Bronwyn Gilson

Bronwyn has worked for over 20 years in Higher Education with the majority of her career spent at the University of New England, Armidale. She has held positions in the Vice-Chancellor’s office, Secretariat, Residential Colleges, Alumni, Student Services and various Schools and Faculties. For the last 10 years she has worked as the Manager, International Services and Compliance in the International Office. Her role focuses on providing services and monitoring welfare and related compliance for international students; and, her interest centers on ensuring all students receive the education they were told to expect and that the Institution provides a safe, welcoming and fair environment in which to live and study. Bronwyn has been a member of ISANA for 9 years and took on the role of President in December 2017. Her hobbies include travelling and 70’s music.

Vice President

Helen Nicholls – Stary

With over 19 years working in international student support Helen has worked in the school and tertiary sectors.  Recipient of three Vice Chancellor Awards at Deakin, in recognition of her excellent contribution, Helen leads the Student Support team at Deakin University which comprises of the International Student Advisers and the Senior Student Advisers – Case Management.

With extensive experience travelling, living and working overseas Helen has developed a high level of cross cultural competencies which has enabled her to deliver quality intercultural programs that contribute to the students’ experience.

As a member of the Multicultural Action Plan Advisory Committee in Geelong for 10 years, Helen has been able to create opportunities for international students to become more connected with the wider community.

Helen has been a member of ISANA for 10 years and has been a regional representative on the Vic/Tas committee.  Helen has presented at state and National conferences.

Professional Development

Brett Lyon and Sam Hilbig

Please find respective bios below.

Communications Manager

Brett J Lyon has more than 20 years in education. He spent his early career teaching primary school and English in Australia, Britain and Switzerland in the International School system. Since then he has been a deputy head teacher, project manager, curriculum and course developer, policy writer, student services manager, assistant registrar and is currently quality and compliance manager for a non-profit RTO. He has worked in early childhood, primary, vocational and higher education as well as for the NSW state government in learning and development. Brett completed his Masters in Education in 2015 and is currently doing a Diploma in Marketing. Brett is very active in social media and uses this to support students online and build supportive communities. Brett commenced as National Communications Manager in 2015 and tweets for ISANA @ISANAnational, he also maintains the ISANA website.


Molly Bonnefin

Molly has been providing support to international students at Monash College since 2001.  Her special interests are in the fields of under age students, homestay accommodation and helping international students to integrate into living in Australia.  She has recently retired from her role as manager of  the College’s Careers Service (including strategic planner for new projects for the Student Services team) and is now enjoying personal hobbies such as sewing, ballet and gardening.  Her previous roles include 13 years of administrative and student recruitment experience at Chisholm Institute. From 2009 to 2014 Molly chaired the ISANA Special Interest Group in Pre-Tertiary Students and Accommodation and since 2016 has been ISANA National Treasurer.

Branch Presidents

Victoria & Tasmania

Manorani Guy

Australian Capital Territory & New South Wales

Annette Kalczynska

Annette Kalczynska’s experience in International Education has been gained from working in both the public and private education sectors across VET and Higher Education in marketing, admissions, compliance, events, student engagement and student welfare. I am running my own business and I was a member of board of directors at Polish Club Ltd. My strong passion for International Education in Australia comes from experiencing being international student myself.

I am very pleased to work with the fellow branch members to make this another great year with interesting PD sessions, networking opportunities and information sharing. ISANA provides great opportunities for staff to keep up to date and informed with legislative changes, services offered and industry best practice.


Samantha Hilbig

Sam has been an active member of ISANA for many years and has been current Queensland President for 3 years. Louise started her experience with International students as a Student Adviser with Charles Darwin University over 16 years ago and has been employed by Griffith University for 12 years, 10 years as Homestay Coordinator. In her role Louise has experienced many highs and lows due to its diversity,  involving interacting with students, families, agents and both internal and external community sectors.

ISANA has provided Louise with the opportunity to interact with many people from different sectors, develop skills and also create lifelong friendships.

South Australia, Northern Territory & Western Australia

Louise Skull

New Zealand

Terry McGrath

Terry started as chemistry teacher before moving into a pastoral care role. Currently he contributes to international student chaplaincy at Massey University, Palmerston North; consultancy as immediate past National Director for International Student Ministries of NZ (ISM NZ); and Asia Pacific regional facilitation for the Lausanne movement’s ISM Global Leadership Network. This latter role is advisory in nature, influencing and facilitating capacity building and development of services and leadership in international student missions and pastoral care initiatives. Terry’s interests include development and research involving international students and migrants, and professional development in international education arena where he is currently the President of ISANA NZ.

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