Meet our staff

Elyse Riethmuller

Chief Executive Officer

I’m inspired on a daily basis by the truly amazing things we achieve through working together and the positive difference that makes to our families and our region.

Daniel Boshoff

NRM Manager

I enjoy working with a team of like-minded individuals that collectively make a positive change to the environment and the lives of all the people of central Queensland. I aim to continue building on the successes that FBA has achieved in the last two decades.

Jeff Krause

Partnership Manager

Making a positive contribution and sharing my experience and insights to assist staff and FBA stakeholders across the region is what excites me about working with FBA.

Pam Jeffery

Corporate Services Manager

At the end of the day I just love the people I work with and the challenges and learnings I gain along the way – they’ve all helped shape who I am today.

Rebecca French

Engagement Manager

More than anything I enjoy working with others to make a difference. Influencing positive outcomes for people and building goodwill and reputation is what I’m all about!

Andrew Lewis

Extension Leader

I am inquisitively observant and am continually looking for the opportunity to create efficiencies, effectiveness and most importantly value. I enjoy sharing my practical and authentic insights of the grazing industry to empower others.

Barbara McKechnie

Business Systems Leader

I enjoy being able to mentor and empower new and younger staff in our organisation to go out and achieve great things.

Craig Davenport

Strategic Projects Leader

I’m stupid enough to try most things! (Ironman and a sustainable veggie patch are the next challenges.) At work, creating opportunities for those who are keen and restoring community focus.

Katrina Lapthorn

Finance Leader

I love working at FBA because it has afforded me the opportunity to be in a team that is fighting for a sustainable future. Providing all team members with financial assistance to help them reach their project goals gives me great satisfaction.

Shannon van Nunen

Environment Leader

I approach NRM like I approach life… it’s a marathon, not a sprint… you can’t accomplish without help from others… every problem is an opportunity… think big picture!

Bethlea Bell

Community Participation Officer

I love working with people on projects that enhance our natural assets… I have a particular soft spot for our amphibian friends so am known as ‘the frog lady’ in some circles!

Camille Conway

Regional Engagement Officer

We can have all the science in the world, but if we can’t work together to protect what sustains us – our environment – then we’re all in trouble. Finding our common ground is what drives me.

Casey Spencer

Land Management Officer

Sustainable agriculture is what excites me, especially finding management practices that provide economic, social and environmental benefits to landholders and the broader community.

Cassandra Tracey

Senior Project Officer (Environment)

My passion is for conserving threatened species and special places, and restoring habitat. I love that our work makes a real difference to our environment.

Daniel Rea

Partnership Coordinator and Climate Mate (Fitzroy)

A team is always greater than the sum of its parts. My passion is bringing the right players together, at the right time and place, to kick goals for our environment and for our future.

Hannah Kaluzynski

Project Officer (Environment)

Listening to peoples’ life stories and experiences just fascinates me, and I’m a big believer in working with local people to tackle our environmental challenges – it’s the best way to build a sustainable future.

Hayley Young

Indigenous Engagement Coordinator

I am excited to grow and nurture relationships with Traditional Custodians. Through meaningful connections, I aim to understand the needs of communities and help empower them to achieve caring for country aspirations.

Jamie McKenzie

Communications Officer

I love the FBA brand and what it stands for. It’s an organisation that ‘walks’ the ‘talk’ and it’s great to be part of something that is giving back to the community and environment.

Jo Kurpershoek

Regional Engagement Coordinator

My favourite question is ‘why?’, followed closely by ‘what if…?’ … it drives some folks nuts but it’s how we make useful connections, learn and grow.

Johanna Ramsey

Communications Coordinator

Working each day with a team of passionate people to safeguard our region’s special places and unique species is a dream come true!

Kate Jackson

Land Management Officer

Central QLD is the place I’ve lived longest and I love our slice of paradise. Learning and passing knowledge onto others, and working in agriculture are my passions.

Kate McLucas

Land Management Officer

I’ve lived in rural areas most of my life and love everything it brings. Regional areas have so much to offer and I have a real passion for connecting with its people, lessons and history.

Katie McCosker

Senior Extension Officer

Having a chat over a cuppa and finding a way to move forward with your business is a big driver for me. I say what I think and it’s always from the heart.

Lisa Del Riccio

Community Participation Officer

I’m all about connections and bringing people, information and resources together to achieve environmental sustainability for our region.

Lochlan Jepson

Land Management Officer

I’ve worked on my family’s, and my extended family’s properties for years and love hands on pasture management, rural operations and vegetation management. Giving back to the community gives me a real sense of satisfaction especially when it increases sustainability.

Mac Hansler

Science Officer

I am passionate about preserving the natural world to the best of my ability. I think with everything in life there exists a happy medium for all interested parties. Easy to say, difficult to practice, but well worth the effort.

Mark Schultz

Senior Science Officer

I am passionate about conceiving, developing and conducting a diverse range of environmental investigations designed to improve environmental outcomes.

Nathan Eichperger

Community Participation Coordinator

Water quality is essential to our region and I’m passionate about projects which contribute to the community. The best part of my role is working with lots of different people and making sustainable changes to water management for human and environmental outcomes.

Peter Smith

Senior GIS Officer

In a nutshell, I do maps and love providing GIS support to assist others with their work. I’ve been involved with things geospatial for more than 35 years and I’m still learning!

Reece Brooks

Land Management Coordinator

Having grown up in the grazing industry, I enjoy helping landholders improve their business and restore their land through best practice, and help them increase their production and profits.

Vicki Horstman

Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator

I love my family, horses and camping… almost as much as I love working with local groups and producers to achieve Sustainable Ag in our big and beautiful region (just don’t tell the family!).

Leigh Stitz

Fitzroy Partnership for River Health - Executive Director

Together we are providing a more complete picture of river health. The commitment of our partners, our passionate team and vision for the future is what inspires and motivates me.

Sally Allford

Land Management Officer

Having grown up on my family’s NSW based properties has given me a real drive to want to give back to the land. Being able to work with landholders personally to further improve their land management practices as well as their businesses is what I love most about working at FBA.

Sam Hall

Fitzroy Partnership for River Health - Communications Coordinator

Inspiring hearts and minds through visual and written communication is what drives me. I want to see people caring for the environment so every child has a future to look forward to!

Braden Mitchell

Fitzroy Partnership for River Health - Science Project Officer

I studied Freshwater Biology and Management and love everything to do with the quality of our water in the environment and doing what has to be done to ensure we have sustainable, healthy water supplies into the future.

Ajay More

Engineer (Contractor)

I am passionate about understanding how river catchments in Australian outback behave hydraulically. My educational background in civil engineering and water resources, allows me to design water related infrastructure which work towards improving river health.

Michelle Black

Graphic Designer (Contractor)

I thrive on visually communicating messages about healthy ecosystems, biodiversity protection and sustainable land management and knowing my work is helping make a difference.