Christy HAwker, CEO
Christy was appointed as CEO of BBY in October 2016. She has many years of experience in public administration, policy advocacy, native title, alternative dispute resolution and development practice and has worked in senior management and advisory roles in government and not for profit organisations in Western Australia and Victoria. Christy has qualifications in politics, philosophy and sociology, public administration and program evaluation.
She is committed to supporting an Aboriginal-led development agenda in the East Kimberley so that this region’s beaut kids can be strong in culture while also having access to the same opportunities and life choices as her own two small boys.
ELLEN OTTENHOF, aDMIN OFFICER
Elly was appointed Admin Officer at BBY in July 2018. Elly has held various admin-like roles throughout different industries, including banking, Assistant Cattle Station Management and administration. She holds qualifications in Business Communications and has vast experience in multicultural societies. Elly is a proud ‘Guu-Gu Yimmithirr’ woman from Hopevale, Far North Queensland and grew up supporting her younger families and friends, encouraging them to pursue their dreams of sporting careers or job opportunities and being one of the many role models within her community.
She has two young boys and says “This opportunity is a good example to show my children how important it is to follow the pathways through education to employment, so they can achieve any career, job or profession they admire in their futures.”
samantha Betts, Learning Leader
Samantha joined BBY in May 2017. With over 10 years experience in the development sector in international and Australian contexts, she brings strong knowledge of place-based community development practices and program management skills. Samantha is passionate in supporting community driven and sustainable development for Aboriginal people.
Samantha holds tertiary qualifications in Community Development, Applied Management, Training and Assessment and is currently completing her Masters in Policy and Applied Social Research.
DANIELLE TUCKER, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
Dani moved to Kununurra and joined the BBY team in October 2018. Dani has lived and worked with Aboriginal communities around Australia for many years and has a deep respect for culture and Country. Dani holds a BA in Development Studies and a Diploma of Health Sciences and has extensive experience working in community engagement, food security and environmental sustainability. Dani takes an ecological approach and has a strong background facilitating collaborations including working as a Collective Impact Backbone Coordinator. Dani brings with her a diverse skillset and looks forward to working with and learning from the BBY team and people of the East Kimberley.
Kristy Brittian, Project Officer for children and youth
Kristy was appointed the Project Officer in June 2019 on a 6-month secondment. She is a proud Nyoongar women with family connections to both West and East Kimberley. Her draw to Kununurra was a mixture of cultural connection, career development and expanding life adventures. Kristy has lived in Kununurra for almost 5 years. Kristy holds a BA in Social Services majoring in Youth Work and is in the process of completing a Diploma of Leadership and Management. Kristy has over 10 years’ experience working in the Youth and Education (VET & Tertiary) sector. Kristy has a strong desire to empower her mob and acknowledges community input is vital to creating effective change.
Natasha Storey, Community Engagement Officer
Natasha joined BBY in June 2019 as the Community Engagement Officer. She is a proud Wambaya/Wakaya women from the Barkly Tablelands with strong connections to Mount Isa, Camooweal, Tennant Creek, Borroloola and Katherine. She has lived in Kununurra for over 2 years now, previously working with the Department of Human Services-Centrelink where she held various roles from Customer Service Officer & Probation Officer to Service Centre Manager. She embarked on a self-empowerment journey to learn more about community dynamics, structures and issues on the ground. One of her greatest pleasures is being a proactive community member and working with community to obtain greater outcomes whilst doing the best job possible to deliver essential needs to the community and believes this community has a lot to offer and other communities can learn from here what we are doing on the ground. She’s also passionate about the development and mentoring our people by providing them with the tools, encouragement, guidance and support to empower themselves, their people and their community. She says, “I appreciate and value observing my 3 girls grow and develop into young Indigenous women through education and sport. They show resilience, confidence and maturity beyond their years – even in hard times and never allowed trauma to define who they are or where they are going.”
“I am a product of my determination, not my circumstances”.