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Secondary boys college Est. in 1950

College Leadership

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Welcome to our esteemed College leadership, who bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to our learning community.

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 student and later as a staff member, Marco has remained connected to the ideals of St 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 has completed 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 twin boys at the College, along with a myriad of pets!

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DEPUTY PRINCIPAL STAFF

Nicholas Moloney

Nicholas has been a teacher at Marcellin College for over twenty-five years, in addition to being an alumni of the College. 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, Post Graduate in Educational Leadership and Master in Educational Leadership (Numeracy) from Monash University.

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DEPUTY PRINCIPAL - LEARNING AND TEACHING

Suzanne Farley

Suzanne has more than 20 years’ experience in education with a strong connection to the Marist Charism. She was educated at Catholic College Sale and started her teaching career there before moving to Lavalla Catholic College, both Marist schools. Suzanne then moved to Melbourne where she was the Deputy Principal of Learning and Teaching at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College for 6 years before joining Marcellin College.

Over the years Suzanne has held numerous leadership positions including House Coordinator, Learning Leader and Director of Learning.

Suzanne holds an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (Biomedical), a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Policy) from Monash University.

Suzanne is an avid reader and enjoys city escapes to her hometown in Gippsland.

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DEPUTY PRINCIPAL FAITH AND MISSION

Geralyn McCarthy

Geralyn comes to Marcellin College after spending many years at Thomas Carr College in Melbourne’s west where she held roles such as Director of Faith and Mission and Director of Student Services.

Geralyn has also worked in a variety of counselling and other senior executive roles across the health, welfare and education sectors.

Geralyn has had a strong interest in child safeguarding and has been responsible for the implementation of child safe standards in a variety of settings, including schools, parishes and within a religious congregation.

Geralyn’s faith and commitment to living out the Word of the Lord is reflected in her continued learning and work each day. She is involved in a number of young adult faith formation activities at her local parish including facilitating retreats for youth and young adult leaders.

Geralyn has undertaken extensive education including a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Grad Dip in Education. She has completed her Master of Education (Student Wellbeing); Master of Theological Studies (Uni of Divinity); Grad Cert in Education: Safeguarding Children and Young People (ACU); Geralyn is currently completing higher research studies at the University of Divinity in the field of Systematic Theology (Ecclesiology)

Geralyn is married with two young adult sons and can often be found down at beaches near Apollo Bay, one of her favourite spots.

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BUSINESS MANAGER

Phil Tankey

Phil joined Marcellin College 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 sector in community services organisations primarily in aged care, disability, education and employment services.

Phil is an alumni of the College 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 NPOs and private businesses. His community services experience includes involvement as treasurer of a pre-school and a 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).

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DEPUTY PRINCIPAL STUDENT WELLBEING

Rocky Gentile

Rocky has been a member of the Marcellin College community for more than 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 Coordinator. 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) and is currently the Deputy Principal of Student Wellbeing. Rocky has two young daughters who have already shown a keen interest in his passion, cricket.

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