Maureen O'Meara
Chief Executive Officer

Maureen is a Bardi and Djaru woman with a wealth of experience in government and non-government sectors. She’s worked for the Department of Health in Western Australia and the Department of Health and Communities in the Northern Territory, where she was part of ground-breaking reforms. She’s served as the regional co-ordinator in both the East and West Kimberley for the Department of Housing and the chief executive of Emama Nguda Aboriginal Corporation and Derby Aboriignal Sporting Association. At a board level, Maureen is a director of the Bardi and Jawi Niimidiman Aboriginal Corporation and serves as director of Community Housing Limited and chair of Aboriginal Community Housing Limited.

Maureen is currently undertaking her Master Public Health at Deakin University at the Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong. She has completed her Post Graduate Certificate Alternative Healing Practices and BAsc Indigenous Health at Curtin University in Perth, and Associate Diploma of Business (Community Development) at Batchelor Institute NT. Maureen is also a qualified trainer in Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid and holds a current Certificate IV Training and Assessment.



Marty Sibosado
Role: Engagement and Strategy Coordinator/West Kimberley Empowered Communities Leader

Marty Sibosado is a Bardi / Ngarluma man with 30 years of experience in advocacy, Aboriginal social justice and community development. Marty is known in the West Kimberley region as an “Administrative Boss” as a result of his work in addressing social and economic inclusiveness for Kimberley Aboriginal People. Marty has intimate contemporary and cultural knowledge of Aboriginal community in the region. Marty holds a bachelor of Applied Science Undergraduate Degree and a lifetime being a “blackfella” growing up with his culture and community. Marty has been a founding member of Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation, a founding member and chairman of Kullarri Regional Communities Inc. (KRCI), a founding director of Goolarri Media Enterprises and a regional council elect for Kullarri ATSIC and a Broome Shire councillor. Marty is an active participant in progressing Kimberley Aboriginal peoples rights and aspirations, learning his craft from the leaders of the day and cultural bosses of the early years.

 

David Wirken
Manager Strategic Policy

Born in regional Victoria, David studied and worked in Horticulture for a few years before returning to study Social Work. After a few years in NGO’s working with people with disabilities he joined the Australian Public Service. Soon after David moved with his wife and two sons to Canberra and held various social policy roles the Department of Human Services and its agencies. In late 2009 David took a secondment to work in the remote community of Amata in APY Lands in the far north of South Australia. It was a unique role working for both SA state government and the Commonwealth to improve coordination across government services. David returned to Canberra and joined the Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services. David was the adviser to the Coordinator General for 14 remote communities in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia giving him a unique perspective to appreciate the diversity across remote Australia. In early 2014 the Office of the Coordinator General ceased and David took another secondment. This time to Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. David spent 9 months working for the Kimberley Land Council helping to develop the Empowered Communities Design Report. In late 2014 David accepted the challenge of establishing the operations of a regional Body for Kimberley Aboriginal people, Aarnja Limited. He continues his work on the Empowered Communities after formal agreement with the Kimberley Land Council was reached for Aarnja Ltd to lead this work. David is a passionate advocate for Indigenous empowerment and structural reform in Indigenous policy to ensure Indigenous people are able to take responsibility for their lives and their wellbeing

Attika Edgar
Executive Assistant to CEO / Acting Office Coordinator

A local Karajarri woman who lives in Broome, Attika strives both professionally and personally with all her capacity to assist in making her community a socially better place for individuals and families to live.

Attika is passionate about exercising her cultural practices with the hope to set a good example to her children and all children and youth collectively. Attika continues to gain professional business skills and knowledge by studying an Associate Degree in Business Administration (Indigenous Studies) through Australian Catholic University in Brisbane QLD.

Alarna Maher
Empowered Communities Project Officer & Executive Assistant
Kimberley Youth Suicide Prevention

Alarna Maher is 27 years old, from Broome with connections to Yawuru, Bardi and Jabirr Jabirr country. Alarna has two beautiful children under the age of three and in the last year returned to employment. Alarna is passionate about building opportunities, and progressing change for Kimberley indigenous people and in particular, youth. She is proud to be a part of an organisation whose intention is to better the social and economic circumstances of the Kimberley and its people.

Alarna’s work with Aarnja Limited has been primarily youth and community focussed. In 2016 Alarna was the program coordinator for the inaugural Kimberley Aboriginal Young Leaders Program and this year conducted the Kimberley Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Forums; gathering 32 young participants between the ages of 18 – 30, representing the 6 major regions in the Kimberley. The report produced out of this forum was formally handed over to the Minister for Indigenous affairs in July.  Alarna’s primary goal is to allow for a focus on study and completing a Bachelor of Laws through distance education.