We are excited to announce the Rotaract Australia MDIO Executive for 2015-16. The team are very excited to support our ongoing initiatives such as ARC, Rotaract Games, Rotaract Training, Merchandise, Movember, Australian Rotaract Awards & more. We have many ideas to help Rotaractors make a bigger and better impact on the community and their own lives, so stay tuned!

Meet the team below.

Jake Weragoda PHFJake image


Rotaract Club: Sydney City Rotaract, District 9675

Rotaract History: I started out at Rotaract UNSW in 2007, taking on lots of roles including President. I joined SCR in 2012. I have been DRR and held Rotary roles at District level, and with some of the New Generations Programs. I was elected Secretary of Rotaract Australia in 2012 and instigated RotarACTION AU magazine & our partnership with Movember.

Nickname: Goda, Derek

Anything fun away from Rotaract? I play a lot of cricket. I have been married to Bec since 2013 and we’re building a house!

Something unique about you? I have a 1963 Mini, inspired by Mr. Bean


Travis Holland PHFTravis

Vice Chairperson

Rotaract Club: Rotaract Club of the Southern Highlands, District 9710

Rotaract History: I joined Rotaract in March 2009 at University of Wollongong RAC. I have held the roles of Vice President, President, Secretary, District Rotaract Representative and District Social Media Chair

How about work? I am a tutor and PhD Candidate at the University of Wollongong

Anything fun away from Rotaract? Pop culture geek

Something unique about you? My wife and I both talked about our favourite television shows in our individually written vows, which were secret until the ceremony.

Brett Sham PHFBrett


Rotaract Club: Lower North Shore Rotaract, District 9685

Rotaract History: I joined Rotaract in 2011 and have served two terms as Treasurer for Rotaract Australia, two terms as DRR, 2 as District Treasurer. I was a Sydney 2014 Rotaract Host Committee members, conference & training presenter, District RYLA and international RYLA facilitator, and charter member Lower North Shore Rotaract.

How about work? Management Consultant with PwC

Nickname: Shamwow

Anything fun away from Rotaract? Not much time between work and Rotaract, but perhaps, cooking, photography and partying

Something unique about you? I’ve won Rotaract games twice – 2012 with Lower North Shore Rotaract and 2015 with Blue Steel


Brittany KearneyBritt


Rotaract Club: Peninsula Rotaract Club in Frankston, District 9820

Rotaract History: I was a charter member of Peninsular Rotaract in 2010 and have served as Club Social Director, Secretary & President. I am currently DRR for 9820.

How about work? I have a BSc. and have just finished my Masters of Secondary Teaching (Science & Biology). I’m currently working for a textbook company and tutoring on the side.

Anything fun away from Rotaract? I like to play netball, go the gym, and read.

Something unique about you? I recently started aerial hoop dancing classes


Holstein WongHolstein

Public Relations & Marketing Director

Rotaract Club: Macquarie University Rotaract

Rotaract History: I joined Mac Uni Rotaract in 2009 and have served as Secretary, Events & Vice President, along with a role as Secretary on the District board. This is my second term as PR & Marketing Director for Rotaract Australia.

How about work?  I’m a Graduate Processing Engineer for BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA). I work in the CHPP (Coal Handling and Preparation Plant) at Blackwater Mine.

Anything fun away from Rotaract? I like doing yoga and learning different styles of dance

Something unique about you? I’m a Morris dancer (English folk dancing) and have performed in Wales, New Zealand, and folk festivals around Australia.


MichaelMichael Shields PHF

Immediate Past Chairperson

Rotaract Club: Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley

Rotaract History: I have held lots of roles, including President & Secretary, DRR, Southern Region Representative & obviously Chair of Rotaract Australia!

Nickname: Shieldsy

Anything fun away from Rotaract? People do stuff outside of Rotaract? I play soccer. Watch Collingwood. Hang out with family and friends.