Our Leadership

FRAN HAINTZ
Executive Officer – Shooting Stars
With over 25 years experience in rural and remote Indigenous communities, non-government organisations, small business and corporate Australia, along with a history of involvement in netball at all levels from grassroots through to the Board of Netball WA, Fran has extensive experience in community development, success in program delivery, strategic and financial planning across Western Australia and the Northern Territory. 

Previous roles saw Fran lead Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre from a three staff organisation to a thriving 30 plus in its peak, all working out of the $3M purpose-built facility built under Fran’s watch. In her role at BHP Billiton, Fran lead the strategic development, implementation and management of the Education and Development Strategy and Programs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders including strategy development, legacy project design, and infrastructure project management, contract and financial management and provision of business support for community partners, in particular NGOs. Fran’s budget was in excess of $20m annually. 

Fran is proud to employ staff from a female Indigenous background in all positions of responsibility she has held, to further address the situation of inequity and gender imbalance of female Indigenous employment. Where there isn’t opportunity to find an Indigenous woman to employ in a position Fran will endeavour to upskill and build capacity in the community to bridge the divide.

Fran is passionate about education, Indigenous advancement toward equality and netball!


SONIA TAIT
Regional Manager – Mid West

Sonia’s Role: Based in Geraldton, Sonia leads the Mid West Gascoyne Shooting Stars Teams, and is responsible for program delivery across three sites: Carnarvon, Meekatharra and Mullewa.  Sonia also manages the Shooting Stars database and reporting platform to ensure accurate information and statistics are being captured and reported.

About Sonia: As an Indigenous woman from the North West Region of Australia, Sonia has extensive experience in Indigenous Affairs and has worked in a variety of Industries at all levels.  Sonia has a strong belief and passion in empowering young aboriginal women to be the best person they can be and to assist them in becoming the future leaders of their communities.

Contact Sonia: 0407 241 042
Email Sonia: sonia.tait@shootingstars.org.au


Helen Ockerby
Regional Manager – Kimberley
Helen’s Role: To implement and support community development that aligns and works within site based programs to further develop and maintain Shooting Stars outcomes, its impacts in community and schools across the region as we drive social change working alongside and with our regions stakeholders.
About Helen: Helen has a vast amount of experience in the sport and recreation field within the Kimberley particularly the remote areas, having worked in the field over the past ten years she has experience with community empowerment and youth engagement.
Contact Helen: 0447 171 768
Email Helen: helen.ockerby@shootingstars.org.au

LACIE RISEBOROUGH
Manager – Government Relations & Philanthropy
Lacie’s Role: Lacie is responsible for driving the development of stakeholder engagement and investment for the Shooting Stars program. The role includes strategic direction and implementation of new donor partnerships and stewardship of current supporters.
About Lacie: 
Lacie has over 10 years experience working in a variety of business development and fundraising roles in Perth and in London, within the not-for-profit sector. She brings to her role a sound understanding of strategic income development and donor relationship management.
Contact Lacie:
9380 3706
Email Lacie: 
lacie.riseborough@shootingstars.org.au


Deanella Purdie

Deanella Purdie

Halls Creek Program Coordinator
Lynlee Gunn

Lynlee Gunn

Halls Creek Assistant Program Coordinator

Carina Churnside

Carina Churnside

Derby Program Coordinator
Kirsten Howard

Kirsten Howard

Derby Assistant Program Coordinator

Bernie Kop

Bernie Kop

Carnarvon Program Coordinator
Tiare Lesa

Tiare Lesa

Carnarvon Assistant Program Coordinator

Lynley Jetta

Lynley Jetta

Meekatharra Program Coordinator
Kadisen King

Kadisen King

Meekatharra Assistant Program Coordinator

Leanne Bidwell

Leanne Bidwell

Mullewa Program Coordinator

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Narrogin Program Coordinator

Download the full Shooting Stars Structure 2018