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The Dear Dyslexic Foundation Board of Directors


         Shae Wissell, Managing Director

Shae Wissell is the CEO, Founder and Board Director of the Dear Dyslexic Foundation. Shae originally trained as a Speech Pathologist and then went on to develop a passion for public health completing both a Masters Degree in Public Health and Health Administration. Shae’s passion for working in the public health space led her to establish the Dear Dyslexic Foundation. As a dyslexic herself, Shae has experienced and seen first hand, the challenges those with dyslexia can face and the impact dyslexia has on education, employment and quality of life outcomes. Shae is currently a Doctoral Candidate researching the impact of dyslexia in the workplace. Shae is a member of the Fundraising Committee and the Finance Committee.

 

   Suzie Thoraval, Chair of the Board of Directors

Suzie Thoraval is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dear Dyslexic Foundation.  Suzie leads a major program at the Victorian Electoral Commission. Prior to her current role, Suzie was the head of risk at the Victorian State Government Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC).  She also successfully led several large-scale Government projects, including transitioning DPC to the Victorian Government Purchasing Board’s new procurement policies.  Suzie originally trained as a lawyer working in Australia and internationally.

Suzie is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as an Advisory  Board member for the College of Law’s Centre for Legal Innovation which considers how innovation is reshaping the legal industry. Suzie is a member of the Quality, Risk and Governance Committee.

 

Gini George, Secretary of the Board of Directors

Gini is an accomplished leader with over 15 years’ experience delivering successful programs across the Victorian Government. Gini is passionate about the role that government, NFPs, businesses and community groups can together play in supporting young individuals attain their full potential and is a strong advocate for girls in STEM education.

Gini graduated with an MBA from Melbourne Business School (University of Melbourne) and has an interest in corporate governance, as well as board performance and effectiveness. Gini has deep domain experience in program delivery and Information Management and Technology. Gini joined the Dear Dyslexic Foundation Board of Directors in October 2017 and is a member of the foundation’s Quality, Risk and Governance Committee.

 

Suzette Sherazee, Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Suzette Sherazee is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Dear Dyslexic Foundation. Suzette is an experienced Finance and Accounting professional. A Fellow of the CPA, she has worked internationally and locally for BP, Ruralco and Vicinity centres. She has served as fundraising chair and treasurer for the local club chapter of Zonta.

Suzette is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Suzette joined the Dear Dyslexic Foundation Board of Directors in November 2017 and is a member of the Finance Committee.

 

Nicola Edwards, Board Director

Nicola Edwards is an experienced marketing and communications professional with over 15 years experience in both not-for-profit and government organisations. She has been with Dear Dyslexic since its inception. She wishes to share her love of reading and writing with people with literacy and learning difficulties. She brings to the Board her passion for clear communication and skills in building awareness of causes and issues. Nicola joined the Dear Dyslexic Foundation Board of Directors in April 2017 and is a member of the Quality, Risk and Governance Committee.

 

 

    Christine MacJouvelet, Board Director

Christine originally trained as a primary school teacher and has a strong background in education and financial services. She has taught at all levels including kindergarten and primary as well as adult education at institutions such as Victoria University, the Salvation Army and NMIT Preston. She developed and ran the ‘Able Sports Programme’ for the Australian Sports Commission and Vic Sport and Recreation. Christine has also worked full time at registered training organisations, including AAMC Training Group and was a Director of Skill Solutions. Christine works as a Mortgage Broker and mentor and has used her educational skills in teaching finance for the financial services sector.  Social justice is a strong motivator and Christine wants to make a difference for people with dyslexia and specific learning disabilities, particularly in teacher/tutor training and direct support services to dyslexics over 16.

Christine is dyslexic herself and believes that education is one of the best vehicles for growth and change. Christine joined the Dear Dyslexic Foundation board in April 2017. S  Christine is a member of the Quality, Risk and Governance Committee.