Say Hello to Our Board!


Joël Dunn (Deputy Chair)

Joël is a local Veterinary Surgeon and Landcare Co-ordinator. 

Joël has worked on local projects for community empowerment through sustainable localised food systems, including facilitating the establishment of Great Lakes Seed Savers Network, developing Forster Community Garden working for Forster Neighbourhood Centre, and establishing and supporting Sustainable Farming Groups working for MidCoast Council and Karuah/Great Lakes Landcare.

Appointed to the Board in September 2004.


Anne Sattler (Chair)

Anne is an Advisor in the Sydney Office of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Anne is responsible for coordinating Indigenous programs for NSW. Anne was previously employed by Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council. Her roles included Projects Manager and Human Resources/Training Manager. Anne brings excellent knowledge of Indigenous affairs, the labour market, government policy and a strategic approach to the positioning of Community Resources. 

Served on the Board for many years and re-joined in November 2010.


Melanie Ridgeway

Melanie works as Team Leader Administrative Support for the Aboriginal Health College (Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW). Melanie is a local community member who commenced employment with Community Resources in 2006 as a Business Administration trainee after her former training with The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association. 

Melanie has applied her administration skills in producing and directing short films on social issues in the Great Lakes local Aboriginal community. As a founding director of Community Resources’ Forster Film Festival, Melanie was also on the board of the Forster Aboriginal Film Unit. We value Melanie’s continued support of the organisation through her position as Board Member.

Appointed to the Board August 2013.


Jazlie Davis

Jazlie is a Biripi-Dunghutti woman with a passion and commitment for working with Indigenous people. After graduating from the University of NSW, Jazlie had 3 years’ aviation experience before moving into the development sector in the Northern Territory where she spent 8 years working in remote Indigenous communities developing strong cross-language and cross-cultural competency (working with Yolngu people of NE Arnhem Land). 

Today, Jazlie is studying law with a particular interest in interactions between traditional Indigenous law and mainstream Australian Law, as well as being a mum and voluntary board member and secretary for Why Warriors Org (a small not-for-profit facilitating community development /community lead projects in remote Arnhem Land). 

Jazlie brings strong administrative and project support skills, as well as extensive grassroots community development experience. 

Appointed to the Board June 2017.


Christian Fieldhouse

Christian has worked as a School Counsellor for the past 20 years and was the Founder of Great Lakes Early Intervention and served as Director for 10 years. Christian comes to us from the Management Committee of Manning District Emergency Accommodation who merged with Community Resources for the purpose of delivering the Great Lakes Manning Youth Homelessness Services package. Christian is a strong advocate for Women’s Services. 

Appointed to the Board in August 2014.

Katriina Heikkanen

Katriina holds the position of Indigenous and Social Policy Manager for the AFL and serves on the Board of Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training. In addition, Katriina has spent 9 years working in Commonwealth Government across Indigenous portfolios for employment, education, arts and sports across NSW. 

Katriina joined the Board with a strong connection to the Worimi people and land and a passion for bringing together sports, youth and communities to create safe and inclusive environments for future generations.

Appointed to the Board May 2018.


Janice Paulson

Janice has worked for the past 30 years in health and support for women in crisis accommodation. Prior to this, Janice was a domestic engineer for 21 years. Janice comes to us as a well-respected Worimi Elder in the area and someone with deep connection to the lands upon which we operate in the Great Lakes. Janice has a Nurses Aid Certificate, Diploma of Aboriginal Health and Community Development, and an Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal Community Development from Macquarie University. 

Appointed to the Board in May 2016.


Jason Ardler

Jason Ardler (BEc) is currently Head of Aboriginal Affairs (NSW) leading strategy and program development in Aboriginal economic participation, community governance, culture and heritage, community safety, environmental health and service delivery reform. Jason was a Founding Director of WasteAid Australia. We were delighted that Jason was keen to transition to the Community Resources Board when WasteAid joined Community Resources in 2018. Jason’s cultural ties are to the Yuin people of the NSW south coast. Jason brings extensive experience in Aboriginal affairs, land management and organisational leadership. Jason is currently a Director of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, and former Director of the Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society.

Appointed to the Board May 2018.


Gaye Tindall

Gaye is actively involved in the local community including her role as President of the Green Point Community Association and has a special interest in women’s groups and politics. 

Gaye operated her own Graphic Design company (1989-2004) and has received 25 industry awards from Australia and England. Gaye relocated to Forster where she pursued a career change into the health industry as a ward clerk at Forster Private Hospital before recently retiring.

Appointed to the Board in September 2011.


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