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Kristy Masella is a Murri woman from Rockhampton, Dharumbal country in Central Queensland. She has been an active member of the Tranby Board of Directors since 2009, a former CEO of Tranby and is currently our Chairperson. Kristy has worked in Aboriginal affairs at the local, regional and state level for more than 25 years across many portfolios in both NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. She is the CEO of the national Indigenous recruitment and training company AES and is also the Chairperson of Wunanbiri Incorporated, one of the most successful independent Aboriginal community preschools in NSW.
Jaimes Adlington is an Executive Manager of Westpac Banking Corporation with more than 25 years experience there, and has held roles in both retail and commercial banking. For the past 12 years he has focused on Internal Audit and is currently overseeing the bank’s Credit Risk portfolio. Jaimes completed a 6-week volunteer work placement with Tranby in 2013 facilitated by the Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships program. He contributed to the improvement of financial and risk management of our organisation's operations. Jaimes has developed a strong interest in the ongoing success of Tranby and its work in the Indigenous community.
Katriina Heikkanen is a descendant of the Worimi nation on the mid-north coast of NSW. She is part of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre Alumni and a member of the Sydney Swans Reconciliation Action Plan committee. Katriina was formerly a Senior Commonwealth Government Manager for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and previously was Care Coordinator for the Make a Wish Foundation, Eastern Suburbs Branch. She currently works with the AFL NSW/ACT as a Senior Manager. Katriina is passionate about children, community, education and sports. A career highlight has been developing nutrition and health education programs for school age students.
Hagbarth “Haggy” Strom is a commercial lawyer currently working for Perpetual Limited. He was a lawyer at Clayton Utz and French bank Societe Generale and prior to this, he consulted for Wall Street banks. Haggy is originally from Norway and moved to Australia in 2003. Since then, Haggy has been keenly interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and completed a Native Title legal internship in WA in 2006. In 2015, he spent several months in a remote Cape York community, working closely with traditional owners on a strategic plan for management of their lands as part of the Jawun programme.
Lara Tzafaris is a Yawuru descendent (Broome, Western Australia) with Middle Eastern and Malaysian paternal roots. Born and raised in Queensland, she has worked in radio production and subsequently had various editorial and marketing roles with News Limited in Queensland and Sydney. Lara also worked as a marketing coordinator at the Art Gallery of NSW. She retrained and is now a primary school teacher from 2012. Collaborating with colleagues and the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Lara developed a whole-school Aboriginal education committee and policy. This project educated teachers, parents and students about what it truly means to be an Aboriginal Australian.
Krista Christensen is a proud Aboriginal woman from Sydney and a descendant of the Worimi people of Forster and Dhunghatti people of Kempsey. She has many years experience working with diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across NSW. Krista currently lives in Cairns, and her business National Capital Refunds works with Aboriginal organisations to reclaim lost money across Australia. Her work with committees has helped Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. Krista holds Tranby close to her heart since graduating with her Diploma in National Indigenous Legal Studies and then with the Organisational Leadership Excellence for Aboriginal Leaders and Managers Program.
Jason Whitty is a passionate advocate for Diversity and Inclusion – particularly in the Indigenous Community. He has worked at the Commonwealth Bank for more than 13 years, and currently is Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Culture for Wealth Management and Risk Management. Jason has focused creating a more inclusive culture for all employees and building an understanding of our Indigenous culture across the bank. In addition, in a Jawun secondment at Tranby, he worked closely with our CEO on a number of key initiatives, including Tranby’s rebrand in 2015 and is acting as a ‘Yana Budjari’ (Reconciliation) Champion for the Commonwealth Bank.
Kim Naden is a Weilwan woman from Western NSW. Over the course of ten years while working at the Department of Human Services, she delivered a variety of Governmental services to Aboriginal Communities in a culturally sensitive manner. Kim has also worked with Non Government Organisations such as Aboriginal Hostels Limited and Link-Up (NSW). Kim was previously in the Student Services team at Tranby, and she therefore has a deep and great understanding of the various needs of Tranby's students. Kim is a former student of Tranby, and she therefore has valuable insights from both the perspective of students and of teachers.