Meet the Team

 

Queensland Koala Crusaders are very lucky to have a passionate team driving the organisations vision forward. We cannot thank enough the efforts from everyone involved since its inception in 2010. Over time they created and developed the solid foundation of a well established not-for-profit organisation which proudly continues to be a voice for the koala. And it goes without saying that without the support of our volunteers, members, supporters and donors QKC would not be able to achieve what we have done, and continue to do. 

President:

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Linda Barnes

Linda is an IT and Communications Consultant, and Nature and Conservation Photographer with a long history of documenting wildlife conservation stories in North America and Australia.

Since moving to Australia, Linda has become a passionate advocate for koalas and preserving and expanding the vital habitat on which they depend.

 

Vice President:

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Carolyn Roy

Carolyn J Roy is our 2021 and 2022  Vice-president, hailing from Canada on a work visa with her husband of 33 years.

The last 11 years Carolyn has been the administrator of a post secondary training facility that was the educational hub for over 30 students per year.   This experience has given Carolyn the ability to work along with Queensland Koala Crusaders in 2020 developing a strategic business model that included a 5-year Business plan, a Policies and Procedures Manual along with an updated Constitution.

As vice-president Carolyn will continue to proceed with the streamlining of the organization's internal structures that will allow for the group to keep working towards the goal of protecting and connecting habitat, education for this amazing species and the prospect of a future sanctuary.

Secretary:

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Angie Fairweather

Ange came to the koala world as a keen horticulturist with a view to learning more about fodder eucalypts for koalas and revegetating depleted koala habitats near her home in Samford Valley.

Ange has been a member of Native Plants Queensland for a number of years and an enthusiastic propagator of native species.

Ange brings leadership, management and analyst skills from her previous career as an Army intelligence officer.  Although retired, Ange keeps busy with various volunteer work including koala ambulance driver, platypus surveyor and Justice of the Peace.

 

Treasurer:

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David Mackenzie

David is a Nature and Conservation Photographer, Communications Consultant, and advocate for wild places with focus on the creation of habitat for wildlife, especially our koalas.

David has worked in corporate management, as well as being a small business owner, beef cattle producer and spent a lifetime crawling around the bush taking photos.

General Committee:

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Stefanie Fishel

Stefanie Fishel is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, a visiting fellow and member of the Environment and Governance Research Group at UNSW Canberra, and a Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project.

Stef was educated at the University of Victoria, British Columbia where she received her Master of Arts in International Relations, and earned her PhD at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in International Relations and Political Theory.

Her book, The Microbial State: Global Thriving and The Body Politic, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2017.

 

Ambassador:

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Meghan Halverson

Meghan is a co-founder and past President of Queensland Koala Crusaders. Sometimes called "that koala lady" she is well known throughout the Australian conservation world for her passion and collaborative efforts on behalf of koalas and the wildlife that live under them.

As the driving force behind QKC since its founding she has established strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholder groups urging a more coordinated and effective alliance and her dream of establishing koala sanctuaries.

Youth Ambassador:

 

 

Kurt Jones

At 18 years old from North Brisbane, he has long been dedicated to preserving the wild places and the wildlife which inhabit them.

A natural leader, he is also passionate about young people and the place they have in protecting wildlife for future generations.

Kurt has been involved in conservation for several years and has been served in many different ambassador, leadership and animal care roles. QKC is so fortunate to have him in his role to assist in raising awareness and taking action for our koalas, working to make our goals a reality.