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Robert Jaffrey

[MPallCare 1999; also BSc 1969, MBBS 1971 QLD]

After three years at Waikato Hospital in New Zealand, I am moving to take up a new appointment in Sydney as Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Medicine at Neringah Hospital. During 2004, gaine dthe Fellowship of the Australian Association for Quality in Health Care - FAAQHC.

Mrs Padma Jayaweera

[DipSocWk'91, MA(SocSc)'94]

After completing Post Graduate studies in South Australia (1990-1993) I assumed duties as, (1) Director National Transport Commission of Sri'Lanka, then (2) Director General of National Institute of Social Development, (3) Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Education, (4) Additional Secretary, Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, and at present I am holding two Senior Executive Positions viz: (I) Commissioner of Official Languages and (ii) Secretary of the Official Languages Commission. After returning from Australia the following books have been published (1) The Role of Co-operatives in Poverty Alleviation, 1995, (2) Agricultural Co-operatives and Small Farmer Economic Development, 1998, and Children's Books (1) Kaputu Kaak Kaak, 1993 and (2) Punchi Panchige Punchi Sevena - 1996. Serves on numerous associations, boards and committees including projects funded by the Asian Development Bank and World Bank.

Alumni planning to visit Sri Lanka can contact the Public Affairs and Alumni Office and we will put you in touch with Padma.

Mr Nathaniel Jewell

[BSc'99, BCompSc'01]

After studying at Flinders from 1997 to mid-2000, I transferred to The University of Adelaide, where I completed a first-class Honours degree in Applied Mathematics in 2001. I am currently in my first year of a PhD in Applied Mathematics; the topic of study is fluid flow in the vicinity of a corner.

Mrs Frauke Kaehler

[DipNg'88]

I moved from Adelaide to Queensland in 1989 and worked in Mental Health for the past twelve years. I often talk with other colleagues about my happy time at Sturt College.

Michael Kammermann

[BSc Hons 1997]

Worked as an Exploration Geologist for Ashton Mining, then Mine Geologist for Merlin Diamonds (owned by Ashton) until 2001. Spent some time as Environmental Consultant before realising that "diamonds are forever", and now work for Striker Resources.

Stephen L Karner

[BSc 1986, BSc Hons 1987, Earth Science]

After my studies at Flinders, I worked a short while in Adelaide before migrating to the United States. In 1993, I completed a Masters degree in Geology at Queens College of the City University of New York - with my thesis research in rock diagenesis done at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Columbia University).

Following this, I entered into the Geophysics program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where I performed rock deformation experiments to study processes relating to fault mechanics. After obtaining my PhD in 1999, I went to Texas A&M University as a post-doctoral research scientist to conduct experiments that investigate processes associated with deformation in sandstones.

Recently, I moved to Idaho Falls (together with my wife of 13 years, Karen) where I am employed at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. There I apply my research training in rock mechanics to issues pertaining to geothermal energy. To date, we have not had children . . . but this may be changing in the very near future!

Nicholas Klar

[BA 1994 GDipEd 1998]

After getting a taste of life overseas on the EAP program, I have spent most of post-graduate life living and travelling internationally. I spent two years in rural Japan, and have been in Shanghai since 2000, where I am currently Senior Head of House at Dulwich College. I have subsequently completed my MEd through USQ. My new book on Japan 'My Mother is a Tractor' is slated for release this year. Refer to the Klar Books website for more details.

Evangelia Koumbenakis

[BSc (Computer Science) 2001]

First job out of Uni: Process Improvement Engineer at Motorola Australia Software Centre at Technology Park, Mawson Lakes. In September 2001, I went to Saab as a Quality and Configuration Management Engineer for Naval Systems. Then transferred within Saab to software Integration Engineer for Land Systems. Currently working on Battlefield Communication Support System used by the Australian Army.

Ms Kathleen Leach

[MPsych(Clin)'98]

Since graduating from Flinders I have moved back to my home town and am now working in brain injury rehabilitation. In 2002 I commenced yet another degree, a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology. My thesis is on the cognitive profile of patients in post-traumatic amnesia.

Mr Shannon Leahy

 [BA, 2005]

After graduating from Woodcroft College, I studied a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) at Flinders University. I then became a policy adviser to the then Minister for Industrial Relations, Michael Wright and worked for two years as a Ministerial Adviser to the Deputy Premier, Kevin Foley. I am currently working with Austrade in Vietnam, where I'm a Senior Business Development Manager, helping Australian's export to Vietnam. It's a great part of the world to live – in addition to the challenging work and the vibrancy of HCMC, Vietnam now even has an Aussie rules footy team,
the Vietnam Swans which I'm a member of.

If any former lecturers or friends are travelling through Vietnam please drop me a line and I'd be happy to show you around Saigon!
shannon.leahy@austrade.gov.au

Judith Leeson

[BEd (InServ) 1984]

I completed my In-service degree in Special Education in 1984, after 30 years of working in mainstream and special education. I was Director of the Developmental Learning Program for children with Down Syndrome situated in the Sturt Campus, and providing placement for many mature and dedicated students who were completing their In-service degree.

My husband, Brian, and I established Vector Consultants in 1991, providing a range of career development, management and ouptlacement services to corporate, community and private clients. We continue to assist people in transtion to make informed career decisions, using a systems approach, narrative, and a range of instruments including MBTI and New Directions, and also provide a full range of job search services to enable clients to achieve their career aspirations.I am in my fourth term as National President of the Australian Association of Career Counsellors, and inaugural President and Founding Member of the Career Industry Council of Australia. As industry spokesperson I am involved in responding to Federal Government Departments on issues relating to career development, and in developing a strong relationship between policy makers, researchers, and practitioners.

Robyn Legge-Wilkinson

[GradDipPubSecMgmt 1998]

Working for the Department of Family and Community Services in New South Wales.

Mrs Whye Sook (Joyce) Leong

[BNg'96]

After graduation, went back to Malaysia and was involved in teaching nursing students at diploma level. With a degree from Flinders, I managed to secure a scholarship in 2001 to do my MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice as well as a specialist module in Coronary Care at The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Completed my studies in September 2003, returned to Malaysia and now teaching at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Peter Leverenz

[BEd 1973 MEd 1994]

After graduation became a teacher at Banksia Park High School. Later was a Coordinator at Risdon Park High School before becoming an advisor for the Education Department in the Society and Environment area.

After introducing Australian Studies in the SACE Certificate, I moved to Norwood Morialta as Assistant Principal. My second Assistant Principal position was at Adelaide High School before coming Principal at Clare High School. My time at Flinders was exciting and I will always remember the opportunities I had - I learned how to learn.

Rev Brian Limbourn

[BTh'88, BTh'(Hons)'90]

After three and a half years of parish ministry, I was sent overseas to study Canon Law. On March 15, 2003 I received a JCD from Saint Paul University and a PhD from Ottawa University in Ontario, Canada.

Today I work at the Catholic Tribunal of Western Australia in various capacities, and also as a Defender of the Bond for the National (Appeal) Tribunal of Australia and New'Zealand. I am very grateful to Flinders University for the opportunity to study there.