Board of Directors

To view the profiles of our board members please click on their name below.

 

Nicole Misurelli: President

 

nicoleMy husband and I along with our two teenage biological children have been providing respite foster care for 6 years through Berry Street. Our foster children, a brother and sister have been with us for all of this time and are part of the family. I have been employed in Human Resource Management for many years, working very closely with child protection, juvenile justice and placement and support workers in DHS – these jobs are very difficult and fraught at times but I’ve been inspired by many of the people in the industry. I think foster care and linking community agencies and groups is really important to getting better outcomes for children.

 

I have recently resigned from my role as a workplace relations manager at a Victorian University to become more actively involved in foster care. I am passionate about child welfare and equality of opportunities and hope to use my influencing and human resource management skills to achieve greater funding for the recruitment and retention of carers and for research into the long-term benefits of foster care for children and for the community. One of my aims is that my foster children will go to University because I think education is key to having opportunities in life.

 

Malcolm McLeod: Vice-President

 

My wife Veronia and I live in Echuca and have been full-time carers for 10 years and respite carers for Veronica's parents for 15 years. We have 2 children of our own and currently care for 6 children in out of home care. 

I am on the FCAV board to continue the great work carers provide on a day-to-day basis and in previous years and help improve our system to obtain new carers and supports for kids in out of home care. We see children in OOHC as the children most in need of stability, structure, consistency and most importantly love. I would like to help facilitate this and help our young generation move forward in life with the same opportunities that children in their own homes have. 

 

Tori Smith: Secretary

 

FemaleHeadShoulderOutlineBefore becoming a foster carer I worked for 10 years across several agencies providing alternative education for young people in care, then as a residential carer and as a foster care case manager. I also lived as a lead-tenant mentoring 9 adolescents. These roles exposed me to the needs to children in care, which I couldn’t ignore, and I became a foster carer myself with Anchor in 2007.  These days I do therapeutic foster care case management part-time and have been doing research about out-of-home care part-time too, both with Anglicare I have two siblings who have been in my care for nearly 3 years and look like they will stay long-term, and I maintain regular contact with a couple of kids I used to have in care.

 

My interest in becoming a board member for FCAV stems from: being immersed in the out-of-home care system; seeing its inadequacies daily; feeling its frustrations as it effects my children and the children and families with whom I work; learning constantly about better ways of doing things from other carers and professionals as well as research and academic literature (at all levels – systemic through to my own day-to-day care techniques); having a deep passion for advocating for kids and young people; and holding on to hope and belief that things can be better despite the realities of the status quo. 

 

Eleanor Toulmin: Treasurer

 

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Eleanor is a consultant and economist at KPMG. She specialises in strategy and finance, as well as the government, health and not for profit industries. She also has experience at IBM in the strategy and technology divisions to provide IT support to the government, medical and commerce industries. She spent three years in the Finance Team at The Oaktree Foundation, including reporting to the Finance Sub-Committee of the Board of Directors.  Eleanor enjoys maths and putting numbers into context – providing financial and budget support, economic modelling, and bookkeeping to various organisations. 

 

Eleanor believes that foster care and supporting children in need should be a priority in the Australian community. While not a foster carer at the moment, she looks forward to a point in her life when she can be.

 

 

Mohamed Elmasri

 

Mohamed ElsmariI come from an IT and business background having spent the first seventeen working years in the national and multi-national corporate sectors within the transport and logistics field. This has allowed me to start my own business in bookkeeping in order to have more free time for volunteering. My first official involvement in volunteering was with the child protection sector in 2008 where I attended a carer information session aimed at increasing low

numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) carers. Since that time I have been passionate about advocating for the needs of all CALD and refugee children that come into the out of home care (OOHC) system, and take the opportunity to raise awareness about the needs of carers for more support when dealing with children or young people from CALD backgrounds.

