Kim Sedick – Interim CEO
Kim has worked in a range of management and leadership positions for many years, carrying a wealth of experience in developing people-centred strategies in the areas of workforce, regional and economic development for government and non-government stakeholders. With experience in government policy and operation, vocational education and training, and community services and justice, Kim has a proven track record in leading high-performing teams and devising and developing successful economic, regional and workforce planning and development strategies and initiatives.
Kim holds the honour of being an adviser to Gail Mabo. He has previously been an adviser to the Black Arm Band Board of Directors, as well as a past Chairperson of ONDRU – A Voice Through Art, an organisation that works for social justice through art.
Kim believes that change can only be achieved when people have legitimate choice, and that informed choice and real consequence are essential for growth.
Katherine Hinton – Corporate Services Manager
Katherine is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance and leadership roles in the corporate sector. Katherine has a strong interest in social justice and is also the treasurer of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.
Katherine believes that all children have the right to be happy, safe and healthy. She is proud to be part of a team of professionals who are dedicated to promoting those rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Yanee Myint – Finance Support
Yanee is Finance Support with SNAICC.
Tanya Wells – Administrative Coordinator
Tanya is the Administrative Coordinator with SNAICC.
David Ellis – Sector Development Manager
As the Manager of training and workforce development, David leads the design, development and delivery of national training programs for the Early Years and Child and Family services area. David is a passionate supporter of social justice, addressing disadvantage and building community capacity processes across the Community Services and Health sectors and particularly when working with and training Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in areas including family violence, trauma, partnerships, social housing, disability and child and youth welfare.
Throughout his career, David has focussed primarily on state-wide training and sector development in areas including working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Male Family Violence, Social Housing, disability, CALD and Child/Youth/Family Welfare. David has worked as a practitioner, manager and training consultant in Victoria, NSW, SA and Tasmania with Aboriginal Affairs, Human Services, NGOs and Peak bodies in residential care, child protection, youth welfare, general practice and counselling.
Prior to his role at SNAICC David worked as a training consultant with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Department of Human Services Office for Women, and for the previous 20 years as a Manager and Senior Training Consultant for the School of Health and Community Services at Swinburne University.
Ian Bloomfield – Child and Family Support Training Coordinator
Ian is a Wiradjuri man from Narrandera, NSW, and now lives in Melbourne. Having worked in the Aboriginal community sector for 25+ years, he is now the Child and Family Support Training Coordinator at SNAICC – National Voice for our Children. He holds Diplomas in Financial Counselling and Management, and Certificate IVs in Training and Assessment, Indigenous Leadership, and Conservation and Land Management, and was a nominee for the 2012 Aboriginal Justice Award.
His previous experience includes working as the Project Manager of the Koorie Energy Efficiency Program, working to assist low income and vulnerable Victorian Aboriginal households, and working with three large Aboriginal and non-Indigenous partners. He was CEO of the Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre for over six years where his primary focus was to enhance the working relationship between the Centre and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, including maintaining contact with families and carers in order to identify family needs and ensure appropriate support.
Ian also worked as an Aboriginal worker for a number of high schools, supporting Aboriginal students to obtain training funding and establish programs for both students and parents.
Previous experience also includes lecturing in Business Governance and Administration, and taking on a pastoral role for his students alongside his academic responsibilities. Ian has spent over a decade working with Aboriginal communities, liaising closely with families, schools, and specialist youth services in order to support and enhance outcomes for Aboriginal families and communities.
Katrina D’Angelo – Training and Resource Officer
Katrina is of Greek origin and was privileged to have had the opportunity to live with the Yankunytjatjara Tribe of Central/South Australia for 25 years and work with the local Aboriginal community and the Umoona Community Council for 15 years, focusing on community development. Katrina also worked for the Department of Community Welfare (also known as Family and Community Services) for 12 years, based in Coober Pedy and on the APY Lands; her primary roles being community development and case management. She served as the Deputy Mayor of the region for two terms with the view to giving a voice to the Aboriginal community and to advocate for Aboriginal issues.
