Class notes

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Sandra Sdraulig AM (BA 1987, LLB 1987) has launched a new company called Through the Roof which is focused on executive coaching for women. Having had a successful career in the film and television industry, which culminated in being awarded an Order of Australia for leadership, Sandra decided to direct her efforts into helping other women with support that she wished she had access to during her career. She was prompted to start Through the Roof after regularly observing that women in executive positions were holding back.

Professor Peter Fox (BSci(Hons) 1981, PhD Sci 1986) has been elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Peter is the director of the interdisciplinary Information Technology and Web Science program, chair in the Tetherless World Constellation, and a professor of earth and environmental science, computer science and cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. The fellowship recognises Peter's “fundamental contributions and impact in science knowledge representation and establishing the Earth and space science informatics discipline".


Tony (BComp(InfoSys) 1996) and Lisa Clark nee Hamdorf (BE(Civ&Comp) 1997) co-designed the patented Backpack Bed to provide the homeless with portable shelter. The Backpack Bed is a lightweight single person emergency bed - a backpack that rolls out to an all weather protected bed with built-in mattress. The bed was designed after Tony founded the national charity Backpack Bed by Swags for Homeless. Today his charity partners with more than 400 homeless services across Australia to distribute Backpack Beds.

John Raciti (BA(Craft) 1997) founded the Monash Alumni LinkedIn Group in 2007, several years before others realised the potential of the online networking platform. Mr Raciti is a leader in protecting businesses and governments from online fraud.

Cheryl Teh (BComm 1994, GradDipMktg 1995), the Vice-President of Knowledge Management at Khazanah Nasional in Malaysia, has been awarded a 2015 Women's Leadership Program Eisenhower Fellowship. The fellowship will involve an intensive period of study with the aim of mentoring women in her home country. Cheryl's study will focus on building communities through group singing. She will also examine knowledge management practises for music-related non-profit organisations. In her spare time, Cheryl serves as chair and choir director of Malaysia's oldest music society, The Philharmonic Society of Selangor.

After graduating from Monash, Christina Parker (DipAppSci(Nurs) 1991) completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing at Southern Cross University and a Diploma of Practice Management at the University of New England. After working clinically across a variety of nursing sectors in Victoria and Queensland she joined the nursing wound healing research team at Queensland University of Technology, graduating with a PhD in 2014. Christina is now a lecturer in the School of Nursing at Queensland.


A recent doctoral graduate, Dr Leisa Gibbons (MIMS 2008, PhDComp 2015) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage Informatics at Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science. Leisa's research focuses on continuum informatics and the need to meet the complex and evolving memory and archival needs of an expanding, technologically savvy and actively participative society. She also specialises in recordkeeping, archival systems, cultural heritage, social media and theory building. 

Entrepreneur Rael Ross (BAcc 2004) is the co-founder and director of Australian Factoring Company (AFC), Australia’s largest factoring company servicing the smash repair industry. The company recently announced that it had acquired Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s panel shop factoring portfolio. In addition to his work with AFC, Rael is the director of Action Funding Pty Ltd, director of Remoda and managing director of KSK Finance.