Rhonda is a strong Aboriginal woman with family and cultural ties to the Birrbay and Dhanggati nations, she was born on her grandfather’s traditional country, Port Macquarie, and lives between Port Macquarie and Kempsey NSW.
In 2016, Rhonda’s community chose her as one of the Heroines of the Hastings and was also acknowledged for her work by being a finalist in the NSW Premier’s Aboriginal Woman of Year Award 2016.
Recently acknowledged in NSW parliamentary records for her work bringing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women together in celebration at the Nyiirun Djiyagan Wakulda (we all sisters together as one), Women’s Festival, Port Macquarie.
Working in the TAFE education system for over 20 years as a teacher, mentor and coach, Rhonda was recognised by North Coast TAFE by being the recipient of the Love what I Do - Passion for Learning and Innovation Staff Award.
She has completed a Masters in Indigenous Language Education and is a Gathang Language revival activist, she continually supports Aboriginal languages to be taught, integrated and spoken.
Rhonda is a strong supporter of education through her many roles in the community especially as a Community Elder at Wollotuka, Port Macquarie Campus, University of Newcastle.