HCV Non-Profit Fellowship Recipients


2019 
Elizabeth Drozd, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Multicultural Community Services 
For the past 27 years, Elizabeth has been working in the community services sector and local government in Victoria. Currently she is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS), a Board Director of Care Connect, a Chairperson of the Rotary Club of Footscray foundation, and a Committee Member of Working Heritage. She was a Victorian Multicultural Commissioner from 2008 to 2015. One of her recent achievements is the establishment of a Multicultural Leadership Course that is available to community leaders through AMCS.  
AMCS has recently celebrated 35 years of service to culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) in Victoria. Current AMCS services include:
• a range of practical support services to CALD seniors who live in their own homes,
• assisting migrants and refugees to secure employment,
• adult, community and further education classes,
• various community engagement and capacity-building projects and community research,
• a mentoring service to small and emerging CALD organisations,
• provision of physical activity courses to CALD seniors through a Sports Australia grant.


Melodie Potts Rosevear, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Teach for Australia
Melodie has worked across the public and private sectors with BCG. She is a Morehead Scholar and earned a Bachelor of Economics and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina and has a Master of Public Policy with highest distinction from Harvard. In 2012, Melodie received the Emerging Global Leader Award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; this award recognises an alumnus under 40 leading change and generating answers to challenging public problems. In 2014, Melodie was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of 100 Women of Influence, in recognition of her contribution to tackling educational inequity in Australia. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on numerous advisory boards of Teach for Australia (TFA) alumni-led initiatives in education.
TFA recruits high-achieving graduates and career changers into teaching, and inspires, connects and empowers them to take a lifetime of action towards educational equity. Now in its 10th year, TFA has over 1000 participants working in classrooms, schools, and the broader system, all dedicated to realising an Australia where all children, regardless of background, can attain an excellent education.


Edward Tudor, Founding Executive Director, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School
Edward is the Founding Executive Director of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS). He holds a combined Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and prior to MITS worked as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons.
MITS is a residential transition school for Indigenous students from remote Top End and regional Victorian communities. Each year, 22 boys and girls at Year 7 come to MITS for one year. MITS’s classrooms are located inside the Richmond Football Club, and the boarding house is on Richmond Hill. 
After a year of accelerated academic learning, tailored wellbeing support, and orientation to life in Melbourne, MITS’s students move on to scholarships at some of Melbourne’s best Independent and Government schools, where they continue to be supported by MITS’s Pathways Program.

Over the past 20 years, the Stroke Foundation has been at the forefront of driving positive change in access to stroke units, increasing knowledge of the signs of stroke, and supporting research which has driven major change in the way stroke is now treated. However, the increasing incidence of obesity, diabetes and the lack of physical activity is the next challenge for stroke prevention and treatment and requires a community-wide strategic response. 

 
2018
Joanna Fletcher - Women’s Legal Service Victoria
Joanna has been working to address social justice issues for over 17 years, with a particular focus on addressing violence against women. During this time she has held leadership/ management, policy development and project management roles in the Not-for-Profit sector and government. Prior to commencing as CEO of Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) in April 2010, Joanna managed the policy and advocacy work of both WLSV and Women’s Legal Services Australia. Joanna continues to play an active role in family violence and family law policy reform, including as a member of the Victorian Family Violence Advisory Committee.
 
WLSV is a feminist organisation, which works with and for women experiencing disadvantage to promote their rights to live free from violence and make informed choices about their relationships. They provide legal advice and representation to individual women, advocate for law and policy that respects and promotes the rights of women and build the capacity of other professionals and the community to identify and respond appropriately to women’s legal needs. 
 
Christine Mathieson - Vicdeaf
Christine has overseen the evolution of Vicdeaf from a traditional community organisation into a community business with growth and innovation across its commercial arms. Founded in 1884, Vicdeaf provides trusted and leading support for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or experience barriers to participation. Vicdeaf is a progressive not-for-profit organisation with a vision that its clients and community live in an accessible, inclusive society with equal opportunity in all areas of life. Vicdeaf recently merged with Tasdeaf and now operates from over 18 sites across Victoria and Tasmania.
 
Previously, Chris held senior leadership roles in the Victorian public sector including Director of Victoria’s Office for Disability. At Harvard, she will be workshopping the strategic challenge of providing services to socially marginalised communities. 
 
Sharon McGowan - The Stroke Foundation
Sharon McGowan trained as a registered general nurse in the UK in the mid 80s and worked in the National Health Service in a range of leadership and management. She completed an MBA at Cranfield University in 2001 and came to Australia to work shortly afterwards for the Red Cross Blood Service followed by an aged care NFP.  In 2010 she joined Melbourne Health (Royal Melbourne Hospital) as a member of the Executive responsible for the RMH Foundation, Communications, Community Engagement. In 2016 she joined the Stroke Foundation as Chief Executive Officer. 
 
