Our Team

Mellissa Bourke - Operations Manager

Mellissa oversees a number of departments of the organisation, including Finance, Payroll, Legal, IT and Security with all her team members located in Dubbo.

Since she joined REDI.E in 2012, Mellissa has continually developed her skills and thrived in a number of positions including Administration Assistant and Payroll and Finance Officer, which truly shows her commitment and passion for the organisation.

Mellissa loves REDI.E’s unique service delivery approach and commitment to communities. She describes her experience delivering project outcomes as humbling, saying it is wonderful to know you have helped make a difference when you see a project go from start to finish and the impact it has on individuals.

Mellissa uses her skills to drive policies and procedures throughout the business. She is constantly reviewing REDI.E’s systems in order to implement lean management practices. She thrives on the diversity of REDI.E, particularly in the relationships between all departments.

Mellissa believes the organisation has an exciting future, with a long-term vision already in place for the development of sustainable Social Enterprises. She attributes the success of the organisation not only to the dedicated staff, but also to the many stakeholders involved.

Christine Rieksen - Program Manager

With over 20 years’ experience in the employment and training sector, Christine holds the position of Programs Manager, managing a variety of programs throughout the Murdi Paaki Region such as; Remote School Attendance Strategy, Indigenous Youth Support, Wilcannia River Radio.

In her previous positions, Christine has assisted a number of businesses throughout Western NSW to develop a skilled workforce by implementing professional developments.  

Christine brings with her a wealth of knowledge having qualifications in Business and Human Resource Management, Community Services, WH&S.  

Christine feels she has the ability to lead and mentor her team to provide sustainable outcomes for both individual clients and communities.

Michael McDowell (Mick) - Employment Manager

With a wealth of experience in both service delivery and small business management, Mick is our Employment Manager, based in Bourke.

He is driven by a passion for engaging and mentoring indigenous people in the community, supporting them  to recognise and seize opportunities.

This, along with his entrepreneurial thinking, helps Mick manage four major contracts alongside his Team Leader: Community Development Program (CDP) in Far West & Upper Darling, Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO), New Careers for Aboriginal People (NCAP) and the DHS agencies (formerly known as CentreLink). These programs are delivered from sites in Coonamble, Goodooga, Brewarrina, Bourke, Cobar, Wilcannia, Menindee and also through outreach.

Mick believes in the welcoming and supportive nature of REDI.E, and looks forward to being able to bring new ideas to the organisation and communities it operates in.