Professional Staff


Lena Karam

Diploma in Business Administration

Centre Admin Assistant

Phone/TTY: (02) 9872 0303
Fax: (02) 9873 1614
Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday


Lena is the Renwick Centre Administrative Assistant and provides administrative support to the Executive Officer, Graduate Studies and when required, to Director, RIDBC Renwick Centre. Lena is the first point of contact within the Renwick Centre.

Lena is responsible for monitoring and maintaining all student records, provides information to students about programs offered at the Renwick Centre and provides support to a busy team of academics and professional staff.

Jacqui Cashmore

Associate Diploma Education – Habilitation (Catholic College, Bachelor Education Primary (University of Sydney), Master Special Education (Flinders University)
Coordinator, Continuing Professional Education

Phone: 0408 403 829 or (02) 9872 0302


Jacqui is the Coordinator of Continuing Professional Education at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre.

Jacqui has worked with students and young people with sensory, intellectual and physical disabilities since 1994. She spent many years in classrooms as a teacher and then as a School Principal. She also has had a role as a Special Education Consultant at the Association of Independent School NSW.

She has been an active member on many committees at both a state and national level focussing on curriculum writing and development as well as access for all students. 

Research Interests

  • Education of students who are deafblind
  • Evidence based practice in inclusive classroom settings
  • Adult learning styles
  • Models of professional support

Claire Farrington

BA (NSW), GradCertAdEd (New England), MLMEd (Newcastle)
Executive Officer, Graduate Studies

Phone: (02) 9872 0811
Office hours: Monday to Thursday


Claire Farrington is Executive Officer, Graduate Studies at the Renwick Centre for Professional Education and Research. Claire has supported the professional development and academic programs of Renwick since 1995 and has co-ordinated distance education and the broader graduate studies program since 2001.

In her current role, Claire is responsible for the administration of postgraduate programs from initial annual planning to implementation. Claire also provides support to all academic staff in regard to the delivery of graduate programs to a growing distance student population.

Julie Thorndyke

BA (LibSc) KCAE, BA (EngLit) (Macquarie), MCW (Sydney), AALIA
Manager, Library and Information Services

Phone: (02) 9872 0396


Julie is responsible for managing our library and information services, which are designed to meet the information needs of Renwick Centre staff and students, whether they be on-campus or remote library users. With a career in librarianship spanning thirty years, Julie's wealth of research experience comes from a variety of roles in school, university and TAFE libraries. She will readily guide you through the maze of print and electronic resources available to postgraduate students. Email or phone her any time during office hours for helpful hints on journal access, borrowing, referencing and any other library queries.

Marijana Miletic

BSc (UNSW), GradDipIM - Librarianship (UNSW)
Senior Librarian

Phone: (02) 9872 0352


Marijana is part time senior librarian at the Renwick Centre. In this role she is responsible for the information needs of Renwick Centre students enrolled in on-campus and distance learning modes; the professional information and research needs of Renwick Centre faculty, as well as those of the professional staff of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children; and also supporting parents of children enrolled in RIDBC programs in their information quests.

Marijana has worked in the information field for 13 years in medical, public, TAFE, school and now university libraries. In March 2007 she took up her current position. Professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (In Science & Technology Studies) and a Graduate Diploma in Information Management - Librarianship both from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Jason Morgan

BA (Wri) (Southern Cross)
Library Technician

Phone: (02) 9872 0818


Jason's responsibility as a library technician at Renwick Centre includes the processing and maintenance of information resources. He is also committed to assisting staff and students with their information needs. Jason holds a Diploma in Library and Information Services and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Writing and Media studies. He works three days a week, and is always enthusiastic to answer reference enquiries or questions about online resources or borrowing.

Jason is available Wednesdays to Fridays.

Franziska Chauhan

BTech ICS (Macquarie), GradDipAdvFin (Finsia)
Web Developer/Online Systems Support

Phone: (02) 9872 0258


Fran is the part time web developer at the Renwick Centre. In this role, she is responsible for the design and development of websites and databases. This includes community forums, special groups registrars, e-learning platforms and other content / relationship management databases, supporting various research programs in the Renwick Centre. Before joining RIDBC in September 2014, she worked in the IT industry for over 10 years.

Fran is normally available between 8am - 3pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.