Staff Profiles

Denese Smythe

Denese is responsible for providing leadership, managing resources and supporting the Avon Youth Community & Family Service board. Denese is the Deputy Shire President in York and together with her local government and previous experience working with youth and communities across the Wheatbelt brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of issues that affect our local Youth, Families and Communities.

Teagan Pope

Teagan Pope has lived in Toodyay for 13 and a half years. She started with Avon Youth 2 years ago and is our Housing officer. She comes with experience in running her own business plus working in the property management industry. Teagan Is the owner of a pony stud and in her spare time is a judge at horse shows all around Australia.  

Julie Bradley

Julie Bradley has been a resident of Toodyay for 15 years. Julie was a programs co-ordinator at TAFE for many years and then owned her own business in Toodyay. She recently joined the staff here at Avon Youth as the NAHA and youth Officer.

De-Anne Muller-Watson

De-Anne has been resided in Bakers Hill for 20 years. She comes into Avon Youth with 6 1/2 years experience in the job services industry. She has previously worked with youth, coaching gymnastics at the Northam PCYC. De-Anne is the Administrative Assistant to the CEO, and looks forward to assisting the youth and community of the wheatbelt.

Tricia Chrimes

Tricia has lived in Northam all her life working in the community sector. Tricia brings a passion for community inclusion and having our youth move forward confidently in the future.

Kaye McGlew

Kaye McGlew has lived and worked throughout WA from Port Hedland to Albany. She comes with 30 years high school teaching experience and 5 years as Youth Connections Officer. Kaye is a currently Councillor on the Dandaragan Shire and Chairs a number of Boards and Committees, including being a State Library of WA Board Member by Ministerial appointment. Kaye values liaising and partnering with key stakeholders to support young people going forward and empowering them to be the best they can be.

Shamus Whately

Shamus is a qualified youth worker, starting in merredin early 2017. Shamus is very passionate about the safety and well being of young people and aims to promote healthy life style practices is ways that are fun and easy to learn.

Mark Cross

Mark Cross has been employed by Avon Youth since December 2011. Mark is originally from Margaret River but made Northam his new home 17 years ago. Mark is first one in each morning and always welcomes the staff with his cheerful demeanour. He also works at the Northam Racecourse and has so for the past 4 years. Mark is a behind the scenes man but is an integral member of Avon Youth and makes it his purpose to have our offices shining each day for our arrival.