Meet the amazing team & Board Members behind WiBRD…
+ Love travel & interiors projects – always have to be planning for one of these!
+ Feel happiest when I’m by the sea
+ Love Audrey Hepburn
+ I learned how to fly a plane when I was 40
+ I have been bunny jumping and paragliding and would love to give skydiving a go
+ I always wanted to be a stock & station agent growing up
Co Deputy Chair
+ I have traveled to 5 of the 7 continents and plan to make it to all 7 eventually
+ My favourite flavour of jellybean is the black ones
+ I have completed 3 university degrees (including 1 masters) within 7 years and am not currently using any of them
Co Deputy Chair
+ My favourite novel of all time is the Great Gatsby. I’ve taught it 26 times and I always cry at the end of chapter 8
+ My last meal would be Saganaki cheese with a wedge of lemon
+ I have written 3 plays, one of which was co written with my brother and performed on the train from Mt Gambier to Penola
+ I love watching a relaxing serial killer tv show right before bed
+ My friends call me the 80’s queen because of my music playlists
+ I get anxious if I don’t have a holiday planned
+ 30 years in business
+ Community Focus
+ Learnt crocheting for fun
· Lived in the Limestone Coast region all my life
· Live in Mount Gambier
· Solicitor at DeGaris Lawyers
· DeGaris Lawyers has been a long term supporter of WiBRD
· Practice expertise in the areas of Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Wills and Succession Planning
· Experience is backed by degree in Arts and Law,
major in Political Science
· Passion for local community, its supports and its people
Ruth Lawson is a Registered Nurse who has nearly three decades of experience in both public and private healthcare sectors,
spanning both clinical and administrative roles. Ruth has a
passion for professional development and continual improvement
in the workplace, with an interest in cultural
transformation, change management and project management.
Having moved to the region with her family seven years ago, she has taken immense pleasure in watching the city evolve to become a vibrant city. Ruth believes the lifestyle on offer is difficult to
beat, with both the countryside and ocean on your doorstep.
Ruth is looking forward to working with the WiBRD board to further promote the opportunities that exist in the Limestone Coast
for professional women.
Rhiannon moved to The Limestone Coast in 2018 as a Graduate Process Engineer fresh out of RMIT Melbourne and immediately fell in love with the place, people and purpose she found here.
Having helped promote and hold events for Young Professionals in the region for the last 3 years, she’s excited to be part of the WiBRD Board and continue to promote businesses and people locally.
+I love the diversity my job brings
+ I have a Business Undergrad from RMIT in Melbourne.
+ I’ve relocated to Mount Gambier in the last year and I love the change of pace and lifestyle!
Hi, I am Debbie White. Along with my husband Stephen, we own and operate Jaypak Distributors in Mount Gambier. This is a challenge we took on at the start of the pandemic. We have both lived in Mount Gambier all of our lives and raised our two children in Mount Gambier. Our children are now both adults and left the area for further study and fantastic career choices.
I have spent many years as a TAFE Lecturer and Trainer predominantly in the Administration and Business fields. Stephen and I have also owned other small businesses in the past and have adhered to the motto of “locals supporting locals”. My work ethic has always encompassed “if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right”, therefore any role I take on I will give 100% – such as being a Board Member of WiBRD.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, camping, travel, gardening and anything else than enables me to relax.
Be the change…