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.


Paul Cornelius
Paul Cornelius - Deputy College Head, Howitt Hall

Before moving to Melbourne, Paul lived in Cairns, Peru, Canada and Costa Rica. He completed his honour’s degree in Music in 2015.

Paul has lived on campus for the past six years, which included three years as a Resident Advisor at Howitt Hall, a year as Residential Support Assistant in Campbell Hall and a year as Deputy College Head of Logan Hall.

Paul is very passionate about building lively, fun and welcoming communities and will be working closely with the Resident Advisors to ensure that all residents at Howitt Hall have the best possible experience.

He is thrilled to be moving into Howitt and cannot wait to get started. When he isn’t playing table tennis in the games room or tennis at a nearby tennis court, Paul can often be found playing the saxophone in the music room.

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.


Mia Anderson - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

In 2018 Mia Anderson will be in her second year of both university and living at Howitt. She studies languages with Spanish as her major. She grew up in Geelong, a reasonably large town about an hour away from Melbourne. She is also a Yoga and Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer, hence why she is so excited to be the Howitt Health and Wellbeing RA! She loves getting active and all things health and wellness, from cooking healthy meals to going to a dance class.

Mia can’t wait to be the one to provide residents with awesome opportunities to improve their overall wellbeing this year and be the one they can come to for help and advice. In her down time she loves to scroll Instagram, watch YouTube and hangout with people around the hall. She is always down to hang, whether it’s just chilling watching Netflix or doing a workout, she’ll be there!


Kate Bottrell - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

After growing up in the nation’s capital, Kate moved to the beautiful city of Melbourne in 2017, after taking a gap year to work in the UK and travel around Europe. This will be Kate’s second year at Howitt, and Monash where she is currently studying a Bachelor of Business at the Caulfield campus. Kate loves getting involved at Howitt and is happy to call Howitt her home. She is super excited to return this year to be the Environmental RA and is looking forward to meeting all the new faces! Don’t be afraid to knock on her door at any time, she is always up for a chat.


Sara Cruse - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

This is Sara Cruse, and she is Howitt’s 2018 Merchandise RA. She is super keen to make some awesome clothes for you guys this year!

Sara grew up in Launceston, Tasmania, and this will be her second year of living in Melbourne. She is studying a Bachelor of Primary and Secondary Education and has a huge passion for helping people! In her spare time, she enjoys having quality time with friends and getting involved in as many Howitt activities as possible, especially the halls netball games!

Sara is very keen to meet everyone this year and if you ever need anyone to chat to about life, university or anything like that, her door is always open (literally)!


Sarah Fraser - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Having moved from Melbourne to Canberra at age 6, Sarah has returned to Melbourne to undertake a degree in Biomedical Science in 2017. Returning to Howitt for her second year, Sarah is taking on a Diversity and Inclusion portfolio and she is massively excited about the opportunity to celebrate and develop the diversity of the incredibly engaging community that she has come to love at Howitt.

Outside of hanging out with new and old friends, in her spare time, Sarah enjoys listening to music, especially live music when she gets the opportunity. She also enjoys reading and getting out on a hike whenever possible. As a true tea enthusiast, Sarah is always keen for a cuppa, especially if accompanied by a good chat, and has been known to bribe people into having a cup of tea with baked goods.


Abbigale Greene - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

After living overseas in Dubai for 10 years, Abbie has just recently moved back to Melbourne to commence her tertiary studies as a business student. Based at the Caulfield campus, Abbie is a second year studying a Bachelor of Business with a double major in marketing and economics.

Abbie has been extremely fortunate to have grown up in many amazing places around the world, such as England, Dubai, Indonesia, and Ireland, and as a result, has managed to live in a grand total of 5 different countries and has been to 5 different schools!

Being an individual who enjoys socialization, organizing, and planning, she is one of two Community RA’s for Howitt this year, and is incredibly excited to plan some remarkable events for all residents of the hall. Abbie is very excited to be returning back to Howitt for a second year and cannot wait to experience the incredible year to come!


Riley Herron - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Riley is studying his third year of a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in chemistry and earth science at the Clayton campus. Originally from Ocean Grove, approximately two hours south of Melbourne, he moved to Melbourne to study in 2016.

2018 will be Riley’s third year living at Howitt and as one of your two Community RAs for the year, he will be working alongside the rest of the team and the MRS Residents’ Committee to ensure 2018 will be a fun year.


Casey Isherwood - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Casey is the RA of 7th floor this year. The hardest question you could probably ask her is where she's from; she calls herself Kiwi because she was born just across the Tasman, but she's moved around her whole life. She's called Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand her home in the past, but for now it’s Australia!

Casey moved to Melbourne in 2015 from Amsterdam to study her Bachelor of Biomedical Science here at Monash and is currently in her third year. She has a range of hobbies, from being a hardcore All Blacks fan, to playing various sports, to playing her French Horn, to being a total sci-fi addict. She cannot wait for an awesome year with all of y’all and adding more people to the Howitt family. Her door is always open for a friendly chat, so come by sometime!


Karli Kulbars - Residents Advisor, Howitt Hall

This is Karli Kulbars, and she is from Bendigo, Victoria. She will be one of two Sports RA’s this year at Howitt. This is her second year at Monash studying a Bachelor of Radiation Science.
She is a keen netball player and loves to kick around with the footy, and grew up as a keen Collingwood supporter.

She is very excited to organise and run the sports activities for this year. If you ever need someone to talk to or if you just want a chat her door is always open.


Lachlan Peacock - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Lachie is Howitt Hall’s IT RA this year. He is currently studying his second year of a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in software development. In his spare time he is usually playing guitar or listening to tons of music, and loves driving his Commodore. He also likes terrible memes.

He moved from home in Geelong to Howitt last year, as his first experience out of home. Before he knew it, he started calling Howitt home as well! He can’t wait for another awesome year in such an awesome community, and is excited to meet all the new residents, so make sure to say hi!


Ryan Squires - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Ryan Squires was born in a small country town called Wangaratta, and lived there until he was three. Ryan then moved to England to complete primary school before returning to Australia for high school, and finally moving to Monash to pursue his passion in science.

In his spare time Ryan enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with his friends, as well as tennis and water-skiing when he goes home.

He has loved his time in Howitt in 2017 and is looking forward to role of RA in 2018. He is excited to help ensure that as many new residents as possible have a first year filled with as many great memories as his year had.


Harry Sudholz - Resident Advisor, Howitt Hall

Harry Sudholz will be the 10th floor RA at Howitt this year; he is currently studying his second year of a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and this will be his second year living at Howitt Hall. Harry has moved from Caroline Springs, a town 30 minutes west of Melbourne.

His hobbies include playing and watching most sports, in particular cricket and AFL football. Harry will be one of the Sports RAs at Howitt and is looking forward to organising some awesome sporting events and getting to know everyone in 2018.