University of Sydney Coaching and Mentoring Alumni

Executive Committee

USCMA Executive Committee 2018

Maggie Lawlor – President

Maggie completed the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2013 and joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2015 as research officer before becoming President in 2018.  Maggie has a particular interest in a systems approach to coaching and in collective leadership - helping individuals utilise their own strengths in conjunction with their team’s strengths to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Mary Ann Das Neves – Vice President

Mary Ann joined the USCMA Executive Committee as a general committee member assisting with functions and events in 2014 before being President in 2017. She completed the Master in Coaching Psychology in 2014. Mary Ann's particular interests are in positive education and in coaching school leaders to develop positive and effective leadership practices.

Kaz Verma – Treasurer

This is Kaz's first year on the USCMA committee and is currently completing the Master of Science in Coaching Psychology. Kaz is a business transformation specialist and a workplace leadership coach.   

Michelle Duby – Communication Officer

This is Michelle’s first year on the USCMA Executive Committee and completed the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2007.  Michelle has worked in a number of organisations to bring about growth and change by working with people individually and securing coaches for business leaders and learning initiatives.  Michelle contributed to the Standards Australia “Handbook of Coaching” which was published in 2011.

Jo Topfer – Communication Officer

Jo completed the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2014. This is her first year on the USCMA Executive Committee as a general member assisting with communications. Jo has over twenty years’ experience as a coach and facilitator. She has a particular interest in using a systems based approach to help people develop their personal and organisational leadership capacity as well as optimise their own career transitions.

Sue Stewart – Major Events Coordinator

Sue joined the USCMA Executive Committee 2015 as the Events Co-ordinator, having completed the Master of Human Resource Management and Coaching in 2005. Sue specialises in Student Career Coaching (Years 11 & 12 students) with life effectiveness & study skills to achieve greater results in the HSC.

Clayton Spence – Website content officer

Clayton joined the Executive Committee in 2017, having completed the Master in Coaching Psychology in 2013.  Clayton is particularly interested in developmental and leadership coaching, and the intersection of individual development and organisational cultural change.

Arthur Gurjian – Partner Relations (Peer Professional Development) Officer

Arthur joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2016 as a general member after completing the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2015. Arthur is an Executive Coach and Business Consultant focusing on leadership, strategic sales performance and strengths based coaching for individuals and teams.

Lia Zalums - Professional Development

Lia is a highly energetic and passionate crusader of high performance in business and health. She toiled for 3 decades in pursuit of excellence in sales and business development in the life sciences and technology sectors. Today, as the founder and lead consultant for ZedAxis Leadership Consultancy, Lia is determined to teach and inspire high performing leaders and their teams how to grow their numbers and their well-being sustainably at the same time. This sounds like the holy grail, pie-in-the-sky for many a CEO and business owner. For way too long the norm has been to sacrifice personal health and family in return for a pay cheque and prestige. Long hours, putting the boss first has been worn as a badge of honour. Lia draws heavily on her experience and success as a marathon runner and health and wellness coach, to identify and challenge patterns of resistance to forward momentum and mental toughness in the leadership context. She is inspired to collaborate with the USCMA team to support MSc Coaching Psychology students and graduates in their pursuit to translate the teachings and methodologies of evidence based coaching psychology into transformational leadership and coaching programs for leaders, teams and organisations.  

David Rickabaugh – Social Media Representative

David joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2014 as Student Representative, and he currently serves as a general overseas member from Seattle USA, focusing on technology and social media.  David is most interested in executive and workplace coaching, with a focus on developing leaders and their capability for innovation.  David completed the Master of Coaching Psychology in 2015.

Aggie Lim – General Member

Aggie completed the Master of Applied Sciences in Coaching Psychology in 2012 and joined the USCMA Executive Committee in 2017. Aggie has a particular interest in coaching leaders in adaptive and positive leadership as a strategy for transforming organisational culture and well-being.

Casey-Anne Featon - General Member

Sean O’Connor – Faculty Representative

Sean is one of our Master of Science in Coaching Psychology lecturers, and is a great advocate and supporter of the University of Sydney Mentoring and Coaching Alumni. Sean will be hosting a Evidence Based Coach Conference here in Sydney in 2020. Sean is interested in volunteers for these events, and of course engaged students.       

Committee members have overall responsibility and duty of care for each area and recruit assistance and resources from other members as needed. 

All members are welcome to contact the Committee with offers of help or with inspirational suggestions.