Our Team

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
An Indigenous woman from the North West of Australia, Sonia has extensive experience in Indigenous Affairs and has worked in a variety of industries at all levels. Based in Geraldton, Sonia is responsible for program delivery in Carnarvon, Meekatharra, Mullewa and Wiluna. Sonia also manages the Shooting Stars database and reporting platform, and 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.
Email Sonia: sonia.tait@shootingstars.org.au

Helen Ockerby
Regional Manager – Kimberley
With a vast amount of experience in the sport and recreation industry in the Kimberley, particularly remote areas, Helen has worked in the field for the past 10 years, and is responsible for program delivery in Derby and Halls Creek. Helen works to support community development that aligns and works within site based programs to develop Shooting Stars outcomes, its impacts in the community and schools across the region as we drive social change.

Email Helen: helen.ockerby@shootingstars.org.au


Deanella Purdie

Deanella Purdie

Halls Creek Program Coordinator
Melanie De La Couer

Melanie De La Couer

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
Tilly Kyangka

Tilly Kyangka

Meekatharra Assistant Program Coordinator

Leanne Bidwell

Leanne Bidwell

Mullewa Program Coordinator

Latoya Bolton-Black

Latoya Bolton-Black

Narrogin Program Coordinator

Download the full Shooting Stars Structure 2018