ABOUT US

Established in 1992, MYST is deeply connected with the communities of the Blue Mountains and continues to collaborate with a range of partners to develop and deliver a supportive constellation of services and activities for young people. We are committed to accessibility, inclusiveness, and sustained engagement with young people. Our partnerships and collaborations are vital to us being able to support young people, whether they need this occasionally or over many years, and we actively seek new connections to help us expand our reach.

Our team is dedicated to supporting young people through therapeutic intervention, skills training and personal development, and to creating cultures of care in which they can flourish. Young people deserve environments which offer them opportunities for meaningful participation, and in which they are valued and safe. MYST works with individuals, groups, institutions and communities to help young people and to create the conditions in which they can shine.

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“Our values and culture is what defines us”

WE VALUE:

Resilience

We exist to build emotional, educational, and physical resilience in young people. We overcome every challenge, and help our clients recover and bounce back stronger than ever.

Equity

We champion diversity. We believe everyone should be seen, heard, valued, and empowered to succeed – everyone is treated with respect.

Ingenuity

We embrace innovation and creativity in all our programs to address unmet need. We always think outside the box to deliver quality service to our clients and community.

Accountability

We do what we say we are going to do and care deeply about our clients, peers, and stakeholders – in fact we own it!

Collaboration

We come together as one team and collaborate with providers and community groups to transform lives – we are all playing on the same team.

Our Impact

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*2022 – 2023

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*2022 – 2023

of individual client support

OUR TEAM

Mia Jones

YOUTH WORKER

Mia Jones

YOUTH WORKER

I’m currently completing my diploma in community services and have begun a youth work role at Myst at the beginning of 2024 assisting with drop ins and breakfast club. Connecting with the Youth is important to me as I grew up in the mountains and understand the need for a safe space for young people.

I am a dedicated, empathetic, passionate young person aiming to connect and empower the community by helping individuals and families reach their goals. As my study comes to an end (in 2024), I am excited to begin my journey within the local communities and gain experience in the community services field.

In my day-to-day life I enjoy spending free time doing creative projects and activities with markers, paint, and collage. I use photography as a way of exercising my love for nature combined with creativity. Growing up in the mountains I have a love for adventure and exploring, I believe in the benefits of exploring free-minded in nature and using this as exercise.

Sian Henderson

YOUTH WORKER

Sian Henderson

YOUTH WORKER

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Sian joined the MYST team in 2024 as a Youth Support Worker and is currently completing her Psychology Degree.

Passionate about caring for others, Sian has developed strong interpersonal skills through years of communications work and acquired valuable counselling tactics through her social science studies. Plus, she’s taking a variety of workshops and modules to continue growing her understanding of youth mental health.

Sian is a strong believer in the power of active listening to help others feel seen, heard, and valued. She strives to support others in finding answers within themselves and to feel empowered to reach their goals. When Sian’s not at MYST, you’ll find her pottering around the veggie garden, head in a book, or chatting away to friends under the sun

Isis Khalil

FINANCIAL COUNSELLOR

Isis Khalil

FINANCIAL COUNSELLOR

Isis Khalil has qualifications and experience in financial counselling, training and assessment, finance, and teaching across primary, high school and university levels. She speaks Arabic and understands the culture due to her Egyptian heritage. 

Isis describes financial counselling as the most rewarding work of her career. She is passionate about equality and justice and is naturally empathetic.  A very fulfilling aspect of her role in financial counselling is representing her clients, and advocating and negotiating with their creditors to achieve an outcome that both relieves and empowers clients to reclaim control over their finances.

At MYST she endeavors to improve the lives of financially disadvantaged children and young adults by working with families to improve their financial health as well as educate and empower the younger cohort to break inter-generational financial hardship and poverty cycles.  

She has experience working across all age groups, from children to adults, and can vary her approach, method of engagement and content to support the needs of the group she is working to serve.

When she is not working, Isis can often be found with her husband and their friends in a pub somewhere in Sydney listening to live music, or at a theatre watching a play. She loves all the performing arts.

Heath Salmon

CASE MANAGER/ YOUTH WORKER

Heath Salmon

CASE MANAGER/ YOUTH WORKER

Heath Salmon has completed a bachelor’s degree in social sciences (psychology), a diploma of mental health, is a certified trauma professional, and is currently halfway through his masters of social work. Heath has worked with young people most of his working life from before and after school care, to youth support roles.

