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Our Board

OFFICE BEARERS


SARAH MARLOWE
Chair and Member of Governance Committee

Sarah 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.


DEBORAH MAY
Deputy Chair and member of Community Engagement Committee

Deborah has volunteered with Switchboard since 2016 and joined the Board in 2017. She is a Principal of Nous Group leading their diversity and inclusion practice. Deborah brings a strategic perspective to the board along with 30 years of corporate, tertiary and public sector experience. As a consultant and organisational development practitioner, she has a deep understanding of intersectional and systemic biases that affect those in marginalised communities including the one we serve. Deborah is a lesbian mother and step mother of 3 adult children, enjoys being active and has recently relocated from Canberra to live in the vibrant and stimulating city of Melbourne.


CHRISTINE HAAG
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.


BLAKE LESCHEN
Treasurer and Chair of Business and Finance Committee

Blake 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 MEMBERS

AMELIA ARNOLD
General Member and Chair of Community Engagement Committee

Amelia 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.


EMMA DARDICK
General Member and Member of Governance Committee

Emma is a queer woman who has volunteered with Switchboard since 2017, and is currently serving her second term on the Switchboard Board.

Working in the area of family violence policy with the State Government, Emma is passionate about ensuring victim survivors and their families are safe and that services are inclusive of diverse populations.

Emma has a background in Education, Social Work and Public Health, and has worked both locally and overseas in Fiji and Kenya, with NGOs, the United Nations, and State and Federal Government. 


BRIDGET GARGAN
General Member and Member of Community Engagement Committee and Business and Finance Committee

Bridget 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.


MONIQUE HAMEED
General Member and Member of QTIPOC Advisory Group

Monique 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.


MARY KOUTZAMANIS
General Member and Member of Governance Committee

Mary 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.


LISA SARMAS
General Member, Member of QTIPOC Advisory Group and Governance Committee

Lisa is an academic at Melbourne Law School, specialising and teaching in Equity and Trusts law. Lisa has held a range of positions within the Law School, including acting as the Law School’s Queer Liaison Officer and Chair of the Juris Doctor Committee. She is currently a Director of the Juris Doctor Program. Lisa is also a member of the Victorian Bar. Lisa has extensive previous Board experience in the not for profit sector and has served on the Board of Switchboard since July 2018


NAT TAYLOR
General Member and Member of Community Engagement Committee

Nat has been an active volunteer with Switchboard since mid 2017 and joined the Board later that year. Nat is a social worker with extensive experience across the Community services, welfare and health sectors and has lived and worked in a variety of metropolitan, rural and remote areas of Australia. Nat currently works at the Commission for Children & Young People as the Manager of the Koori Advisory & Engagement Unit. 

Nat is committed to principles of universal human rights, equity and inclusion and reflects that in his work at the Commission and at Switchboard


KENNY YU
General Member and Member of Governance Committee

As a mental health clinician and researcher, Kenny is passionate about the mental health and well-being of the LGBTIQ community. Kenny has been volunteering for Switchboard since 2012, including being a board member since 2014. Kenny hopes to make a positive difference in the community.