Our Board is made up of highly committed, professional volunteers who govern and guide Emerge.
B Ec Hons (Monash), Grad Dip Asian Studies (Monash), GAICD, WCLP 2018
Nicki is a Management Consultant specialising in change management having worked in Australia and London leading global organisations through workforce transformation programs. She is currently the Chair of PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) and a Board Member of Mental Health First Aid International (MHFA). Nicki has held a number of voluntary roles in the community including committees and working groups. In 2018, she was awarded the Higgins Community Service Award, and the Stonnington Citizen of the Year Award for contribution to Arts/Education in her capacity as President of the Armadale Primary School Council.
FCPA, Grad Dip FP, Registered Tax Agent
Rowena Thiele is a qualified Financial Planner, FCPA and Registered Tax Agent. Rowena commenced her professional career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen in 1994 gaining experience working with not for profits. Rowena started her own Public Practice in 2002 developing a strong following in her local community. In 2014, Rowena merged her Public Practice with AB Phillips where she is currently a director of AB Phillips Accounting and also a director of Financial Affairs working as a financial advisor. Rowena is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at AB Phillips.
Rowena has volunteered in school financial literacy programs as well as school committees throughout her children’s schooling.
As a financial advisor Rowena has had the opportunity to work with many women from all walks of life. Rowena really enjoys helping her clients develop financial literacy and sharing their journey to become strong, financially independent and happy after having experienced challenging times.
Rowena enjoys spending time with her family and friends and spends weekends hiking and bike riding.
Grad. Dip. Bus. Admin; GAICD
Retiring after 25 years management experience, including general management and C- suite roles in insurance, emergency services and the disability sector, Jane continues to draw on that experience in board and mentoring roles. Jane's experience as a non- executive director includes the Country Fire Authority; the DAISY Consortium, an international group of agencies developing new technologies around audio books; the Ardoch Youth Foundation; and Yarra Community Housing, becoming Unison Housing, where Jane was Chair of the Board for five years. Jane is currently a non-executive director of Bestchance Child Family Care and a member of the Quality and Risk Committee. Jane's varied mentoring roles, through Leadership Victoria and GreatConnections, has included mentoring a not for profit board chair; young women seeking to develop their leadership and board skills, and facilitating strategic planning for non-profit organisations.
MSc (Ashridge), BA Nursing, GAICD, FIML, Fellow Ethical Leadership
Shelly Park is Chief Executive and Executive Board Member of the Australian Red Cross Life Blood which is a not-for-profit national organisation with five main manufacturing centres and 100 donor blood collection centres across Australia and responsible for the collection of blood, the testing and manufacturing of blood and blood products and the distribution to hospitals around the country. Shelly commenced this role in March 2016.
Prior to joining the Blood Service, Shelly was Chief Executive of Monash Health, which provides healthcare services to over a million people in Melbourne.
Shelly was awarded the Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year award in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Vincent Fairfax Ethical Leadership, has studied innovation at Wharton University and holds an Executive Masters in Management.
Deb Goldfinch demonstrates that success in the business world doesn’t have to come at the sacrifice of ethics. Her influence extends into the highest echelons of government, and she is a strong advocate for vulnerable people.
She has a genuine passion for contributing to her community and providing better outcomes for people at risk. Over the last 20 years she has been involved in numerous state committees, boards and advisory groups with a focus in the health sector and ‘at risk’ community and strives to bring about better health living conditions and support systems.
She will not stop nor compromise when it comes to advocating for some of the most disadvantaged people in our community. Deb has had an extensive career in the Not-for-Profit and Health Sectors with a focus on Business Growth, Strategic Planning, Change Management and working within Communities to make a change in people's lives.
Deb is the CEO of Irabina Autism Services and is also the Chair of Early Childhood Intervention Australia Victoria Tasmania.
AssocDipA(WelfareSt) (Monash), BSocWelf(Monash), GradCertEdRes (Monash), GradCertAppSci (Swinburne), MCouns (Monash)
Lisa is a General Manager for a NFP Respite Service and Community Engagement Advisor for Victoria Police. She has extensive experience in the human service sector both from frontline service delivery and policy and project management perspective. Lisa was awarded the 2018 Police Annual Multicultural Award for her work with marginal communities. She has volunteered for a number of groups, including Welfare Manager for the VFL Dolphins, Executive Producer for RPPFM community radio and past Board member for Road Trauma Support Services Victoria. Lisa has a keen interest in horses and has a small farm which is where she spends most of her time outside of work with her family and friends.