Gina Horton

Kelly Coelho

Gina Horton has joined the Stronger Smarter Institute working as a member of the Teachers of STEM Initiative (ToSI) team. We would like to welcome Gina to the team. Gina’s family is connected to the Torres Straits namely Sabai and Boigu Islands. She was raised and completed most of her schooling on the mainland in Cape York Peninsula and Cairns.  … Read More

Ken Riddiford

Kelly Coelho

Ken Riddiford is a Wiradjuri man from the Wiradjuri Nation. Who grew up in Far Western Queensland, raised by his Grandmother, a Kamilaroi woman. At the age of 13 he witnessed the historic 1967 Referendum, before this time Ken like other Aboriginal people had not been counted in the federal census. Later in life saw Ken attending University and going … Read More

Jolene Ravula

Kelly Coelho

Jolene has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). Jolene joined the Stronger Smarter Institute in November 2021 after years of experience in insolvency. Prior to joining the Institute she worked for a national insolvency firm working on both personal and corporate insolvency appointments. She welcomes the change from insolvency … Read More

Sam Dawson

Kelly Coelho

Sam is a proud Kiwi, who was born in Palmerston North, but grew up in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.   Holding a Bachelor of Business Studies (HR and Management), Sam has led large People and Culture teams across various New Zealand Government Departments.  Before moving to Brisbane in late 2020, Sam was the Senior Manager for People and Culture at … Read More

Nicole Simone

Kelly Coelho

Nicole Simone is a descendent of the Bundjalung Peoples from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Nicole has over 27 years of professional field experiences in all sectors of Indigenous education. Her experiences range from Early Childhood as the Director of Aboriginal Childrens’ Services, Primary teaching as an Aboriginal literacy and numeracy teacher, Secondary as a Community Education Counsellor … Read More

Catherine Jeffery

Kelly Coelho

Catherine Jeffery was born and raised on Wiradjuri Country. She began her university studies as a mature age student through distance education at the University of New England and began her teaching career at Inverell High School in 2005. Cath introduced Aboriginal Studies into her school in 2006 and it is now taught in Years 9 to 12 where both … Read More

Daniel Caldwell

Kelly Coelho

‘I am a proud Wiradjuri man from Dubbo NSW with links to Bourke and Cobar in Central West NSW’. Over the past 6 years Daniel has been employed  in various roles in Primary & secondary schools, Boarding school and Universities to improve all outcomes for First nation students, communities and their families. Daniel’s core work involves recognising, honouring and continuing … Read More

Ingrid Lancaster

Kelly Coelho

Ingrid was born on Wonnarua country in the Hunter Valley Region of NSW. She has seven years’ experience working within the education sector in both mainstream regional and remote community schools around Australia. She has spent the last nine years working within the Community Development sector of Indigenous Organisations, based in the Kimberley region of WA. Prior to joining the … Read More

Dr Rhonda Coopes

NGNY

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

Jenalee Purcell

NGNY

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