Johllene was part of the founding team of the Kokoda Youth Foundation being our first part-time employee back in 2006. In her first 5 years, Johllene experienced every role within our organisation from Association Secretary to Event Manager and even volunteer Youth leader. Johllene has first-hand knowledge of what it is like to take on the ‘Challenge’ having completed the 96km Gold Coast course in 2008 and leading 28 of our Kokoda kids in PNG later that year.
In 2011 Johllene took a break from the Foundation to pursue her own business, enabling her to spend more time with her then young family. Johllene has returned to the Foundation in 2021 as Chief Executive Officer and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills in business management and Government relations. In her spare time Johllene enjoys fishing, boating and spending time with family.
Jessica moved up to the Gold Coast at the start of 2020 after spending time volunteering in an animal shelter in Peru. She was brought on board to help grow the number of participants in the Kokoda Challenge events and reach a new audience to in turn, help more young people.
She has an extensive background in marketing, as well as a creative background in graphic design and photography/videography. Jessica joined the Kokoda Youth Foundation as it has always been a life goal of hers to work for a registered charity that gives back to the community and the people within it.
Tiffani’s Kokoda journey started in 2015 when she became a Kokoda Kid. She strongly connected with the Kokoda values of Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice whilst completing the track in Papua New Guinea, acknowledging that the trip gave her “the direction and drive” that she needed. Since graduating the program in 2016, she has travelled all around the world, studied at university and worked in various industries.
Tiffani’s passion for the outdoors, want to give back to the community and ambition to create a change in the world has landed her in the position of Administration and Event Liaison for the KYF. Tiffani has a strong connection to the foundation, knowing personally how it can change the lives of young Australians.
Patrisha is a double degree university graduate with several years’ experience in accounting, bookkeeping and law. She has a passion not only for working with numbers but also for helping others. As such, Patrisha has volunteered for numerous charities and events as well as being involved with developing the Community Mates volunteering initiative on the Gold Coast.
She also has experience in assisting youth with their goals and understanding their requirements with her work as a University Student Ambassador. Patrisha joined the Kokoda Youth Foundation with a dedication and goal to make a difference in the community.
Andy has a background in the logistics and supply of equipment for major events in England that include the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge and the Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. After relocating to Australia in 2005, Andy worked on local events including the Gold Coast 500, Roxy Pro, Splendor in the Grass and Gympie Muster.
In his spare time, Andy is a keen Liverpool FC fan and has mentored young players over the past 20 years to help them work towards their own footballing aspirations. In his spare time, Andy enjoys watching the (English Premier League) football and spending quality time with his wife, 2 daughters and, very importantly, Alfie the family pet dog.
Joel comes to the Foundation having previously worked as a Manager at an Outdoor Education centre, organising camps for local and interstate schools. Prior to that, he had a long career as a Physical Education teacher, Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Head of Sport in several Independent and State High Schools in South Australia and Queensland.
He has also undertaken roles in Sport Development. Joel is looking forward to guiding teenagers through the various programs run by the foundation to facilitate lasting changes in their lives and he is a firm believer that the best education happens in the outdoors. In his spare time, Joel loves watching live sport, surfing and spending time with his family.
Nikki has nearly 30 years’ experience of office administration and management within the corporate, small business and political environments. She has a wealth of knowledge in developing and implementing systems and processes that enable offices and teams to achieve the highest performance and produce excellent results. In her spare time Nikki enjoys hanging out with her young family going camping, and attending and cheering on their sporting efforts. Most weekends you will also find her down at the local netball courts where she is a passionate advocate for the sport, and volunteers her time as a Coach and is President of a netball club she founded.
Chris, in recent years, has been developing himself professionally and experientially in youth mentoring, rite of passage, men’s work and counselling, and is now a qualified counsellor and youth worker and is certified in rites of passage. In his role as the Youth Program Coordinator – On The Right Track at the Kokoda Youth Foundation, Chris is excited to apply a preventative approach to guide, support, role model and journey with youth while helping them realise their potential.
Prior to embarking on his journey of personal development and education, Chris spent two decades applying his knowledge and expertise in business to start-up and manage numerous businesses, including an Industrial Abseiling organisation and indoor trampoline centres. Chris is a keen surfer who loves the ocean and relishes every opportunity to spend time with his beautiful wife and young adult daughters on our stunning Gold Coast beaches.
Carly is super excited to join the amazing team at the Kokoda Youth Foundation. Carly will be working alongside KYF’s other Youth Program Coordinator Chris and managing the Kokoda Pathways and On The Right Track school based programs.
She is passionate about the great outdoors and being able to use aspects of positive psychology and a strengths based approach in her work and believes that young people are incredibly capable. With a background in the healthcare industry, wellness coaching, teaching and training, Carly is looking forward to working alongside young people to see them flourish and grow into their potential.
Rachel is a 2009 Kokoda Kid, whose journey has bought her full circle after working in a wide variety of job roles from Hospitality and Events where she was able to enjoy music festivals and cater conferences to being a travel agent and exploring Columbia on a work trip. Rachel studied a Diploma of Events and has started a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy. Rachel has always wanted to teach, educate and inspire others to support each other and take care of nature.
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