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


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


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.

Kelly McConvlle


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.