Michele Carnegie

Chief Executive Officer

Michele has a wide-ranging background in community and not-for-profit organisations with an extensive knowledge of regional NSW. Prior to joining CELA, Michele was employed by Contact Inc. where she was integral in developing and managing a wide range of programs and reforms.

Michele has a comprehensive knowledge of the sector and its needs and has established strong relationships with key early childhood education organisations and personnel. She has made a significant contribution to policy development and advocacy in the early education and care area.

Aline Majado

L&D Operations Manager

Aline is an education sector professional with 17 years of experience working across different sector levels; from early childhood to middle years, high school and vocational education. Aline has a background in art-education and has worked with welfare projects to support closing the gap of access to the arts in low socioeconomic areas in South America.

Aline has extensive experience in vocational training and has held roles such as trainer and assessor, work placement coordinator and RTO operations manager for independent and not-for-profit Registered Training Organisations.

Catherine Lee

Early Childhood Education and Care Specialist

Catherine has a background in a diverse range of children’s services and teaching at NSW TAFE. She is currently a teaching director at a community based preschool and brings many years of expertise from the early childhood profession.

With interests in art, sustainability, inclusion of Aboriginal culture, reconciliation, relationships and learning environments, Catherine delivers high quality training with passion.

Debra Williams

Early Childhood Education and Care Specialist

Debra has a background in local government, community based and private sector organisations as a teacher, director and manager. She brings extensive sector experience having worked as a validator and trainer with the National Accreditation Council and in an advisory role with DETE.

Debra has been delivering training with CELA since 2004 and specialises in quality assurance, continuous improvement and new initiatives in early childhood education and care.

Helen Thornton

Early Childhood Education Sector Specialist

Helen has more than 30 years’ experience working in education in Australia and the UK.

She has a particular interest in advocacy, mentoring, early childhood, positive leadership, inter-generational opportunities, mental health and well-being, in addition to recognising the importance of strong support and professional networks within communities. She has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Diploma in Education (London University), Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management CHC 60312, and Cert IV in Training and Assessment TAE 40110.

Jennifer Moglia

Early Childhood Education Sector Specialist

Jennifer has been working as an early childhood teacher, director and educational leader for 20 years in community-based preschool and long day care. Her passion is in the areas of policy, continuous improvement and professional supervision.

She continues to work part time in a preschool as an educational leader, which informs and inspires her work at CELA. Her management of digital programming, leadership across mentoring programs, and implementation of extensive changes on a service-based level, has helped her to develop practical and diverse skills. These skills support Jennifer’s aspiration to help educators deliver the best care and education for children. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education.

Jenny Hind

Early Childhood Education Sector Specialist

Jenny has been working as an early childhood teacher and director for 30 years in long day care, private school and preschool. She’s also worked as a trainer for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and CELA.

Jenny has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood, an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management and Cert IV in Training and Assessment. Jenny’s most rewarding career achievement has been building relationships with children and families in community based preschools and taking delight in the development of each child.

Karen Roberts

Early Childhood Education and Care Specialist

Karen has been an early childhood professional for 42 years. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and Master of Early Childhood (Special Education), and has worked as a teacher, director, special educator, TAFE teacher, trainer, and guest university lecturer and tutor.

Her areas of interest and expertise include children’s rights, child protection, positive behaviour guidance, and inclusion, as well as communication, relationships and team building.

Karthika Viknarasah

Karthika had a successful career as an accountant before following her passion to the early childhood sector. She has worked as an educator, early childhood teacher and director in long day care and OOSH services. She holds a Master of Teaching degree and a Master of Educational Leadership degree and is a NESA Early Childhood Teacher Accreditation Supervisor.
Karthika is the recipient of the national “New Voice in Educational Leadership” award from ACECQA and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. She is also the recipient of the Elizabeth Brennan Scholarship from the University of Sydney.
As an advocate for children, families, educators and providers, Karthika has served on the board of a number of committees, peak bodies, community organisations and government advisory panels.

