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Alpine Children's Services Board of Management

Alpine Children’s Services (ACS) is governed by a Board of Management (ACS Board). The ACS Board is made up of parent and community representatives and two representatives from the Alpine Shire Council. The ACS Board is responsible for overseeing the business and affairs of ACS and is involved with processes such as strategic planning, business planning, financial management, policy direction and compliance.

ACS’s General Manager, Jenny Griffiths, is responsible for the management, operations and administration of all centres and services managed by ACS as delegated and directed by the ACS Board. Jenny is also the ACS Board Secretary.

ACS’s Business Manager, Jeanette McLaren, is responsible for all finance and administration functions within ACS. Jeanette is also the ACS Board Treasurer.

Each ACS Centre and Service also has a Centre Coordinator, who is responsible for coordinating the day to day running of a centre (Alpine View, Lake View & Mountain View) or service (Outside School Hours Care & Family Day Care) managed by ACS.

General Manager

Jenny Griffiths - ManagerJenny Griffithshas a Bachelor of Science (Hons, Psychology) and has managed ACS for close to 15 years. During this time ACS has grown in its breadth and quality of services. Jenny completed the Leading People program at the Bastow Institute. Jenny participated in the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program in 2015.
Jenny is passionate about providing high quality early childhood education and care services for all children in the Alpine Shire.

Jenny is a keen cyclist and enjoys climbing mountains, whether they are local or further afield in Europe.
Parent Representative

Victoria SchmidtVictoria Schmidt lives in Bright and her two children attend Bright P-12 College.
Victoria has run her own marketing consulting business for over 15 years and has an extensive background in the professional services and technology industries. Victoria has been a Director on the Board of Alpine Health since 2016. Victoria also works as a ski instructor at Mt. Hotham in the winter and enjoys bringing her family back to her hometown of Aspen, Colorado for occasional winters there.

Victoria’s other interests include cycling, mountain biking, tennis and surfing.
Myrtleford Community Representative

Jane ShepherdJane Shepherd lives in Myrtleford and is a community representative on the Board. With two young boys she knows firsthand the importance of having a great childcare service available in the local community. 
Janes brings to the Board leadership in Corporate Governance, Business analysis, Contract management, Procurement and Supplier Relationship management. Her qualifications include a Masters of Commercial Law, Masters in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Business Management.
A passionate advocate for supporting community interests and not for profit organisations, Jane is keen to see Alpine Children’s Services and its centres reach “Exceeding” status as determined by the Department of Education and Training.

 

President

Julie TryhornJulie Tryhorn has two children, both attending Mount Beauty Primary School. Julie's two children attended Lake View Children's Centre and Julie is now a community representative. Before having children, Julie was a management consultant in the Financial Services Industry for over 20 years and has extensive experience in business management, change management and governance. Julie is looking forward to ensuring children’s services in the Alpine Shire continue to meet the needs of each individual community ACS services.

Business Manager

Jeanette McLarenJeanette McLaren is the treasurer on the ACS Board of Management as part of the position of Business Manager within ACS. She has had a varied career from research chemist, secondary teacher, outdoor educator, bookkeeper, to operations manager of a GP training program based out of Albury. She holds a Graduate Certificate of Business (Management), Bachelor of Science (Hons, Chemistry), Graduate Diploma of Education and Graduate Diploma of Computing. Jeanette will present the financial reports to the Board at the regular monthly meetings.

Alpine Shire Council Representative

Tony KeebleTony Keeble has been a councilor for the past six-years and represents the Alpine Shire on the ACS Board. Tony also has four wonderful girls who have all attended Lake View Children's Centre in Mount Beauty. Tony is also the Principal of Outdoor School and is currently studying his PhD in the role of Education and Social Capital in rural communities in Victoria. He has a Master’s in Education, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Degree in Outdoor Education. He also started the joint service of the Mount Beauty Out of School Hour Care at Mount Beauty, Tawonga and Dederang Primary Schools. Tony enjoys everything the Alpine Shire has to offer.

Alpine Shire Council Representative

Tony KeebleEmma Woolastoon is the Manager Corporate at the Alpine Shire Council. She has a Bachelor of Science and has spent much of her career in various executive roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, spanning strategy, sales and business management. She recently moved to Wandiligong from Sydney and is loving the active lifestyle as well as the opportunity to work in a community-oriented role.  

 

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