Who We Are


Standing Tall Hamilton is successfully able to train mentors who can support and encourage youth in need due to the hard work and dedication of many people, groups and organisations.

Committee of Management

Rob Vecchiet
Rob was the previous Principal at Baimbridge College and has been part of the program since its inception almost 20 years ago. He continues to be a passionate supporter of this valuable program.


Jane Crowe - Program Coordinator
Jane has a background in Youth Work, having worked in Alternative Education in Adelaide for a number of years before returning home to this region. She is passionate about seeing young people being given every opportunity to be the best possible versions of themselves and becoming valuable members of their community.

Committee of Management

Julie Drechsler
Julie has a background in Family Social Sciences and Youth Work. She has held extensive roles in Education, Community Services and Local Government, and has been a Mentor in Standing Tall over many years. Julie is passionate about Youth, Community Development, Inclusion, Community Health and Wellbeing. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our committee.


Dr Geoff Handbury AO & Family
Dr Handbury is a strong supporter and ambassador of Standing Tall in Hamilton.

Owner of Regional Victoria’s largest radio network, ACE Radio. Dr Handbury was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1999.

Supportive Friends of Standing Tall

Bruach Colliton
Community champion.

Supportive Friends of Standing Tall

Rev Peter Cook
Community champion.

Supportive Friends of Standing Tall

Jeanette Pritchard
Jeanette is the founder, and ambassador, of the Standing Tall program.