About Rielle

Rielle was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. At the age of two, she moved to Australia with her parents and four older siblings in order to have a better life.

Rielle found her passion for writing during primary school when an assignment entailed writing and illustrating her own book. She received an ‘A’ for her efforts. She still has that book in her bookshelf to this day.

She has worked in sales, as a public relations consultant, and as a freelance writer with her first official journalistic article published in the local Burwood newspaper at the ripe old age of 16. A year later her humorous take on the anxieties of being a senior high school student was published in Smash Hits Magazine. Rielle wrote several articles for different publications and websites under various pseudonyms over the years.

Rielle has worked in integrated marketing communication since the late 1980s, turning her interests and talents to freelance journalism during the 1990s.

A family tragedy during the 1990s saw her walk away from her lucrative career to work in the Aged Care and Disability Industries.

Since 2000 she has consulted in media relations and public relations in private industry and NFP. Rielle became Media Coordinator, in 2004, for one of the State Emergency Service Units on the Central Coast. This led to her appointment as SES Sydney-Northern Region Head Office Community Education Officer.

In 2017 Rielle was approached by one of the Latin American embassies in Australia requesting her assistance to bring the Latin American Film Festival to Bathurst, NSW for the first time. That same year Rielle was able to secure sponsorship from the local university to hold the film festival in their theatre. In 2018 she was able to substantially grow the festival by partnering with Local Stages and Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and obtaining sponsorship from local organisation.

Rielle published her first book in 2018 titled, My Crazy Dysfunctional Immigrant Family – The Younger Years, which has received a lot of positive feedback.

With a background that includes teaching Sydney-based and international students at TAFE and University, compiling and conducting training sessions for individuals as well as small to medium size businesses through her boutique consultancy, Rielle developed and maintains her professional links in Australia, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico and within her local community.

She completed a Master of Arts (Professional Communication) in 2006 through Deakin University, and in 2018 completed a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) through the University of New England Armidale. She also holds Graduate Certificates in Public Relations, International Relations, and in University Learning and Teaching, in addition to her Certificate III in Assistant-In-Nursing and Certificate IV in Disability.

Rielle is passionate about many things but her main passions include mental health issues; people with disabilities with a focus on Down Syndrome. She is also very passionate about animal welfare and advocates against animal cruelty.

Rielle speaks fluent English and Spanish.