Suncoast Christian College is a ministry of Suncoast Church (a member church of Christian Outreach Centre Australia, which is incorporated by Letters Patent issues under the Religious Educational and Charitable Institutions Act 1861).
The College Board is responsible through the Committee of Management of Suncoast Church to the National Executive of INC (the Governing Body).
The College Board’s governance role is to maintain oversight of the College by determining and monitoring its strategic directions, developing policies, monitoring the effectiveness of the Board’s and the College’s performance, and establishing control and accountability systems.
Mr Andrew Ryan – Chairman
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a Company Director Diploma with the Institute of Company Directors, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland as well as being a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia. Andrew also has been appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Sunshine Coast University, and is a member of the Engineering Degree Industry Advisory panel.
In 2015 Andrew was awarded the title of the “Queensland Professional Engineer of the Year” by the IPWEA(Q). Andrew is employed as the Director Infrastructure Services with the Sunshine Coast Council and oversees a staff of some 600 people and an annual budget of $300m.
Andrews’ four children all attended Suncoast College throughout their school years, with the two youngest having the privilege of becoming lifers.
Ps Jonathan Gullo – Lead Pastor Suncoast Church
Jonathan’s experience in education and the schooling sector has spanned over 10 years. The vast majority of that time has been within pastoral care.
His background is in ministry and sociological studies, and first began work at Suncoast Christian College straight out of university as the college chaplain.
Jonathan spent time working at schools in the United Kingdom in both teaching and behavioural management. He has significant experience working within community organisations in helping to engage with culture. Jonathan has a strong interest in pop cultural studies and leadership development, which has seen him travel globally as a public communicator.
Since June 2014, Jonathan took up his tenure as Lead Pastor of Suncoast Church. His main commitment and passion are towards the ongoing vision and mission of the Suncoast community.
Mr Mark Furler – Deputy Chair
Mark Furler, Australia Regional Media’s group digital editor, has been one of the company’s pioneers in digital space with his first ventures dating back to 2007. On the print side of the business he has been involved in three PANPA Newspaper of the Year wins, two as editor in chief for the Sunshine Coast Daily.
Mark was also ARM’S Australian Editor of the Year for 2012/13. He and his social media editor were honoured in 2015 with a silver at the International News Media Association (INMA) awards in New York for best use of social media for the Sunshine Coast Daily. His current role includes him overseeing 40 websites with a monthly audience of more than 3.5 million visitors and the same number of Facebook pages with 350,000 followers.
The Sunshine Coast Daily, where he was editor in chief for four years, was named Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year in company awards. A father of three and married to wife Julie for 25 years, Mark has been a journalist on the Sunshine Coast for almost 30 years. From 2008, Mark was in charge of Sunshine Coast Daily and oversaw 12 community titles from Noosa to Caboolture, as well as the online site www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
In 2011 and 2012, the Sunshine Coast Daily was named PANPA Newspaper of the Year for its category. The Daily’s news website was also highly commended. The Daily has also taken out major awards at the Queensland Clarion Media Awards. Mark was honoured to be asked to judge a category in the Walkley Awards, the nation’s top media awards. Mark worked as police, court and council reporter primarily before becoming chief of staff and then promoted to assistant editor. Was also part of the team that won PANPA Newspaper of the Year for the Sunshine Coast Daily in 2007. His personal awards include CEO Award for Excellence and Impact Award. Specialties: Strength is in news and content development and people management.
Dr Alison Willis
Alison’s career has spanned multiple levels of education – primary, middle and secondary schools, and undergraduate and postgraduate courses at a tertiary level. She has experience in educational leadership, working with teams in curriculum, and as a coach in pedagogy. Alison’s experience also encompasses an international dimension as she has had input into the University of the Sunshine Coast’s International Projects Group’s ALAF programmes for teachers from Indonesia, West Papua Indonesia, and Uganda.
Alison has a strong research interest in cross-cultural educational studies, having conducted her doctoral research in Northern Uganda, and her master’s research in a comparative study of the learning dispositions of Australian and Finnish students. Her experience in Northern Uganda led to the development of a suite of research interests, including the effects of stress and trauma on students’ learning, the roles that teachers play in helping student overcome the effects of stress and trauma, learning in conflict and post-conflict environments, the effects of culture on learning, and teachers’ conceptions of learning in developing contexts. Her study of human experience has given her a strong foundation in qualitative research methods.
Alison is an engaging presenter, and has had numerous opportunities to share her research findings and insights into the human trait of learning in professional and community forums.
Dr Chas Gullo
Dr Charles Gullo graduated from the University of Queensland as a Dental Surgeon. He has also obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of London in his speciality field of periodontics. He is the immediate past senior pastor of Suncoast Church, Suncoast College, Suncoast Care and Suncoast Bible College. He has also obtained an Advanced Diploma of Ministry & Theology. Ps Gullo has been a member of the Suncoast Christian College Board for 20 years and has been on the Council of Christian Heritage College for almost 10 years. He was awarded a Fellow of Christian Heritage College.
For the last 23 years Ps Gullo has been a member of the National Executive of Inc (International Network of Churches) which currently overseas over one thousand churches in the South Pacific. Ps Gullo continues to practice dentistry part-time and ministers cross-denominationally in many churches nationally together with his wife. He is the author of three books and has a regular column in the regional newspaper.
Mrs Meloney Steyl
Meloney has a Bachelor of Accounting, majoring in Accounting and Auditing, from the University of South Africa, and served Articles of Clerkship with the Johannesburg office of KPMG before starting up her own accounting practice. Her journey forward in faith led from Accounting to Art, and she has worked as a professional artist since 2000, and is now in her final year of study towards a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) through Curtin University.
She has won numerous awards for her paintings, and was the recipient of a RADF grant to research the regional ecosystems present on the Sunshine Coast, and create iconography to celebrate the diversity of our natural environment, which was then linked back to Creation, and the principles of design that were first evidenced in the narrative of Genesis 1 in the Bible. Meloney’s paintings serve as modern-day parables, presenting a contemporary expression of timeless truth in a manner that hopes to disengage logic in order to establish a heart-connection, and draw the viewer closer.
Meloney serves on the Board of Suncoast Christian College and was treasurer for Suncoast Church Committee of Management from 2008 to 2013.
Meloney and her family made Australia home in 2003 – and she cherishes every day in her new homeland with gratitude.