Our Team

Our Team

Ann Owen

Ann Owen

Chief Executive Officer

With a strong background in business management, I’ve spent many years working in the not-for-profit sector in the Northern Territory (Alice Springs) until relocating to Darwin in 2011 to work with Foster Carers Association NT.

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My goal in life has always been ‘to ensure I make a difference’ which lets me challenge inequities and advocate for the rights of the disadvantaged.

With interests in computing and web technologies, hockey, painting watercolours and travelling, both in and out of Australia, I continue to draw on life experiences to provide perspective and balance to my life.

Cheryl Schmidt

Operations Manager

Expanding the team in the new position of Operations Manager is Cheryl Schmidt. Cheryl has built her career on advocacy in the area of youth, women and children. In this newly established role Cheryl is responsible for leading the team in all areas of our core business and looking for new opportunities for our members.

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A Queenslander originally, Cheryl and her family moved to Darwin with a goal to stay for just 2 years. That was over 12 years ago! The family home now found at Rosebery with her partner and a brady bunch of kids and grandchildren. The latest addition to the family is Archie the most adorable and spoilt mini-schnauzer.

Cheryl is excited to be joining this amazing, highly functioning and dynamic team whose commitment and dedication is second to none. She looks forward to working for the Association and meeting members across the NT.

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Monalisa Fungalei 

Northern Region Advocate

Born and raised in Adelaide, I moved to Darwin in 2013 to commence my studies in Law. During that time I was in a management role for three years and then worked in the Community Relations space for three years. It was through my role as a Community Relations Coordinator that I came into contact with FKCA. 

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I have always been passionate about people having a fair go and being able to have their voices heard and as I learnt more about the organisation, I knew the Out of Home Sector was a space I wanted to be part of. In October 2018 I joined FKCA as the Northern Region Advocate and it has become a role that I assume not only in my professional life but in my personal life as well.

In my time with the organisation I have acquired skills and knowledge in Government Investigations and Mediation and I look forward to completing my studies in Law to further compliment my portfolio so I can provide the very best level of Advocacy and Support to our Carer Members.

 

 

Sharni Tyrell

Administration Officer

I’ve recently relocated from Far North Queensland where I lived for 12 years and completed my schooling, to Darwin. My previous experience includes working in the Retail Sector and I’m really looking forward to starting my career in Business. This is something that I’ve been interested in for a while and am currently working towards my Certificate III in Business Administration.

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I’ve always wanted to work in an industry with a meaningful and worthwhile purpose. I’m still searching for my passion and hope to find it as a learn more in life.

My hobbies include singing and listening to music – it keeps my soul happy, watching movies and watching my daughter grow into a cheeky yet smart girl.

Tracey Adamson 

Marketing Assistant

Tracey is originally from New Zealand and has lived in the Northern Territory for one and half years. She has worked in Marketing for 10+ years and in the not for profit sector in both New Zealand and Australia for over five years

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Tracey’s new role at Foster & Kinship Carers Association NT is Marketing Assistant. She is responsible for putting together marketing material such as brochures, our quarterly newsletters, website updates and Facebook to name a few.

She was introduced to foster care at a young age through her Nana, who provided a safe and loving home for foster children for many years.
Tracey is excited about her new role and looks forward to helping make a difference and getting to know our valuable Carers.

Rosalyn Havard

Rosalyn Havard

Southern Region Advocate

My first career was as a registered nurse but I subsequently became self-employed in the commercial sector for many years.

In 2008 I moved from Adelaide to Alice Springs to work in a family and carer support program encompassing issues of mental health, domestic violence and substance abuse.

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While in Alice Springs I also worked in out of home care for two and a half years as a supporter of carers and coordinated care for children with high and complex needs. Since July 2012 I have been the Southern Region Advocate for Foster and Kinship Carers Association NT based in Alice Springs.

I have a strong interest and background in mental health carer advocacy support and family and carer education. In 2011, I represented the Mental Illness Fellowship Australia (Northern Territory) (MIFANT) at the Mental Health Council of Australia workshop on Coordinated Care in Canberra and at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress in Darwin.

I also received scholarships to attend the Australasian Society of Psychiatric Research Conference (Neuroscience) in Sydney and Faces in the Street, an international conference on Homelessness held at the

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Izzy Bellomo

Carer Support Officer

Recently relocated to Darwin with my partner after having travelled Australia for most of 2018. In Melbourne, I have worked in various roles across youth services, youth justice and then more recently in Family Support. I am really passionate about social justice and have for a long time sought to support those who are vulnerable in our community. I am really excited to commence my role with Foster and Kinship Carers Association NT and hope my role will bring more opportunities to carers, enhancing community awareness and continuing to improve the caring environment for all.

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One of my primary roles as Community Liaison Officer is to focus on supporting existing foster and kinship carers through providing training opportunities, and organising networking and social events. I am also available to offer informal support for everyday issues related to being a carer, so please do not hesitate to give me a call if you ever need to!

A little bit more about me: I love exploring the outdoors, going for hikes and camping. I enjoy listening to music and have recently taken up playing the ukulele. I have been exploring all the local markets in Darwin and have loved experimenting, cooking and eating the local tropical fruits. 

Martin Harvey 

Carer Support Officer

I’ve worked in construction and with non-government organisations in community development and HIV/AIDS relief. I’m also an emergency services volunteer, working with amazing people who sacrifice their time and energy to helping those in need. I’m studying my honours degree in anthropology. I believe that cultural connections and grounding are important for every child and carer, and hope to build this into my practice. 

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I’m really excited to be working in the Southern Region based in Alice Springs, and want to connect with our carer community. We have some incredibly caring volunteers who share their homes and families with children who need a safe, caring environment to thrive. I’m actually humbled by the love and support our incredible carers put into caring for foster children. I want to help them make a real difference in the lives of foster kids, and make the foster care journey a positive one.

I’ll be in the Alice Springs office from Tuesday 11th June onwards. If there’s anything I can do to help out, or if you just need to unload, come in for a chat over a cuppa.