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  • John Van Groningen -  at Red Dust

    John Van Groningen

    Founder

    In 2006 John Van Groningen along with assistance from a range of friends and supporters, created Red Dust Role Models. John lived in the remote Indigenous community of Lajamanu, and understood the challenges and hurdles faced by people living in these areas of Australia. Sadly, on December 23, 2012 John passed away due to complications with his battle with cancer.

  • Simon McKeon -  at Red Dust

    Simon McKeon

    Patron

    Simon McKeon is Chancellor of Monash University, Chairman of In2Science and the Group of Eight's Industry and Innovation Board.  He is also a member of the Big Issue Advisory Board and an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government. He previously served as Chairman of AMP and CSIRO and was Founding President of the Federal Government's Australian Takeovers Panel, as well as its Point Nepean Community Trust. Other previous roles include Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Business for Millennium Development. He was also Chairman of the Federal Government's Panel which in 2013 completed a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research.  Simon was also the 2011 Australian of the Year.

  • Martin Hirons -  at Red Dust

    Martin Hirons

    Chairman

    Martin was introduced to Red Dust Role Models through his various basketball connections. He has spent his career in the sport business sector and brings a wealth of experience to the Red Dust leadership team and expertise based around business strategy and market research.

  • Ray Minniecon -  at Red Dust

    Ray Minniecon

    Director/Cultural Advisor

    Ray is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi nation and the Gurang Gurang nation of South East Queensland, the South Sea Islander people, with connections to the people of Ambrym Island. Ray earned a BA in Theology and helped establish the Aboriginal Education Unit in Murdoch University. He has also worked for World Vision Australia's Indigenous programs.

  • Ben Lawrence -  at Red Dust

    Ben Lawrence

    Director

    Ben is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Wesfarmers Limited. Prior to joining Wesfarmers in 2008, Ben was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Foster's Group Limited and has held a variety of senior roles here and in the United States. In addition to serving on the board of Red Dust, Ben is currently a non-executive director of the Wunan Foundation.

  • Austin Van Groningen -  at Red Dust

    Austin Van Groningen

    Director

    The son of Red Dust founder John Van Groningen, Austin is proud to continue his late father's legacy in working with the organisation. Joining the board in 2013, Austin provides Red Dust with fresh thinking, new possibilities and a healthy dose of John's trademark energy. Austin completed his Bachelor of Arts in 2013, majoring in politics.

  • Paul Guerra -  at Red Dust

    Paul Guerra

    Director

    Paul has enjoyed a 20-year career in the telecommunications sector working at senior levels for renowned companies Motorola and Vodafone. Paul has a strong record in sales and marketing and has been instrumental in solidifying the presence of both organisations in Australia. Paul also dedicates some of his time to serve as a Director on several charity-based organisations.

  • Jonathan Hermawan Tjapaltjarri -  at Red Dust

    Jonathan Hermawan Tjapaltjarri

    Manager Central Australia

    Jonathan is a fluent Pintupi-Luritja speaking man from the NT community of Walungurru (Kintore). He is a qualified teacher/educator and proud advocate for Aboriginal community leadership, youth empowerment and reconciliation. Based in Alice Springs, Jonathan works for Red Dust as an Alcohol and Men's Health Educator and Coordinator, journeying with Aboriginal males (youth and adults) and their families.

  • Will Minson -  at Red Dust

    Will Minson

    Director

    A longtime Red Dust Role Model, Will was warmly welcomed to the board at the end of 2014. A former player in the Western Bulldogs, Will was selected 20th overall in the AFL Draft and began his professional career when he debuted in 2004. Most recently, Will completed his Sciences Degree from the University of Melbourne.

  • Darren Smith -  at Red Dust

    Darren Smith

    Role Model

    Darren has been involved with Red Dust for over twelve years and brings to his role a ten-year career as a professional basketball player and management experience. As the Chief Executive Officer, he coordinates the effective delivery of programs throughout Australia and leads teams on the ground while out bush, as well as looking after all other aspects of the organisation.

