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STEVE TOOHEY

National Director

Steve resides in the city of Wollongong on the New South Wales south coast with his wife Jenny and four children. He has served in a full-time capacity as National Director for Youth Mission Team (YMT) Australia for just over 20 years. Despite having completed a Bachelor in Education, his entire adult career has been dedicated to serving with YMT.  He quotes two key reasons for his passion for the work of YMT; his own personal conversion that was the direct result of the ministry of YMT in its first few months of operation in 1986 and the profound impact that he’s witnessed in the lives of countless young people and team members as they’ve each opened the door of their heart to Christ.  

Steve was on an Advisory Committee for World Youth Day Sydney, 2008, and was a member of the “Receive the Power Live” Committee. As well as being on the Evangelisation of Religious Education Committee for the Parramatta Diocese for two years, Steve has given input at broader church events such as Ignite and Young Men of God Conferences.

In addition to his family, his great loves are YMT, the Disciples of Jesus (DOJ) Community of which he is a Covenant member and International Council member, and Oztag (some would say not necessarily in that order).

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TIM FITZWILLIAM

National Operations Manager

Tim was born in New Zealand and now lives in Wollongong with his wife Jane and their six kids. He has served with YMT for fourteen years, thirteen of those in a leadership capacity. He has lived in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne in order to work with Youth Mission Team.

Tim holds a Management and Leadership Diploma, and a Certificate in Human Resources. He has also worked in Human Resources in the business and finance sectors, gaining a wide range of experience and a professional skill set for his role now as National Manager. Tim loves the outdoors- he enjoys bush walking, going to the beach, camping and playing soccer. 

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SUE DEBATTISTA

National Accounts Manager

Sue grew up in Wollongong and lives in Mangerton with her husband, Jeff and their three daughters. Sue commenced working for YMT in 2015. 

Sue attained a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting from the University of Wollongong and worked as a chartered accountant for 22 years across different firms in Wollongong and Sydney. In her spare time, between running her daughters to and from their activities, Sue loves spending time with friends and family and eating out at nice restaurants with her husband.

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MARILYN NG

National Logistics Manager

Marilyn moved from Singapore to Sydney when she was eleven with her family and then moved to Wollongong in 2014. She is a covenant member of DOJ and grew up around Catholic charismatic renewal events in Sydney. 

Marilyn served on YMT Wollongong in 2011 and has completed a Masters in Business, specialising in Management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy, Theology & Business). She has previously worked as an administration assistant for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in the Wollongong Catholic Diocese, been a manager at Guitar Zone, an assistant technician at Twinhead Laptop and is currently assisting in coordinating Light to the Nations Easter Pilgrimage event. Marilyn is also involved in contracting management work for Trinity Light & Power. 

In her spare time, Marilyn somehow manages to keep a variety of hobbies ranging from being a part of an acoustic duo called Gus & Iggy, to rock climbing, and other outdoor activities.

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CHRISTY HONEYSETT

National Liaison Manager

Christy grew up near the beach in the Wollongong area NSW where she now happily resides with her husband of 12 years and three gorgeous children. Christy has been with YMT since 2003, volunteering as team member in YMT Perth, then quickly moving up the ranks to Ministry Coordinator and Team Manager in the following years. She returned to YMT again in 2015 as Team Manager in Wollongong because she really couldn't keep away. She is now working in the National Office as the National Liaison Manager. 

She has been a volunteer for both YMT and NET (2000) where she discovered that youth ministry is great for vocational discernment. Ask her why if you get the chance to meet her! 

Christy is trained in secondary school teaching, majoring in Visual Arts and Religious Education, with a Masters in Theology. She has had a diverse work experience both within the Catholic Diocese and in CEO schools, including roles as Young Adult Coordinator, Learning Support Teacher, Family Educator, and Religious Education Teacher.

Christy is passionate about youth and young adults, as well as coffee, op shopping, having date nights with the hubby, and travelling. Fun fact: she's recently celebrated the feast of Pentecost in Rome, Italy with Pope Francis! 

 

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RACHEL DANIELS

Eternal Change Coordinator

Rachel is born in Perth and bred in Wollongong. She grew up in the iSTAND Generation throughout her youth and was heavily impacted by YMT. She served on YMT Melbourne in 2017 and is currently in her second year of volunteering as a Team Member back in Wollongong this year. As part of her Monday and Tuesday work, Rachel is coordinating the Eternal Change program. 

Rachel has completed an Advanced Diploma in Events Management and has previous experience as an administration assistant. Rachel is an underway member of DOJ. In her free time, Rachel loves painting, netball, going to the beach and spending quality time with her friends. 

