Leadership Team


Principal

Marco Di Cesare

A committed Marist, Marco has been connected to Marist Education since his first entry into the Marist world as a Year 7 student, then as a teacher in a Marist school for 19 years.  He experienced first hand the many benefits that come with being connected to the worldwide institute of the Marists.  As both a students and later as a staff member, Marco has remained connected to the ideals of Marcellin Champagnat and his legacy.

Marco has held various leadership positions in schools and comes to the College with a broad understanding of what it is to be a leader in a Catholic school.  After 19 years in the Latrobe Valley at Catholic Regional College and Lavalla Catholic College, Marco returned to Melbourne as Principal of Caroline Chisholm Catholic College.  He spent 8 years at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College and over that time oversaw significant improvements across the College.

Understanding the importance of lifelong learning, Marco has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Catholic University, a Master of Education Policy from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Certificate in Theology from the University of Divinity and is currently completing a Master of Theology at the Melbourne College of Divinity.

Marco is married to Moira (who is also a teacher) and has two daughters and two sons…along with a myriad of pets!

Deputy Principal

Nicholas Moloney

Nicholas has been a teacher at Marcellin for over twenty five years, in addition to being and Old Collegian. He has held a range of leadership positions including many years as a House Coordinator, Mathematics Learning Leader and Assistant Principal (Operations). Nicholas has been involved in many facets of the College community and has a passion for implementing programs in support of staff wellbeing. He is a member of the Victoria Catholic Secondary School Deputy Principal’s Association and is their current treasurer.
Nicholas has a strong conviction to the Marist Charism and values the opportunity to teach and guide young people. He believes that faith needs to be lived and is an outward gift he can give to others in his daily encounters. He was honoured to become a member of the Marist Association of Saint Marcellin Champagnat in 2016.
Nicholas has a Bachelor of Education, a Post Graduate in Educational Leadership and a Master in Educational Leadership (Numeracy) from Monash University.
Contact number: +61 3 9851 1540

Assistant Principal (Mission)

Carolyn Young

Carolyn’s experience of the Marist charism began during her time as a student at Sale Catholic College, a Marist – Sion school. Since that time, Carolyn has worked at Assumption College, a Marist school, in a variety of leadership roles, and at Our Lady of Sion College, a Sionian school, as Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission. Carolyn has also been privileged to serve on the Marist Southern Province Provincial Council and the Champagnat Education Animation Committee. These roles saw Carolyn develop a broad understanding of Marist ministries, as well as design and facilitate professional learning opportunities for staff in Marist schools across Australia.
Carolyn firmly believes that the Catholic ethos of Catholic schools must be a lived experience for all members of our community. Carolyn is committed to supporting students and staff to embrace the Marist charism and allowing it to enliven the ways we enable others to know and love Christ. The Marist commitment to educating the whole person, by valuing and nurturing the inherent potential and gifts of each individual in a family environment, is something that strongly resonates with Carolyn’s educational philosophy. As well as a personal engagement with the Marist charism, Carolyn brings to our College qualifications in leadership, religious education and literature (Master of Educational Leadership, Master of Religious Education, Grad. Dip Ed.(Sec),BA Hons – English).
Contact Number +61 3 9851 1540

Business Manager

Phil Tankey

Phil joined Marcellin in 2015. His role oversees the Financial and Facilities aspects of the College in addition to Information Technology and Marketing. He also leads the Master Planning of the Bulleen campus. Phil has extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary within the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector in Community Services Organisations primarily in Aged Care, Disability, Education and Employment Services.
Phil is an Old Collegian of Marcellin and has a particular interest in governance, long term financial sustainability and people reaching their potential. Phil has also worked with a global consulting firm both in Australia and overseas prior to a career with multinational companies as a Chief Financial Officer. He also established his own consultancy business providing business planning and governance support to NFPs and private businesses. His Community Services experience includes involvement as Treasurer of a Pre-school and an RSL Social Sporting Club.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA) and an Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (AMICDA). Phil has also been recently appointed to the Committee of Catholic Education Business Administrators (CEBA).
Contact number: +61 3 9851 1589

Assistant Principal (Student Wellbeing)

Melissa Mackellin

Melissa has been a member of the Marcellin College community for over 13 years, working collaboratively with the learning and wellbeing teams in support of our young men and their development. Passionate about boys education, Melissa is committed to providing an environment which challenges, inspires and empowers young people to strive for personal greatness.

