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 - Raelene Eason

Raelene was elected to the Board in 2017 after many years as an active member of the Lower Hume parent support group. A teacher for 30 years, she has a daughter attending Goulburn Options. Raelene feels that it is important for all the families and staff who make up the Goulburn Options community to be well supported and she is looking forward to working with the Board as the organisation continues to develop.

Secretary / Public Officer - Bob Edwards

Robert (Bob) Edwards had an early association with Goulburn Options as a Board Member (1988-89) then as an Instructor from 1995-98 when it was the “Seymour ATSS”. Bob, with Pam Schivo, started G.A.T.E in February 1995. Rejoining the Board in 2003 Bob has held many executive roles (4yrs 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 - Michael Molony

Michael Molony joined the Board in June 2016.  A former Board Member of Goulburn Options, Michael has an adult son who has attended Goulburn Options full time since 2005.  Michael is a Certified Practising Accountant, conducts his own accounting firm, and brings this expertise and that as a business owner to the role. Michael is a member of the Board of Seymour Health and is a long time performer with the Seymour BATS.  

Gary Doherty

Gary rejoined the Board in 2018 having previously been a member in 2014. Gary began his working life at 15 years of age, as did many in his peer group. He started as a spray painter, finishing up at the Ford Motor Co. Truck Plant. After Ford, the Australian Regular Army was Gary's second career, for 20 years as a regular soldier, then eight years as a reservist soldier and officer. After his  Army time, Gary decided on a third career as a podiatrist. After completing his undergraduate course, he worked for the Shepparton Foot Clinic for two years, before starting is own practice in Seymour 10 years ago.

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.”

Bill Keating

Bill Keating joined the Board in 2018. After 20 years as the owner of the Seymour news agency, Bill sold the business and worked with the Seymour IGA for 13 years until his retirement. Bill served on the Seymour Hospital Board for fifteen years, holding various positions in that time. He has also been a member of the local St Vincent de Paul Society for a number of years. Bill enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

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.

Margaret Sheppard

Margaret rejoined the board in 2018 after taking a year off. 2019 marked her 20th year of Board involvement and during this time she has held several executive roles. Margaret cares for her sister who has attended Goulburn Options since 1987. Having retired from her banking career Margaret is chair of the Goulburn Options fundraising committee. She also and volunteers for the Seymour Volunteer Cancer Council unit and does Meals on wheels.

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