Farrer Hall Residential Support Team

Steve MitchellSteve Mitchell - College Head, Farrer Hall

Steve began his affiliation with Monash as an undergrad in the early 1990s, he soon joined the Monash Course & Careers section as part time receptionist as well as working as a tutor for a range of subjects.  After graduation from the Faculty of Information Technology he had a short, but successful career as a programmer before re-joining the University in the Networks division.  Over his time here he's visited and supported most of the Monash campuses (including Prato).  For the last couple of years he's been designing and building the University's new Data Centre and the next generation of the Monash network.

Steve was originally a country boy staying at Roberts Hall during his undergraduate days and a few years ago returned to the MRS family as the Deputy College Head of Roberts Hall, under the tutelage of Dr Gerry Nagtzaam.  During that time Anya and Steve welcomed their first child to Halls, Hendrix.  Soon to be followed by Madeleine and Hugo.

Steve has enjoyed his promotion to College Head of Farrer Hall and over the past few years providing opportunities for all residents to excel at various facets life.


Katrina HookeKatrina Hooke - Deputy College Head, Farrer Hall

Katrina (or Kat) joins Farrer as Deputy College Head in 2017 at stop 3 on a tour of MRS halls – having previously been part of Berwick and Normanby House communities.  She is looking forward to experiencing Farrer for the first time along with the new residents and is looking forward to getting to know those that are coming back for more!
Katrina grew up on a farm near Benalla in regional Victoria, moved to Melbourne to go to uni, and has lived in and around Melbourne ever since.  During the day, Katrina works full time as a school psychologist, which she loves. She works a lot with children with disabilities, learning difficulties and challenging behavior.

Katrina likes to be around people, so will often be up for a chat and will always be up for a laugh.  She enjoys funny people, coffee, movies, spending time with friends, doing silly things because they’re funny, holidays, and icecream.

She’s looking forward to working with the Farrer RST to make 2017 a great year!


BreeBreanna Polato - Residential Support Assistant, Farrer Hall

Before embarking on her Monash journey, Bree was an animal fanatic who loved to ride motorbikes around her small rural country town of Leongatha. In 2011 Bree took up residency at Richardson Hall while studying a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology and Ecology & Conservation Biology. Her ultimate aim is to become a zookeeper or work at a sanctuary for sick/injured native and exotic animals.

Bree was so happy to have completed her honours, majoring in Zoology, in 2015 and is very excited to return to Farrer community as the Residential Support Assistant for the second year. After 6 years at MRS already Bree just couldn’t stay away.

Bree is incredibly passionate about animals, be it domesticated pets or free living wildlife. In her spare time Bree enjoys volunteering at the Melbourne Zoo, arts and crafts, video games (huge Yoshi fan), motorbike riding and making new friends.


Amrit AllesAmrit Alles - Resident Advisor

Flying in from the beautiful sunny island of Sri Lanka, Amrit moved to Farrer Hall in 2015 and enjoyed everything that it had to offer. First enrolling in a Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce degree before finding his true passion in the field of finance and economics Amrit will be going into his third year at Monash University in 2017.

After an incredible first year as an RA, he hopes to both maintain and enrich Farrer’s rich culture and values and is very excited about working with his fellow RST.

In his spare time Amrit enjoys long distance running, making GoPro videos, roadtrips, attending car events and going on drives up Mount Dandenong.


Bryce FlemingBryce Fleming - Resident Advisor

Hailing from Launceston, Tasmania, Bryce made the switch to the big city in early 2016 and he immediately fell in love with the Farrer spirit and the sense of family between everyone within the hall. Based on Bryce’s strong desire to assist, understand and help others he is currently undertaking his second year of a Bachelor of Advanced Psychological Science, hoping to specialise in clinical psychology.

Bryce is a very competitive person, loving all things sport. He has been involved in Soccer, football, cricket, swimming, athletics, cross-country and orienteering throughout his life as both an athlete and coach. This makes Bryce a very firm believer in giving everything a try while encouraging engagement and participation of those around him.

Bryce is extremely excited to begin working alongside his fellow RST and Ferrets in the events and culture portfolio with high hopes of making 2017 a year to remember for each and every Ferret.


Ebony FerraroEbony Ferraro - Resident Advisor

Growing up in the nation’s capital, Ebony moved to Melbourne in 2016. Currently in her second year studying a double degree of Commerce and Global studies, she is happy to call Farrer her home.

Ebony has had an extremely enjoyable first year at Farrer Hall, she hopes to encourage all residents through academics, sporting or participation in her role as RA in 2017. Ebony enjoys swimming, cooking, watching murder mysteries and gets her energy from multiple cups of tea per day.

Being an Access Monash Ambassador helped Ebony embrace her move to Melbourne and get more involved with Monash outside of academics. In 2017 she will be a part of the charity portfolio within her role as RA, she hopes to organise events and promote awareness for a variety of causes in the local and greater community. Ebony is an extremely social person, with too much enthusiasm which she hopes will make for a happy, homely and welcoming environment for the new (and returning) residents of Farrer!


