Old Scholars are an important part of the Immanuel community as they promote a culture of belonging to a tradition - a tradition that has been established and maintained for more than 40 years.
The Immanuel Old Scholars' Community seeks to achieve close relations between Old Scholars and newly graduated students by providing members with opportunities to return to the College. The group is made up of graduates from the Class of 1993 through to the Class of 2017, and seeks to build community by establishing links between year levels as well as help organise reunions and other events.
Students who attended Immanuel Lutheran College will become members of the Immanuel Old Scholars' Community upon graduation. If you would like further information, please contact the Marketing Communications Office on (07) 5477 3448 or via email email@example.com
Saturday 28 March 2020 – Class of 1990 30-Year Reunion
Saturday 20 June 2020 – Class of 2010 10-Year Reunion
Saturday 29 August 2020 – Class of 2000 20-Year Reunion
Dr Wayne Petherick
Class of 1988
Wayne Petherick was always interested in psychology and was on his way to becoming a forensic psychologist. His career path diverged, however, when as an undergraduate studying at Queensland University of Technology, his lecturer encouraged him to consider criminology rather than psychology. She explained that she had noticed he had a keen interest in understanding who commits crimes and why, and in criminology, he would find the challenge he was looking for. Wayne is now Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University teaching in the areas of Alcohol, Drugs and Crime, Criminal Profiling, Applied Crime Analysis, Criminal Motivations, Crime and Deviance, Forensic Victimology, and Forensic Criminology. He is the author, editor or co-editor of textbooks Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioural Profiling, Forensic Victimology, Forensic Criminology, Applied Crime Analysis and The Psychology of Criminal and Antisocial Conduct with neuropsychologist Grant Sinnamon (87).
Wayne’s main interest is in criminal profiling. His doctoral work studied a sample of criminal profiles to better understand how profilers reach their decisions about offenders and also the types of characteristics that profiles provide. Other areas of interest include stalking where he is developing a model to better understand the response style of victims and how this may perpetuate the cycle of harassment.
Class of 1992
With a degree in civil engineering from the University of Queensland, Cameron Hall has worked as an engineer, recruitment consultant and ski resort employee. He has worked and travelled through Europe, the United Kingdom, the Mediterranean, South America, East Africa, Canada and Mexico. After a number of years in Melbourne, Cameron returned to the Coast with his wife and three sons and is now the managing director of Hall Contracting, a leading international dredging, civil and marine engineering company.
Class of 1994
After working as an engineer for 10 years, Chad Carey decided to travel to South America. Not happy with the tour companies in the market place, he established his own travel company, Chimu Adventures, which specialises in tours to Latin America and Antarctica. Chimu is now Australia’s largest Antarctica adventure company. Chad’s confidence, knowledge and adventurous spirit have allowed him to realise his dreams, while having a whole lot of fun along the way.
Class of 1997
Senior Forensic Scientist Emily Orchard graduated from Immanuel with dreams of making a difference and she does this daily as a forensic technician with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. With a Master’s degree in Forensic Science and a Masters of Business Administration (Executive), Emily has worked with the Australian Federal Police in investigating murders in Timor Leste and assisted with the identification of deceased persons in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes and Victorian bushfires. Emily donates the annual Emily Orchard Science Award to the College to inspire students to pursue a career and passion for excellence in the sciences.
Dr Paul Leschke
Class of 1997
When College Captain Paul Leschke was in Year 12, he thought he wanted to be a physiotherapist but wasn’t sure he’d get the OP required. Dr Paul Leschke graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) degree from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle. After nearly 20 years living away, Paul is back on the Coast heading up a world-first surgical unit at the new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).
As director of the hospital’s Interventional Radiology unit, Paul heads up a hybrid operating theatre which combines $2 million worth of ultrasound, CT and X-ray imaging equipment. For the first time in Australia, these components have been combined into a surgical theatre which will significantly improve diagnostic accuracy. The unit also offers Sunshine Coast residents diagnostic, imaging and surgical procedures which in the past, they would have had to travel to Brisbane for.
