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.
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.
Empowered Communities Performance and Evaluation Coordinator
Originally from England, Scott moved over to Australia with his partner in 2017. He studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography in 2004, at the Manchester Metropolitan University, following this he then spent nine years working in Government, in various roles, but spent the final 3 years in a Data and Information Reporting/Business Intelligence role. Scott worked for local council at the City of Perth. In a two different roles within projects and application support. He has been in Broome since May 2018, working at the Department of Communities before moving to Empowered Communities / Aarnja. Where he is looking forward to picking up his career in the data world, building on his current experience and looking forward to making a positive impact for the communities of the Kimberley.
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.
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.