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Lauren Oxlade
Chief Executive Officer
With more than 25 years experience in State and Local Government, Lauren has extensive networks across the Limestone Coast and a demonstrated connection to the region. She has a strong delivery focus and is committed to open communication, both with the RDALC Board and our stakeholders. Lauren has a background in natural resources management, formal study in forestry and experience running a family business, combined with 17 years experience leading teams and managing projects. She is passionate about the work that RDALC does and looks forward to sharing that story more broadly.
Loretta DeDonatis
Manager, Corporate Operations
Loretta has worked in a not-for-profit setting for 19 years, specialising in payroll, accounts, and finance. With a love and interest in numbers, she brings a range of skills and knowledge to RDALC. Growing up in Mount Gambier, and raising a family here, she has a great understanding of the region and the opportunities it has to offer. Loretta looks forward to making a valuable contribution to RDALC and the community.
Charmaine Legaspi
Administration Coordinator
Charmaine joined the RDALC team in May 2023. Having moved to Mount Gambier from Geelong where she worked as an Account Manager in Hospitality for 5 years, Charmaine has a depth of experience in accounts and administration management. Planning to plant her roots in Mount Gambier with the recent purchase of a house, Charmaine is excited to be part of the team and her future in Mount Gambier.
Nicole McGuiness
Business Support Coordinator
Nicole joined the RDALC team in December 2023. She has 8 years experience in bookkeeping and general accounting and has a lovely, friendly nature. Nicole lives in the beautiful town of Robe, with her family and prominently delivers her services to nearby rural areas.
Mary Irwin
Project Coordinator
Mary made the move across the border from Portland in 2020 and has seamlessly integrated into the community. As National Chair of the Sustainability and Resilience in Asset Management special interest group, Mary has demonstrated exceptional leadership and vision in driving initiatives that make an impact on an international scale.

With a background spanning over two decades in public relations and ten years in asset management, Mary brings a unique perspective to the table. Her diverse skill set, coupled with a passion for securing grants for local initiatives, makes her the perfect fit as the organisations go-to grant expert.
Beyond her professional achievements, Mary is also an avid photographer, capturing the beauty of our region through her lens. Mary is excited about making a difference with the RDALC. 
Melissa Liddle
Project Coordinator
Melissa holds experience across Human Resources, Communications, and Learning and Development, having navigated various corporate and manufacturing landscapes over the past two decades. She also brings a unique perspective as a small business owner, successfully managing her family farm alongside her professional pursuits.

Melissa's dedicated to supporting ALL leaders, at every level and connecting them with the right opportunities to develop and grow their skills. With her love for rural living and a knack for getting things done, she's excited to collaborate on initiatives that shape a brighter future for our community.
Simone Noronha
Project Coordinator
Simone's journey from Sydney to Mount Gambier two years ago reflects her commitment to embracing new challenges and experiences. With a Master of Commerce and three years of experience in sales, marketing, and project coordination, Simone brings a unique blend of skills and expertise to our organisation.

Having made Mount Gambier her home, Simone is excited about the opportunity to work closely with local businesses and provide valuable support to local businesses and the community. Her passion for collaboration and her dedication to making a positive impact make her a valuable asset to our team.


Evan Flint
RDALC's Chair, Evan Flint comes from the Kingston SE area. He has been Chair of the Board since 2021. Evan has over 19 years experience on Council in numerous roles, including Deputy Chairman, Chairman, and Mayor.

Having spent his whole working life in primary production and being active in local government and sporting groups, Evan is utilises his role as Chair to continue his contribution to the Limestone Coast and to support businesses and organisations to thrive.
Alan Richardson
Deputy Chair
Alan has been Deputy Chair of the Board since 2017. Alan has formal qualifications and many years of experience working in agriculture.

Alan is well known for his more than 30 year career working for ABC radio as a rural reporter in various postings around the Australia. Having lived back in the Limestone Coast since 1999, Alan was Regional Manager for ABC South East until mid-2012, when he retired.  Alan has an active role in the  community as a member of The Rotary Club of Mount Gambier.
Lew Parsons
Lew has vast experience within the forestry industry over many years and is currently self employed as a forestry consultant for local logging contractors, wood producers and forest owners.

Lew has been a member of several Boards including the Institute of Foresters Australia and the Logging Investigation and Training Association. Lew has been on RDALC's Board for 10 years.
Erika Vickery OAM

Erika received an Order of Australia Medal for services to Local Government and the community in 2017 and has over 20 years' experience in local government.

A key community contributor, Erika is a board member of the Australian Migrant Resource Centre and Country Arts SA, and Chair of the Naracoorte Community Care Network. Erika has also been appointed as a Commissioner on the SA Local Government Grants Commission and Boundary Commission. 
Lachlan Haynes

Lachlan is from a 4th generation farming family in the Naracoorte region, with an extensive background in mixed agriculture, agribusiness, and viticulture. He is passionate about improving regional business growth, employment, health, and effective policy development

Lachlan is very involved in the Naracoorte community. He is an active member of the Naracoorte Health Advisory Council and has recently been elected to Chair the Limestone Coast Radiation Therapy Working Group.
Rebecca Weller

Rebecca is an entrepreneur and community leader, with over 17 years of board experience in tourism, economic growth, and Indigenous development across the NT and SA. She owns and operates the Padthaway Caravan Park. Rebecca is actively involved in the community, serving as a Lieutenant with the CFS and Vice Chairperson of the local Progress Committee.

Rebecca has been the recipient of several awards, including Australian Mother of the Year, finalist for Young Australian of the Year, Northern Territory Young Achiever Award, and was a youth planning group member for the Australian G20. 
Darren Turner

Darren has over 35 years’ experience in leading one of Australia’s premium branded wool bedding companies, Mini Jumbuk, and has undertaken numerous business and management courses throughout his career including the Global CEO Program completed in 2016.

Darren has over 20 years community service as an Apexian, has served eight years on the Naracoorte Golf Club Board with four years as President, and also sits on the Board of the Industry Leaders Fund Scholars Network in Adelaide.
Michael Millhouse

Michael is part of the leadership team at NHP Electrical Engineering where he is responsible for the delivery of small- and large-scale projects throughout the Limestone Coast Region. He has worked with a broad range of businesses and industries and is a graduate of the Limestone Coast Leadership Program.

Michael’s roles have encompassed many duties including technical support, account management, project management and budget estimating.

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