Meet Our Team

Ocean Mind is managed by an amazing volunteer board of management. With diverse backgrounds and stories, they help guide the charity on its mission and cause.

Rachael Parker

Founder and CEO

Rachael Parker is the founder of Ocean Mind and a Youth Worker with over 10 years’ experience working with children and young people. She is passionate about using the outdoor environments to create positive experiences and opportunities for young people to grow and prosper. Since discovering surfing in 2015, she’s combined her passion for the ocean and working with young people to create Ocean Mind.

Emma Coetsee

Chair

Emma is a human rights consultant with expertise in human rights and equal opportunity law and practice. Emma has played an integral role in major projects including the Victorian Government’s historic reforms to progress treaty with Aboriginal Victorians and organisational change projects in the public sector to drive safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces. Emma has always loved the therapeutic nature of the sea and is inspired by the courageous young participants who become part of the Ocean Mind community.

Hayley Taylor

Treasurer

Hayley’s dream as a child was to be an architect until an inspiring Economics teacher at high school encouraged her to study a commerce degree and she has never looked back. As a Client Director within the Business Advisory and Assurance division at Pitcher Partners, she thrives on providing her clients with creative solutions to their biggest business challenges enabling them to do what they do best – running their businesses

Kelly McConvlle

Secretary

Kelly is a passionate and enthusiastic mentor, educator and all-around brilliant human being. Currently completing her PhD in Education, Kelly is passionate about working with young people to empower them and get them pumped about life. Drama is her subject because she believes in learning through doing and communicating. Kelly recognises there are so many things that Drama and surfing have in common - the need for creativity and being in the moment, looking outward for inspiration that moves motivation, not to mention the energy that comes from doing something and responding to the energy around you.

Thomas Szmidel

Deputy Chair

Thomas is Deputy Chair and manages all aspects of technology at Ocean Mind. He got involved as, like most members, he has a strong affinity with the ocean and its effects on our mental and physical wellbeing.
He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for an automotive startup called CarDeals2Me. His aim is to create efficiency through technology allowing every dollar Ocean Mind receives to go further helping more program participants.

Peter McLean

Board Member

Peter McLean has a strong connection with the community, working as a civil engineer in local and state government for 35 years throughout many parts of Victoria building various infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, tunnels and walking trails.

Richard Stent

Board Member

Richard is one of the first volunteer surf mentors on the Ocean Mind program back in November 2016. Richard has been an aeronautical engineer for over 35 years who also loves the ocean. He has been a volunteer on mostly team sports such as rugby union, surf life-saving, L2P mentoring and various school committees and boards. He was most recently a Director for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, Cape Banks in Sydney, NSW. As well as being a father to 3 sons his paid work is with SYPAQ and the ADF at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne.

Jasmin Shaw

Board Member

Jasmine recently completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in accounting and finance at Deakin University. She works for a personal funds management company and splits her time between living in Geelong and working in Melbourne. Jasmine loves the ocean and sharing the stoke of surfing with all the participants and mentors on the program. She has been involved with Ocean Mind since March 2017, originally as a student placement and volunteer mentor then subsequently joining the board.