Staff

Management

Greg Mackay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Mackay

Director

Greg has held senior positions in government and community not-for-profit organisations providing strategic advice in areas such as human service design, development & implementation, policy & legislation, organisational development, and change management.

 

Greg's experience in human service design and management is in a wide array of government and community services. His approach is informed by a strong social justice perspective, which is comprised of the following six principles: structural disadvantage, empowerment, needs, rights, peace and non-violence, and participatory democracy.

Kylie McGrath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kylie McGrath

Principal Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0801787)

Kylie has worked in the field of refugee and immigration law for over ten years in Australia, Geneva and the United Kingdom. She has also practised in the areas of mental health, elder and disability law.

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Kylie worked with the Australian Red Cross in community development, disaster recovery and project management roles.

Kylie has been the Principal Solicitor at RAILS since January 2019.

 

 

Education

Rob Lachowicz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Lachowicz

Education Officer, Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 9801045)

After graduating, Rob tutored at QUT law school, worked with Legal Aid Queensland, and became Principal Solicitor at the Youth Legal Service in Perth. He then worked over many years as a caseworker, principal solicitor and director at RAILS, before moving into the education role where he has developed a range of innovative programs. Rob has also worked in Indigenous justice policy for State government, been a cross-cultural trainer, a film maker, musician and puppeteer.

 

 

Lawyer and Pro Bono Coordinator  

Stacey Parker

Lawyer and Pro Bono Coordinator, Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1700130)

Stacey has enjoyed a varied and interesting legal career across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Throughout her career, she has pursued opportunities to secure access to justice for, and to protect human rights of, refugees and people seeking asylum, children and young people and people experiencing mental illness.

After volunteering with us for three years during her studies, Stacey has brought her broad expertise to RAILS as our Lawyer and Pro Bono Coordinator. Having worked in a national law firm and pro bono clearing houses in Brisbane and London, Stacey is passionate about pro bono, and the private profession's ability to provide vulnerable groups with access to justice through partnerships with community legal centres. Stacey also enjoys working directly with our clients in their protection and partner visa applications, and appeals to the AAT and the Courts.

 

 

Caseworkers  

Grace Gatbonton Prince

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Gatbonton Prince

Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0639454)

Grace has worked in the settlement, multicultural, refugee, and migration services for many years in a variety of roles both in government and in the community sector. She has been registered as a migration agent since 2006.

In 2011, after several years volunteering for RAILS she became a caseworker in the Refugee Family Reunion team. Grace continues to enjoy the challenges of working with and advocating for refugee and migrant clients and their families.

 

 

Bunu Gautam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunu Gautam

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0701880)

Bunu has many years of experience in migration law, both working for private law firms and in the community sector. For about seven years, she ran a private migration practice.

She has been part of RAILS team since 2008 and is now a full time caseworker representing applicants for partner, family reunion, and protection visas. She has also represented clients before the AAT and applying for Ministerial Intervention and brief to counsel.

Bunu is passionate about providing access to justice for clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Susan Hogarth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Hogarth

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1683069)

Susan's first professional career was in primary teaching. She taught in regional Queensland and Brisbane as well as in England, Thailand and Vanuatu.

Susan studied law while raising her three young children and has been connected to RAILS since 2013. Upon admission into practice in 2016, she became a caseworker and the coordinator of the Primary Application Information Service (PAIS) program.

She now represents clients in their protection and partner visa applications.

Susan is committed to social justice and is passionate about working in the community legal sector.

 

Jee-Yeun (Valentina) Jung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jee-Yeun (Valentina) Jung

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1792218)

Valentina worked in the Primary Application Information Service (PAIS) project after her admission. In this role she provided casework to a cohort of vulnerable and often traumatised individuals and families who had arrived in Australia by boat to seek asylum. She has experience in various protection visa matters and partner visa applications involving family violence, and has also assisted UAS clients at outreach clinics.

Valentina is driven by her interests in improving access to justice for some of the most disadvantaged in society, including people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

 

 

Tim Madigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Madigan

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1573726)

Tim was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2011 and has worked in law since. In 2015, he began work at RAILS, where he is a member of the Refugee Family Reunion team providing assistance to Australian residents making application to reunite with family members offshore.

Tim's interests include Irish whiskey, golf and yoga.

 

 

 

Imke McCall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imke McCall

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1686564)

Imke joined RAILS in 2015 as a clinic student and was employed as a caseworker in mid-2016, a position that she has held since - except for a period in 2017 in which she worked for a private practice.

Imke is primarily employed in the UAS project. In addition to her casework, she advises clients at the weekly UAS outreach clinic and also provides training and supervision to lawyers who volunteer at the UAS reapplication clinics.

Imke firmly believes that legal services should be accessible to all clients, regardless of their circumstances.

