THE Rural Woman Cooperative Board

Rebel Black - Chairperson

REBEL BLACK

CHAIRPERSON

Rebel Blacks’ mission in life is to #thrive, #heal and #evolve. She describes herself as a human agronomist and syntropic entrepreneur. She was raised on a farm in rural NSW Australia and is the Founder of THE RW Collection, a dynamic global social company that has delivered a number of local enterprises which she operates, with support of a remote team, from her office on the opalfields in Lightning Ridge, Outback NSW. Rebel loves local food, creating safe spaces for people to heal through trauma, working online creating communities and inspiring rural women to #bloomwheretheyare. Her career and businesses in remote Australia has spanned 21 years and the fields of tourism, community development, retail, hospitality, journalism, marketing and sales, energy healing & coaching. She is an alumni of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and has received local, state and global recognition of her work through a variety of awards.

Diploma Coaching. Cert IV Business (Governance), Community Development & Workplace Training & Assessment

I spent almost 20 years of my career believing there was no glass ceiling that some how I’d lived in a bubble of security beyond the bias, structural impediment of misogyny and discrimination. But the more I worked with rural women and tried to bring products to market that had a gendered lens, the more I butted up against what felt like an impenetrable wall and my delusion crumbled. Women are still discriminated against, even in Australia, by the system, through their service and as themselves. And I will serve the rest of my life to break these barriers down, not with sledgehammers but with focus on what future we are co-creating – #thriving #healing #evolving rural women + communities #bloomingwheretheyare. A Cooperative is a perfect vehicle because it invites collaboration and shared ownership. I’m excited to see what we can achieve together, cooperatively.

I love laughing and I enjoy watching re-runs of Friends to defrag my brain and still laugh even though I know exactly what’s going to happen and have heard the jokes so many times before.

Shayne Miller - Vice Chairperson

SHAYNE MILLER

VICE CHAIRPERSON

Shayne Miller has recently returned to her heart home of Moree after spending 3 years in Sydney working within Coaching, Consultancy and Vocational Education and Training environments. With over 20 years’ experience working in sales and marketing roles with multi-national, medium and small businesses, her success has come from building and maintaining strong relationships. As an ambassador of change, she believes understanding yourself and being aware will ultimately deliver the outcome you desire, both personally and professionally. Her charter is to focus on learning and delivering new skills and mindset shifts to allow her to serve her clients.

Current: Master of Business Psychology, UON
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Management), UNE
Bachelor of Arts (Humanities), ACU
TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Passionate about seeing women rise, grow and develop the skills and knowledge they require without leaving rural and regional Australia.

To drive connection and build foundations for women to connect

I’m daring and love the exhilaration of skydiving.

Jacqui Brauman - Secretary

JACQUI BRAUMAN 

SECRETARY

Founder and CEO of TBA Law, TBA ADR and Legally Wise Women, Jacqui is a solicitor, accredited wills and estate specialist, NMAS accredited mediator and legal educator.

Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Accounting, Masters of Applied Law (Wills and Estates), Law Institute Accredited Specialist, NMAS accredited mediator.

I believe in the purpose and potential.

My super power is bending time.

Dianna Jacobsen - Treasurer

DIANNA JACOBSEN 

TREASURER

Dianna Jacobsen grew up in a farming family in southern NSW, and has spent over 30 years working with rural families and small businesses to help them create lives of financial empowerment. Dianna specialises in all aspects of business and personal development and financial strategy, from day-to-day financial and business management, to all styles of farm succession planning. Dianna works with people to examine their individual and specific needs, and then assists them to implement a customised, realistic action plan to accomplish their goals. Combining a background in accounting, financial planning, small business management, leadership and incorporating lending, legal, and debt restructuring, Dianna works with families around Australia. Dianna writes for a number of publications and websites, and appears as a guest on TV and radio covering a broad range of small business management and personal empowerment topics. She speaks regularly at conferences and conducts workshops, seminars and webinars.

Bach,Bus.(Acctg), FCPA, FIPA, Pub,Prac.Licence, Regd Tax Agent, Adv. Dip FP, Auth Rep., Cert IV (Couns.)

I grew up seeing rural families needing support, and have made it my professional purpose and personal mission to work with these families, particularly the women, to empower, educate and encourage them to aspire to, and attain, their desired lives of freedom and success! THE Rural Woman Cooperative is a perfect blend of this necessary empowerment, education and encouragement, and is the ideal conduit to take ‘ordinary’ to EXTRAORDINARY!

