Sam has worked in the International student sector for over 20 years.
After extensive travel around Australia and a year overseas she resided in Darwin for several years working as a conference manager before joining Charles Darwin University. Sam commenced as Admin Assistant in the Student Equity Division and then later as an International Student Facilitator arranging student visas, orientations, accommodation and dealing with all issues relating to International student support.
In 2008, Samantha was appointed both Homestay and Off campus service Coordinator, her role includes looking after family recruitment for 700 hosts, homestay placements of up to 1300 students per year and airport reception services for campuses between Brisbane and the Gold Coast Griffith Homestay.
In her role she has experienced many highs and lows as this role is very diverse and involves interacting with students, families, agents and both internal and external community sectors.
Samantha has been an active member of ISANA for many years including her additional ISANA role of Vice President Professional Development since 2019.
ISANA has provided her with the opportunity to interact with many people from different sectors, develop her skills and create lifelong friendships. Her interests lie in Under 18 welfare and accommodation, professional development and creating resources to benefit members and colleagues in the International sector.
Louise is the Manager of the International Student Support team at James Cook University in Cairns and Townsville. She spent many years as a teacher in North Queensland and in the Torres Strait Islands before transitioning to the tertiary sector in 2013. Louise has been a member of ISANA for 2 years and is passionate about ensuring students studying in regional Queensland have a positive experience. Being a native Far North Queenslander herself, Louise understands the challenges students may face. She brings a unique perspective and contribution to the ISANA Queensland committee.
Andy spent most of his career in Brisbane working with Tertiary students and has over 17 years of experience working with local and international students in the private sector and educational institutions. Andy is currently the Accommodation Officer and Under 18 Guidance Officer (International Students) at Queensland University of Technology. He undertook a number of roles which include assisting domestic and international student’s in their transition into tertiary studies and their accommodation needs. Andy was an international student and have a good understanding of what is like to be an international student living in Australia. Andy has established himself as a hard-working team leader and has always enjoyed a “hands-on” approach to work. Andy is a member of ISANA since 2014 and recently been appointed as treasurer in 2018.
Aleesha leads Study Queensland’s onshore student experience initiatives, including student support, employability, and talent programs.
In her three years with Study Queensland, she has transitioned across various roles including marketing and events, grants programs and regional stakeholder engagement.
Aleesha is passionate about ensuring that every student in Queensland has a positive experience and feels supported during their journey, enhancing Queensland’s global reputation. She looks forward to working with the ISANA Queensland committee.