Board Members

Board of Management

Natasha Kusmuk – Chief Executive Officer

A former Australian Public Servant who has worked in various roles at the former Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Social Services in both Perth and Canberra. She has experience in areas of refugee settlement, CALD community engagement, social policy, and managing funding and administration of a broad range of social service programs.

Natasha engages in various formal and informal volunteer roles to support disadvantaged youth and CALD communities in Western Australia, and is passionate about diversity, justice, community development and education.

Natasha is a member of the Zonta Club of Perth Inc., the United Nations Association of Australia (WA Division), WA Police Force Senior Multicultural Women Leaders Advisory Group, the Organisation of African Communities in WA Management Committee, the University of Western Australia Young Alumni Network and is a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Mr Bruce Larson – Chairperson

Former senior executive of Rio Tinto with extensive experience in community initiatives within Australia and overseas including Board positions on numerous Foundations & Funds.

Background in engineering and project management and recent 10 years chairing a successful start-up bespoke engineering business.

Extensive past experience coaching youth and young adults in athletics, to national & international level.

Active golfer and Past President (6 years) of Western Australia Golf Club. A current Board member of GolfWA (5 years).

Mr Richard Hennessey – Deputy Chairperson

Richard is a recently retired school teacher. He is married with three adult children.

Richard worked with the WA Education Department at Dumbleyung DHS, Hollywood SHS, Newman SHS and Warnbro CHS. In 1987, Richard completed a Teaching Exchange year in Cornwall, England.

In 1997, Richard transferred from the State Educational System to Catholic Education where he remained until his retirement. He spent more than 20 years at Chisholm College, as Head of Mathematics and a Deputy Principal.

Mr Kevin Bowman – Treasurer

Kevin has been on the Board of the Edmund Rice Centre WA since September 2003 as the treasurer and governance director.

As an actuary, Kevin has been involved in the actuarial field and the finance industry generally for over 50 years. He has worked for several different organisations in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and the United Kingdom. His last position before his retirement in 2015 was at Curtin University, where he was an Associate Professor in charge of the Actuarial Science Degree program.

Kevin has been involved with several Not for Profit organisations and sporting clubs and is currently a Director of his 2 family companies. He is an active member of the Australian Shareholders Association and company monitor.

Michelle Blank – Board Secretary

An experienced Chartered Accountant, Michelle Blank, is currently Senior Corporate Accountant for Sandfire Resources NL. She holds a master’s in professional accounting from Notre Dame University and a BSC in Business Information Systems from the National University Galway, Ireland. She has extensive experience in public accounting with deeper experience in the natural resource industry. She has a long history of engaging in charitable organizations extending back to her teenage years.

Through her professional roles and education Michelle has gained significant experience in systems and accounting issues facing not-for profits.

Ms Amy Berson – General Member

An experienced program manager in the development sector, Amy has experience in a range of thematic areas including development through sport, child rights, youth leadership, disability, health and gender.

She has worked on a variety of community development initiatives domestically in the Mirrabooka/Balga area and internationally in Uganda, Bangladesh, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Caribbean region.

Most recently, Amy has been working on parenting and early childhood programs in the Mirrabooka/Balga area and is a trained facilitator in Circle of Security Parenting.

Ms Rosemary Sayer – General Member

Rosemary’s career is founded in writing and communications and includes diverse experience in general management in Australia and Asia over many years. She worked in senior positions at Wesfarmers Limited and Lion Nathan in Australia and in Asia pacific regional management roles at international bank, Standard Chartered and international communications consultancy, Golin Harris.

Previously Rosemary has served on the board of Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital. She served six years on the board of writingWA, two as chairperson, and was a founding director of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

Rosemary has written three non-fiction books and is currently completing a PhD at Curtin University which explores her dual interests in writing and human rights.

Mr Jim Elliott – General Member

Jim’s background is in education, having had a long career in Catholic Secondary schools across the state.

During this time, he has had 30 years of administrative experience in the roles of Principal & Deputy Principal.

This has given him extensive experience in policy formulation & budgeting.

Jim has been a Board member & former chairperson of Edmund Rice Centre over many years and wishes to continue this association now that he has retired from full time work.

Mr Vivian D’Almeida – General Member

Vivian came to Australia in 1988 after teaching in India for sixteen years. He spent all his working life in Australia teaching at Chisholm Catholic. At various times, he was a Department Head, a Director of Learning Technologies and concluded his career as a Deputy Principal.

While at Chisholm, Vivian developed his interest and expertise in computers writing a number of spreadsheet programmes. These helped make working life easier for administrators, teachers and teachers-aides and are still in use.

Having retired at the end of 2018, Vivian spends his time as a board member at ERCWA, volunteering at the WA Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office and occasionally going back to the classroom as a relief teacher.