Our Board

Karen Heap



Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative

Karen Heap, a Yorta Yorta woman, has been CEO of Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative for 15 years. Karen won the Wanda Blow award for leading self-determination in Aboriginal child protection, and is inducted onto the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll for her vision and advocacy.


Kelli Bartlett


‎Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

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Michael Bell


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.


Joe Day


Joe Day, a Yorta Yorta / Wemba Wemba man, is \ employed as a Community Pastor At Njernda Aboriginal Corporation and is the Chair of Ngwala Willumbong. He is very passionate about Aboriginal health and wellbeing and is an advocate of Aboriginal Community Control.


John Gorton


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.


Michael Graham


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.


Suzie Squires


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.