Meet the team!
Christine Parfitt BSc Hons (1st), PhD Candidate
Christine is a Founder and Managing Director of Bottle for Botol and came up with the idea when she was living in West Bali with local teacher, Pak Yasa, and his wife. Christine has a background in Marine Science and extensive experience in turtle conservation. She is now heading up the charity in Australia and completing a PhD in Environmental Education in Australia and Indonesia.
Christine loves surfing, running and generally being outside, she's a passionate environmentalist and loves leading the impact that Bottle for Botol is having in Australia and Indonesia.
Cassidy began volunteering with Bottle for Botol after returning from an AYAD assignment in Kendari, Sulawesi which exposed him to the incredible beauty and majesty of Indonesia with its contrasting and extensive environmental concerns. He's a passionate surfer and ocean lover and was overwhelmed by the vast quantities of marine debris and poor awareness towards littering that he encountered in Indonesia.
Upon returning to Australia he realised how privileged we are and felt he had an obligation to help the incredible people of Indonesia to preserve their marine and coastal ecologies. He is now one of our board members and thoroughly enjoys working with motivated people who want to make the world a better place, living an active life and travelling.
"As long as I can enjoy a clean ocean and share it with future generations I will be a happy man."
Pak Yasa has a very important role in the Bottle for Botol program, he was the first teacher involved in the program. He has been teaching at SMP 1 Mendoyo (Mendoyo junior high school) for 25 years. He works tirelessly for the students at this school, donating after school hours and days off to assisting students such as SISPALA (Students who Love Nature). He leads SISPALA activities such as bird watching camps, cleaning up the environment, and protecting turtle eggs.
Pak Yasa is passionate about inspiring young people to be adventurous, to enjoy their environment and to be responsible for it. He teachers by example that this is not the time to wait for someone else to do what we can do ourselves, he inspires students to take the lead in managing their environment, but always with a sense of fun.
Pak Yasa’s hobbies include mountain climbing, and caring for his farm.
Pak Yasa adalah seseorang yang mempunyai peran penting dalam program Bottle for Botol karena beliau adalah guru pertama yang terlibat dengan program ini. Beliau sudah mengajar di SMP 1 Mendoyo selama 25 tahun. Pak Yasa adalah pembina ekstrakurikuler SISPALA. Sepulang sekolah dan hari libur beliau mendampingi siswa-siswa SISPALA melakukan kegiatan berkemah, mengamati burung, membersikan lingkungan, konservasi telur penyu dan lain-lain. Pak Yasa sangat bersemangat menginspirasi anak-anak muda untuk berpetualang menikmati lingkungan mereka dan bertanggung jawab untuk menjaga kebersihan lingkungan. Beliau berkata “ini bukanlah waktu untuk menunggu orang lain,lakukan hal-hal yang bisa kita lakukan sendiri”. Beliau juga menginspirasi siswa-siswa untuk merawat lingkungannya dengan cara yang menyenangkan. Hobi Pak Yasa adalah mendaki gunung dan merawat tanaman.
Herni is our superstar Indonesian Education Program Co-ordinator. She has a degree in English Literature and an extensive background in environmental education. Herni fell in love with environmental programs while working at PPLH (the Centre for Environmental Education) in East Java and has been living in Bali since 2007. Herni is passionate about encouraging the next generation to reduce their single-use plastic consumption. She believes students are more likely to make positive changes if they can have fun while they’re learning. Herni has been invaluable in revising and adapting the Bottle for Botol program for Primary, Junior High and Senior High Schools in Bali.
Herni loves hiking, writing stories, drawing and reading.
I Wayan Gde Samping Gargitha, SPi
Dode recently graduated from Aquatic Resources Management at the Faculty of Marine and Fisheries, Udayana University. He was the most talented student in his university in 2014. After meeting Christine at a Fisheries Improvement Project Workshop and expressing his interest in plastic waste issues, Dode joined the team as School Communications Officer. He works tirelessly to support teachers in Denpasar and Nusa Lembongan, joining classes and reporting to the Education Program Coordinator. In his spare time, Dode loves everything about music. He can play the guitar, bass, drum, djembe, cajon, harmonica and a lot of Balinese traditional music as well. He also loves making documentary videos, and we are lucky enough to have him as our resident videographer.
Rai Ayu Saraswati
Saras is a recent graduate student from Udayana University, with a major in Aquatic Management Resources. Since 2012, she has focused her interests on aquatic ecosystems, particularly in coastal environments. Saras was an eager student, getting involved in projects on microbiology, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic resource management and marine biology. She has worked with Conservation International and Marine Megafauna Foundation conducting socio-economic surveys, local stakeholder interviews and research into micro-plastics. Saras is the Research Officer at Bottle for Botol, helping to collate and evaluate data from student workbooks, interviewing teachers and generally being a fabulous team member. She is keen to keep learning and continue her education with a Master's degree.
Melissa Aldenhoven BSc DipEd
Melissa is the Australian Program Manager working out of Melbourne to help deliver our Complete and Taster Programs to Australian schools but is always happy to tell anyone about the great work done by the team at Bottle for Botol. As well as being a wife and mother of two, Melissa worked as a Science and Maths teacher for many years while indulging her passion for horse riding, playing with her dogs and always looking after the Australian bush. She remembers fondly the pristine beaches she used to surf on as a child and wants everyone in the world to be able to experience clean air, sand and water too.
Mitch Longhurst BUrbanEnvPlan
Mitch arrived in Bali in 2014 to take up the role of Bottle for Botol's Environmental Education Program Coordinator through the Australian Government's AVID program. He worked closely with Pak Yasa, Pak Arta and Pak Bagus, who are teachers in the program in West Bali. Mitch spent three days a week visiting the schools in West Bali and supporting the BFB teachers. The rest of the week was spent in Denpasar assisting with new schools in Denpasar joining the program. During his time in Bali he organised a three day teacher training workshop for teachers from 10 schools in Denpasar and West Bali. Mitch was instrumental in introducing Bottle for Botol and creating partnerships with organisations and schools in Bali. His enthusiasm, friendly and genuine approach was invaluable in creating a positive legacy for BfB in Bali. Mitch recently moved back to Queensland and now works in water catchment management for City of Gold Coast. Prior to his role with Bottle for Botol Mitch was an Urban and Environmental Planner for the City of Gold Coast.
A keen surfer and all round ocean lover Mitch is passionate about keeping our oceans and beaches plastic free for the next generation.
Sam Ferrier BEnv, MSocSc
Sam was the Australian Program Manager, working with our Australian schools to deliver both the taster and the complete program. After completing a Masters in International Urban and Environmental Management she was introduced to Bottle for Botol and was immediately drawn to the work and vision of the organisation.
Upon visiting Bali and numerous other countries that lacked efficient waste management facilities, Sam was disturbed by the sheer amount of plastic and rubbish polluting the beaches, waterways and road sides. Sam lives in Melbourne and grew up in Moama, NSW. She is passionate about cooking, yoga, travelling (of course) and permaculture.
Ali Capp BA (Hons), MSocSc (IntDev)
Ali is a Founding Board Member of Bottle for Botol. Ali has completed a Masters in International Development and has eight years of experience working in a variety of different development contexts, including with UNDP in Timor-Leste and local NGOs based in Bali and Jakarta, with much of her work focusing on grassroots community development and women's empowerment.
Ali loves the surf, is passionate about keeping our oceans healthy and is particularly interested in how education can empower young people to take action.