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Louise Vella-Cox
Director of Catholic Identity and Indigenous Education Services

Louise Vella-Cox is the Director of Catholic Identity and Indigenous Education Services in the Townsville Catholic Education system, North Queensland. Hailing from Abergowrie, Ingham, Louise has worked in Townsville Diocesan schools and colleges for nearly thirty years in middle and senior leadership roles. Her experience in Indigenous Education comes from leading primary and secondary schools and colleges in urban, rural and remote Queensland. She is currently enjoying working with a deadly team of Indigenous Educators at Townsville Catholic Education Office.

Janelle Knack
Indigenous Education Advisor

Janelle Knack is a Gunggari woman from South West Queensland. She joined TCEO after working with Education Queensland as an early childhood teacher and later on with Transition Support Services, working with students and families from Cape York and Palm Island Communities, supporting them to transition from their remote communities to boarding school.  A mother of three, Janelle is currently studying for her Masters of Guidance and Counselling through JCU.  Janelle is also strongly focused on her role in supporting schools to implement programs and initiatives that support positive learning outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  

Tammi Webber
Indigenous Education Adviser

Tammi is an Aboriginal woman born and raised on Kalkadoon country in Mount Isa. She completed her Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood and began her teaching career over 20 years ago within the Townsville diocese and internationally. Studying her Masters in Indigenous Education, Tammi has been in her current role for the last 4 years servicing schools in Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Ayr, Home Hill, and Townsville. Tammi is the Emerging Leaders Incentive Scheme designer, developer and Project Coordinator, who also coordinates and implements both Stronger Smarter and Pedagogy of Difference research across our diocese. A dedicated mother of three, Tammi is a passionate and dynamic advocate for Indigenous students and communities across our region.

Krista O'Connor
Indigenous Education Adviser

Born and bred in Mount Isa, Krista is an Aboriginal woman with strong roots in North West Queensland. She comes to us with 14+ years experience working for TCEO, including 7 years teaching English and Maths at Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa. In this time, Krista has held a variety of roles, contributing to projects such as Next Steps and supporting our Indigenous students academically and pastorally. Krista was the Project Manager for the Emerging Leaders Incentive Scheme and has worked closely with all of our secondary schools in the Diocese. In between raising two young children, Krista is studying towards a Masters in Human Rights and plays rugby union in the local competition.

Leisa Leon
Project Officer - Emerging Leaders Incentive Scheme

Leisa is a proud Kalkadoon/Waanyi Woman who was born and raised in Townsville. Leisa is a qualified Occupational Therapist and brings over 8 years experience as a clinician with her to her role. She has also had experience in managing large scale projects in Victoria. In her role within the Indigenous Education Services (IES) Team at Townsville Catholic Education, Leisa engages with our secondary colleges through the facilitation and management of the Emerging Leaders Project. She strongly believes in the transformative power education has on both society and the individual, and is inspired by the IES Team's commitment to ensuring our schools embed the Australian Curriculum's current cross-curriculum priority to build respect and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures into their respective learning and teaching programs.

Carly Leon-Simmons
Administration Assistant - Indigenous Education

Carly is a proud Kalkadoon / Waanyi Woman and mother to 3.  Born and raised in Townsville.  Carly has a strong administration background working in a number of different industries prior to joining Townsville Catholic Education in 2020.