Over the past 20 years, the Stroke Foundation has been at the forefront of driving positive change in access to stroke units, increasing knowledge of the signs of stroke, and supporting research which has driven major change in the way stroke is now treated. However, the increasing incidence of obesity, diabetes and the lack of physical activity is the next challenge for stroke prevention and treatment and requires a community-wide strategic response. 
 
 
2017 
Gerard Brody – Consumer Action Law Centre
Gerard Brody is CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre, an independent, not-for-profit consumer organisation based in Melbourne. Consumer Action provides financial counselling, legal advice and representation to support vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorian consumers, and draws on its direct knowledge of the consumer experience in modern markets to pursue consumer interest campaigns and policy reform at both state and national levels.
 
Gerard is also the Chair of Consumers’ Federation of Australia, the peak body for consumer organisations in Australia, representing a diverse range of consumer groups, including most national consumer organisations. Gerard represents consumer interests on a range of bodies, including the Australian Securities & Investments Commission External Advisory Panel and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s Consumer Consultative Committee.
 
The opportunity to complete the SPPM at Harvard will help me further develop my leadership capability and ability to steer Consumer Action to be a high performing organisation. As an advocacy organisation, I am hoping to develop my understanding of how we can measure the impact of work and support our people to effectively represent and advance the interests of groups that often miss out in the modern market economy.
 
 
Teresa Jayet –Mallee Family Care
Teresa has worked in the Human Services, Not-for-Profit Sector for more than 20 years in the Mallee region of Victoria.  Teresa is the CEO of Mallee Family Care, the largest not-for-profit organisation which provides service delivery to North-West Victoria and South West New South Wales.  Teresa’s experience in the community based sector has been in the areas of; community legal service, financial counselling, family law, disability services, mental health, family services, refugee programs and education, training and research.
 
Mallee Family Care has advocated strongly for more than 30 years for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of its communities.  It has lobbied both State and Federal Governments to improve the lives of individuals and families, and has played a key role in advocating for the rights of children in Out of Home Care.  The Agency is a key partner in many local community projects, and most recently a project called “Hands up Mallee”; this utilises a social impact framework to drive community change and improve community outcomes in the areas of family violence, education engagement and unemployment.
 
State and Federal Government reforms have impacted upon Mallee Family Care significantly in recent years.  In order for the Agency to continue being a viable and thriving organisation it recognises that it will need to conduct its business differently for the future. The Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School will provide an opportunity for Teresa to capitalise on the experience and expertise of others in their field, this exposure to the learnings of others will be invaluable.  Teresa is keen to adopt new models to transform the Agency and improve outcomes for vulnerable members of her community.

Teresa is looking forward to sharing her experiences and new knowledge with the Board of Management and her Management Team, and is very appreciative of the opportunity that this Scholarship will afford her and is keen to provide ongoing support to the program.
 
Dr Robyn Miller – Mackillop Family Services
Dr Robyn Miller, PhD, is a social worker and family therapist with over thirty years’ experience in the community sector, local government and child protection. She was a senior clinician and teacher for fourteen years at the Bouverie Family Therapy Centre, La Trobe University, and part of an innovative team working with families who have experienced trauma and sexual abuse. Robyn has practised in the public and private sectors as a therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant and lecturer and was a member of the Victorian Child Death Review Committee for ten years. She was the recipient of the inaugural Robin Clark memorial PhD scholarship in 2004 and the state-wide award for Inspirational Leadership in Victoria in 2010. From 2006-15 she provided professional leadership as the Chief Practitioner within the Department of Human Services in Victoria, and has also worked as a consultant with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Robyn is currently the CEO of MacKillop Family Services, one of the largest providers of specialist services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

 
2016
Antoinette Braybrook, Founding CEO of Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
I am an Aboriginal woman. I was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. My grandfather and mother’s line is through Kuku Yalanji in far north Queensland. I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2000 after returning to study as a mature age student. I have been the CEO of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria for 14 years, since its inception in 2002. I have also held the elected position of National Convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum for 3 years. This Forum comprises 14 members organisations from across Australia, all delivering our core services of holistic legal assistance and support to victims/survivors of family violence, community legal education and early intervention and prevention activities. Both of these roles involve me being a public spokesperson on the many issues affecting Aboriginal victims/survivors of family violence and the disproportionate impact this has on Aboriginal women and their children.  
 
I have not had any formal management training prior to commencing with the organisation or during my 14 years employment. My expectations of what I hope to gain from the Harvard experience are high. I am especially looking forward to establishing strong relationships with other CEOs from similar organisation; learning new, innovative and strategic approaches; and knowing how to apply the learnings to build a sustainable and diversified base for our organisation and ultimately our community.
 