Heath has joined the MYST team quite recently and works on a part-time basis split between youth work and casework. Heath works within a trauma informed, strength-based and, biopsychosocial framework. One of Heath’s favourite quotes is ‘you are not the problem; the problem is the problem’. Heath’s strongest belief is that any person can achieve their goals and aspirations with the right opportunities and support.

Heath enjoys reading, coffee/tea, playing Xbox, swimming laps, rugby league, and most importantly a good lunch. So, if you ever want to have a chat and a coffee, let me know.

Jodie Rollason

CEO

Jodie Rollason

CEO

Jodie Rollason is a qualified lawyer, nurse and mother to 3 teenagers. She has a Masters in Commercial Litigation and has recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. Prior to joining MYST, Jodie managed a state-wide community legal service for over 10 years.

Jodie has been part of the MYST team as CEO since January 2022, and is passionate about supporting and helping young people in the Blue Mountains to improve their general and emotional well-being particularly after the recent tragedies of bushfires, floods and COVID.

She loves fine wine and the colour pink. Outside work, she can be found soaking up the sun, spending time with her teenagers, and attending a challenging trivia night.

Joined January 2022

Brigid O’Sullivan

FINANCE MANAGER

Brigid O’Sullivan

FINANCE MANAGER

Brigid O’Sullivan joined MYST in July 2022. An Economics /Law graduate of Sydney University, she has many years of experience consulting with SMEs including subsidiaries of global multi-nationals and boutique not for profit organisations. She is a keen advocate of simplifying and demystifying the finance process to enable organisations to concentrate on their core mission. When not whipping the books into shape, she runs a production consulting and event hire business with her husband. She enjoys theatre, movies, music and spending time with her extended family.

Flinn Donovan

MANAGER NEW PROGRAMS

Flinn Donovan

MANAGER NEW PROGRAMS

Flinn Donovan is a proud Gumbaynggirr man and father of three, he lives in the Blue Mountains and is an active member of the local community.

 Flinn started his career in community services in Cranbrook Penrith running an Aboriginal mentoring group at the local high school and supported community members of the Cranbrook area in the Nepean Community Neighbourhood Centre. He then moved into Case Management with Platform Youth Services.  Flinn has completed his community service and Counselling Diplomas and is currently working on completing a Bachelor Degree in Counselling whilst enjoying his  role as Manager New Projects at MYST which he commenced in April 2022.

Flinn enjoys creating program learning opportunities for Aboriginal, CALD and LGBTQAI+ youth in the Mountains.

Outside of work he loves motor bike riding both road and trail, spending time with his family and friends bushwalking, swimming, or BBQing or just having a cuppa tea!

Gailene Keen

FUNDRAISING & MARKETING MANAGER

Gailene Keen

FUNDRAISING & MARKETING MANAGER

Gailene Keen joined Myst in March 2021 during the height of the pandemic, to help MYST increase funding opportunities enabling increased capacity within their core programs and services to improve the outcomes for local young people.


Gailene has over 30 years’ experience in fundraising and the not-for-profit sector. Her past roles included helping to establish Starlight Foundation in Australia and more recently working with Be Centre a Play Therapy Centre for children impacted by trauma. She hopes that she can use her experience and knowledge to help MYST continue to grow and cement its reputation as a leading provider of youth services in the Blue Mountains.

When not in the office Gailene can be found enjoying coffee with friends or reading – she also loves a good craft project especially those that involve pink glitter!

Kate Greenham

MANAGER OUTDOOR EXPLORE

Kate Greenham

MANAGER OUTDOOR EXPLORE

Kate Greenham joined the MYST team in 2023, as the manager of Outdoor Explore.

Kate’s skillset combines a Post Graduate Degree of Psychology Advanced with a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation, completed here in the Blue Mountains. Kate has over eight years experience providing services to people in a bush context.

Kate strongly believes that the bush is a great place to adventure, explore our surroundings and ourselves. Kate understands that the meaning of adventure is unique to the individual and is passionate about creating a safe space for people to engage in adventurous, nature-based activities for self-discovery to occur.

Kate has experienced her own personal growth through adventure, in particular rock-climbing. Through rock-climbing, Kate found friendships and community, qualities she liked in herself and a connection to nature, which Kate reports grows stronger every year! Most often than not, you’ll find her searching for orchids. Kate love’s their uniqueness, the challenge of finding rare and uncommon things and their amazing facts. Kate also loves hearing and learning about what others are passionate about.

If Kate is not out in the bush, you might find her playing guitar, reading fantasy/adventure novels or watching the latest series.

Kristian Judge

CASE MANAGER

Kristian Judge

CASE MANAGER

Kris has a diploma in Community Services and has completed dozens of short courses that supports the 20 years of experience he has working with children, young people and their families.

