Julie DrechslerCommittee of Management
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.
Glenda CaddenCommittee of Management
Glenda took on the role of Treasurer in 2017. She has also previously been a mentor in the program. Glenda and her partner Bob have lived in Hamilton for 17 years after relocating from Tyabb on the Mornington Peninsula. Bob is also a long-time mentor of the program. Glenda brings to the committee, a wide range of experience in financial auditing and administrative roles obtained from working in varying sectors from banking, manufacturing and disability. She has a Diploma in Quality Compliance auditing as well as multiple years in office procedures including Management Accounting.
Rob VecchietCommittee of Management
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.
Peter ElsworthyCommittee of Management
Peter has been involved in Standing Tall since around 2005. He has been a mentor with the program with a number of different students over those years, and seen many successes. He has extensive experience with young people as a coach for local Hockey clubs. Peter has also been an instrumental member of this community, working in outreach from the Hamilton Uniting Church. He does strongly believe that “it does take an entire village to raise a child”. He thinks Hamilton is a great place to live and he has joined the Committee of Management is extremely passionate about what Standing Tall can do for young people, and he hopes to see mentoring “Thrive and Survive” in our community.
Karyn DysonCommittee of Management
Louise McLennanCommittee of Management
Amba ChaceCommittee of Management
Amba joins the Committee from a unique perspective. Amba is the first program participant to come back as an adult and give back to the program that helped develop her into the young woman she is today. Amba was a participant in Standing Tall from Grade 5 through to Year 12. After leaving school, she worked overseas before returning to the region wanting to give back to her community.
Jane CroweProgram 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.
Jeanette PritchardSupportive Friends of Standing Tall
Jeanette is the founder, and ambassador, of the Standing Tall program.
Bruach CollitonSupportive Friends of Standing Tall
Rev Peter CookSupportive Friends of Standing Tall
The Late Dr Geoff Handbury AOPatron
We honor the legacy of our esteemed Patron Dr Geoff Handbury AO. Dr Handbury was a strong supporter of the work of Standing Tall from its inception in 2003 until his passing in late 2019. His generosity and dedication to this program will always be remembered fondly. He has touched the lives of so many young people through his time as Standing Tall patron.