President - TSIMA Board Mrs Ivy Trevallion was appointed to the position of TSIMA Board President in February 2020. Her appointment replaces former president Mrs Margaret Cowley, who had held the vital role for nine consecutive years. Mrs Trevallion is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman. In her professional career, she has held the role of cultural safety advocator and she is a highly recognised Social Worker. Ivy returns to the organisation after having previously held an executive position with TSIMA as Treasurer for several years. Ivy was the first Torres Strait Islander Social Worker having graduated from Queensland University in 1986. She has worked in health as a Social Worker for over 30-years and continues to advocate for Torres Strait Islander rights and cultural safety. Mrs Trevallion is also an active representative on several national bodies.
Jack Kepa – Vice President
Jack was born on Thursday Island in the Kaurareg Country and was raised on Yorke and Yam Island in the Kulkalgal Country in the Central Torres Strait. Jack is the 6th Generation of one of the most Fierce Legendary Warrior of the Torres Strait named King Kebisu and 8th generation of King Kebisu Grandfather Diri native of Tudu Island (Warrior Island) an Island also from the Kulkalgal region. Jack’s totem is the Kursi(Hammerhead Shark) & Kodal (Crocodile).
Yuriko Nakachi – Treasurer
Frank Fauid – Central Islands Cluster Rep
Mr. Frank Fauid was born on Poruma Island, in the Central Islands Cluster of Torres Strait. Frank is interested in media and is passionate about helping TSIMA reach a national and international audience.
More importantly, Frank wants to ensure that the RIBS stations on each island is in full operation and broadcasts on a daily basis. He sees media as a way to preserve and promote the Torres Strait culture, tradition and lifestyle.
Chelsea Aniba – Top Western Islands Cluster Rep
Jimmy Gela – Eastern Islands Cluster Rep
Mr. Jimmy Gela has bloodlines to Erub (Darnley) Island but was born and raised on Thursday Island where his father worked at the Waiben (Thursday) Island Hospital before moving across to the General Hospital.
Jimmy worked on the Railways after finishing High School in 1974. He lived on the both the mainland and Erub Island, before relocating to Erub Island in 2000. Jimmy was elected as the Councillor for Erub at the Island Council elections in 2004 and the Councillor for Erub at the TSIRC election in 2012. He held office as the Erub PBC chair and continues to hold that position today.
Jimmy was elected onto the TSIMA Board in 2017 and he hopes to work with the Board Members and staff to strengthen the organisation. His knowledge and expertise of working in other Corporations and Association will be invaluable to TSIMA. He wishes to develop TSIMA into a reputable brand both within the Torres Strait region and nationally.
He wants to establish the Torres Strait language, culture and traditional lifestyles to the wider Australian communities. Jimmy speaks Creole predominately, but also understands Meriam Mir.