Board of Governance

Youth Connections North Coast Incorporated (YCNC) is a body registered under the NSW Association Incorporations Act 1984. A  Board of directors articulates YCNC’s purpose and defines  the organisation’s culture, values and strategic leadership. The key responsibilities of the Board are to:

  • Determine the organisation’s purpose
  • Provide effective organisational planning
  • Provide adequate resources and to maintain and manage these resources
  • Determine, strengthen and monitor the organisation’s programs and services
  • Enhance the organisation’s public standing
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity
  • Maintain accountability
  • Oversee the financial position of the organisation

Board of Governance 

 Karen Hazan: Co-Chairperson

Karen is a solicitor and director with Trenches McKenzie Cox Solicitors and has extensive experience in industrial and family law and in working with disadvantaged youth. Karen has held positions on Boards of several community organisations, and brings expertise in risk management, problem solving, communications, regulation and compliance.

 Kate Olivieri: Co-Chairperson

Kate Olivieri has worked in Southern Cross University’s Equity and Diversity Office for the past two and a half years, in high school student outreach, program monitoring and evaluation. Kate is also a policy, research and evaluation consultant with Think Out Loud Consulting. A Lismore local, Kate has previously worked in social policy and international development in the federal governments of Australia and East Timor. Kate joined the committee in late 2012 to further her interest in Lismore’s community sector.

Scout Symons: Co-Chairperson, Youth Representative

Scout is studying a Double Degree in Law and Social Science at Southern Cross University, Lismore.  She has always had strong social conscience.  After completion of her degree Scout hopes to make a difference. In addition to studying Scout is  the Student Mentoring Co-ordinator at Southern Cross University Law Student Society, an AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) Mentor, a Student Mentor, Outreach Mentor and UNI-BOUND Mentor at Southern Cross University.  She believes in the power of sharing experiences and setting up support systems. In her spare time  she is the Youth Adviser Rotarian of Casino Rotary Club. Scout hopes to provide perspective from younger individuals in our community to this board.

Mark Ippolito: Secretary

Mark holds a bachelor of education/arts and is the Head Teacher of English & CAPA at Kadina High School. He has taught in areas of remote NSW such as Walgett and Cobar. Mark was pivotal in forming P.A.C.E (Parent & Community Engagement) which has now evolved to C.A.K.E (Country Rugby League and Kadina Engagement). He recently won National Teacher of the Year awarded by the Australian Rugby League Commission. Mark believes in the importance of sport in education.

Julia Melland: Business Services Sub-Committee

Julia is a long term YCNC Board member. She is a bookkeeper with Lismore and District Financial Counselling Service and has extensive experience in community sector financial management. She also Chairs YCNC’s Business Services Sub-Committee which oversees financial and business management. In addition to financial management, Julia brings expertise in Risk Management, Work, Health & Safety, Communication and community engagement.

Ross Tully: New Treasurer, Business Services Sub-Committee

Ross is a Chartered Accountant who has worked for local accounting firms in Lismore, Ballina and Mullumbimby. Ross has lived on the North Coast all his life and completed a Bachelor of Business at Southern Cross University. In addition to accounting and financial expertise Ross has significant knowledge of the local property market and is currently studying to qualify as a Registered Property Valuer.

Thank you to our Board members

We wish to pay tribute to the Board of Management who volunteer many hours and have specialist expertise that ensure we deliver the highest quality services to young people.

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