Emma Gwiazda

Emma joined the RDA Team in May 2018. Emma brings experience from starting and continuing to run a small local business in the Riverland with her husband, and is passionate about small businesses and expanding local business owners knowledge to help them grow to achieve their goals. Emma has come with experience working in the…

RDAMR Staff Sandy Iosofellas

Regional Development Manager, Value Added Agriculture and Services

Sandy joined RDAMR in January 2017, bringing experience across private and government-funded sectors in the wine, horticulture, tourism, hospitality, and social service industries.

RDAMR staff Cathy Clemow

Career Development Practitioner

Cathy has a passion for education, having worked in the sector for decades across roles including promotion and marketing, fundraising and development, and Vocational Education and Training (VET). Cathy coordinated Alice Spring’s VET Youth2Work programme, before taking on the Regional Industry Career Advisor role, servicing a huge region from the border up to Katherine. Having…

RDAMR Staff Vanessa Lielbelt

Regional Development Manager, Innovation and Growth

Vanessa joined the RDA team in April 2016, and has since taken on her current role based in the Murray Bridge office. Previously, Vanessa operated a small business with her husband for 10 years, which offered strategic planning and implementation, business development, and skills and training services to private enterprises and Indigenous organisations.

Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive

Sheryl joined the team in July 2016. A dedicated professional, Sheryl enjoys helping people achieve their goals. With extensive experience in administration in private and local government roles, her aim is to build strong relationships with the RDAMR Board, staff and collaborators in the region. With a passion for the environment, biodiversity, and farming and…

RDAMR staff Bruce Mellett

Regional Development Manager, Capability

Bruce started with RDAMR in October 2016, bringing more than 30 years of media and leadership experience as the former Regional Manager of the ABC in the Riverland.

RDAMR staff Jarrod Bielby

Regional Development Manager, Logistics and Infrastructure

Jarrod joined the team in February 2017. With a strong work history in personal and business banking, real estate, management and sales, Jarrod provides a high level of quality business advisory services.

Chief Executive

Appointed in July 2015, Jo brings significant leadership skills and strong commercial acumen to RDA Murraylands and Riverland, backed by extensive experience in both public and private sectors across Australia. Jo’s experience and knowledge gleaned from her past Board and Executive roles, including for the South Australian Tourism Commission and Coca-Cola Amatil, are an invaluable…