Committee

Ann Marie Chemello
Ann Marie Chemello

President

 

Ann Marie Chemello has over 36 years’ experience in the Early Education and Care Sector. Ann Marie is a Service Provider with Long Day Care and Outside School Hours Care. Ann Marie is currently the Secretary of the National ACA Body.

 

Ann Marie firmly believes that the first 5 years of a child’s life are fundamental to all areas of their development. With this in mind, she involves herself in the areas where children and Educators can benefit. Her passion is in training Educators to deliver a caring and nurturing environment that involve opportunities to enrich the child’s development.

 

Ann Marie holds a Diploma in Teaching, Diploma in Social Science and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.


As President on the ACA WA board Ann Marie would like to use her experience and knowledge of the sector to empower members of the association, with the view to assist other board members in areas where needed.

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Adrian Grundy 

Co-Vice President

 

Adrian Grundy is the proud owner of "The Murdock Group. The Murdock Group is made up of 3 expertly driven Early Years focused businesses including - Eco Early Learning & Bush Kinder Thornlie & Langford, Murdock Early Education Education Schools and Murdock Education Recruitment a National Recruitment Agency that specialises only in the Early Years Education Sector. 

 

Adrian has also held positions in the sector such as Chairperson of a Community Based Not for Profit Child Care, where he was able to effectively lead change to drive, deliver and improve the quality outcomes for children within its service.

 

Adrian has a deeply engrained passion for large scale Workforce Management, People and Culture, Recruitment and Leadership Coaching and has worked alongside not only local WA Childcare Providers but National Organisations to assist and coach them in all of these key areas. 

 

Adrian is dedicated to providing excellence in early learning and has an unparalleled understanding of the challenges the sector faces and is passionate about using his strong presence in the community to address and make a positive change to these challenges and assist in building a sector that is driven by quality and excellence.

Frits Grader

Treasurer

 

Frits Grader has over 20 years’ experience in the Early Education and Care Sector. Frits is the owner of Ready Set Grow Group.

Frits has successfully owned, managed and operated in excess of 30 Long Day Care and Outside School Hour Care services in WA. Frits has owned and operated childcare/OSHC services in the metro and rural and remote areas of WA. Frits is also the Managing Director of a Registered Training Organisation, who specialise in providing high quality customised workplace training and professional development to the early education and care industry.

Frits holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and is also completing a Master’s in Business Leadership.
As a committee member of ACA WA board Frits would like to see the standard of training provided to early childhood educators raised through better understanding the needs within the early education and care industry. More relevant training as opposed to simply more training is the key to achieving high quality care.

Kristen McPhail 

Secretary

 

Kristen McPhail is co-founder of the award-winning Pachamama Early Education and Childcare.

 

Created in 2012, Pachamama is a home-away-from-home for children steeped in nature, creativity and diversity. It is a special place where nature and nurture intersect with early education and childcare. Underpinned with cultural diversity and respect for Mother Earth, Pachamama features creativity in ways only dreamt about in our industry. Kristen believes every child’s unique positive characteristics should be promoted in an environment encouraging their connection with nature, each other and themselves.

 

With a foundation of business and marketing in public and private companies, Kristen has a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Teaching constructing a unique skill set resulting in Pachamama - an ‘out of the box’ early education creation for the local Perth Hills community. Having lived in Perth for more than 30 years, Kristen’s fond childhood memories of the woods and lakes of Minnesota motivated the creation of Pachamama.

Lisa Godwin
Lisa Godwin

Co- Vice President


Service Provider to three Long Day Care services and one Outside School Hours Care service.

With over 24 year’s personal experience in caring for children and having a family of her own, Lisa understands the challenge of balancing a career with family life. Lisa takes great pride in her centres and has never lost sight of the great privilege it is that families trust in us to take care of and educate their children.

Lisa has become a leader and advocate in the childcare industry for staff, children and families. Lisa’s vision is to provide quality learning for all children and to lift the training standards and offer children an environment to become confident learners. Her personal strength lies in training and motivating and she recognises the importance of her role in inspiring Educators to strive for excellence.

Lisa holds a Diploma in Childrens Services.

