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Our Board and Executive Team

Current Board Members

Life Skills Victoria's current board member and executive team profiles.

Sue Carroll

President

Sue is currently the President of the Board.  She has a Bachelor of Business (Multidisciplinary), a Master of Professional Education and Training, is an Associate Member of the Association of Medical Secretaries.  She was the Office Manager for the Clinical Director of Mental Health at Latrobe Regional Hospital for 14 years and the Student Support Officer at Monash University for 10 years, supporting both Off Campus and Open Learning students.  She is a Member and Secretary of the Drouin Probus Club. Sue was invited to join the Board and did so after researching the organisation and finding that its philosophy and values were a good fit with her own interest in disability. Sue’s business and administrative background in mental health, management of general hospital and Government departments brings excellent communication skills and a solution focus to the Board.

Bill Lawler

Vice President

Bill is currently the Vice President of the Board, has a Diploma of Disability and received the Inaugural Robert McNamara Advocacy Award in 2000and a Lifetime Achievement Award, (a category of the Victorian Disability Sector Awards) in 2012. Bill has a significant history of working in the disability sector. He worked for 11 years as the Rural Access Worker at Latrobe City, 10 years as Advocacy Co-ordinator at the Gippsland Disability Resource Council, National Policy Officer with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, 26 years as a volunteer with the Independent Third Person Program at the Office of the Public Advocate, 35 years as a volunteer with the CFA and provided a substantial contribution to the Moe Latrobe Jazz Club and the Moe Jazz Festival. Bill joined the MLSCC Board to: “Contribute to the operation of a quality service which respects and upholds the rights of people with disability, as valued contributing members of society”.  Bill also brings a ‘lived experience’ of disability to the Board profile.

Deidre Carmichael

Secretary

Deidre was part of the Steering Committee that established Moe Life Skills in 1986 and has served on the Board since. She has held positions of President and Treasurer and served on a range of sub committees. Deidre has a Bachelor of Art in Education, a Graduate Diploma of Special Education and is a Trained Teacher of children with disabilities. She taught at Traralgon Special Development School (TSDS) for 17 years and in Primary Schools for 10 years, developing an understanding of teaching and learning, curriculum, and policy development. Deidre has a strong commitment, over many years, to supporting families, improving outcomes for people with disability and advocating for their right to be treated with dignity and to be accepted citizens in their communities.

Dr. Tanja Bohl

Board Member

Dr Tanja Bohl has trained as a Dermatologist (Skin Specialist) and has a practice located in Newborough. Tanja firmly believes in passing on her knowledge and skills and has taught via the Gippsland School of Rural Health. As a clinician, Tanja has received several awards and honours for her work, and she maintains a strong interest in educating women about their own health. Tanja has been a member of the Board of Management since 2010.Tanja brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board.

Jason Batson

Board Member

Jason is a Board Member and Treasurer.  He has spent 32 years in the Banking Industry.  He says, “Uni wasn’t for me, so I worked my way from the ground up into my current role as District Manager – ANZ Melbourne CBD”.

He is an active volunteer with Vinnies Melbourne, supporting people who are experiencing homelessness.  He has received multiple awards for Collaboration, Customer Care and Performance. He is also involved in local sporting clubs’ committees and has a Life Membership in a local sporting club for many years of coaching young people.

“I have a strong sense of when injustices are being applied in our community and equally believe that every person has potential to be unlocked. I also expect to be able to leverage my finance networks to the betterment of the Organisation”.

Jason says he has been incredibly fortunate in his career and wants to give back to those who are most vulnerable.

Jason brings a range of skills and expertise including, banking, customer care, and performance to the Board.

Dr. Carole Broxham

Chief Executive Officer

Carole started her career with Moe Life Skills Community Centre in 2007 and has guided the organisation through those years to its new identity Life Skills Victoria Inc (LSV Inc). She has worked in a range of community-based services for over 25 years. Her work has included: planning and developing a range of residential and day placement options for people with disability, coordinating the development and delivery of adult education programs within the Social and Community Services sector, in aged, disability and youth/child. Carole has also been involved in curriculum development and teaching postgraduate and undergraduate education programs to students in medicine, nursing, and health sciences. Carole has provided consultancy to community-based disability services in the review of existing services and to help determine opportunities for improvement and the development of operational plans.

Carole has also completed a: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the School of Rural Health, Monash University.  Her research explored how changes in service provision have influenced and shaped the lives of people with an intellectual disability and their families in the Latrobe Valley.

Linda Fowler

Board Member

Linda was the Manager of People and Culture West Gippsland Library Corporation from 2017 and promoted to Deputy CEO a short time thereafter, she was also a member of the Moe Life Skills Board of Management from 2019-2020.  Linda Commenced Moe Life Skills in 2021bringing a wealth of experience including, over 20 years’ experience in Management roles. She and has owned and operated businesses in Gippsland, providing training and professional development to Gippsland managers and leaders as well as working with international and national clients. Linda is also a volunteer mentor for adolescents and is a professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) with a focus on building community strength, Linda is a Gippslandian and is invested in the success of supporting the disability sector and Life Skills Victoria.

Linda has a Certificate IV in Training Assessment and Education, Accredited Mental Health First Aid, is a Qualified Return to Work Coordinator and with her extensive Business Management experience and human behaviour studies is well placed to undertake her role as Deputy CEO.

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