Meet the trainers

Mikaela Jade

Founder & CEO

Mikaela is a Cabrogal Woman who has a long career associated with conservation having worked with Qld Parks and Wildlife Service, WA Conservation and Land Management, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, and as an Assistant Director with the federal Government's Reef Rescue program for which she earned an Australian Government Public Service Medal and the Australian Government's Innovation Award.  Mikaela also won the ACT Government's Innovation Award for her work in deploying education initiatives through on-park and in-school virtual reality programs. Mikaela's expertise is community building and ensuring actors from diverse backgrounds coalesce for a shared vision in political environments where competing interests have created historical impasse. She has a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology) and Master of Applied Cybernetics.

Rory Chapman

CTO – Technology specialist and curriculum lead

Rory is a proud Wiradjuri/Ngemba man from the Beetson, Falk, and Majick families. He has over 2 decades of experience supporting schools with their technology solutions. He is the driving force behind Indigital's new online training platform, which will allow Indigital to deliver its program to educators in a clear, easy to follow, and flexible model. With a passion for travel and photography/videography, Rory loves finding ways to improve the quality of content we provide on our online systems - making it more engaging for all involved. Rory has a Bachelor's degree in ICT, an MBA and is currently finishing his Master of Cyber Security. Throughout this project Rory will play a pivotal role in supporting the communities with their technology needs, driving the program content development, and developing the online training portal.

Thiwi Rowlands

Cultural lead and community engagement

Thiwi Rowlands is a Wangkangurru/Yarliyandi girl who grew up on her Traditional homeland in Outback Qld. Thiwi commuted most of her earlier life between Qld and SA, where she had the privilege of learning about her Ancestral lands from both her Mother and Father. Witnessing and experiencing her parents’ deep connection to Country instilled in Thiwi a profound love and respect for the land, so much so that she is always looking for ways to share with people the gift of seeing Country through a Cultural lens with the goal of supporting them connect to Country, to their Ancestors and to themselves. Thiwi has years of experience working in the care industry and in schools. Thiwi values education as the key to changing new generations of thinkers and leaders, but with the understanding that we all have unique ways of learning.