VicSRC Executive Officer

Nina Laitala

Nina Laitala joined VicSRC as Project Officer in May 2016. Motivated by the organisation’s vision and dedication to strengthening the voice and participation of young people, she was appointed as Executive Officer in April 2017.

Nina holds a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Education and has over a decade of teaching, facilitation and project management experience within Australia and overseas.

Using the arts as a tool to increase inclusiveness in education, she has developed and implemented strength based programs for diverse community and school groups, including recently arrived migrants and refugees, young people with disabilities and schools affected by the Black Saturday fires.

Nina spends her spare time having fun with her family and will take any opportunity to sing and dance in public, much to the embarrassment of her kids. 

VicSRC Events Officer

Kat Daymond, VicSRC Events Officer

Kat Daymond joined the VicSRC team as Events Officer in January 2017. Kat brings the perfect combination of Events Management and Youth Work experience. Kat currently works part time as a Youth Worker with the City of Glen Eira and volunteers with the Reach Foundation, and WhiteLion youth mentoring program. Prior to re-training as a youth worker, Kat worked in Event Management for over 7 years, specialising in Education events. 

Kat is passionate about advocating and empowering youth and being a positive role model and mentor to future generations. 

Kat has a Diploma in Events Management and a Diploma in Community Services and in her spare time loves having adventures with her husky, being an eco-warrior and drinking coffee. 

VicSRC Student Engagement Coordinator

Benita Bruce has worked in youth advocacy and school engagement for the past four years. She is excited about empowering young people to create meaningful change in their schools and wider communities. Benita grew up in rural NSW and so is particularly passionate about engaging with students from regional and rural areas. 

Benita spends her spare time volunteering to shape feminist communities, is definitely a dog person, and still won’t drink coffee despite living in Melbourne for almost a decade.


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VicSRC Projects Coordinator

Mel Gaylard, VicSRC Project Officer

Mel Gaylard joined the VicSRC team in May 2017 as a Project Officer with the Teach the Teacher program. Mel is a teacher by trade and spent nine years in schools in Melbourne’s north teaching English, Humanities, Literature and VCAL. She can see the immense value in a program that empowers student voice within schools and is excited to be a part of that.

Mel spent 2015/16 as a project coordinator with Safe Schools Coalition Victoria. In this role she facilitated training and workshops with staff and students all over Victoria, including coordinating the Stand Out network in partnership with Minus18. She was also thrilled to develop resources to celebrate Victoria’s first LGBTIQ+ History Month.

In her downtime, Mel likes to car sing, get crafty and cuddle her dog.  

VicSRC Communications Officer

Nell MacColljoined the VicSRC in January 2018 as the Communications Officer. Originally from Brisbane Nell has a background in arts, advocacy and education with a detour into publishing. She's passionate about all forms of media and the many avenues available in the digital age that make it easier than ever before for student voice to be heard.

She is currently studying a Masters of Information Management at RMIT University and inveigling her way into the creative and advocacy communities, particularly queer and gender centred advocacy.

When not reading the endless stream of news in her inbox or schedueling social media she is an avid consumer of almost all forms of pop culture, cat cuddles and anything she bakes in her cosy apartment.

VicSRC Student Voice Hub Digital Project Coordinator

Kirsty Fromholtz joined VicSRC in 2018 as the digital project coordinator on the Student Voice Hub.

Kirsty holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), and is currently completing a Master of Information Technology at the University of Melbourne. She has a particular interest in Human Computer Interaction and is excited to utilise these skills to facilitate the development of the Student Voice Hub. 

Kirsty also has an extensive background in community engagement through the arts and more recently has been facilitating creative technology workshops with young people. 

When she is not coding and creating, you’ll find her spending time doing general outdoorsy things like hiking, climbing and camping. 

VicSRC Admin Assistant

David Trevorrow became part of the VicSRC community in 2016 as a VicSRC Executive and is thrilled to be back as an Administration Assistant helping behind the scenes to support the VicSRC’s amazing work.

David brings a fresh experience of school and student voice, having recently graduated secondary school where he was heavily involved in his school’s Student Representative Council and other community groups. He is incredibly passionate about student voice and strongly believes that genuinely involving all students at all levels improves the quality and relevance teaching and learning, improving student engagement and empowering young Victorians.

Beyond the VicSRC, David is studying a Bachelor of Arts. He is also secretary of his local archery club and a member of the Office for the Victorian Information Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group. In his spare time, he loves music, movies and a good book.

VicSRC Facilitator

Pinchy Breheny, VicSRC Casual Facilitator

Pinchy Breheny has been a long time pal of the VicSRC over the last couple of years helping out with admin and events and is super excited to be back as one of the facilitators!  They will be leading the training and delivery of the Teach the Teacher program.

Pinchy comes from a background of sociology, youth work and facilitation and has worked for various youth organisations such as YacVic, VicSRC, The Reach Foundation, and also currently works for Brimbank City Council, running a social support group for LGBTIQ young people in Sunshine. Pinchy is passionate about feminism, challenging gendered social norms, puppies, creating a safe space for LGBTIQ young people, and superhero comic books.

VicSRC Facilitator

Matty Sievers, VicSRC Casual Facilitator

Matty Sievers first joined the VicSRC family in 2015 as an Executive member and in March 2017 has returned as one of the VicSRC’s Facilitators. With him he brings numerous years’ experience in facilitation and advocacy for student and youth participation. He will put his skills to good work facilitating Student Voice Workshops. Matty’s drive and passion for youth empowerment began early on when he started to work closely with his local Council in various programs and initiatives related to young people and issues pertaining to them.

Since then has worked to ensure his peers’ voices are heard and advocated for at all levels of education and government, whether running Youth Summits in the Macedon Ranges Shire council, being president of his SRC or as a member of the VicSRC Executive.

When he isn’t fighting for student and youth empowerment, you can either find him making weird noises on his computer that he likes to call music, or taking photos on other people’s expensive cameras.

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