Melissa has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching (Primary/Secondary) and Master of Leadership with the Australian Catholic University. A life-long learner, she has also participated in the International Senior Leaders Program and completed a number of leadership courses with the CEM. Having held previous roles as Transition Coordinator and Head of Junior School, Melissa knows the importance of walking with young people as they discover who they are and their place in our world.

Driven by her strong faith, Melissa believes in the inherent dignity of each individual and the collective efficacy of an empowered team. She feels privileged to work with dedicated staff who are guided by the Marist characteristics in their pursuit of excellence for all in the Marcellin community.

Contact number: + 61 3 9851 1570

Director of Professional Learning & Partnerships

Jill Fitzsimons

Jill collaboratively leads the direction of our professional development program; a role which calls for a deep interest in the development of staff and student learning in a community underpinned by faith and the possession of strong academic qualifications. She is an experienced educator and leader in Catholic education, having worked in co-educational and single-sex Catholic schools since 1996.

Prior to her role at Marcellin, Jill was Curriculum Leader at St Columba’s College and English Learning Leader at Whitefriars College. She is a respected VCE English teacher and has also taught at Genazzano FCJ College and Loreto Mandeville Hall. Her students have consistently achieved outstanding results, including a Victorian Premier’s Award. Jill has worked for VCAA marking the VCE English examination and GAT and writes practice exams and presents workshops for VATE. She is the author of a number of published study guides and can be heard regularly on ‘Sunday School’ with Libbi Gorr on ABC Radio Melbourne sharing her insights into how to be successful at VCE level.

New to the College in 2019, Jill is excited by the opportunity the role offers to develop external partnerships for the benefit of our teaching and learning program, having already established a number of successful professional learning networks and partnerships within the secondary and tertiary sectors and Victorian arts community.

As a mother of three, Jill understands the trust parents have placed in Marcellin to give their boys the opportunity to grow and flourish, and to ensure the professional learning program supports this trust. As a Catholic, Jill is inspired by the example of Jesus and the charism of St Marcellin Champagnat to recognise the other, and to make the experience of God a reality.

Jill’s academic qualifications include a BA; GradDipEd (Sec); GradCert (RE) and Masters of Ed (Leadership). Jill is a member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.
Contact number: + 61 3 9851 1467

Director of Operations

Robert Aston

Robert oversees the operational requirements of the College. This has a holistic focus on improving the operational processes and practices as well as managing the day to day operations of the College. He has been an educator in the Catholic sector for over a decade and has a wealth of experience as Religious Education and Science practitioner.
Robert is a passionate educator that seeks to foster innovative learning practices for his students and colleagues. Love of work is a Marist characteristic that Robert endeavours to instil in others. As a Catholic educator, Faith is a central component of his pedagogical practices, striving to live out the mission of the Church in the way of Mary.
Robert has a Bachelor of Biological Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education and is currently completing a Masters of Educational Leadership (Leading Learning) from the Australian Catholic University. Robert is a member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders
Contact number: + 61 3 9851 1467

Director of Community Engagement and Marketing

Benjamin Bugeja

Benjamin is a creative at heart. Having worked in Design and Communication for 10 years, his journey has taken him around the world, most recently to a Marist school in Johannesburg, South Africa. Initially upon being a recipient of the Marcellin Champagnat award. Benjamin decided to remain in South Africa for an additional two years and it is there, working with refugee children in an educational bridging program called Three2Six, that sparked his passion for philanthropy and people. As an old collegian of Marcellin College, the Marist charisms have always been present in his actions and endeavours with a strong sense of social justice. Benjamin believes firmly that ‘if we can, we should’, regarding altruistic behaviour and coming to the aid of those who need it most. He continues to assist projects around the world by offering probono marketing and design services.
Benjamin is a passionate photographer and thus an avid story teller, having worked on educational campaigns for many years, he brings a particular skill set to the College that will help enhance the image of Marcellin and continue to tell the incredible stories of students, staff and families within the wider Marcellin Community. With a BA of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) WD and an advanced Diploma of Graphic Design. He is passionate about the psychology of Design Thinking and challenging preconceived ideas of what Education should look like. Puppy father to the best French Bulldog Ms Peggy-Sue.
Contact number: +61 3 9851 1552

Director of Staff and Strategy

Peter Baldwin

Peter grew up in the Southern Riverina of NSW and boarded at Assumption College Kilmore where he was taught by the Marist brothers and educated in the Marist mission and values.

