Gloria Rankine

Co-Director/Administrator/Teacher

Qualifications: Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching from Macquarie University in Sydney. Gloria also holds a current MR licence, Blue Card, First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma, Fire Safety and Child Protection Certificates.

Work days: Monday to Friday.

My story: Gloria is a Wagaya and Kalkadoon woman, a mother to two adult children, and a grandmother to a beautiful grandson. Gloria’s children attended Koobara, and she has been working at this organisation for over 30 years! Over that time, Gloria has worked as the administrator, teacher and now the director. Her service to the community has been extremely valued, and as a result, Gloria is a well-respected member of the local community. She is loved for her humility, kindness and humour: there are not many in this world who are like her. She leads by serving others. Gloria is also a passionate Cowboys supporter and is most at home when the red dirt is under her feet.

Chelsea Rolfe

Co-Director/Teacher

Qualifications: Chelsea holds a Master of (Education Early Childhood Teaching).  She was also a High School Teacher with a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) and Bachelor of Education from UQ (with several Dean’s List Commendations for High Achievement). She has taught for many years in North Brisbane. Chelsea holds current LR licence, Blue Card, First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma, Fire Safety and Child Protection Certificates.

Work days: Monday to Wednesday

My story: Chelsea is a Ngugi and Noonuccal woman who was born and raised in Brisbane. Chelsea’s four children have all attended Koobara. Before becoming a staff member, she was an executive on the board for 7 years. Chelsea has been a high school teacher for many years, and is working towards her Master’s so that she can teach in the kindy. She is a passionate advocate for our people and encourages others to be political and challenge bias. She is keen to be a part of Koobara’s long future.

Rebecca Walsh

Teacher/Educator

Qualifications:  Rebecca holds Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).   Rebecca holds a current Blue Card, First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma, Fire Safety and Child Protection Certificates.

Rebecca is an Aboriginal woman from Cunnamulla and a south sea islander woman of Vanuatu. She was born in Rockhampton and raised in Brisbane. She has travelled overseas and through Australia for five years working alongside children. Leading international teams in Thailand and learning their language encouraged her appreciation for multicultural perspective and her love for her own people and country. Mentoring and loving working with youth for a further five years has broaden her scope on her love for children of all ages. After a range of experiences, she then settled back in Brisbane to study her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).  The two theorist she strongly believes in, is Bronfenbrenner Ecological system which supports the perspective of holistic approach in supporting children. Also Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences which views all children having their specific intelligences. Rebecca looks forward to supporting Koobara's young children and their families.

Tashina Moore

Assistant Educator

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services, Blue Card, First Aid Certificate, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma, Fire Safetu and Child Protection Certificates. Currently Studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Years) Degree at Deakin University.

Work days: Monday to Friday

My story: Sheena is a Butchulla, Darumbal, Wangan and Jagalingou woman who grew up in Brisbane, playing lots of soccer. Sheena is a past Koobara kindy kid whose husband and son's attended also. She has worked at Koobara for 10 years – and began her traineeship as an assistant after volunteering for a whole year!

Sheena is so very skilled at what she does – centring children and families in the learning experiences at Koobara comes so naturally to her. She is a highly connected and well-respected member of our community. Sheena is enrolled to study for her Early Childhood Teaching degree.

Cynthia Inman

Assistant Educator

Qualifications: Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care, Blue Card, First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma, Fire Safety and Child Protection Certificates. Cynthia speaks several Papua New Guinean languages!

Work days: Thursdays and Fridays

My story: Cynthia has Papua New Guinean ancestry, and can speak three languages! She is a mother of two adult sons and has been working at Koobara for over five years. Cynthia completed the placement for her Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care traineeship at Koobara and has been here ever since! Cynthia is valued for her kind and generous spirit – and naturally children gravitate to her. She is also a powerhouse at cleaning the kindy space!

