GCAP Board 2018

Katherine Lee – President (president@gcap.org.au)

Of the many things that came as a blessing for being here at Griffith University, GCAP is one of the significant ones for me. Being away from home and having little to no connections, GCAP has helped create opportunities to network and get to know other like minded people from different fields! In addition, the many fun expedites, GCAP presents and other social activities have been such an eye opener and a much appreciated experience. As President, I hope to help ensure the continual success of GCAP and make Griffith a more enjoyable university for all postgrads!



Bridie Mulholland – Vice President (vp@gcap.org.au)

I am currently in the second year of my PhD in Medical Science and have called Griffith University Gold Coast home for the past six years. I have been fortunate enough to experience first-hand the wonderful opportunities that GCAP provides post-graduates. Through their academic services and networking events, GCAP has helped me to grow both personally and professionally, to forge new friendships and to network with colleagues. As Vice President, I endeavour to work with my fellow committee members to continue the instrumental work of GCAP, and enhance the lives of all post-graduates here at GUGC. Whether it be professionally, academically or socially, GCAP is the friend you didn’t know you needed! Danke!


Daniel McKeating – Director of Communications (communications@gcap.org.au)

Born in Scotland, raised in Australia. I have spent my time as both an undergraduate and postgraduate here at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus. I saw the fabled horse shoe unibar, and been poisoned by Koala Café on more than one occasion. After starting my PhD and joining GCAP, I knew that helping this wonderful organisation was I needed to do. I served a small stint on the communications committee, taking photos, posting videos, and tending to our Instagram (yes! we have an Instagram @gcap_griffith) before applying for Communications Director for 2018/2019. I love photography and enjoy capturing the moments that make our event at GCAP so special, that’s why you might see me skirting around Friday socials and Networking lunches snapping photos of you folk. I look forward to keeping you all up to date with the latest postgraduate news and events over the coming year, creating fun and exciting memories that I can capture with a camera.


Henry Snaza – Director of Event(events@gcap.org.au)

I am Henry from the United States of America. I am pursuing my Master of Business in event management here at Griffith University. I joined GCAP to meet new people and to take part in the heaps of events they host throughout the year. After attending the winery tour and the masquerade ball I realized that I wanted to be a part of the committee that helps create these awesome events. I applied and became the director of events for 2018/2019. I have a large background in the music and event industry. I have worked for Inception Music festival in Cancún Mexico, as well as worked for The World Surf League hosting the Quiksilver pro surfing event in Coolangatta. I look forward to bringing my diverse background and knowledge and applying them to GCAP events. I look forward to collaborating with the GCAP board, as well as all GCAP members to create fun, exciting and memorable events for us all to enjoy.


Lucy Bartho Director of Equity (equity@gcap.org.au)

My university journey began right here on the Gold Coast. I joined GCAP at the start of the year as I am currently in my first year of my PhD in Medical Science. Since I joined GCAP, I have met some pretty incredible people and come across some new and exciting opportunities. As equity director, I hope to inspire and encourage everyone to come and join in with as many events and workshops as possible. GCAP really is a one of a kind club that focuses on making your postgraduate experience the best it can be!



Anna Chruscik – Director of Funding (funding@gcap.org.au)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (Also known as QUT), I started my bachelor degree in Biotechnology and continued with an Honours degree in the field of wound healing and native flora. And after 4.5 years in Brisbane, I decided to take a leap of fate and move to the Gold Coast to do a PhD in Bowel Cancer. Since all of my friends, acquaintances, known faces and coffee stalls that remember my order were in Brisbane, I felt like a fish out of the sea and onto a BBQ grill in the oddly relaxed world of GC. But being part of GCAP helped me make so many new and amazing friends and really reassured me that you didn’t have to do post-grad alone. I fell in love with the work that they do, not to mention the social events. In early 2016 I became the secretary for the Griffith Anime Society, and realising how much I could help out by just being on the ‘other side’, I decided to also join the committee for GCAP to see just how amazing we can make the next few years!


Sharna McIntosh – Secretary (s.mcintosh@griffith.edu.au)

I am the Student Support and Advocacy Manager at the Student Guild, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus. My role is to support the Board Members in developing and implementing services for all Gold Coast campus postgraduate students.




Ali Saremi – Board Member

Hi, my name is Ali Saremi from Iran. I graduated in Master of Civil Engineering from Griffith University in 2018. After the graduation, I started my Ph.D. in Coastal Engineering field and I will be carrying out research until 2022. Moreover, volunteering and spending my time helping other people are part of my passion in my life. When I arrived in Australia, I started volunteering with different charities to raise funds to help other people as well as improving my skills. After becoming used to university life, I realised that I could have the opportunity to volunteer at the university as well. Therefore, I joined Student Guild as a Guild Crew to help with running the events and have been volunteering with this wonderful organization since 2017. By joining GCAP, I look forward to extending my volunteering activities and sharing my previous experience to enhance the services for students.


Christine Pickersgill – Board Member

Christine doesn’t like to talk about herself, a lovely quality, which along with her quick wit and cheery attitude make her an absolute asset to our team. She’s a face everyone knows – Christine has always been highly involved with campus life, you’ve probably seen her volunteering at many the Student Guild’s events, helping the Griffith Mates out and working at the UniBar.




Karlee Quinn – Board Member 

Any Allied Health student may know my face – Hi I’m Karlee! I am completing my PhD in Exercise Science and of course, have a passion for all things sport related. Moving from Northern NSW you have a sense of community, and GCAP is that place where you can enjoy the company of familiar faces in a fun, social environment. I became a General Board member in 2017, where I have helped to facilitate our great GCAP events as well as contribute new ideas to develop our ever-growing opportunities for Post Graduates. We are always looking for new Board members to join our team, so get in touch if you’d like to be involved!



Zia Javanbakht – Board Member 

I am a PhD student in mechanical engineering with a background in structural engineering. I joined GCAP to broaden my social circle and ended up meeting people from various disciplines. It is exciting to be a board member of a passionate team.