 

My volunteer roles include the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) where participate in multi-faith activities across Victoria. I was Treasurer for three years with a Muslim youth development community organisation called Famsy, and am currently the President of the Victoria chapter for this organisation. I am also a founding member, and the current president, of CARE With ME Inc. I have recently finished foster carer training with Anglicare Victoria and is waiting until my two little boys have become a little older so my wife can finish her training too. I love volunteering and am delighted to be FCAV’s treasurer.

 

Daryl Sloan

 

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In 1963, at age two years, I was made a State Ward. My experiences in “institutions” over those years left me passionate about bettering lives of children who through no fault of their own find themselves placed into what today is known as “State Care.”

 

Our family live in Shepparton, and we have been foster caring for 19 years; undertaking adolescent community placements, emergency, respite and long term care. For the last eight years we have been foster carers of a high needs nine year old boy who will remain with us as long as he wants. Like other children now grown up and discharged from State Care, he will always be welcome in our home, having captured a part of our hearts.  

 

I have an Advanced Diploma in Applied Systems Theory and Family Therapy, qualifications in Applied Science, Workplace Training and undertaken numerous short courses including Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health and Suicide Intervention, (ASSIST).  I’m employed as an Advocate to engage and work within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities across five local government areas in regional Victoria. Previously, I worked, long-term, in a residential youth refuge, contingency care and as an assertive outreach case manager to the homeless.

 

In 1963, then aged two years, I was made a State Ward. My experiences in “institutions” over those years left me passionate about bettering lives of children who through no fault of their own find themselves placed into what today is known as “State Care.”    

 

Roger Burton

 

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I am delighted to join the FCAV Board of Directors: to be a voice for rural and regional carers. I have a keen interest in building the capacity of the foster care system, to cater for all of our most vulnerable children.  Catherine and I have been foster carers for three and half years, with Upper Murray Family Care. We provide long term care for a fourteen year old girl and offer occasional respite care to others.

Married to Catherine with four children. I am a fifth generation farmer. 

Past president of the Benalla Apex Club.

Past North East Agcare steering committee chair.

Past board member g.m.h Agcare.

Past Victorian state government OJD advisory committee member.

 

 

Toni Hetherington

 

Toni Hetherington pictureToni Hetherington has been a journalist for more than 25 years, much of that with the News Corp Australia media group. Her career began at the Bendigo Advertiser and has spanned five cities, nine newspaper titles and all editorial departments including news, sport, business, features and community newspapers.

Some of her key and most recent roles include Associate Editor (Lifestyle) of the Herald Sun, former National Sports Editor News Corp Australia, former Deputy Editor Sunday Herald Sun , mX editor in Melbourneand former editor in chief of Leader Community Newspapers.

She has been in her current role as Associate Editor (Lifestyle) Herald Sun for 12 months. She oversees coverage in key lifestyle areas including food, fashion, entertainment, gossip, features magazines, books, arts and events.

 

She is also Secretary of the FareShare Board, a not for profit charity that rescues surplus food and cooks free, nutritious meals for Victorians doing it tough. She is passionate about helping individual and families who are struggling in any way possible. Her extensive knowledge, fundrasing and event planning experience is an asset to the FCAV Board. 

 

Toni has a 6 year old daughter and enjoys singing, reading and cooking.

 

Zahin Ali

 

I am a Designer, Business Owner and Philanthropist. I have been formally trained in Industrial and Graphic design, and the most valuable lesson I have learnt is lateral thinking and idea generation. Being from a minority background and having good role models I learnt empathy and the ability to help a fellow human being without prejudice. Having undertaken many projects overseas including an all girls school in India, village waterwells in Bangladesh and Somalia, emergency medical facilities in Syria and orphan sponsorship on 3 continents, I was made aware of the need for better services for our children here in Australia.

With this in mind my wife and I have become Foster carers with MacKillop Family Services and I have joined the FCAV Board to assist in idea generation, fundraising and marketing.