  • Emilie Goegan -  at Red Dust

    Emilie Goegan

    Business & Communications Manager

    Emilie joined Red Dust mid 2016 as a volunteer and not too long became a valuable member of the team as Business and Communications Manager. With a background in education and a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Arts majoring in Professional Writing, Emilie has travelled extensively throughout Asia as an educator prior to settling back home in Melbourne.

  • Nina Braid

    Staff Member

    Nina began working at Red Dust in January 2017 as the Engagement and Funding Manager. For the past ten years Nina has worked for the Australian Government, including the Indigenous Land Corporation and the Department of Health. Nina obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Policy and Management) in 2005 and most recently a Masters of Management at the University of South Australia.

  • Lara Davenport -  at Red Dust

    Lara Davenport

    Role Model

    After winning gold in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay at the 2008 Olympic Games, Lara became a Red Dust Role Model in 2008. In 2015 she came on board as the Healthy Living Program Coordinator. With her tertiary training in Psychology, sporting accomplishments and Red Dust program experience in hand, Lara is truly a great addition to the ever-evolving Red Dust team.

  • Melanie Jones

    Ambassador

    Melanie (MJ) is known as a pioneer for women's cricket in Australia and around the world. She brings a wealth of sporting experience and achievement to her role, having represented Australia in all forms of international cricket. A qualified teacher, she is currently pursuing a media career while working closely with elite female athletes in career development with Elite Sports Properties – Majestic Division.

  • Raymond Walters Japanangka -  at Red Dust

    Raymond Walters Japanangka

    Ambassador

    Raymond's grandfather's country is Ngarleyekwerleng in the Western Desert near Yuendumu, and his grandmother's country is Alhalkerre Atnangkerre. Raymond brings his expertise in Sport & Recreation, Remote/Urban Aboriginal Community Development, Family & Child Welfare, Alcohol & Other Drugs Awareness and Consultancy on Aboriginal Community Engagement policies and procedures.

  • Mitch Tambo -  at Red Dust

    Mitch Tambo

    Role Model

    Mitch started with red Dust in 2009. Mitch is a TV presenter, actor, model, international Didgeridoo player, traditional dancer, singer/songwriter and cultural educator along with a background education in Social Work. Mitch is a business owner of True Culture - an educational resource company aimed towards empowering participants to engage in Aboriginal culture.

  • Fiona Scicluna -  at Red Dust

    Fiona Scicluna

    Role Model

    Fiona grew up in Sydney, Australia and began her dance training at the McDonald College of performing arts before continuing onto Dance World 301 and then Glenn Wood Tap. Fiona is trained in many different areas of dance including jazz, tap, stomp and salsa. She has worked all over the world including New York City, London, Germany and Amsterdam.

  • Shura Taft -  at Red Dust

    Shura Taft

    Role Model

    Shura Taft is a quirky and charismatic rising radio and television personality. Shura has worked on Channel 9, Melbourne's Nova 100 and has been involved in numerous charity events and MC events. He is well known for his energy and enthusiasm that he brings to all his performances and is a professional on all levels.

  •  Santo Cilauro -  at Red Dust

    Santo Cilauro

    Role Model

    Santo is a filmmaker and TV personality with the Working Dog team. His work includes such classics as The Late Show, D Generation, Frontline, The Castle, The Dish, Thank God You're Here, The Panel, and worked with Glenn Robbins in All Aussie Adventures. Santo generously gives his time and expertise to encourage remote students.

  • Katie Houghton-Ward -  at Red Dust

    Katie Houghton-Ward

    Role Model

    Katie Houghton-Ward has been illustrating comics for over twelve years now and doesn't plan to stop any time soon. Best known for her early work with the creator owned series Deckheadz that featured weekly for five years in top music magazine 3D World.