Rachael Molnar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachael Molnar

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN  1804373)

Rachael first joined RAILS as a clinic student and continued to volunteer and work as a paralegal. She  became a caseworker when she was admitted into practice in May 2018.

Rachael has experience working with people seeking protection in Australia and those who have experienced family violence. She has represented clients from a range of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in their migration matters at the Department of Home Affairs. She enjoys providing advice and assistance to clients and creating a safe and comfortable environment for people to tell their stories.

 

 

 

Noel Reeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noel Reeves

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent MARN 1462135

Noel joined RAILS as a part-time volunteer in his last year of law school in 2012.

In 2014, he was admitted as a solicitor by the Supreme Court of Queensland. Noel worked in both criminal law, and wills and estates, before joining us as a full time solicitor in 2014.

He is the senior solicitor in the Refugee Family Reunion team, providing advice and representation to clients hoping to bring their family members to Australia. Noel is experienced across all visa sub-classes, particularly in onshore and offshore protection and humanitarian visas, and appeals through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Outside of work, Noel's interests are photography, exercise and boxing/mixed martial arts.

Neha Vaidyanathan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neha Vaidyanathan

UAS Project Coordinator, Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0963044)

Before joining our team, Neha worked at Queensland Advocacy Inc providing legal advice and representation to vulnerable clients with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities in front of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. She also has many years of experience in refugee and migration law, working in community legal centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Neha has visited immigration detention centres throughout Australia to provide legal representation to people seeking asylum. She has also provided representation at review hearings before the AAT and the former RRT and MRT for applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

One of her proudest achievements has been working together with the community and legal sector to coordinate pro bono legal assistance to asylum seekers seeking judicial review in the Federal Circuit Court.

 

Our solicitors and migration agents are bound by the Code of Conduct for Registered Migration Agents.

Administration and Finance  

Smitha Mallya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smitha Mallya

Administration and Finance Officer

Smitha has extensive business administration and management experience in the not-for-profit sector. Before RAILS, she worked in an United Nations-ECOSOC partner NGO in Japan and founded a successful alternative school in India.

As a first time Queensland resident, Smitha relates to the migrant experience on many levels and her multilingual and multicultural background helps in assisting the diverse client base at RAILS.

Chi Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chi Nguyen

Administration Officer

Chi is studying her last years of a year Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Honours) at UQ. She became involved with us as a day volunteer and now works as an Administration Officer.

She hopes to pursue a fulfilling legal career where she can give back to the community and enact positive change.

In her spare time, Chi enjoys yoga and rock climbing.

Rin Shimada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rin Shimada

Administration Officer

Rin is currently a 6th year Law and Arts student at UQ. She first started at RAILS as a volunteer and is now an administration officer and UAS paralegal.

Rin is passionate about social justice, previously volunteering at Queensland Advocacy Inc and was secretary and vice-president of the Justice and Law Society at UQ.

Mei Wang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mei Wang

Finance Manager

Mei has many years of experience as a finance officer, working for private companies. She is currently studying towards obtaining further qualifications as an accountant with the ACCA.

She has been part of our team since August 2014.

 

 

Paralegals  

Clare Carter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clare Carter

Projects Paralegal

Clare is passionate about assisting refugees and asylum seekers. Her past professional experiences include working on community engagement projects with unaccompanied asylum seekers in London, coordinating access to services for asylum seekers in Scotland, and refugee education programs in South Africa.

She has a masters degree in refugee studies and is currently studying Law at QUT.

Clare joined our team in 2018 as a volunteer before becoming an administration officer; she is now a paralegal focussing on policy and projects.

Emma Fell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Fell

UAS Project Legal Services Coordinator

Emma is currently studying a Law and Arts dual degree at UQ. She first joined our team as a legal clinic student, and then continued on as a day volunteer.

Emma became Legal Services Coordinator in July 2019. She has previously been involved with a number of other not-for-profit organisations and is committed to assisting vulnerable members of society in the pursuit of social justice.

 

 

Phoebe Nind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phoebe Nind

UAS Paralegal

Phoebe is studying a dual degree of Laws (Honours) and Arts at UQ, majoring in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies. She is passionate about social justice and has worked in the non-for-profit sector since 2016.

In 2016, Phoebe  was awarded a Fully Sponsored Lattitude Global Volunteering Placement to Vietnam. Then in 2017, she became the Assistant State Director of Oaktree's Queensland Branch

Phoebe started volunteering with us in January 2018,  before she became administration officer and, in February 2019, UAS paralegal.

Cristina Prieto Salvador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cristina Prieto Salvador

Policy and Projects Paralegal

Cristina has a dual degree of Law and Business Management from Spain. She has worked as a paralegal for both private law firms and community legal centers in Australia and in Spain.

Cristina has also taken part as a volunteer in community development projects in Morocco and in Spain.

She joined our team in October 2018 as a volunteer and became a paralegal in March 2019.