Team Members

The Bridge is made up by a group of wonderful staff, volunteers, tutors, students and the wider community. Below are just some of the people who work in our Preston & Thornbury locations making sure it assists those within the Darebin community.

Chris Lombardo

Chris Lombardo Manager

Connecting the Community

My name is Chris and I am the Manager at The Bridge. I have worked here for 15 years and have witnessed a wonderful evolution in the growth of The Bridge during this time. Numerous renovations and business changes responding to funding and community needs has led to the vibrant, welcoming and joyful place that it is today.

Catriona Herz

Catriona Herz Business Team Leader

Working with The Bridge for over 13 years.

Hi my name is Catriona I am the Business Team Leader at The Bridge and have been working here for 14 years. I have a background in Administration and Bookkeeping. I initially started at The Bridge in 2002 as a volunteer.

Working here is truly rewarding as it embodies community, staff, students and families.

Boyd Maplestone

Boyd Maplestone Training Team Leader

Connecting the community

Hi, I’m Boyd the Training Team Leader here at The Bridge. I live around the corner in Coburg and enjoy riding to work. I have been working to support vulnerable people through education, training and employment pathways for the past 20 years, commencing my career working with youth. I have worked in community, government and business over that time, with a passion for working in the community sector.  Recently I have been Executive Officer of a Local Learning and Employment Network, Coordinator in Local Government, Careers and Transition Project Officer and Wellbeing worker in a secondary school in London. I have worked extensively with Neighbourhood Houses and Learn Local providers creating innovative partnerships to deliver training options, especially in thin markets. I really enjoy the diversity in working at The Bridge, from planning to delivery of a training service as well as direct contact with Tutors and Students. It’s a great place to work everyday.

Rosalia Trevisanut

Rosalia Trevisanut Volunteer Reception/Administration

I love working at The Bridge

Hi, my name is Rosalia and I’ve been volunteering at The Bridge for 4 years. Previously I worked in Retail and Hairdressing. I love working at The Bridge, the staff, the children, the people are all friendly and caring. It is a pleasure to be involved in such a great community organisation.

Albina

Albina Volunteer Reception/Administration

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Paul Leech

Paul Leech Volunteer Reception/Administration

Very happy to be a part of the The Bridge Family

I’m Paul, and I started as a volunteer here in April 2015. I’ve worked, both paid and unpaid, for Neighbourhood Houses in the Moreland area for nearly ten years, and I can honestly say, they’re fantastic places to be. I’m in the front office on Tuesday mornings and Thursdays, and co-facilitate our new Social Group down at the Hub on Tuesday afternoons. I’m currently unemployed and looking for full-time work, but until that happens I’m very happy to be part of the PNH family.

Lamia Dib

Lamia Dib Children's Services Team Leader

18 years working with children

My name is Lamia Dib. I joined The Bridge Children services in April 2013.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Children Services and around eighteen experience working with children. Previously I worked in long day care centres in different positions as a cook, a room leader and a coordinator.

My passion is to create a beautiful and inviting environment for the children to enjoy and develop their self-confidence, independence and life time skills. I would like to invite all families to come around and have a look at our beautiful centre.

Looking forward to see you there 🙂

Vesna Biskic

Vesna Biskic Childcare Educator

I really enjoy being a part of a supportive environment

Hi my name is Vesna Biskic I started at The Bridge as an ESL student in 2003 and in 2013 I started and successfully completed my Certificate III in Children’s Services with The Bridge and in 2014 I started working as a childcare educator. I really enjoy working and being a part of a friendly and supportive environment at The Bridge.

Shaiqa Hasmat

Shaiqa Hasmat Childcare Educator

I really enjoy working with children

Hi my name is Shaiqa Hasmat. I am a qualified childcare educator and have been for the past 6 years I am also a proud mother of 6 children. I love working around children as I’m able to help them learn the basics, while enabling them to explore their creative minds.

