The Board

Chair - Ewan McDonald

Ewan joined the Board in 2018. He has a life-long interest in how families and individuals live with disability. Having a career background in risk management, service delivery and strategic planning, he hopes to bring skills to promote the interests of people affected by disability. He is also committed to the professional development of workers delivering relevant support services as a principal means of assuring social justice.

Vice Chair - Tracy Hynam

Tracy Hynam has been newly elected to the Board in 2021.  Since the family’s relocation from Patchewollock in 2017, Tracy has resided on their property at Longwood with her husband.  She has two young adult daughters.  Tracy works as a Registered and Remote Area Nurse, and enjoys gardening in her spare time.  Tracy has a sister with Cerebral Palsy whose care she is actively involved in. She is experienced in dealing with the NDIS and is a member of an NDIA Participant Group, and several professional organisations. Tracy is passionate about providing appropriate quality housing for people with disabilities and hopes to work with the Board to establish more long-term accommodation options for people living in the Seymour area.

Bob Edwards

Robert (Bob) Edwards had an early association with Goulburn Options as a Board Member (1988-91) then as an Instructor from 1992-95 when it was the “Seymour ATSS”. Bob, with Pam Schivo, started G.A.T.E in February 1995-2000. Rejoining the Board in 2003 Bob has held many executive roles (5yrs as Secretary, 7yrs Treasurer, 2yrs as Vice President and 4 yrs as President of the Board; receiving Life Membership in 2008. In 2015, at the opening of the Goulburn Options respite units, unit number 3 was named ‘Barry’s B & B’ in loving memory of Barry Knippel a former member of Goulburn Options who was Robert’s brother in law. 

Treasurer - Louisa Munro

Louisa joined the Board in August 2021.

Trevor Harmes

Trevor joined the board in 2019.  A background in hospitality, catering, education, defence contracts, hospital soft services and being self employed has given a lot of learning and enthusiasm to support others to grow; succession comes from the success of others.

A soldier’s son, Trevor lived in many towns before arriving in Seymour aged 15.  He commenced working in a local foundry, joined the Army, married and had two children all by the age of 20.

For the last 5 years Trevor has worked in remote locations in the South Pacific, managing employment support and training delivery to local communities, villages and government sectors.

“ Now that I have settled my nomadic career, I look forward to offering mentoring and support to others, whilst I gather contemporary learning from others.”

Raelene was elected to the Board in 20

Sarah Pyle

Sarah joined the Board in 2018 to be involved in local disability services and support the development of Goulburn Options. A mother to 3 children, one with Down syndrome, Sarah has been involved with Down syndrome Victoria raising $10,000 for the organisation. With a career background in Human Resources and case management, Sarah currently works as a Registered Nurse. She still finds time to participate in fun runs and half marathons.

Louise Byrne - Secretary / Public Officer

Louise was elected to the board in 2021. Her experience of over 30 years in the development and support of software applications utilised by the ever changing Community Services sector, has honed her interest in Service Delivery.  She is experienced in adhering to legal and moral obligations. She considers the respect of people to be paramount in all environments. Louise lived away from Seymour for many years, returning to visit family regularly. Having returned to live here 3 years ago her ongoing commitment is the development and success of the entire Seymour community. She very much looks forward to being a part of the ongoing success of Goulburn Options.

Tony Gooden

Tony joined the Board in 2021. He has been in Seymour since 1982 and has worked across the Goulburn and  North East area with the Department of Education and Training. Having retired after 40 years’ service he is looking to use experience gained as a teacher, principal and administrator to assist the Board in its work within a culture that focuses on the people and seeks out opportunities to learn, adapt and improve.