RYLA Oceania Co-Founder & Community Projects Lead

Hi I’m Bec, RYLA Oceania Co-Founder and Community Program Lead.

I attended RYLA back in 2008 in Rotary District 9690, served on the Leadership Team including as RYLA Director for six years and attended International RYLA in 2014. It’s been a long-time dream to build a national leadership program and it’s incredible to have RYLA Oceania coming to life!

I have a background in Corporate Social Responsibility and recently started a new role in Strategic Planning on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. My passion is empowering people to create the change they want to see in the world and I’m grateful to have been able to work towards this through my personal and professional life.

Have recently become a proud parent to a 3-year-old Labrador Jack Russell cross named Roland! In my down time, I enjoy getting outside for a run, hike or ride. Have aspirations over the next six months to surf and conquer UTA50! I love pina coladas and am not at all a fan of being caught in the rain. Give me the sun and summer anytime!


RYLA Oceania Co-Founder & Mentor Program Lead

Nickname: Benny Mac

Profession: Business Owner

RYLA Cohort: District 9675, 2014

Favourite Christmas Movie: The Pink Panther with Steve Martin 

I’m a proud Queenslander living in Sydney. I’m grateful that I’ve lived the two dreams I made at high school – one was being a fund manager, the other was buying my own business. My primary philosophy is that “you are a leader in every moment”. RYLA has been a passion since I attended in 2014, and seeing the regional program launch after years of planning is very fulfilling. The RYLA Oceania team has been sensational. 

My holiday destination of choice is Hawaii. I also have two passions that seem to cancel each other out, which are a love of exercise and a love of ice-cream… My driving motivation with RYLA is to realise the potential of this amazing network. 


Communications Lead

Nickname: Gem

Profession: Soon to be Lawyer

RYLA Cohort: 2017

Favourite Food: Chicken Schnitzel

Hi everyone! I’m the one who has been incessantly emailing you, so hopefully you haven’t found me too annoying already!

I have just graduated from my double degree in law and international studies and currently working as a Graduate at Law in a Sydney firm. I am a strong fan of Rap and RnB. I’m very loud but I’ll blame that on growing up with a very italian family.

RYLA has been an incredible and thankfully a continual journey for me. I was our program director for district 9675 in 2019 and have thoroughly enjoyed creating and developing the RYLA Oceania program. My ideal weekend includes a gym session, coffee by the beach, a strong nap and finishing it off with dinner and drinks with friends. If you call me Gem I’ll consider us best friends but if you call me Jemima, you’re cancelled x


Logistics Lead

Hi i’m Gen! I’m a Physiotherapist and Project Officer in the public hospital system, and recently completed a Master of Public Health.

My Rotary involvement began in 2011 at my local RYLA in northern Sydney, which inspired me to become involved in Rotaract, my local RYLA facilitation team and RYPEN. This year I’m privileged to be a program coordinator for my local RYPEN, and both the logistics co-ordinator and a facilitator for RYLA Oceania.

I love the diversity and enthusiasm within the RYPEN and RYLA teams, and can’t wait to meet our RYLA Oceania 2020 cohort! Outside work and youth Rotary programs I enjoy learning tap dancing, bush-walking and board games.


Leadership Curriculum Lead

Nickname: G or Gracie
Profession: Human Capital / Learning & Development
RYLA Cohort: 2017

“My name is Grace and I like markets, The Grounds of Alexandria, pop music and skim mochas. No one really knows what my last name is… I’m a bit of an enigma”Gemma Curcio

Seriously though, Hi I’m Grace. When I’m not at markets, socialising with friends over great food or participating in CARaoke, you will find me in North Sydney working for an engineering construction company in Human Capital / Learning & Development. From participant in 2017 to Leadership team in 2018 to now being involved in RYLA Oceania. RYLA has been an incredible self discovery/development journey for me fueled by the passion to develop others along the way. I want to utilise my gifts to elevate and develop amazing people into incredible people.

My most adventurous holiday will be Antarctica in 2020. Can’t wait to see snow for the first time! My video streaming list consists of everything from Sci-Fi and Action to the Disney classics. My personal mantra is “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and work in progress simultaneously”


Marketing Lead

Hi I’m Jack, the guy behind the website & RYLA Oceania designs (or simply, the marketing).

I’m a little newer to the RYLA scene with my journey starting in 2017 as a participant, 2018 as a Team Leader & 2019/2020 as a presenter in Rotary District 9675.

I share a very special personal connection to RYLA and that’s what keeps me so inspired to help build this exciting program. My background is in marketing & communications, my passion is in mindfulness. I’m in to keeping fit and healthy but also cannot turn down a good gin & soda.

If you catch me singing Elton John, don’t act surprised!


Finance Lead

Hi I’m Clare. I’m the finance director for RYLA Oceania.

My RYLA experience started in 2018 in district 9700, and continued to 2019 when I campaigned for the first ever combined RYLA for districts 9700 and 9710.

I’ve been involved in Rotary since 2016 when I was charter president of the Rotaract Club of CSU Wagga Wagga. In my personal life I’ve just graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting and began working in the corporate world.

I love to travel and have a bad habit of buying too many handbags from Colette by Colette Hayman. I’m also a massive Harry Potter nerd and a proud Ravenclaw.