As former President of ACA WA, Lisa raised the profile of the Early Education and Care Industry. Lisa aims to instill her passion and knowledge for educating children in their early years, and to change the way that Educators and society, view our industry.

Nesha ONeil
Nesha Hutchinson

Committee

 

Nesha has over 40 years of experience in long day care centres. Nesha is also Vice President of the ACA National Executive Committee, Nesha is also former President of the ACA NSW Executive Committee.

Nesha continues to consult and train in the Early Education & Care field.

 

Nesha currently owns and operates 1 service in North Western Sydney. She is passionate about working collaboratively across the sector to bring about positive outcomes for children, families and operators in the areas of funding, planning, inclusive support and policy.

Nesha takes a hands-on approach to centre operation, and is acutely aware of the issues facing operators, families and our children. She has won a host of awards for her business management from the Australian Family Awards, Child Care Week Awards, National Work Life Balance Awards, Small Business Awards and Telstra Business Women's Awards.

Nesha holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and English, a Masters in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education - Inclusive Support and a Diploma in Children's Services. Nesha is a registered senior supervising psychologist, a long-standing Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a Justice of the Peace. She also has a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

 



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Meg Whitehead

Committee

 

As a member of the ACA WA board I hope to be part of reigniting the passion of fellow educators during hard times and supporting fellow colleagues to celebrate their achievements - no matter how small. I am an advocate for children's rights to learn and I look forward to being able to actively support the industry.

 

I consider myself to be such a fortunate person. From when I was a little girl, I knew that my life would be dedicated to supporting and celebrating young children’s learning. I have always had an intense passion and love for supporting and educating children. I am a mother to three gorgeous children Olivia, Giovanni, and Pietro.

 

Together with my husband, Sebastiano, we celebrate the challenges and ‘wow’ moments of being parents. My family certainly keeps me busy, but as a passionate person I have dreamed of being able to share my love of teaching beyond the family.



 

Sarah Chemello

Committee

Sarah Anne Chemello has over 15 years eperience in the Early Education and Care Sector. Sarah has been a service provider for 12 years dealing mainly with OSHC.

 

Sarah has a strong passion in working with children especially in the first stages of their lives.

 

Sarah advocates in providing avenues for all children, their families and educators to be knowledgable and active in the importance of a strong education and how we can positively impact their development for thie future.

 

Sarah holds a Diploma in Children's Services and is currently enrolled in an Undergraduate of Psychology.

Rosina Smith

Associate Committee

 

Rosina has had over 15+ years of experience in education and care sector, starting off as Qualified room leader role and progressing to higher management roles such as Operations Manager, Area Manager, Compliance and governance and business support.

 

Currently working for MercyCare early learning as their general manager and has been with the organization for 4 years. MercyCare has 13 LDC’s and 1 OSHC service. Working for a not-for-profit, charity organization has provided me opportunities to support the wider community through our vision and mission “for people and communities to thrive, to bring compassion and justice to life and break cycles of significant disadvantage.

 

I believe with the right highly skilled educators who share our values we can make a positive difference to not only our children’s lives, but their family and the community.
Providing person centred care, and playbased education that looks at the child holistically we are giving our children the best start to life.

 

Qualifications: Advanced diploma in children services, cert IV in training and assessment. Mother of 2 children

Lisa Bevan 
Associate Committee

As a member of the ACAWA board I would like to support the committee in their work advocating for children, families and the workforce in our sector.

 

Lisa has worked with children for over 25 years in a variety of roles including, managing early learning centres, outside school hours care and integrated services. She also has experience supporting the development of programmes that are out of scope.


Lisa currently works with schools in the establishment and operations of children’s services within their school community. She is deeply committed to supporting the needs of the whole child through early intervention and forming strong partnerships with families. She believes in the need of taking a holistic approach to the school aged child and that schools and OSHC need to work together in partnership to ensure that the child’s whole day is considered, and it is not segregated.


She is a strong advocate and voice for OSHC and values the increasingly vital role it plays for children and families in Western Australia and the role it plays in supporting workforce participation. She is passionate about the need to network and work in collaboration across the sector to ensure a strong future for the sector.


Lisa holds a Bachelor of social sciences (family and children’s studies) and a cert IV in training and assessment.