Meet Our Staff

Principal - Dr Darcy McCormack - In Residence

Dr Darcy McCormack is the head of St Mary’s. He is responsible for the overall leadership of the College, including the wellbeing of our residents and the management of staff.

Darcy held academic appointments at Massey University (New Zealand), the University of Melbourne (twice), La Trobe University, and Australian Catholic University (ACU) prior to commencing as Principal of St Mary’s College in January 2015. He has also held visiting appointments in the US, France, and the UK. Darcy has taught in both undergraduate (eg BCom, BA, BBA) and graduate (eg MCom, MA, MBA, MHRM, MSc) programs at each of the above universities and has supervised several doctoral students to successful completions of their PhD theses. He was previously a residential tutor at St Mary’s while undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, and later served on the College Council for several years. Darcy has also been a member of the Senior Common Room of both Trinity College and Newman College, and of Wolfson Hall at the University of Glasgow.

Darcy’s research interests range across workplace behaviour (including workplace bullying), organisational effectiveness, organisational culture, employee wellness, valuing the human contribution to organisations, and the determinants of learning and teaching outcomes in universities. He has published in leading academic journals and has presented his research at international conferences. Darcy has been awarded research grants and has undertaken consultancies for organisations in the public and private sectors. He has also had significant leadership roles in universities, such as membership of the Academic Board and University Promotions Committee. He has served on the governing bodies of a range of organisations. For several years he served as Chair of the Board of Parade College – one of Melbourne’s largest and most highly regarded secondary colleges.

Dean & Deputy Principal (Operations) - Ms Rachel Lechmere - In Residence

Ms Rachel Lechmere is the Dean & Deputy Principal of the College. In her role as Dean, Rachel is responsible for the personal and academic wellbeing of the students of the College. She creates the academic tutorial program each semester and supervises the academic and residential tutors, as well as the senior student mentors, who assist in attending to the individual needs of the students of the College and encourage them to thrive in the College environment. As Deputy Principal, Rachel supports the Principal with the overall management and operations of the College and deputises when required.

An alumna of the College, Rachel has qualifications in Arts, Education and Theology. Throughout her career, she has held various leadership roles in diverse educational contexts and holds a deep commitment to educating for the development of the whole person.

Scholar-in-Residence - Professor Anne Steinemann

Anne Steinemann is Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne. She is internationally recognized for her research in areas of engineering and sustainability, such as healthy buildings and indoor air quality. Professor Steinemann serves as an adviser to governments and industries around the world, and has directed more than $24 million in competitive research funding. Her work has resulted in new federal and state legislation, agency policies and industry practices.

Professor Steinemann has received the highest teaching awards at the college, university, and national levels. She has published numerous journal articles, and two textbooks: Microeconomics for Public Decisions and Exposure Analysis.
In addition to academic recognition, Professor Steinemann’s research has received significant media coverage, spanning more than 1,000 major newspapers, magazines, and broadcast stations across six continents. Professor Steinemann has previously held positions at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; University of Washington; and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Steinemann received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

Professor Steinemann has a profound interest in supporting students to develop holistically to their full potential and to become responsible, contributing members of society.

Scholar-in-Residence -Associate Professor Patrick Quirk

Patrick Quirk is Associate Professor of Law at Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus) and a former tenured Associate Professor and Academic Dean at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, USA. He holds degrees in law and arts from the University of Queensland, as well as a Master of Civil Laws (Magister Legum) from the University of Tübingen, Germany, which he completed by coursework and thesis (in German).

Following graduation, Patrick was admitted to the Queensland Bar and later practised as a solicitor at a large firm in Sydney. Patrick has also taught at Bond University Law School and the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. He teaches and writes on various commercial and civil law areas, including the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code, the law of electronic commerce, and law & religion.

Patrick has taught or given presentations in many countries including Italy, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Germany, and the United States, and in Poland as part of CUA’s summer program in Krakow.

Manager of Finance (Acting) - Mrs Kathleen Flanagan

Kathleen Fanagan CPA, holds a Bachelor of Business and manages all financials aspect of the College, in conjunction with the Principal. This includes producing and managing the annual college budget, analysis of financial data and overseeing the daily financial processes in the College.