Katrina relocated to Melbourne with her two children and commenced working with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy, establishing and capacity building the financial well-being program for 12 years in various roles. She worked for specialist family violence – both mainstream and Indigenous-specific – for a period of 8 years in a variety of roles, including direct service, middle and senior management. She ventured into working for a National Philanthropic Trust as the Program Manager for Indigenous Projects, and has most recently worked with youth homelessness. Due to funding realignment, Katrina felt the need to work within the disability sector in education to gather the required learnings that sit with the changes in disability and mental health funding.
Katrina is married to an Aboriginal Elder from the Yorta Yorta tribe, Wollithica of the Bangerang People, and has been fortunate enough to be welcomed as a family and community member for close to a decade.
Jenine Godwin-Thompson – Training and Projects Coordinator
Jenine is a proud Yaggerah Aboriginal woman from Brisbane, around the Moreton Bay area in sunny Queensland. Over the past ten years she has been working extensively across government and non-government Aboriginal health, education, and mental health sectors within the Townsville community, as well as with Aboriginal communities in the gulf and North West regional communities in Queensland.
Jenine likes to view herself as a ‘positive change agent’ towards enhancing the status of Aboriginal people through development; therefore, independence through self-determination. She believes that being an active participant within community development and research is the key towards influencing change to the issues impacting the well-being of individuals, and as such this is central to her personal and professional life.
Jenine is specialised in community and policy development, research, developing and delivering educational curriculums/workshops/lectures, and implementing and coordinating culturally appropriate programs for service delivery.
Reflective of her experience around building capacity and community development programs, Jenine’s role as Resource Manager has her working across Training, Research, and Policy areas. Jenine is dedicated towards building and developing SNAICC’s research capacity, training development and review, while ensuring and informing relevant policy across SNAICC’s key priority and project areas.
Judith McKay-Tempest – Early Years Training Coordinator
Judith is the Early Years Training Coordinator with SNAICC.
Eva Ruggiero – Senior Training Officer
Eva has experience in providing program management and workforce development support for frontline workers of family and community services programs. Eva focuses her support on building the capacity and confidence of human services workers to strengthen existing knowledge, skills and cultural practices to respond to community needs.
As a trainer, Eva draws on her unique background of having both government and non-government service delivery and program management experience, as well as research experience with the University of Queensland (UQ). Eva takes a non-judgmental approach and values two-way learning, which has led to successful contributions to service delivery work with people who choose to use illicit drugs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, children and families subject to the statutory child protection system, and other marginalised community members.
Prior to SNAICC Eva also worked in the areas of social inclusion and digital inclusion across Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres. Eva conducted community education sessions on coding and robotics, including at World Science Festival 2016, and received national recognition for a collaborative community engagement project she established (called Picnics in the Park) through the Excellence in Hepatitis C Health Promotion Award. She holds a Masters of Social Science (Health Practice) from UQ and undertook her Bachelor of Arts in the US where she grew up.
Social Policy and Research
John Burton – Social Policy and Research Manager
John holds a Master of Laws specialising in Human Rights and Social Justice from the University of New South Wales. He has worked in areas of policy and research, community-based child protection, refugee advocacy and youth support programs over the past 12 years in Australia and Southern Africa.
At SNAICC, John has specialised in child and family welfare policy and research. His work has had a strong focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in decision-making, inter-agency partnerships and integrated service delivery to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
Emma Brathwaite – Policy Officer
Emma is dedicated policy expert and researcher who is committed to applying her experience in international policy, program and research experience in indigenous populations to improve health, wellbeing and the acquisition of rights for Australian Aboriginal people.
Across her career working with Australian Red Cross, UNICEF, UNAIDS and The University of Melbourne she has established a reputation as a valued and sought after technical content specialist, with expertise across integrated service systems for First 1000 days (maternal and child health), adolescent health, sexual reproductive health, health rights, violence prevention and emergency response.
She has applied this expertise to improve health outcomes for indigenous communities across the Asia-Pacific through leading and delivering large scale projects, influencing legislative change, policy and program change and designing and implementing health and education programs.
She holds a Master in Public Health and is a published and practiced academic, with deep experience in a wide range of research methods.
