Kylie Virtue - Chairperson
Kylie is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience across a broad range of areas, practising primarily in commercial litigation (mainly in top tier national firms), government regulation and policy (ACCC and Law Council of Australia), and at Kingsford Legal Centre. She has taught and mentored law students at universities (ANU and Victoria) and currently teaches Practical Legal Training courses at the College of Law, where she regularly presents on legal ethics, resilience and well-being/mental health, and teaches practical legal and business skills for lawyers. Kylie also has extensive experience in business development, research and writing, and is engaged in local community issues as a passionate advocate against social injustices. Kylie holds a BA, LLB (Macq), Dip Intellectual Property (QMWC, London) and LLM (1st class Honours, UTS).
Louise Juracich - Secretary
Louise is an experienced manager with over 18 years’ experience in the health and community sectors. She has worked in health roles in government (state and local) and in management and project roles in the non-profit sector, particularly in the areas of health promotion and community development. For the past seven years, Louise has worked in roles focussing on the prevention of violence against women and the promotion of gender equity and she is passionate about women’s rights and fighting the exploitation of women and girls. Louise holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma of Medical Anthropology and Master of Public Health.
Kerryn Baird - Treasurer
Kerryn worked as an auditor at Price Waterhouse in Sydney before leaving the finance world for hospitality. She worked in sales and marketing with Regent Hotels in Sydney then subsequently with the Shangri-La group in Sydney before moving to work for them in Canada. She volunteered as a Youth Leader for a number of years before having children, Kerryn is still deeply involved in charity work, including for local charities, Bear Cottage Peninsula Pals, and is an Ambassador for the Gidget Foundation. Kerryn became an Ambassador for Collective Shout in November 2016 and joined the Board in August 2018. Kerryn holds a BA Accounting and Marketing.
Melanie Sleap - Director
Melanie has a background in social work, from case management in family violence to senior management roles in youth organizations. In the last 5 years, Melanie moved into Public Health and has worked on various prevention of violence against women and gender equity projects in the women's health sector. Melanie currently works as the Inclusion, Gender Equality and Safeguarding Specialist at Plan International. Melanie holds a BA (English and Music) and Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Counselling.
Alex Gorman - Director
Alex has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of NSW where she graduated with honours. Her early work involved working as a visiting Social Worker at various hospitals throughout NSW. Later she retrained as a part time executive coach and group facilitator working for the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and has coached individuals in the banking, insurance, telecommunications education and not for profit sector including Telstra, ING, NSW Health, NAB & Lifeline. Alex then joined the Positivity Institute working in the fields of Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology applying the science of wellbeing to individuals and students in schools. Alex has an expertise in evidence-based practice with particular skills in the use of Positive Psychology tools for flourishing and well- being at work, strengths-based frameworks, and a range of counselling approaches. She has chaired the Centacare Advisory Board in Broken Bay, been a Parish Council President and chaired Afterschool and Occasional Care organisations.
Kim Vanden Hengel - Director
Kim has worked in the non-profit space for her entire career - in West Africa for 12 years and in Australia for 25 years. She has worked and travelled extensively in Africa and Asia. She has had management/leadership roles for a range of charities, most recently working in philanthropy for Ozharvest and Dementia Australia. Kim also served on the board of World Vision Australia. Kim holds a B.A. Dip.Ed (French/Italian), Master of Development Studies and Graduate Certificate in HR Management & Coaching. She volunteers in her local community to support those facing homelessness and with her husband, has offered refuge to women and children seeking a safe space, down the years.
Corey Langman - Director
Corey has worked for several years as a lawyer in the Attorney-General's Department of South Australia. She was admitted to practise law in 2016 after having graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Development Studies and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), for which she completed a Law Research Dissertation on whether modern criminal sentencing practice is adhering to fundamental sentencing principles in respect of convictions for child exploitation material. Corey was an intern at the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault where she advocated for legislative and budgetary reform in favour of sexual assault victims. She has served on the Board of Lutheran Disability Services and has a broad range of other volunteer experience, including with World Vision Australia and at her local church.
Belinda Collins - Director
Belinda is a senior executive whose passion is bringing people together from different walks of life to solve complex problems. She is currently Head of Individual Philanthropy for Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and has held senior leadership roles in philanthropy with the University of Melbourne, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, DVA Navion Consulting, the AFL and Richmond Football Club. As a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Belinda specialises in the governance of philanthropic funds. She is passionate about girls and is the co-author of Warrior Princess, a best-selling non-fiction book on the HIV pandemic translated into four languages. Belinda is a proud Ambassador for the Burnet Institute, a recipient of the Australian Davos Connection 2011 Leadership Award and a 2002 Young Hero of Business. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Graduate Diploma in Public Relations.
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Melinda Tankard Reist - Movement Director
Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. She is a co-founder of Collective Shout. Melinda is an ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia, Hagar NZ and the Raise Foundation. She is named in the Who’s Who of Women Australia and the World’s Who of Women.