Meet the ATLAS Board 

 

Mrs JENNY ROLSTON - CHAIRPERSON

Jenny is a long time Geraldton resident with a working career spanning a range of public and private sector positions in Geraldton, Perth and Port Hedland. Her experience covers education and training within the VET sector as well as various positions within government including TAFE, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Local Government as well as substantial experience in the private retail sector. Mrs Rolston is currently employed as CEO of Progressive Training (WA) Pty Ltd, a privately owned registered training organisation.

Jenny has had a long association with ATLAS, joining the Board as Chairperson in 2010. Her formal qualifications include a Graduate Certificate of Management (Professional Practice), a Bachelor of Applied Science (Library Studies), an Advanced Diploma of Management as well as other business management qualifications. Jenny’s association with services for people with a disability within the community is directly related to her personal family experience.

 

 Mr JODY BEVEN

Jody was born in Tasmania and moved to WA in 1993, before settling more permanently in Geraldton in 1996. He has spent his entire working career in the finance industry, most recently as a founding staff member of Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank Branch since April 2009. The switch to Bendigo was to support the financial model which is about sharing the profits from banking within in a local community with local decisions on the use of those funds.

Since being in Geraldton, Jody has been involved in numerous community groups and sporting clubs, with recent positions as president of the MWCCI, an adviser to the Local Advisory Committee of the Rangeway Child & Parent Centre, board member at Wandina Primary School and Chairman of the NACC Independent Selection Panel, just to name a few.

Jody's role at ATLAS is part of this commitment to make the Mid West a better place to live, and as part of a wider support role for people who are disadvantaged in any capacity. The vision and purpose statement of ATLAS is one he feels able to contribute to with his experience in strategic direction and in developing financial sustainability models for NFP groups.

Mrs SONYA HARVEY

 

Sonya was born and bred in Geraldton and has a passion for sport. Sonya spent the beginning of her career in the finance industry then moved into establishing her own Business with her husband and has been self employed for the past 25 years.

Her association with services for people with disability comes from direct involvement with her family. Sonya is very passionate about her local community and is involved in various sporting Clubs and voluntary work in the region.

For Sonya, ATLAS seemed the perfect fit and she joined the Board in 2014. Sonya is keen to bring her knowledge of sport and finance to the Board, using her personal experience and enthusiasm to increase people with disabilities access and inclusion into the Geraldton and surrounding regions.

 

Mr ADAM MURSZEWSKI

Adam has been with the Mid West Development Commission since late 2009 and is currently working in a planning, project development and analysis role. Previously, he spent 10 years with the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Mid-West and Gascoyne offices, during which time he assisted with the planning and establishment of ATLAS.

He has held a position on the Board since its commencement in 2004 and is currently Deputy Chair. Adam spent four years on the Board of Management of Geraldton Buccaneers in the State Basketball League and is on the current Boards of the Mid West Sports Federation and the Geraldton Resource Centre. Adam has an MBA from Deakin University with undergraduate degrees in Business and Recreation studies.

 

MS SHEENA BYRNE

 Sheena was born in the UK and emigrated to Australia with her young family. In 1995, she settled in Geraldton.  Sheena has an extensive background in Human Services  and has worked with individuals, families and the wider community in a variety of roles encompassing Early Childhood, Child Protection, and most recently Disabilty Services Commission as Midwest Area Manager, for 8 years.

A recent transition to part time employment has afforded Sheena the time to pursue other interests, and she does so with a strong comitment to "making a difference" and advocating for equal opportunities for everyone.

Sheena is keen to bring her skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the ATLAS board in order to support and promote access, inclusion and greater opportunities for people with disabilities in the wider community.

 

 MS ANGIE WEST

Angie is a long term Geraldton resident and joined the board in 2016. She grew up in Shark Bay and is a passionate advocate for all children having the opportunity to access the outdoors and experience opportunities for risk. 
With over 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood sector - Angie also spent time working as an Inclusion support facilitator ensuring all environments were inclusive and welcoming to children with disabilities or other barriers such as language or culture.  She  continues to be passionate and motivated to make a difference in how parents and educators create an environment where children can become healthy, happy and resilient.

Angie’s personal journey with one of her children being born with a physical disability allows her to empathise and relate to families and individuals experiencing the challenges in achieving inclusivity in our community.

Angie brings management and business skills to the board.

 

 

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