Fiona Reid

Dean of Residential Students (DRS)

Fiona is a qualified Social Worker with experience working in rural and urban areas and in domestic and international contexts. Fiona has worked in the Higher Education sector for 9 years and has been the Dean of MRC since November 2018.

Fiona enjoys the opportunity that MRC provides to get to know residents from all over the world, celebrate with them during their successes, walk with them through their challenges, and enjoy providing them with opportunities that enable them to learn, grow and develop life skills and experience during their time here.

Fiona is passionate about developing cohesive communities and has felt privileged to see our community grow closer during this challenging COVID season. It has been a joy to see how each member has cared for and contributed to the lives of their neighbours in various and different ways and how this has also had a positive impact on the community as a whole. Fiona gratefully and with heartfelt thanks, acknowledges the residents and staff for their efforts to this end and praises them for their contribution.

Fiona considers herself privileged to work with a highly skilled, capable, committed, godly and caring staff team, and her role has been made much easier through their efforts, support and experience – and of course the jokes and laughter that come through the ‘Dad jokes’ in the office (thanks Matt and David!).

Fiona is well connected with a range of other professional support services, as well as services at Macquarie University, and is able to link students in with these should they be required.

In her free time, Fiona enjoys socialising with family and friends, spending time in the countryside, hiking, and spends many hours reading books.

Tiana Barenaba

Administration Assistant

Tiana joined the team at Morling Residential College (MRC) in 2016. Here at MRC the team is committed to the Morling value of “People matter” and together we aim to value and love residents in the same way that Jesus values and loves us. The MRC building is not simply a residence, but an international family.

Tiana has a passion for leading and empowering students to become independent by supporting them to grow and develop into mature adults. These passions have led her to work in various roles – as a choral and orchestral music director, as an adventure camp host, and as a Rural Fire Brigade volunteer.

Tiana is eager to work alongside Fiona, Judith and Meg as they commit to developing a sense of community for those who live in MRC whilst also providing a safe, supportive place to call home.

Meg

Meg grew up on the South Coast of NSW, she loves Australia and its beautiful flora and fauna – grevilleas, kookaburras, and lorikeets to name a few. She moved to Sydney in 2011 to study a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Anthropology and has also completed a Certificate IV in Youth Work. She has worked in the hospitality, child care, and community service industries and has also assisted as a researcher. Meg began as a cleaner in MRC and moved to work in the office in 2019. Her desire to help people feel at home in MRC is at the top of her list of objectives as she helps to man the reception and complete administrative tasks.

Judith Wilkinson

Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, and with a background in Design, Judith moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1992 to work and study with a Performing Arts Dance Group called Island Breeze. Island Breeze is a ministry of with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), that trains and equips young people for cross-cultural missions and ministry.

She worked with YWAM in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth over an 18 year period and during that time completed the Discipleship Training School, the School of Event Management & Performing Arts, the School of Evangelism and the Basic Leadership Training School. Whilst in YWAM she met and married her husband, Andrew, and together with their children relocated to Sydney in 2013.

Matthew Holt

Pastoral and Spiritual Care Worker (PASC)

Matt joined the team in 2020, having moved across from Western Australia. He draws on a wide range of qualifications and experiences, having spent 12 years working as a Biomedical Engineer in commercial and hospital environments, a couple of years in retail, and about 9 years in pastoral church leadership.

Matt married Esther 18 years ago. And now with four children in tow, Matt and Esther share a passion for pastoral care, and have spent many, many hours between them, caring for and doing life with people of all ages, nationalities and faiths.

Most recently, Matt pastored a growing church in rural Western Australia, where he worked intensively for the healthy integration of the different cultures that called that church their home.

Here at Morling Residential College, Matt sees this place as a remarkable environment in which all kinds of growth and transformation occurs in the residents.  He feels excited and privileged to have the opportunity to form warm and caring relationships with residents as they encounter the challenges and opportunities of tertiary education.

Matt is a passionate musician, he loves to cook, roast coffee, run the espresso machine, build things with his tools, reading, writing, and hanging out with friends.

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