Our Staff

We're lucky to have some talented and dedicated people help us build 

DevettDevett Kennedy

Devett Kennedy (nee O'Brien) is the Lead Organiser of the Queensland Communitty Alliance, after joining the Alliance in 2015 as an organiser.  He is the former Secretary-General of the International Young Catholic Students movement, a global movement of 3.5 million members.

Devett is active in the St Maximillien Kolbe Catholic Parish in Marsden. He is passionate about connecting faith with everyday life in a spirit of contemplation and action.

He has over 15 years experience in developing ordinary citizens as transformative leaders in their own lives, their communities and the broader society through values-based social action.

Devett is based in Logan

e: devett@qldcommunityalliance.org


Elise G

Elise Ganley

Elise joined the Queensland Community Alliance as an organiser in 2017 and comes to us from the Spencer Gulf of regional South Australia. 

Elise is a former National Co-ordinator of the Australian Young Christian Students movement, and has been a member of the Australian Catholic Youth Council since 2013. She has a background in engaging the public face-to-face in the development and fundraising work of World Vision Austalia. 

Elise recently graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws/Arts and was exposed to the work of one of our sister Alliances, Citizens UK, when studying at the University of Nottingham in 2016. 

e: elise@qldcommunityalliance.org



 Former Staff: 

Elise G

Dave Copeman

Dave Copeman was the founding Lead Organiser of the Queensland Community Alliance and was instrumental to creating the organisation. He has previously worked as a human rights campaigner for Amnesty International in Queensland and East Africa, and was first inspired to work on human rights after volunteering with the Movement for Democratic Change, the political opposition in Zimbabwe, in 2002-2004.

Dave Copeman stepped down as Lead Organiser on June 30 2018 to travel to Spain with his family and take a break to write about organising. 



Irena Bukhshtaber 

Irena joined the Queensland Community Alliance in April 2017 as communications coordinator. She's passionate about sharing our stories and helping the alliance grow into a powerful organisation throughout the state.

Irena has worked in communications, PR and community engagement for 20+ years. She moved from Victoria in 2015 where she had been Communications Manager for a number of peak non-profits inc. Volunteering Australia and Clean Energy Council. Irena has also worked as a communications and community engagement consultant for the City of Melbourne, SKM, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Bendigo Bank Community Branches. 

Irena has a deep commitment to volunteering & strong communities. She runs Green Drinks Brisbane, Green Picnic Brisbane and trains community groups in running media, social media & social marketing campaigns. She has provided many nonprofits, schools and charities with pro bono support and advice.

Irena's contract concluded in May 2018 and she continues to support the Alliance and it's members.

PJ Humphreys and Jason MacLeod 

Jason and PJ organised with the Alliance in 2014-15, building the beginnings of the Logan District and building up to our Inala Assembly on June 2015. Both contributed significantly to the early growth of the organisation, and left to continue with their respective passions of community development and supporting liberation struggles.  


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