I wear ODD SOCKS and encourage everyone to do so, because we are too often restricted by old, limiting beliefs and rigid rules, made by other people and imposed upon us, for no apparent reason! It is OK to be DIFFERENT, and in fact beneficial, as these little deviations genuinely break through paradigms and barriers…. so start wearing ODD SOCKS!!

SARAH STANAITISO 

BOARD MEMBER

Coming from a sheep and pig farming background I am now in dairy and beef helping run my partners family farm in South West WA.

After high school I enlisted in the military where I spent almost twelve years travelling the world as well as Australia, in 2017 I reconnected with my high school sweetheart and made the decision to move back to WA and try my hand in the dairy world. Over the years we have expanded our farm not only in size but in numbers bringing two beautiful kids into the world.

I have a large passion for helping rural women connect and know they are not alone in what they go through, with this I have been working with the Rural Womens Day Organisation for the past year coordinating events.

To gain experience of a board and to broaden my horizons within THE Rural Women setting

I have also owned a cafe and mobile coffee van over the years. Coffee is my weak point.

RACHEL ALLAN 

BOARD MEMBER

Rachel Allan is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in the realms of marketing and business management. With a passion for strategic thinking, her strength is in strategic and integrated marketing, where she empowers business owners to think expansively, identify opportunities, and respond proactively to achieve sustainable growth.

Rachel has managed her own businesses since 2004, evolving and pivoting as needed. She has authored two books and collaborated on many projects. Rachel is a sought-after coach and consultant, imparting her knowledge and producing high-quality, results-focused marketing & business strategies.

Rachel is also the co-founder of Flairbnb Property Management, where she oversees financial, legal, and marketing functions. In addition, to managing the operations of Ballarat & surrounds properties, showcasing her multifaceted capabilities. Her background in tourism management, including spearheading Visitor Information Centres and excelling in regional marketing, has laid the foundation for her experience to grow Flairbnb to a leading brand in localised short term property management. Beyond her corporate endeavors, she has successfully operated her own self-contained accommodation, achieving an impressive 85% occupancy rate.

Based regionally, Rachel understands the unique challenges and opportunities that businesses face outside major cities. Rachel is particularly passionate about fostering an environment where all women thrive and are provided opportunities for support and life-long learning.

Rachel Allan’s mission is to see business owners evolve into the best versions of themselves. With a visionary approach, she guides them to navigate the complexities of the business landscape, encouraging a mindset of continual improvement and resilience in the face of challenges.

Ba Mgt (marketing/tourism)

Having been involved operationally for 5 years I can see the possibilities for making a difference and look forward to spearheading change and growing TRW as a board member.

I enjoy getting back to nature, singing with my choir and hanging out with my little family!

RACHEL ANAGNOSTOPOULO 

BOARD MEMBER

Rachel was born and bred in Central West NSW where her family raised sheep, and she has predominantly lived in regional and rural areas throughout her life. She has most recently settled with her young family in the Darling Downs of Queensland.

Rachel has led an eclectic career providing organisations and individuals with Administration, IT support and mental health services. After spending almost a decade in self-employment as a Virtual Assistant and Online Business Manager, Rachel was eager to combine her passions and experience to focus on a new project with bigger impact. That project was Dream Gig, a Remote Work (aka Work From Home) platform which has become a thriving community connecting remote-willing Job Seekers & Freelancers with remote-friendly workplaces across Australia. The initiative has gained acknowledgement in the 2022 Ausmumpreneur Awards, taking out Gold in the Digital Services Category. Rachel was also recognised as Solopreneur of the Year in the ROAR Awards in the same year.

Rachel is currently participating in the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s Drought Readiness Leadership Program to build skills to empower communities to prepare for and face the challenges of drought and climate change in the future.

Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs and Mental Health
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

In early adulthood I had a sense to ‘conform to transform’, having felt like a square peg in a round hole while fitting in with archaic expectations and systems around a female’s place in society.

I grew up as a naturally positive person, however when I became a mother in my mid-30’s and envisioned the future for my daughter, I reflected on my own life journey and realised that many aspects of the world as I knew it were not as they seemed. I wouldn’t say I was naïve because I’ve always been a curious observer of society, but heightened awareness cannot be undone and this is a real motivator for me to take action.

I have been a Life Member of The Rural Woman for 5 years and I am now in a position where I can join the plight to make a difference to women and girls at a Board level with The Rural Woman Cooperative. I’m fundamentally an advocate for ‘true equality’, and I’m encouraged by the mission of TRW Co-op to meaningfully contribute to societal change.

I’m a chocolate connoisseur – I actually operated a chocolate shop a decade ago specialising in Australian & Imported chocolates! These days I enjoy learning new techniques working with chocolate, as well as creating baked goods and sweets in my home kitchen.