St Kilda Mums is powered by more than 1500 volunteers and we value all contributions, big and small.
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. She stepped down from holding an office bearing position on our board in 2017.
Social Service Manager
Social Service Coordinator
Meeting every four weeks, the volunteer Board sets the Strategic Direction and oversees governance, financial management and accountability, and significant operational decisions.
Linda is a commercial lawyer who has practiced both in private practice and in-house at a number of large corporate organisations. She has also been involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations. Linda joined the board in November 2015 after volunteering in a number of different capacities including bundling at home and serving on the St Kilda Mums Fundraising Sub-Committee.
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.
Jesse joined our board in 2014, following several years of volunteering with St Kilda Mums. She is the chair of our Finance, Risk and Audit Committee. Jesse is a registered CPA and has held senior accounting and financial modelling roles in corporate and government organisations. She specialises in performance and governance and currently works for Ambulance Victoria.
Stacey hosts our staging post in Rowville. She is the Managing Director of Goddess Cleaning Group and brings to us knowledge from a varied corporate career spanning Human Resources, Administration and Credit Management. Stacey joined the board in November 2015.
Lorelle Lake is a Senior Fundraiser at Uniting (Vic.Tas). Beginning her career as a Graphic Designer, she has since completed a Masters Degree in Marketing and has spent over 16 years in marketing and fundraising roles for not-for-profit organisations.
A founding member of the Fundraising Sub Committee, she has supported and coached our CEO in all fundraising activities since 2012. Lorelle joined the board in November 2015.
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.
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 and is passionate about providing kids the best possible start to life. He is a Williamsons Community Leadership Alumni and joined the board in 2017.
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.