AAMoV is collectively managed by a Board of elected officers who give their time to the Association’s cause as volunteers. AAMoV aims to promote and recognise volunteer managers, implement and encourage access to professional development opportunities and encourage the development of local, state and national networks.
The Association is managed by a Board, however it should not be viewed as a Board-run Association. On the contrary, financial Members are encouraged to be involved in committees and working groups which work towards enhancing the impact and awareness of our Association. Discover our vision, mission and values.
Meet the Board of Directors
Coordinator | Volunteering
Adelaide Hills Council
Michelle currently works at Adelaide Hills Council as Coordinator – Volunteering. An experienced volunteer management professional, Michelle has 15 years’ experience leading volunteers and volunteering programs in frontline, management, and subject matter expert positions in not-for-profits, social enterprises and local government. Michelle’s past experience includes Australian Red Cross, Global Volunteer Network and Lattitude Volunteers.
Michelle is passionate about building leadership capability in individuals and across organisations to enable strategic engagement of volunteers and development of programs, which provide opportunity for active individuals to contribute towards building stronger, more connected individuals and communities.
When she is not working Michelle has a love for the adventure of travel, experiencing different cultures and navigating unfamiliar streets to find that amazing hole in the wall eatery.
Community Engagement Practice Leader
Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, Ali is the Community Engagement Practice Leader for the Blind Foundation. As part of her role she is responsible for the Foundation's national network of local volunteer support groups.
Ali has been involved in leading volunteers for over 25 years. Through her work she joined the steering committee of Volunteering Waikato in 1992. She was a member of its inaugural Board, had two terms as Chairperson, retiring from the role after a third term in 2013. Ali has also been involved nationally, chairing Volunteering New Zealand from 2002 to 2010. She has just recently retired from a further term as a VNZ Board member, an organisation that she has a strong interest in and commitment to. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list for her services to volunteering.
Ali has a passion for seeing the difference that volunteers can make, especially in the area of building stronger, more responsive and involved accessible communities. She also wants to ensure that the vitally important role of managers and leaders is promoted, recognised and celebrated. This was the reason that she joined AAMoV. Being part of the AAMoV Board, Ali has been reminded of the power of working collectively. The commitment, knowledge and skills of the Board members continues to be an inspiration.
Stuck to Ali’s computer screen is a quote that she read many years ago and which continues to provide inspiration: “Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
Monica transitioned from a corporate career to one that focuses on helping make a difference to others, supporting her passion for volunteering and just as importantly, the profession of managing volunteers. She has worked in volunteer management since 2010, after working in the Finance sector.
Monica finds immense pleasure in leading people and developing and delivering staff engagement programs including volunteering. Her skills, experience and creative approach are helping to build and deliver on the strategic direction for AAMoV. Monica has a particular interest in improving the public and employer perception of volunteer leaders and the issue of pay disparity across similar roles across a wide range of sectors.
Monica has recently moved from Melbourne to Sydney following her partners appointment to a new role. That has created an opportunity to explore and grow in a new city. Of course, in between getting lost, Monica is enjoying getting to now one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Monica is looking forward to connecting with other leaders of volunteers in NSW.
Board Member | Membership Officer
Marg is currently the Volunteer Program Manager with Zoos Victoria, a role she has held for 7 years. Prior to this Marg worked for 8 years as a consultant to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs developing their Day Clubs Program establishing new Day Clubs by engaging volunteers from the veteran and wider community .
Marg’s interests in volunteer leadership are many and varied however, one of her main interests is supporting and mentoring new leaders of volunteers either formally through the Volunteering Victoria mentorship program or informally though networks.
After her experience of the 2009 bush fires, Marg trained as a Manager of Spontaneous Emergency Volunteers (MSEV) through Volunteering Victoria – she hopes she is never needed.
Marg is a member of Rostrum, an organisation which promotes public speaking. She competes in public speaking competitions and is an active volunteer for the organisation’s Voice of Youth competitions which promotes public speaking skills to secondary school students.
Board Member | Professional Development Officer
Tracey trained and worked as a social worker supporting young people until transitioning to the volunteer engagement sector 16 years ago. She managed the volunteer program at the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Western Australia, before going to Melbourne in 2006 to spend a month volunteering at the Commonwealth Games. Falling in love with the city, Tracey promptly moved to Melbourne where she worked supporting volunteers who provide respite care for children and young people with disabilities at Interchange Inner East.
For the last ten years Tracey has predominantly worked in the health sector managing the Volunteer Services Department at two large metropolitan health services, most recently Austin Health.
Tracey has always been a staunch advocate of the volunteer sector and is passionate about the significant contribution volunteers make to their communities and others’ lives. More recently Tracey’s passion and advocacy has extended to the volunteer management profession as she firmly believes that effective volunteer management, particularly in large organisations, is critical to effective, transformative and sustainable volunteer engagement.
Tracey’s happy place is the beach which she misses a lot since moving from Perth to Melbourne. She enjoys getting away to dip her toes in the ocean whenever she can. Tracey also loves to sing and if she wasn’t a leader of volunteers she loves to think she’d be a musical theatre performer.
Over the past 11 years, Christine has enjoyed a highly rewarding career in Volunteer Management across the not-for-profit sector and local government. Christine’s association with leading volunteer programs commenced at Starlight Children’s Foundation (2006) in South Australia and over time, progressed to leading volunteers in local government programs. Commencing 2011, Christine moved to Melbourne and worked as the Volunteer Manager for Ronald McDonald House Monash before moving to Lort Smith where she has worked for the last five years in leading volunteers across multiple programs. Lort Smith is the busiest animal hospital in Australia and has a strong focus on nurturing the human-animal bond.
Christine has a strong interest in continuous improvement and applying business models to volunteer management. She has experience and qualifications in Lean Six Sigma, Change Management, Training and Assessment and Communications. Christine is passionate about advocating for the volunteer management profession and raising the profile of AAMoV.
In 2016 Christine launched a volunteer management blog designed to support people working with volunteers with a focus on increasing the sustainability of volunteer engagement in programs. Through her blog Christine hopes to promote volunteer management and develop a community for volunteer management professionals.