After a stint in the AFL and a degree in Sports Science at Ballarat University, he pursued a career in education, graduating with a Diploma of Education (Secondary) at the Australian Catholic University. He completed a master subject in Organisational Behaviour at La Trobe College. More recently he obtained a Master of Educational Policy (International) at the University of Melbourne, with a final year paper, Strengthening VET in the Secondary School System, involving comparison between international and local education systems.

Peter is committed to the wellbeing of young people and aims to support his students to become confident and resilient lifelong learners. He values inclusivity and sense of belonging at school as way to help students foster a strong sense of their own identity and self-belief. In the Marist tradition he works towards all of his students developing the skills to be an active participant in the community whether they are undertaking VCAL, VET or VCE.

His experience teaching in both Catholic and government schools, including a period at Collingwood Alternative College, an alternative school for vulnerable children, gives him a range of experience to draw from. He has been a teacher at Marcellin since 2013 where he accepted the role as VCAL co-ordinator and then as Applied Learning Leader.
In his current role as Director of Staff he is committed to promoting a collaborative and collegiate staff body that seeks high professional standards and enjoy support and success in their profession.

Peter’s commitment to the value of the Marist charism is evident in his work and his life. When not at work, he can be found kicking the football with his young son or having a ‘debate’ with his teenage daughter.

Director of Student Wellbeing

Rocky Gentile

Rocky has been a member of the Marcellin College community for eleven years. In his time at the College, Rocky has held a range of leadership positions including House Leader, Head of Football and Cricket and acting College Co-ordinator. He is passionate about all students learning and flourishing here at Marcellin through their involvements in classes and co-curricular activities. Rocky has a strong connection to the Marist charism and the example of St Marcellin. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master in Educational Leadership (Curriculum).

Head of Learning (Years 7-9)

Elizabeth Sullivan

Liz has a passion for working in boys’ education and is appreciative of working in a Marist learning community that supports students and staff to live out their faith. She has been at Marcellin since 2011. Liz believes learning should offer young men the opportunity to develop their full potential and equip them with the skills necessary to navigate the impact they will make in the world. She has experience leading in both wellbeing and learning spheres through the roles of House Leader and English Learning Leader for 14 years and is committed to the development of the whole person.

Liz has been involved in the creation of learning opportunities and programs that support student choice and connect to our wider world. She enjoys working collaboratively with staff and families to support young people to grow and develop as they strive for their highest.

Liz has studied a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Grad Diploma of Teaching and Graduate Certificate of Religious Education from Australian Catholic University. She also has a Masters of Education (Wellbeing) from the University of Melbourne. In 2019 she completed the International Senior Leaders Course (ILMP).
Contact number +61 3 9851 1556

Head of Learning (Years 10-12)

Claudia Graham

Claudia joined the College in 2020. Prior to her role at Marcellin she was Senior Studies Leader at Overnewton Anglican Community College. She has been an passionate educator with over 20 years in a range of sectors including Government, Catholic and Independent schools, and had held a number of leadership positions. She is passionate about working with teachers and students in the senior years of education. Senior students in particular face many cognitive, social and decision-making challenges that need to be considered in addition to learning needs. More importantly students need to be aware of their setting and the impact they can have on it. The senior years offer many pathways to the world beyond school.

Claudia is actively involved with the VCAA in a range of curriculum development and assessment responsibilities in the areas of Applied Computing and Geography. She has also been involved in a number of Professional Learning associations that have worked with and supported teacher education in the areas of effective and innovative pedagogical practices, the development of authentic assessment and the implementation of differentiated practices that provide highly effective learning outcomes for students.

She has a strong belief in the Marist philosophy and it is central to her educational leadership. She aims to facilitate holistic student learning and the believes that young people need every opportunity to engage with the world, no matter how challenging. Of utmost importance is the building of relationships and merging of academic and wellbeing needs of each individual

Claudia has a Bachelor of Science Education and Masters in Educational Leadership both from the University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Computing.


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