Meet the Team


Richard Fimeri - Manager (Training Operations)

Richard believes that innovation in education is integral in being able to deliver real outcomes to learners. He actively seeks opportunities to work with like-minded people who are passionate about empowering others.


On board Fantasea Cruises, travelling to Hamilton Island to work with hospitality trainees was not what Richard had pictured when he commenced with the Hilton Hotels Train the Trainer program in 1989.


With a hospitality background spanning 26 years Richard commenced Vocational Education Training with the Barrier Reef TAFE in the Whitsundays in 2000.


Richard’s passion for incorporating Global best practices in Vocational education and training has seen him embrace technological change with the focus of student experience, engagement and success.


Pauline Aitchison - Office Administrator

Pauline joined the CAECE team in March 2016 and brings with her significant vocational education and training experience. Pauline has embraced the opportunity to work with an organisation such as CAECE, as this aligns with her personal drive to be involved in the development and delivery of education aimed at improving the quality and standards in the broader community.


As the sole administrator with Autism Qld's training team for over 16 years, Pauline was the first point of contact for students and educators. Pauline was responsible for all reporting compliance through the use of the VETtrak student management system and was integral in maintaining organisational compliance.


Pauline has quickly become the heart of the CAECE Team ensuring that both student and educator alike are supported with integrity and a passion for the sector. Pauline’s extensive background in the taxation and accounting arena has given her an eye for the finer details and a firm hand controlling the day to day operation of the College. 


Karla Mooney - Senior Trainer & Assessor

Karla has over 18 years’ experience in the Early Childhood sector and has worked in long day care as a Float Assistant Educator/Cook and Lead Educator through to Nominated Supervisor. Karla has also enjoyed her previous roles as a Primary Teacher Aid working with special needs children and Assistant Coordinator for Before and After School Care/Vacation Care. Karla has also managed a Family Day Care Scheme for educators whose second language was English.


Karla’s vocational training began as she became excited about sharing her experiences for providing quality training, and industry practice, to students to enable them to provide quality care and education for children.


Karla holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, an Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificate III in Children’s Services, and a Certificate III & IV in Educational Support. Due to Karla’s belief in staying current and up to date she has recently completed upgrading all of her qualifications.


Leanne Jessop - Trainer & Assessor

Leanne joined the CAECE team in April, 2017 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the early childhood and vocational training sectors to her role as Trainer & Assessor. 


For over 13 years Leanne worked in a variety of roles in the early childhood industry including Lead Educator, Acting and Assistant Director in a range of services in both Queensland and NSW. In addition, Leanne has spent ten years working in vocational education and training industry as an early childhood education and care teacher, project officer, technical writer and as an ECEC faculty and curriculum coordinator. 


Leanne holds the following qualifications: Associate Diploma of Education (Child Care), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training (BVET). 


As a strong believer in lifelong learning, Leanne continues to actively participate in a wide range of professional development and looks forward to continuing her formal education by participating in further study.


Leanne’s passion is ensuring that children receive the highest quality education and care experience that they so richly deserve.  This passion drives Leanne’s ability to facilitate meaningful learning experiences with students encouraging enthusiasm and best practice.


Karen Powell - Trainer & Assessor

Karen shared with the college over 25 years’ experience in the early years industry.

She holds the following qualifications:

Karen has developed her expertise in the early years from managing her first long day care centre at 18 years of age. She is very committed and dedicated to the continuous development of both the early years and VET sectors.

To achieve the highest quality care for our next generation, she believes and strongly values the opportunities that she continues to provide to educators to develop qualifications and skill sets.

Karen delivers with passion, a strong knowledge of early years, contextualising specific training to her audience of learners, and empowering the learners to develop personally and professionally through the learning journey of self-development.

Over eight years’ experience in the VET sector, she has fulfilled positions of General Manger, Training and Compliance Manager and as a Trainer & Assessor.

To stay current with industry trends and developing changes, Karen continues to develop her professional skillset by participating in both early years and VET sector professional development. 


Felicty Abrahamse - Trainer & Assessor

Felicity has been involved in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years in a variety of roles and environments. Felicity has been an Early Childhood Education and Care Teacher in Vocational Education for 10 years and is committed to sharing her experience and insight by supporting her students through their learning journey. 

Felicity is passionate about engaging her students in discovering nurturing approaches to ensure the development of each child during those vital first 5 years.   

Felicity holds a Master of Education, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Sociology), Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, and Diploma of Training Design and Development.