Meet the Team

Felicity Abrahamse - Acting Training Operations Manager / 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 ten 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.


Karla Mooney - Senior Trainer & Assessor

Karla has over 18 years’ experience in the early learning sector and has worked in long day care, starting 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. Having worked through each role in her career, enables Karla to have a unique perspective and be very in touch with all of her students' study journey.


Karla’s role as a Senior Family Day Care Scheme Coordinator involved, managing a team of coordinators, and 120 CALD educators. Also, providing inhouse professional development training and compliance, modifying her training to be culturally appropriate and relevant for this cohort. 


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. This training has included distance/ face-to-face support training for Teacher Aides in Central Qld for Cert III and Cert IV, also students in long day care, OSHC, and Family Day Care completing their Cert III and Diploma.


Karla holds the following qualifications:

Karla has a strong belief in maintaining currency in all of her qualifications and also attends regular industry-relevant professional development. 


Karla is studying a Diploma of Counselling which will develop into a Bachelor of Counselling , specialising in Childhood Development and Parenting.


Lainie Randell - Trainer & Assessor

Lainie has over 15 years’ experience working across the Early Childhood, School Aged Care and Disability sectors. She has a passion for supporting children’s learning in the early years by engaging them in their community and environment.


Lainie’s VET journey began in 2010 when she saw the need to provide early childhood educators with individualised support and guidance in order for them to gain the most benefit from the learning they are engaging in.


Lainie holds a Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services), Certificate III in OOSH (Child Studies) and Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. To maintain her knowledge of current industry practices Lainie is continuing to participate in professional development activities. 


Sonja Hartley - Trainer & Assessor

Sonja comes to CAECE with over twenty-five years’ experience working in the early childhood industry.  This includes ten years in long day care centres working in different roles, preschool teaching in an independent school, and as a coordinator in a family day care scheme. 


In the past two and a half years, Sonja has moved into the training industry where she has enjoyed working with students and sharing her passion for social and emotional well-being in children. 


Sonja holds a Certificate in Understanding Children, Associate Diploma in Social Science, Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  Recently Sonja has also completed the current Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, to ensure she is up to date with industry standards.


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 trainer 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. 


Rick Lim - Office Administrator

Rick joined the CAECE team in June 2018 and has been working in the RTO sector since 2012. Although he started his career in human resources, he has found that working in an RTO is very much similar – managing students instead of staff members – and hence the career switch was not difficult.


Rick has always been passionate about assisting students in achieving success in their education and careers and believes that CAECE is at the forefront in providing that service and more.


Prior to joining the RTO sector, Rick was a human resources practitioner for more than thirteen years in the hotel, government and media industries.


Rick holds a Bachelor of Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.