Kaya has more than 20 years professional and academic experience working across a broad range of health, welfare, mental health, education and disability services. Throughout her professional career, her passion and commitment has been to lead, develop and implement innovative evidence based best practice programs across a number of organisations and is a recipient of the 2019 Australian & New Zealand Women’s National Leadership Scholarship.
She holds a number of academic qualifications including Graduate Diploma Psychology (University Southern Queensland), Graduate Diploma Psychology (Honours) (Victoria University), Diploma Business Governance (Institute of Company Directors).
Kaya has also achieved a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work (Melbourne University), Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy (Swinburne University), Master of Psychoanalysis (audited) and is currently completing a Masters in Project Management (RMIT).
Russel Barnes, Chair
Russel has extensive business experience in manufacturing, software development including over 20 years producing software packages for a variety of community organisations.
He has also achieved academic qualifications in Engineering, Sociology and Social Work.
After selling his software company in 2008 Russel has actively supported a number of community organisations and as a member of Rotary has delivered aid projects in Timor Leste and Tonga.
In 2012 he also co-founded Better Life Mobile – a social enterprise dedicated to providing affordable phone plans to those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
Melinda has extensive experience assisting small to large large companies assisting to develop and maintain their policy and procedure documentation, process mapping and management. As well as extensive experience as a technical writer for software documentation in many varied industries.
She has worked with a diverse range of industries, including retail, IT, education, hospital and finance and holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from Latrobe University.
Melinda also actively volunteers on various school council and sporting committees and in 2017 was recognised as Calisthenics Victoria Volunteer of the Year.