executive committee

Neil Clarke (President)

Neil was elected to the current Management Committee as Treasurer at the 2019 Mission Arts AGM. He was subsequently transferred by appointment of the Management Committee to the position of President in May 2020, following the resignation of Julia Zivanovic. Neil is a (now retired) telecommunications systems engineer, with over 40 years’ professional experience in a range of project management, consulting and team leadership roles and multimillion-dollar budgets, contributing to the development of the internet in Australia. Along with his wife, Penelope Goward, he moved to idyllic South Mission Beach, from Melbourne, in 2018. His artistic and related interests are photography, astronomy, interior design, and audiovisual engineering. He is not a former mayor from the Cassowary Coast region!

Susan Foley (Treasurer)

Susan Foley commenced her working career at the Department of Primary Industries in Soil Conservation Research with field trials across various sites in the Darling Downs and Burnett region. Assisting with farmer field days and grower meetings, Susan realised that the translation of information from field trials into practical information for the grower was where she wanted to be.  

A teaching career followed in 1989 at Gordonvale State High School in the Agricultural Department, going on to Atherton and Malanda High Schools on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. The last fourteen years of her teaching career saw a complete pivot to primary school, teaching Indonesian in the Ulysses Cluster of Schools.

Susan is commencing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Curtin University in June 2020 to complement her passion for Sculpture in Metal. Previous qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indonesian Language, Public Relations and SE Asian Studies from the University of Southern Queensland. Susan also has a Graduate Diploma Teaching (Secondary) from the Brisbane College of Advanced Education and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticultural Technology) from Gatton Agricultural College. 

Susan is a lifelong learner believing education to be the key to success whether it be self-education, a workshop at Mission Arts or more formal education. The skill sets Susan offers as a committee member at Mission Arts are many and varied.

Zanette Phillips (Assistant Treasurer)

Zanette was appointed by the Management Committee to the position of Assistant Treasurer in June this year, to fill a casual vacancy following the resignation of Shirley Collins. Zanette is currently also President of the Cassowary Coast Business Women’s Network. She has previously been the Mission Arts Treasurer, in 2013. She is an entrepreneur, business manager, qualified trainer, author and small business owner. Her background is office administration and business management, for over 30 years, in over 20 different industries. Her passion is training, including online video business skills and interactive digital literacy courses.

Ingrid Mason (Secretary)

Ingrid Mason is a NIDA Graduate and has an Associate Degree in Creative Writing from SCU. She has also completed a Diploma of Interior Design at Brisbane TAFE.

She worked as an actress for thirty years and probably best known for Picnic at Hanging Rock, Blankety Blanks and The Sullivans. She has written a mockumentary Sole to Soul for SBS and won a prize for her film Seize the Day at the Brisbane Film Festival. She has published and won prizes for her prose and poetry and is currently working on a history of the Blackbirders and planning Theatre Sports for children at Mission Arts in association with Mission Arts ‘Acting Up' Theatre Group.

She has taught drama and Theatre Sports to adults and children, manufactured organic ice cream and worked in Aged Care and learning to paint at Mission Arts Workshops.

Dee Dean (Committee Member)

Dee Dean is originally from Victoria and has been living in the Far North for over 20 years.

A 30 plus year career as a hair/ make up stylist and colour technician has allowed her to work with diverse creative teams including theatre groups, fashion parades, photographers, celebrities and models. After owning and working with leading salons in Victoria, Dee moved to north Queensland in 2000. She managed salons in Port Douglas and at the Sheraton Mirage, and then operated her own freelance business for patrons including 4 and 5 star resorts from the Daintree to Mission Beach, meeting many creative people.

After 20 years in the trade, Dee decided to take a break and explore other career options, including retail, business administration, marketing and sales, and rediscovering her art and drawing. After a few years of moving between these fields, Dee decided to travel and operate a market stall of new age merchandise, natural therapy and making jewellery.

Dee started volunteering for not-for-profit organisations 13 years ago at an animal refuge and then at one of the biggest folk music festivals in far north  Queensland – Wallaby Creek Festival, volunteering in visual arts, helping to create installations and stalls areas. She has been the Festival's Stalls Coordinator the past 12 years and a committee member for 8 years, writing new policies and procedures for this not-for-profit organisation. Over the past two years she has also been the coordinator of the Palm Creek Folk Festival, focusing on her passions of art, culture and music.

Since the birth of her child in 2014, taking a break and focusing on motherhood has given Dee the inspiration for being creative, returning to pottery at Mission Arts in 2016 and attending 3 beginners workshops at Mission Arts Pottery. In rediscovering her passion for the arts, Dee realised ceramics was a path she wanted to further explore. She started volunteering at Mission Arts in 2017 and is now on the current Mission Arts committee.

Dee's passion for arts and the community is very strong and she believes everyone should be able to create and be given that opportunity. She is self taught and always experimenting with new ideas in playing with clay. She mainly handbuilds functional ware and her passion is sculptures inspired by where the Rainforest meets the Reef. Dee runs workshops in Clay Play and Adult beginners hand-building workshops. Clay is her passion and she never gets bored of it as there are no limits in ceramics.

Sally Moroney (Committee Member)

Sally Moroney was born in the UK in 1950. She grew up in the bushland of Sydney’s northern suburbs, where she acquired a love of the natural environment and the seashore.

She studied sculpture, ceramics and fine arts at Sunshine-Cooloola TAFE and has a Diploma of Visual Arts (Fine Arts).  She has run her own craft business since 1969, specialising in jewellery, painting, basketry, and small sculpture, and conducts workshops in a variety of crafts. She also enjoys environmental education and working with community groups involved in arts and the environment.

She is a Life Member of Mission Arts and Noosa Gallery Society; is Past President of Noosa Parks Association, Noosa Gallery Society and Mission Arts; and is an active member of Cairns Art Society, Hinchinbrook Regional Arts, Mission Arts and Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation (C4).

Sally has had solo exhibitions at Noosa Regional Gallery, Red Chair Gallery, Cairns Art Society Gallery, The Drill Hall Studio, Mission Arts, and Unique Frames.

Noosa Regional Gallery, TYTO Regional Gallery and Cairns Regional Gallery have selected her work for group exhibitions.

Sally has won awards for painting and sculpture at Cairns Regional Gallery, Artists of the North, Innisfail Art Society, TYTO Regional Gallery, Mission Arts and the Cardwell Art Prize.

At Mission Arts,  Sally is involved in coordinating Art from the Heart (a mentored weekly community art group focusing on acrylic painting) and Threads (a dynamic group of fibre and textile artists). Both groups have exhibited on multiple occasions at Mission Arts. She enjoys sharing art skills with new artists and helping develop their creative spirit.

Jean Burman (Committee Member)