Board Profiles

Natasha (Tash) Romas
BSA President  |  Finance & Resources Committee

Currently Studying

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business
(Marketing/Management - 4th Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA Board as I wanted to play a part in the body that creates opportunities for students to make university more than just studying. I also wanted to enrich my own university experience by becoming more involved. Two years into my involvement with the Association and I really believe we do make student life better.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The Board believe in the BSA's mission to make student life better and we have all elected for our positions because we believe in our individual abilities to ensure the success of this mission.
 
The Board of Directors ensures that decisions made for students by students and that the BSA's efforts are steered to things students want and need. Our role is to provide on-the-ground support at events and activities held by the BSA, but also to make strategic decisions for the future of the organisation.  The Board works  in conjunction with the wonderful BSA staff to make University a fun place to be outside of the classroom.

What are your career aspirations?
One more year left of university and 'career' is becoming too close for comfort! Studying a double degree means that I could have many careers in both the practice of Law and pathways in Business. I would like both in no particular order! Ultimately, I want to make a difference somewhere to something or someone. Stay tuned!


Will Griffin    
BSA Vice President | Finance & Resources Committee

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Third year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?

I love Bendigo and think that La Trobe Bendigo is vital for the regions success!  Through the BSA the students have an enhanced experience of studying here in Bendigo. The BSA aids students by supporting students, improving student to student connection, and increasing opportunities  to Bendigo students, all of which I am very passionate about!

What part do the Board play in the BSA?

One of the most unique parts about the BSA is its Board! We are all students living and studying the life of a student here at La Trobe Bendigo.
This uniqueness enables us to really understand what the students at La Trobe want, which in turn helps us fulfil that ultimate goal of the BSA which is to 'Make Student Life Better’.

What are your career aspirations?

At this stage I am hoping to practise Law possibly in either commercial or family law in Bendigo or country Victoria. Another aspiration of mine is to possibly run a business of my own. With studying Law and business I would like to see both sides of the degree been used.


Brody McDowell
BSA Finance & Resources Committee Chair

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Second year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?

I am passionate about the student experience here at La Trobe Bendigo. I wanted to play a role in making sure that students who study in the region are engaged and enjoy their university experience. I see students being a voice for students as a significant contributor to the enabling of regional students' success. Being able to be in a position to positively impact so many is a privilege and one that is rewarding.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?

The Board is representative of the people it serves. It is selected by the students with the goal to 'Make Student Life Better'. The Board is the powerhouse of discussion about issues and opportunities that are impacting regional students. We provide firsthand accounts of what matters to the students around us to aid the BSA in making strategic decisions to achieve its goals. We are also the faces that are seen by students at all the BSA events. Overall, we work to make the Bendigo university experience engaging and enjoyable on campus and beyond.
What are your career aspirations?
Studying law and business allows me to pursue both my passions, combining the law and my interest in the business world. In addition, strategic thinking and managing people has always interested me. One day I would love to be able to merge these aspects together and run a business.


Jesse Munzel 
Board Director

Currently Studying

Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Management (Third Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
The BSA provides students the opportunity to represent their peers and add to the overall improvement of the student’s experience in Bendigo. It allows students to feel connected and a part of a community, as well as provide social networking experience and engagement. I joined to help in continually achieving this for Bendigo students.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA is vital to improving student life because it is the hub for clubs, services and social connections for students to meet others and feel supported both at La Trobe and in Bendigo.
 
Every student, regardless of what they study or where they are from, has always been able to meet up or bond over experiences from events by the BSA, it creates the energetic, friendly atmosphere students love about Bendigo.

What are your career aspirations?

I aim to be involved in small communities in starting projects, as a community events planner or marketing advisor in regards to my career aspirations. 

With an arts background, I also intend to further develop my own arts practise to be sustainable and well-supported, as well as teach small town art schools and/or programs for rural and regional youth where there is limited opportunities.



Jayden Davis-Tope
Board Director | Student Engagement Officer

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning
(Third Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I sought to join the BSA board as I believe that the organisation is very important in assisting students in their university life. I personally wanted to get involved in helping students and through the BSA Board I will be able to bring their concerns to the forefront to be addressed.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA Board is essential to making student life at university better as they organise events as well as opportunities for students on campus.
 
The Board is also essential for student representation in which we bring forth their concerns whether it be university related or otherwise. The Board will then seek to assist these students and alleviate their concerns.

What are your career aspirations?

Once I finish my degree I am looking to get into regional or city planning to assist in the organisation of new buildings to maximise the efficiency of our land for everyone. Eventually though I plan to move into politics to continue my goal of helping the common person as well as representing their interests.


Yukti Arya
Board Director

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Health Science in Dentistry/Master in Dentistry
(Third year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA as it is aligned with my core value of helping others. I believe in the karmic value and happiness it can bring to not only others, but also myself. It is this reason why I study what I do, am constantly volunteering and seeking experiences to help me grow.

As a BSA Board Director, I want to listen to the concerns of my fellow peers and aim to bring about positive change that will make their university experience amazing. I want to inspire people to strive for greatness, but to also be generous along the way because kindness is contagious.    


 
What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA Board's primary role is to facilitate changes that have an overall improvement to student life. The Board is focused on listening to student concerns and helping the wonderful BSA staff to solve issues. The Board is the face of the BSA, helping to create a friendly, fun and approachable environment for all students regardless of background.

What are your career aspirations?

As a future dentist, my aspirations focus more towards the medical trifecta; where I can help others on an individual, community and wider society scale. Therefore, I aspire to be a dental practitioner, medical research and university professor.  


Nakita Thomson
Board Director | Student Causes Officer

Currently Studying
Masters of Community Development and Planning - (Fifth Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA Board because I am passionate about sustainability and social justice. One of my goals of being on the board is to try and push for waste reduction on campus. I would also like to assist in finding ways to reduce student poverty and provide relief for those students doing it tough. I am also passionate about the sense of community and opportunities that the BSA provides for students and I am excited to be a part of this.


 
What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The Board helps make long term plans to improve student life. This can be through improving the amount and quality of events to providing student welfare for students in need. The Board is a vital component that acts as the democratic representative for the student body by providing advocating and planning for the future.

What are your career aspirations?

I have many interests and am open minded to career options, I would love to specialise in environmental planning and work in public service. I am additionally interested in politics, I have run for state parliament and would love to stay involved in politics whether that be by running again or by working in policy development. Wherever I end up I would like to advocate for the causes I believe in such as protecting our environment and advocating for a fairer more compassionate society.
 


Thomas Connellan
Board Director

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Para-medicine/Public Health - (Third Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA Board to support other students in making the most of their time at university. In particular, I would like to support students from a rural background like myself, support other health science students and support live music on campus.


 
What are your career aspirations?
I would like to lead a fulfilling career in para-medicine or public health, either in Victoria, or further afield in Australia or internationally.