Board of Management

The overall management of Community Resources Incorporated ("the Association") is conducted by the Board of Management of the Association.

We would like to introduce you to our voluntary Board of Management.

Joёl Dunn (Co-Chair)

Joël is a local Veterinary Surgeon and Landcare Co-ordinator. Joël has worked on local projects for community empowerment through sustainable localised food systems, including facilitating the establishment of Great Lakes Seed Savers Network, developing Forster Community Garden working for Forster Neighbourhood Centre, and establishing and supporting Sustainable Farming Groups working for MidCoast Council and Karuah/Great lakes Landcare. Appointed to the Board in September 2004.

Melanie Ridgeway (Co-Chair)

Melanie works as Team Leader Administrative Support for the Aboriginal Health College (Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW). Melanie is a local community member who commenced employment with Community Resources in 2006 as a Business Administration trainee after her former training with The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association. Melanie has applied her administration skills in producing and directing short films on social issues in the Worimi Biripi Aboriginal community. As a founding director of Community Resources’ Forster Film Festival, Melanie was also on the board of the Forster Aboriginal Film Unit. We value Melanie’s continued support of the Association through her position as Board Member. Appointed to the Board August 2013.

Anne Sattler (Deputy Chair)
Anne is an Advisor in the Sydney Office of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Anne is responsible for coordinating Indigenous programs for NSW. Anne was previously employed by Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council. Her roles included Projects Manager and Human Resources/Training Manager. Anne brings excellent knowledge of Indigenous affairs, the labour market, government policy and a strategic approach to the positioning of Community Resources. Served on the Board for many years and re-joined in November 2010.
Gaye Tindall
Gayle is actively involved in the MidCoast community including her role as President of the Green Point Community Association and has a special interest in women’s groups and politics. Gaye operated her own Graphic Design company (1989-2004) and has received 25 industry awards from Australia and England. Gaye relocated to Forster where she pursued a career change into the health industry as a ward clerk at Forster Private Hospital before recently retiring. Appointed to the Board in September 2011.
Terese Innes
Terese currently holds the position of Accountant at the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. Prior to 2017 Terese performed various roles at the Hunter Research Foundation for 32 years, most recently Finance and Management Systems Manager. Terese has also held diverse volunteer roles with Wesley Mission, Hunter Valley Multiple Birth Association, Maitland Public School, All Saints College and St Peters, Maitland. Terese’s career and interests have been in the not-for- profit sector and her expertise is in good governance – finance, human resources, policy development, strategic management, evaluation and compliance. Appointed to the Board in February 2012.
Renee Hawkins

Renee currently holds the position of Employment Development Officer, Hunter NSW, with Real Futures. Building community capacity through job readiness training, Renee was formerly the Local Employment Coordinator on our region for the Federal Government. Renee brings a diverse working history in the private, not for-profit, and Government sectors. Previous roles have included Shareholder and Director for a family owned manufacturing company; Senior Economic and Social Researcher for the Hunter Valley Research Foundation and Indigenous Projects Officer for Griffiths Skills Training Centre. Renee holds a Bachelor of Business with a Double Major in Management and Marketing from the University of Newcastle. Appointed to the Board in February 2014.

Christian Fieldhouse

Christian has worked as a School Counsellor for the past 20 years and was the Founder of Great Lakes Early Intervention and served as Director for 10 years. Christian comes to us from the Management Committee of Manning District Emergency Accommodation who merged with Community Resources for the purpose of delivering the Great Lakes Youth Specialist Homelessness Services package. Christian is a strong advocate for Women’s Services. Appointed to the Board in August 2014.

Mandy Davis

Mandy is currently working as the Coordinator for Engagement and Personalised Pathways with the Aboriginal Learning Circle at TAFE NSW. A Biripi woman with strong Worimi connections, Mandy is an accomplished artist and has previously sat on the Board of the highly successful Tobwabba Art enterprise. With a focus on community, culture and art, Mandy brings to the board a unique set of competencies and capabilities that will support the achievement of the Association’s aims. Appointed to the Board in August 2015

Janice Paulson

Janice has worked for the past 30 years in health and support for women in crisis accommodation. Prior to this, Janice was a domestic engineer for 21 years. Janice comes to us as a well-respected Worimi Elder in the area and someone with deep connection to the lands upon which we operate in. Janice has a Nurses Aid Certificate, Diploma of Aboriginal Health and Community Development, and an Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal Community Development from Macquarie University. Appointed to the Board in May 2016

Jazlie Davis-Grygoruk

Jazlie is a Biripi-Dunghutti woman with a passion and commitment for working with Indigenous people. After graduating from the University of NSW, Jazlie had 3 years’ aviation experience before moving into the development sector in the Northern Territory where she spent 8 years working in remote Indigenous communities developing strong cross-language and cross-cultural competency (working with Yolngu people of NE Arnhem Land). Today, Jazlie is studying law with a particular interest in interactions between traditional Indigenous law and mainstream Australian Law, as well as being a mum and voluntary board member and secretary for Why Warriors Org (a small not-for-profit facilitating community development /community lead projects in remote Arnhem Land). Jazlie brings strong administrative and project support skills, as well as extensive grassroots community development experience. Appointed to the Board June 2017.

Stephen Oxley
Stephen is a Worimi Biripi man and resides in Forster. He is currently the Aboriginal Transport Development Officer of the Manning Valley and Area Community Transport Group and has held this position for the last 5 years. Stephen has been involved in a diverse range of employment since his working life began including 15 years at Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council where he undertook a small business management traineeship and managed the organisation’s accounts, bookkeeping, payroll and fleet management. Additional work in security, the mining Industry, a job search agency and disability services provide great insights. Other work includes being an auto electrician, surfboard maker, welding thermal cutting and fabrication, small motor mechanic, rigger, air conditioner fitter and builders labourer. Stephen is also the Deputy Captain in his local Rural Fire Brigade of Green Point. Stephen is passionate about and dedicated to, his family and his children, as well as our community to ensure the social injustices of the past are not repeated on future generations. Appointed to the Board in June 2017.
Katriina Heikkanen
Katriina holds the position of Indigenous and Social Policy Manager for the AFL and serves on the Board of Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training. In addition, Katriina has spent 9 years working in Commonwealth Government across Indigenous portfolios for employment, education, arts and sports across NSW. Katriina joined the Board with a strong connection to the Worimi people and land and a passion for bringing together sports, youth and communities to create safe and inclusive environments for future generations. Appointed to the Board May 2018.
Jason Ardler

Jason Ardler (BEc) is currently Head of Aboriginal Affairs (NSW) leading strategy and program development in Aboriginal economic participation, community governance, culture and heritage, community safety, environmental health and service delivery reform. Jason was a Founding Director of WasteAid Australia, and we were delighted that Jason was keen to transition to the Community Resources Board when WasteAid joined us in 2018. Jason’s cultural ties are to the Yuin people of the NSW south coast will link in with many of our social enterprises and community projects based in this region. Jason brings extensive experience in Aboriginal affairs, land management and organisational leadership. Jason is currently a Director of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, and former Director of the Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society. Appointed to the Board May 2018.

Claire Beattie

Claire holds the position of Director, Strategic Communications with the Department of Education. Claire has extensive experience within the public sector, achieving increased diversity and inclusion through tailored programs to promote access to education and employment for women, people with a disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Key skills include diversity projects and corporate strategies, communications and marketing, human resources and policy development and change management. Claire joined the Board with a strong interest in communications and contributing to diversity and equality strategies of The Organisation. Appointed to the Board May 2018.