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Suzie Squires

Chairperson

SUZIE SQUIRES

Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Service

Suzie Squires is a Yuin Woman and the CEO of Lake Tyers Health & Children’s Service. Suzie commenced her journey on the VACCHO Board as an Observant and in 2014 was elected as a Board Member. Suzie has been working in Aboriginal Health for 8 years and is currently the Chairperson of the East Gippsland Aboriginal Consortium Djillay Ngalu.

  

Kelli Bartlett

KELLI BARTLETT

‎Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

I am a Yorta Yorta woman from Echuca, where I have lived all my life. I have been at Njernda Aboriginal Corporation for 16 years, and am currently employed as the Health Services Team Leader and am also the Chair of the Board. I have university degrees in Aboriginal health, an area in which I’m passionate about and enjoy working for my Community. 

 

Joe Day

JOE DAY

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation 

Joe Day, a Yorta Yorta / Wemba Wemba man, is \ employed as a Community Pastor At Njernda Aboriginal Corporation and is the Chair of Ngwala Willumbong. He is very passionate about Aboriginal health and wellbeing and is an advocate of Aboriginal Community Control.

  

Felicia Dean

 FELICIA DEAN

Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-Operative

Local Yorta Yorta Women

 2 Daughters, 3 Grandchildren

  •  Bachelor of Education
  • Advanced Diploma of Business Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Governance

Business Owner of “The Connection”, Shepparton

Felicia has recently returned as Chief Executive Officer of Rumbalara (previously 10 years) after being away for 6 years.

Felicia has a strong background in Aboriginal Affairs and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Sector, and supports the Empowered Communities model based on Self Determination, and flexibility as the way forward for addressing the disparity across Australia for Aboriginal Communities.

 

John Gorton

JOHN GORTON

Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative

A Wotjobaluk man and delegate of Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative in Horsham, John  brings to the VACCHO Board, a fresh face with different views and over 8 years’ experience on an ACCHO Board.

   

Michael Graham

MICHAEL GRAHAM

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

Michael is a Dja Dja Wurrung & Wiradjuri man who has been a part of the Melbourne Aboriginal community for most of his life.  He is passionate about improving the outcomes of his people and for the last 20 years or more has been contributing to the wellbeing of the Community through his work at various Community organisations. Michael has worked at VACCA, VAEAI, VAHS, and VACSAL. He is a past Board member of the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative and past Chairman of the Board of Directors at VAHS and the Fitzroy Stars Aboriginal Community Youth Club/Gymnasuim.

Michael is currently the CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.

 

Shellee Strickland

SHELLEE STRICKLAND

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative

Shellee is a strong Aboriginal Woman from Gunai/Kurnai Country where she was born and raised in culture and a fiercely protective family.She was mentored, supported and believed in by grandparents and strong Aboriginal Elders that pushed her constantly to believe in herself.

Shellee is the Executive Manager of Family Services at Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative. Her drive for true self determination and compassion for First Nations people has grown even stronger. On a daily basis, Shellee consults with and advocates for staff and community, as well as introducing systems to improve practices and achieve positive outcomes.

Shellee started her professional career at GEGAC (Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative) as a Dental Nurse under the leadership and love of Aunty Marion and Uncle Jumbo Pierce. It was old school black fella ways which to this day has kept her grounded and allowed her to continue her strong belief in true Self Determination.

Working at GEGAC for 13 years, Shellee has also had her three children while surrounded by family. Shellee and her family relocated to Wathaurong country nine years ago. It was at this time she was approached by the Senior Dental Manager at VAHS (Victorian Aboriginal Health Service) to come and work with them and support them through the National Accreditation Standards – this three month contract lasted five years and saw her become the Quality and Compliance Manager, Shellee was instrumental in leading the VAHS Dental Service to be the first Aboriginal Dental Service to be accredited to the National Standards.

Shellee’s passion has always been Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing and to see greater health outcomes for our people, to ensure voices of Aboriginal people are heard.

In 2018 Shellee took the position at Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative as the Health Service Manager, with a passion to see Community Engagement, Culture, Health Promotion, Health Care and Self Determination as a priority.