Zoya Yukhnevich (she/her)
Zoya has had a strong connection to community for as long as she can remember. Over the past ten years, Zoya has worked and volunteered for a number of not-for-profit and private community organisations, with a particular interest in working with young people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Zoya has a Master of International Development from the University of Western Australia and has also worked at an international level in Switzerland, advocating for human rights and social justice issues.
Outside of work, Zoya is a keen traveller and loves spending time outdoors, at the beach or with her beloved chickens. If she’s not out and about, Zoya can be found cooking up a feast for family and friends, or singing her heart out over a vino with friends in her community choir.
Ciara Cooney (she/her)
Senior Inclusion Consultant
A part of the Inclusion Solutions team since 2014, Ciara has worked in the community development field for the last sixteen years in Ireland, Tanzania, The United States and now Western Australia. During these sixteen years, Ciara has worked in Local Government, State Sporting Associations and not-for-profits. Ciara is a Senior Inclusion Consultant who obtained her Honours Degree in Ireland.
Ciara has a passion for sport and recreation and is very active in her local community. Ciara believes the vehicles of sport and recreation can connect people together to assist them in living a good life. Ciara is a mum of two little humans who she loves very much. Since moving to Australia, Ciara loves spending her time camping and enjoying the great outdoors, hardly missing a day without going to the beach for a swim.
Rob Geersen (he/him)
Rob primarily worked in Information Technology before life took an unexpected turn when one of his children became seriously ill. As a result of that experience, Rob had a change of priorities and set out with a personal goal to help make his community more inclusive.
In 2015, he founded and launched a program for children with a disability, enabling them to participate in community sport – the Starkick program. The program has since gone on to be recognised with various state and national awards.
Along the journey, Rob has held various community volunteer and advisory roles including Club President, Coach, Committee Member, as well as sitting on the Board of various not-for-profit organisations. He is passionate to help share his own experience in an effort to help local communities and clubs become more accepting and welcoming places for everyone.
Adam Popham (he/him)
Born in England, Adam has always looked to make the most of Australia’s beautiful weather and fantastic sporting culture. Having played Australian Rules Football for 10 years with Carine JFC, Adam then transitioned into umpiring and is currently a junior umpire coach. Adam plays Rugby Union with Wanneroo Rugby Club in the winter season and Touch Rugby in the summer. He also plays Wheelchair Basketball with his identical twin brother, Ben.
Currently studying a double major in Management and Human Resources at Curtin University, Adam is passionate about creating welcoming and inclusive environments that enable people to maximise the opportunities in front of them.
Adam started volunteering with Inclusion Solutions in 2019 before transitioning into a part-time role in 2021.
Kayla Manuel (she/her)
Kayla comes to Inclusion Solutions with a passion for promoting inclusive practices and community connections. With over ten years of experience in the community services sector, Kayla has had the privilege of working with families, young people, and children from diverse backgrounds and walks of life in the USA, New Zealand, and Australia. Coming from a multicultural background herself, Kayla's experiences have driven her desire to work in a place that promotes inclusivity and celebrates diversity.
Kayla has a degree in social work and takes a person-centred and values-based approach to her work, prioritizing the needs and aspirations of the individuals, communities, and organizations she supports. As a mental health advocate, Kayla is committed to creating inclusive spaces that prioritize the wellbeing of every individual.
Kayla spends her time engaging in meaningful volunteer projects that aim to challenge perceptions, encourage critical thinking and spread kindness. Her passion for exploring has taken her on many international adventures and continues here as she tours around the city and the rest of beautiful WA. When at home, Kayla like to unwind by reading, sharing a meal with friends and spending time with her loved ones and gatitos.
Anne Marliac (she/her)
Originally from France, Anne has been calling Perth her home since 2012. With a Master's Degree in Public Law and Social Sciences, Anne has worked and volunteered in the community sector for different not-for-profits for more than 12 years across both Australia and Europe.
As a child, Anne always had a strong sense of social justice, always advocating for people's rights to be upheld, so it's no surprise she joined the Australian Inclusion Group nine years ago to work with Inclusion Solution's partner entity Inclusion WA, as a Mentor and Coordinator working alongside people with disability. Now, Anne sits with us, here at Inclusion Solutions, as the project lead for one of our exciting new projects developing an online learning course around disability and inclusion.
When she's not at work, you can find Anne out and about, hiking one of the many trails around WA with her partner and fur babies. Passionate about the environment, and a self-professed eco-warrior, Anne loves connecting with others and attending beach clean ups, tree-planting days, and has recently returned to study a Diploma of Sustainable Living with the University of Tasmania.
Michael Farmer (he/him)
Michael has over 15 years of experience working in the sport and recreation industry, specialising in club and player development in Australian Rules Football. Throughout his time in sport and recreation, he spent six years working in the Kimberley, promoting and delivering sports and recreation programs in remote Indigenous Communities before moving into managing a high performance football program in Perth.
Being involved in sporting clubs at both a professional and personal level has instilled in Michael a strong understanding of the importance of social inclusion through sport.
Passionate about football, Michael loves to coach, play and watch on most weekends but enjoys spending time with family and friends, a good round of golf and a road trip with his wife.
Erin Taylor (she/her)
Born and raised in WA and spending her early life in small regional communities, Erin’s early experiences instilled the value of community and social connection. Erin has worked in a variety of different roles over the years including in fashion design, management, merchandising, as well as interior design – specialising in creating inclusive and accessible environments for seniors.
Passionate about arts and culture, Erin has had a long association with the Mundaring Arts Centre, serving as Deputy Chair and Board Member between 2015-2018 and is currently on the steering committee for the new Arts Precinct Redevelopment.
Down time for Erin is all about spending time with family and friends, cinema, time in nature and enjoying all the joys that Perth life has to offer.
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