Torres Strait Islanders Media Association Inc. Board Members


Ivy Trevallion – President

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.


Nancy Pearson

Nancy Pearson is a resident of Kirriri. Her family totems that she shares 'pasin' with include the Morning and Evening Star(the planet Venus) and the tern or 'surrah'. Her roots connects her back to Mer - Ulag Village, Gergeramle(Sunrise people)and Dauarebamle. From Erub, Saisarem to Mabiuag, Wagadagam. As an elected representative of community at grassroots, local and federal government levels, her strengths have been as verbal as the surrah in communication. As inquisitive too, seeking information, sharing and gathering. Nancy's aim is to work towards an informed, empowered and safe community through social media and involvement of all stakeholders - to benefit all our families and individuals in seeking further information, knowledge through debatable forums and immersion in healthy and safe lifestyle choices. Her interests include gardening, arts and crafts, reading and listening to music or a great debate on any media stream.


Norah Mosby – Secretary

She is a proud Torres Strait Islander, her bloodlines to Erub (Darnley) and Masig (Yorke) Islands.  But was born and raised on Thursday Island. I’m currently working with Mura Kosker Sorority under the Family Wellbeing Program, my role as a Case Worker which services the Inner Islands (TI,Hammond and Horn Islands). In 2019,  I have been elected to the position of Secretary for the TSIMA Board  and February 20 I was re-elected into the position. I’m looking forward to working Management and Staff to learn more about Media.


Yuriko Nakachi – Treasurer

Yuriko Nakachi was born on Thursday Island, her father is of Japanese decent (Okinawan), and Hawaiian, (Kailua-Kona).  Yuriko's mother's identity stretches over Western Islands to the far Eastern Islands of Murray (Mer), Darnley, (Erub) Islands in the Torres Strait region and of Melanesian background.  Through her cultural connections today, Yuriko, practices and have brought into her way of life the richness of all cultures from where all her ancestors originated. In her professional career, Yuriko has held many roles, has extensive social, community service, community development and project management background and have also worked within the Native Title sector for many years.  Yuriko currently works for Mura Kosker Sorority, and continues to work intently throughout advocating and providing support for her people in the Torres Straits.


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.


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.