Board of Directors Biographies

Charmaine Green (Chairperson)

As an Aboriginal person I have never had to question my identity being brought up with my mob in Mullewa and the rest of Western Australia. I love being part of the Aboriginal Australia. But our voice is still so silent in Midwest Western Australia, and that's important to address. I want to continue planting seeds to get our voices heard. I want young people to have that same pride and strength, and art and culture contribute to that. This is what I am passionate about.

Charmaine Green is a Wajarri-Badimaya artist from the Midwest/Murchison region.  She has worked within community arts for over 20 years.

Charmaine is a self-taught visual artist and a published poet and writer who writes and paints about her country and culture.  She has developed her unique contemporary voice and style due to a strong sense of self and belonging linking her to country.

Charmaine's areas of interest extend into visual- and creative arts management and development, with a particular interest in working with the urban, rural and remote communities of the Yamaji Region of Western Australia.

Debbie Millard (Treasurer)

I'm a numbers lady: my day job is a Chief Financial Officer. But I'm also a bit of an artist. As a child I was good at art, but also fortunate enough to be academic as well. I was persuaded to pursue my academic strengths, and my art was pushed aside for about 20 years. A few years ago, I picked up my pastels again, and my subject of choice is Indigenous portraits. I love the expression and the feeling in the eyes. I would love to personalise my connection to my artwork through my involvement with an organisation that is going to benefit Aboriginal artists.

Debbie is a Chartered Accountant and currently the CFO and Company Secretary of JWH Group Pty Ltd. She is experienced in all aspects of strategic financial management of large private business.

Born in London, Debbie completed her university education in 1987 at Oxford University with an Honours degree in Pure and Applied Biology. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997; a Fellow of Leadership WA (2009); a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2010), and participant in the AICD Director Pipeline Project (2012).

Her other not-for-profit Board and Committee involvement is as Board Member Leadership WA, and member of Finance Risk and Audit Committee, and Board Member Mundaring Arts Centre, Chairing the Finance Committee. Previously, YMCA Perth Board member and Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee.

Debbie is a hobby visual artist; she was awarded the Darlington Arts Festival Committee's Choice Award in both 2009 and 2010 and has sold her artwork locally through the Darlington Arts Festival Exhibition and Gallery.

Ezzard Flowers

When we started our art centre, Mungart Boodja, in 2004 we wondered what had happened to the artworks from the Carrolup child artists - they had been missing for 50 years! When they were later found in New York and brought back to us through an international repatriation project without any red tape, we just couldn't believe it. This is the power of relationship building and being passionate in the arts, and it is something I want to hand on to young people.

Ezzard Flowers, together with Athol Farmer and John Stanton of the University of Western Australia, was instrumental in the return of Noongar Carrollup artworks from the USA, and the Carrolup Artists Exhibition as part of the 2006 Perth International Arts Festival.

He has worked extensively in education and social work, as a participant in Indigenous Healing Arts Projects, and as Aboriginal Liaison Officer (MST Program) with the South Metropolitan Area Health Service, WA Department of Health and at the National Resource Management in Kojonup.

In 2007 Ezzard received a Western Australian Multicultural Community Service award for preserving the cultural heritage of local Noongars. Ezzard is a representative on the committee of Southern Edge Arts, who received a generous Lotterywest grant in 2008 for a performing arts project aimed at promoting and preserving Noongar cultural heritage in the Great Southern region.

Loreen Samson

My artwork is from my heart and the stories that must be told, that's the way it should be. I try to inspire young people to do art to help them understand and to heal themselves. I want to give them knowledge to understand and respect their land and their culture.

Loreen Samson's language group is Ngarluma and she was born in Roebourne where she still lives today. Loreen is a respected artist who is passionate about connecting with and teaching the younger generations in her community.

In her art Loreen paints about social justice, about mining and what is happening around her that hurts her. She paints the colours of the land, the trains that go by night and day, the thoughts she has of her heritage, and the stories of her ancestors.

Loreen is a multiple Cossack Art Award (Best Pilbara Indigenous Artist) winner and her paintings are held in the Australian National Museum, Canberra and Berndt Museum, UWA collections.

Veronica Jones

My favourite saying is by Gandhi: "BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD"...speaks for itself...

Veronica 'Roni' Jones is a proud Noongar mother of two children who has lived in Geraldton for over 20 years. She started her professional career at 16 working alongside Geraldton's most vulnerable families as a receptionist at Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service.  She left GRAMS six years later to have her first child and then went on to complete her Bachelor of Social Science (Indigenous Services) in 2003.

For the next 14 years Roni worked in various federal agencies working with community organisations and families. During this time Roni developed a strong desire to build up the strengths of communities, especially those of the women, children and young leaders. She is a firm believer that to assist with this people must take a holistic approach, but that connection to culture, through visual arts, is one of the more important aspects and this is why she enjoys the prospect of being an AACHWA Board member as well as the manager of an Aboriginal art centre - Yamaji Art.

Christina Araujo

When I was young I was interested in music and language but I ended up studying law. I moved to Port Hedland and started working in Native Title. This was when I became exposed to Aboriginal art. The visual representation of the relationship to land and culture made sense to me. As a lawyer, it made me think about how we take instructions from Aboriginal people and have to translate it into a language that a judge can understand. Art is a powerful tool for communicating Aboriginal culture to non-Aboriginal people.

Christina Araujo has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) from Murdoch University.  As a lawyer, Christina specialises in Native Title Land Access, Aboriginal Heritage, Corporate Governance - PBCs, Indigenous Organisations, Community Consultation, Environmental Approvals, Implementation - Benefits, Management Structures and Project Management.

Christina's broad professional legal career has seen her work extensively with Indigenous communities in Pilbara, Murchison-Gascoyne, Central and Western Desert regions.  She is knowledgeable and experienced in working with legislation relevant to Indigenous organisations, such as CATSI Act, Native Title Act, PBC Regulations, including working with and establishing Trusts and Trustee Companies.

Christina has worked with Yamatji Marlpa Land and Sea Council; Department of Environment and Conservation; as in-house Counsel at Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC; Central Desert Native Title Services; and currently works as a consultant.

Paul B. Rosair

As a born and bred West Australian I am committed to developing and improving our State. Critical to that is bringing along all members of our community including our most disadvantaged. As a Director of AACHWA I get the opportunity to do this. I see art a major opportunity to improve Aboriginal disadvantage through tourism, education and economic development.   On a personal level, I have an economic and bureaucratic background so developing some artistic appreciation would be great for the soul.

Paul Rosair was the inaugural Director General of the Department of Regional Development (DRD) that was formed in 2013 to bring new focus to regional Western Australia.  Prior to this, Paul was the Director General of the Department of Regional Development and Lands where he was responsible for the establishment and administration of the Royalties for Regions program commencing in 2008.  He is now the Principal of NAJA Business Consulting Services.

Paul has worked across government in environment, water, land management, aboriginal affairs, infrastructure, planning, corporate services and National Regional Management portfolios.  He has a broad perspective on the policy and strategic issues confronting regional Australia.  He has also worked across all layers of Government, Federal, State, Regional and Local.

Paul has been involved in many committees and chaired many Boards, setting directions for driving the economy in regional WA into Tourism, Agriculture, Alternative Energies, Small Business, Aboriginal Economic Development, Creative and Animated Arts and Telecommunications.

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