Why CISaustralia

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We guarantee exceptional support, great value, cultural immersion and a personalised advising experience when choosing your courses, volunteer experience or internship. You're going places with CISaustralia!

Meet our Team

From your first contact with CISaustralia you will find someone truly interested in assisting you, it’s what we are here for and what we believe in. 

Our management team and Australian based staff will work with you until you depart on your adventure. Our offshore teams, based in our host destinations throughout the world, offer a personal and supportive 'on the ground' contact. No matter the issue, you will have someone available to talk to – our support staff are there to help you with emergencies, issues or concerns around your program. Even if you’re simply looking for an activity or dining recommendation, they are always eager to share their advice and opinions!

Brad Dorahy - Founder and Executive Director

Brad is passionate about international education and travel. After graduating from the University of Newcastle, where he was also awarded a cultural scholarship, Brad travelled the world and has since visited well over 60 countries. Brad has been involved in international education for 20 years, and has lived, studied, volunteered and worked abroad. Brad has worked at a number of Australian Universities, and for international companies from Korea, China and the US. Brad studied abroad at the University of Canterbury - NZ and Harvard University - USA, has volunteered in the Philippines and is an active volunteer with Surf Life Saving Queensland. He loves the outdoors and hiking, has completed the Australian Ironman, hiked Kokoda and to Base Camp Mt. Everest. Brad has presented at international conferences such as NAFSA, ISANA and CCIS and now lives on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Jeff Palm - Co-Founder

Jeff holds a BA degree in Biology from the College of Saint Scholastica (MN) and an MA in Management from Hawaii Pacific University. Jeff's international experiences include working in Europe, Asia and Africa during his tenure as Associate Director of International Admissions at Hawaii Pacific University, specifically within international program development in Europe and Australasia. In business and "pleasure" Jeff has traveled to more than 30 countries. Jeff established CIS in the US in 1999 and has co-founded CIS in Australia with Brad. Jeff and Brad have been colleagues and good friends since the late 90s. Jeff is primarily responsible for managing the strategic direction of CIS in the US. CIS USA sends approx. 2,000 students overseas a year and sends American students to many of the same programs as CIS in Australia. Outside of the office, Jeff keeps busy hiking, snowshoeing, playing basketball, surfing (only in warm water) and spending as much time as he can with his wife, sons and dog.

Emma Cao - Admissions and Enrolment Manager

Emma holds a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism & Public Relations) from Bond University on the Gold Coast and joins CISaustralia as Admissions and Enrolment Manager. Prior to CISaustralia, Emma spent many years working in Destination and Tourism Marketing. During her time in the tourism industry, Emma was awarded Young Achiever in Tourism and was a finalist in the NSW State Tourism Awards for Destination Marketing. 

Emma is passionate about travel and has visited almost 30 countries. Some of her favourite destinations include Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Emma lives on the Southern Gold Coast and loves to surf any possible chance she can get. She is an active volunteer with Surf Life Saving Queensland and enjoys hiking the World Heritage national parks of the Tweed Valley and Gold Coast Hinterland. Emma is also a qualified yoga teacher, completing her 200-hour RYT in Bali, Indonesia.

Scott Tayloe - Director of Customised Faculty-Led Programs

Scott is a twice-graduate of Jacksonville University, USA with a BS in Aeronautics and an MBA. During his undergraduate degree, Scott studied and volunteered abroad in Australia, Costa Rica, France, Portugal and the Philippines. While in Australia Scott studied business at the University of Sydney. Scott received his pilot’s license at the age of 17, backpacked Europe at 18 and has since visited 6 continents – with the hopes of visiting Antarctica soon. Scott enjoys playing on the beach with his dogs or planning his next trip abroad. In his current role at CIS, Scott is the Director of Customised Faculty-Led Programs and leads a team of seven, helping faculty and advisors plan their own trips to incredible destinations.

Marion Revelli – International Relations Manager

 

Marion originates from Paris, France. Her first study abroad experience was in Toronto, where she spent 1 month learning English and playing hockey, when she was 15. From then, Marion took advantage of her holidays to explore beautiful countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Nepal, Cambodia, Egypt, China and became truly passionate about travelling. In 2011, Marion decided to discover more of the world and chose to finish her studies in Australia. She graduated from Bond University with a Master of Communications. The whole experience was life changing. Marion joins CISaustralia as the International Relations Manager, establishing and maintaining relationships with Australian universities. It is one of her personal goals to inspire students to discover what she found so fantastic about studying and living abroad. What’s next on her bucket list? A trek in Patagonia!

Jane O'Keeffe – Customised Programs Coordinator

 

Jane is CISaustralia's Customised Faculty-Led Program Coordinator assisting University Central Administrators and Academic staff design, plan and manage their customised faculty led programs (study tours) – to incredible global destinations. Jane has a wealth of experience with over ten year’s in customer service, logistics and travel related industries. Jane has travelled to over twenty countries on five continents, her favourite destinations being Dubai, Rwanda, Turkey, India and Scotland.

Jane gained her logistical experience as a serving member of the Royal Australian Air Force. During this time Jane served on deployments to provide logistical support in Indonesia (after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami) and in the Middle East Area. Jane’s passion for international travel lead her to a career in the travel industry, including several years as an International Travel Consultant for Flight Centre Ltd.