Vicki McLeod

Assistant Educator

Qualification: Studying Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, Blue Card, First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma, Fire Safety and Child Protection Certificates.  

Work days: Monday and Tuesday.

My Story:  I am Vicki McLeod originally from New South Wales, Newcastle. I came to Queensland in 1991 to raise my three children. My working years have involved working with children as a Nanny, Aged Care for elderly woman with disability.

Working at Koobara has give confidence and has filled my heart with joy. I am honoured to be able to assist in the Early childhood development of all our children, keeping them safe, secure and supported and receiving so much love in return.

Thank you Koobara for this opportunity.

Duncan Roma

Bus Driver/Groundsman

Qualifications: Duncan has a MR Licence, Blue Card, First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma, Fire Safety and Child Protection Certificates. Duncan also has a Technicians’ Certificate.

Work days: Monday to Friday

My story: Duncan is a Butchulla, Darumbal, Wangan and Jagalingou man who was raised in Cherbourg. He is the proud father of nine children – many of whom attended Koobara. Duncan has worked in many industries and is known for his phenomenal work ethic and deadly recall skills. Duncan joined the Koobara Kindy team at the beginning of 2017, and his work on the bus and in the yard has been greatly appreciated by the staff and families of Koobara.

Ruth Roma

Bus Assistant and Cleaner

Qualifications: Currently studying Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care, Blue Card, First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma, Fire Safety and Child Protection Certificates. Certificate III in Age Care and a Certificate I in Business.

Work days: Monday to Friday

My story: Aunty Ruth is a Butchulla and Darumbal woman who grew up in Cherbourg and is a proud Cowboys fan.

Aunty Ruth is the mother of 6 adult children, a grandmother of 24 grandchildren and even has two great-grandchildren! She has contributed significantly to the population of Koobara over two of those generations . Aunty Ruth spent a large chunk of her life working in aged care where she was able to demonstrate her staunch respect for our people and their stories. She joined the Koobara team in 2010, and since then has performed many roles around this place: she’s the cleaner, bus assistant and kindy assistant trainee. We think she is most appreciated for the deadly feeds she cooks at our fortnightly Community Program!
Aunty Ruth is like a walking encyclopedia on the history of the families from the Brisbane and Cherbourg communities. She is a truly valued member of the Koobara team.

Aunty Ruth’s had many of her grandchildren attend Koobara Kindy!

Melissa Meehan

Administration/Transition & Family Assistant

Qualifications: Melissa has a Certificate of Competence in Clerical and Administrative Skills. This was obtained through her Traineeship as a Bookkeeper for Koobara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Resource Centre. Melissa holds current LR Licence, Blue Card, First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma, Fire Safety and Child Protection Certificates. Melissa is working towards Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Work days: Monday to Friday

My story: Melissa is a Bigambul and Mandandanji woman who was born and raised in Brisbane. Melissa and her children attended Koobara Kindy. Melissa began at Koobara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Resource Centre as a Trainee Bookkeeper and completed her Clerical and Administrative Traineeship. Melissa has re-joined the Koobara Kindy Team in 2018. She looks forward to reconnecting with Koobara Kindy Kids, their Families and the Community.

Rosemarie Mason

Playgroup/Family Support Co-Ordinator

Qualification: Certificate III in Childcare, Blue Card, First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma, Fire Safety and Child Protection Certificates.

Work days: Monday - Wednesday

My Story: I am Rosemarie Mason originally from New South Wales in the Western suburbs of Sydney. I came to Queensland in 2002 with my partner and two-year-old daughter. My working years have involved working with children as a Nanny, People with a disability and the elderly in a variety of places in NSW, QLD, as well as four years in Vancouver Canada.

I am honoured to be able to work at Koobara. I feel that something has been missing from my life as my mother hardly ever spoke about her childhood. Working at Koobara will help me get a better understanding of the importance of having a Service such as this. Since working at Koobara, I have gained so much confidence and respect for myself as well as a sense of belonging to a community.