Sara Sterling
Professional Development Manager

Sara Sterling joined Volunteering Victoria in January 2018 with a focus on Professional Development services. She has ten years’ experience in government and not for profit sectors. She has focused on volunteer management, program support and administration and training and development. She has a Masters in Social Policy, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is passionate about volunteers, volunteer managers and supporting the sector broadly.

Lisa Barrow
Business Manager - Transition

Lisa joined Volunteering Victoria in 2016 after 2.5 years at Red Cross as their National Coordinator, Voluntary Service. She’s worked in the not-for-profit sector for 12 years and managed or supported volunteer programs for 10 years, including 6yrs at Wesley Mission Vic as the Coordinator of Volunteer Programs. Lisa has been passionate advocate for volunteer rights and creating best practice volunteer management within organisations. She also has a background in HR and completed a Diploma in HR Management.

Hazel Maynard

Hazel joined Volunteering Victoria in 2006 as a volunteer Board Member and was the President of the Board of Management from 2008 to 2010. Hazel became a volunteer again in January and this evolved into a paid position as Professional Development Trainer and Consultant. Following an early-life career change (from patents translator to not-for profit), Hazel has worked for a number of Not for Profit organisations in the past 27 years, including the Australian Red Cross, Amnesty International and The Cancer Council Victoria. In her previous role at St Vincent de Paul Society, Hazel had overarching responsibility for a state-wide program of over 6,500 volunteers in Vinnies Retail Stores. She is passionate about encouraging people who are socially isolated or marginalised to volunteer.

Dominic Szeker
Policy and Advocacy Officer

Dominic joined Volunteering Victoria in May 2017. Dominic leads Volunteering Victoria’s policy, advocacy and research development. Dominic came to Volunteering Victoria after four years in the Victorian Government, primarily working in policy at Regional Development Victoria. Dominic completed the Victoria Public Service Graduate Recruitment and Development scheme. He has a First Class Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in political studies and philosophy from Otago University in New Zealand. Dominic is excited and passionate about working with government and organisations to ensure the volunteering sector in Victoria is thriving. Dominic is an enthusiastic traveller and has volunteered abroad on a number of occasions, including in response to the 2009 earthquake in Padang, Indonesia.

Rosemary Joiner
Community Engagement Coordinator (Gippsland)

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
HelpOUT Project Manager

Marijke Fotia re-joined the Volunteering Victoria team in January 2018. Marijke leads the HelpOUT and Managers of Spontaneous Emergency Volunteers programs. Marijke has worked across the not for profit, local government, health and arts sectors and is passionate about bringing people together to achieve beneficial outcomes for our community. Her own formal volunteer experience began volunteering at an Arts Festival in Maryland, USA as a way to meet people and build connections in a new city. She has since volunteered for various organisations in her local community and is also busy working on her Masters of Health and International Development.

Sofie Anselmi
Community and Student Engagement Manager

Sofie joined Volunteering Victoria in July 2017, managing initiatives to maximise volunteer participation and effectiveness in inner Melbourne and across Gippsland, including a new pilot activity to connect more international students to volunteering.  An experienced leader in the community sector, Sofie brings skills and networks developed though work with organisations in Australia and overseas, including Leadership Victoria, Australian Volunteers International, World Vision, and several local councils across Melbourne. Sofie regards volunteering as a critical foundation to a healthy community, where people are stepping out of their own life to lead or help others, and she has a particular interest in where volunteering can bring new meaning for people who are isolated or lonely.  An active volunteer in her own community, Sofie is a member of the award-winning Darebin Parklands Association.  

Meet our skilled volunteers

Volunteering Victoria gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of an energetic team of skilled volunteers, who currently include:

  • Alison Vydulinksa

  • Desally Walliker

  • Garry Stephenson

  • Gina Cotel

  • Ish Rashad

  • Kelvin Oxwell

  • Kylie Thitchener

  • Muthu Pannirselvam

  • Myra Foley

  • Philip Hodgskiss

  • Rachel Parker

  • Syeda Ghousia