Our Team

The MLT works with a whole range of different permanent, part-time and contract staff to bring a large range of expertise and experience to the projects we work on. Based out of the University of Adelaide but working all across South Australia, the MLT prides itself on bringing in expertise from not only linguistics but also the education sectors, health sectors, community advocacy sectors and of course a large range of cultural and language experts.


Ms. Karina Lester

Aboriginal Co-Manager & Senior Aboriginal Language Worker

(08) 8313 0707

Karina is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman who grew up on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytja-tjara Lands (APY Lands) in the Far North West of South Australia.  In her spare time she works as an Anangu Interpreter and Translator for the Western Desert Language that covers a large area of the State.  Karina is very passionate about maintaining her Aboriginal Language and about hearing from other South Australian Aboriginal people on how they would like to maintain their languages. Karina hosts a weekly radio show Nganampa Wangka which talks about language activities in the state. Tune into Radio Adelaide on 101.5fm Fridays 7–8pm.


Dr. Paul Monaghan

Manager & Senior Linguist

(08) 8313 0790

Paul is a foundational member of the MLT and has worked on a wide range of language and culture documentation and revitalisation projects in Australia and overseas. He has significant experience providing expert linguistic anthropological opinion in Native Title matters and performing social analysis in Aboriginal communities. His current focus is on the Far North region of South Australia, incuding the Yankunytjatjara, Lower Arrernte, Arabana, and Wangkangurru languages.


Mr. Clayton Cruse

Aboriginal Language Worker

(08) 8313 0186

Clayton is an Adnyamathanha man from Port Augusta, who has worked with young Aboriginal people in a number of roles for over a decade. Clayton is passionate about history from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and the embedding of these perspectives in all years of education (Primary through to tertiary). Clayton has a Bachelor of Education Degree (Secondary; Aboriginal Studies) from the University of Sydney, and has a keen interest in bilingual and language immersion education as a means of increasing Indigenous student attendance and retention in all levels of schooling, as well as increasing speakers of endangered languages.


Ms. Eleanor McCall

Project Linguist

(08) 8313 2548

Eleanor completed a BA in Linguistics and Mandarin Chinese at the University of Adelaide, and subsequently undertook minority language documentation work in Jiangxi province, China. She has also completed postgraduate study in Community Development administration. Eleanor currently works to develop language learning resources and databases in her role with the Mobile Language Team. 


Mr. Anil Samy Jnr.

Aboriginal Language and Media Worker

(08) 8313 0707

Anil is a Nukunu descendant who begun work at the MLT in 2018 as an Aboriginal Language and Media Trainee. Upon completion of his trainee project he began work as an Aboriginal Language and Media Worker working on a wide range of media and language projects with orientated towards young people and their engagement with Aboriginal language. Coming from a Nukunu family Anil’s main focus is on the Nukunu language but he works across a large spectrum of other languages providing media and engagement assistance.


Ms. Henrietta Byrne

Language and Wellbeing Project Officer

(08) 8313 0707

Henrietta has studied a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Anthropology and French Studies at the University of Adelaide. She has a strong interest and experience in Medical Anthropology in particular, and works at the Mobile Language Team on the intersection between languages, health, and wellbeing.