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MEET THE FOUNDER

AND DIRECTORS

THE POSITIVE CHANGE CATALYSTS

Passionate about helping individuals develop mental strength and 'positive mental health' to thrive!

The founder of the BE UNSTOPPABLE FOUNDATION and supporting directors have a passion for servicing the community to create positive change. These individuals have personally experienced 'adverse mental health' and understand the power of developing psychological strength to combat the illness, and live a healthy and fulfilled life with meaning. 

 

The directors have a heightened level of self-awareness, and the integrity, empathy and qualified skills needed to help people achieve their personal and professional goals. Each member of the BE UNSTOPPABLE team is unstoppable in their DRIVE to help people learn, plan, apply and achieve positive and sustainable change, for a mentally healthy life.

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DEE RAQUEL JOMA

Founder - Executive Director

ICF Professional Certified Coach

Trainer - Facilitator - Speaker

BENITA SAMAHA

Director

Training Coach

Program Facilitator

TONY BONANNO

Director - Secretary

Business Coach

Life Coach

KIRSTEN BARNETT

Director

Counsellor - Life Coach

Program Facilitator

CAROLYN ALTMAN

Director

Foundation Support

Program Coordinator

After a series of multiple personal tragedies and professional setbacks, Dee started coaching while living in New York. Being resilient after so many challenges made her realise that she wanted nothing more than to help others 'get back on track', to develop a strong state of mind and work on achieving goals. She is passionate about being part of a process that works with people in pursuit of personal and professional advancement.

 

“My professional experience, over 24 years, stems from the corporate world, with 10 of those years running a successful marketing business. I have worked with a wide variety of CEO's, directors, executives and other personnel, as well as managing and developing a large number of employees, coaching them on leadership skills, effective communication styles, team work, goal achievement and personal and professional development.

My professional life was thriving, but my personal life was crumbling. I experienced personal tragedies such as the sudden suicidal death of my father, a failed marriage and financial betrayal by people I trusted. I drowned myself in work, but when the global financial crisis hit, my biggest client left a debt that crushed my business. I felt beaten and directionless in every area of life ... I felt alone with no escape. 

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ABOUT DEE ...
Dee Raquel Joma - BE UNSTOPPABLE COACHING Director

DEE RAQUEL JOMA

Founder - Executive Director

ICF Professional Certified Coach

Trainer - Facilitator - Speaker

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Despite having the talent to rebuild the business and recover from the loss, I no longer had a fire burning inside me ... the passion that created the successful business in the first place had died. In order to think about my next move, heal my mind and heart, and plan my future, I moved to New York. This was a turning point for me.

 

Spending hundreds of hours in Central Park, writing, reflecting, self-analysing and general soul searching, led me to a bookstore. I read books and journal articles about positive psychology, happiness, the law of attraction, counselling, psychology therapy and coaching. After almost a year, with effective self-treatment, I had released a lot of anger and resentment and forgiven many that hurt me. My mind was strong and I was ready to make some big decisions and changes. So, I closed my marketing business, sold my property and settled my debts. I started afresh with a clean slate.

 

I started coaching people as a way to pass-on what I had learnt, helping them view issues in their life from a new perspective, set goals, create plans and support them along the way. Being a positive change catalyst for these people was so fulfilling to me, that once again, I noticed that familiar feeling coming back ... passion!

 

I returned to Sydney to study a Bachelor of Coaching and Counselling with a focus on Positive Psychology, at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, to have a solid theoretical foundation to complement my personal and professional life experiences. Coaching came naturally to me, partly because I had managed so many people during my career, but also because I had empathy for so many situations. Coaching was rewarding, and I felt a huge surge of satisfaction and pride in being a part of someone’s success and development.

 

Having spent over two decades working with executives and teams of all sizes, I knew that my coaching skills could help many individuals, organisations and teams improve by strengthening their mindset, understanding their own psychology and the triggers for emotions and behaviour, teaching them skills for self empowerment, leadership and positive work cultures, and helping them focus on getting the best out of themselves and their people, to meet and exceed personal and business goals.

Dee Says ...

"My passion for helping people further developed over the past decade while working with my business, BE UNSTOPPABLE COACHING. So many individuals who sought my help were experiencing either personal or professional circumstances that created 'adverse mental health', compounded by the pandemic, which sadly, added this problem to children of all ages. I saw a huge need for an organisation that can offer more than an ear to listen to... I saw a need for an organisation that teaches the fundamentals of the psychological causes to 'adverse mental health' and the proven strategies to apply to combat those illnesses, coupled with the development of both knowledge and application of the practices to develop mental strength and 'positive mental health'. That insight and awareness was the reason I founded the BE UNSTOPPABLE FOUNDATION. An organisation I am highly passionate about, that can help everyone live a mentally healthy and happy life, using my skills to lead a wonderful and equally passionate team, that can create a positive legacy for all.”

