Howitt Hall Residential Support Team

Photograph of Tanya, Howitt Hall College HeadTanya Pelle - College Head, Howitt Hall

2021 will be Tanya's second year as College Head at Howitt Hall. She has worked at Monash University for 20+ years in various student services roles. Tanya is the Group Manager, Student Success and Transformation at Monash Connect - she is responsible for Scholarships, Graduations, Enrolments, Career Connect, Student Leadership and International Student Engagement. She has a passion for enriching student experience and maximising student satisfaction.

Tanya was born and raised in Melbourne. She has completed her Master of Business online through the Monash Business School. She enjoys watching crime drama, hand sewing, a good skinny flat white and 80s music. Tanya is joined by her fiancé Luke and niece Amy.  Tanya is excited about engaging with the Howitt community in 2021. She looks forward to the opportunity to engage with students in a new setting and make Howitt feel like home.

Pat ChenPat Chen - Deputy College Head, Howitt Hall

Pat is originally from Thailand, and moved to Melbourne to pursue a Bachelor degree in Biotechnology which she completed in 2015. She fell in love with research during her honours year and decided to do a PhD. In 2020, she completed her PhD in Materials Engineering working with cutting edge technology in biomaterials. She is currently teaching undergraduate and diploma students across Faculty of Engineering and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University and Monash College. During her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and chatting with residents.

She has lived in four halls before landing in Howitt Hall. She is excited for her third year Howitt Hall and is looking forward to making it a home away from home for all residents.

Photograph of Sheldon, Howitt Hall RSA Sheldon Castelino - Residential Support Assistant, Howitt Hall

Sheldon moved to Melbourne to pursue a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance and has been previously involved in the student and resident community at Monash through volunteering and as Resident Advisor. He is thrilled to return as the Residential Support Assistant for Howitt this year and can’t wait to meet all the amazing students that will call Howitt Hall home.

Having spent his childhood in Dubai, a hall of residence with a camel as its mascot is a perfect fit for Sheldon. He looks forward to the opportunity of engaging in the fun, inclusive and vibrant community at Howitt Hall.

Apart from community building, Sheldon’s interests include history, travel, long walks and a good story. Always up for a chat, he is always around to offer help, guidance and support.

Benjamin Wilson - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

As residential advisor, Benjamin plans to preserve the caring community present at Howitt Hall. Benjamin is a third-year student studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in physics and mathematics. But when he is not looking at numbers, he loves being out in nature and he enjoys spending time with friends and meeting new people. Benjamin is so pleased to welcome the new students this year, and to make sure everyone settles in well and gets to experience the unique way of life to the fullest.

Cameron Potter - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Cameron is a third year science student, looking to major in Biochemistry and Immunology. He grew up in the small town of Apollo Bay, in Western Victoria before moving to Howitt Hall to study. He is excited to commence his second year as a resident advisor, after enjoying the role in 2020. Cameron spends his free time playing music with his band, socialising with his friends and staying active. He is looking forward to seeing the Howitt community flourish with all the new people moving in for 2021.

Jasmine Edghill - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Having grown up on the coastal line of New South Wales, Jasmine enjoys taking advantage of the sun, sand, waves and the good vibes. Jasmine is a second-year student, studying a Bachelor of Education and Mathematics, although some of her other passions lie in fashion, music and food. You can always find her by following the sounds of her bright blue ukulele, baking brownies she is allergic to, or exercising, unless she is catching up on sleep.  Her energetic personality means you will never be bored in the hall and always have someone to spark up a conversation with, especially about love for sparkling water. She’s looking forward to meeting all the new residents and her door is always open for a chat.

Laine Graham - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Born and raised in Bendigo, Victoria, Laine has called Howitt home since 2019 while he studies Electrical Engineering. Laine spends (too much of) his time playing videogames, hanging out with his friends, and starting personal projects he never finishes. In addition to getting involved with all the hall events and making new friends, Laine also loves a good banter and plays a deadly game of pool. He hopes to help all the new and returning residents get the most out of their residential experience, and that he can make some lasting friendships in the process!

Nathan Dmello - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Nathan Dmello is a Masters student from Mumbai, India. He is completing his degree in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Engineering and hopes to help make a difference in towards combating Climate change from an engineering perspective. He enjoys playing sports and listening to music. Nathan is excited to be returning as an RA and managing the Academic and IT profiles. He is looking forward to conducting events and providing career based information that would give residents an edge in their professional lives.

Riley Fenn - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Riley moved to Melbourne from Devonport, Tasmania in 2020 to pursue a Bachelor of Art History and Curating at Monash. Although it was not the first year of University that she imagined, she has loved her time at Monash so far, and cannot wait for 2021 to experience the thriving community environment of Howitt Hall as an RA. She is passionate about many things, including art, fashion, music, theatre, history, and travel. Riley is looking forward to utilising her skills to help foster a safe and inclusive environment at Howitt. She is so excited to meet all the new residents!

Sydelle Saldanha - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Sydelle is in her second year of her Master of Design degree. She takes an eager interest in learning new skills and concepts, taking up challenges, and adding to her repertoire of experiences. She enjoys working on design projects, and is always up for a good game of basketball or an impromptu trek or camp. In her free time, you can find her playing the harmonica or analysing literature and films. She is excited to take on the position of Resident Advisor for Howitt this year, and is looking forward to meeting the residents of Howitt and contributing to the MRS community.