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 Executive Officer

Connecting the Community

My name is Chris and I am the Executive Officer at The Bridge. I have worked here for over 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 Manager

Working with The Bridge for over 15 years.

Hi my name is Catriona I am the Business Manager 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 Manager

Connecting the community

Hi, I’m Boyd the Training Manager 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.

Lamia Dib

Lamia Dib Children's Service Manager

18 years working with children

My name is Lamia Dib and I am the Childrens Services Manager. I joined The Bridge Children Services team 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 🙂

Cate Thompson

Cate Thompson Community Manager

Connecting the community

I began my career as a secondary teacher, then moved onto TAFE where I implemented and coordinated a range of TAFE Adult Literacy programs and then onto working with ‘at risk’ youth prior to the introduction of VCAL. As well as ‘hands on’ delivery I researched local, national and international youth programs which then informed the development of local curriculum and a range of youth ‘hands-on’ specific learning programs.

I then moved onto to manage a Local Learning and Employment Network, key highlights being the introduction of seven new Learning programs for local disengaged youth, two of which were based on the development of a Social Enterprise. I spent some time working at the CAE as the Manager of ACFE Projects, specifically – Project Manager of the development and implementation of the ‘A Frame’. I have been privileged to be able to spend most of my working life involved in developing opportunities for our more marginalized community members to access relevant education programs and increase their connection with the local community.

Paul Leech

Paul Leech 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 and now am your first point of contact at Preston in a full time reception and administration role. 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. Look forward to seeing you at the Bridge.

Anne McMillan

Anne McMillan Reception/Administration

Connecting with our local communities

My name is Anne McMillan. I commenced my journey with Bridge as a students in early 2016 seeking to change my career. I subsequently became a volunteer, then offered part-time now full time employment in the business team.  I enjoy engaging with members of our local community to deliver an excellent service.  Hope to see you soon.

Marie Harding

Marie Harding Administration

I love to see a smile on student's faces

My name is Marie Harding. I have been using teaching computers for many years until I commenced a part-time role in administration at the Bridge in mid 2016.

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 5 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.

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.

Uma Chand

Uma Chand EAL Tutor

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Gerry Kruyer

Gerry Kruyer Computer Tutor

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Glenise Kleehammer

Glenise Kleehammer Computer Tutor

With the Bridge since 2010

I am an experienced computer tutor delivering courses that cover Microsoft: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher as well as Email, Internet and iPad.

Previously I worked in Administration and as a specialist Word Processor for an agency, so I understand what is needed in the workplace.

The Bridge, or Preston Neighbourhood House as it was called in March 2010 when I started, has been a wonderful place to work. The staff have always been very caring and helpful. This extends to all the students who are from all different nationalities and backgrounds. I really enjoy teaching these students and notice how willing they are to help each other.

Howard Avice-Demay

Howard Avice-Demay Computer & Device Tutor

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Howard is an experienced Computer and Technology tutor teaching accredited and pre-accredited training as well as community programs.  Howard is very experienced in IT systems having worked in the corporate sector for a number of years.  Howard is also a talented photographer.

 

Lisa Nolan

Lisa Nolan Painting & Drawing Tutor

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I have been supporting students in our Painting and Drawing open studio classes for a number of years.

Jenny Hall

Jenny Hall At Your Own Pace Computer Tutor

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I enjoy making a difference to people who attend our computer program.

Margaret

Margaret At Your Own Pace Computer Tutor

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At your own pace is the best way to get to know lots of people in our community.

Giovanna Garrasi

Giovanna Garrasi Sewing Tutor

My name is Giovanna and I recently joined The Bridge as the Sewing Tutor.  I am an experienced secondary school teacher and have recently been teaching in community settings which i really enjoy.

Tara Brayshaw

Tara Brayshaw Tai Chi Tutor

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Tara is an experienced Master of Tai Chi and Wushu and is the Principal in her company JinLi Wushu-Tai Chi Pty Ltd.  Tara has been sharing her talents with our students for a number of years.

Maria Dimitropoulos

Maria Dimitropoulos Cooking Tutor

Love to share my knowledge

My name is Maria and I recently joined The Bridge as the Cooking Tutor.

Wendy

Wendy Yoga Instructor

Wendy has been instructed students in Hatha style yoga for a number of years.

Marcel

Marcel Pottery Tutor

I have recently joined the Bridge team in teaching pottery in our open studio and structured classes.  I am also the kiln coordinator for all students work.

Pegs

Pegs Pottery Tutor

I have also recently joined the Bridge team in teaching pottery classes.  I am experienced in teaching adults and children’s pottery classes.

Mary-Jo

Mary-Jo Moving Stars Tutor

I have been leading the Moving Stars dance and movement program for over a decade.

Josie

Josie Moving Stars Assistant Tutor

I have been assisting the Moving Stars program for a number of years.

Vicki

Vicki Social Lawn Bowls Tutor

I have delivered the Social Lawn Bowls program for over 15 years and enjoy every minute of engaging students with additional needs.

 

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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