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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.  

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.

 

Jacki Turfrey

Jacki Turfrey

Mallee District Aboriginal Services

Jacki Turfrey is a proud Palawa woman who joins the VACCHO Board with a wealth of experience providing important leadership in the legal and governance space. After thirty years serving her community, Mrs Turfrey became the CEO of Mallee District Aboriginal Services in 2020. 

 

Dallas Widdicombe

Dallas Widdicombe

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative

Dallas Widdicombe is a proud Dharug man who holds a Bachelor of Social Work and an Advanced Diploma of Business (Governance).  Dallas previously worked in the remote Western Australian community of Balgo for over seven years where he held positions including the Chief Executive Officer of the Wirrimanu Aboriginal Community.

Over the past six years Dallas has worked for the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative as the Executive Director overseeing the BDAC Medical Clinic and Family & Community Services teams.  In this time BDAC has grown to over 100 staff running various programs for his Community and has significantly increased the income of the organisation's medical clinic.

Dallas is a Board Member of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the Deputy Chair of Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership, Co-Chair of Aboriginal Advisory Group – The Orange Door and an active member of the Loddon Mallee Aboriginal Reference Group.

Dallas has a huge passion for working to better the health of his people, believes self-determination plays an integral part in achieving this goal and is an active Community member.