PA to Dr McCormack & College Secretary - Mrs Brenda Renfrew

Brenda is PA to the Principal and also has responsibility for the maintenance and ongoing development of appropriate administrative processes to ensure the smooth running of the office and the college. Brenda manages admissions and enrolments for current and prospective students. She is also the Alumnist, working to build and maintain our relationship with Alumni and producing the bi-annual magazine, Verity.
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Accounts & Administration Officer - Ms Joanne O'Neill

Joanne manages all College payments and accounts and provides administrative support in reception and for the office. Joanne also coordinates external special functions and events held at St Mary’s College in conjunction with other staff members.
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Allan & Maria Myers Academic Centre Director - Ms Kathleen Kilmartin

Kathleen has a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne {her thesis was on Aboriginal Health} and an MA (Librarianship) from Monash University. As the Director of the Alan and Maria Myers Academic Centre, Kathleen takes a hands-on role in all aspects of the Centre's operation, including the library and the collections, facility maintenance, coordinating student and staff outreach activities and programs, and developing the strategic vision of the Centre. Kathleen leads a small team of staff and actively participates in the life and activities of both St Mary's and Newman. Previous to becoming Director, Kathleen was the Library Information Specialist at the City of Kingston Library and Education Services; significantly she was previously the Librarian at the Giblin Economics and Commerce Library at the University of Melbourne for almost a decade.

Allan & Maria Myers Academic Centre Librarian - Mrs Rhonda Brown

Rhonda works at the Allan and Maria Myers Academic Centre, an academic facility shared by St Mary's & Newman.

Allan & Maria Myers Academic Centre Librarian & Archivist - Ms Geraldine Woodhatch

Geraldine has worked at the Allan and Maria Myers Academic Centre, an academic facility shared by St Mary's and Newman, since it opened in 2004. She has qualifications in arts, education and theology and has worked in a variety of settings, including universities, public libraries, museums, schools and special libraries. She is always available to assist students with using the Academic Centre and its resources and to teach them how to search for information using the University Library’s databases. She enjoys purchasing books for the general collection and responding to student requests for texts, novels and non-fiction.

Allan & Maria Myers Academic Centre IT Manager - Mr Damian Halloran

Damian works at the Allan and Maria Myers Academic Centre, an academic facility shared by St Mary's & Newman. He has responsibility all matters relating to IT across both Colleges.

Head Chef - Mr John Feltscheer

John is an outstanding Chef and the great reputation which St Mary's has for good food is largely due to John's influence over many years. John is committed to sourcing high quality, local, seasonal and fresh produce to use in the St Mary's kitchen. His creativity and presentation of food make dining here an experience in itself. John can tailor an menu to suit any event and the results always delight.

Head Chef - Mrs Zora Klecina

Zora cooks the best cakes and deserts and all of her food is to die for. She lights up the kitchen with her smile and sense of humour!

Maintenance - Mr Greg Iacono

Greg ensures that everything in the College is in effective and safe working order. He attends to any requests for maintenance as well as proactively planning for the upkeep of our property and grounds, to ensure a positive, beautiful and safe living environment for all residents and staff.

Cleaning Supervisor - Mr Roy Wilkins

Roy works with his team to ensure that the college is clean and tidy and always looking good. He also manages other aspects of housekeeping such as conference linen, annual cleaning and the ordering of supplies.

Dining Room Supervisor - Mr Cameron Azam

Cameron oversees the smooth running of the Dining Room and personally attends to the dining requirements of conferences. In addition to this, he is involved in meal preparation and cooking.

Cook - Mr Edreiss 'Ed' Abdulrahan

Ed cooks up a storm in the kitchen and keeps everyone satisfied and happy!

Housekeeping - Jodee

Jodee is a valued member of the Housekeeping team, ensuring that the College is always looking great! Jodee enjoys reading, gardening and sleeping!

Housekeeping - Ceasar

Ceasar is a valued member of the Housekeeping team, ensuring that the College is always looking great! Ceasar likes cooking and BBQs and taking his daughter on regular outings.

Housekeeping - Awel

Awel is a valued member of the Housekeeping team, ensuring that the College is always looking great! Awel loves watching movies and sleeping too -tired from looking after her busy family!

Housekeeping - Karen

Karen is a valued member of the Housekeeping team, ensuring that the College is always looking great! Karen enjoys taking her Grandson to his Rugby training sessions, gardening and walking in nature.