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Tasha Cooper Director, Gold Coast of New York Film Academy Australia Tasha Cooper
Director, Gold Coast

Tasha Cooper is the Director of New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast and a member of the NYFA Australia Board of Directors. In addition, Tasha is the NYFA Australia Director of Recruitment & Enrollment.

Tasha began her career in higher education with NYFA U.S. in 2009 at the Los Angeles campus. From 2009-2015, she held leadership positions in Recruitment & Admissions and largely contributed to the overall success of enrollment growth.

Prior to her career at NYFA, Tasha majored in English Literature & Economics and worked in Marketing & Business Development for the globally recognized corporation Nestle' Australia.

Ian Maclachlan Ian Maclachlan
Operations Manager

With 14 years experience in theme park operations, Ian brings a wealth of knowledge in operational logistics and staff management. Whilst working under the Village Theme Parks banner, he also worked as a live-to-screen camera operator and editor as well as performing and entertaining crowds as a stunt driver for the Hollywood Stunt Driver Show. Ian also ran a successful location scouting business with international & domestic clients in the production of TVCs, music videos, and feature films. His credits include location managing Steve Irwin's feature film "Crocodile Hunter - Collision Course" as well as Ben Harper's music video "Diamonds On The Inside" and scouting/managing over 100 TVCs. Ian manages the Facilities and Equipment Team and thoroughly enjoys interacting with students and witnessing their creative success.

Sonja Anders Sonja Anders
National Audit Compliance Manager

Sonja has over twelve years in the Vocational Education and Training Sector in both state and federal government working in the areas of customer service, auditing/compliance and investigation. She is passionate about the students journey and how they can achieve their dreams and goals with a nationally recognized qualification in the Creative Arts Industry.

Carley Myers Carley Myers

Carley has years of expertise in student services, policy & procedures, and RTO compliance having worked with the Professional Golfers’ Association International Golf Institute on the Gold Coast. Prior to this, she coordinated various corporate and charity events such as the Australian Ladies Masters. Carley enjoys assisting students and managing the Student Services Department.

Harry Chaudhary Harry Chaudhary
International Outreach & Enrolment Manager

After completing his Qualification in Business and Marketing, Harry has been working with different RTO's and has nearly a decade of extensive experience working with International students & Educational Agents. He is a results-producing RTO Professional with a proven record of accomplishment in planning and leading comprehensive recruitment and student support strategies in support of business goals and objectives. He has expertise in directing the creation of enrollment tools and steering the execution of admissions programs and providing clear direction for NYFA Australia's enrollment team.

Lynn Porter Lynn Porter
Domestic Outreach & Enrollment Manager

With over 35 years experience, including owning her own successful agency in the UK, Lynn first came Australia in 2007 before making the move into government-funded programs in 2010. A highly motivated, consummate professional, Lynn has a proven record of team leadership and is highly qualified in event management and public relations. Lynn is passionate about the entertainment industry and is very much a “people person," and genuinely enjoys her work helping students fulfill their dreams.

Paul Verni Paul Verni
Equipment & Facilities Coordinator

Paul has over 20 years experience working as a technical events coordinator from pre-planning through staging for Village Theme Parks, including Warner Bros Movie World. He brings to NYFA Australia his wide-ranging logistical organisational skills from coordinating live performances, industry events, and outdoor functions. Paul is performance driven and professionally focused on providing the best experience for students, faculty, and team members. He completed an Advanced Diploma of Film and Television and is passionate about the Creative Arts industry.

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