Dr Rhonda Coopes

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Rhonda is a pairrebenne (palawa) woman from lutruwita (Tasmania). She now lives in Cairns. She started teaching in 1979 in Tasmania and has taught in the secondary sector, the TAFE system and in universities (both on line and face to face). She has also worked in central office of Education Queensland and in research. Her master’s degree in Teaching English … Read More

Lan Tran ACCA

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Lan arrived from Vietnam in 2018 and joined the Stronger Smarter Institute in August 2019 firstly as a volunteer for 3 months before beginning employment in December 2019. She is a graduate and member of the internationally recognised Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and an associate member of CPA Australia. Her past employers include Coca Cola Vietnam, The World … Read More

Jenalee Purcell

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Jenalee is a proud young woman with Butchulla, Australian South Sea, Goa, Gunggari and Wakka Wakka bloodlines.  Born and raised  in the South Burnett Queensland region in Wondai and  Murgon, Jenalee completed her schooling in Murgon and Brisbane. Jenalee has always been passionate about Aboriginal Education and as a mother of four daughters and a large family, Jenalee will continue … Read More

Paul Munday

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Paul has extensive experience in education and leadership in the Victorian public, private and independent school sectors. He was the Foundation Principal of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Education Officer for the Catholic Education Office (Diocese of Sale). His background also includes teaching in town and remote schools in West Australia’s Kimberley region … Read More

Damian Bisogni

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Damian Bisogni is proud of his cultural heritage, Italian (father) and Hungarian (mother). Born in Melbourne he now calls the North Coast NSW home for the past 20 years. Damian is an artist and worked in hospitality before taking up a teaching career. Damian has held various roles within the Department of Education including Teacher (students with disabilities), Home School … Read More

Ken Weatherall

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Ken is a proud descendant of the Muruwari and Kamilaroi Nations of New South Wales.  Ken has been a passionate advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education for 17 years working in the NSW Department of Education in many different roles.  His most recent position being the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer (ACLO) for 7 years in the Newcastle region. … Read More

Cassie Ryan

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Cassie Ryan is a Kamilaroi woman, a descendant of the Weatherall family.  She was born in Dirrandbandi Queensland and grew up in Oakey, Queensland.  Cassie has over 10 years experience working for the NSW Department of Education.  Prior to joining the Stronger Smarter Institute, she was employed as the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer in the Lismore area.    Cassie has … Read More

Fiona Bobongie

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Fiona Bobongie (nee Mann) is a proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman, from the First Nations People of Tanna and Ambrym Island. She has worked with the Stronger Smarter Institute for 5 years. As Jarjums Team Leader, Fiona evolved the development and implementation of the inaugural Stronger Smarter Jarjums Program.  Fiona is a specialist in delivering the Leadership, Jarjums, … Read More

Liz Kupsch

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Liz is a proud Waanyi-Ganagalidda and Wankamadla woman.  She comes to the Stronger Smarter Institute with over 25 years of experience working in education. She completed a Bachelor of Education at JCU Townsville and has been a primary school teacher for 19 years gaining lots of hands-on experience working predominantly in schools with low socio-economic status and significant populations of … Read More

Kelly Coelho

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Kelly is a proud Portuguese Australian from the Island of Madeira who grew up on the South Coast of New South Wales on beautiful Dharawal country. Kelly has family connections to Darkinjung & Gumbaynggirr nations through her wife and son.