"Students come back each year just as excited as the last, and their whole writing continues to improve making the whole program worthwhile. I feel like I do make a real contribution to my buddy's life."
Daystar Foundation is managed by its Founder and CEO, a Board of Directors and supported by a committed team of paid staff and volunteers.
King (‘Kingi’) Williams B.A. Theol. – Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Kingi is the vision behind Daystar. He is responsible for the day-to-day co-ordination of key stakeholders’ involvement and support in the school community. Kingi worked for many years with The Hyatt Kingsgate Hotel group in several management capacities.
Kingi left the hospitality industry to pursue full time studies in Theology at Avondale College, Cooranbong. Kingi established and now pastors a non-denominational Christian organisation known as Church On The Edge. An integral part of the organisation’s ministry is its involvement in the community with Daystar. Kingi also finds time to serve the wider community as a board member of the Regional Development Council of the University of Western Sydney.
Mirika Williams M. Soc. Sc. – Co-Founder, Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator
A passionate and practical advocate for vulnerable communities, Mirika is the co-founder of Daystar Foundation and is responsible for co-ordinating community-based projects within schools and communities. Mirika pursued academic studies at Avondale College, where she completed a Certificate 2 & 3 in Business Administration, Information Technology, Introduction to Accounting and Office Management. Continuing her studies at the University of Western Sydney, Mirika later completed a Post Graduate Diploma and Masters of Social Science. Mirika has over 13 years of experience and training in working with and for ATSI, CALD and Disability communities, young people and families.
Dianna Ames – Chairperson
Dianna holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Diploma in Education. She has worked for the Department of Education and Community and is currently managing a Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations initiative for a local community organisation in the Macarthur. Dianna has lived in the Macarthur region for over 20 years and has a vested interest in supporting local young people achieve their full potential.
Lisa Grinham B. Bus. – Director
Lisa's role as Chief Executive Officer of Good2Give and New Zealand operations, coupled with her broad corporate background, enables her to bring a great deal of understanding of the for-profit and not-for-profits to Daystar. Prior to joining CAF in 2010, Lisa worked in marketing and general management roles in the corporate sector for nearly 15 years with 3M, Optus and Aussie Home Loans before establishing Sense Marketing in 2002, where clients included a cross section of corporates, SMEs and not-for-profits.
Dianna Kenny PhD, MA(Sch Couns) BA(Hons) ATCL (piano) Dip Ed MAPsS MAPA - Director
Dianna is a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Music at the University of Sydney. She has also been, at various times, a teacher, a school psychologist, child and adolescent psychologist, psychotherapist, and marriage and family therapist. Dianna was actively involved with the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice for 10 years. During this time she held a ministerial appointment to the NSW Dept Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Collaborative research Unit (CRU). She was also Chair of the DJJ CRU Research Committee and COQOG reviewer (with John Hunter) of DJJ's Psychological and Specialist Services. She was the principal investigator on the largest and most comprehensive ARC-funded study undertaken on young offenders in Australia which culminated in the book Young Offenders on Community Orders: Health, Welfare and Criminogenic Needs (Sydney University Press, 2008) (with Paul Nelson). She is the author of over 200 publications, including seven books, the most recent of which are The Psychology of Music Performance Anxiety (Oxford University Press, 2011), Bringing up Baby: The Psychoanalytic Infant Comes of Age (Karnac, 2013), and From ID to Intersubjectivity (Karnac, 2014).
Julie Raciborska M, Special Education - Director
Julie is currently the principal of Passfield Park School in Minto. She holds a Masters degree in Special Education and has been involved in teaching students with special needs for more than twenty years. In her spare time Julie volunteers as a mentor to people whose family members have had an acquired brain injury. Julie acknowledges the benefits her school and students have enjoyed from Daystar's involvement over many years and was therefore very happy to accept a position on the Daystar Board.
Steve Wisbey - Director
Steve has been involved in developing diverse retails stores, businesses and nightclubs including marketing collateral and campaigns for the retail and hospitality sectors. He has also created and project managed major public events. Together, these activities demonstrate Steve's dynamic business background. A recently held role as Marketing Manager for MG My Gateway and My Gift program saw him create a youthful brand and marketing response to a very challenging and diverse business. The My Gift program linked MG to the community and delivered outstanding results for charitable causes, such as the charity build and auction of a House and Land package for the Right Start Foundation. Steve is currently engaged as a consultant with Macarthur District Temporary Family Care Inc. with the responsibility for the Re-branding and re-launching of its service. He also holds a consultancy role with Harness Racing NSW at their Tabcorp Park facility Menangle. Steve is thrilled to join the board of Daystar Foundation.
Jill Ferris: Is the most recent addition to the Daystar Board. Jill is a Senior Research Analyst with Nielsen, she has a diverse background in Consumer Marketing; Government Relations; B2B Sales and Marketing. Jill holds two Honours Degree's in BS's from Oregon State University in Marketing and International Business. Daystar is pleased to have Jill as part of the Daystar Team.