Rick Phineasa is of Torres Strait Islander heritage. His mother is from Murray Island in the
eastern Torres Straits and my father is from Mabuiag (Jervis) Island in the western Torres
Straits. Rick was raised in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait community of Bamaga in the
Northern Peninsula Area in Cape York.
Rick has worked in the area of empowering Indigenous youths and families for the past 23
years. He is passionate about “closing the gap” of Cultural understanding in our society and
assisting individuals and families to get the best of what, they can out of life.
Rick has worked for the Federal Government, State Government - Schools, in various
capacities. He has also worked for training companies, non-for-profit organisation and
private businesses as a Program Coordinator, Trainer and Mentor.
Rick enjoys doing voluntary work in his community, especially with empowering and
motivating indigenous people and preserving language and culture.
Rick has joined the Seed team as a Stakeholder Engagement Manager to open
opportunities for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait ISlander students to pursue a career in
health and social services.
De’arne French (nee Lenoy) is of Aboriginal and South Sea Islander descent and a
Traditional Owner of ‘Birri’ Country around the Collinsville area. De’arne has worked within
education in North Queensland for over 20 years. De’arne is passionate about working with
Indigenous students and families in achieving a positive or educational outcome.
De’arne has joined the Seed team as an Engagement Manager to provide wrap around
support service to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students looking to pursue a
career in health or social services.
Rachel has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources and Sports and Events
Management. She brings over seven years of experience in Human Resource Management,
Recruitment, Project Management and Executive Support to the team.
Rachel commenced with Seed Foundation Australia in April 2017 and is passionate about
health and working with youth to engage in further employment and training.
Brittany Yeatman is a young Aboriginal woman and is a descendant of the Kuku Yalanji (Nyungkal people- Wujal Wujal/Rossville), Kuku Djungan (Mount Mulligan), Kuku Thaypan (Cape York), Ngukurr (Roper River), Birri (Collinsville Area), Bwgcolman (Palm Island), Kalkadoon (Mount Isa) and Wanju (Burketown area) people. Brittany is from Yarrabah which is the largest Aboriginal Community in Queensland. She now lives in Townsville with her partner Trae and son Remen.
Brittany attended and graduated high school at The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James as a boarding student. Brittany has experience working as a House Parent at local boarding schools. She was able to secure a traineeship with Seed Foundation Australia as an Administration Assistant in June 2019 and has worked hard to become our newest full-time employee.
Brittany is passionate about helping Indigenous people to follow their dreams and encourage them to become what they want to be. She hopes to see more Indigenous in all areas of the workforce to help build a better future for generations to come.
Jacqui Finnegan is originally from Western Australia, with a background in Secondary Teaching (6 Years in the Pilbara Region of WA) and Group Training (9 years in both WA and Victoria). Jacqui has now made Queensland her home and continues her efforts to support and mentor young people to meet their full potential.
Having completed a Bachelor in Commerce and a Diploma in Education, she is passionate about supporting Indigenous students to complete their qualifications, their schooling and their overall personal portfolio to give them every opportunity to pursue a fulfilling career and a happy and healthy life.