Shelly Bowling (she/her)
Shelly has been working hard blending her beautiful family and being an advocate in schools for LGBT youth and for children of same-sex parents.
After a successful term as one of the 2020 Central Coast Pride Sydney Mardi Gras Float building Leads Shelly is back this time applying her stage craft and events management talents and youth support skills to help create a vibrant, inclusive festival, showcasing our beautiful coast and our amazing community.
Colin henson (he/him)
30 years plus experience leading and managing within the community sector in disability employment and community aged care. Colin is currently the People and Culture Manager at ADSSI, a community aged care and disability service on the Central Coast and in the Hunter. He has volunteered and been active in social justice movements including gender and sexually diverse people’s campaigns, justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, prison reform and inter-faith understanding. Colin is a Certified Practitioner Human Resources - Australian Human Resources Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia & New Zealand.
Melissa Cook (she/her)
Melissa Cook, Coastie & Director of the multi-faceted Caper Creative studio. Melissa’s expertise in Graphic Design, Brand Identity, Advertising, Print and Digital Design is putting a visual face on the Coastal Twist festival branding and marketing. Melissa is passionate about providing visual platforms for Social Justice and Equality organisations to have the exposure and outreach they deserve. Melissa’s dedication to equality for all human beings shines through to all of us who have the pleasure of working alongside her. With over 20 year experience in design and advertising for large corporations such as BBC Worldwide, National Geographic Channel, NBC Universal, Frasers Hospitality, Melissa brings a multitude of skill, talent & knowledge to Coastal Twist festival.
Juan Iocco (he/him)
Juan Iocco Central Coast Pride Co-Founder, activist & writer, Juan has been actively engaged with LGBTIQ campaigns since the 90s as well as sitting on various LGBTIQ & local council committees, working across the LGBTIQ arts sector including Gay games reporter & SSO Music editor. 2011 - 2015 Co-founder/Producer of the infamous Imperial Hotel "Pretty Peepers Club, hugely successful going on to become the first LGBTIQ club to tour Australia on the Fringe festival circuit receiving multiple awards.
Celebrated writer of the multi nominated, nationally toured “Let’s get METAphysical” 2015-2016, and Internationally toured, awarding winning “BODYMAP” 2017-2018 (Best in Fringe, Best cabaret)
With a nerdy left side brain Juan has over 11 years multi-million dollar Corporate project management as Senior Advisor, Innovation for Qantas Airlines. Juan brings project, operational and budgeting expertise to the Coastal Twist festival and the ongoing activation's of the Naughty Noodle Fun Haus & Central Coast Pride, every Registered charity needs a Juan around the house.
Star Shine (she/her)
Star helped coordinate the first ever children’s space as part of a Sydney Mardi Gras festival ‘Kidzone Le Space’ which paved the way for queer families to be included in all future events as the norm.
Star Shine has worked within the LGBTIQ community since first coming out in the early 90’s. Experience in Festivals and Parties in a variety of roles from Marshaling, and Community liaison, to Stage Manager, float designer and decorator. People Roles and experience include team leader, volunteer coordinator, fund raiser, and committee member.
Glitta Supernova (she/her)
Jan 2020 Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor announced Coastal Twist Festival Director Glitta Supernova as finalist for the NSW WOMAN OF THE YEAR “These incredible women come from all walks of life but the one thing they have in common is that they are inspiring achievers for their communities,”.
Community Maker & Culture Shaker Glitta Supernova, lifetime LGBTIQ activist & Queer art maker / producer who has led political, satirical and culture changing work across the country for over 20 years.
Australian Burlesque pioneer & Co founder of double Green room nominated Gurlesque 2000 - 2011, which set the footprint for the broader neo burlesque scene of today. Glitta has been actively building Queer community & hosting safe space from Club Bent, to Wicked Women, Club Kooky & Hellfire to Honcho Disco to co-creating The Imperial Hotels infamous "Pretty Peepers cabaret" Sydney’s first ongoing underground uncensored Queer variety club which went on to tour Australia as a roving show gaining acclaim as ABC Performance Awards runner up & Adelaide Fringe weekly cabaret award winner. 2019. Commissioned as Senior Queer Artist alongside William Yang leading the boldest and bravest Queer artists of today in "Day for Night" @ the Carriage works.