Board

Chair Person: Roxanne Withers

Treasurer: Rob Howard

Board Members:

Donatella Amos (Executive Officer NVSA)

Derek Williamson

Diane Ashford

Kellie Stewart

Maria Ross

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Roxanne Withers 

Roxanne Withers has 20 + years of experience in the community sector predominately in Local Government undertaking a variety of roles in community centre coordination, neighbourhood development, community engagement and volunteer management. Currently in the position of Volunteer Strategic Development Officer at the City of Playford which has nearly 600 volunteers involved in the planning and delivery of Council services.
Roxanne has a range of qualifications in Aged Care, Primary Health and most recently Advanced Diploma Community Sector Management (specialising in Volunteer Management); Vocational Grad Cert in Organisational Learning and is undertaking a Cert IV Training & Assessment.
Roxanne has a particular interest in organisational culture and fostering positive relationships between volunteers & paid staff. Of particular significance in this area is the development of a unique agreement between SA Unions and Volunteering SA; and as a facilitator in the collaboration between the Australian Services Union & Local Government Association to create a volunteer management toolkit. Roxanne holds the position of Co-Chairperson of Northern Volunteering SA; executive member of the Local Government Volunteer Managers Network and actively participates in sector development such as leading a working group with the Volunteer Strategy for South Australia.

Rob Howard 

After a short period working for the Commercial Banking Company of Australia, Rob went on to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer as an Avionics Technician in the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF). After twenty-seven years in uniform and a further eleven years as a Commonwealth Public Servant as a Technical Compliance Officer for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Rob was employed by TAFESA as the Lecturer in Aviation Engineering (Avionics) at the Parafield Campus.
Rob was also a Local Councillor for nine years and is currently employed on a casual basis by Uniting in Care Salisbury as the Coordinator of the Community Visitors Scheme. He holds a Batchelor of Education, and Advanced Diploma in Community Services (Volunteer Management) and a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management.

Donatella Amos 

Donatella our new Executive Officer and has over 14 years experience managing volunteer programs. Her previous position was Director of Volunteer Services at a large hospital involving over 500 hospital and community based volunteers.
Donatella has a good understanding of volunteerism locally, in Australia and overseas. She is held in high regard within the volunteer sector and has been on the Board of AAMoV (formerly AAVA), the national professional association for volunteer managers; and a number of other Not for Profit Boards.
Donatella was included in the inaugural SA Honour Roll, in the 2009, 2010, 2011 Who’s Who of Australian Women and received a Certificate of Recognition from AAVA for her work in the sector.
She holds qualifications in Community Sector Management, training and assessment and volunteer program management, including a Vocational Graduate Certificate of Management (Learning); Cert. IV TAE.
“Your method of training is a breath of fresh air” – Leigh (Salvation Army November 2017)

Derek Williamson 

Derek has extensive experience at Senior Management Levels in the Corporate Sector. Holding various management positions from General Manager, Business Development Manage, State Manager. More recently incorporating all of his experience as a Management Consultant and working with the Volunteering sector at Board Level Derek is also an acting Justice Of The Peace.
His previous position was with JohnsonDiversey (23 Years) as “Australia & New Zealand BDM Manager. JohnsonDiversey(Diversey inc) was the commercial arm of the SC Johnson group of companies that provides chemical hygiene solutions to a wide range of customers in various industries, such as QANTAS, ISS Group, Woolworths, the Hilton group of hotels. It was a Global company, with its Global Head Office in Racine, Wisconsin, an ASPAC Regional Head Office in Singapore and the Cluster Head Office for ANZ in Sydney.

Derek also led a not for profit Industry Group. Derek was President of the “National Cleaning Suppliers Association SA” for 12 years”.

Diane Ashford 

Diane has over 30 years’ experience in community services, working primarily with in the aged care sector, in various roles from coordination to managing social support programs with in non for profits organisations.
She has had a long affiliation with The Australian Red Cross and remains a volunteer with them in time of crisis.
Diane has a Diploma in Community Services , Frontline Management and Training and Assessment qualifications. Last year she took on the part time role, as Volunteer and Events Coordinator, working for Lighthouse Disability, where she continues to support the volunteers and clients with social support.

Kellie Stewart 

Kellie has been working in the community sector, in particular in the field of volunteer management, for over 13 years. Prior to this her early career path was in the travel and tourism industry, and Kellie worked in sales/marketing roles both in Australia and overseas. After 5 and a half years living and working in the USA, Kellie returned to Australia and it was at this time she decided it was time for a change and moved into the sector. Kellie has worked in volunteer management and leadership roles in several large and small not-for-profits, as well as over 5 years managing volunteers in local government. Kellie has been a volunteer for many years with several large international organisations – including AFS Intercultural Programs, the Make-A Wish Foundation and The Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. With a young family, she now volunteers her time in various local community groups and sporting clubs aligned with her children’s interests, as well as at her children’s school. Kellie has a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of South Australia. She has been a working party member for the State Volunteering Strategy for South Australia, and joined the board of Northern Volunteering SA in September 2017.

Maria Ross 

Maria Ross is the CEO for Northern Carers Network and comes with over 21 years’ experience in the not for profit sector. Her skills include strategic planning, risk management and governance. Qualifications include Diploma in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) and Advanced Diploma Community Services Management. Maria has been on the Board of Management for NVSA for 4 years.