Chair and Member of Governance Committee
Sarah (she/her) has volunteered with Switchboard since 2015, joining the Board in 2017. Sarah has 30 years’ community sector experience including as a consultant, trainer, project manager, volunteer manager, researcher, writer and editor, including in mental health, family violence, women’s health, international aid, disability and the community legal sectors. She currently manages community and training programs for PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia). Sarah is also queer community activist of 30+ years, and in 2006 co-founded Rainbow Families Victoria. Sarah and her partner Felicity are raising three tween/teens: cis/bi and cis/straight boys, and their younger non-binary sibling.
Secretary and Chair of Governance Committee
Christine has volunteered as a Board member of Switchboard since 2017 and before that was a telephone crisis counsellor for Lifeline.
Christine was a founding member of WIRE and Women’s Legal Service. She was a community representative in founding the Victorian Women’s Trust and politically involved in preserving the Queen Victoria building, now Victorian Women’s Centre. Christine is a Cornerstone supporter of the Pride Centre and member of GLOBE.
Christine was a secondary school teacher, local government Mayor and Councillor, Court Registrar, Tribunal Member and Barrister. She currently specialises as a Barrister Mediator working with all kinds of families and couples in resolving disputes co-operatively, rather than through litigation.
Treasurer and Chair of Business and Finance Committee
Blake (he/him) is a senior consultant at PwC with experience in management and financial accounting and taxation, and is dedicated to working closely with clients across the private and not-for-profit sector. He is passionate about using his expertise in business to help individuals, private businesses and other organisations grow and succeed within the community.
General Member and Chair of Community Engagement Committee
Amelia (she/her) is a bisexual woman and has volunteered with Switchboard since 2015. She is a member of the Melbourne Bisexual Network and sits on the LBQ women’s peer work advisory committee for Thorne Harbour Health.
As Chair of Switchboard’s Community Engagement committee, Amelia works closely with respected community leaders to increase Switchboard service awareness and accessibility and meet the peer support needs of our vibrant and diverse queer community.
In her paid work, Amelia works as a researcher in the areas of mental health and fertility, including projects centred on LGBTIQA+ mental health, mental health peer work, service improvement, fertility preservation, complex trauma and suicidality.
Rashmi Kumar has worked for several years in advocacy and policy development to promote social justice and eliminate inequality in the areas of family violence, disability, ageing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice, and gender equality. Rashmi currently works with Our Watch – the national organisation for preventing violence against women and their children – as Senior Policy Advisor, Intersectionality.
Rashmi is passionate about social justice, and has contributed to a range of community campaigns and initiatives. She is the Strategic Policy Lead with Democracy in Colour and is a Campaign Fellow with the Centre for Australian Progress.
Rashmi has a Master of Development Studies and Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (Honours) from Sydney University.
General Member and Member of Community Engagement Committee and Business and Finance Committee
Bridget (she/her) identifies as a queer, rural femme. She has volunteered with Switchboard since 2012, holding a number of roles during this time, mostly recently President. Bridget enjoys supporting the LGBTIQA+ communities through this work. Outside of Switchboard she shares a tiny house in the Western Victoria with her spouse and their cat and dog.
General Member and Member of QTIPOC Advisory Group
Monique (she/her) joined the board in 2018 and is currently the Training and Education Coordinator at WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange). She previously worked at the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health running training to improve mainstream service providers support of refugee and migrant communities and as a co-coordinator of Undercurrent Victoria. She is passionate about transformative justice and building community through solidarity.
General Member and Member of Governance Committee
Mary (she/her) has been an active volunteer with Switchboard since 2015 and joined the board in 2016. She has a background in the not-for-profit sector with post-graduate studies in counselling. Mary currently works in disability employment services as a Service Manager at Expression Australia (formerly the Victorian Deaf Society) and has experience in performance and people management, grant writing, and quality and compliance frameworks. She is currently studying Auslan and hopes to become an Interpreter.
Michelle Sheppard “Mama Mish” is a highly respected presenter, advocate, and trainer in the gender equity space.
As a transgender woman, she appreciates the difficulties within the grey created by the gender divide and not only traverses them herself, she willing takes others on the ride with her.
Some of her high profile media engagements include JOY 94.9, AFL, ANZ, BMW, and Channel 9.
She embodies dignity, grace and the change that is needed to make a positive difference in others’ lives, empowers women and challenges barriers to inclusion, discrimination, and harassment.