Resident Leadership Team

Margie Welsford

Warden - Margie Welsford - BAppSci, BA, BEd (Counselling)

Margie is the Warden of the College and responsible for the leadership and day-to-day running of the residential life. She is a registered Psychologist who has worked in schools, local government, community health and private practice.

Deputy Warden - Genevieve Leach - BA, TPTC, TTCTD, CertEdAdmin

Genevieve is responsible for the pastoral care of students and residential tutors and deputizes in Margie’s absence.

Genevieve is a member the Human Research Ethics Committee at Victoria University and is a teacher and former School Principal who has worked in Parent Guidance here and overseas. Genevieve also lives in the College.

Dean of Academic Studies - Jack Tan - BA (English Literature and Linguistics), PGDip (Arts), LRSM (Piano Performance) (Distinction)

Jack is responsible for the Academic Programme at Whitley College.

Prior to Whitley, Jack lived six years at Janet Clarke Hall (JCH), working as resident tutor, records officer, magazine editor and Director of Studies.

At the University of Melbourne and its Colleges, Jack teaches a range of Literature and Creative Writing subjects. He is also working on a thesis on Charles Dickens’s imaginative representations of nostalgia and childhood in his novels.

Jack is an avid pianist. He has a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in piano performance and he enjoys playing collaboratively with singers and instrumentalists. He is also a service pianist at Northcote Baptist Church.



Resident Tutors

Mario Dobernig

Austrian musician, Mario Dobernig, started conducting while working as a professional percussionist in Austria and Finland. He has worked with eminent ensembles such as the Graz Opera, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Sinfonietta. Mario has studied Music Performance (Percussion and Conducting), Music Education and Musicology at the Sibelius Academy; the University of Helsinki in Finland; the Art University in Graz, Austria, and at the University of Melbourne.

On invitation, Mario conducts various orchestras and chamber ensembles at both the University of Melbourne and the VCA. Currently he is the Principal Conductor of the Preston Symphony, the Ballarat Wind Orchestra and the Musical Director of Victoria Chorale.

In 2012, he was Assistant to Sir Andrew Davis at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s main concert series of music by Percy Grainger.

Mario has just submitted his PhD on the Australian composer, Peggy Glanville-Hicks’s opera Nausicaa.

Laura Hartmann

Laura is a practicing lawyer, and is working towards her Master in Public and International Law at the University of Melbourne. She hopes to pursue her PhD in International Economic Law. Laura completed her Bachelor of Laws in 2009 and worked as an insurance lawyer before taking up her current position as legal counsel at another Australian university.

Laura is passionate about swing dancing, travel and the performing arts. As a member of a production company for lawyers, she has performed in and produced shows for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival. She now consults to the Ballarat and District Law Association on networking and professional events.

In 2014, Laura spent four months travelling through Europe and the Middle East, including some time in the arctic circle and living on a farm in Normandy.

As an undergraduate, Laura spent two years at another College of the University of Melbourne, where she was an O-Week leader and student mentor.

Hasan Nasir

Hasan was born in Pakistan. Both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees are in Engineering and he was Dux of his Computer Engineering Masters course.

Hasan is currently pursuing his PhD in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Melbourne. His research is involving the extraction of models from operational and historical data of systems using rivers as his case study. From these data-based models, his thesis will explore optimal control strategies to improve efficiencies of water usage for agricultural purposes.

While Hasan is passionate about teaching, he also has a history of exploring many other things such as theatre, swimming and Taekwondo.


 Michael Stuiber 

Michael was born in Bavaria/Germany and came to Australia in September 2013. He studied Physics at the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg and the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh/Scotland.

After his physics degree Michael travelled for several weeks in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia before he finally settled down here in Melbourne.

Currently he is pursuing a PhD in the field of condensed matter physics at the University of Melbourne. He is interested in the behavior of different dopants like Erbium, Phosphorous or Boron in a confined 1-dimensional system like a silicon nanowire. His PhD includes fabrication of samples as well as the electrical characterization in a dilution refrigerator (T=20 mK). His work is part of the Center for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) roadmap to build a Quantum Computer.

His hobbies are playing sports like soccer and footie, playing guitar and reading classical literature.

Dr Daniel Sundaresan

Daniel grew up in Qatar and New Zealand. After High School, he ventured south to Dunedin to the University of Otago to study Dentistry. At University, he was resident at St Margaret’s College, with three years as a House Manager and Tutorial Coordinator. In 2013, he was made a Fellow of the College. After graduating, he worked as a House Officer with Auckland District Health Board.

Daniel came to Melbourne at the beginning of 2015, and has resided at Whitley College as a non-resident tutor and graduate student.

He is currently doing his specialty training at the University of Melbourne, with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Special Needs Dentistry, with his research looking at the referral patterns of Special Needs Patients to the Auckland District Health Board’s Oral Health Unit.

He is an avid tennis and cricket fan – and can often be found watching a game.

Mayuri Wijayasundara

Born in Sri Lanka, Mayuri brings a wealth of in-the-field business and engineering skills to Whitley. Already a qualified Chemical and Processing engineer and Certified Practising Accountant, Mayuri has worked as a business professional for the prestigious Swiss multinational Holcim Ltd, not only in Sri Lanka but with international exposure in India, Vietnam, Canada, Thailand, the US and Switzerland. Mayuri’s diverse business experience embraces business development, business process reengineering and project management functions.

Mayuri completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne at the end of 2015. Her cross-disciplinary research project involves increasing the use of recycled concrete aggregates for structural applications optimising technical, economical and environmental parameters.

Mayuri likes travelling and ‘exploring the world for new experiences’. She likes to actively engage in sport including basketball, where she has previously represented Sri Lanka Schools and Sri Lanka Universities teams. She has been a professional volunteer in the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka and was a part of several committees interested in Women in Sports, Sports Education and Dress Design for national athletes.

She says she considers it a privilege to be a member of the Whitley community and views it as yet another unique experience.