Meet Our Board
Ms Noela Gorey, was appointed as Legal Counsel for PresCare, a not-for-profit state wide Aged Care organization, through a permanent secondment arrangement with McCullough Robertson Lawyers in 2012 following her retirement as a Director of Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors early that year.
Ms Gorey started her professional career as a nurse before taking up a career in law. Her expertise and life experience made Noela the perfect candidate for her role with STARS. A former partner of a well-respected medium-tier legal firm, she also worked in state and federal government roles.
Noela moved to Brisbane from North Queensland a few years ago to establish a legal practice for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. She quickly became their state wide Legal Practice Director and Manager. The legal practice subsequently merged with the legal practice of the New South Wales Chamber of Commerce and once the interstate practice was established Noela pursued an offer presented to her by Griffith University to impart her broad legal knowledge base and experience to its law students.
Before her legal career move brought her to Brisbane, Noela was an Inaugural Director of the Mater Misericordia Hospital in Townsville. She was a member of the board and its sub-committees for seven years, and held the position of vice chair for five years. She was also a member for the Governing Council for St. Paul’s College, and James Cook University. And she’s a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for a leading medical facility, and member of the Speaker’s Bureau for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Before leaving Townsville, Noela developed and co-ordinated a diverse and large team of volunteers for a North Queensland charity fund, raising activity for the “Walk to Inspire” from Sept 2007 to June 2008. Funds were raised to establish a youth centre in Townsville to help prevent suicide.
Ms Vicki Scott,
Co-Founder of STARS, and Executive Director.
Vicki was born and grew up in Barcaldine, Queensland. She’s married with two adult children, and a proud grandmother. Vicki lives on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland with her husband Richard.
Vicki held a number of positions during her extensive career. She was Executive Officer to Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE when she was Chairperson of ATSIC; Project Manager for Corroboree 2000, which brought together all national and state leaders, as well as Indigenous leaders, followed by a Walk for Reconciliation over the Sydney Harbour Bridge by 250,000 people; Director of CHOGM Coordination for Queensland Government; Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Department, Personal Assistant to two Governors-General, and she’s also worked in a number of corporate and not-for-profit organisations.
A few years ago, Vicki was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. At the same time her daughter developed a tumour, which caused Vicki to stop and reflect on life itself. After an intense personal journey Vicki knew that she wanted to make a difference in the daily lives of people. She co-founded STARS with Wendy Watego Ittensohn after discovering that they both shared a similar vision.
Seeing people “get” that they can be the drivers instead of the passengers in their life inspires Vicki. She thrives on watching as the “light comes on” that they have the power to change their life. Vicki is also passionate about creating teams that make a difference.
Vicki’s role with STARS is as Executive Director, as well as in delivering the principles of project management and mentoring programs.
Vicki is also a committee member of the Second Chance Programme, a fundraising organisation supporting homeless women or those at risk of becoming homeless.
Ms Wendy Watego,
Co-Founder of STARS, and National Program Director
I am a Goenpil, Nughie, Noonuccal Goori from Minjerribah – North Stradbroke Island, which is part of the Quandamooka Nation – this is my Mother’s Country. On my Father’s side I am Bundjalung and South Sea Islander from the Mare Island in New Caledonia.
Wendy is happily married to her high school sweetheart, and mother of two incredible young boys who continue to inspire her.
Wendy has a passion for making a difference. She’s driven by what is truly possible when people are inspired and moved to work together to accomplish a commonly shared goal.
Wendy has experienced the power of people coming together to support each other, and she thrives on the difference we can achieve as one people.
Wendy started her professional career as an educator. She travelled, and taught in educational leadership positions throughout Queensland, the Northern Territory, and Malaysia.
Wendy was the first Aboriginal person to chair the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Standing Committee of the Queensland Teacher’s Union. She’s also been the acting principal of Bwgcolman Community School on Palm Island. Her experience has been a foundational cornerstone to the empowerment and transformation of Murri communities.
After giving birth to her first son, Wendy left the education system. She then established a coaching practice, specializing in healing, transformational leadership, and organizational reform. She loves creating and leading programs, and helping clients tap into their own learning wisdom. And seeing the transformational breakthrough results her coaching achieved, Wendy was motivated to co-found STARS with Vicki Scott.
As the National Program Director of STARS, Wendy thrives on creating, designing, and delivering a curriculum that shifts the way people experience themselves, and their lives. The STARS programs encourage people to dig deep into their core issues, which have kept them unconsciously replicating the life choices and structures they oppose. The programs are designed to map their unconscious landscape and help them facilitate a powerful transformation, and empower them to produce breakthrough results.