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St Kilda Mums is powered by more than 1500 volunteers and we value all contributions, big and small.
Meeting every four weeks, the volunteer Board sets the Strategic Direction and oversees governance, financial management and accountability, and significant operational decisions.
Deidre is the CEO at Multiple Sclerosis Australia. Deidre has had an extensive career in Health, initially training as a nurse which led to clinical education, followed by a move to Human Resources and subsequent roles in senior management. Deidre has postgraduate qualifications in Education, Human Resource Management and Governance. She joined the board in 2017, taking over the role of chair from Linda Grace in June 2019.
"Having raised a child as a single mum, I know how amazing it can be to receive a bit of additional support and what a difference the smallest gesture can make, enabling me to provide my son with a safe, healthy and loving start to life. But not all parents have, or are able to access, their own support and this is where St Kilda Mums plays such an important role, one which I am delighted to be a part of."
Karen is the Executive General Manager Strategy at MAX Solutions Pty Ltd. Karen has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and has been admitted to practice in the ACT Supreme Court. Karen has worked in Government as an adviser and chief of staff to three former Federal Ministers for Employment during the implementation of welfare reform agendas.
Karen has three young children and any spare time is spent coaching Auskick and baking. She joined the board in 2017.
"I am proud to be a part of St Kilda Mums as the simple act of helping with the essentials can make a stressful time easier for so many Victorians and allow them to focus on being a family."
Stacey is the Managing Director of Goddess Cleaning Group and brings to us knowledge from a corporate career spanning Human Resources, Administration and Credit Management. Joining the board as an ordinary member in November 2015, she was appointed Vice Chair in 2017.
Her passion is supporting women from domestic violence and disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them with ethical and sustainable social service platforms.
Volunteering at St Kilda Mums with other like-minded men and women fills her heart to overflow daily, knowing that everyone who contributes can touch so many people’s hearts. Using this opportunity to provide for these families consistently restores her faith in human kindness and the power of giving.
Stacey also hosts our staging post in Rowville.
David is the Co-Director Community Health, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care / Director Allied Health at Barwon Health. He lives in Geelong with his family. David is a Speech Pathologist by background. He is a Williamsons Community Leadership Alumni and joined the board in 2017.
"A child’s early years of development are critical to what they can achieve later in life. Therefore I am passionate about creating an environment of support and care (which material aid is a considerable part of) for every child in their early years...."
Clementine is a business financial advisor with over a decade of experience with PwC in Melbourne, Shanghai and New York offices in a global consulting team. Clementine joined the Board in November 2018, having served on the Fundraising Risk and Audit Sub Committee for a year.
Kate is a corporate affairs professional with broad public relations, marketing and partnership management experience in the not for profit and corporate sectors. She is a passionate advocate for the Geelong community and has volunteered and held board positions at a range of local organisations.
Inspired by St Kilda Mums, Kate held a collection at her Geelong home in 2013. With Jessica Macpherson’s guidance, Kate and four girlfriends then established Geelong Mums. Kate joined our board in May 2018 and continues to serve on the Geelong Mums sub-committee.
This is the team that supports all three branches including Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums
Jessica Macpherson OAM
Founder and CEO
Jessica is a founding board member of St Kilda Mums. For the first four years of its operation, Jessica hosted weekly collections at her own home. In August 2013 she was appointed to the position of CEO. She is widely recognised as the face of St Kilda Mums. In 2017 she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her significant contribution to the Victorian community, and in 2019 she was honoured to be awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to the community and the not-for-profit sector. She stepped down from holding an office bearing position on our board in 2017.
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Head of Fundraising & Communications
Fiona joined St Kilda Mums in 2015 as our very first fundraising manager. Since then, she has grown fundraising income by an average of 48% each year, and taken on the management of our communications, which has been critical for us to sustain and grow the service we provide to families in need across Victoria.
Rochelle was thrilled to join the St Kilda Mums team in June 2019. She has been in the charity sector for almost half her lifetime working for organisations like Leukaemia Foundation and Mercy Health Foundation. She has a Bachelor Degree in Communications, majoring in Journalism so she loves to talk and write! What drew her to this role is the immediate difference material aid and financial donations can have on families in need and the fact that you can see the impact at Clayton HQ everyday. In her first week here, she said multiple times that the supporters at St Kilda Mums are some of the nicest people she has ever come across. A little known fact about Rochelle is that she has attended the AFL Grand Final every year since 1990 so is always up for a footy chat!
Gill is responsible for business donations, our workplace volunteering program, sponsorships and partnerships. Gill began volunteering back in 2013 and has done almost every volunteering job available! She joined the team in 2016 to expand the Workplace Volunteering program and moved into her current role a year later. Gill also looks after our social media.
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Katherine joined the team in December 2018.
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Paula started as a volunteer at St Kilda Mums in 2014, bringing her previous experience in data management and product safety. She is an IT savvy engineer and experienced economist that has a passion for making everything easier, faster and safer. She manages impact reporting, product safety updates and all things IT.
Nicollette joined St Kilda Mums in July 2019 after completing her Bachelor of Business, Majoring in Marketing and Event Management. As part of the fundraising team, she was drawn to this role to further develop the passion and drive behind the St Kilda Mums community.
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Social Service Manager
Emma first started volunteering at St Kilda Mums in 2011 after a varied career in the arts sector. She joined the team as our first Social Service Coordinator (job share with Helen Young) in 2014. In addition to her role she is contributing her creative skills to our Annual Report.
Helen is a founding committee member of St Kilda Mums and she served as a director from 2009 until 2017. Helen was employed as Social Service Manager (job share with Emma Hamilton) in 2014. Helen loves her chocolate labradors.
Social Service Coordinator
Helen first started volunteering in 2011, in the same service team, meeting social workers to distribute goods. She joined Emma, Helen and Danielle in the role of in Social Service Coordinator 2018.
Felicity was employed as Operations Manager in early 2018, having worked for many years in fast moving retail (Officeworks) and for Save the Children managing their op shops. Felicity enjoys wearing silly hats and making people laugh. She is responsible for ensuring that none of the three branches runs out of stock, which is not an easy thing to do when you are reliant on donations.
Dina joined our volunteer team in 2015 and moved into the Volunteer Coordinator role in 2016. Her role is to recruit, induct and retain regular volunteers and ensure that headquarters is a warm, friendly and nurturing environment for all. She is also responsible for organising all volunteer celebrations. Apart from her family, Dina’s other loves are her two cats and her garden.