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Governance

Executive Committee

Jack Beetson

Co-Chair

Professor Beetson is a Ngemba man with extensive experience in adult education, community development and Indigenous and human rights education. He is an adjunct Professor at the University of New England and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. He is one of only 12 people worldwide to have received a United Nations Unsung Hero Award. Beetson is Chair of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Economic Development Advisory Committee, Board member of Social Enterprise Finance Australia, Executive Director of Beetson & Associates and Executive Director of Literacy for Life Foundation. Professor Beetson was most recently honoured by being the first Indigenous Australian to be inducted into the International Hall of Fame of Adult and Continuing Education.

Sarah Hopkins

Co-Chair

Sarah Hopkins is Co-Chair of Just Reinvest NSW and the Managing Solicitor of Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service ACT/NSW. She is an accredited specialist in criminal law and has lectured in criminal law at the University of NSW. Sarah has been working alongside the Bourke community since 2012 in support of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, which was the recipient of the 2015 National Rural Law and Justice Award. In 2019 Just Reinvest NSW was the recipient of both the HESTA Community Organisation Award and the Australian Human Rights Commission Community Organisation Award.

Sarah is a member of the NSW Bar Association’s Joint Working Party on the Over-representation of Indigenous People in the NSW Criminal Justice System. Throughout her career Sarah has served on numerous committees including the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of NSW, the Steering Committee for the Red Cross Vulnerability Report 2015, and as Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties. In 2017 Sarah was named the Community Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW.

Gino Vumbaca

Treasurer

Gino Vumbaca is a member of the Executive Committee, Just Reinvest NSW. He has extensive experience in the HIV/ AIDS and drug and alcohol fields both in Australia and internationally. He is a Churchill Fellow, has completed a Social Work degree and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Sydney and is a qualified Company Director. Gino has worked as the Manager of HIV/AIDS and related services with the NSW Department of Corrective Services, in a variety of drug and alcohol centres as a counsellor and was responsible for coordinating the establishment of the NSW network of needle and syringe exchange programs for the NSW Health Department. Gino also continues to provide advice on prisons, HIV and drug issues for international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. Gino Vumbaca is the Principal of 3V Consulting Services and President and Co-Founder of Harm Reduction Australia.

Mark Riboldi

Secretary

Mark Riboldi has been volunteering with Just Reinvest NSW since 2017 and an Executive Committee member since 2018. He supports the team around facilitation, advocacy and strategic communications. Mark has worked as the Advocacy & Communications Manager at Community Legal Centres NSW, as a political media and policy adviser in NSW Parliament to David Shoebridge and Jenny Leong, and as an English language teacher in Australia and abroad. He is currently working at the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney on collaborative research and policy projects. Mark’s various writings can be found here, and he lurks on twitter here.

Daniel Daylight

Executive Committee Member

Daniel is a proud Gamilaraay (NSW) man who has family ties to the Gubi Gubi nation (QLD). Daniel has a passion for helping Aboriginal children and youth caught in the criminal justice system and has spent his working life in the justice sector. He worked on the development of the Youth Koori Court (YKC) including consultation with community and development of the program with other stakeholders.

He believes if the appropriate support mechanisms are placed around our young Aboriginal people in the Justice system and we can empower them, then they can and will be among our leaders in the future. He is currently the Managing Director of Infinite Hope Aboriginal Corporation, an organisation that has been set up to work with Aboriginal young people involved in both the criminal justice and the out of home care systems. Daniel is also a Director of the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service board and lifelong member of the organisation. He is honoured to be on the Just Reinvest NSW Executive Committee.

Kristy Masella

Executive Committee Member

Kristy Masella is a Murri from Rockhampton, Dharumbal country in Central Queensland who has dedicated her life to empowering Aboriginal communities. She has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for more than 25 years across many portfolios in both NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Kristy is the CEO and Executive Director of the national Indigenous recruitment and training company, AES, who empowers Aboriginal people through employment and community development. Prior to this role she was the head of Social Justice for Aboriginal Affairs NSW and led a major review of the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act.

