experiences of those around her.

Wen Qii Teo - Resident Advisor, Holman Hall

Wen Qii is currently in her final year studying Bachelor of Computer Science in Data Science. She came to Melbourne in 2018 and moved to Holman Hall in her first year of university. Wen Qii is very excited to become your Resident Advisor this year to help you to feel home again. During her free time, she learns piano and also likes to bake when she’s bored.