GCAP Board 2017

Brittany McCormack – President: (president@gcap.org.au)

2016 marks my eighth year at Griffith University, fourth year as a GCAP member, and my final year as a PhD candidate. By now, I know this place like the back of my hand and all the wonderful opportunities and experiences Griffith has to offer its Postgraduate students. Being a part of GCAP as both a member and Executive Officer in the past has certainly made my Postgraduate studies that much more enjoyable and filled with many unforgettable people and experiences. I’m truly excited to be returning to GCAP as President, and with the help of our amazing 2016/2017 Board, I hope to make your time as a Griffith University Postgraduate just as, or even more, enjoyable than mine!

Fleur McLeary – Vice President: (vp@gcap.org.au)

GCAP is the ideal niche for giving back to the University community –something I’ve grown a desire for in my seven years at Griffith. GCAP cultivates my passions of People, public speaking and advocacy and my Postgraduate experience has changed so positively since joining in 2013. I am aPhD candidate in Pharmacy/Neuroscience and have previously been involved as Director of Funding and Grants/Vice-president and President of GCAP. I suggest getting involved in what we offer, and even joining the Committee if you’re seeking something more than ‘just’ your degree – if you enjoy working to help your peers and believe in bettering the Postgraduate Experience for all. Looking forward to catching up with our familiar faces and meeting the new cohort of Postgraduates in 2017!

Katherine Lee – Director of Events: (events@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 Director of Events, I hope to help ensure the continual success of GCAP events and make Griffith a more enjoyable university for all postgrads!

Maryam Golchin – Director of Awards and Funding: (funding@gcap.org.au)

My name is Maryam Golchin, and I am currently in my third year of PhD studies with the School of Information and Communication Technology. I am from Iran and I have been living on the Gold Cost for the past three years. I enjoy meeting new people and places. Moreover, helping people inspires my inner self. GCAP provides me with such opportunities among many other things.  I am looking forward to seeing you at GCAP events over the following trimester and wish you all luck with your funding applications.

Gazelle Taherzadeh – Director of Communications: (communications@gcap.org.au)

I am Gazelle from Iran doing my second year of PhD majoring in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. After living abroad for six years, I found out that everywhere would be home if you are surrounded by lots of lovely people who care about you and you care about them as well. Thus, to me the aim of joining GCAP was to help the committee to make a better life for our GCAP mates in Gold Coast campus. I am passionate, optimistic and dedicated person who takes the responsibilities with utmost enthusiasm. I am also engaged to the other non-academic activities to explore myself. As the Director of Communications & Director of Equity, I am lucky to have a chance to be a part of support for all GCAP members to achieve their goals and paving the way of success for their future. I look forward to see you all in the campus and wish you all enjoy being a GCAP’s 2016 member.

Christine Pickersgill – Director of Equity: (equity@gcap.org.au)

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.



Alexandra Posoldova – Committee Member

Hi, I am Alexandra, second year PhD candidate at School of Information and Communication Technology. I have crossed the border of my home country, Slovakia, many times, but never for this long. I love sun and there is no better place than Gold Coast to enjoy it. Moving to another country/ city and doing the post gradual study may not be easy. Luckily, you don’t have to go through it alone. That is why I decided to not only enjoy GCAP events but join the team to create more networking opportunities and support for students. Hope to see you soon!

Martina Barzan – Committee Member

Hello! My name is Martina and I am at the second year of my PhD in Biomechanics. I enjoy playing beach volleyball, cooking and meeting new people from different cultures. I have had the fantastic opportunity to join the GCAP team in the last couple of years and I am looking forward to the exciting news we have in store for you this year!



Fahimeh Alaei – Committee Member

I was working in the field of Visual Arts for 8 years, then, I decided to change my path and start a bachelor degree on Computer Science. The new path took me to different places with different cultures. After ten years of moving around, I ended up in Gold Coast where I started my PhD at the School of Information and Communication Technology. Becoming  a member of  the GCAP in the first year of my study encouraged me to be a committee member to create more networking opportunities and have fun with the post graduate students. I wish you to enjoy your time with the GCAP.

Anna Chruscik – Committee Member

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!

Kate Delaforce – Secretary: (k.delaforce@griffith.edu.au)

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