The Therapeutic Engagement Support Services Association Incorporated (TESSA Inc.) is a not for profit organisation established on 12 April 2013, with a Board composition of seven Directors. 

The TESSA Inc. Constitution, 13 June 2018, specifies the Board composition as one founding partner nominee, and six elected member representatives.


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Robyn Webb GAICD

Chairperson, Communications Officer

Robyn is a technology consultant with over 30 years experience in a number of capacities with enabling businesses, government agencies and not for profits by aligning their technology services to their business objectives.

She has also advised business and government on various issues regarding business practices, procurement and technology and has delivered strategies, governance and projects that have transformed business productivity. She is passionate about equality in society and people having the opportunity to create their lives.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Studies 

• Certification in Production and Inventory Management

• Graduate Diploma in the Arts (Classical Studies)

• Company Director’s Course

• Masters in Business Administration (Executive) 

 


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Jane Weston

Company Secretary

Jane Weston is an experienced educator, writer and project manager. Jane’s 35 year education career includes work as a teacher, policy maker, manager and resource developer. Jane has managed a range of national and international education initiatives, and has extensive experience in developing resources for teachers and school leaders in areas of considerable educational significance, including Indigenous education, Studies of Society and Environment, body image, values, conflict resolution and peace.

Jane is currently an education consultant and writer. Jane co-wrote the 2018 publication,  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and complex trauma A resource for educators.

Qualifications:

  • Most Significant Change evaluation methodology – Accredited Facilitator

  • Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Melbourne)

  • Graduate Diploma in Librarianship (University of NSW)

  • Bachelor of Arts, Hons (La Trobe University)


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Rodrigo Castellanos

Treasurer and Board Member

Rodrigo has over 15 years’ experience in project management, sustainability and environmental markets. In 2010 Rodrigo cofounded RAMP Carbon Pty Ltd while leading the development of a series of major environmental and social programs in Latin America and Africa such as distribution off-grid lighting technologies, avoided deforestation and ecological restoration projects and energy efficiency solutions for commercial buildings.

Prior to founding RAMP, Rodrigo worked as the Head of Latin America for Cool nrg, developing a successful carbon finance business model in Mexico, and overseeing the development and implementation of 10 the world’s largest energy efficient programs for households.

In 2005 Rodrigo joined as Director of Research the corporate social responsibility ratings agency RepuTex in Melbourne, Australia focusing on Risk Assessment and Carbon Finance. Prior to this he worked in the Citigroup Private Bank in New York and Mexico City. Rodrigo has been training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido for 20 years and is currently the National Representative for the Children Program for Aikikai Australia.

In February 2017 Rodrigo was employed as the inaugural MAT Life Skills Program Manager for TESSA Inc.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Economics (BEc)


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Darek Lebek

Child Safe Officer

Darek has extensive teaching and coaching experience with men, women and children of all ages in a variety of settings, including designing and teaching self-defence in a professional basis in South Africa.  He has also run his own businesses for a number of years and has been involved in delivering projects around the world.

Darek has been involved with the MAT program since 2013.  He was introduced to meditation and personal development in his early teenage years and the exploration of mind and personal development quickly became one of his passions.

Darek began studying martial arts in 1986 and has been running a karate school for the last 15 years.   He currently he holds the rank of 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and has taken part in many national and international tournaments. Some of the highlights of his martial art include:

  • winning team in the World Seido Karate tournaments in New York in 2006

  • winning first place in Kata competition in the world tournament in New Zealand in 1998

  • winning the Australian SOGO Title in the Overall Australian Seido Championship in 2013.

His life mottos are ‘Life is a path of continuous learning’ and ‘If you fall down 7 times, get up 8 times.’

 

Qualifications: 

  • Diploma in Building and Construction and Project Management


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Ash Herriot

Co-chairperson, Founding Member Nominee

I have been involved with youth as a Sports Coach and Fitness Instructor for over 15 years. In 2016 I gained my Youth Worker qualification in addition to completing the TESSA Inc. “Managing Challenging Behaviours” and “Protective Practices” courses.

During 2016 I also began working in educational support through TESSA Inc. and was able to see the fantastic results they achieve in working with students. In 2017 I also ran therapeutic life skills programs through TESSA Inc. and this has given me a great insight into the fantastic work the organisation does.

As a board member I look forward to continuing to support the great work they do.


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Victoria Triggs

Executive Director

Victoria is an educational and leadership consultant, engaging in pro-bono and paid employment to support school and community leaders in leadership development, governance and strategic planning.

She is an accredited school reviewer, assisting primary, secondary and specialist schools to examine student outcomes and develop directions for improvement. She conducts School Council training and induction programs. She is an appointed lay member of the Ethics Committee of the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Victoria undertook the role of Company Secretary of TESSA Inc. from 2016 until the end of 2018.

She is a regular presenter to Leadership Victoria Board Leadership programs, for business and community leaders. Victoria held key educational leadership roles as a secondary school principal and as a Regional Director of Education.

Qualifications:

  • Accidental Company Secretary, Governance Institute of Australia

  • Corporate Governance Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Graduate Diploma Educational Administration, University of Melbourne

  • Leadership Victoria Fellow

  • Bachelor Science Education, University of Melbourne