Jack KratzatJack Kratzat - Resident Advisor

Hailing from the overcast, mountain ash filled Strzelecki Ranges, Jack was born in Leongatha and raised in the small country town Mirboo North, Victoria, where he enjoyed a typical rural upbringing on farm, riding motorbikes and running amuck with his younger siblings.

After completing VCE in 2015, Jack made the big move to Melbourne—if Clayton can be considered Melbourne—enrolling in the Bachelor of Science at Monash. Jack is unsure of where he is going with his degree, preferring to make it up as he goes. Jack enjoys motorbike riding, long distance running, binge watching movies and being competitive.

Jack came to Farrer on the advice of a high school friend and has not regretted it one bit! Jack feels extremely lucky to be a part of Farrer and is very excited to be a part of the RST for 2017. He is on the events and culture portfolio, as well as being the Farrer Rescomm Representative. Jack looks forward to helping make 2017 a memorable year for everyone at Farrer.


Farrer James CassellsJames Cassells - Resident Advisor

Originally from Ballarat but now residing in Ocean Grove, James is happy to call Farrer his home. He is currently undertaking a bachelor of science/engineering and one day hoping to be a chemical engineer.

As an extremely competitive person James has endeavoured to participate (and win) in all of Farrer’s events whether they be sporting, academics or alternate activities. It is this participation and enthusiasm that has allowed him to love his first and second year at Farrer.

As health and wellbeing RA in 2016 and the MRS sports RA in 2017 he is excited to organise a multitude of different sporting activities for all of the halls and especially to get the new ferrets involved and hopefully make some fantastic memories just as he has in 2015 and 2016.


James CiupaJames Ciupa - Resident Advisor

James Ciupa is one of two Residential Advisors lucky enough to be in 1st Commons for 2017. He is part of the ‘Diversity, Inclusion and Well-Being’ portfolio, and his hobbies include everything Farrer related. During Farrer 2016, James took on roles such as Floor representative, Re O-Week Team (Yes I was there), and even competed in Farrer’s Pitch for Change! He is ½ Korean, ¼ Ukrainian and ¼ British, in case you wanted to know!!

James, or ‘Jamie’ as he has decided to call himself, was born in Korea and moved to Singapore shortly after, where he did exciting things such as school and compulsory military service! Growing up in such a multi-cultural city, whilst attending an international school gave Jamie the perfect opportunity to meet people from all corners of the world. Upon realising that University in the UK meant he would not see the sun, ever, he decided that the best course of action was to head to Australia and learn things there! He is currently taking a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing, and loving every minute of it!

All jokes aside, being part of Farrer 2016 has been the best time of my life. The atmosphere is unlike any other and you truly feel welcomed and accepted. Simply put, you become part of the Farrer family. Jamie is extremely grateful to be part of the Farrer 2016 RST team and is excited to meet all the residents who correctly chose Farrer as their home.


Jayden BlencoweJayden Blencowe - Resident Advisor

Jayden was born in the big and slightly disappointing town of Bendigo, Victoria, where he completed all of his schooling. He is currently in his second year of a Science degree, majoring in Physiology and Pharmacology.

After moving to Farrer Hall in 2016, Jayden immediately fell in love with the friendly, competitive and inclusive culture that Farrer Hall embodies. He is a very laid back and caring person who enjoys playing tennis, 13 hour naps, hanging out with friends and long walks on the beach with his floofy doggo.

In 2017, Jayden will be a member of the Charity portfolio. In this role, he endeavours to not only promote awareness, but also raise money through a variety of fun events for a variety of deserving causes within the wider and greater community. Jayden is incredibly excited to not only work with his fellow RA on 2L, but also the entire RST team of 2017 to ensure that Farrer remains the best Hall at Monash.


Lachlan LaneLachlan Lane - Resident Advisor

Born out in the sticks of south central NSW and raised on a farm from the start, Lachie is a fun loving, all expenses paid boy from the bush. His family of farmers in and around the Lockhart area dates back 4 generations and that is exactly why he is in Melbourne trying his luck at Engineering.

Lachie completed his HSC in 2015 after attending boarding school in Leeton and left the nest a short time later to pursue an interest in science and maths in Melbourne.

After moving to Farrer Hall in 2016, Lachie adapted to the city lifestyle without a hitch; undertaking a Bachelor of Engineering at Monash, enjoying being able to walk to the nearest supermarket and having neighbours who actually live next door (like in the same postcode). His passions for sport and music are evident in every aspect of his life. A keen cyclist, footballer, cricketer, swimmer and tennis player, although not very good, will hold him in good stead as the health and wellbeing RA of Farrer alongside Charlotte and Marnie.

Lachie is very excited to be on second commons with Taryn and Tony and looks forward to a happy and prosperous 2017 with all the new and returning residents.


Lauren PotenzaLauren Potenza - Resident Advisor

Born and raised in Melbourne suburbia just on the other side of the CBD, Lauren is now loving Farrer as her home away from home. She is passionate about the wonderfully fun and welcoming nature of Farrer and is thoroughly looking forward to being a member of the RA team in 2017 as part of the Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Portfolio.