Kristin Eberman - Customised Programs Officer

Kristin is a native of Portland, Oregon, USA although has spent a majority of her adult years living overseas. Her passion for international travel began at 16 years old when she first spent a summer in France on a language and culture program, followed by a six-month study program in Ghana at the age of 17. She has since travelled to nearly 40 countries on five continents and loves meeting people from all over the globe while experiencing new cultures and learning from other ways of life. Kristin has also studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, volunteered in Moscow, Russia, and worked in Morocco (Peace Corps) and England (university student support services) before coming to Australia. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Education and her favourite part of working in the field is getting to know students and helping them discover the joys of travel and the personal growth it brings. 

Kristin’s favourite countries include: Scotland, Portugal, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Ghana, Turkey and Malta. Besides travelling, Kristin also enjoys spending time outdoors, rowing, playing soccer, cooking, photography, and doing arts and crafts.

Cindy Curtis - Program Coordinator

Cindy holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Human Resource Management) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Diploma of Events Management from North Coast Institute of TAFE, Coffs Harbour.

She has extensive experience as an Executive Assistant having spent over 10 years as a Legal Secretary in Sydney together with other administrative positions and event supervisor roles throughout her career. Cindy's most recent position as an Executive Assistant was for the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland wherein she provided support to two Professors and a Chief Executive Officer.

Cindy has travelled to Italy, Turkey, Greece and Thailand and thoroughly enjoyed the experiences of meeting new people, being entrenched in their culture and sampling their rich history (and food!). Cindy enjoys Bikram yoga, the beach and bodysurfing, time with family and friends and looks forward to future travel.

Hannah Chong - Admissions and Enrolment Services Officer

Hannah graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative and Professional Writing). She excels in things that other people usually don’t like: proof-reading, grammar, and corporate writing and editing. Travel is one of her greatest passions, and she has travelled North America extensively. During university, she studied abroad in Canada for a semester. Through her travels, Hannah has made friends in many different countries, which makes for a perfect excuse to go abroad! Next up: hopefully the UK and Europe for the first time, and more of North America. Beyond overseas travel, Hannah enjoys reading, musical theatre and playing with her dog. She is excited to be a part of the CISaustralia team and can’t wait to help students travel the world.

KaSandra Mitchell - Marketing and Communications Officer

KaSandra is from Small Town, Kentucky, USA and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) from Western Kentucky University. Shortly after graduating, she moved to England to serve as a Media Coordinator for Harlaxton College. Her childhood dream of international travel became a reality and passion after studying abroad twice in Costa Rica, mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. She has recently moved to Australia (her third residential continent and eleventh country visited) and is looking forward to her upcoming travels in New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Aside from travelling, KaS enjoys barre, yoga, biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, reading, photography and blogging, and is looking forward to learning how to surf.

Jackie Chapman - Administrative Services Manager

Jackie has a passion for travel and international education having lived, travelled, worked and studied overseas. As an Australian undergraduate uni student, Jackie studied abroad at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Upon her return from the US, Jackie kicked off her career in international education working at the International Office - the University of Newcastle. Since this time Jackie’s 16 year career has been predominantly based in international education, including a two year position in Denver, Colorado working for a leading study abroad provider then as their Australian on-site resident director for another three years. Jackie has worked in various marketing and management roles focused primarily on project management, large scale event organisation, sponsorship, new business launches and strategic planning.

Jackie holds a Masters in Communication (Corporate Communication) from Bond University, QLD and a Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation and Tourism) from Newcastle University, NSW. Her favourite countries include Finland, Vietnam, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, USA, Malaysia and Norway. Jackie holds an Open Water Scuba certificate and enjoys yoga, running, hiking, family adventures and of course – travel!


Student Ambassadors:

Cass Hancock - Geelong

Cass is currently in her third year working towards completing a Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science at Deakin University Waurn Ponds, Australia. Cass has recently returned from her CISaustralia volunteering program in Vietnam (Monkey Preservation at a Primate Sanctuary) aimed at the conservation and rehabilitation of endangered primate species of Vietnam. Cass has travelled to many other places including Europe and also Thailand, and wishes to continue exploring the world!

Priscilla Pham - Melbourne

Priscilla is currently in her third year studying a Bachelors of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) degree at Deakin University. She always wanted to project the idea of global education and cultural sensitivity to students across the nation, showing them that there is an opportunity to go for global travel with assistance and support. She participated in two volunteering opportunities with CISaustralia in Nepal and Thailand with the help of Deakin University. This not only allowed her to gain more experience in different fields of environmental sustainability, but also allowed her to understand and respect the cultural sensitivity and diversity that contrasts so differently from Australia’s social norms. Priscilla states, "I personally recommend overseas studying or volunteering as a form of multidisciplinary education that not only benefits personal growth, but also awareness and acceptance of other cultures and ethnicities."

Olivia Henry - Adelaide

Olivia holds a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) and now studies Media (Journalism) at the University of Adelaide. Her first study abroad experience was in high school, travelling around Japan on a cultural exchange. Following this trip, she travelled all over Asia with friends and family, but always longed to travel again as a student.

Olivia studied Intensive Spanish in CISaustralia’s July in Barcelona program. With a limited knowledge of Spanish, she was in awe of how much she learnt and how many lifelong friends she made in such a short time!

In her spare time, Olivia loves to go to the gym, play beach volleyball, play music, and ruin all her exercise by eating too much food. She is very excited to share her experiences with other students and encourage them to take the plunge!