2012 Business Person of the Year - Penrith
Debbie O'Connor founded white river design in 2003. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Debbie majored in Graphic Design and Photography from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Her passion has always been in branding and packaging. With design experience that covers three continents, Debbie brings a diverse range of skills to the business.
Debbie is renowned for her creative thinking and her 'knack' for knowing just what the client wants and being able to design to their needs. A big believer of creating a Win/Win situation, Debbie ensures that her clients get the maximum benefit of her teams expertise and their outstanding level of customer service.
Debbie is the author of a children's booked called Andrew Potato Face which is aimed at encouraging children aged 2-6 to eat a healthy meal. Debbie settled in Australia in 2000 after marrying her Australian husband, David. They now have 2 gorgeous children and spend their free time taxiing them to and from their social activities!
Marnie Tomczyk joined white river design as a permanent member of the team in September 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Art History and Gender Studies from the University of Sydney as well as a Diploma in Graphic Design and Communications.
Marnie has extensive customer service experience which enables her to maintain and build client relationships. Not afraid of hard work, Marnie initially joined us in 2008 as a work experience student whilst completing her studies. Her friendliness and passion for design were so impressive that we decided to keep her!
In her spare time she enjoys reading, designing and painting as well as planning her next travel experience. Marnie is the proud (and slightly obsessed) owner of two gorgeous Pugs, Harper and Violet.
Junior Graphic Designer
Kirsty joined the white river design team in February 2012 as a freelance graphic designer and a few months later we snapped her up as a permanent member of our team, which is a good thing as she was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Penrith Young Employee of the Year Award!
She has an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design and Communications through Enmore Design Centre.
Kirsty has worked in the customer service industry since entering the workforce, giving her the necessary skills to establish and build upon relationships with both clients and her team members.
In her spare time she enjoys playing netball, music, reading and spending time with her beautiful dachshund Frankie!
Clare joined white river design in June 2009 and is our Accounts/Office Manager. She has extensive accounting and office management experience having worked in small and medium sized legal firms for more than 20 years. Clare is highly efficient, well organised and extremely calm in a crisis. As a keen problem solver Clare is always willing to take on responsibility to support the creative team at white river design.
As well as currently undertaking a Bachelor of Accounting Degree through the Open University to develop and enhance her existing skills, Clare has undertaken a number of accounting and office management courses including a 3 year TAFE course in Human Resource Management.
Clare is a proud mother and is raising 2 teenage children who are blossoming into wonderful young adults. Besides her children, her other passion is mosaics and Clare enjoys creating special pieces as well as running workshops. See her beautiful work at www.mosaicworks.com.au
Amelia joined the white river design team as their Receptionist on a casual basis in November 2012 before becoming permanent in January 2013. Having a keen interest in creative arts and design, she undertook an entry level graphic design course through Open Colleges in 2011 whilst working as a receptionist at an accounting firm. Seeking to further her skills in office management she also completed a Business Administration Course in 2012.
Since becoming a member of the team, Amelia has been able to hone her skills in general office administration, and increase her knowledge in accounting and the inner workings of a vibrant design studio.
Amelia also has a keen interest in photography, travel, interior design, the outdoors and has a particular flair for all things vintage and retro.