Meet the Board
Alan J McDonald
Alan was born in Geraldton in 1954 and was schooled in Northampton until the age of six. His family moved to Geraldton where he went to Geraldton Primary School and finished high school in 1967. Alan enjoyed a career as a Jockey until 1986, riding throughout WA. After seven years in Darwin, he returned to Geraldton to work with Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) where he has worked for 23 years. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Indigenous Community Health, through Curtin University of Technology and has a Certificate IV in Health through the Marr Mooditj Foundation. Alan worked in hearing health with children for 10 years and seven years as Aboriginal Health Worker with the Prison Health Re-entry Program. He sits on the board of Geraldton Aboriginal Men’s Association (GAMA) and is a Community Member of the Barndimalgu Court of Domestic Violence. Alan is an Accredited Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Instructor. He has been on the board at Bundiyarra for eight years, three of those as chairman.
Tiambra was born in Geraldton and has lived throughout WA and the NT. She spent her formative years in Kalgoorlie and returned to Geraldton 14 years ago. Tiambra is the Aboriginal Student Support Officer at the Geraldton Universities Centre. She was a customer service officer with Centrelink – both in Kalgoorlie and Geraldton – for more than 14 years. Tiambra also worked in the Indigenous Call Centre in Kalgoorlie and holds a Certiicate IV in Telecommunications. Tiambra sits on the board of Beachlands Primary School and is on the Geraldton Follow the Dream Steering Committee a program based at Geraldton Senior College and Champion Bay Senior High School. Tiambra participates with the Consumer Advisor Group at St John of God Hospital Geraldton, and is the current Chairperson of the Midwest Aboriginal Organisations Alliance (MAOA) Education Sub Committee and has recently been appointed to Midwest Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre Advisory Group. Tiambra and her partner Shane have two children, Jordan, 21 and Tiffany.
Graham was born at Three Springs and went to school at Coorow Primary School and Carnamah High School before attending Tardun’s Pallottine Mission. In 1970, at the age of 17 he joined the army, and after recruit training with the 4th Battalion at Townsville, he was shipped off to Vietnam four days after he turned 19. He spent the next six years in the army and returned to WA where he married and raised two sons. Graham worked as a plant operator for Main Roads for 10 years, followed by two years working as a prison officer at Greenough Regional Prison. In 2008 he was honoured as NAIDOC Elder of the Year, and in 2015 he was named NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year. Graham was elected to WA’s Midwest Region Hall of Fame in 2012 for his contribution to the region. He has been a member of the Geraldton RSL Sub-branch since 1995.
Allan has lived most of his life in Geraldton after being born in Subiaco and moving to Moora, then living in Mukinbudin and Merredin before settling in Geraldton more than 50 years ago. Allan worked for Beaurepaires for seven years and Geraldton Meat Exports for three years before retiring in 2008 from the City of Greater Geraldton where he was employed for 28 years. Allan is very active in the community and is a member of many sports clubs and organisations including Geraldton 8-Ball Association for the past 30 years, Geraldton Bowling Club, Geraldton Italian Club (as a director for 12 years), the Mercantile Club, Geraldton RSL, and is a life member of Geraldton Mens Darts Association and the City of Greater Geraldton Outside Social Club. Allan is a former player and Life Member (along with his son Cobber) of Towns Football Club. He played cricket for Chapman Valley Football Club until the age of 57.
Dalena Howard was born and schooled in Geraldton where she raised her young family. She moved to Perth to pursue a law degree and once completed practised law in Perth with the Housing Authority (now operating under the Department of Communities). After many years in Perth she moved home to country, where she decided to use her legal skills to help her community and her legal skills are an asset to the organisation. Dalena returned to the Department of Communities in 2020 in various management roles.
Marion was born in Meekatharra and schooled in Carnarvon, before leaving school to work in Wiluna. Marion has been involved in education for more than 20 years in various roles from an AIEO at Meekatharra District High School; ALO at the Midwest Regional Education Office; Coordinator Aboriginal Education in the East Kimberley - covering remote communities including Oombulgurri, Kalumburu, Doon Doon, Jungdranung (Glen Hill Station) and Kununurra, Wyndham, Halls Creek. In 2009, she was the Acting Manager, Aboriginal Education for the Midwest and worked across more than 50 schools with curriculum, school psychologists and the regional managers. She spent from 2012 - 2017 in the Pilbara as Coordinator, Aboriginal Education. During this time Marion set up her small business, Wan.Gura Consultancy offering cultural awareness, mentoring, MCing and facilitating. Marion was Acting Manager at Central Regional TAFE for a year in 2016. She is now Program Manager with the Girls Academy Program.
Born in York, Helen has lived in Geraldton for over 50 years. Her cultural ties lie with the Djugun people in the West Kimberley and Kija people in the East Kimberley. Helen went to Bluff Point Primary and Geraldton Senior High School. After having three children she attended Edith Cowan University’s off campus centre, in Geraldton, to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Education and works for the Department of Education. Helen has held teaching positions in several local primary schools and spent four years at Bidyadanga Remote Community in the West Kimberley. She is currently Program Coordinator for the Follow the Dream at Champion Bay Senior High School.
Glenis was raised and schooled in Geraldton from the age of seven. She is very active in the community and loves anything to do with music. Glenis is a Director of Mid West Yamaji Music in a voluntary role. She enjoys sport and still plays softball and encourages her children and grand-children to be sports active, believing keeping the kids active keeps them out of trouble. Glenis is the Coordinator of the Indigenous Women’s Cancer Support Group. Glenis has also worked as a PSA at Geraldton Regional Hospital and is now employed as an ALO at the hospital’s new Cancer Centre. She holds a Certificate IV in Frontline Management and a Certificate IV in Agriculture as a Wool Classer.
Raymond was born in Geraldton; a Wajarri Yamatji man on his father’s side and Amangu on his mother’s. Raymond grew up in Rangeway, He has three children and six grandchildren. Raymond has worked within the Health Department, justice systems and more recently Indigenous Education. An aspiration of Raymond’s is to create culturally responsive and safe schooling systems where Indigenous students can take pride in learning and sharing their culture and language within their communities. He is studying to become an accredited language teacher, teaching Wajarri in schools. Raymond is a board member of Winja Wajarri Aboriginal Corporation and a member of Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation. He is involved in Barndi Malgu domestic violence court as a community member.