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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance

ATSIMA Chairperson - Dr Chris Matthews

Chris is a Noonuccal man from Minjerribah(Stradbroke Island), Quandamooka First Nation (Moreton Bay) in Queensland. Chris completed his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2003.

During 2009-2012, Chris was the patron of the national project Make it Count which was managed by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers.

You can contact Chris as follows:


Executive Officer - Dr Caty Morris

In the role of National Manager Indigenous Programs for the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc (2009-2013), Caty managed the Closing the Gap project Make it count: Numeracy, mathematics & Indigenous Learners.

Currently Caty is Senior Project officer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.

You can contact Caty as follows:

Business and Events Manager - Melinda Pearson

The Business and Events Manager  of ATSIMA is Melinda Pearson.

Melinda has worked with ATSIMA since conception. Melinda also worked on the Make it Count Project with Caty Morris at The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers for the duration of the project. Melinda has been involved in the organisation of all the ATSIMA conferences and has a lot of experience in managing events and is very excited to be involved in the business management of ATSIMA.

Melinda can be contacted on 0414 322 372 or

Head of Philanthropy - Fleur Kellenbach

With a decade of experience working in the philanthropic sector across higher education, animal welfare, conservation and Indigenous portfolios, Fleur is an established philanthropic adviser.

Fleur has worked predominantly with Aboriginal communities in Victoria, to deliver the Indigenous Animal Health Program, now in its fifth year.  The Indigenous Animal Health program provides free veterinary shelter medicine to Indigenous owned animals, and promotes a reduction in zoonotic disease transfer via appropriate animal health measures.

Further, Fleur is the Philanthropy Advisor for and and assisted in the facilitation of the ATSIMA 2018 conference at RMIT University.

Of Ngai Tahu lineage, Fleur’s Maori heritage also embeds her within Indigenous affairs in her home land of New Zealand. 

Fleur takes a global perspective to fundraising, and enjoys developing appropriate fundraising strategies and sustainability goals for organisations.

Fleur can be contacted on 0401 117 737 or

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