Dee is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach, signifying high coaching competence and her commitment to professional standards in the coaching industry, earning the credibility conferred by the only globally recognised professional coaching credential. Dee is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology Groups, where continuous professional development is sustained and applied with all clientele. Dee has worked with numerous organisations on complete culture change and skill development of executives and staff, employee and customer-focused rewards programs, company vision and mission statement development, one-on-one executive coaching for personal and professional development, as well as a multitude of life coaching clients, to develop mental strength and 'positive mental health', to enhance certain life areas and achieve personal goals.

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Dee is a voice of inspiration, a model of strength and a true positive change catalyst to all who have crossed her path. Her extensive life, professional and educational experience is the foundation for her ability to effectively engage a crowd, creating an environment of reflection, learning, humour and motivation for positive change. 

Inspirational keynote speaking is tailor-made to client or event requirements, with personalised topics addressing mental health and the development of mental strength. Topics that can be covered include, but not limited to, the following:

 

  • Building 'Positive Mental Health'

  • Strengthening One's Mindset

  • Resilience

  • Dealing with Trauma or Disappointment

  • Dealing With Change

  • Creating a Mentally Healthy Work Culture

  • And more ...

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Benita has enjoyed a career in the advertising and marketing industry spanning over two decades. Her expertise lies in understanding human psychology and human behaviour, with the impact these influences have on organisational brands and campaign results.

Benita is highly passionate about helping people overcome the adverse effects of mental health, having personal experience of the impact of this disease with the suicidal death of her father, as well as the suicidal death of two other friends, knowing first hand the ripple effect that outcome has on oneself, family members, friends and the community at large.


Benita's passion about helping people develop mental strength and ask for help resulted in her organising multiple fundraises and a gala, to support Suicide Prevention Australia.

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ABOUT BENITA ...

BENITA SAMAHA

Director

Training Coach

Program Facilitator

The black-tie event was a huge success, inclusive of silent and live auctions and raffles, that raised thousands of dollars for the cause. Benita said, "I can't change what happened with my dad, but if the funding raised at the event saved the life of one person, then it was worth it". Benita is an active advocate for the awareness of adverse mental health, with a desire to support, educate and facilitate a space to combat this illness in all people, stating "it's critical for me to raise awareness about suicide and adverse mental health, to talk about it, to remove the stigma and identify the signs of people who need help".

Benita is a woman who has high levels of compassion and empathy, volunteering herself regularly to help and support organisations including FoodBank Australia and The Starlight Foundation. Her generous nature and kind heart enables her to connect with people easily, building relationships and helping others feel heard, valued and understood.

 

Benita is a valuable director for the BE UNSTOPPABLE FOUNDATION, working on completing her training to be certified as a collaborative coach, undergoing the BE UNSTOPPABLE Professional Collaboration Program. Benita is a strong advocate for the BE UNSTOPPABLE FOUNDATION, who works as a program facilitator to cultivate 'Positive Mental Health' in adults and kids.

In the early 1980’s, Tony nurtured his first career in the financial services sector, focusing on superannuation as an accredited Financial Planner, and eventually selling his practice in 1992. During that time, he utilised his studies in psychology to carve out a parallel career in personal and business development, commencing as an Instructor with Dale Carnegie Training in the late 80’s.

With extra study in neuroscience and behavioural profiling, Tony launched his own consultancy in the early 1990’s and developed it into its current form as the Value Selling Academy. Tony’s has personally trained thousands of salespeople, sales managers, and other executives to help them achieve sales excellence and exceed business goals.

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ABOUT TONY ...

TONY BONANNO

Director - Secretary

Business and Life Coach

By understanding his clients’ business purpose and the factors surrounding their business growth, he assists in the creation of the right development strategies to aid the business to achieve greater performance. Tony’s experience provides a multitude of valuable skills and expertise for his clients; Coaching, Sales Management & Leadership Development, Strategic Business Thinking, Maximising Sales & Account Potential, Sales Opportunity Management, Leveraging Social Media, Developing Business Acumen, Deal Reviews as well as Win / Loss Reviews. Some of his more recognisable clients include global businesses such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Oracle Corporation.

 

Tony is a devoted husband of 23 years, and a father to two young adults, well connected in his local community, and a proud Rotarian, most recently in 2018 as the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Gregory Hills. Tony is Accredited as a Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (2012) and an Accredited Consultant & Trainer in Extended DISC ® (2013).

