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Jerril Rechter

Jerril Rechter

Jerril Rechter is the CEO of VicHealth. She has extensive experience in leadership across the areas of government and not-for-profit sectors.

Jerril is a World Health Organization Advisor and is Chair of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations.  Her current Ministerial appointments include Chair of Victoria’s Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Council and membership of the Liquor Control Advisory Council. Jerril was also a member of the Advisory Panel for the recent Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation and the Work Health Advisory Group. She regularly presents at state, national and international conferences and events to share her experiences in health promotion, leadership, and the potential of innovations to improve health and wellbeing for everyone.

She has served on various state and national boards and committees, including VicHealth's, as Board Member from 2004 to 2010. Her past Ministerial appointments included the Victorian Eating Disorders Taskforce, Australia Day Committee Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts Deputy Chair Dance Board, Arts Tasmania Board, Brand Tasmania Board and the Community Leaders Group Tasmania.

Jerril is a recipient of a Centenary Medal, Tasmania Day Award, and Fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Australia Council, Harvard Club of Australia, the Australian Davos Forum-Future Summit, and Williamson Community Leadership Program (Leadership Victoria).

Jerril holds a Master of Business Leadership from RMIT University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jerril has held executive positions at Leadership Victoria, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Footscray Community Arts Centre, and founded Stompin Youth Dance Company.

In 2015, Jerril won the Victorian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award in the Victorian Government and Academia category, and was also a finalist in the same category for the national awards. 

Jerril was named in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence in the Public Policy category for 2016.

Bruce Bolam

Dr Bruce Bolam

Executive Manager, Programs Group

Bruce has extensive experience leading health promotion research and practice in universities, healthcare, government and non-government organisations. He holds a PhD in addition to master degrees in public health and psychological science, and is a Fellow of both the Public Health Association of Australia and the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Bruce is Co-Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Leadership in Health Promotion hosted by VicHealth.

stefan grun

Stefan Grun

Acting Executive Manager, Marketing and Communications

Stefan has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience from the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. He has held roles focusing on strategic marketing and communications, and brand and product management. 

Stefan joined VicHealth in 2014 motivated by linking his more than 20 years’ experience in the sporting industry– including nine years as an Australian Football League field umpire – with helping Victorians becoming more physically active, playing sport and making healthy food choices. 

Stefan has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce–Marketing from the University of Tasmania.

Emma Saleeba

Emma Saleeba

Manager, Alcohol and Tobacco

Emma has spent six years working specifically in tobacco and alcohol policy in government, and a further ten years in statutory agencies and the non-government sector across a range of public health roles.

Holding a Masters degree in Public Health, Emma’s experience spans health promotion policy and program development, project implementation and advocacy. Emma is responsible for VicHealth’s programs and investments in relation to preventing tobacco use and harm from alcohol.

Irene Verins

Irene Verins

Manager, Mental Wellbeing

Irene Verins has a 20-year background in the program design and management of community based initiatives within education, local government, the arts, health  and workplace.

Irene is also responsible for the workforce development program at VicHealth which has designed and delivered training across Australia and internationally.

Irene has presented and published in the areas of mental health promotion,  social determinants of health and workforce development.

Irene is a member of the Asia-Australia Mental Health Advisory Council and supports the activity of a range of state committees and working parties.

Annemarie wright

Dr Annemarie Wright

Manager, Knowledge and Health Equity

Annemarie is the content lead for research, evidence and evaluation, advising on projects across a range of illness prevention and health promotion programs. This work includes large population surveys, and development and design of population intervention programs.  

She has particular expertise in the fields of health promotion and youth mental health having worked as a clinician, clinical trainer, health promotion program manager and population health researcher. Her research has published in a range of highly cited journals. Annemarie holds a PhD in in Public Health and Mental Health in addition to a Masters degree in Medical Science (Health Promotion).

Rayoni Nelson

Rayoni Nelson

Acting Program Manager, Physical Activity

Rayoni’s career has covered a broad range of areas including sport, physical activity, active transport, road safety, customer service and communications. Before joining VicHealth in 2012, she was at Sport and Recreation Victoria working on sport and physical activity initiatives.

Rayoni has a Bachelor of Management and a Masters in Sport Management. Rayoni has also represented Australia in badminton at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Kellie Hortan

Kellie Horton

Executive Lead, Policy Development Office

Kellie has been working in public health for the past 11 years and has qualifications in health science and public health. She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Public Health at Flinders University. Kellie’s role involves working to reduce health inequalities across the spectrum of health promotion areas, including Indigenous health.

Kellie’s experience includes program and policy development in the community sector, local and state government, and non-government organisations. She joined VicHealth in September 2009, motivated by the organisation’s commitment to an equity-focused approach to health promotion.

Maya Rivis

Maya Rivis

Principal Program Officer, Alcohol & Tobacco

Maya Rivis has over 13 years of experience in the Victorian public sector. After commencing her career as a police officer, Maya joined the Victorian public service in 2001 where she implemented a range of Government policy and programs in tobacco control, public housing, perinatal mental health, diabetes prevention and population level health promotion programs.

As the Principal Program Officer, Alcohol and Tobacco at VicHealth, Maya is responsible for supporting the achievement of the alcohol and tobacco goals outlined in VicHealth’s Action Agenda by providing policy and research technical expertise within VicHealth, building and maintaining relationships with key external stakeholders, and ensuring high quality design and output in VicHealth tobacco and alcohol projects, initiatives and research.

Sonya Stanley

Sonya Stanley

Principal Program Officer, Healthy Eating

Sonya has worked in health promotion over the past 14 years, with a focus on obesity prevention and healthy eating.  As Principal Program Officer – Healthy Eating, she provides expertise and leadership in healthy eating and the VicHealth water and salt reduction initiatives. 

Sonya is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who has worked in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. She has particular expertise in health promotion and obesity prevention, having worked as a clinician and health promotion program manager in various roles. Sonya holds a Master in Nutrition and Dietetics and she was a Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia for seven years. 

Renee Imbesi

Renee Imbesi

Principal Program Officer, Mental Wellbeing

Renee Imbesi has worked in the prevention of violence against women for over 10 years in government and non-government sectors, with a focus on developing the research and practice to address gender inequities. 

Renee leads programs in workplaces, sports, local government and community to promote respectful relationships and increase gender equity. At VicHealth she also provides leadership and expertise in communications and research activity to prevent violence against women, including bystander programs and the national community attitudes survey. 

Renee has presented and published in the areas of respectful relationships education, cultural change and organisational development. She supports the activity of a range of state and national committees particularly in the area of policy development.