Saretta is a Wanaruah woman and has lived most of her life in the Lake Macquarie area. She is a dedicated family woman and has committed herself to improving the lives of Indigenous people in the Hunter region for over 20 years.
Saretta is a pioneering member of Yarnteen and was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2009, prior to this she held senior management positions in both the Awabakal Aboriginal Cooperative and Yarnteen College as well as playing an active role as a business partner in a family business which she continues to do. Recently Saretta has also launched her own business, to accommodate the commercial success of her artwork.
Growing up in a family with an Aboriginal father and non Aboriginal mother provided Saretta with a strong connection to two very different and often conflicting cultures. Yet these experiences motivated her to follow a career devoted to finding new ways to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.
Saretta is passionate and committed to seeing the Aboriginal community advance towards economic and social inclusion. She believes that through unity, vision and planning, we can achieve a sustainable future that embraces reconciliation and is rich in economic opportunity.