Meet The Team

Rachel Heffernan – Creativity and Partnerships Coordinator

Hi everyone I’m Rachel and I’m the Creativity and Partnership Coordinator at Karratha Community House. I have lived in Karratha since 2019 with my partner and two children.

I have worked with children for over 15 years and have a huge passion for child development, inclusion, play based learning and communication with families and the community. I take my responsibility caring for your children and guiding their growth very seriously and love to upskill my knowledge whenever I can. I have worked in the Child-Care industry, opened and managed OSHC services and am currently studying my Cert 4 in Education Assistant Special Needs.

I love to do board games, read books and crafts with my kids and we explore Karratha as a family on the weekends. I love big trees, the ocean and rainbows. I hope that you will come and say hi.

Renee Woolcott – Office Administrator

Hi my name is Renee and I’ve been working at KCH since 2017 as a Program Facilitator. I currently facilitate Ready Set School, Parent Child Mother Goose LOTE, Once Upon a Time and our new program called Little Explorers.

I hold a Diploma in Children Services and I have been working with children for over 20 years and I LOVE it. I enjoy being able to share my skills and passion and watching the children play, grow, learn, develop friendships and most importantly have FUN! The connections I have formed with the parents and the children are what I cherish the most.

I am married and have 2 boys who are both in full time school and we moved to Karratha from NSW over 7 years ago and we love the Karratha lifestyle, especially when it’s not too hot and we can enjoy the outdoors and go camping!

I LOVE coffee, spending time with my family, catching up with friends and riding my new bike.

I look forward to seeing you around KCH!

Jamila Jeewa – Facilitator

Hi, My name is Jamila and I am a Facilitator at Karratha Community House, I would be seen having fun at one of these awesome programmes we have, Playtime, Little Explorers, Sensory Sensations and Ready, Set, School.

I have a degree in Human Resource Management and currently studying Early Childhood Education which I am most passionate about. I love working with kids at this young age and being a mum to two young kids myself, I enjoy connecting, watching and helping children develop their confidence through play.

We have been attending the programmes at KCH as a member since 2014 and has definitely made a positive impact on us and in the community to have a place to go to have fun, learn and interact with other families and now we have some amazing friendships.

I enjoy cooking, reading and travelling with my family.

I look forward to seeing you and your children at KCH.

Jessica Katte – Facilitator


My name is Jess and I’ve been working with Karratha Community House since 2018!

I have the pleasure of assisting in Ready, Set, School program, as well as, leading Sensory Sensations and Playtime programs here at KCH.
I am a mum of 2 beautiful girls, aged 7 and 2. I have 11 years of working in early childhood and hold a Certificate III Children’s Services.

I love working at Karratha Community House because it’s such a fun and enjoyable place to be. We are like a big family and I have made some lifelong friends during my time here. Getting to know the children and their families is so rewarding and as a parent myself, I appreciate how important the relationships between children, families and our staff is.

Outside of KCH, you will find me either at gym, on the netball court or spending some quality time with my family exploring all of what the Pilbara has to offer!

Jessica Walford – Facilitator

My name is Jess Walford and I’ve been working as a Lead Facilitator for KCH since 2019, though I have been working with children for 8 years.

I have been living in Karratha with my husband for 10 years now, We have three children and they are my everything. We absolutely love the Pilbara and the community spirit.

Our younger two both attended the KCH Ready, Set, School program and they loved it and took so much from the program, I love everything that KCH stands for and offers the community and had to become a part of that.

I’m a local artist & small business owner and love being outdoors, boating & camping!

Kylie Taff – Facilitator

My name is Kylie, I have a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and have taught from Kindergarten through to Year 2.

I have such a passion for early years education and am a big advocate of children learning through play in the early years.

I have been attending KCH as a member since 2014. I began by attending the casual playgroups and then started attending the wonderful Bookworms program.

KCH has had such an impact on the early years of motherhood for me. It has enabled me to get out of the house in those early newborn days, connecting with other parents and building many relationships for both myself and my children.

We love the place so much we have even hired the rooms for our children’s birthday parties! As a family we have always felt welcomed and I now feel so honoured to be part of this amazing team.

Maria Mori – Facilitator

I currently help facilitate Ready, Set, School and Playtime.

I have been a member of KCH for a couple of years prior, attending the many amazing programmes on offer.

I feel so lucky to now be working in the programmes and working along side the facilitators my children grew to love.

Having a passion for art, design and crafts I operate Whisk and Glue, an after school cooking and craft activity group out of KCH as well as facilitate for events such as the Cossack Art Awards.

I really love watching the children use their creativity and imagination through art as well play.

Pooja Raval – Facilitator

Hi everyone,

My name is Pooja and I have been in Karratha for more than 6 years. I have 2 kids aged 4 and 8. I am a Program Facilitator for the after school programs “Science Club” and “Be Part of Art” at Karratha Community House. I started working at KCH in 2021.

I used to work as casual program assistant briefly and thus familiar with Karratha Community House. I am glad to be part of team and looking forward to meeting you all. I am very excited to embark on this journey with you at KCH.

Smitha Rallapallil – Facilitator

My name is Smitha Rallapalli and I have had the privilege of being a part of Karratha Community House since 2020. After spending eight years teaching Kindergarten classes, I was excited to expand my role at KCH.

Together with a team of amazing and creative staff members, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.

At KCH, we know that play is a child’s most important work, and we strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them.

Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!

Tammy Perger – Facilitator

Hi I’m Tammy and I have about 30 years experience in child education and care ( argh that makes me feel old lol). I have one beautiful little miracle who started full time school this year. I LOVE butterflies and have been lucky enough to have traveled the world.

I have been working with KCH since 2020 and can’t wait to meet all of you in our programs.