Meet the Team

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Amberlee Nicholas

Campaign Manager

Amberlee Nicholas is the Manager of the Act-Belong-Commit Campaign, a position she has held for 10 years. She is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the campaign in partnership with internal and external stakeholders. In her earlier career, Amberlee worked in rural and remote areas in Western Australia, providing her with a strong foundation for grassroots health promotion and community development. Amberlee has always lived the Act-Belong-Commit way of life, she has been an active member of a surf lifesaving club for over 10 years, has mentored disadvantaged young people, she enjoys swimming (and anything beach related), reading and spending quality time with her family and friends. Amberlee holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion).

Simone Kerrigan

Simone Kerrigan

Operations Manager

Simone Kerrigan is the Operations Manager of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign, and has been a part of the team since the campaign’s state-wide launch in 2008. Simone currently leads the Act-Belong-Commit Partnership Program, which includes over 260 organisations from across Western Australia, nationally and globally. Spending time with her young family keeps Simone physically and socially active, something she identifies as being important for her happiness and mental wellbeing. She loves walking to her local beach and doing Pilates in her spare time, so much so, that she has gained a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction. She also has an active social life and loves catching up with friends for a laugh. Simone holds a Bachelor in Health Science (Public Health & Psychology).

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Jennie Ferraro

Liaison and Support Officer 

Jennie Ferraro has been a part of the Act-Belong-Commit team since the campaign’s inception in 2005. Her role focuses on managing the Healthway Sponsorship program and campaign finances. Jennie is a mother to two, holds a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition & Food Science), and is passionate about mental health and staying mentally healthy. Jennie lives the Act-Belong-Commit ethos as an active community member at her local surf and netball clubs, exercising at her local gym and playing netball.

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Sarah Graham

Health Promotion Coordinator

Sarah Graham is a long-standing Act-Belong-Commit team member, and loves how the positivity of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign strikes a chord with almost everyone she meets. She is at her most content when she is spending time with friends and family (fur and human), sinking her nose into a good book, working up a sweat in a HIIT session or catching her breath on her yoga mat. Her current role involves coordinating advertising, forming strategic partnerships, program development and delivering educational strategies.

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Darci Miller

Youth Health Promotion Coordinator

A country girl at heart, Darci grew up on a sheep and wheat farm in Beverley, Western Australia. She enjoys living a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle, getting out-and-about seeking the next adventure. Darci Act-Belong-Commit’s by cooking, volunteering, playing sports and traveling. She also loves spending time with family and friends, laughing and having a good chat. Darci loves working at Act-Belong-Commit running the Youth Connectors program, as she is passionate about teaching young people how to be mentally healthy and how to encourage their peers to do the same.

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Janine Ripper

Marketing Officer

Janine Ripper joined the Act-Belong-Commit team in in January 2018 as the campaign’s Marketing Officer, and  specialises in digital marketing and storytelling. She loves how both can connect and engage people and communities of all types – including introverts! Janine is an avid writer, blogger and mentor who loves yoga and mindfulness, animals, travel, books and movies. She is also a mental health advocate, sharing her story of lived experience with mental illness. Janine has a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), is an accredited Program and Project Manager, and a certified Life Coach.

Julia Anwar-McHenry

Julia Anwar-McHenry

Evaluation Officer

Minus three parental leave breaks, Julia has been with the campaign since she finished her PhD in 2012. As the campaign’s evaluation officer, Dr Julia Anwar McHenry conducts and supports research and evaluation activities for the overall campaign, as well as individual program areas. Out of the office, Julia runs a sheep stud with her husband on the family farm and enjoys hanging out with family among the trees in the Perth hills. When (if) she has any spare time left, Julia can be found burning the floor in her flamenco zapatos (dance shoes) or singing along to her guitar.

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Phoebe Joyce

Schools Health Promotion Coordinator

Phoebe Joyce joined the Act-Belong-Commit campaign approximately five years ago, and is responsible for coordinating the Mentally Healthy Schools Program. She is passionate about Act-Belong-Commit and has experienced the benefits of living a mentally healthy lifestyle as a player for the Wembley Netball Club and volunteer for their social committee. Phoebe has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health) degree from the University of Western Australia and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Curtin University.

Amara Da Luz

Health Promotion Assistant