Our Staff

Dr Chris Hackett Chris Hackett
Catholic Institute of Western Australia
B.A., B.Ed (WAust), Grad.Dip. Arts in R.E. (ECU), M.R.Ed. (Notre Dame), Ph.D. (Notre Dame)
Email: chris.hackett@ci.wa.edu.au
Phone: (08) 9241 5249

Chris has extensive experience in teaching and coordinating Religious Education in Catholic secondary schools and tertiary institutions. He has worked as a Religious Education consultant for the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia during the 1990s developing RE materials. Chris is currently the Chair of the Religion and Life Curriculum and Assessment Committee for the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. He has been the Chief Examiner and Chief Marker for the WACE exams in Religion and Life. As Director of the Catholic Institute, Chris is a commissioner on the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia. He is also the Associate Dean of Religious Education in the School of Education at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Chris teaches in the areas of Religious Education and Catholic studies at the undergraduate and postgraduate tertiary levels as well as teaching in the areas of pastoral care, values education and spirituality education. He also supervises doctoral students at Notre Dame in Religious Education and in values education. Chris has a particular interest in teacher formation and has published articles and presented at conferences on this subject, especially in regards to the formation of beginning RE teachers. He has also co-published with Associate Professor Shane Lavery in the areas of service learning, student ministry and school retreat training.


Pina Fiorenza Pina Fiorenza
Office Manager
Cert. in Business- MYOB
Email: admin@ci.wa.edu.au
Phone: (08) 9241 5250

Pina Fiorenza commenced with the Catholic Institute in October 2016. She has held a variety of administrative and management roles within the State Government over a period of fourteen years. This includes roles in human resources, finance and policy within the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and as a Management Officer at The Women’s Policy Office.



Damian Doyle Damian Doyle
Coordinator of Catholic Studies, Edith Cowan University
Senior Lecturer

Dip.Tch (Ballarat CAE), B.Ed. (Edith Cowan University.),
Grad.Dip. R.E. (Edith Cowan University), MR.Ed. (Notre Dame Aust.)
Email: d.doyle@ecu.edu.au
Phone: (08) 9370 6735

Damian Doyle obtained his teaching degree in Victoria in the late 1970s and came to Perth in 1981. Since being in Western Australia he has taught in a number of Catholic schools (both small and large) holding the positions of classroom teacher and Assistant Principal Religious Education.

In 1991 he commenced employment with the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia as a Religious Education Consultant. In 1999 he was appointed to the position of Coordinator of the K-7 Religious Education Team and in 2005 was appointed Coordinator of the K-12 Religious Education Team. His role as Coordinator was to oversee the teaching of Religious Education in Catholic schools in Western Australia.

Damian commenced his current full time position with the Catholic Institute at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in the second semester of 2005. He teaches units in Education, Religious Education and Theology at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Damian has a special interest in the spirituality of teaching and religious education pedagogy.

Damian is currently completing his PhD in the area of the spirituality of teaching.


Alan Wedd Alan Wedd
Senior Lecturer
Dip.Tch (Melb), B.App.Sc. (Curtin), M.A. (UNDA)
Email: a.wedd@ecu.edu.au
Phone (08) 9370 6207

Alan Wedd brings an extensive experience in education and teaching developed during 30 years of involvement in Catholic schools in WA. Alan has taught classes from middle primary to Year 12 in a range of schools during which time he has been responsible for positions such as teacher-in-charge, science coordinator, house-master, boarding master, deputy principal and principal.

As principal, Alan was a member of the Association of Independent Schools of WA, the Catholic Schools Secondary Principals Association, a member of the Australian College of Education, the Australian College of Educational Leadership and chair for the Christian Brothers Education (WA & SA) committee.

Following the completion of a Master’s degree in theological studies, Alan accepted a position with Personal Advocacy Service, a small Catholic agency offering a faith-development program for adults with significant intellectual disabilities for which he was Education Coordinator for the 150 volunteers and leaders as well as assisting the Catechist Service in presenting parent-children workshops for parish-based sacramental programs.

At this time, he also began his involvement with CIWA, preparing, teaching and tutoring units at ECU’s two campuses and at Curtin University, where he now coordinates the Catholic Studies elective stream.

Alan has always been interested in the human elements that make ‘a good school’. As well, he has developed a particular interest in ways in which music, gesture, environment, silence, symbol and celebration can support adult faith development in place of our usual reliance on words.


Jessica Fic Jessica Fic
B.Ed (UNDA), M.Ed (R.E.) (UNDA)
Email: jessica.fic@ci.wa.edu.au
Phone: (08) 9241 5247

Jessica Fic came to the Institute after ten years of working as a Primary School Teacher in both country and metropolitan areas. She completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary) at The University of Notre Dame Australia and began her teaching career at St Mary’s Primary School in Kalgoorlie. For eight years, Jessica worked at Mater Christi Catholic Primary School in Yangebup where she held the positions of classroom teacher, curriculum co-ordinator and Key Literacy Teacher.

Jessica completed a Master of Education (Religious Education) at The University of Notre Dame in Fremantle and received the prestigious Knights of the Southern Cross postgraduate award for Religious Education. She has a strong interest in the use of storytelling in Religious Education and has completed training to become an accredited Godly Play storyteller.


Megan Franken Megan Franken
B.A., Grad. Dip. (Merit) (University of Sydney), Grad. Dip. (R.E.) (ACU), Grad. Cert. (Special Needs Education) (UNDA), M.Ed. (R.E.) (UNDA)
Email: megan.franken@ci.wa.edu.au
Phone: (08) 9241 5248

Megan comes to the Institute after many years of teaching in secondary Catholic schools in NSW and WA. She has taught classes from Years 7 to 12 in a diverse range of subjects and has worked in a number of roles including Head of Department, Year Coordinator and Faith and Liturgy Coordinator. Megan began her involvement with CIWA on a sessional basis delivering courses at The University of Notre Dame Australia.