The team at Zoe Support Australia is comprised of case managers, child care workers, tutors, admin staff, and volunteers. Their dedication to the well being of young mums and their babies plays a major role in the success of Zoe Support. Each one is motivated by these young mums who want better futures for themselves and their children.
We are a not-for-profit, community-based organisation currently operating within the Mildura local government area. Our focus is on providing support services for young pregnant and parenting mums, enabling them to re-engage in education, and improve life skills. Onsite child care, embedded in early intervention and best start principles, ensures children are getting a head start on their education while continuing to strengthen attachment with their mums as they pursue their education pathway.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair & Acting CEO
Philip is a GP serving the Mildura community for more than 35 years. Having grown up in Red Cliffs, he has a deep and abiding love for the region and its people.
He graduated MB.BS. (Melb. Uni 1977) & has post graduate qualifications in obstetrics Dip. Obs. RACOG, and general practice FRACGP & FACRRM. He has a Grad Cert in Clinical Medical Education. He is involved with teaching and supervising undergraduate students, registrars in the Australian GP training pathways and International Medical Graduate Doctors.
Philip has always committed to community work in parallel to his medical work. He was recently appointed to the Community Advisory Board of the Mildura Base Hospital. He currently serves on several NFP Boards and on Audit & Risk Committees. He is a graduate of the Australian College of Company Directors. Philip brings extensive governance skills as well as his medical and community knowledge to the board of Zoe.
Founding Director & Patron
With a commitment to establishing Zoe Support Australia on good foundations of evidence-based research, she is a Sociologist and researcher, and has completed her PhD on Australian Adoption at the Australian National University on a full scholarship. Prior to 2006, she was engaged in private business, volunteer work in the community, music teaching and raising a family.
She has been married to Philip for 42 years. They have three children, and six grandchildren. She has served on another local medium sized (over $5million) Community Welfare organisation Board for nine years and as Chairperson for two and a half. She was awarded a State Government scholarship in 2012 to complete the Australian Company Directors Institute. Anne was executive director for Zoe Support from 2011-2018. She is now the Federal Member for Mallee, and Zoe Support's Patron.
Strong community has been a passion of Jenny Garonne and this has been instilled from childhood growing up and being involved in many supporting organisations within the region. Jenny has contributed over twenty five years in North West Victoria in managing and facilitating programs that influence businesses, communities and regional development through positions held within State Government. At the same time, she has been involved with Rotary for over twenty years, and involved as a player, coach and administrator in many sporting organisations and being on many committees to support the Mildura community’s welfare aspiration including Sunraysia Rural Counselling Service and Emmaus House in its initial stages. Jenny is currently the acting CEO of the Mildura Development Corporation.
Jenny has held many board and leadership roles in economic, community and business advancement and is currently a Director of Mildura Development Corporation. Her formal qualifications include an Executive Masters in Public Administration, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Graduate Diploma of Education and a Fellow CPA Accountant and will contribute governance and financial skills to advance the organisation.
Heather is a mother of one and has worked for Sunraysia Rural Counselling Service for many years in an administration role.
She completed The Diploma of Community Services Work in 2015 and has been a therapeutic foster with MFC and Interchange for over 10 years.
Heather has been volunteering for Zoe for approximately 12 months, playing a vital role in supporting young mums and families within Zoe and the wider community.
Gary has a strong commitment to improving outcomes for young people and schools. He has worked in the education sector for over 30 years in various roles since completing his bachelor and diploma of Education. He has been State Councillor for over 10 years with the Victorian Principal Association, a Chair of the Sunraysia Primary Principal Association, Network Chair of the Sunraysia Mallee SSS Network, and a Primary School Principal for over 20 years. He has also volunteered with local sporting groups in administration roles for 30+ years.
He is currently the Youth Engagement Services Coordinator of Mildura Rural City Council as strategic leadership of Youth staff and programs. He is the head of FLO Connect Reengagement Centre, an innovative partnership with education to reengage young people 12-18 who have not attended school for 3 months+
Will is passionate about community development and access to appropriate services for all community members. He was employed at Department of Human Services predominately in the Community Services field for over 10 years. Recognising that education is often the factor in improving people’s lives and key to broadening choices, Will transitioned to the Department of Education and Training and worked within the Adult Community and Further Education area for 4 years based in Bendigo before moving to Mildura to take up an opportunity with SuniTAFE as a Senior Manager in the Education area. Will has a strong social justice focus with a particular interest in gender equity and indigenous affairs.
Will has sat on many Boards and is currently also a member of the Community Advisory Committee for Bendigo Health ensuring the Mallee’s perspective is considered.