Along with her role as CEO of zero2hero, Ashlee is the director of social media consultancy Social Say, as well as a SafeTALK trainer, and a mentor. During her seven years working in mental health, she has partnered with many organisations including Lifeline, Suicide Prevention Australia and Foundation for Young Australians.
In 2015, Ashlee was recognised by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence, and in the same year was also awarded a Pride of Australia Medal. Additionally, in 2013, Ashlee won the WA Youth Award for Education, and was a Young Australian of the Year finalist.
Ashlee is a highly skilled communicator and facilitator, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University.
I make sure that I switch off, this means time without my phone, social media and television. I give myself plenty of time to just “be”, without some of the distractions of everyday life. I have a holistic view of managing my mental health. I exercise regularly, I eat wholesome “real” food, and I meditate.
Brodie is a current Bachelor of Counselling student at the University of Notre Dame and works as a mentor on Christ Church Grammars On Queenslea Drive Rite of Passage programme. He tutors primary and high school students in Mathematics and English and enjoys connecting with youth whilst maintaining a respectful relationship.
He is passionate about mental health, in particular men’s mental health and holds SafeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) qualifications as well as Level 1 Rites of Passage Training through The Rites of Passage Institute.
Michelle Noakes joins the team as our Administration Manager. With more than a decade of experience within residential boarding schools, universities and local government, Michelle now coordinates our School Program and assists behind the scenes with general administration and all things finance.
Having completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Youth Work), Michelle believes education is one of the best tools we can use to create understanding, foster acceptance and empower young people to help both themselves and others. Needless to say, she enjoys working with zero2hero because of their unique programs designed to build resiliency, confidence and inspire young people to achieve great things in life.
In her spare time Michelle enjoys keeping active and dabbles in cosmetic property renovations, finding it very rewarding to transform an ugly duckling to a beautiful new home.
Crystal McDonald graduated from Murdoch university in 2009 holding a Bachelors of Commerce degree, with a double major in Public Relations and Marketing Management.
Crystal has a range of experience within community relations, marketing & corporate relations sectors, however Crystal finds personal satisfaction within creating positive engagement within the community, along with fostering relationships with new and existing partners.
Whilst taking time out to look after her three daughters, Crystal worked within an administrative role, however was inspired to join Zero2hero after learning about their programs. After connecting with zero2hero in a volunteer capacity, her passion for partnerships and events management was soon reignited and she officially came on board with Zero2hero.
Kristy Bumbak combines her passion for mental health and education within her role as Camp Manager. She has diverse teaching experience across a number of WA schools and universities and continues to be inspired by the young people she works with.
With a commitment to community development and youth engagement she looks forward to continuing the growth of zero2hero's innovative camp programs.
Kristy has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from Murdoch University majoring in both Communication and Indigeneous Studies. In addition, she also holds a post graduate teaching degree and is skilled in SafeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST).
Alongside her work with zero2hero Kristy is the director of accessories brand Urban Lustre as well as a mother to 3 children. She believes that a sustainable work/life balance is the key to her mental health.
Alesha is a School Speaker and Camp Mentor with zero2hero. Last year, Alesha facilitated 64 workshops in schools across Perth and in 2016, traveled to Kalgoorlie for zero2hero’s first Rural Roadshow. She shares her lived experience of suicide and mental illness at every workshop she facilitates in an effort to break down stigma and increase help-seeking.
At the end of this year she will graduate with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Health Promotion from Curtin University and as a member of the Vice Chancellors List. She is most passionate about empowering young people to live healthier and happier lives.
Alesha enjoys volunteering and has worked on several Curtin Volunteer programs including Student Mentoring, the Kent Street Buddy Program and Remote Indigenous Program. She holds Mental Health First Aid, SafeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) qualifications.
Felicity Barnes graduated from Manchester university in the UK in 2001, holding a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree and attained a Diploma in Professional Marketing in 2004.
Felicity is a communications professional with 14 years of experience gained in both public and private sectors in the UK and most recently Australia and has a strong track record in delivering successful marketing campaigns.
In between working, Felicity has volunteered for many community organisations all around the world, including scout groups, orphanages, wildlife centres and NFP groups and has recently joined Zero2Hero as a Volunteer Marketing Assistant.
Felicity is a passionate advocate and mentor for mental health and coincides working part time as Marketing Consultant for a recruitment agency, with study for her Certificate IV in Mental Health and assisting Zero2Hero with copywriting, events and social media projects.
In her free time, Felicity loves spending time with her son, discovering the many parks and beaches Perth has to offer. She also values the importance of looking after her own ‘mental well-being’ and takes time out for herself by doing yoga, swimming or catching up with friends.
Natalie will soon be graduating from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations and Event Management. She has worked for more than 20 years in administration roles, including many years spent on site for international mining companies. Natalie uses her organisational and problem solving skills to assist the team in facilitating events and camps for zero2hero.
Natalie believes that the young people of today bring such potential to the world, we are in good hands. With mental health education and the programs zero2hero provide, we can empower the youth of tomorrow to follow their dreams and inspire those around them to live the best life they can.
With a busy home, work and study life she is excited and passionate about volunteering as a mentor and learning everything that sparks her interest, while being a loving mum to Sasha and Jorja- her true inspiration.
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