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.

CEO, Founder

Rachael Parker

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.

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.
Deputy Chair / Acting Secretary

Thomas Szmidel

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.

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.
Board Member

Damien Cole

Chair

Sean O'Reilly

Sean is an experienced corporate executive, currently responsible for the strategy and performance of Incitec Pivot's global manufacturing assets. He has broad experience in strategy development and execution, risk management, and operational leadership. Sean is passionate about creating successful teams and organisations through developing people to achieve their goals. He is a chartered engineer, with a master of management. A Surf Coast local, where he lives with his partner and 4 boys, Sean has a strong affinity for the ocean and the mental health benefits surfing provides.

Sean is an experienced corporate executive, currently responsible for the strategy and performance of Incitec Pivot's global manufacturing assets. He has broad experience in strategy development and execution, risk management, and operational leadership. Sean is passionate about creating successful teams and organisations through developing people to achieve their goals. He is a chartered engineer, with a master of management. A Surf Coast local, where he lives with his partner and 4 boys, Sean has a strong affinity for the ocean and the mental health benefits surfing provides.
Board Member

Richard Stent

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.

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.
Board Member

Geoffrey Di Felice

Treasurer

Morgan Ryan

Morgan is our Treasurer which means she is responsible for keeping our finances healthy so we can achieve our vision. Morgan is a Chartered Accountant with specialist experience working on transformational change and improvement for health service providers and payers across Australia. Morgan is passionate about giving back to the community and supporting young people to thrive. She loves all water-based sports including surfing, of course, but also water skiing and scuba diving.

Morgan is our Treasurer which means she is responsible for keeping our finances healthy so we can achieve our vision. Morgan is a Chartered Accountant with specialist experience working on transformational change and improvement for health service providers and payers across Australia. Morgan is passionate about giving back to the community and supporting young people to thrive. She loves all water-based sports including surfing, of course, but also water skiing and scuba diving.
Board Member

Jasmine Shaw

Jasmine got involved with Ocean Mind initially as a mentor and currently as a board member, after discovering a passion for surfing while studying abroad at California State University in 2016. Jasmine studied a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting and finance, working in wealth management throughout her degree.
Post-study she has travelled extensively across Europe, recently returning to Australia and working in agricultural research and development.

Jasmine got involved with Ocean Mind initially as a mentor and currently as a board member, after discovering a passion for surfing while studying abroad at California State University in 2016. Jasmine studied a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting and finance, working in wealth management throughout her degree.
Post-study she has travelled extensively across Europe, recently returning to Australia and working in agricultural research and development.