Marie Cameron is currently serving as Chair of the Management Committee of Crossroad Arts. Marie has a background working for state and local governments in regional and rural North Queensland and remote locations in North West of Western Australia. She also has had a long career working in the mining industry supporting the Mackay and Isaac regions as a communities team member with Hail Creek Mine.
Marie has a particular interest in community development and she has served in various positions on many Committees and Boards within the not-for-profit sector and community organisations regionally, and at state and international levels. In 2019, she was awarded a scholarship through the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has successfully completed directorship training through this agency.
Marie holds a Bachelor of Business (Distinction), along with an Associate Diploma (Accounting) and Diploma of Business (HR). She has also completed post graduate studies in sustainable development and is currently working towards completing her Masters.
Marie is committed to supporting community priorities such as the important work that Crossroad Arts undertakes which not only build and enhance community capacity and capability, but also support the sustainability of regional communities.
David currently works for Spinal Life Australia, giving talks to school students in the Mackay and Whitsunday region. David holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies as well as other relevant certificates. David is passionate about the local community and volunteers for numerous Mackay organisations. He is also one of the members of the Access and Inclusion Reference Group for Mackay Regional Council. As an avid visual artist, David has his own business called ‘Art from the Blindside’, and had his first exhibition as part of International Day for People with Disability Jubilee Community Centre in Mackay.
Finance & Audit Sub-Committee
Gavan Porter is currently serving as the Treasurer of Crossroad Arts, re-joining the Management Committee in late 2018 after a previous stint as Treasurer from 2009-2012. He is currently Employed as the Joint General Manager and Company Secretary of Porters Mitre 10 in Mackay, a large independent family hardware business that employs over 200 staff and has been in the region for five generations.
Prior to returning to his hometown in 2008, Gavan held various senior corporate financial analyst and management accounting roles in London, Melbourne and Brisbane. Gavan is passionate about supporting Crossroad Arts to deliver local, national and international arts projects by assisting in developing strong financial disciplines and corporate governance within the organisation.
He holds Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Business Management degrees from the University of QLD and is a Chartered Manager and Associate Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders. He is also an associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and holds a Certificate in Governance Practice and is undertaking further study in Corporate Governance in the area of Risk Management in 2019.
Since her very first after-school job, when they told her, “if you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean.” Traci Lietzke has rolled up her sleeves with the aim of making things shine. Her association with Crossroad Art is long and varied and returning as Secretary of the Management Committee is a homecoming of sorts. She believes creativity and shared experiences bring community together to create a stronger more inclusive society.
Traci is also President of Printbank Mackay, on the Regional Arts Development Fund Assessment Committee for Mackay Regional Council and works casually for Maritime Safety Queensland. She holds a BA in Humanities and a Certificate III in Visual Arts.
When she does allow herself to lean; she spends her time printmaking, travelling with her partner, and taking her elderly dog for sniffs on the beach.
General Management Committee Members
Mark is an arts leader and administrator bringing together the leadership skills he cultivated during his time as a school principal, Chairman of Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Education group and his eight years as part of the OperaQ Management team. His work experience, coupled with his Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education in Leadership, has led Mark to create and lead innovative performing arts experiences throughout Queensland. As Head of Learning, Regional and Community, Mark oversees the company's education, community, regional touring, commercial and corporate work. Prior to his time at OperaQ, Mark was the Principal of Stonehenge State School and Lundavra State School. He has also held multiple elected positions within QASSP (Queensland Association of State School Principals). In 2009, Mark was a finalist in the QUT Outstanding Young Alumni awards.
Tracey has worked in the regional arts sector in Queensland for more than 20 years including positions with Flying Arts Inc., Artspace Mackay, Crossroad Arts Inc. and Mackay Regional Council. Her appointment as Director of Artspace Mackay sees her return to regional galleries after working as a freelance curator, project manager and arts consultant. In her role as Artspace Mackay Gallery Director, Tracey leads a team of professional gallery staff in providing a high-quality community facility; an inspirational exhibition program; a growing, relevant art collection and engaging public programs. Central to the role is the implementation and coordination of effective and efficient policies and practices relevant to the gallery and its programs, with the aim of providing the community of Mackay and visitors to the region access to high-quality arts and cultural development programs. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art and is a practicing printmaker.
Tracey believes in the arts’ ability to act as a catalyst for social change. She is passionate about seeing the Queensland regional arts and cultural community development sector thrive and looks forward to actively contributing to the growth and success of Crossroad Arts Inc. into the future.
Finance & Audit Sub-Committee
Brian has been working since 1980 as an accountant; visual and performing artists, writers, filmmakers and other creatives, and auditor; not-for-profit arts and disability support organisations, arts peak bodies, Indigenous Art Centres, and other organisations supporting families and individuals in remote communities. He is committed to particularly supporting those who are marginalised by disability, remoteness, economic prospects and hardship.
There is an old saying “you can take the boy out of the bush but you can’t take the bush out of the boy” so it’s no surprise that, growing up on the Atherton Tablelands and (from age 15) working on properties on Cape York, he relishes working in the Art Centres on remote communities with Trudy the (Landcruiser) Troopie who lives in Alice Springs. The corrugated tracks and sand-hills of the Central and Western Deserts are an enjoyable escape from traffic lights and roundabouts.
He has been the Treasurer of over forty arts organisations, from the big (Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Brisbane Youth Service) to the small (Arts Law Centre of Queensland) to the tiny (Brisbane Independent Filmmakers), and is an advocate for fair and ethical treatment of artists, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
Over the years he has built up a sizeable art collection and his only yet-to-be-fulfilled goal is to be a writer.
Crossroad Arts is an organisation for which he has the hugest admiration and is delighted to be part of the fabulous team.
Trish Ely is a local from Mackay, born and bred in this fabulous town with a passion for showcasing people with disabilities’ talents and skills and providing opportunities for all to participate in community events. Trish works full time in the Education sector, currently as Head of Special Education Services. She holds a Master of Special Education degree and is a qualified Level 2 NAATI Auslan interpreter. She has a personal commitment and drive to promote people’s abilities, skills and interests in any way possible. She relishes opportunities for all to feel welcomed, have the opportunity to participate in community events and to showcase their achievements.
Inclusion and celebrating diversity promotes a rich culture of understanding, tolerance and recognition, celebrated through the platform of Crossroads Arts Inc. Trish is keen to be a part of this dynamic group and hopefully to use her connections locally to further promote the great networks, friendships and opportunities afforded us through Crossroads Arts Inc.