Normanby House Residential Support Team

Normanby House College HeadAndrés Villamizar-Maldonado - College Head, Normanby House

Originally from Colombia, Andrés has called Melbourne home since 2001. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Masters in English language teaching at Monash. He is currently in the final year of his PhD in the Faculty of Education, where he also teaches. Having worked at the University for many years in student wellbeing and engagement, as well as in events and alumni relations, Andrés is a huge advocate of providing students with a positive and formative experience. In his spare time, he enjoys practising yoga, swimming and going to the movies and musical theatre. He’s also a coffee lover and a huge Australian Open fan.

Andrés loved being the inaugural Deputy College Head at Jackomos Hall in 2012, and returned to the Monash family as College Head in 2018 to work with his team and the wider MRS towards maintaining a harmonious, safe, fun and inclusive community at Normanby House. His partner Stephen and their fluffy black cat Alexandra share his home. Please come and say hi.


Tanya Pelle Normanby House Deputy College HeadTanya Pelle - Deputy College Head, Normanby House

Tanya is new to Monash Residential Services in 2019. She has worked at Monash University for 18 years in various student services roles. Tanya is the Manager, Education Success and Student Services in the Faculty of Education. She has a passion for enriching student experience and maximising student satisfaction. In 2018 she implemented a fresh and innovative support model which sees the Faculty of Education students being case managed by experts in pastoral care, progression and wellbeing.

Tanya was born and raised in Melbourne. Last year she 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 will be joined by her fiancé Luke—who loves the beach, hiking, electronics and Star Wars. Tanya is excited about moving onto campus and becoming a member of the Normanby House community. She looks forward to the opportunity to engage with students in a new setting.


Sheldon Castelino - Resident Advisor, Normanby House

Originally from India, Sheldon spent his childhood in Dubai, U.A.E and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Banking and Finance. He feels privileged to share in the amazing community and mix of cultures at Normanby House. Sheldon thinks of Normanby as a fantastic place to stay and is passionate about ensuring that it is a secure, inclusive and exciting environment for all of our residents. He enjoys meeting new people so please feel free to say hi when you see him or drop by his room for a chat.


Emily Harrison - Resident Advisor, Normanby House

Emily studies a Bachelor of Engineering (Specialising in Electrical Engineering), and this will be her third year at Normanby House. She is originally from Sale, East Gippsland, where her family has a sheep and wool farm. When she isn’t busy studying you can find her on the netball court; either playing or umpiring - sometimes up to six times a week during winter! She also enjoys playing tennis, futsal and representing Normanby House in inter-hall competitions. Aside from sport, Emily also enjoys listening to music, reading, crochet and cross-stitch, or simply just hanging out in the kitchen with her fellow residents.


Thisal Jayakody - Resident Advisor, Normanby House

Thisal was born and raised in the tropical island of Sri-Lanka. In 2016, he relocated to Australia to pursue a Bachelor of Engineering (Specialising in Chemical Engineering) at Monash University. He moved into Normanby House on his very first day in Melbourne and has stayed ever since! When he’s not busy studying, Thisal spends a reasonable amount of his time volunteering on campus. As the Resident Advisor under the Diversity and Inclusion portfolio for 2019, Thisal is looking forward to delivering exciting events and creating lots of opportunities for all residents to celebrate and experience the rich diversity that exists at Normanby House.


Tess Johnson - Resident Advisor, Normanby House

Originally from the Gold Coast, Tess joined the Normanby House family last year. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Bioethics at Monash, having completed a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Canberra; where she first became a Resident Advisor. Her hobbies include: theatre, board games, Disney sing-alongs and chocolate-eating, all of which she would love to share with any interested residents. Ultimately, Tess is really excited to be an RA for a second year in Normanby House and wants everyone to know that her door is always open, and tea is always stockpiled.


Lara O'Brien - Resident Advisor, Normanby House

Lara comes from a small town in rural Victoria, and is in her third year of a Bachelor of Music/Arts double-degree. Majoring in Piano Performance and Literary Studies, she always loves to listen to and share melodies and stories with others. In her spare time, Lara also enjoys learning new things, drinking tea, making up her own (often disastrous) recipes, and spending quality time with friends. Lara is super psyched to be a part of the Environment and Sustainability portfolio, and is looking forward to sharing the Normanby experience with everyone!


Amy Purdon - Resident Advisor, Normanby House

Amy, a true African at heart, emigrated from South Africa eight years ago with her family in the hopes of a bigger and brighter future. Now, a fully-fledged Aussie, Amy’s hometown is Sale in central Gippsland, rural Victoria. Despite her love for the country, Amy has moved to Melbourne to study a double degree in Commerce and IT (Majoring in Accounting and Business Information Systems). Amy has a passion for travel and anything challenging or adventurous so be sure to share your stories with her. Amy’s door is always open, and she is always ready for a chat.


Todd Wallace - Resident Advisor, Normanby House

Todd studies Biomedical Science and will be in his second year in 2019. His hometown is a small place in Northern Victoria called Numurkah. There, he enjoys camping and fishing along the nearby Murray River. Todd’s great passion in life is sport, he loves anything to do with it. Soccer, cricket and golf are his favourites. However, he is always up for a game of pool or hit of table tennis with his fellow Normanby residents. Todd is super excited to be a part of the RA team in 2019 and looks forward to meeting all the new faces!