Class of 1999
Fashion Design and Business Owner
Natalie Miller is the co-owner and designer of holster® fashion, Australian’s leading jellies footwear brand. holster® is stocked in over 2,200 stores and boutiques worldwide including Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Natalie’s innovative designs feature A-grade jewels, studs and Swarovski® elements.
Natalie started the business 10 years ago with her husband Ben while on holiday in Bali. They secured a small loan and started importing belts, sandals and surf wear. After two years in business they added jelly shoes to their product range and they haven’t looked back. Natalie’s footwear collection is in high demand globally and celebs are often spotted wearing holster. Fashion icon Dannii Minogue is the face of the latest ‘Rockstar jelly’ style this season.
Class of 2001
Dual Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and Professional Athlete
Old Scholar Alana Boyd is used to the dizzy heights of success, literally. As the Australian women’s national pole vault record holder, Alana has a long list of accolades and achievements including two Commonwealth gold medals from the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as representing Australia at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Alana has been a special guest at the College on a number of occasions and has inspired a new generation of athletes, scholars and musicians by her commitment, loyalty and tenacity in achieving her goals.
Class of 2001
Kevin Kiernan-Molloy went from playing Macbeth in Year 12 to appearing in the WIN television series Underbelly. A stage, television and film actor, Kevin was encouraged to consider acting by his secondary school Drama teacher. He says his interest probably started by being an attention seeker and not having a problem speaking in front of crowds.
Fast forward a few years and a degree from the Victorian College of the Arts, Kevin has an eclectic and diverse range of achievements. When asked what advice he would give to aspiring actors, his response is to get into it for the right reasons; if you’re interested in people and you love telling stories, then go for it.
Melanie Wright OAM (nee Schlanger)
Class of 2003
Dual Olympic Gold Medallist and Professional Swimmer
Dual Olympic gold medallist Melanie Wright is a special friend to the College having returned twice in recent years to share her Olympic success. With an undergraduate degree in biomedical science and a Masters of Business Administration, Mel retired from swimming in 2016. She is currently studying medicine at Bond University.
Dr Louise Marquart-Wilson
Class of 2004
Dr Louise Marquart-Wilson is a senior biostatistician at Brisbane’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. At school, Louise was always interested in science (mainly chemistry) and maths, and liked the fact that there is one solution in mathematics but so many different ways to get the answer. With a dual Bachelor of Science and Economics degree from the University of Queensland (UQ), an Honours degree in statistical genetics from Queensland University of Technology, and a PhD from UQ in statistical methodology, Louise’s main research areas concern the application and development of statistical methods for medical research.
As a biostatistician, she designs studies and analyses complex and large data. Louise has worked with a large group of statisticians to design and analyse clinical trials to evaluate candidate drugs and vaccines to eliminate malaria. She was also involved in a large epidemiological study which followed organ transplant recipients through annual skin examinations to identify and treat skin cancers. Results indicated that immunosuppressed patients, such as organ transplant recipients, have an increased risk of skin cancers with squamous cell carcinoma occurring 65 to 250 times more often than for the general population. Louise enjoys being a biostatistician as it merges the passion she has for mathematics and statistics with medical research.
In future, she would like to develop more of her own research interests through collaborations with other statisticians and researchers and on a personal note, do some more travel!
Class of 2007
Author & playwright
Freelance writer Michelle Law has the literary world at her feet. With a body of work that encompasses magazines, journals, newspapers, film and television, Michelle is the co-author of a comedy book with older brother Ben (99), and has had her work anthologised in Women of Letters and Destroying the Joint. She has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, frankie magazine and the Griffith Review. As a screenwriter, Michelle won an Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE award for her interactive media work and has had her films screened on the ABC and at film festivals both locally and abroad. In 2016, she won the Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award and in 2017, her first play, Single Asian Female, was staged by Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre Company.
With a Bachelor of Creative Industries from Queensland University of Technology, Michelle is working on a children’s television show, a web series called Homecoming Queens (which she is also acting in) and a feature film that she’ll adapt from one of her favourite young adult novels. Her goal is to be a professional screenwriter but still have the flexibility to work on other projects and in other mediums.