William Hayward – WA Family Matters Project Coordinator
William is a Noongar man from the south-west of Western Australia. Culture forms a foundation for strength and resilience and has been instrumental in all aspects of his community and professional roles. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and is a member of the Australian Association of Social Work. William has held roles within the government and non-government sectors, predominantly focussing on self-determined Aboriginal community-controlled agencies.
His skills and expertise include supporting families to stay together through prevention and early intervention, statutory practice frameworks, trauma informed healing, government procurement/contracting and program design, high level policy and law reform, training and professional development and cultural preservation and maintenance.
Most important to William is his passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people being supported to reach their full potential and be inspired to excel as Australians. He is particularly dedicated to empowerment and strengths-based restorative responses to our most vulnerable children and young people, inclusive of their families and communities.
Christine Horn – Research Assistant
Christine is part of a small team evaluating service integration in the early childhood sector as part of the First 1000 Days Australia project led by the University of Melbourne.
Christine thrives when working closely with community stakeholders during research, capacity building and knowledge exchange activities. She has several years of experience in collecting and analysing data collaboratively with local communities, including qualitative and quantitative data, specialising in digital methods.
Christine is passionate about engaging with people from diverse backgrounds to develop a greater understanding for what moves social development and drives positive change.
Dallas Terlich – Policy Officer
Dallas Terlich has worked alongside the Aboriginal community in Shepparton for more than 20 years in the areas of employment, housing and justice programs. He has a law degree from La Trobe University. Dallas lives in Shepparton with his family where he is a pastor and a proud life member of the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club.
Dallas is passionate about ensuring a happy and healthy future for the next generation of Aboriginal children, where they can grow up within their families and communities. He appreciates the opportunity to work at SNAICC alongside people who have also dedicated themselves to creating a better world for our children.
Eileen Van Iersel – Project Officer
Eileen is a local Aboriginal woman from Alice Springs and a descendant of the Arrernte and Anmatjere people on her maternal side and Dutch through her father. She is also part of 6th generation of first born females on her mother’s side and has grown up in a region rich with cultural diversity.
Eileen joined SNAICC in January 2018 and has worked in both the government and non-government sectors in a range of positions.
She has been actively involved in local Aboriginal affairs through memberships on Aboriginal organisations’ boards and from previously being a Regional Councillor and Deputy Chair at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
Eileen has been an advocate for Aboriginal people’s rights through involvement on these boards and in 2008, when working in the health sector, won a Churchill Fellowship to travel overseas to compare communication barriers for Aboriginal people in a health setting.
When she returned from overseas, Eileen established a Cultural Safety Committee at the Alice Springs Hospital to ensure clients were properly informed of their rights and able to provide properly informed consent, and to review policies and practices to make sure Aboriginal people received culturally safe health care services.
Sarah Francis – Communications Officer
Sarah has a background in communications for development with a focus on young people. She uses stories and images to connect people from different cultural worlds.
She most recently lived in Timor-Leste for five years, where she consulted for the Government of Timor-Leste as a Communications Specialist for a $13 million youth training project. As part of her role she designed and implemented national research studies and communications campaigns. She also secured employment for the nation’s first female mechanics.
Prior to that Sarah lived in remote Aboriginal communities working with children for a total of three years. Primarily she lived in Maningrida, Arnhem Land, where she re-established youth services in the community. She was promoted to become the Youth Centre Manager at Malabam Health Board and worked with a team of Aboriginal youth workers to run activities promoting health and culture. Sarah still visits Maningrida every year and keeps in touch with families she befriended. Several years on she is proud to see the children she worked with graduating from high school, getting jobs and starting their own families.
Sarah is excited to be back home in Melbourne and employed at SNAICC, working towards a better world for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Daniel Kovacevic – Communications Coordinator
A trained writer-editor with a background in publishing, Daniel has an extensive understanding of persuasive writing, reader engagement, and language usage and structure.
Daniel is also skilled social marketer and is hands-on in managing the SNAICC digital strategy. Daniel is a firm advocate of the power of social media and strives to consistently amplify SNAICC messaging through all digital platforms.
Daniel is passionate about the ability of language to elicit emotional connections from an audience, and firmly believes that positive change within the sector must come from a greater societal shift in thinking.
Maylene Slater-Burns – Communications Assistant
Maylene is the Communications Assistant with SNAICC.