Board of Directors
Personally Ricky is hard of hearing, who also has a hard of hearing daughter, he is passionate about health and fitness, competing in fun runs, triathlons and open water swims when his schedule allows. His daughter actively participates in swimming and netball.
You can read his thoughts on all things arts marketing related on his blog Martsketing. He is currently employed as the Marketing Services Manager at the University of Canberra, Australia’s leading sports studies university.
In 2003 Alex co-founded with Tony Abrahams an innovative and social-enterprise company, Ai-Media, to deliver captioning services for broadcasters. They have also developed a ground-breaking technology called Ai-Live that brings captioning into new environments that was unheard of a few years ago to classrooms, workplaces, conferences and events.
As a devoted athlete, Alex has a great interest in being fit and staying healthy and is inspired to see young deaf people to play sports. He was on one of the Beach Volleyball teams during the Gold Coast Australian Deaf Games, and has fondest memories of playing this sport. In 2005, Alex directed the Cultural Festival as part of the M2005 Deaflympic Games.
Alex is currently on the board of People with Disability Australia. He has also served as an ambassador for the NSW ‘Don’t DIS my ABILITY’ campaign for the International Day of People with Disability in NSW for 6 years and is one of the NSW Australia Day ambassadors for the last four years.
He is a very proud father to two beautiful boys, one of whom is deaf. It has always been Alex’s passion to see that deaf people are given unlimited opportunities to live their life to their fullest potential without any barriers.
Darren has Bachelor of Business in Accounting and in his professional life is the Assistant Business Manager with an independent school in Brisbane.
Tracey’s strength includes government relations, policy and project management, strategic planning, marketing and communications and improving service delivery through better, more inclusive and consultative engagement with stakeholders. With key focus on diversity and inclusion, Tracey has championed projects which provide meaningful inclusion of underrepresented group, especially people with disability. A stand out project she delivered at Screen NSW was Screenability NSW which supported paid internships for creatives with a disability in various production companies including Animal Logic (Peter Rabbit, Lego Batman, Babe), Screentime (Secret Daughter), ABC Entertainment (You Can’t Ask That) and Channel Nine’s NRL Footy Show. Tracey was also recently appointed as an Advisory Board Member of Bus Stop Films, a not for profit film production and training service for people with a disability.
Tracey was awarded the Elle Magazine Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Award for her community development work at Housing NSW. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts (Community Welfare) and a Diploma of Business.
Growing up in public housing cemented in Tracey a passion and commitment to social justice. A busy mum of 3 active kids, her eldest daughter being diagnosed hearing impaired at 2 years old, has inspired Tracey to look for opportunities and promote equity for deaf and hard of hearing people in all aspects of their lives. Both Tracey and her daughter are learning Auslan. She loves all sports and is HUGE fan of the Cronulla Sharks.
Katie is driven in her work, and in her sporting pursuits to inspire children and teenagers living with hearing and eye sight loss to aspire and achieve their goals.
Katie has worked in the consumer sports industry for 15 years including premier Australian companies as the NRL, Melbourne Storm, ANZ Stadium and Tabcorp. She also worked on contract with the NT Government’s Sport and Recreation.
Katie is an Ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children where one of her fundraising initiatives was to do a PB swim of 9.4km as part of their Swimathon. Katie is also Ambassador with Usher Kid Australia and Try kids program with the John Maclean Foundation.
Away from work, Katie initiated the establishment of two professional Fun Runs as part of the RunNSW series. This was a lifelong goal to see her hometowns of Casino and Armidale with their own Fun Runs, and thus facilitating healthier lifestyles. She was also involved in setting up the Darwin parkrun and played a part in the development of parkrun in Armidale.
Katie has served on the Armidale Council Disability Committee and worked as Media Officer for the Australian Blind Cricket Team and the Australian Deaflympic Team.
From February 2015, Katie gained selection on Triathlon Australia’s elite Paratriathlon program. After winning the Paratriathlon PT5 (Vision Impaired) World Championships in September 2015 with Michellie Jones as her Guide, Katie and Michellie then went on to win Australia’s first Paratriathlon medal at the Rio Paralympics, where they won the Gold medal.
Katie is also working to set up the ‘Sport Access Foundation’, which will primarily serve to remove any barriers for children with a disability to play sport. Katie is planning to launch this Foundation early 2017.
Katie has also recently started a new role with the Australian Paralympic Committee in a senior marketing and athlete liaison role.
Katie is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Leisure Management), Griffith University and Masters of Business, UTS.
As part of building on her skills in sports, Hannah is also currently studying Bachelor of Exercise Sports Science and Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at Deakin University with the aim of working within the Sports Industry at the completion of the course.
Hannah is very keen to see an increase in sports participation by deaf and hard of hearing people across Australia.
Garry has experience and success in strategic planning, operational and event management, staff development, financial and risk management and sports leadership development.
He has also been involved in community development projects (ie. local and indigenous communities in Vietnam and Papua New Guinea) demonstrating a passion for the development of individuals and their communities to achieve their goals.
Garry graduated in Degrees in Transport Economics and Accounting, Master Studies in Sports Law and has a basic understanding of the Indonesian and Vietnamese languages.
Garry is married to Annette and has five children.
Sherrie is passionate about empowering Deaf and hard of hearing people from birth to death in all aspects of their lives. Most recently, she worked on a national emergency management project, lead by Vicdeaf. She has also worked in both deaf and hearing organisations, within retail, politics, teaching and community development.
In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Cultural and Social Analysis) at the University of Western Sydney. She has recently completed a Master of International and Community Development at Deakin University. She aspires to become a researcher within community development and the deaf/hard of hearing sector. Sherrie is currently studying towards Graduate Certificate in Disability & Inclusion at Deakin University.
In her spare time, Sherrie can be found blogging at I Sign. I Wander., and looking for the perfect dog to spend her life with.