Education & Qualifications
• 2017 Masters Public Health, University of Newcastle
• 2013 Certificate III Fitness TAFE NSW
• 2012 Certificate IV Project Management TAFE NSW
• 2009 Bachelor Health Science (Mental Health), Charles Sturt University
• 2005 Higher School Certificate, Oxley High School Tamworth NSW
Jess is a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri & Wailwan Nations from Western NSW, and lives in Port Macquarie. Jess has over 15 years’ experience working across the health sector with tertiary qualifications.
Jess has extensive experience in project management, grant writing, reporting, financial management, grant management, health management, service and program development, commissioning, project evaluation, community development, staff training, community development, community, and stakeholder engagement.
In 2006, Jess was awarded with a Deans Award for Academic Excellence and in 2021 Jess was recognised by the federal parliament for her contribution to the local Aboriginal community.
• Business Planning – supporting small to medium enterprises to produce business plans, proposals, presentations, and pitches.
• Project management
• Community engagement & consultation
• Program evaluation.
Unique Selling Points
Jess’s USP is her ability to provide culturally safe engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, forming genuine relationships and meaningful outcomes. She brings an expansive skillset with great leadership and cultural qualities with over 17 years industry experience.
Jess is passionate about reducing inequalities and providing opportunities for economic prosperity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Jess is very passionate about supporting other Aboriginal businesses and start-up’s, particularly Aboriginal women as there are currently far less Indigenous women in business when compared to Indigenous men.
Strong Spirit Aboriginal Services can partner with other organisations for work relating to:
Strong Spirit acknowledges that we are working and living on Aboriginal land, Birpai land of the Birpai peoples on which Strong Spirit is located and where we conduct our business.
We pay our respects to our ancestors and our Elders, past and present. Strong Spirit recognises and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage, beliefs and relationships with the land and sea. We acknowledge and recognise the strength, resilience and importance of maintaining cultural knowledge and connection.