Kerrie Maguire

Early Childhood Education Sector Specialist – Mobile Expertise

Kerrie has been working in children’s services for over 20 years. Kerrie’s focus is on practice, programming, documenting, effective communication and team building.

She is a highly experienced facilitator who has successfully delivered training across a range of methods such as face-to-face and webinar. Combined with a deep understanding of the National Quality Framework, learning frameworks and supplementary regulations, she possesses the ability to provide effective one-on-one advisory support, mentoring and training.

Louise Black

Early Childhood Education Learning & Development Specialist

With a background in local government as a teacher director, and as a validator and trainer with the National Child Care Accreditation Council, Louise Black brings many years of sector experience.

She is an integral part of the Learning and Development team at CELA, specialising in quality assurance and training needs analysis across all service types. Louise designs customised training to meet the specific needs of individual educators and teams and leads the CELA Little Scientists program.

Louise French

Early Intervention and Additional Needs Specialist – Regional and Metropolitan

Louise has over 30 years of experience in early intervention, specialising in developmental disabilities. During this time she has developed a high level of knowledge in a broad range of programs and intervention techniques, with extensive resources to draw upon in everyday practice.

Across Louise’s career in regional NSW, she has been a leader in empowering educators to engage in achieving functional and achievable outcomes for children and families. She takes a transdisciplinary team approach to build capacity in educators to meet the needs of every child.

Louise Murfet

Early Childhood Education and Care Specialist

Louise brings a wealth of sector experience from working in early childhood education as an administrator, educator, teacher and director and more recently as a facilitator and trainer of adults. She believes that a lifetime of learning starts at birth and that this can be enhanced by quality early childhood educators.

Louise has led her team through two assessment and ratings to Exceeding the NQS and supports and mentors other educators, committees, owners and services to achieve their best.

Megan O'Connell

Research and Policy Manager

Megan is one of Australia’s leading policy experts, with experience across the education spectrum. She produces impactful reports that are adopted by government and have a positive impact on children’s lives. 

Megan is the former director of the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, where she lead the Institute’s highly influential foray into early childhood development. Megan was research manager for the 2015 Australian Early Development Census, and prior to this undertook postgraduate studies looking at the effect of child care benefits on work-life balance. Megan serves on a variety of boards including the Parenthood.

Nathalie Dupavillon

Member and operational support specialist

Nathalie has worked in the early education and care sector for 23 years. Commencing as a diploma qualified educator, Nathalie further developed her skills and qualifications obtaining a B of Teaching (Early Childhood) and stepping into a centre director position for a long day care university campus program. Outside of centre based care Nathalie also worked as an early childhood recruitment specialist for 7 years.

Nathalie’s key focus at CELA is as an advocate and support to our members.

Nichole Jenkins

Regional Learning & Development Coordinator

Nichole holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and has 24 years’ experience in the early education sector working in LDC, preschool and mobile services in remote regional NSW. Her positions have included teaching at TAFE Western, as well as seven years as director of Bogan Shire Children’s Services.

A passionate advocate for quality early learning opportunities for small and isolated communities, she believes that it is every child’s right to have quality early years education no matter how isolated their community or circumstance. Nichole’s role with CELA is to build a learning network for regional and remote directors and educators.

Penny Birdsall

Early Childhood Education Sector Specialist

Penny has over 25 years experience in a variety of early childhood settings in both New South Wales and Queensland. She has been an early childhood teacher, eirector, manager, tutor and adult education assessor and trainer within the TAFE system. She has worked for community-based, council, private and large non-profit organisations. She is also a qualified yoga teacher.

Penny is passionate about exploring environments and the benefits of nature play for children and how this relates to their well-being.

Tracey Sharp

Early Childhood Education Sector Specialist

Tracey has been involved in the early childhood sector for the last twenty years in a variety of roles including teacher, director, area manager and consultant. Tracey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching (Early Childhood Education), a Bachelor of Interior Architecture with Honours, an Associate Diploma in Social Science (Child Studies) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

She is incredibly passionate about children’s rights, the experiences they have and their emotional well-being. She believes that the physical environment that is presented to children can impact on the experiences they have and their learning outcomes.

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