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Organisational Structure

Edmund Rice Camps WA Organisational Structure

Kevin KnappKevin Knapp
Chief Executive Officer

Kevin is the CEO of Edmund Rice Camps WA and has been in the role since November 2012.

Recently Kevin has been given the additional responsibility of coordinating the Edmund Rice Camps Development Project for Oceania, which sees the nine Australian and two New Zealand branches of ERC working together on strategic initiatives that are aimed at long-term sustainability and business best practices.

Prior to this role he was CEO of Hockey WA and had a long career in sport and recreation as coach, manager and player.

Kevin played hockey for Scotland and Great Britain and was a coach in the state and national hockey programs in Western Australia, having an assisting role at the 2000 Olympics.

Kevin has gradually moved from elite sport into community recreation and now into the specialised area of marginalised community services and the not-for-profit sector.

He's passionate about making a difference and has found in Eddie Rice a perfect opportunity to do just that.

Chris DixChris Dix
Manager Operations and Risk Management

Chris has worked in the community with not-for-profits since 2001 and more recently has loved being involved with ERCWA.

Chris is passionate about making a difference and providing opportunities for youth empowerment. He has loved seeing Eddie Rice transform and the difference he has made to the Eddie Rice community and its young leaders.

He loves the outdoors and new adventures and finds great pleasure in teaching others what he's learnt. As the Manager of Operations Chris’ role is to provide a safe, happy environment for members and leaders alike.

His favourite part of his job is being on camp and getting slimed! If Chris isn't at Eddie Rice you'll find him in the surf or on holiday with his family.

Meg Huitema
Manager Community Engagement

Meg began working with ERCWA as a young volunteer leader and did her first camp in January of 2003.

Volunteering with Eddie Rice became a passion of Meg's and she hugely enjoys working alongside like-minded people. The benefits received by the children were immense and obvious and as a result she began working with ERCWA as the Manager Community Engagement in 2013.

Since joining the organisation as a staff member, Meg sees that very little has changed in the way of the benefits that the kids, volunteers and staff receive and the amount of passion floating around the organisation.

What has changed is that ERCWA has evolved and grown to become a sustainable business with industry standard policies and procedures.

Catherine Tesoriero
Manager Community Engagement

Catherine Tesoriero is very excited to be joining the Edmund Rice Camps Team in the role of Community Engagement Manager.  Previously employed as a Mission Consultant for the Oceania Province and Assistant Principal at Trinity College, Catherine brings extensive leadership, facilitation and formation skills to this role. Catherine served as a Board Member for Edmund Rice Camps from 2008 – 2010 and has enjoyed the opportunity to be a camp Coach on January Mega Camps in previous years.

Nicole Mancini
Manager Profile, Fundraising & Events 

Nicole has volunteered her personal time on many occasions to be involved with charities and local community events; so to have the opportunity to be involved on a professional level with Edmund Rice Camps is an honour and a position she is beyond excited about.

Nicole likes to consider herself as a Human rights activist and she have a strong passion for national and international social, political, economic and environmental issues. Her varied work experience has given her the ability to effectively communicate and connect with children, young adults and adults on a professional and personal level. These skills have helped her gain invaluable knowledge of how to work and deal with a wide range of people in various communities and cultures.  This knowledge has taught her how to treat others with compassion, equality and respect. Nicole has an undying love for all things related to the arts and she is her most happiest surrounded by her beautiful family and friends.

Nicole is looking forward to meeting everyone and to getting started in her new role.

Please go to the events page and contact her on 0429 913 364 if you'd like any more information.


Megan McKenna 
Coordinator Volunteer Leader Services  

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to say how really excited I am about taking on this role and the opportunity to contribute to the organisation in a new way, having for some years been a volunteer and a leader on camps. I look forward to working with the team at ERCWA and providing you (our leaders) with the support, training and Formation to enhance your Edmund Rice experience.


Tony Manso
Board Chair

Tony’s professional career spans over 25 years of management consulting, strategy, accounting and taxation experience across a diverse range of industry sectors, encompassing multiple business functions at Board, strategic and operational levels.

Having served the major part of his inaugural professional years with KPMG, he has devoted the past 20 years as Founder and Principal of Manso Consulting, a Perth-based business management firm specialising in financial and strategic management.

Aside from his role with ERCWA, Tony currently also sits on a panel for the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation and acts as an Advisory Committee Member for a Private Family Office.

His educational qualifications and professional memberships include a Bachelor of Business Degree (Accounting and Business Law) from Curtin University, as well as being a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Tax Adviser of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a professional member of the Australian Institute of Management.

Outside of the professional and not-for-profit arena Tony's interests include maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise through cycling, jogging, swimming and walking and enjoys a wide range of sports with a particular interest in European football and the AFL. Non-sport interests include family-centred activities, classic cars, music, cooking, reading and travel.

Vice Chairman (currently vacant)


Ira Gibbs

Biography coming soon


Jacci LambornJacci Lamborn
Board Member

Jacci became involved in ERCWA after leaving Mercedes College in 1998. She attended numerous camps as a Camp Leader as well as actively participating in a number of committees.

Jacci embarked on a career in Human Resources, yet maintained her connection with ERCWA by enthusiastically participating in all fundraising events and even cooking on a camp!

She's currently employed with Crown Perth as the Human Resources Manager – Security, Hotels, Catering & Entertainment.

She joined the ERCWA Board in 2013 and is the Chairperson for the Profile, Fundraising and Events Committee.

Kevin Knapp Chris Dix Meg Huitema Courtney George Brooke McCamey

Rowena OByrne - Bowland 
Board Member

Biography coming soon

Liana D'Ascanio
Board Member

Liana D’Ascanio is a lawyer specializing in workplace law.  Since late 2012 Liana has been the in-house legal counsel and employee relations manager at Programmed Marine, part of the Programmed Group of companies.  Prior to that, Liana worked for ten years in private legal practice with major commercial law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. 

Liana joined the ERCWA board in 2013, but was heavily involved with the organization between 1999 – 2003 as a camp leader and camp coordinator.  Liana was also one of the early members of the ERCWA “executive committee”, the precursor body to the current Board. 

Vanessa Badaraco
Board Member

Vanessa is currently a teacher and Head of House at La Salle College, a coeducational Catholic secondary school with approximately 1500 students. Prior to becoming a teacher, she was a solicitor at Jackson McDonald Lawyers, working in commercial litigation and building and construction. However, her career as a commercial lawyer did not satisfy her desire for a vocation where she could truly make a difference to others. Motivated by giving back to the community, and making a difference, she is passionate about empowering young people to make a difference and motivate change. In this respect, ERCWA's mission and work resonated strongly with Vanessa and she was appointed to the Board in May 2015. She is genuinely excited about the changes that ERCWA can make in the lives of young people, seeing first-hand the positive impact Eddie Rice Camps has on both young leaders and children involved, and she looks forward to contributing to, and seeing, the continued passion of all those involved in ERCWA continue to transform the lives of children in need.

Vanessa loves all things cooking, her dog Elsa, and reality TV shows!

Greg Erskine
Board Member

Biography coming soon!

Graham Freeman
Board Member

Biography coming soon!

Amy Dabb
Minute Taker/Secretary

Biography coming soon!