Executive Committee

The Executive Committee was elected at our AGM in November 2019.

Office-bearers

Sharron Healy (Immediate Past President)

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Sharron first became aware of Parents Victoria, as so many do, during a trying time at her children’s primary school. She decided to join the small but dedicated group of volunteers on the PV State Executive in 2005. In 2010 Sharron became President of Parents Victoria and also took on the position of Victorian Vice President to the Australian Council of State School Organisations, the peak body representing parents in public schools in the national education arena.


Nicole Sweeney (Senior Vice President)

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I joined PV in 2005 after attending a conference It has opened so many doors for me and l feel l have a better understanding of how our school system works. I am currently the Senior Vice President and have held that role for several years.
l am a registered nurse and midwife and am currently employed at the RWH as a senior midwife in Birth Centre . Out of work l love netball, swimming and walking the dog.
This will be my final year on the committee as my youngest has finished school . l have enjoyed my years immensely and have made and met some amazing people.


Natalie Clemmet (Vice President)

natalieBiographical details coming soon.


Ordinary members

Jenny Ballard

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I was nominated for the Executive Committee of Parent Victoria after attending the 2017 Annual Conference.
I am extremely passionate about family engagement in learning, in establishing a strong link between student, teacher and family. A strong connection can lead to vast improvements on how a student engages in his/her learning and therefore improving on learning outcomes.
I am a Mum to three teenagers, (two in secondary school, one in first-year uni), and a rescue ‘fur baby’ named Mollie. From the get-go I have been extensively involved in their education journey, on committees from kindy through primary and now in secondary years.


Sasha Briseno

Sasha joined the Parents Victoria Executive in 2019 after attending the Annual Conference. She has two children, one in primary school and one in high school. Sasha is proud to come from a particularly positive, active and tight-knit (primary) school community.

Sasha became Vice-President of School Council at Yarra Me specialist school in early 2019. She leads a working group that looks to enhance the mainstream education experience for children with hidden disabilities, through empowering the families and teaching staff around these students.

Sasha is passionate about advocating for neurodiverse students and forging strong, communicative relationships between these students, their families and teaching teams.


Donna Evans

2020 is my first year on the PV Exec, and my 25th year of involvement in the Victorian public education system as I have five children, ranging in age from 29 to 10. Completing my Bachelor in Psychology in 2019 has also enabled my understanding of our education system beyond the primary and teen years. My previous background was in early childhood education with a neurological diverse and additional-needs focus It is from these perspectives that my participation in PV in cemented. On a personal note, the Victorian Alps are my spiritual home and snow on the ground is my preferred footing.


Paul Fry

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I joined the PV Executive in 2020. I bring with me qualifications and experience working in Early Childhood and Youth Work. I have sat on parent committees and currently a staff representative on a school council. I am working in a Wellbeing Coordinator role at a Primary School so bring along understanding of parent and student needs. I feel PV are the missing link to long and trusting relationships between schools and parents.

I’m a Managing Director & Counsellor of a Heath and Wellbeing Organisation “Positive Minds Gippsland” working with children, adolescents and families specialising in the areas of Trauma, Family Violence, Early Childhood/Adolescent Support, LGBTIQ support and Parenting Support & Programs.


Wendy Oh 

I joined the Executive in 2015. I look to bring my knowledge and wealth of skills to Parents Victoria, having held positions as Secretary, Vice President and President and in NSW Chair of the Regional Council (which had 176 schools under its control including Primary, Secondary, and Special Needs).

Here in Melbourne I became involved in the local Parent Club and held the positions of Secretary, Vice President and President.

I currently work with the Australian Army Cadets as a Lay Chaplain, focusing on mental health needs within the young program.

I have 2 boys, the youngest currently in Year 11 as a VCAL student.

 


Karen Rook

As an active parent member of my children’s Primary and now High School I have become an advocate for the parent voice in schools. I attended the Parents Victoria Annual Conference and was impressed with the work that Parents Victoria were doing and decided I wanted to be a part of it

I have a strong sense of community, belonging and inclusivity. I have worked closely with local government, schools and local businesses to improve roads and infrastructure and facilitate committees within my local township.

For the past twenty years I have owned and operated my own Office Administration business and retail store. I am currently President of the School Council at Upwey High School.


The role of President is currently shared between the Immediate Past President and the Senior Vice President.

Staff

Executive Officer: Gail McHardy

Gail McHardy has long been one of Victoria's leading advocates for parents of students in Victorian government schools.

Mother of two, Gail's introduction to the education sector was not only as an active parent participant at her own daughter's schools but volunteering and working for the statewide peak body, Parents Victoria. Gail has had many opportunities to share her extensive knowledge, professional commitment, experience and energy with many school communities, future teacher graduates and with other stakeholders across all education sectors. Gail is currently the Executive Officer for Parents Victoria.

Administration: Leanne McCurdy


leanneLeanne joined Parents Victoria around the Year 2000 as a temporary Administration person - to fulfil the specific task of assisting with Parents Victoria’s Annual Conference. It was for a five week assignment but she was inspired, and invited, to stay.

Being an active parent participant and helper at her children's primary school, and then joining the Parent Club and the School Council at the Secondary College was a great complementary combination of work and family!


Communications Officer: Alan Davies

alanAlan has been maintaining PV's website since around 2001. He got involved through the Parent Club at his children's primary school. Since then he has provided a range of comms services including media training, writing and editing, advice on communications systems and the publication of  the PV journal Parents Voice


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