Our Team

Mark Boonstra

Manager

Mark holds an Associate Diploma Major in Youth Work, a Certificate IV in Youth and Community Development and a Certificate IV in Employment Services. Mark is experienced in programme implementation and management, community engagement and development, project design, youth work, rolling out evidence based and innovative programs including staff training and cross sector professional development delivery.

Mark has many years experience working across Australia including living and working in Indigenous settings in Western Australia and Northern Territory. Primarily his work was with young people and their families in both school and community settings. His roles have included the delivery of various schools based programs, predominantly in areas of low SES, aimed to increase protective factors, social connectedness, school retention and self-esteem.

In recent years Mark has developed and delivered innovative programs in/with various settings/audiences aimed to assist individuals in the development of employability skills and career pathways. This has been achieved collaboratively with community organisations which Workskills/Impact Communities has built partnerships with. Mark developed the Ready Set Job program that is now being rolled out across Tasmania.

Mark is the state facilitator/trainer for Coaching Young People for Success, and a National trainer for Families and Schools Together (FAST). He sits on a number of Boards, governance groups and steering committees, a number of these in the employment and skills development space.

Stacey Foster

Administration

Stacey brings qualifications in Business, Education Support and Fine Arts to the Impact Communities team. Stacey’s management of the administrative needs of Impact Communities supports our creative growth and progress. Her commitment and valuing of the Tasmanian community is an integral part of Impact Communities’ ongoing focus to capacity-build through respectful relationships.

Stacey’s diverse experience in hospitality, administration, finance and education provide Impact Communities with a skillset that will help us to achieve our goals.

Stacey strengthens the work of Impact Communities by:

  • Building and supporting our community connections
  • Managing our internal policies and procedures
  • Assisting in the development of programs and services
  • Supporting staff and volunteers
  • PR/marketing and social media

Sybylla Anderson

FAST Project Officer and Trainer

Sybylla has had a varied career which has led her to Impact Communities. She started out working in films and television, particularly focusing on dramas for children and teenagers. Extensive international travel and time spent living overseas led her to change her focus. She spent time volunteering in remote villages of Costa Rica and working with asylum seekers on Christmas Island before taking a position with the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) in the Hague, The Netherlands. At UNOY she worked on advocacy and capacity building projects with youth-led peacebuilding organisations from 49 countries. This really created a passion for facilitating programs with grassroots involvement that are specific to local cultures and communities as well as furthering her interest in working with young people.

On returning to Australia, Sybylla worked for the federal government, running a workplace based literacy and numeracy training program for Indigenous Australians, newly arrived migrants and people with learning difficulties. Wishing to return to working with youth again, she pursued a teaching degree and taught History, Geography, English and Society and Culture/International Studies at both city and rural high schools in NSW. Most recently she has been running workshops on global citizenship, social justice and leadership skills for thousands of teenagers with High Resolves: Global Citizens and Leaders.

A new Tasmanian, Sybylla is extremely enthusiastic about working with local communities to build relationships between schools, communities and families with the FAST program and improve outcomes for young people.

Sybylla has a Bachelor of Arts (Television Production) and Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) from Charles Sturt University as well as a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney.

Bridget Tape

YES Coordinator – Youth Entrepreneurial Services

Bridget has come to her role at Impact Communities equipped with a wealth of experience acquired through her educational and employment endeavours spanning across the Social Welfare Services.

With a Bachelor of Applied Social Science, Certificate IV in Mental Health, Associate Diploma of Social Services in Child Care, plus a Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessing, Bridget’s motivation has been to work alongside others by way of engagement, education and empowerment.

Across various settings including Education and Community, Youth Work and Allied Health, Bridget has an employment history working with individuals and community groups of whom represent a variety of ages, cultures and backgrounds.

She appreciates the dynamics of working with youth and furthermore, supporting and equipping those who provide such services.

She brings a desire for best practice into her personal work ethic and aims to coordinate a purposeful team approach to achieve outcomes for both colleagues and clients alike.

Maya McDonnell

Enterprise Coordinator – Youth Entrepreneurial Services

Nick Andrewartha

Youth Coach – Youth Entrepreneurial Services

Nick was born in Tasmania, and after completing high school he moved to Queensland where he studied a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at the Queensland University of Technology. Nick soon discovered the importance of not only having great physical health, but a balance of mental and emotional health as well. This led to further study and a fellowship at The Centre for Resilient Leadership, where he was trained as a facilitator in personal leadership.

After his fellowship he began working on a number of projects, firstly founding a not-for profit organisation working at building strong communities and networks at a global scale. He soon began collaborating with numerous organisations right around the world who all shared a common vision. At a local level he begun working in his own coaching consultancy, where he soon discovered a passion for working with young people. He specialises in facilitating growth in individuals, by promoting emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and a positive psychology framework, whilst equipping young people with a set of skills to help build confidence and resilience, helping them strive towards achieving their own personal goals and dreams.

Nick enjoys his role within Impact Communities, and being a part of the YES team. The program so far has helped many young Tasmanians gain not only valuable experience working in the social enterprise, but important life skills to give them a fighting chance at achieving the goals in which they have set for themselves. He is looking forward to helping many young Tasmanians and growing the YES brand to be an ongoing success.

Anthony Pisano

Youth Coach – Youth Entrepreneurial Services

After moving to Tasmania from California in 2006, Anthony attended the University of Tasmania and attained a Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Police Studies. He has since gone on to work for various community organisations in a variety of capacities.

Anthony has a range of practice and training in community based youth and social work as well as significant experience in engaging with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. He has undertaken a number of roles such as Youth Mentor, Therapeutic Support Worker for children in out-of-home care, as well as Cultural Support Worker for asylum seekers.

As a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach he leads a diverse range of people with different capabilities and needs which adds a further dimension to his coaching and mentoring background.

Ben Kurec

Employment Coach – Youth Entrepreneurial Services

Ben holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work) from RMIT University. Ben is experienced in providing comprehensive assessment of jobseeker’s strengths, abilities and barriers relevant to the labour market and delivery of all aspects of end to end recruitment including initial employer contact and vacancy lodgement, and pre-screening and referral of jobseekers to employers. In addition, Ben has facilitated job ready workshops which include resume and cover letter writing, interview techniques and employability skills training that gives jobseekers the opportunity to enhance their employability through understanding the expectations of employers in both the recruitment process and as a new employee in the workplace.

Ben has seven years’ experience working in Melbourne with Break Thru People Solutions, Melbourne City Mission and Job Prospects. His roles have included Job Bank Consultant, Employer Liaison Officer and Employment Consultant which have given him exposure to both building relationships with employers and case management of jobseekers.

Since moving to Tasmania from Victoria Ben has worked as a Job Trainer with Ability Tasmania where he implemented training techniques for people with intellectual disabilities in the workplace and more recently he has been working as an Employment Consultant with Workskills where he has developed a strong understanding of the local labour market in Tasmania.

Our Vision

Realising potential, achieving goals.

Our Mission

To increase opportunities for people and communities by delivering effective and innovative programs and services that address unmet needs.

Impact Communities

49 Molle Street
Hobart TAS 7000

Tel: 03 6262 5400