Tony's passion for helping people stem far beyond his professional achievements, with tireless contribution to community causes, volunteering to help young adults develop leadership and being a valuable director for the BE UNSTOPPABLE FOUNDATION, to work towards a cause that will positively impact the lives of so many people.

Kirsten is a passionate and empathic practitioner with a real drive to support and empower people on their journey to greater self-awareness and holistic wellbeing. Kirsten’s initial education was focused on communications, social science, media production and gender studies, however she embarked on a professional life in education, dedicating over a decade to managing the development of tertiary and vocational curricula and supporting students to achieve their learning goals. Kirsten is also a Professional Coach and Facilitator having spent half a decade working on community programs for women, and leadership programs for teenagers.

More recently Kirsten is retraining as a Holistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the Metavision Institute and is registered as a Student Practitioner with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). 

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ABOUT KIRSTEN ...

KIRSTEN BARNETT

Director

Counsellor - Life Coach

Training Facilitator

Kirsten is an accredited Youth Mental Health First Aider (MHFA), who recognises the complexity of mental ill-health and the stressors of modern life on adults and young people. Through her holistic practice she provides a non-judgemental space for people to talk openly about their experiences, supports clients to unlock the door to their own inner wisdom, and empowers them to take positive action towards their goals. This unique combination of counselling and coaching allows for a truly person-centred and positive approach to healing.

 

Most importantly, Kirsten is a mother, a daughter, a sister, a partner, a friend and a leader. Kirsten has lived the experience of mental distress – both personally and in many of those close to her. She is an advocate for the removal of stigmatising attitudes towards mental illness, and believes that with better education, truth-telling and access to mental health support there can be hope for more positive outcomes in the lives of so many in our communities that are struggling. Kirsten's knowledge, extensive experience and qualifications make her valuable part of the foundation's team, supporting all people needing help through counselling and coaching, helping them heal and cultivate 'Positive Mental Health'. Kirsten is training to facilitate the UNSTOPPABLE KIDS program, targeted to the prevention of mental health symptoms for kids aged 7 to 17 years.

Carolyn has had a full and extremely varied life, equipping her with a wealth of wisdom, experience and empathy for all people. She has worked for 10 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry as a Regulatory Affairs Associate, helping get approval for pharmaceutical products in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. She then took a break from her professional career while she had her children and supported her husband in his work as a Pastor. Carolyn then re-entered the workforce into a different career, working for NRMA as their Business and Operations Manager, where she stayed until she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer at the young age of 34. Carolyn underwent treatment for the next 6 years, and during this time she realised that being a 'career executive' was no longer important to her. The diagnosis and experience had changed her life values.

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ABOUT CAROLYN ...

CAROLYN ALTMAN

Director

Program Support Coordinator

She trained to be an Ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation to assist with their fundraising efforts, and also as a Facilitator for the YWCA Encore program for breast cancer survivors. Carolyn had the privilege of being asked to share her emotional journey through breast cancer for a documentary for the YWCA, in order to help family and friends of newly diagnosed women understand what their loved ones may be going through, knowing first hand the impact this can have on a person's physical, emotional and mental health.

Once Carolyn’s cancer treatment was under control, she re-joined the workforce on a part-time basis to minimise the stress in her life and mindfully choosing to work in roles that were meaningful, providing assistance to help others reach their own potential. Her roles included being an Executive Assistant in the Association of Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT, and subsequently and EA at The Future Leader Group. Carolyn is currently taking a sabbatical year studying full-time for her Advanced Diploma of Ministry, that will allow her to continue in her work of supporting and caring for others, helping them to become all they were meant to be and live a meaningful life.

 

Carolyn has been married to Ian for over 30 years and they have two wonderful adult children. She has supported Ian while pastoring churches for over 25 years in both city and rural areas, and is a master packer and mover as a result! They are enjoying their decision to downsize to an apartment when they became empty-nesters, but absolutely look forward to family dinner night with their children and their partners every week.

Carolyn's passion for helping people is exceptional, with generous contribution to her friends, church and community causes. Her role as a Director for the BE UNSTOPPABLE FOUNDATION brings understanding, empathy, wisdom, experience to manage people and projects and the authenticity for best practice, enabling the foundation to positively impact the lives of so many people.

A TEAM FOR POSITIVE CHANGE

Unstoppable in their 'drive' to help people develop 'Positive Mental Health' and live well.

The directors of the BE UNSTOPPABLE FOUNDATION are blessed to have a team of passionate, talented,

qualified and experienced individuals, who work together to create positive change in the lives of others.