Marie Cameron is currently serving as Chair of the Management Committee of Crossroad Arts. Employed 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 across the Mackay region and at a broader level.
Marie holds a Bachelor of Business (Distinction), along with an Associate Diploma (Accounting) and Diploma of Business (HR). She has recently completed post graduate studies in sustainable development and is currently working towards completing her Masters.
Having worked in the mining industry for the past 15 years, Marie has previously worked in WA and regional North Queensland for state and local governments. 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 our local and regional communities.
Sharon Bond (on leave until January 2020)
Sharon has been a board member of Crossroad Arts since 2016, presently serving as Secretary. She has worked as a special needs teacher since 2002, and currently holds the position of Acting Deputy Principal at Mackay District Special School. Sharon has a strong interest and belief in inclusive-education for all, and believes that all people regardless of their disability should be encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential. She says she sees Crossroad Arts as a shining example of inclusion, while also providing opportunities for people with disability to explore their creativity.
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 Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Porters Mitre 10 in Mackay, a large independent family hardware business that employees 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
Anne is a retired school teacher, previously working as an educator for people with disabilities for 40 years. She has been involved in Mackay’s cultural life since 1977, mainly working with lights and sound for the stage and theatre. She also volunteers for both the MECC and the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Anne has supported Crossroads Arts for many years and feels privileged to be able to support the organisation by being a member of the General Management Committee.
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.
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.