Melissa is the current President of the BDCDA Management Committee. She joined the BDCDA in 2016 and had previously been a user/hirer of facilities since 2014. She holds current Bachelor qualifications in Psychology, Secondary Education, and Policing, a Diploma of Public Safety and Certificates in Training and Assessing. She has been a Commissioned Officer with the Australian Army for over 20 years, serving on overseas deployments on two occasions whilst serving with the Reserves.
Melissa joined the Queensland Police Service as a sworn officer at 21 and served in various locations throughout south east Queensland over her 20 years of service, most recently as the Senior Sergeant Project Officer in the Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit. Melissa is currently the State Member for Macalister, representing Beenleigh and surrounds in the Queensland Parliament. She has an extensive work history in serving the community whilst in uniform.
The work Melissa does within the BDCDA allows her to continue to serve and work with community groups and like-minded people away from her employment. She is passionate about the role community based organisations can have in facilitating change within local communities.
Melissa has three young children and most of her spare time is spent living vicariously through them, watching them play sport and building Lego and Minecraft worlds. She is also a rugby league tragic when time permits.
Vice President (Community / Stakeholders)
Yvonne is a Vice President of the BDCDA Management Committee and has been involved with the organisation since 2007. Yvonne’s first introduction to BDCDA was when she joined the International Cooking Club (ICC) after seeing an article in the local newspaper. After joining the ICC Yvonne took an interest in a range of other BDCDA clubs, including a walking club, beading group and lapidary club. Through her involvement with the ICC Yvonne became heavily involved in her community, engaging in a number of projects including healthy lunches in schools and production of a multicultural cooking video.
As Yvonne’s involvement with BDCDA grew she developed an interest in learning how the organisation works, i.e. who makes the decisions, how the organisation is structured, how the organisation is funded, etc. It was through this desire to know more about BDCDA that Yvonne came to be on the Management Committee.
Yvonne has enjoyed a successful career as a teacher, as well as a Mother of two children. She holds a Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Teaching and has taught in New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.
Yvonne is an avid sewer and enjoyed doing craft with the children in her care. Nowadays her passion is making jewellery using many different mediums, including Silversmithing. Yvonne also enjoys reading, aqua-aerobics and staying physically active.
Sarah recently joined the BDCDA Management Committee as a general member. This Sarah’s first time on a management committee and she is excited to learn about the processes and general workings of the committee. Sarah previously attended a photography group at Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre and has since assisted BDCDA with many activities and events.
Sarah grew up around animals and motorbikes in country Queensland and moved to Logan City after she finished school. She has completed a Certificate IV in Accounting and has been employed in a sales/accounts role with an Australian manufacturer and wholesaler for the past 12 years. Sarah is also a small business owner, manufacturing and selling artisan soaps and bath products. When she is not getting creative or working on new products for her business she loves to spend time with her family and also enjoys travelling, gardening and relaxing at home.
Administration Support Volunteer
Volunteer Microfinance Worker
Rhianna has been an Administration Support volunteer with BDCDA since 2017. In 2018 she took on an additional role as a volunteer Microfinance Worker within BDCDA’s No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) program. Rhianna holds qualifications in counselling, mentoring and business administration and is a Young Mum Mentor with RAISE foundation. Rhianna splits her time between working the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre reception, conducting NILS loan interviews, and assisting the organisation with special projects.
Rhianna is an empathetic and compassionate person and genuinely cares about making a difference, wanting to assist people in need and helping to show them the paths available. She enjoys practicing martial arts, designing jewellery, reading and playing with her children.
Community Development Officer
Justice of the Peace (Qualified)
Anthony was employed as BDCDA’s Community Support Officer from September 2016, and was promoted to the role of Community Development Officer in September 2018. Prior to his employment with BDCDA he worked for many years in the electronic security industry.
Anthony holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and is a qualified Justice of the Peace. His primary role within BDCDA is the development, delivery and evaluation of community projects, events and resources. Anthony is also responsible for maintaining BDCDA’s information technology infrastructure, website and social media presence.
Anthony enjoys spending time with his family, travelling overseas and photography. He also maintains a keen interest in politics, current affairs and aviation.