  • Fiona Freeman -  at Red Dust

    Fiona Freeman

    Role Model

    A graduate of WAAPA in WA, Fiona also studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and has worked with the Australian Sports Commission's Active After School program, conducted sessions for the Australian Institute of Sport, and delivered seminars on health and safety in dance and worked as a specialist teacher. Her dance activities are immensely popular amongst the communities.

  • Bridget a'Beckett -  at Red Dust

    Bridget a'Beckett

    Role Model

    Bridget completed a Bachelor of Music from AIM, Sydney, and holds Grade 7 AMEB in violin and Grade 6 AMEB in piano. She has toured Australia, Europe and America, and signed a development deal with Sony BMG. Bridget has worked in music therapy, assisting in the development of a songwriting therapy program for mothers and children.

  • Tim Lane -  at Red Dust

    Tim Lane

    Role Model

  • Steve Lane

    Role Model

    Steve has been a bassist and songwriter for many well-known bands (Red October, The Angels, Jimi the Human and Spectre 7, The Clone Theory, The Steinbecks, Voicepopfoible, The Lamb Sandwich Trio, Vibropile). In 1996 Lane founded the St Luke's Sternberg Street Music Program for people recovering from mental illness and since 2002 has been teaching music industry skills at Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE.

  • Glenn Bidmead -  at Red Dust

    Glenn Bidmead

    Role Model

    Glenn is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and live performer who works extensively in schools around the country, with Adam Thompson in Adam's Muso Magic workshops. Glenn also plays gigs three to four nights a week around Sydney and works with Adam as part of the Red Dust music program.

  • Wayne Glenn -  at Red Dust

    Wayne Glenn

    Role Model

    Wayne is a social worker who has worked in a variety of community based and forensic settings. From personal counseling, men's health and family work, focusing on drug and alcohol counseling with at risk young people. He has also been a musician and songwriter most of his life, engaging young people in writing, recording and producing their own songs.

  • Adam Thompson -  at Red Dust

    Adam Thompson

    Role Model

    Adam created the music workshop that he has evolved throughout his 10-year association with Red Dust Role Models and its founding organisation, which forms the music program for Red Dust's Lifestyle Education Program. A singer, songwriter, entertainer and engaging speaker, Adam is widely known for his success as the lead singer for ARIA-award winning band Chocolate Starfish.

  • Kate Lynch -  at Red Dust

    Kate Lynch

    Role Model

    As a passionate swimmer Kate stepped out of the pool and into the coaching world, whilst studying a Bachelor of Education and Commerce at Deakin University. Working in the aquatic and recreation sector for over 10 years, Kate has lectured at national and international conferences, developed educational and health programs as well as managed facilities in both metropolitan and remote Australia.

  • Rhianne Kerr

    Role Model

    Rhianne has been representing NSW in softball since 2007 after being named Vice Captain of the 2011 NSW U19 Team. Rhianne was a member of the U19 Australian Squad for two years. She also coaches various teams, and helps to run a disabled athlete softball competition. She is currently studying Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Sydney.

  • Jonathon Shepherd

    Role Model

    Jonathon has been actively playing basketball for the past 17 years and currently plays with the Dandenong Rangers in Victoria. In 2001 Jonathon gained a full scholarship and began a 4-year NCAA basketball career. During this time Jonathon graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Sports Management from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

  • Tom Lonergan

    Role Model

    Tom is an Australian Rules Football player. After being selected by the Geelong Cats, Tom spent two years in their VFL side before going on to play as a permanent player of the team. Tom played a career-defining season of football in 2010, when he played 22 out of 25 possible games including two finals, achieving many career bests in disposals, marks, handballs and tackles.

  • Glenn Manton

    Role Model

    Glenn began his professional career as an Australian Rules Football player when he was selected as part of Essendon's U19 side. In 1992 he made his AFL debut for the Bombers and went on to play 21 games for them over three seasons. In 1995 he moved to Carlton's AFL side where he became one of their most respected and key defenders. Glenn played 157 games with the Blues before retiring from the sport after a highly achieving career.

