Chair – René Laan
René is currently practising as solicitor in Alice Springs. She was admitted to the NT Supreme Court and the High Court in 2013 after completing her legal studies through Charles Darwin University.
Originally from South Africa, she worked in the community development field for local government authorities and the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand and Australia. In South Africa she worked on federal government level in the demographics field and the redistribution of land programme. After 20 years working in the community development sector, she moved into the legal world.
This is René’s second year on the VoCNT Committee and her first year as Chair of Victims of Crime NT.
Deputy Chair - Jill Huck
Jill is a long term Territorian, having lived here since 1965.
She has qualifications in social work, social policy and mediation and has had an extensive career in the health, welfare, education and the regulatory sectors.
She was appointed to the VoCNT Committee in early 2017, after initially working as a volunteer with the organisation and is the current Deputy Chair of VoCNT.
Secretary – Jeffrey Stanton
Jeff has worked in many different areas encompassing community development, health, unemployment, indigenous, youth, housing, crime prevention, drug and alcohol issues, and areas of social disadvantage over the past 40 years both in Australia and in SE Asia.
Internationally he has worked on many Australian government, UN and NGO programs in Timor Leste, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and Pakistan. When in Australia he has worked with a variety of Indigenous communities in the NT, SA and WA.
Jeff has also held the positions of Executive Officer of the Community Services and Health Industry Training Company, Manager of the National Industry Education Forum, Executive Officer of FORWAARD Aboriginal Corporation and Manager of Youth and Families for Australian Red Cross in the NT amongst other senior management positions.
Public Officer – Mick Myers
With the exception of periods of study interstate and overseas, Dr Myers has spent his entire career in NT education. He was recruited by the Commonwealth Government Department of Territories to undertake intensive 2-year teacher preparation and community and social development programs at the Australian School of Pacific Administration, Sydney. He was College Dux in each year of the program.
Dr Myers then spent 10 years in Top End Indigenous communities, including 3 years as Principal, Ngukurr Community School. This decade was both very challenging and immensely rewarding, with Dr Myers contributing significantly to educational and broader social development activities and gains in each community, while at the same time, learning a great deal about Indigenous life, culture and perspectives and developing life-long, deeply enriching relationships with many Indigenous community members.
He has been Principal of five larger NT schools in both urban and remote areas, has held senior administrative positions with the Department of Education and Training and has led large NT educational regions. His contribution has encompassed a range of contexts and organisational environments, including Australian Indigenous and NT urban communities and in Asian and North American contexts.
Dr Myers was awarded the AW Reeves Fellowship in 1995 by the NT Department of Education to undertake advanced study and research in educational leadership and management at the University of Alberta, Canada. During the tenure of the Fellowship, he gained a doctorate in educational leadership and management.
Dr Myers retires in 2011 from the position of Principal, Parap Primary School, Darwin, after having served NT education since 1965, including 40 years as a school Principal.
Member – Ken Cohalan
Ken Cohalan joined the Victims of Crime NT committee in 2008 serving in a variety of roles.
He moved to the Northern Territory as General Manager of Pauls (NT) in 1994 and took an early retirement in 1998 after a total of 27 years with QUF Industries in the food and beverage industry.
In the past, Ken has been invited to China, Thailand and East Timor to provide business management expertise, where he was involved in revising agreements and establishing Memorandums Of Understanding (MOU’s) with business associations.
He is the past President for the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce, the past President for the Combined Palmerston Probus Club, the Chair of the Area Consultative Committee, the Chair of the Council for the Aging (COTA-NT), an Executive member of the Darwin Probus Club and has been involved in numerous other committee’s, boards and councils over the years.
Most notably, Ken was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for Business in 2008, for his service to the business sector, particularly through the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce.
Member – Alan Clark
Alans experience ranges from working as a probation and parole officer (PPO) with Community Corrections in South Auckland NZ to working with local staff in an advisory capacity within the Vanuatu Correctional Services.
In 2011 he made the move to Darwin from NZ, upon coming to Darwin he took up a position as Regional Manager, Casuarina Community Corrections. In 2013 he worked on the project to implement electronic monitoring across the NT and for the past 18 months has worked as Program Manager, responsible for the Community Work program.
He became a member of VoCNT because he believes in the rights of victims and feels strongly that the early support and assistance received by victims is an important factor in the healing process, resulting in empowering victims to once again feel in control of their own lives. He looks forward to being a contributing member of the organisation.
Member – Kwame Selormey
Kwame is a Community Services Leader who was born and raised in Ghana – West Africa.
He has lived in Australia for 25 years. His tertiary education and professional experience has covered the lifespan from early childhood studies through to children & family’s services, exposure to aged care services and community development. He is currently the Interim CEO of the Melaleuca Refugee Centre.
He has over 20 years’ experience working in the NGO sector, in roles that have included designing and leading provision of services to children, youth, people with disabilities, people from diverse cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal communities, as well as to people with severe and persistent mental illness.
Through his career, Kwame’s work has influenced various government decisions especially in relation to services for people who are marginalized by society.
Kwame’s philosophy is based on the belief that when individuals are empowered and given the opportunity to tell their story, resilience and healing is sparked, which ultimately helps generate healthy communities. He looks forward to bringing his experience to the Committee of VoCNT.
Member – Samoane Regattieri
Samoane is an Aboriginal Woman who has grown up and lived in Darwin for 38 years and is a proud mother of 2 adult daughters.
She is an ATSI Case Manager within the Ironbark Indigenous Support Programme. She has worked for the Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation for almost 9 years in a variety of roles, including Remote Employment, CDEP and training positions.
Prior to her position at Ironbark, Samoane spent much of her time in a range of roles within business management and is looking forward to adding her expertise to the Committee of VoCNT.