Individually we strive, together we thrive.
Our people are the heart and soul behind all we do. Our dedicated program staff, our passionate young leaders and our enthusiastic program participants are what keep us growing from strength to strength.
Meet just some of the incredible faces behind Korin Gamadji Institute.
Each year we nominate a cohort of Ambassadors who have shown outstanding leadership throughout their involvement in KGI programs. Read more about our current Ambassadors.
Here’s what some of our alumni had to say about their experience with KGI:
Raised in south west Victoria on Framlingham Mission, Aaron is a proud descendant from the Tjap Whurrung people of the Gunditjmara nation. Aaron has extensive experience in cultural expression across many platforms and a passion working with young people in leadership and mentoring programs.
He has played a key role in the development of the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap, and the Kirreet Barreet Art and Culture Centre in Ballarat. Aaron has been a member of various Reconciliation Action Plan steering committees, including Carlton Football Club and Hostplus. Aaron has played a significant role in strengthening football pathways for Victorian Aboriginal Youth in his previous role as Indigenous Programs Manager for AFLVic.
This has included extensive education for non-Indigenous people involved in the industry, and supporting off field development for the participants. (he/him)
Head of Programs
A proud Palawa woman whose Country is truwana (Cape Barren Island) part of the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait. An experienced educator and researcher, Angela has held various leadership roles at Swinburne University and Hawthorn Football Club.
Angela now works with the Korin Gamadji Institute at Richmond Football Club as the Head of Programs. In addition, Angela is completing a PhD in Indigenous Education at Swinburne University. (she/her)
Indigenous Community Engagement Manager
Luke is a proud Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta man from the Murray River. He has worked extensively in the Aboriginal community since 14 years of age where he did his first work experience at Lake Condah Co-op now known as Windamara.
Luke has primarily worked in Indigenous Education particularly in Higher Education with 12 year’s experience at the University of Melbourne and another 3 years at La Trobe University. Currently Luke is the Indigenous Community Engagement Manager for the KGI Institute.
Luke’s main role is to engage the local community in KGI program, events, activities and general use of the facility. Luke has two boys 6 and 9 and resides in Bendigo on Dja Dja Wurrung country the land of his Great Grandfather Sir Doug Nicholls. Luke believes that quality education is the key for Aboriginal self-determination and better quality of life. (he/him)
REAL Program Lead
Michelle Kerrin is a proud Arrernte and Luritja woman from the Northern Territory. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, with a major in Australian Indigenous Studies, Michelle was awarded the Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship, giving her the opportunity to mentor Year 7 students at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.
Michelle also worked as a Boarding and Pathways Coordinator at MITS, supporting young people’s identities and Cultures across Melbourne schools. Following this, Michelle continued this line of work with the Wirrpanda Foundation as the Deadly Sista Girlz Coordinator in Melbourne.
Michelle has also supported the work of Reconciliation Actions Plans and committees across various Melbourne Health Related Institutes, has been a strong advocate for young First Nation’s peoples Mental Health and continues to create pathways and leadership opportunities for young Aboriginal women.
Michelle is currently working as the REAL Program Lead in the Korin Gamadji Institute at the Richmond Football Club, continuing to develop Culturally safe programs, leadership opportunities and initiatives for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. (she/her)
REAL Healthy Program Lead
Brady is a proud Yorta Yorta man born and raised in Kyabram but now calls Naarm, Melbourne home. Brady has been working in the Education system his whole life is passionate about working with Indigenous youth.
Brady started his KGI journey just next-door teaching at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. He was also a mentor on REAL and Next Generation Academy Programs.
Brady now holds the position of REAL Healthy Program Lead managing delivery of health-based initiatives across Melbourne, Mildura and Albury/Wodonga.
REAL Program Coordinator
Jessica Bennett is a proud Ngunnawal woman who grew up on Wiradjuri country in Albury, NSW. She is a fifth year Arts/Law student at Monash University majoring in Human Rights and Indigenous Cultures and Histories.
Jess is the Programs Coordinator at the Korin Gamadji Institute where she is passionate about empowering young Indigenous people. She is passionate about social justice, education, sport and young people and is determined to have a career where she can make the quality of life better for other people. (she/her)