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. Rowena is a Tax Partner with The Gild Group and Financial Planner with Financial Affairs
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.
BA Hons (University of Melbourne), MA Organisational Psychology (University of Melbourne), MAICD
Jane is an Organisational Psychologist, who specialises in helping organisations strengthen their board and governance practices, including board and committee effectiveness, board renewal, Director and Executive performance and assessment and corporate governance. She is a Director of board advisory firm Board Partners, and is an affiliate with the global consulting firm Mercer, where she leads the Board Effectiveness practice.
Jane has a background in human resource consulting, leading Talent Management and People Strategy practices at Andersen, Ernst and Young (EY) and Mercer.
Her previous directorships include Chair of Family Planning Victoria, and Director of Goulburn Valley Broadcasters. She is also a mentor with Kilfinan Australia, an organisation that provides mentoring and support to CEOs of not-for-profit organisations.
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), Victoria University of Melbourne
Eva is the Director of Strategy, Policy & Reform within the Family Violence Command of Victoria Police, a department established in 2015 to provide a dedicated focus on improving police responses to family violence, sexual offences and child abuse. This role is the culmination of close to 20 years of working in various policy and strategy roles within Victoria Police. Nothing in her BA(Hons) in International Relations and History suggested she would end up focusing on developing new approaches, organisational directions and service improvements in areas ranging from forensic services, mental health and strategic planning. Finding ways to integrate diverse operational and corporate functions to address complex community issues effectively is a challenge that motivates her.
Prior to working for Victoria Police, Eva was a Business & Government management consultant with Ernst & Young NZ and a Policy & Research Officer with the NZ Department of Internal Affairs, responsible for a diverse array of portfolios including community development, citizenship, local government, censorship, gambling and births, deaths and marriages.