Moe Life Skills Community Centre is a not-for-profit organisation and tax exempt charity. We are incorporated in Victoria and governed by a volunteer Board of Management which meets monthly. All Board members have a strong interest, commitment and passion for improving the lives of people with a disability. Our Board members volunteer their professional time and experience to oversee the maintenance and development of quality services and our sound financial base.
Sue Carroll, President & Acting Treasurer
Sue is currently the President and Acting Treasurer of the Board. She has a Bachelor of Business (Multidisciplinary), a Master of Professional Education and Training, is an Associate Member of the Association of Medical Secretaries. She was the Office Manager for the Clinical Director of Mental Health at Latrobe Regional Hospital for 14 years and the Student Support Officer at Monash University for 10 years, supporting both Off Campus and Open Learning students. She is a Member and Secretary of the Drouin Probus Club. Sue was invited to join the Board and did so after researching the organisation and finding that its philosophy and values were a good fit with her own interest in disability. Sue’s business and administrative background in mental health, management of general hospital and Government departments brings excellent communication skills and a solution focus to the Board.
Bill Lawler, Vice President
Bill is currently the Vice President of the Board, has a Diploma of Disability and received the Inaugural Robert McNamara Advocacy Award in 2000 and a Lifetime Achievement Award, (a category of the Victorian Disability Sector Awards) in 2012. Bill has a significant history of working in the disability sector. He worked for 11 years as the Rural Access Worker at Latrobe City, 10 years as Advocacy Co-ordinator at the Gippsland Disability Resource Council, National Policy Officer with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, 26 years as a volunteer with the Independent Third Person Program at the Office of the Public Advocate, 35 years as a volunteer with the CFA and provided a substantial contribution to the Moe Latrobe Jazz Club and the Moe Jazz Festival. Bill joined the MLSCC Board to: “Contribute to the operation of a quality service which respects and upholds the rights of people with disability, as valued contributing members of society”. Bill also brings a ‘lived experience’ of disability to the Board profile.
Deidre Carmichael, Secretary
Deidre was part of the Steering Committee that established Moe Life Skills in 1986, and has served on the Board since. She has held the positions of Chairperson and Treasurer and served on a range of sub committees. Deidre has a Bachelor of Art in Education, a Graduate Diploma of Special Education and is a Trained Teacher of children with disabilities. She taught at Traralgon Special Development School (TSDS) for 17 years and in Primary Schools for 10 years, developing an understanding of teaching and learning, curriculum and policy development. Deidre has a strong commitment, over many years, to supporting families, improving outcomes for people with disabilities and advocating for their right to be treated with dignity and accepted citizens in their communities.
Dr. Tanja Bohl, Board Member
Dr Tanja Bohl is trained as a Dermatologist (Skin Specialist) and has a practice located in Newborough. Tanja firmly believes in passing on her knowledge and skills and has taught via the Gippsland School of Rural Health. As a clinician, Tanja has received several awards and honours for her work and she maintains a strong interest in educating women about their own health. Tanja has been a member of the Board of Management since 2010.
Vic Micallef, Board Member
Vic has worked in the banking sector for more than 30 years. He is currently a Customer Service Consultant with Bank Australia. Vic had an interest in undertaking an activity that would support a Not for Profit organisation and specifically in the Disability sector and was also interested in gaining experience in the operations of an effective Board. Vic brings significant experience of the banking sector, finance and customer relations to the Board.
Amanda McMahon, Board Member
Amanda is currently the Head Start Co-ordinator Inner Gippsland. She was previously the Community Engagement Officer at Latrobe Regional Hospital and is also the owner of a local hospitality business. Amanda has demonstrated knowledge and skills in health, fundraising and events management, community and career development, mentoring, leadership, culture change and relationship management, and is also experienced in the banking, education, disability sectors. She was also a part of the Youth Choices Committee. Amanda joined the Board in 2017 having gained an appreciation of the work of MLSCC in her role with Bank Australia. She has a Diploma Hospitality, Graduate Diploma Business Administration. She is a strong community professional, graduating from Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GLCP) in 2014 and currently studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Amanda brings extensive business networks to the Board.
Mary Storie, Board Member
Mary was co-opted in the 2018-19 financial year as a member of the Board and was instrumental in providing support during the development of MLSCC’s current Strategic Plan. Mary has an Associate Diploma of Welfare and previously worked for the state Department of Health and Human Services for 33 years. During this time, Mary worked in Disability Services (Case Management and Leadership) as well as Agency Management providing monitoring and support to state funded services including disability, family and children’s services, family violence and homeless services. Mary’s expertise and knowledge from her employment with government, is a significant contribution to the Board.
Linda Fowler, Board Member
Linda has a certificate IV in Training Assessment and Education, Accredited Mental Health First Aid, a Qualified Return to Work Coordinator and Business Management and Psychology. Linda has been the Manager of People and Culture at West Gippsland Library Corporation since 2017. She has over 20 years’ experience in Management roles and has owned and operated businesses in Gippsland providing training and professional development to Gippsland managers and leaders as well as working with international, national and local clients. Linda is also a volunteer mentor for adolescents and is a professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) with over 20 years in working in Human Resource related industries. She is also member of Business Chicks and founding member of Gippsland Network Group. She brings valuable business leadership to the Board.