Kathleen Wincen (nee Rach) is red dirt to the core. She was born and raised in and around Quilpie, with most of her childhood spent throughout the South West, from being on Country to living in Longreach where her sisters were born. Her mother was Kathleen Rach (Nee McKellar) (Todlie).
Kathleen holds a Juris Doctor (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies. She has previously held positions as an Elder Abuse Lawyer at TASC National Community Legal Service, Junior Solicitor at Angie Richards Legal, an Acting Senior Conservation Officer at Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services and Acting Project Officer at the Department of Environment. In addition to Kathleen’s various accomplishments, she also has broad experience as a Board member having volunteered as a Director for Mary Mackillop Catholic College, Darling Downs Health Service Indigenous Advisory Group and the Darling Downs Health Service Consumer Advisory Group. Kathleen would like to secure education and employment opportunities on behalf of the Budjiti People and ensure the establishment of an Elders Council and keeping place for Budjiti artifacts.
An interesting fact about Kathleen…
“I have never completed high school and I lived in Canberra for seven years. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same age when my mum was diagnosed and I am married with two daughters, my youngest of whom was born with a rare genetic condition. I have two beautiful grandchildren.”