  • Gavin Wanganeen

    Role Model

    Gavin is a retired AFL Player, who played in two premierships with Essendon and Port Adelaide. Gavin is a Brownlow Medallist and is considered one of the finest Indigenous players to date.

  • Hannah Macdougall

    Role Model

    Hannah represented Australia twice at the Paralympic Games. At the 2004 Athens Paralympics, she received a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay team. Hannah was the captain of the Australian Paralympic Swim Team for both the 2006 World Swimming Championships and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Hannah is now attempting her third Paralympics, in a different sport – cycling.

  • Hugh Minson

    Role Model

    Hugh is an Australian Rules Football player. Drafted in 2006 by the NAB Draft as a 17-year-old by Port Adelaide, it was only two and a half years before a knee injury forced him into retirement. Hugh's career was one full of highlights; his coaches and teammates described him as an "outstanding young man".

  • Lori Chizik

    Role Model

    Basketball has been a very big part of Lori's life since she first started playing in primary school. Lori has been a Head Coach in the WNBL and was the first female coach in the NBL when she was an assistant with the Titans. (She was involved with the Opals - the Women's National Team), as an assistant coach in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics.

  • Allan Border -  at Red Dust

    Allan Border

    Role Model

    A career spanning 16 years, Allan played 156 Cricket Tests for Australia, scoring 11, 174 runs including 27 centuries and finishing with an average of 50.56. He captained Australia in 93 Tests from 1984 to 1994 (a world record), winning 32 and losing 22. He was one of the 55 inaugural inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

  • Elyse Penaluna -  at Red Dust

    Elyse Penaluna

    Role Model

    Possessing great athleticism and touch around the basket for her size Elyse is working hard to make the transition into a senior player. With unlimited potential Elyse is has stepped up in the WNBL and become a dominate force within the league.

  • Brett Wheeler

    Role Model

    Brett's NBL basketball career has spanned twelve years - winning two championships and representing Australia sixteen times. Brett is an active contributor to Red Dust, both as a Role Model and in the graphic and visual arts field.

  • Glen Singleton

    Role Model

    Glenn has competed at state, national and international levels for all of his seventeen years as a kayaker. At senior level, he competed for more than ten years and in over forty international events, with great results. In conjunction with his sporting career Glenn has studied Business at TAFE and then Sports Science at Deakin University.

  • Linley Frame -  at Red Dust

    Linley Frame

    Role Model

    Linley won the 1991 World 100m Breaststroke Championship and an additional two silver medals in the 200m Breaststroke and the 4×100 Medley Relay at the same meet. During her career she was a Pan Pacific champion and won three World Short Course medals, plus many other international medals throughout a career spanning sixteen years.

  • Kyle Vander Kuyp -  at Red Dust

    Kyle Vander Kuyp

    Role Model

    Kyle is an Indigenous Australian athlete and a descendant of the Yuin Clan and the Woromi Clan along the NSW coast. He holds the Australian record for 110m Hurdles (13.29 sec) and the Australian record for 60m hurdles indoors (7.73 sec). Kyle has been National Champion twelve times, including a silver medal in the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

  • Tim Maloney

    Role Model

    Tim is a wheelchair basketball player who has played for Adelaide Thunder, Wollongong Roller Hawks, Bradford Bears (England), University of Kentucky WheelKats (USA), and The Australian Team (The Rollers 1989 – 1998). He won the wheelchair basketball Gold Medal in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and broke the world record in the 800m in wheelchair racing from 1985-87.

  • Luke Darcy -  at Red Dust

    Luke Darcy

    Role Model

    Luke is a former Australian Rules footballer who played for the Western Bulldogs, a team he captained for two years. Debuting in 1994, Luke is regarded as one of the Bulldogs' most successful ruckmen/forwards. In 2001 he took out the Charles Sutton Medal, and continued to stamp his name on the game in the following seasons.