Kristy has been named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influencial Woman by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac. She also went on to be awarded one of the Top 10 Category winners as Diversity Winner. Kristy studied Journalism at the University of Queensland and has been presented with a number of prestigious awards in her career such as the National Trust Print Media Commendation Award and the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Award for her work as co-author of Connecting Kin. Kristy holds a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of NSW specialising in Indigenous rights.

Kristy is the Chairperson of Tranby Aboriginal College. She has been an active member of the Tranby Board of Directors since in 2009. Kristy is also the Deputy Chairperson of Wunanbiri Incorporated, one of the most successful independent Aboriginal community preschools in NSW whichshe has been committed to supporting for 15 years. She was a member of the inaugural Committee of Sydney University’s National Centre of Cultural Competencies to establish the Community Council, is a former co-chair of the NSW Reconciliation Council, and was nominated for the NSW Justice Award in 2014. Kristy is a mother of two daughters.

Paul Wright

Executive Committee Member

Paul Wright is the National Director of ANTaR. He has nearly two decades of experience working in both Government and non-government sectors – covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, health, immigration and social services.Most recently, Paul was the Executive Officer for the Close the Gap Campaign Secretariat and the National Health Leadership Forum at the Australian Human Rights Commission. He continues to sit on the Steering Committees for the Close the Gap and Change the Record campaigns and is also proud to be a member of the Just Reinvest NSW Executive Committee. Paul studied politics and international relations at the University of Canberra and has a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Australian National University.

Ashlee Kearney

Executive Committee Member

A proud Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman from far west New South Wales, Ashlee was born and spent most of her life on Dharug country in Auburn, NSW. She studied a Bachelor of Educational Studies and an Associate Degree in Indigenous Education at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, NSW. Ashlee has also completed postgraduate studies in Public Policy at the Australian National University, Acton, ACT.

Her professional background spans across the education, social and community work sectors and in the political and policy fields. Ashlee is the Disability Royal Commission Project Manager at the First Peoples Disability Network. She is committed to making a difference for all Australians, especially the First Nations peoples and women through education. Ashlee is extremely passionate in policy and politics and was until recently a Policy advisor for both Senator Patrick Dodson and the Honourable Linda Burney MP. Ashlee aims to demonstrate her skills and lived experiences to improve the lives and well-being, especially to empower and support women, children and First Nations communities.

Karlie Stewart

Executive Committee Member

Karlie Stewart is a Wandi Wandian Woman from Yuin Country on the South Coast of New South Wales. She lived in Nowra throughout her childhood and spent time around the Nowra, Wreck Bay and Jerrinja Aboriginal communities with her family. Since 10 years old, Karlie has lived on Bidjigal land and has strong connections to the La Perouse Aboriginal community. In early 2019, Karlie graduated with an Honours in Social Work from the University of New South Wales and has since worked as a Child, Youth and Family caseworker at Weave Youth and Community Services. She is passionate about healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, particularly from intergenerational trauma as a result of historic and current government interventions.

Trent Wallace

Executive Committee Member

Trent is a proud First Nations man who grew up on Darkinjung Country. Trent is the First Nations Advisor and Lawyer at Ashurst, which is the first and only role of its kind within a global law firm. Prior to joining Ashurst, Trent has held roles with Australian Government Solicitor and the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability where Trent was the first Aboriginal lawyer on staff. After noticing a gap in legal knowledge for young lawyers, Trent developed course content for the University Of New South Wales Practical Legal Training Program, which looks at ways to work most effectively with First Nations clients. Trent is involved with New South Wales Young Lawyers, is on the Indigenous Issues Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales  and is Co-Chair of the Legal Profession Reconciliation Network. Trent looks forward to promoting and advancing the voices of First Nations Peoples through JR NSW, noting that First Nations Peoples must be the first voices listened to.

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