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Management Committee


Tia Richards


Tia is a Wiradjuri woman who is an acclaimed Aboriginal artist and business owner.

Tia has been a member on Sisters Inside’s Steering Committee for over 20 years.

Tia was elected as the President of Sisters Inside’s Management Committee. She is the first formerly incarcerated woman elected onto a Management Committee as President.  

Tia runs her own successful business with her partner. An artist, an inspirational leader.

Tia was an integral part of the development of Sisters Insides values and vision in 1999.

She has been an active part of Sisters Inside’s vision and direction of our organisation for over 20 years.

Kris Olsson

Vice President

Sisters Inside’s elected Vice President. Kris has been on our management committee for over 20 years and is a gate keeper of Sisters Inside’s values and vision. A world without prisons. A world where every woman and girl is free.

Kris studied journalism at the University of Queensland and went on to write for The Australian, The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail, the Sydney Sunday Telegraph and Griffith Review.

Her first novel In One Skin was published by the University of Queensland Press in 2001.

Kris has written many more books since 2001. She won the 2013 Queensland Literary Award for Best Nonfiction and the Nita Kibble Literary Award.

Kris has also worked as a government advisor, and as a teacher of creative writing and journalism. She supervises and mentors post-graduate writing students and also works as a manuscript assessor and editor.

Kris is a passionate, dedicated, inspirational woman and we look forward to 20 more years of amazing work at Sisters Inside.

Luana Sanders


Luana Sanders (nee Coolwell) is a direct descent of – the Munanjhalli, the Gooreng Gooreng and the Ghungalu people.

Luana has 30+ years with companies in Australia and the USA, government, non-government, community based and corporate. Proven history in the areas of community engagement specialising in Indigenous Engagement, communication, facilitation, Indigenous Procurement and Indigenous Employment.

She is excited to be part of the Sisters Inside family and help break down the enormous power imbalance that women in prison struggle with.

Sharnee Hegarty

Committee Member

Sharnee Hegarty is a Gunggari/Wulkurukaba Woman, with family connections to Mitchell and Cherbourg Qld. She is a mother, a wife, a sister and an Aunty, who descends from a long line of powerful, knowledgable Matriarchs.

With extensive experience in Cultural Capability training, Policy, Health, Maternity & birthing, youth justice & employment. Her focus has been on specific collaboration & inclusion of Aboriginal people and ensuring culturally appropriate services and engagement.  

Sharnee has completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) and is currently completing a Bachelor of Law Honours, as her aspiration is to be a Black voice in policy and legislation making procedures for Aboriginal people, to ensure their voices are elevated.

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