VSSEC Staff

Michael Pakakis

Director

Michael has a BSc in microbiology and biochemistry from Latrobe University and a Dip Ed from Monash University. He has directed VSSEC since 2006. He was awarded the Latrobe University Deans Medal for outstanding service to Science and Engineering, 2007.

Vicky Scicluna

Administration Manager

Vicky is the first point of contact for all enquiries relating to VSSEC. She manages our front office, bookings, events and general finance. Vicky is friendly, organised and has a bubbly personality. She has
been a staff member with VSSEC for over 12 years.

Luca Bertolacci

Education Manager, Learning Specialist

Luca has a BSc in Biomedicine and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Victoria University. Responsible for strategic and operational planning at VSSEC, he also teaches and works in a coaching capacity as a Learning Specialist at Strathmore Secondary College.

Mark Gleeson

STEM Learning Specialist & Curriculum Manager, Teaching & Learning

Mark has expertise in the disciplines of Science and Engineering. His role is to explore development of current and emergent curriculum areas across a wide audience. Mark loves a good pun.

Ian Christie

Finance Officer, Curriculum Developer and Special Projects

Ian has a Bach Sci. and Dip. Ed. from Latrobe University. His duties include developing programs, organizing special projects and financial officer. Ian is the author of The Australian Bicycle Book.

Danielle Shean

Laboratory Manager, Curriculum Developer

Danielle has a BSc in geology and MSc in palaeontology from Monash University. Danielle is responsible for the operation of the laboratory, and development of VSSEC programs. Danielle was once stuck in a cave for six hours.

Stephen Gray

IT Manager

Stephen has a degree in Information Technology from Federation University. He is responsible for maintaining the technology in VSSEC, ensuring the best experience for students who participate in our programs. Stephen is the one who keeps the lights on in the literal sense.

Peta Kenny

Lead Educator

Peta has a BEng in Environmental Engineering from RMIT. She leads the day-to-day delivery of VSSEC programs, is responsible for new educator training and contributes to the development of new programs. When not at work, Peta hikes whenever she can.

Luke Webb

Challenge & Enrichment Project Manager

Luke leads VSSEC’s immersive science experience series. He’s an aerospace engineer with experience in aviation safety regulation, strategic policy, science communications and business development. He’s also a dark chocolate aficionado.

Damien Hoban

Program Manager

A leader in: curriculum, student engagement and STEM education; and graduate of The University of Melbourne. Damien manages our team of Educators delivering VSSEC Programs, and focuses on enhancing student experience and agency.

Dr Chris Kladis

Curriculum Developer

Dr Chris Kladis has a PhD in physical chemistry and spectroscopy from RMIT. He is currently developing new STEM curriculum. Chris has survived flaming sodium shrapnel and unruly chemical rockets.

Dr Brett Biddington, AM

External Relations Advisor, Chair, Advisory Group

Dr Brett Biddington has a PhD in space security from UNSW; he serves as VSSEC’s external relations and grants advisor. In 2012, Brett was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Read More.