To Sue, OzGREEN is not a job – it is her strategic response to her deep concern for the environment and her vision to build a more sustainable, peaceful and equitable world. Sue, along with her husband Colin, has been the driving force behind OzGREEN since it’s inception. She has 30 years experience in environmental education program innovation, development, management and implementation in urban, regional, remote and Indigenous communities in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Pakistan.
Watching his parents follow their dream, give up their jobs as teachers, sell their home and begin the work of setting up OzGREEN out of a borrowed garage in Dee Why, it was inevitable that Rowan would choose an environmental career path. Upon leaving school Rowan enrolled in Environmental Science at Macquarie University. After watching OzGREEN grow and evolve since its inception he became an employee whilst studying and has never looked back. He believes strongly in what OzGREEN has to offer and the key role it has to play in addressing the issues currently facing the world.
Judy has had an interesting and varied career including designing and implementing school and community education programs, working as a geologist with a large multi-national mining company, senior secondary science teaching and geology coordinator, costume maker for school musicals and Rock eisteddfods, community volunteer and bush regeneration work.
Travel to places such as India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran and South America and outback Australia really broadened her mind then marriage and two children put a stop to her wanderlust for a while. In 1999, needing a break from teaching, Judy decided to volunteer with OzGREEN and the rest as they say is history! She has since been involved in projects such as “Kids, Companies, Creeks”, MyRiver, YouthLEAD and the Great Eastern Ranges biodiversity corridor. Judy has been a committed environmentalist for many years winning awards for environmental initiatives during her teaching career, acting as Streamwatch coordinator, being a founding member of the Narrabeen Lagoon Committee and now working in the field of overseas aid and development.
Since 2001 Judy has been Program Manager of the East Timor Project which has involved living and working in the enclave of Oecusse for seven months a year. The core of the project is Village Environmental Action Planning which is a community based, transformative learning program. Villagers are empowered to critically analyse their environment and livelihoods and design their unique, site specific vision to building a society which is socially and ecologically sustainable.
Denise started in OzGREEN in 2011 as an Administration Assistant. Having immigrated to Australia from Ireland in 1993 Denise studied and became an IT Network Administrator, supporting Accounting and Legal Firms in Sydney for 9 years. She moved to Bellingen in 2003 and upon returning to work after having children, it was back to administration work. However having a keen interest in web technology, Denise has since returned to a path of study in Internet Communications and pursued a career in Online & Social Media Management. Denise is responsible for coordinating and integrating OzGREEN's website and social media platforms.
From rural roots to big city life, extensive travel around Australia and a jaunt or two overseas, Lena has seen enough to know that big changes are absolutely necessary if we’re going to survive living on one planet. With a love of the great outdoors, history and drawing, Lena studied a BSc in Ecology, Heritage Management and Landscape Architecture. Her work background has also been varied and included visitor management at the National Museum of Australia and marketing for a social enterprise selling organic local food. Committed to social justice and nurturing a green thumb, Lena spent months volunteering to improve the lives of at risk youth through urban farming in Olympia, USA. With a passion for life long learning Lena is currently studying a second degree in Environmental Education. Lena has a special interest in food security and is on a mission to help and encourage as many people as she can to live sustainably.
With a strong background in conservation and ecology work in Australia and New Zealand, Jaci now coordinates the Great Eastern Ranges initiative in the lower Hunter Valley. She is the point of contact for landholders and works in partnership with them to deliver on ground works as part of the Stepping Stones project.
Growing up on 250 acres of Australian bush in the Clarence Valley of NSW, Gemma developed a strong connection to the natural environment
After completing an education degree specialising in Education for Sustainability she worked for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) as the Queensland state coordinator. Gemma worked on multiple campaigns including ‘Youth Decide: The Energy Election’ in 2012 and coordinated ‘Start the Switch’, a youth leadership and sustainability program.
Gemma relocated to Mackay in June 2013 to work with Mackay Conservation Group; she acted as a fundraiser, organiser of sustainability projects and campaigner, opposing the expansion of nearby coal export ports. In 2015 Gemma worked with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) in Brisbane as a campaigner on the Fight for the Reef Campaign. She is passionate about the power of education to empower young people to be agents of social and environmental change.
Jane joined OzGREEN in May 2016 and brings a varied career history including community development and engagement, organisational capacity building, research, bookkeeping and project and event management. Jane’s most recent and long-standing role was as a Sector Development Project Officer with the Queensland Council of Social Service where she supported organisations from the community service sector and contributed advice to government stakeholders on issues affecting the sector and individuals impacted by poverty and disadvantage.
Jane moved to Bellingen in 2015 seeking to combine her professional life with her personal passion for sustainability. Jane has a passion for building the economic, social and environmental development of communities, organisations and individuals through harnessing and building on the inherent strengths of those involved. This passion sits perfectly with OzGREEN’s work, in particular its flagship program, Youth Leading The World. Through her role at OzGREEN, Jane provides administrative and event management support to the organisation and to the Bellingen Shire Learning Alliance, an alliance of Bellingen-based organisations working collectively and independently to create a culture of lifelong learning for sustainability and ecological balance.