Inspiring people with Disabilities though Awareness, Resources, Empowerment and Unity
SUE DYMOND - CEO
Sue is the mother of 2 wonderful daughters. Chloe is the youngest and has Down syndrome. Sue has always been an active advocate for Chloe and wrote a book about their journey: Removing the Fear of raising a child with Down syndrome – ‘WAISING MISS CHLOE’
She has been involved in volunteer work for over 30 years. She is a very experienced Board member, serving on the AGSO Board as the Aust Chairperson for Alateen, the Committee of Management of the Down Syndrome Victoria, as well as various other subcommittees. Sue is passionate about justice and fairness for all and believes everyone has the ability to make a difference - no matter how seemingly small. She is the founder of iDareU and her dream is for iDareU to help as many people as possible ‘become the best they can be’.
Sue also has a disability from having a severe stroke in 2003.
She is heavily involved in Toastmasters and is the 2018/19 President of Ringwood Toastmasters. She really does walk her talk!’.
SHARON DAVEY - Chairperson
Sharon is an Author, Coach, Careers Counsellor and Hypnotherapist. A former English teacher, she published Awesome Careers for Gen Ys in 2015 and her second book, on job search, will be at the publishers soon. Sharon has been a Careers Counsellor for 30+ years and enjoys working with people of all ages to facilitate them creating a satisfying and fulfilling life. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Careers and has held senior positions within the Careers Education field. Sharon is a Master Coach through SMJ Institute and provides coaching to a range of businesses and people. She also qualified as Hypnotherapist in 2019. She has a grandson (the apple of her eye) with Fragile X Syndrome and a sister who has been left physically incapacitated by a stroke. One of her past job roles includes being 2IC in a disability organisation. Sharon enjoys being on the iDareU Board and has written some winning grant applications over the past year so that iDareU can continue to make a difference to people with a disability and their families. Sharon is practical, down-to-earth and loves to laugh.
DEREK BAKKEN- SECRETARY/DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONSA recent MBA Graduate Derek spent the last 20 years as an Operational CEO in the Healthcare Industry; manufacturing, selling and distributing Medical Devices produced in a Cleanroom Environment. Organisations under his leadership include Advanced O.R.T., Cockatoo Blue and Custom-Built Fences spanning both the Commercial and Not-For-Profit market segments with contracts supporting Ramsay Healthcare, St John Ambulance, Toyota, Bunnings and Coles. This experience has afforded Derek with extensive knowledge across complex areas including Full P&L Control, Contract Negotiation, Governance, TGA/Regulatory Affairs, Human Resources/OH&S, Culture & Motivation, QA (ISO 13485 & 9001), Stakeholder and Risk Management. He has used these skills to create and execute innovative strategic plans which identify opportunities and develop competitive advantage, resulting in exceptional year on year growth. An accomplished, confident public speaker, Derek has presented to sessions with over 200 clinicians at the Australian Council of Operating Room Nurses and other conferences. His advocacy/influence regarding “surgical smoke dangers” has supported significant paradigm shifts at State & Federal purchasing levels. He has used a strong understanding of infection control, engineering and product development to lead the design of the innovative In-Pendant Smoke Evacuation System (IPSES) to address this issue
callum bakken- TREASURER
ANNA JOHNSTON - BOARD MEMBER
Anna has experience in Community Health not-for-profit sector providing support for carers and people they care for in disability and aged care. While working Anna obtained qualifications in disability, aged care and mental health through to a diploma of Management. Three years ago she changing her role and moved into retail, coordinating Activity & Community Involvement for a large organisation within her local community. Anna and her family have always been actively involved with their 2 children in their choices of activities in the local community; Anna’s passion is equal opportunities, the right of choice and most of all being in charge of your own destiny; it is this that has led her to commit to iDareU as a Board Member.
TESSA ZOLLER- BOARD MEMBER
PRIYA SOUNDARARAJAN - BOARD MEMBER
CHRISSY PATTERSON -BOARD MEMBER
Chrissy has been in the Marketing and Corporate Communications sector for over 10 years. Primarily she has worked for not for profits and emergency service providers but has now moved into the private sector. Chrissy is passionate about creating a more equitable society and has a history of being involved in the disability sector. She studied a Bachelor of Applied Science (Intellectual Disability) and worked in the industry before changing careers to Marketing. Since moving to the private sector she is keen to give back to her community and joined the Board in 2017 to champion what she sees as a very worthy cause.
KEELEY GOLDRICK -
Keeley has structured her career around supporting team members to realise bold projects in the Human Services and Health Sector. With experience managing teams in State and Federally funded programs, Keeley brings an understanding of how to drive enthusiasm and energy to create positive change. Keeley’s long-term interest in social services and advocacy has driven a diverse commitment to further education, including Psychology, Social Work, Management and Public Policy. Keeley is a strong believer that your daily actions should reflect your beliefs and values, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the governance and operations of iDareU.