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  (incoming 2019) 
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 | Equal Opportunity Officer

Currently Studying

Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Management (Second 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
(Second 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.


Luke Hall   
Board Director | Finance and Resources Committee Chair

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA Board because I want to contribute to the overall student experience at Bendigo. I want to create a community atmosphere where all students feel connected and supported.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?

It is important that an organisation that operates on behalf of students is governed by well-informed and passionate students that want to make the university experience as fun and memorable as it can be.

The BSA Board  is vital as it contributes to strategic planning and the overall direction of the BSA which in turn affects the BSA’s ability to support and engage students.

What are your career aspirations?

I have 2 career goals. The first is to graduate and work for a Tier 1 Engineering & Construction company on projects worth over $100m. I want to travel Australia and the world, working as a highly skilled Project Engineer. Later in my career, I see myself taking the skills I have learned as a project leader and applying them to the not-for-profit sector.


Verity Wiseman
Board Director

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Nursing
(Graduate Entry)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I wanted to be a part of the BSA Board to provide better representation for health science students in general, particularly those located at the Arnold St campus. They are in the challenging position of often being away for placement and having a different semester structure than rest of the campus. I think they could use some more support.

I also believe that being a mature age student and having already completed a degree at another university will help bring a different outlook and new ideas to the BSA for 2018.     


 
What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA Board provides the foundations of how the BSA runs. The BSA serves as the all important go between for helping students resolve issues with the university. We also provide the fun, social side of your university experience, hosting many amazing events throughout the year, beginning in O Week and running through until the end of exams in November.

What are your career aspirations?

I am in my final year of Nursing and as such will entering the workforce in 2019 to do a graduate year. Nursing offers a vast array of different career paths so I am not entirely sure what avenue I will follow. I currently have an interest in paediatric nursing, metal health and remote area nursing. After completing a graduate year, I intend to use nursing as a basis for travel with the aim to partake in both humanitarian aid and research programs.    


Mark Conforti 
Board Director | Finance & Resources Committee

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Education - Secondary

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I wanted to be involved in an organisation where I get the opportunity to work with likeminded people that are student focused. Being able to effect change even on a small scale that benefits students is worth it.


What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA is guided by a student Board who are a great point of contact for any student with questions about the BSA and how the BSA can help you. Students who provide feedback to the BSA Board can help shape the path the BSA takes to address student needs in the future.
 
What are your career aspirations?
I look forward to becoming a Classroom Teacher when I finish my degree, teaching English and Health at a Victorian Government Secondary school. In the future I would like to continue working within Education in other roles including; Curriculum Design and Career Counselling where I can apply my education philosophy.


Bhanu Shamsadani
Board Director

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/ Master of Dentistry - (Second Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
BSA’s reputation as an organisation dedicated to serving our student community aligns with my personal work ethic and commitment to social justice. By being a part of the Board I aim to enrich the community experience for students and bring my unique experience from the Dentistry cohort to assist the Board in improving student life at La Trobe.



 
What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The Board work together towards the common goal of the BSA to make student life better. Board members are from different backgrounds and this is what makes the BSA unique.

What are your career aspirations?

To be a qualified dentist working in Melbourne and specialise in either endodontics or orthodontics.