Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative
Karen Heap, a Yorta Yorta woman, has been the CEO of Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative for 12 years and brings with her a vast amount of knowledge and skillsets procured from extensive experience within the Aboriginal Service Sector.
(Yorta Yorta / Bangerang)
James is currently the CEO of the Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative. He was previously employed as Manager, Koorie Education with the Department of Education and Training. James has worked across the Education sector from early childhood, schools, TAFE and the higher education in the fields of policy development, stakeholder and project management. He has a great deal of organisational experience and has served on Boards at a state and national level, including being a Board Member of VACCA for over 15 years. James was one of the founding members of the first Victorian Aboriginal Youth Advisory Committee and a participant in the Koorie Leadership Program.
Michael Bell is Gunditjmara and the CEO of Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation in Heywood. He supports Aboriginal Community Control as local people grow and support their Communities.
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative
A Wotjobaluk man and delegate of Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Cooperative in Horsham, John brings to the VACCHO Board, a fresh face with different views and over 8 years’ experience on an ACCHO Board.
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
Michael is a Dja Dja Wurrung/Wurundjeri man who has been a part of the Melbourne Aboriginal community for most of his life. He is passionate about improving the outcomes of his people and for the last 20 years or more has been contributing to the wellbeing of the Community through his work at various Community organisations. Michael has worked at VACCA, VAEAI, VAHS, and VACSAL. He is a past Board member of the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative and past Chairman of the Board of Directors at VAHS and the Fitzroy Stars Aboriginal Community Youth Club/Gymnasuim.
Michael is currently the CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.
Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Service
Suzie Squires is a Yuin Woman and the CEO of Lake Tyers Health & Children’s Service. Suzie commenced her journey on the VACCHO Board as an Observant and in 2014 was elected as a Board Member. Suzie has been working in Aboriginal Health for 8 years and is currently the Chairperson of the East Gippsland Aboriginal Consortium Djillay Ngalu.