Kris joined MYST in July 2021 and is passionate about supporting young people to achieve their goals in life, whatever those may be. Kris finds fulfillment in having supported young people engaged with MYST to gain apprenticeships and traineeships, their driving license and a clearer lens through which to see and interact with the world they find themselves in.

Kris is a big fan of stand-up comedy and believes in using the power of humour to support navigating and understanding life’s challenges.

Paige Thurlow-Want

MANAGER YOUTH WORK TEAM

Paige Thurlow-Want

MANAGER YOUTH WORK TEAM

Paige joined the MYST team as a youth worker in in 2018. She has a certificate IV in Youth Work, is an accredited mental health first aider, Teen mental health first aid facilitator and is currently completing her Bachelor of Youth Work. 

In 2022, Paige was appointed the position of Youth Team and Program Manager position. In addition to leading the Youth Team she is also hands on in running programs and activities such as Drop-In, RAGE, STEPS and breakfast club throughout the mountains. She is also responsible for planning major events such as youth week activities along with other local services to ensure that these fun days bring young people and their families together.

 Paige feels the true reward of being a Youth Worker is supporting young people to reach their goals and see them achieve their best possible outcome despite any challenges they may have faced.

Looking forward, Paige would like to bring more engaging events and programs to the Youth of the Blue Mountains and ensure all young people in the community can access support to help them build skills that they need through the programs she facilitates.

Oh, and who said you can’t eat crackers with Fancy cheese and red frogs! 

Sara Dynes

CASE MANAGER

Sara Dynes

CASE MANAGER

Sara Dynes has worked for MYST since 2009 in a number of roles supporting young vulnerable people, and has attended TAFE and Charles Sturt University with degrees in Social Work and Applied Mindfulness.


Sara has always seen MYST as an innovative NGO that supports young people in progressive and creative ways. She hopes to use her years of experience and ever-growing knowledge to continue down the path of MYST’s ever-evolving support. It has been such a pleasure to see the organisation provide some vital support to niche gaps in service delivery and observe over time the impact it has had on the lives of the young people we work with and support.


Though her job means a lot to her, self-care and travel have always been an essential part of Sara’s world, and she’s often setting out on another adventure travelling the world. Though her newest and greatest adventure is having a little baby girl to keep up with!!!

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

JOY CUSACK

BOARD CHAIR, MEMBER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

JOY CUSACK

BOARD CHAIR, MEMBER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Joy Cusack is an experienced Board Chair and Non-Executive Director with more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit area, in particular social enterprise businesses. Her lengthy corporate career included Dow Corning (now Dow) as a global team member across a range
of business segments. Joy brings a wealth of experience including governance and strategy, crisis and change management, corporate communications, brand awareness, mergers and acquisitions, recruiting and mentoring directors together with performance management of
CEOs. Her recent community emphasis has been on social impact measurement. Joy joined the MYST Board to utilise her experience and skills in continuing her passion for helping young people, especially those with special needs, to be able to fulfill their dreams and be valued contributors to the wider community.

Joined January 2015

ROWAN CLIFFORD

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MEMBER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

ROWAN CLIFFORD

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MEMBER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

With diverse experience and significant achievements across the allied health and human services industries, Rowan Clifford brings a strategically focussed executive leadership perspective to the MYST Board. With a business leader and non-executive director background in NDIS, employment services, personal injury, health & wellbeing, and injury prevention. Rowan’s experience compliments the Board’s focus on governance and risk.  Rowan is currently Group Executive – Health Service Operations for a Diabetes Australia. A believer in empowerment and authenticity – “As a long time Blue Mountains resident, I look forward to supporting the MYST leadership team in their quest to deliver life changing services to young people in my community.

BSc, PGDip Psychology, MBA

Joined October 2022

SUNEET JAIN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SUNEET JAIN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Suneet Jain is an accomplished finance and risk leader with 20 years of distinguished corporate experience in the banking and financial services industry, having held senior leadership roles in India and Australia. His strengths lie in developing a positive risk culture, driving business transformation and financial analytics within commercial decision making, all with an eye to achieving organic growth of a business. Suneet is passionate about striving for sustainable value creation by being outcomes focussed, deploying effective risk mitigation strategies and talent development.

“Today’s youth are our nation’s future leaders, it is incumbent upon us to be the pilots of their youth journeys and to guide them. MYST’s support has a profound impact on Australian youth and the expansion of the organization through increased funding, programs, staff will only improve its outreach to the ones needing support. I am looking forward to my association with MYST and making a real difference in the lives of Australian youth”. 

