Normanby House Residential Support Team
Andrés 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, and is currently in the final year of his PhD in visual literacy in adult education – all at Monash. He is also a Spanish tutor. 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 an huge Australian Open fan.
Andrés loved being the inaugural Deputy College Head at Jackomos Hall in 2012, and is excited to have returned to the Monash family 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!
Pat Chen - Deputy College Head, Normanby House
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. She is currently in her third year of PhD in Materials Engineering working with cutting edge technology in biomaterials. She has lived in three halls before landing in Normanby House. Her journey began as a resident in Jackomos Hall. In 2016, she was appointed as Resident Advisor in Holman Hall before joining Campbell Hall as Residential Support Assistant in 2017. When she isn't busy doing experiment, she enjoys reading, baking and chatting with residents.
She is really excited for her new role as a Deputy College Head and looking forward to making Normanby House a home for all Rhinos.
Evan Douglas - Resident Advisor, Normanby House
Evan is originally from a small (tiny) town of Stuart Mill in the Wimmera region of Victoria, about a 3-hour drive North-West of here. He is in his third year of Bachelor’s degree in engineering, specialising in materials engineering, and this is also his third year living at Norm.
He is passionate about sport, especially hockey, which he eats, lives and breathes for most of the year. He also particularly enjoys cricket, tennis and Australian rules footy. This passion for sport plays a big part in his first portfolio of Health and Wellbeing, with his second portfolio being IT.
He is looking forward to meeting all of his new residents and helping them get the most out of uni life, so please don’t hesitate to go to him for any advice you may need. Most importantly, feel free to have a chat anytime you see him around the place! Welcome to our new residents, and welcome back to those who were here in 2017. 2018 will be Normanby’s best year yet!
Jaz Hendry - Resident Advisor, Normanby House
Jaz is a second year student currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in theatre with a minor of media and communications. Originally from Cape Paterson a small coastal town Jaz enjoys all aspects of performance and theatre and doesn’t shy away from the spotlight easily. Her passions include musical theatre, going out for brunch and high school musical. Jaz is super keen to bring together a warm and welcoming culture at Normanby House in
Thisal Jayakody - Resident Advisor, Normanby House
Thisal was born and raised in the tropical island of Sri-Lanka before he moved to Melbourne to complete his tertiary studies at Monash University in 2016. He is in his third year of his Bachelor of Engineering degree, specialising in Chemical Engineering. Thisal Spends a reasonable time volunteering on campus, following cricket (he is a loyal Sri-Lankan cricket fan) and following up on events that takes place based in Melbourne as he has a passion to get to know other cultures.
He enjoyed his stay at Normanby House from the first day he arrived in Melbourne. As one of 2 Residents Advisors under the Diversity, Inclusion and Community portfolio, Thisal is looking forward to delivering exciting events and opportunities for all residents of Normanby House to celebrate and experience the rich and diverse background of Norms’ residents. He looks forward to meeting all you Rhinos this year!
Tess Johnson - Resident Advisor, Normanby House
Hailing originally from the Gold Coast, Tess is starting a Masters degree in Bioethics this year, and is super excited about joining the Norm family! After completing her undergrad (Arts/Science) in Canberra, she's looking forward to finally living in the big smoke. Guilty pleasure hobbies include theatre, board games, Disney sing-alongs and chocolate-eating, all of which she's looking forward to sharing with any interested ressies this year. Her door is always open, and tea is always stockpiled.
Michelle Kay - Resident Advisor, Normanby House
Michelle is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Arts double degree, majoring in chemistry and ancient cultures and minoring in astrophysics and human rights- it's an amazing variety of study areas! She has lived all over Australia but has been in Melbourne for the last nine years. She is super into everything about Harry Potter as well as cross stitch embroidery and potato-based cooking. She can't wait to have an amazing year at Normanby in 2018!
Rose Liu - Resident Advisor, Normanby House
Rose was born and raised in Sydney, before moving to Monash to study a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine degree. She is is excited to be part of the Central Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing committee which runs a variety of events focusing on fostering an inclusive and healthy MRS community. Rose is especially excited about the energetic DIW committee's spearheading of new nutrition and health education initiatives in 2018.
In addition to being a full time student and active member of Monash Residential Services, Rose spends her free time with friends, listening to music, exploring nature and practising a variety of martial arts. She loves being able to live in the diverse and friendly community that is Normanby House, where there is always a friend to hang out or study with. In the future, Rose hopes to work in global health.
Giorgina Maxwell - Resident Advisor, Normanby House
Giorgina is a second-year student studying a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts double degree. She is majoring in French, journalism and biochemistry.
She is originally from the small country town of Port Fairy in South-West Victoria (other end of the Great Ocean Road). She is passionate about music, volunteering, exploring new cultures and animals (especially dogs).
Giorgina will have the environment portfolio and will be representing Normanby House on the Resident’s Committee. She is looking forward to meeting everyone in 2018 and is excited to share in what will be another fantastic year at Normanby House!"
Benjamin Perez Urzua - Residential Advisor, Normanby House
Ben was born in Santiago, the capital city of Chile, and is in his second year of studying a double degree in Science and Arts. This will be his first year as an RA and he looks forward to generating a kind environment, with respect and caring values between residents to help create long-lasting friendships, spread positivism and make Normanby House a second home.
Other goals he has for this year include running a half-marathon for the first time and doing a backflip (so we’ll see how that goes). He is very excited to share the Health & Wellbeing portfolio. Given that as much as he enjoys playing sports, laughing, reading and spontaneous activities, he also loves to spend time meeting new people and have sincere conversations of any kind (even life itself).
He is very passionate about endorsing a respectful and inclusive community, listening to people and simply sharing with one another. Please don’t hesitate to contact him if you want to have a talk! Welcome to Norm 2018! It will be an amazing year full of new adventurous and experiences.
Jaimee Tuckett - Resident Advisor, Normanby House
Jaimee is a second year student studying a Law and Science double degree. She is originally from Leongatha, a country town in the Gippsland region. Jaimee has a passion for learning about new cultures, food (eating, not cooking) and Game of Thrones. She is sharing the Diversity, Inclusion and Community Portfolio with Thisal in 2018 and is looking forward to making Norm a fun and inclusive environment for everyone. She can’t wait to meet you all and welcome you to the Norm family!