The Board employs a team of staff to manage the operations of the NSA. The current team comprises of:
Karyn Lisignoli - Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (08) 9272 - 3189
Mobile: 0459 176 603
Karyn, NSA Chief Executive Officer is a community development executive with extensive experience in youth, community and business development areas. Karyn is a social entrepreneur who thrives on the challenge of developing and maintaining community and corporate partnerships, and other key strategic relationships, in order to address social injustices and disadvantage. She is passionate about working collaboratively to address Aboriginal disengagement and despair, and believes that many in the community are keen to work together to address the same. Since graduating from Curtin University of Technology in 1995, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology, Karyn has worked exclusively in the youth and community development sector, for both community agencies and local government authorities. Since 2004, Karyn has been employed in senior roles, namely as the senior executive of a significant youth affairs organisation; including the Regional Education and Careers in Highways Foundation (REACH) and the Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA). She is a Fellow of Leadership WA (LWA), an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and most importantly,is delighted to be working with this small, dynamic and passionate team to improve the quality of life for all Nyoongars.
Mark Griffin - Programs Manager
Phone: (08) 9272-3189
Mobile: 0431 541 571
Mark rejoined NSA at the start of 2014 after spending a few years working in the Aboriginal Health Sector. Mark, who is a Nygkina man is passionate about making a difference in the lives of Aboriginal people through sharing his knowledge about sport, health and culture.
Mark holds a Bachelor in Sports Science and has an extensive background in sport program development, planning and implentation. Mark has a strong desire to help members of the Aboriginal community make a change to their health and lifestyle habits through ensuring professional and relevant program development and delivery. Mark is proud to be managing the NSA Program portfolio and values building strong connections with the NSA sports team, program partners as well as the Aboriginal community members we service.
Tilman Lowe - Sports Development Officer
Tilman, an Arrernte man of Central Australia from his father’s side and English from his mother’s side, was born in Perth before moving to Alice Springs at a young age. Since returning to Perth in 2012 Tilman has been employed by Nyoongar Sports Association as a Sports Development Officer. Tilman has worked as a tutor in a high school working closely with disengaged young Aboriginal students and has also worked as a Sport and Recreation Officer with an Aboriginal organisation that operated within the Aboriginal communities of Central Australia.
Tilman has acquired sporting knowledge from many sports such as soccer, AFL and rugby through years of dedication to sport and representation side for Alice Springs and the Northern Territory. He has also completed his Cert II in Sport and Recreation. Tilman hopes to be able to pass on his knowledge to the greater Aboriginal community through his position at NSA.
Dylan Garlett - Sports Development Officer
Dylan, a Nyoongar man and father of 2 young girls is a family man who has been working with NSA for the past two years. Dylan has a genuine desire to be a positive role model to his family, local community and those he is in contact with professionally.Dylan holds a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation and is motivated to help others through sharing his knowledge and expertise in sport and healthy living.
Misty Gray - Junior Sports Development Officer (Kwinana Beatball )
Misty joined NSA in April 2014 to assist with the delivery of the new Kwinana and Rockingham Beatball Programs. Misty, who is Wajarri Yamaji is NSA's youngest and only female Sports Development Officer. Misty who is passionate about sport, especially Netball, has joined the team to inspire and share her love for healthy lifestyle other members of community to help them develop their physical health.
Sara Cooper - Health Promotion Officer
Sara is the newest member of the team and has extensive experience in providing culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal people from diverse areas. Sara has three years’ experience in managing, planning and development of culturally appropriate programs and resources, as well as four years in customer service.
Sara is passionate about inspiring people to lead healthier lives through education and enjoys facilitating hands on workshops that encourage sharing, interaction and practical learning.