After VCE, Lauren knew she wanted to study at Monash, deciding on a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, but living on res wasn’t a certainty. Looking back now though, it is a decision she would never change. Lauren enjoys her fitness and sports, including running, touch rugby, soccer and badminton, as well as music, even though neither sport nor music are necessarily her strong suit. She tends to have a corny sense of humour consisting of below average puns but hopes the occasional ‘dad joke’ can at least bring about a chuckle.


Farrer Matt MadsenMatt Madsen- Resident Advisor

Hailing from the hills of Callignee, near the country town of Traralgon in Victoria, Matt moved to Melbourne at the start of 2016 to begin his time at Monash. Unsure about the transition from the country to the ‘big smoke’ of Clayton, Matt quickly found home at Farrer, getting involved in everything Farrer has to offer.

Aside from completing his undergraduate degree of Engineering and Science, Matt also enjoys playing Football for the Monash Blues, finishing runner up last in the under 19’s best and fairest for 2016. When he’s home, Matt likes to relax by spending time outside; fishing and motorbike riding.

Matt is looking forward to a huge 2017 as an RA on Third Commons, and is keen to help out with as many of the portfolios as he can. He can’t wait to meet all of the new (and returning) residents and is honoured to be a part of the team which will surely bring so much spirit to Farrer.


Marnie JonesMarnie Jones - Resident Advisor

Marnie is the ‘Ground Floor’ Residential Advisor for 2017. She is on the Health & Wellbeing portfolio. Marnie’s favourite things in life are dogs and daisies. She also likes bushwalking, camping and brunch.

Marnie was born in the middle of a cyclone in Port Hedland, Western Australia. She spent most of her childhood swimming, fishing and crocodile hunting at the beach. Growing up in one of the hottest towns in the nation meant that it wasn’t until kindergarten (pre-school) that she learnt clothes and shoes are not optional. Marnie completed High School in South West Victoria, after this she moved to Frankston to study Secondary Health and Physical Education. After a year at Peninsula Residential Marnie transferred to Clayton, initially by accident. Although she is travelling 25 minutes by car to get to her classes she believes it was the best mistake she has ever made.

Marnie feels extremely lucky to be apart of Farrer’s 2017 Residential Support Team. She is excited about being in the Health and Wellbeing portfolio where her goal is to achieve maximum participation throughout the Hall. Marnie can’t wait to meet her residents and help create a homely, family-like floor culture.


Nellie WhitesideNellie Whiteside - Resident Advisor

Growing up on a dairy farm in the small country town of Terang, Nellie completed most of her schooling in Ballarat. After graduating in 2014 Nellie took a gap year and spent her time working as a Lifeguard before travelling through Europe.

Moving to Farrer Hall in 2016 Nellie commenced a Bachelor in Science and Engineering with the intention of becoming a Biomedical Engineer. As well as her keen interest for maths and science Nellie also enjoys many sports such as netball, running and swimming.

Nellie is incredibly excited for the opportunity to have a significant input into the Farrer Hall and MRS community through her role as Resident Advisor in the diversity, inclusion and wellbeing portfolio.


Shaun RooksShaun “Rooksy” Rooks - Resident Advisor

Originating exclusively from the Country City of Bairnsdale, Shaun Rooks joined Farrer Hall in February 2015. Parallel with his deep interest in environmental conservatism he is currently studying a bachelor of Science majoring in chemistry and ecology and will commence his 3rd year in 2017.

The Self Proclaimed “Rooksy” is a massive nerd; loving all things coming from the cosmos. The space trooper’s greatest interests include; Doctor Who, Firefly, Stargate, Star Wars, Star Trek and Warhammer 40k. He is also an obsessive halo fan and just can't keep his head out of the stars.

Shaun has an interest in live music having played drums and percussion for 15 years, he has been in Swing, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Big Bands and large concert bands and has a particular talent for the intricacy of the Triangle.

Despite his menacing haircut and rather gruesome facial features, Roosky is actually a lovely guy. Have a chat with him sometime or feel free to ask for some help, he is always happy to help out a fellow ferret in need.

Rooksy welcomes the new and returning 2017 ferrets and promises that this year will be one of the best years of your lives!


Taryn ClarkeTaryn Clarke - Resident Advisor

Taryn was born in the suburbs of Melbourne, but was quickly whisked away from all the hustle and bustle to the small town of Glengarry. She will be beginning a Bachelor of Science this year, after deciding that nursing was not her calling in life. She hopes that through this she can further explore her passions in psychology and the environment.

Taryn enjoys playing piano and flute, swimming, badminton, camping, and leisurely stroll around campus. She has grown to love the environment of Farrer and the people within it, and hopes to ensure the continuation of this loving, enthusiastic Hall.

Taryn is very excited to take on the Environment Portfolio, and can’t wait to see the garden in use throughout 2017. She hopes that she can also invoke a sense of gratitude in other ferrets about the environment around us. Taryn is also delighted about working with the rest of the 2C clan, hoping to make it a fantastic year for both new and returning residents.