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BETHANY TOOHEY

Recruitment Officer

Beth has recently moved to Perth from Wollongong NSW where she grew up. She served on YMT Melbourne in 2015 and YMT Perth in 2016. Beth was also appointed YMT Sydney Manager in 2017 and has now transitioned into Recruitment Officer for the region of Perth this year. 

Beth has completed a Cert lV in Dance, Cert lll in Fitness, Cert lll in Live Production, Theatre and Events, and is currently studying Primary education at Edith Cowan University in WA. 

Beth is an avid and talented dancer and teacher, and is currently running a small dance studio in Perth. It's no surprise that in her free time she loves dancing! She also enjoys going to the beach and playing with kids. 

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PETER DOMINISH

YMT Sydney Manager

Pete has a Post-Graduate Diploma of Psychology and a Certificate IV in Statutory Government Compliance. With these qualifications Pete worked for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for five years before commencing as the YMT Sydney Manager for three years from 2014-2016.

Pete first met the team when he was in Year 10 and served for two years in YMT Perth during 2005 and 2006. Pete's now returned as YMT Sydney Manager this year as well as studying a Masters in Psychotherapy & Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. 

In his free time, Pete enjoys carpentry, stand up paddle board surfing, a game or two of poker, and spending quality time with close friends and family. Pete also has a skydiving license! 

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ANDREW PLACKO

YMT Sydney MINISTRY COORDINATOR

Andrew resides in Sydney and is currently studying Civil Structural Engineering at the University of Technology.

Andrew served on YMT Wollongong in 2016 and 2017. He has a huge passion for YMT as he first met the team on his Year 10 reflection day in high school. Andrew then went to an iSTAND Camp and found that “the weekend was an incredible example of the relationships YMT was able to foster with the young people they minister to.”

When Andrew is not studying or helping lead ministry with YMT, he loves to play soccer, guitar and motocross. 

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DAVID PULLELLA

YMT Perth Manager

Dave has been with YMT since 2015, having served two years on YMT Melbourne and YMT Wollongong consecutively. In 2017 he returned to Perth his hometown to take on the role of Ministry Coordinator. He is now managing YMT Perth and is also currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. 

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ALANA WILSON 

YMT Perth Ministry Coordinator

Alana grew up in Sydney in Baulkham Hills where YMT Sydney is based. She has recently moved to Perth to commence as YMT Perth ministry coordinator. For six years, Alana worked alongside the Sydney Team in her capacity as Youth Worker and Ministry Leader in the St. Michael’s Parish Youth Movement. She completed one year serving on YMT Perth in 2011. 

Alana has attained a Diploma of Counselling and is halfway through her Bachelor of Primary Education (Religious Education) at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She has a Performance Background in dance and children’s productions and has also worked in Event Management as a Master of Ceremonies and Production Manager.

In her free time Alana loves a good romcom, sleeping in, and going on holidays. 

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JOSHUA HUNTER 

YMT Melbourne Manager

Josh grew up in the southern suburbs of Sydney where he met YMT. He answered the call and served on YMT Melbourne in 2012 where he then took on the role of managing the team from 2013-2014. Josh took a break to work for Melbourne Cricket Ground and has since returned to YMT in 2016 as YMT Melbourne Manager. 

Josh has completed a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Sports Management) and is currently studying a Masters in Teaching. 

In his spare time, Josh enjoys listening to Taylor Swift on road trips. 

GENEVIEVE SCHAEFER 

YMT Melbourne Ministry Coordinator

Genevieve was born and raised in Melbourne where she is currently studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education and Visual Arts. Her first encounter with YMT was in 2009 when she began regularly attending their iSTAND youth group and was inspired by the team members’ authentic joy and dedication to prayer. After graduating high school Gen went on to serve with YMT Wollongong in 2013 and YMT Perth in 2014.

Gen has completed a Certificate III in Business and has previously worked as a Youth Minister at Mount Lilydale Mercy College. She is currently an underway member of DOJ.

Gen is passionate about education, the outdoors and eating the daily recommended intake of vegetables. In her spare time she enjoys coffee catch-ups, live music and hiking with her siblings.

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LOUISA DANIELS

YMT Wollongong Manager

Louisa grew up in Sydney and has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies & Theology at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. In 2013, she served as a Team Member in YMT Perth.

Louisa has previously worked as a Youth Ministry Support Officer and Student Catechist Program Coordinator at the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong, as well as a Youth Minister at St Mary's Cathedral College, Sydney. 

Louisa has a strong background in music performance and in her free time loves listening to music, coffee and brunch dates with her husband Colin. 

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MARK BAKER

YMT Ambassador

Mark has had a robust career in Education, having accomplished 42 years as a teacher and 18 years as a Principal in Catholic Schools. He is passionate about the work of YMT and transforming the lives of students with relevant, inspirational and engaging programs. 

 

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