Our Team

OUR TEAM

Professional. Passionate. Positive.

Dr Marian Kratzing

Careers and Counselling Psychologist (Sydney & Brisbane)

Marian is the Principal of Career Avenues. She is a member of the Australian Psychologists Association (MAPS) and a member of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists.  Marian is also a member of the CDAA (Career Development Association or Australia).  She has a BA (Psych, Hons), and PhD from the University of Qld.  Marian founded Career Avenues in 1992.

Marian has specialised in Counselling and Careers Psychology since the 1970’s with a special interest in Life Career Development – creating a balanced and fulfilling life. She was director of the Career Development Office at Macquarie University, and Coordinator of the Counselling Service at QUT and has also worked as a Counsellor at Univ of Qld.  She has been in private practice in her own consultancy, Career Avenues, since 1991. 

Marian has worked extensively with young adults, teenagers and older adults on issues including career decision making, anxiety, stress, motivation and depression. She has also trained in many mindfulness based counselling and therapeutic approaches including MBSR, MBCT,and ACT Mindfully.  Marian has also trained in The Work  Inquiry methods of Byron Katie Mitchel.  Marian applies Mindfulness and Positive Psychology approaches to personal and career counselling and therapy.  Dr Kratzing also consults privately at the Boonah Hospital in Queensland.

Julie Eggleton

Counselling Coordinator (Sydney)

In-School Profile Administrator, holds a BA (Psychology, English) from UNSW, and a Diploma in Education. She joined Career Avenues in 2011 and is a member of CDAA and CAA. With a lifelong interest in adolescent development and pedagogy, she has an extensive background in guiding high school students and young adults with their tertiary and career choices.

Julie has also worked in human resources in large corporates and consulting organisations, focusing on assisting and motivating others to manage their careers from graduate to executive level. Her experience encompasses recruitment, employee career counselling, assessing competency, identifying development requirements, facilitating challenging roles to provide ongoing learning opportunities, and training managers to be high performing coaches. 

Julie offers private career profiling with Career Avenues for secondary students, graduates commencing their careers, as well as clients returning to work after a break, or wanting a career change at any level or stage of career. 

Meg Hall

Profiling Program Coodinator (Sydney)

In-School Profile Administrator has over 15 years experience as a Careers Counsellor, specialising in assisting senior students and young adults make their first career choice. As well as a strong background in teaching in both government and independent schools, Meg has held leadership positions in student welfare and worked as a careers counsellor in leading independent schools. Her qualifications in education, educational administration, psychology and career counselling mean that Meg is well qualified to assist both students and parents.

She also offers private career profiles with Career Avenues. Meg is a professional member of the CDAA and CAA. Meg has been with Career Avenues for 7 years working in Sydney.

Dr Margaret Osborne

Psychologist (Melbourne)

Over 15 years experience helping adolescents, adults, and children overcome performance difficulties.  Margaret has worked with Career Avenues since 2008.  In addition to her work with Career Avenues, Margaret is engaged in private practice consultancy, and teaching, research and curriculum development at The University of Melbourne.  She is also a professional member of the Career Industry Council of Australia.

Margaret has worked in a variety of settings including federal government, schools, psychology clinics, employee assistance programs, and occupational rehabilitation. She is an internationally recognized leader in performance anxiety research, and works alongside leading performance psychologists to coach athletes and performing artists to maximize their performance potential. With a warm, engaging and friendly approach, Margaret is committed to assisting people to behave in ways that lead them to live full and satisfying lives.

Belinda Ross

Careers Counsellor (Melbourne)

Belinda holds a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work and Diploma in Counselling. Belinda has had 20 years experience working in social work and counselling in both Australia and the UK.

Belinda has recently joined the Career Avenues team as our Melbourne Schools Liaison Manager and Careers Counsellor.

Her focus has been around maximising and adjustment with life decisions and options related to health and well being. Belinda has a particular interest in coaching which compliments the opportunity for adolescents and adults to make career choices that are unique to themselves and to then take a step further to plan for the future.

Belinda Wilde

Career Counsellor (Sydney)

In-School Profile Administrator, holds a Bachelor of Education (Human Movement and Physical Education) from the University of Sydney.  Belinda is a member of CDAA. Belinda has been working with school students and young adults for the last 5 years helping them identify their own natural strengths and preferences, and to develop career plans.  Belinda has also worked as Lifeline counsellor.

Belinda has experience in Recruitment in the IT and Pharmaceutical Industries. Within the Pharmaceutical Industry she recruited Sales Executives, Regional and National Sales Managers and ran large Project Builds and Assessment Centers for national high volume recruitment drives for clients such as Pfizer, Glaxo-Smith Kline and Aventis.  She has experience in interview coaching, interview preparation, recruitment and business development.

