Name: Rodney Olsen

Position: Board Chairman

About: Rodney Olsen has been a Board Member of the College since May 2012. He has worked in full time Christian ministry for over 30 years. 

Rodney has worked as a professional communicator for many years, developing experience in radio, television and print media. He is an experienced Relationship Manager at Compassion Australia with a demonstrated history of working for non-profit organisations. He is skilled in
working with non-profit organisations, broadcasting, advertising, event management, writing, editing, and public speaking. 

For five years, Rodney worked in a support role within the W.A. Education Department.

He has previously served on the WA Board and National Council of the Bible Society of Australia, as well as being a previous member of the Council of Baptist Churches Western Australia and of Citizen Advocacy Eastern Suburbs.

Rodney has served in church leadership for many years, including at Southern River Church of Christ where he currently attends with his wife.

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster, who has crossed Australia six times by bicycle.

Name: Renier van der Klashorst

Position: Board member

About: Renier is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. As a passionate follower of Jesus, he is compelled to share the great news of the gospel in his role as lead pastor of Thornlie Church of Christ, the founding church of Providence Christian College. He has been a board member since 2015. 

Renier, qualified as pastor in South Africa with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology. He is married to his beautiful bride Marguerite and have three children of which two are still in Providence Christian College.  Last but not least is the family’s favourite dog, Max. 

He loves the outdoors, 4wding and exploring this magnificent country with long road trips.

Name: Trevor Beard

Position: Board member

About: Trevor Beard has been a part of the Board since 2011, when he was invited to join by his home church, Thornlie Church of Christ. His desire is to see young people taught and shown the way of Christ and God’s Plan for their lives. He brings a variety of skills from working in Management Roles in a number of different industries including Travel and Tourism, Freight and Logistics, Construction and Rail. Never too old to take up a new challenge, currently he is completing an Adult Electrical Apprenticeship.

Trevor and his wife Karen are the WA Region Managers of MMM Australia, whose Centre is built on the College grounds, demonstrating a passion to “Serve those whose Serve” through this practical ministry. They have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren who often can be seen at the Centre making it a very crowded house.

If you can’t find Trevor at home it is most likely you will hear him around the streets, passing time with a ride on his Harley Davidson Fatboy.

Name: Dave Stevens

Position: Board member

About: Currently serving as the State Executive Officer for Christian Schools Australia, Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having taught and lead in a range of schools and countries. Dave is enthusiastic about most things, especially Christian educational. Previously he served for 12 years as the Executive Principal of Alta-1. Dave was a 2015 Churchill Fellowship recipient where he explored root causes for student
disengagement from education.

Dave’s knowledge across a broad range of specialist areas, educational sectors and contexts, is evidenced in his ability to develop alternative programs that meet the needs of the students and teachers whilst addressing the requirements of legislation. His work is internationally recognized for the significant impact that Alta-1 College is having on
student engagement, and his passion for Relational Schools will assist all schools in student wellness and retention.

Kerry & Dave have been married for 30yrs and have 5 young men they call sons and have been foster parents for over 12yrs. Family, friends, good food, raucous laughter and the love of his Heavenly Father are close to this large man’s heart.

Name: Elisabeth Chieng

Position: Board member

About: Elisabeth (EJ) Chieng was appointed to the Board in 2019 and is a former student of Providence Christian College.

She currently works in stakeholder engagement and has more than 10 years’ experience in strategic marketing, communications, stakeholder relations and program management across the private and public sector. She holds a Bachelor of Communications, with a double major in journalism and public relations from Murdoch University. 

Elisabeth is married with a daughter, and is actively involved with her church community at KingdomCity Canning Vale.

Name: Rob Greaves

Position: Board Treasurer

About: Rob Greaves has been a Board member of the College since February 2018 and the Treasurer since January 2019. 

Rob is a fully qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants ANZ. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia and has over 9 years of professional experience working in Financial Accounting and Advisory. 

Rob is married and likes to spend his free time cooking, travelling and getting out and about with his very active Australian Shepherd.

 

Name:Megan Yazdani

Position: Board member

About: Megan Yazdani was appointed to the Board in 2019 and is a former student of Providence Christian College.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Advertising from Curtin University. She began her career working at Marketforce advertising agency.

She is passionate about young people and was previously employed as a youth worker for the largest church youth ministry in Perth. Here she ran self-esteem and outreach programs in local high schools including Providence.

In her spare time Megan runs a small side hustle, Fremantle Food Tours, that takes locals and tourists around Fremantle’s hidden food scene.

Megan has been married to her husband for eleven years and has two beautiful children. Her family is actively involved at Kingdomcity Church in Canning Vale.