Our vision is a fair and equitable society where all communities are able to fulfil their potential.

Our purpose is to support newly arrived communities and individuals, empowering them to participate actively in all aspects of life in Australia.

We achieve our purpose by delivering high quality services in collaboration or partnership with communities, stakeholders, volunteers and professionals.

Deb Stringer

Chief Executive Officer

Semira Julardzija

Deputy CEO

Sandra Dzafic

Senior Manager Client Wellbeing

Karen Kretschmer

Client Wellbeing Manager

Semira Julardzija

Migration Manager

Dijana Karaahmetovic

Youth and Social Engagement Manager

Dusko Cuckovic

Employment and Skills Development Manager


Ritchie Hollands


Ritchie has served on ARA’s Board since 2012. He was vice president for four years before becoming president in 2018.
With qualifications in law and arts, he has worked extensively within the parliamentary, judicial and executive arms of state and commonwealth government in both Adelaide and Canberra. Ritchie served as the Official Secretary to the South Australian Governor for five years, and is currently a policy adviser in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Ritchie has also served as Ambassador and member of the State Committee of the White Ribbon Campaign seeking to end violence against women.

Wayne Turner


Wayne joined the ARA Board in 1999 and became treasurer the same year. He was a member of the former ARA Inc. Ancillary Fund Committee for approximately 10 years, and a director (and for a period chair) of the former ARA Jobs Pty Ltd for approximately four years. Wayne is currently the principle consultant of Cajebi Consulting which provides services to not-for-profit, small-to-medium and government agencies nationally. As a management consultant with more than 30 years’ experience, Wayne’s previous roles have included general manager and principal consultant at the Community Business Bureau Inc., principal at Plexus Strategic Solutions and Enterprise Management Services, senior manager at KPMG Management Consulting, director of finance and administration at the Child Adolescent and Family Health Service and business manager at Saint Ignatius College. Wayne brings extensive experience in governance, finance, market assessments, quality and management processes.

Kathryn Kingston

Board Member

Kathy joined the ARA Board in 2018. Semi-retired, Kathy brings over 30 years’ experience as a business manager and accountant, and is currently the Director of a public company. Kathy has broad experience in finance, administration and management within small to medium organisations and has extensive experience as a board member. She has a strong commitment to human rights and social justice and has been actively involved in voluntary roles with several not-for-profit organisations for more than 35 years. Kathy was on the board of Amnesty International Australia for nine years, including four years as chairperson followed by six years on the International Membership Appeals Committee. During that time she represented the Australian section at several international meetings and gained extensive experience in corporate governance, strategic planning and budgeting, policy development, campaigning and fundraising.

Monique Newberry

Board Member

Monique is a chartered accountant with 10 years of professional experience working as a manager at Ernst & Young in external audit, internal audit and in management consulting. Monique’s current role is project lead at the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre where she runs the business operations of the centre and contributes to social impact by promoting positive mental health. Monique brings a range of skills to the board of ARA including business case, proposal and report writing, budgeting, process efficiency, financial and data analysis, project and program management and stakeholder management. Monique’s not-for-profit experience over the past 10 years includes her previous role as co-chair of the Ernst & Young Foundation (working with Hutt Street Centre, and Operation Flinders) as well as personal volunteering roles with CanTeen and OzHarvest.



Heather Pascoe-Smith

Board Member

Heather joined the board in 2014. Heather is the general manager of Expanding Horizons, a group tour wholesaler, who provides back office support and tour itineraries to over 80 tour operators in Australia and overseas. Her background is varied--having trained and worked as a registered nurse, she also holds business management and training and assessment qualifications. She has worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Ashford Community Hospital in a nursing capacity; at Adelaide TAFE and Flinders University as a lecturer; and the NSW Tourism Commission and Expanding Horizons in tourism management. She is currently on the Australian Tourism Export Council (SA), The National Travel Industry Technical Advisory Committee and is an Affiliate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Outside her work environment Heather volunteers through the ARA Social Support Network.

Chelsea Thomas

Board Member

Chelsea first came to ARA as a volunteer in the social support program, engaging with a family who had recently arrived in Adelaide and helping them to feel at home in their new city. She joined the ARA Board in 2017 following time as an invitee to the audit subcommittee. As a chartered accountant with more than 10 years’ experience, Chelsea brings a finance focus to the Board with a commercial understanding of the challenges faced by not-for-profits. Chelsea’s current role as the finance manager at Pulteney Grammar School sees her involved in all aspects of school life including budgeting and forecast modelling, enterprise agreement negotiations, Pulteney Foundation philanthropy, the development of business cases for significant capital works programs, grant funding acquittals and the occasional workplace health and safety presentation for senior students.

Iain Murchland

Board Member

Iain joined the Board in 2015, and is currently a business analyst with the Department of Human Services. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Hons), PhD and a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialisation. Iain brings a range of skills from a professional background in science, IT and commercialisation. With previous roles spanning tertiary education, private enterprise and government sectors, his experience includes business planning and development, business management systems and services, innovation, strategic planning and project management. Iain has a strong commitment to social inclusion and social justice, which has found expression in volunteer roles including policy advocacy, governance roles within the Uniting Church and with ARA prior to joining the Board.