 Belinda joined Career Avenues in 2009 and is an accredited MBTI Practitioner.

Sheila Mylvaganam

Careers Counsellor (Sydney)

Over thirty years of experience in career counselling and curriculum development, She brings a professional and enthusiastic approach to assisting people to realize their career ambitions.  Sheila has a background in managing teams, teaching and developing career programs with career services in several universities in NSW as well as secondary schools in the United Kingdom.  She has consolidated a diverse range of capabilities and accumulated insights in career education and management.   Sheila has a Master of Adult Education and postgraduate qualifications in career education, counselling, guidance and librarianship.  Sheila also consults  to universities and coaches clients to achieve their career potential.  Sheila has been involved with Career Avenues since its inception in Sydney.

Alan Fredericks

Career Avenues Profiling Assistant ( Sydney)

Alan’s professional career spanned 30 years in the Energy sector with Esso Australia Ltd and AGL Energy Ltd in Sales & Marketing and Administration Management roles. His experience included Franchise Network Management and he served on the NSW Franchise Council.

He has many years of experience and held leadership roles in community not for profit, volunteer based organisations.   In 2000 he was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for services to sport.

He has been working with Career Avenues since 2011 taking care of our profiling materials and assisting with our large group profiling sessions in schools.

Michelle Cooper

Career Counsellor (Sydney)

Michelle has extensive experience in the education sector and has specialized in career counselling for the last 10 years. Michelle has worked with Career Avenues since 2015.  She also works in a secondary school and in her own private practice. Michelle has an interest in applying positive psychology strategies to her career development and counselling practice. Working with Career Avenues has allowed Michelle to bring together her interests in career counselling, teaching and learning and pastoral care.  Michelle’s warm and friendly interviewing style assists young people to feel valued, comfortable and engaged in the career profiling process.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Careers Counselling and Development from RMIT.  She has additional qualifications in technology education, career development and counselling.  She is a professional member of the CDAA, CAA NSW and an accredited Majors PTI practitioner.

Veda Fitzpatrick

Guidance Counsellor (Brisbane)

Veda holds a B.A. (UQ), Cert. Teaching (Kelvin Grove Teachers’ College), Grad Dip in School Counselling (UQ)and a M. Ed Studies (Ed. Psych) (UQ).   In 1988 Veda also completed the Queensland Education Department in-service course for school guidance counselling.  She has had extensive experience in adolescent guidance counselling in vocational, educational and personal counselling in state high schools in S.E. Queensland.  Veda has also worked as a Senior Guidance Officer in the Brisbane Metropolitan South Region in a supervisory role. Veda completed the MBTI qualifying course for Myers Briggs personality assessment in 2005. She is a member of QCOT and ACS (Australian Careers Service).

Veda joined Career Avenues in 2015.   She brings a wealth of skill, knowledge and experience to help senior students make well informed career choices. Her extensive experience in Year 10 SET Planning, Year 12 tertiary applications, and qualifications in Myers Briggs assessment provide a solid basis for helping students explore career options and choose appropriate senior subjects.  Veda is fully accredited in the Career Avenues Profiling system.

Melinda Phillips

Career Consultant (Sydney)

A careers counsellor and educator with a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW), Master of Education (Educational Psychology) (USyd), Certificate of Gifted Education (UNSW) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology (UNE). Melindahas supported students, teachers and schools in NSW for over twenty years in teaching, system and state level roles, most recently in roles focusing on design thinking and innovation; building people’s capacity to manage change, loss and grief; and strengthening mental health and wellbeing.

Developing the skills and confidence to manage one’s career journey has become critical in today’s transforming world, and Melinda passionately believes in the importance of empowering young people and adults through access to evidence-based information, and developing skills to use this information to make thoughtful decisions and initiate and cope with change at the individual, team, organisation and system level. A volunteer with Lifeline, Melinda also works as a private career counsellor and coach supporting students, women returning to the workforce, people planning/in transition between careers and those in the education and not-for-profit sectors.

Don Kratzing

Director and Test Development Manager (Brisbane)

A company Director and part of our profiling and test development team.  Don originally trained as an environmental scientist and has a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Queensland. 

His many years of experience in environmental management of mining and petroleum industries in Australia and internationally, informs our team on science careers and especially on the resource sector and primary industry careers.   

Don also manages our database and scoring systems from our Brisbane office.

Alena Ladd

Career Administration Officer (Head Office)

Alena has a Diploma of Applied Science from Emerald pastoral college.  She has worked in commodities export for a seed company, for Elders in livestock administration and for the Qld Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation as an agricultural researcher and administrator. 

Alena brings a breadth of experience in applied science  and agricultural science areas together with advanced administration skills to help with the management and organisation of our services.