Sandy Chiu

Sandy Chiu Childcare Educator

The Bridge are like Family

Hello my name is Sandy

I started at The Bridge as a student in English classes and then proceeded to study my Certificate III in Children’s Services and in 2014 completed my Diploma in Children’s Services. I have been working at The Bridge for 7 years. Everyone is really nice and we are like family. We work, laugh and enjoy our time playing and caring for the children. I am very happy to be a part of this family.

Anna Boca

Anna Boca EAL Trainer

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Helen Zulcarnain

Helen Zulcarnain EAL Trainer

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Marie Harding

Marie Harding Computer Tutor

I love to see a smile on student's faces

My name is Marie Harding. I have been using computers since 1997.

I have completed certificate 1,2 & 3 in I.T and I am currently completing my Certificate 4 and Diploma in I.T. I also have Cert 4 in Training and Assessment.

I enjoy teaching computers to all levels, especially beginners! I love to see the big smile on student’s faces when they start to understand and enjoy using the computer!

Glenise Kleehammer

Glenise Kleehammer Computer Tutor

With PNH since 2010

Delivering Computer Training for basic to advanced learners, covering Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint and Excel and Internet and Email. I have worked with Thornbury Women’s Neighbourhood House as well before The Bridge and have a Cert IV in Training and Assessment TAA40104 and Cert IV in eBusiness.

Jenny Hall

Jenny Hall At Your Own Pace Computer Tutor

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Margaret

Margaret At Your Own Pace Computer Tutor

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Lisa Nolan

Lisa Nolan Painting & Drawing Tutor

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Kelly Gatchell Hartley

Kelly Gatchell Hartley Painting & Drawing Tutor

Kelly brings nostalgia and intrigue into her art practice

Kelly Gatchell Hartley is a mixed media and assemblage artist from Melbourne. Artists find inspiration in a variety of ways; Kelly finds hers in society’s discarded materials. She is a hunter and gatherer of unwanted ephemera and found objects, which she turns into something beautiful. Her work is original, a little quirky and has the viewer intrigued by the different materials that have been placed together. Kelly finds assemblage along with working in a variety of mediums, such a dynamic and fun way to create art. To her the recycled element and knowing that you are not only saving things from landfill but also turning them into something wonderful, is hugely satisfying. It allows her to bring nostalgia and intrigue into her art practice.

When Kelly is not in her studio creating she loves to share her skills, teaching art to adults and children.

Joy Hopes

Joy Hopes Sewing Tutor

I grew up watching Mum sew all sorts of things

My name is Joy and I recently joined The Bridge as the Sewing Tutor.

I grew up watching Mum sew all sorts of things, from clothing to curtains. 35yrs ago I started doing Cross Stitch, then I got a sewing machine and made some of my own work clothes. When I had children, I sewed for them and when my eldest started in Calisthenics I made all of her costumes (and some for others too). I got interested in patchwork and quilting and started selling my makes at a local craft market. I run online (via FB) Mystery Quilt classes as well as make projects to order. I also make quilts and bags and dolls and donate them and I am also involved with Angel Gowns for Australian Babies as a seamstress and knitter. I always have a number of projects on the go at any one time!

Tara Brayshaw

Tara Brayshaw Tai Chi Tutor

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Tim Beacham

Tim Beacham Computer Tutor/IT Support

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Moira Williams

Moira Williams Knitting Tutor

I really enjoy being part of The Bridge and it’s community

My name is Moira I have been involved with The Bridge since 2004. I came on board as a volunteer receptionist and admin volunteer in my working life I have been a Bookkeeper and in later years took on the role of Knitting tutor for the Neighbourhood House.

In 2014 I retired as a Receptionist and Admin volunteer but have stayed on in my role as Knitting Tutor. Outside of The Bridge I volunteer in Aged Care and Scouting. I really enjoy being part of The Bridge and its community.

Robert Williams

Robert Williams Walking Group Leader

I enjoy socialising and meeting people from all backgrounds and abilities

My name is Robert I am the Walking Group leader at The Bridge and have been taking the walking group for approximately 8 years. Outside of The Bridge, I volunteer in Aged Care and Scouting being a part of The Bridge is fantastic I enjoy socialising and meeting people from all backgrounds and abilities.

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