Lisa Griffiths, CEO of OzChild
Lisa has worked in senior executive leadership roles for over 28 years with large, diverse, complex NGOs delivering services to the community with a focus on children and families, people with disabilities, at-risk youth and the culturally diverse. Lisa is currently the Chief Executive Officer with OzChild, Victoria’s oldest Child Welfare Organisation of 165 years.
 
OzChild is a key provider of Foster, Kinship and Disability Care in Victoria for Victoria’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children. It also provides a range of services to support children and families facing complex challenges and a range of interventions.
 
As a strong contributor to the sector, Lisa holds Non-Executive Director board positions with the Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare, the Ministers Advisory Committee for Out of Home Care and the Ministers Advisory Committee for Roadmap to Reform. Lisa also contributes her expertise to a variety of other committees including chairing the Fostering Connections Governance Group of all Victoria’s 26 Foster Care Agencies and the 4KIDSIT Governance Group.
 
Lisa is currently a part time Doctoral Student in Business Leadership and has authored several publications.
 
For Lisa the opportunity to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management will allow her to immerse herself in learning from others on the challenges they have overcome in the NFP field and really wants to engage broadly about creating transformational change through using evidence based models. For OzChild this will assist embed new practices required to address key issues in the out of home care sector in Victoria and allow them to be much better prepared for such change.
 
Lisa looks forward to contributing herself to the program and sharing her key learnings in leadership too and is very appreciative that this generous scholarship can allow her to do this. 
 
Nigel Fidgeon, CEO of Merri Health
Nigel has extensive experience leading and managing change and service development across the public and private health sector at both strategic and operational levels including acute, ambulatory and primary healthcare settings.
 
Nigel is Chief Executive Officer of Merri Health, a large not for profit primary health care provider in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Merri Health delivers a wide range of services with a particular focus on marginalised, vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
 
A Graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, Nigel is passionate about improving health outcomes for people and the positive contribution this has to strengthening communities. Nigel holds several Board Director roles on peak body organisations, contributing to improving outcomes for the broader health and welfare sector.
 
As the not for profit sector faces a significantly changing landscape associated with large scale Government policy reforms covering all aspects of the health system, in attending the Harvard program this will be a unique opportunity at such a critical time as a CEO to lead the organisation through this turbulent period and remain sustainable to continue to support the health and wellbeing needs of communities. The exposure and learning opportunity achieved at Harvard will be invaluable to me personally and for the benefit this will provide in leading a large organisation through a turbulent period of dramatic change. 
 
 
2015
Carmel Guerra,Centre for Multicultural Youth 
Carmel Guerra is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY).  CMY was the first organisation in Australia to work exclusively with migrant and refugee young people, by providing services and advocating for their needs. 
Carmel has over 25 years’ experience in the community sector and extensive research experience in the multicultural space, particularly in relation to youth issues. Carmel convenes the national Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) and has recently served as a member of the Australian Multicultural Council and Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council.  She is a member of the Victorian Youth Parole Board and is a Director of the Migration Council Australia. Carmel has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship, earned a Centenary Medal for services to young people, migrant and refugee communities, and was entered into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. 
 
Paul Ronalds, Save the Children 
Paul Ronalds is the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Australia. Save the Children is headquartered in Victoria and works in every state of Australia and in more than 120 countries around the world on children’s education, health and protection issues. Last year its programs and campaigns touched the lives of more than 55 million children globally. 
Prior to joining Save the Children, Paul held senior executive roles in government, both domestic and international NGOs and in the private sector. Paul is a graduate of the St James Ethics Centre’s Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethics and Leadership and has degrees in economics and law with honours from Monash University, a graduate diploma in applied finance and a masters in international relations from Deakin University. He is the author of The Change Imperative: Creating a Next Generation NGO, a book that examines the organisational challenges faced by international NGOs in a rapidly evolving global political context. 
 
Simon Ruth, Victorian AIDS Council 
Simon Ruth has been the CEO of the Victorian AIDS Council for the last 18 months. Prior to working for VAC, Simon has worked for Peninsula Health, the Salvation Army, YSAS and the Ozanam Community. He is on the Board of the Victorian Alcohol and Drugs Association and was its President for five years. He is also the Vice President of the Australia Federation of AIDS Organisations. Simon has a 25 year history working in alcohol and drugs, homelessness, HIV and healthcare.
 
The Victorian AIDS Council has a 32 year history of leading the fight against HIV in Victoria through providing HIV prevention campaigns, support for people living with HIV and challenging stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV and members of the GLBTI communities. VAC is Australia's oldest AIDS organisation, is Victoria's largest community based HIV organisation and has an active and engaged membership.