Geoff was a member of the Warburton Community Bank® branch Steering Committee before becoming a director of the Company at its inception in 1999. He was appointed Company Secretary in 2002 and Secretary/Treasurer in 2003.
Since January 2006, Geoff has been a full-time employee of Upper Yarra Community Enterprise in the role of Executive Officer. He holds qualifications in Financial Services, Community Services and Corporate Governance.
Prior to his full-time appointment, Geoff was employed as a Welfare Worker after selling his business in the ornamental horticulture industry of 15 years.
Geoff and his wife Carolyn live in Millgrove and have three adult daughters; Angela, Lisa and Claire.
Jaqui and her husband John lived in Gladysdale from 1974 until 2010 when they moved to Warburton.
Together they have raised two sons and are now enjoying the delights of being grandparents.
Jaqui has been actively involved in community groups over many years, helping to establish a playgroup at Don Valley when her children were babies, through 15 years on school councils, and continued participation in various sporting clubs. She is a member of the Warburton Golf & Sporting Club.
She was involved with the traders group in Yarra Junction and formed a committee to begin the Awareness Campaign for a Community Bank® in the township. She comes to the Board with passion for the community and enthusiasm about the difference we can all make by supporting the Community Bank® model.
Michael Janssen is General Manager with EACH Social & Community Health, one of the largest employers in outer Eastern Melbourne. He lives in Warburton with his wife and the younger two of his four children, who attend the Little Yarra Steiner School.
Michael’s previous roles include CEO of the Health Issues Centre, CEO of Australian Diabetes Professionals Organisation and Principal Adviser to the Australian Divisions of General Practice (Canberra).
Michael has a Masters in Innovation and Service Management, and is a founding Director of Fulcrum Aid. Michael has interests in permaculture, community development and the arts.
Sarah Ward joined our Board in October 2015.
She lives locally and is a well known face in theatre and youth circles in the Valley. Sarah is a Program Coordinator with Active8 (Interchange Outer East), a Disability Support Worker and Recreation Leader, and Creative Director of MISFIT Theatre.
She was also the 2012 winner of our Ian De la Rue Youth Initiative
Sally was born in Yarra Junction and has lived in Gladysdale for most of her life. Her working life has been devoted to community building, particularly in education, training and community services. She was the CEO of Cire Services formerly Upper Yarra Community House for twenty two years, and represented the community education sector on a range of peak bodies and government boards. She now works as an education consultant.
She has tertiary qualifications in education and community development, including a Masters in Education. Sally has been the Secretary of the Yarra Junction Football Netball Club for nine years, and is also a member of the Upper Yarra Secondary College School Council. She is married to Tony Aulich, ex policeman from Warburton, and she has four adult children of whom she is extremely proud.
Elizabeth currently works at Tintern Girls Grammer School in Ringwood coordinating the Education Support Department. For the past 14 years Elizabeth has undertaken further tertiary studies in Behavioural Science and Psychology and has recently completed a Master of Teacher in Special Educationirls Grammer School in Ringwood coordinating the Education Support Department.
She previously worked for 18 years at the Upper Yarra Secondary College (UYSC) in special education support and as a Student Wellbeing Coordinator. Prior to this Elizabeth worked in a number of local primary schools assisting students with special needs. She still enjoys a strong connection with our young people and is committed to advancing their learning and wellbeing.
Elizabeth has lived in the local area for 35 years; her two sons grew up in Warburton and attended Warburton Primary School (WPS) and UYSC.
She was secretary of the WPS Council and was also one of the original organisers of the local Basketball Association acting as secretary for a number of years. During this time she undertook a coaching role and helped form a new basketball club which fielded a number of teams.
Elizabeth has been involved in various volunteer groups in the local community.
Chris and his wife Cathy moved to Yarra Junction in 1978 and have three adult children. He holds a Degree in Economics and is a CPA.
Since 2002, Chris has been Chief Executive Officer of Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
His previous employment was as General Manager of a business that owned and operated restaurants and bakery/cafés and prior to that he held management and accounting roles in the building industry.
Chris was a Director of the Board of Billanook College from 1991 – 2011 and Chair for 12 years. His local community sporting involvements have included football, basketball and golf.
Joy has lived in the Upper Yarra region for more than 40 years. She has been involved in many community groups and has served as president of the local school council at Powelltown, where she was involved in sourcing funding for underprivileged schools in the region. She has several years involvement in the committees of playgroups and mothers clubs in Powelltown, the riding club in Gladysdale, and is a member of Young Rider Dressage committee of Victoria. She and her family have been involved in the local tennis club and she is currently assistant treasurer at the Powelltown Football Netball Club.
Joy is a member of a round table discussion group called ‘Women in Primary Industry’ a collective grass roots task group that brings issues in agribusiness to government that can be overlooked in regular assessments.
In late 2013, Joy joined the UYCE board and is keen to contribute to projects that help income streams for the community and reinvigorate economic prosperity. She looks forward to being part of the team and allocating funding to projects that revitalise all the towns – just as the Waterwheel has done for Warburton.
Joy’s personal interests include fitness, dancing and gardening, and she is devoted to her family, which now includes several grandchildren. In addition to supporting her daughters dressage business – the family have a love for horses – she also runs the family business.