Jackie Rylance – President
Originally from the UK, Jackie moved to Australia with young children and enjoys this amazing country with its fabulous lifestyle. Jackie has a corporate sales and recruitment background and has hosted many Au Pairs and was also an Au Pair in Italy in her younger days! Jackie regularly travels to Europe and has an in depth understanding of international Au Pair Programs and the cultural benefits they bring,
As a busy mum she really understands the value the Au Pair program brings to both families and young people seeking a cultural exchange.
As a proud member of CAPAA, Jackie is committed to setting high industry standards for the Au Pair Program in Australia to achieve best outcomes for Au Pairs and Families.
Inquiries: Jackie Rylance email@example.com / 0488 014 055
Nicole Kofkin – Secretary
Nicole is the program Director at Smart Au Pairs | Educational Exchange and has been matching au pairs with families for over 15 years now.
Originally from the Netherlands, Nicole lived in 5 European countries and has successfully hosted many au pairs when her own children were younger. She founded Smart Au Pairs in the UK and in Australia . Smart Au Pairs | Education Exchange is now part of Travel Active in the Netherlands. For more than 30 years, Travel Active has been helping young people organise their educational gap year experience, offering a wide range of top quality programs.
As a proud founding member of CAPAA, Nicole is committed to get official recognition for the au pair program as Cultural Exchange.
Nicole Kofkin firstname.lastname@example.org 02 9451 3888
Heather Smaellie – Treasurer
Heather Smaelie was born in the UK and is a founding member of CAPAA. Considered a pioneer in introducing au pairs to the families of Perth, she started the first Western Australian Au Pair Agency in 2001. Heather has lived in New Zealand and Australia and worked in shipping, IT and investment and has coordinated homestay placements and study group tours for language schools. She has also recruited international students to study in Western Australia, hosted many International students herself, and was a volunteer assistant and fundraising coordinator for 12 years with Camp Quality. Heather has always enjoyed working with youth from all countries and is proud to welcome them to Australia and show them our beautiful country and culture, our unique lifestyle.