Sue commenced as CEO at Volunteering Victoria in July 2012. Sue is committed to ensuring the organisation fulfills its purpose and vision. To achieve this, she works closely with the three levels of government, key members, other peak bodies, business partners and networks (including volunteer support organisations) in Victoria to build the profile of, and support for volunteering and volunteer management. Sue is a member of the State Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers as well as several sub-committees. She has a long history in marketing, business development and general management in membership organisations after starting her professional life as a public librarian. Sue’s qualifications include: MBA, Graduate Diploma in International Trade, Graduate Diploma in Management, Graduate Diploma in Librarianship and a Bachelor of Arts . Sue’s active role in the volunteering sector includes volunteering in sport, skilled volunteering for the Australian Library and Information Association, and volunteering in Malawi at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, where she was the adoptive mother of baby baboon Bilbo Baggins.
Shelley Falzon joined Volunteering Victoria in November 2012 as a volunteer Communications Officer and gained employment in April 2013 in the role of the Special Projects Coordinator, advancing youth and multicultural volunteering. In April 2014, Shelley was appointed the role of Event Coordinator and assists in delivering Volunteering Victoria’s suite of professional training workshops and key member events. Shelley has over fifteen years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and has worked on state-wide campaigns, small and large scale events and in the media and homelessness sectors. In 2015, Shelley completed the Master of Communication (Public Relations) at Victoria University.
Meghan joined Volunteering Victoria in February 2016. As Volunteering Victoria’s Senior Policy Officer, Meghan’s role incorporates a range of tasks including preparation of policy submissions, managing government relations, advocacy campaigns and advising on policy across the volunteer sector. Together with her work for Volunteering Victoria, Meghan will also be providing advice to Volunteering Australia.
Prior to arriving at Volunteering Victoria, Meghan’s career has been primarily within the fields of policy, advocacy and communications, with a focus on the government and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently, she completed a term as Mayor of the City of Moreland.
Commencing in 2016, Sarah has a passion to not only acknowledge our volunteers within the community but the vision for better connected communities and supporting our sector growth via collaboration. Having worked for organisations such as Australian Red Cross and Impact Volunteering, Sarah has experience as a people and performance manager and also as a qualified trainer within her in her own consultancy business of over 11 years. She has extensive experience within senior leadership roles and has worked with many sectors of the community including government, corporate and not for profits, including AMP – Grand Masters, Mordialloc Sporting Club and Village Roadshow.
Susanne commenced as Finance Manager in January 2016. Susanne has been a Finance Manager at various not-for-profit organisations for over ten years, including Heide Museum of Modern Art, Amaze and Tennis Victoria (arts, disability and sport). Her career commenced with a decade in taxation and business services. She is a Chartered Accountant and offer the organisation a wealth of experience in financial reporting, budgeting, analysis and operational process and policy improvement.
Christine joined Volunteering Victoria in January 2016. With over a decade’s experience in the corporate communications field, Chrissy has a wealth of knowledge covering marketing, media, events, campaigns, sponsorships and business development. Chrissy has a broad and successful track record in establishing and maintaining corporate partnerships of varying degrees. Her experience comes from government, private and not for profit organisations which means she is perfectly placed to get the most out of all communications, partnerships and projects. Chrissy’s passion lies in communication and ensuring that messages are reaching the right people.
Roz joined us as Member & Corporate Relations Manager in August 2016 after serving as Volunteer Resources Manager RSPCA. A quiet leader with over 20 years of experience in the ‘for purpose’ sector, Roz offers strengths to deliver outcomes in the strategic engagement of volunteers, building collaborative partnerships, and giving voice to all sentient beings in our communities. Roz has proven attributes and competencies in applying community engagement values and volunteering principles and importantly the integrity, passion and influence necessary to assist build a global society.
Kerryn joined Volunteering Victoria in July 2016. Kerryn has a strong background in education and health and is passionate about empowering people through knowledge and building healthy sustainable communities. Since the age of 14, Kerryn has invested many years of her life volunteering to support many causes including migrant and multicultural integration, homelessness, animal and environmental conservation and health-related research. With a background in Education, Nursing, Graphic Design and Project Management, she has developed a variety of skills to support innovative learning, change management and best practice strategies. Kerryn is also a qualified trainer and has spent many years focused on dementia-related education and research. She also has a strong interest in technology and gamification and how its use may optimise effective communication and learning.
Rosemary joined Volunteering Victoria in April 2016. Rosemary is responsible for supporting the delivery of Volunteering Victoria’s VSO operations in Gippsland.
She has over 15 years’ experience in the not for profit sector. Rosemary is passionate about volunteering and the benefits it brings to individuals and communities.
Rosemary has extensive experience as a qualified trainer in the tertiary sector and as an independent consultant.
Her qualifications include: Master of Arts (Writing and Communications,) Diploma of Project Management and Diploma of Business Administration.
Marijke Fotia joined the Volunteering Victoria team in July 2016. Marijke will establish and nurture productive relationships with key project stakeholders to better manage and utilise spontaneous volunteers in emergencies.
Marijke has a background in partnerships and stakeholder engagement and for the past 8 years has worked on partnerships for an international volunteering program. She has worked across the not for profit, health and arts sectors and is passionate about bringing people together to achieve beneficial outcomes for our community.
Alison works as Project Coordinator for the Managers of Spontaneous Emergency Volunteers (MSEV) Program, along with the HelpOUT program.
Alison works mostly offsite at Volunteering Geelong, focusing on delivery of these programs in Geelong and surrounding regions. Before commencing work in the not for profit sector, Alison was employed by Deakin Prime, the Corporate Education arm of Deakin University as Financial Certification Program Manager. She has worked for various other entities such as VICSES (Multicultural Strategy Initiative), Gordon TAFE (teaching Computer Aided Design) and Geelong Science and Technology Centre (Distance Education Programs) and Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (Web Development).
Abigail joined Volunteering Victoria in September 2016 as the HelpOUT Manager. Abigail has been personally involved in volunteering throughout her life from fundraising to tour guiding to being on the board of her local Neighbourhood House. Having lived in metro and regional areas and worked in the community sector for over 20 years with people of all ages and backgrounds, Abigail hopes to support the unique energy that volunteers bring to supporting communities faced by adversity.
Volunteering Victoria gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of an energetic team of skilled volunteers, who currently include:
- Anna Cairo
- Myra Foley
- Ewan Mackenzie
- Lesley Rosenthal
- Danielle Whelan
- Alice Lugini – Intern