HCV 2014 NFP Fellowship recipients

The Harvard Club of Victoria have great pleasure in announcing the 3 recipients of our HCV Non-Profit Fellowship for 2014 as being: 
- Micaela Cronin of MacKillop Family Services 
- Dr. Stefan Gruenert of Odyssey House
- Tony Keenan of Hanover Welfare Services
We have now sent 27 non-profit sector leaders to Harvard Business School to attend the week long program Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. We have expanded the scope of the program this year to include the broader community service sector, with particular focus on the drug and alcohol dependency, children and families, disability, family violence, housing and homelessness, mental health, refugees resettlement and youth affairs areas. 

Micaela Cronin
Micaela Cronin is the Chief Executive Officer 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. MacKillop is the largest provider of residential care for children and young people in the Out-of-Home Care system in Victoria.
Micaela has worked in the community sector for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in the delivery and management of a broad range of community services. Micaela enjoys working in partnership with other community sector organisations, and is President of the Victorian Council of Social Services, Deputy President of the Australian Council of Social Service and is the Co-Chair of the Victorian Community Sector Reform Council.

Micaela is deeply committed to contributing to the growth and development of the community sector, to tackle the impacts of disadvantage, discrimination and inequality. As part of the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course at Harvard Business School, Micaela hopes to further her leadership and strategic management skills and share and implement in both her own organisation and the wider sector. Micaela looks forward to sharing her experiences and learning from the experiences and wisdom of other participants.

Dr. Stefan Gruenert
Dr. Stefan Gruenert is a psychologist and the Chief Executive Officer of Odyssey House Victoria where he manages a number of intensive treatment, training, research, and employment programs for those affected by drug and alcohol and mental health problems. Stefan has worked in the alcohol and other drug sector for over 14 years, during which time he has been promoting change to better address the needs of children and families affected by problematic substance use. Stefan is a Board Director of the Victorian Alcohol & Drug Association and the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, and is a member of the Victorian Community Services Reform Council.
The Harvard Fellowship will provide Stefan with valuable strategic management training to complement his clinical background. Side visits will provide opportunities to learn about alternative treatment and funding models and meet with inspirational leaders of several nonprofit organisations. Stefan expects to bring back innovative ideas for the benefit of Odyssey House Victoria and the broader community sector. Many organisations are currently establishing a number of partnerships and joint ventures in order to solve some of the most complex community problems. As part of his Fellowship, Stefan will explore different partnership approaches to more effectively and efficiently enhance collective impact.

Tony Keenan
Tony has had the privilege of working as CEO of Hanover for the past eight years. He has worked in not for profit organisations all his working life including as a teacher and general secretary of the Victorian Independent Education Union. Tony has been actively involved in community organisations as a volunteer for over 25 years and has served as President of the Victorian AIDS Council – Gay Men’s Health Centre and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations. He is currently the Chairperson of the Australian Foyer Foundation.
Hanover’s mission is to empower people experiencing homelessness, or those at risk of becoming homeless, to take greater control over their lives. In 2014, Hanover marks 50 years of providing accommodation, support, research, advocacy and education services across Melbourne. The Harvard scholarship offers Hanover and Tony the opportunity to explore how we confront some of the looming changes and challenges while continuing to maintain a firm focus on our mission and clients. 

Fund raising for our Non-Profit Fellowship program is provided by Club member donations and through fund raising at Club events. If you would like to support the HCV Non-Profit Fellowship you can click here to donate. Your donation is tax deductible and will be remitted to the HCV Fund at the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Australia.    

Any queries about the program may be addressed to Alice Hill at nfpchair@harvardclubofvictoria.org.au.