FGIA, MAICD, CA (India)

Joined April 2024

DR EMMA WONG

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MEMBER MARKETING & FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

DR EMMA WONG

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MEMBER MARKETING & FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Dr Emma Wong is Associate Professor and Academic Director (Sydney) at University of Tasmania. She has more than two decades of experience in research and higher education, teaching hospitality and tourism management in universities in Australasia, Europe and Asia. She brings to MYST her expertise in working with young people from diverse backgrounds developing their skills and realising their potential – “I am excited about the opportunity to serve the Blue Mountains community and contribute to the growth of this inspirational organisation.”

PhD, GAICD, JP

Joined June 2021

TIMOTHY WONG

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAIR GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

TIMOTHY WONG

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAIR GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

For the past 25 years, Timothy Wong has been CEO and Managing Director of numerous medium-to-large enterprises in Australia and New Zealand. This commercial leadership, along with multiple M&A completions, adds a different perspective to advancing and growing MYST. Tim is a strong advocate in self-belief and building self-confidence, particularly in young people, which aligns strongly with the MYST philosophy – “I look forward to helping to ensure MYST can continue to serve young people in the community through establishing a strong governance culture”.

Joined June 2021

GARETH SCOTT

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TREASURER, MEMBER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE, MEMBER AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE

GARETH SCOTT

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TREASURER, MEMBER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE, MEMBER AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE

Gareth Scott With an accomplished career and a breadth and depth of middle and senior leadership roles in Education, Gareth brings a wealth of experience in wellbeing, people and culture and organisational operations to the MYST Board. As a hard-working leader, Gareth is recognised for excellence in leading wellbeing initiatives for individual
and collective optimal growth and functioning, as well as being able to lead, coach and mentor others for improved individual and team performance.

Gareth is looking forward to helping MYST connect its purpose and early intervention model with a far-reaching effect – “I am excited about the role that MYST plays within the community, and I am looking forward to helping to expand MYST’s influence and impact reach.”

Joined June 2021

ANNIE MACKIN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAIR MARKETING & FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

ANNIE MACKIN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAIR MARKETING & FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

With a distinguished career in senior leadership roles across the telecommunications and technology arena, Annie Mackin brings deep functional experience of marketing, digital innovation, customer centricity, business transformation, and commercial orientation to the MYST Board. A high energy leader, Annie is renowned for leading transformation strategy and execution with a focus on building team achievement and performance cultures centred around the customer.

Originally hailing from Silicon Valley, Annie looks forward to helping MYST better connect its purpose and brand with its young clients, donors and the local community – “Now more than ever before it is fundamentally important for NFP brands to tell their story in a compelling way that connects emotionally with their audiences. MYST is doing some incredible work supporting young people in the Blue Mountains with innovative programs that help young people grow – it’s time to raise increased awareness of this in the community.”

BA Marketing Communications, Postgraduate Diploma Design Studies
MAICD

Resigned April 2024

GLEN BABINGTON, CSC

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAIR AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE, MEMBER MARKETING & FUNDRAISING

GLEN BABINGTON, CSC

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAIR AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE, MEMBER MARKETING & FUNDRAISING

Glen Babington brings vast executive experience from the defence, mining, water, education and consulting sectors having lived and worked in Australia, Indonesia and the USA. He is a seasoned leader in organisational transformations and joins the Board with the conviction that MYST has the obligation and opportunity to grow and meet the overwhelming demand for community-based youth services. He is keen to support MYST’s commitment to a youth-centric strategy with measurable outcomes, “Our youth are our future and the investment our community makes in them is arguably its most important contribution and legacy for our Australian society as a whole”.

MBA, BA (Hons), GAICD

Resigned March 2024

GREG FORRESTER

DIRECTOR AND MEMBER AUDIT RISK COMMITTEE

GREG FORRESTER

DIRECTOR AND MEMBER AUDIT RISK COMMITTEE

Greg Forrester is a collaborative leader with over 25 years’ experience in executive management, and as non-executive director working mainly in construction, aged care, community care and disability services in domestic and international organisations. Greg’s strengths lie in governance, developing strategies for organisational performance, change management and sustainability. Greg is passionate about implementing systems that are responsive and align with the organisation’s mission and values. “The more we increase the active participation and partnership with young people, the better we serve them. And the more comprehensively we work with them as service partners, the more we increase our public value to the entire community. MYST is providing wonderful engagement services with young people, and I look forward to supporting MYST’s valuable work.”

Leave of absence March 2024

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