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.

James Young

Chair

James is the chair of Ocean Mind. He is a franchise consultant and growth specialist with DC Strategy and has 17 years experience in helping both domestic and international franchises grow. He is a certified franchise executive. James is passionate about the coast, surfing and the water and with a young family based in Barwon Heads he is excited to help support the amazing work being done by the Ocean Mind team.

Morgan Ryan

Treasurer

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.

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.

Sean O'Reall

Board Member

Sean has a strong affinity for the ocean and the benefits surfing therapy can provide. A Surf Coast local, where he lives with wife and 4 boys, Sean has been involved in recreation and university club surfing for over 20 years. As a chemical engineer, with a master of
management, he is an operations leader, accomplished at leading manufacturing operations through strategic and complex problems to improve their performance and sustainability.

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 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.