Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program

Vision, Mission



The Team


Our Board

  • Clare
  • Kirsten
  • Anthony
  • Rosie
  • Emma
  • Jemma
  • Lisa
  • Ty
  • Robyn
  • Sue
  • Linda

Clare Kiely - Chair

Clare KielyClare joined the AVCLP Board in 2014 and became Chair in 2015. Clare has lived in the region for over a decade and is currently the Regional Manager of the Environment Protection Authority. Previously she has held positions in the region in the Department of Human Services and Latrobe University. Prior to moving to the region, Clare worked in international development, refugee resettlement, community health and family violence. She has participated on a number of community Committees of Management, including a women’s refuge, a migrant resource centre, torture and trauma service and student support organisations.

Kirsten Williams - Deputy Chair

Kirsten WilliamsKirsten joined the AVCLP Board in 2014. Kirsten works for Victoria Police as a senior advisor and is enjoying her tree change from Melbourne to the region. Kirsten has experience as a strategic analyst in intelligence, strategy development and risk management. Since moving to the region, Kirsten has become involved with her local tennis club and the Bundalong Action Group as well as mentoring emerging analysts in her professional field.

Anthony Griffiths

Anthony GriffithsAnthony is a graduate of the 2005-2006 AVCLP program, joined the AVCLP Board in 2011, became Chairperson in 2012 and stepped back into the Deputy Chair role in 2015.

In addition to AVCLP, Anthony’s other community roles include Director of North East Waste Resource Recovery Group, Treasurer of the Greta Valley Landcare Group and one of the Trustees of the historic Greta Cemetery. Anthony works for the Australian Tax Office and jointly operates the family beef cattle farm at Greta West. Anthony previously served as a Councillor with the Rural City of Wangaratta for ten years, including two years as Mayor and was also a Board Member of NECMA for eleven years. He is passionate about local history, environmental and sustainability issues and in his spare time enjoys reading, hunting and collecting vintage machinery.

Rosie Koop

Kevin PowellRosie began her career as a journalist, writing travel features for magazines and newspapers in Australia and Asia. In 2002 she put away her passport, settled in Sydney and stepped sideways into book publishing and marketing, leading a team responsible for publishing around 60 new fiction books each month. Four children and over 400 books later, Rosie and her family relocated to North East Victoria to run a prime lamb and cropping business. As well as farming and parenting, Rosie is an AVCLP graduate (2016), a Board member of Tourism North East, a member of the Advisory Committee for Arts, Culture and Heritage for Wangaratta Council, and an independent Theatre Producer and a part owner of the Plough Inn, Tarrawingee.

Emma Avery

Emma AveryEmma is an alumni of the 2011 AVCLP program. Emma grew up and studied in North East Victoria and considers herself a local. She joined the AVCLP board in 2013 in an effort to expand her knowledge and experience, and to become involved with community organisations at a strategic level. With a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Ecology from La Trobe University Wodonga, Emma currently resides in Wangaratta and is developing a career in Environmental Sustainability.

Emma has been involved in many community based committees including the Wangaratta Toastmasters Club and the sustainability focus for the Yackandandah Folk Festival.

Jemma Galvin

Jemma GalvinJemma joined the AVCLP Board in 2014 after graduating from the 2013-2014 Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program. Jemma’ s professional life began in Education and Arts Administration. Jemma now specialises in marketing and communications for both small and large organisations

Jemma has held positions at the Arts Centre Melbourne, the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, The Cube Wodonga and Charles Sturt University. She lives in Albury with her young family and was an inaugural Committee member of the Hume Bank City2City Run-Walk, a community event that raises funds for cross-border health services.

Lisa Mangelsdorf

Lisa ManglesdorfLisa joined the AVCLP Board in 2011, after graduating from AVCLP in 2009. Lisa credits her participation in the annual AVCLP program as the reason why she has continued to live in the region for the past nine years. Since completing her MBA, Lisa currently works for an Australian wide training organisation which helps retain doctors in remote and isolated communities.
Previously her community involvement has included membership of the North East Young Professionals Network and support of a number of local charities. Lisa is passionate about communication across different generations and cultures. She also prioritises her time immersing herself in the great outdoors, travelling, participating in cultural activities and creating opportunities to build dynamic relationships (both face to face and virtual).

Ty Caling - Treasurer

Ty Caling Ty joined the AVCLP Board in 2014 and is currently Treasurer. Ty is a graduate of the Leaders for Geelong Program. Based in the Ovens Valley since 2013, Ty is District Manager of North East Victoria for Parks Victoria. Previously Ty has worked in Natural Resource and Emergency Management roles in Melbourne, South West Victoria, Gippsland, and Queensland. Ty has interests in regional community development, leadership and public land management. Ty spends his spare time with his family in the outdoors and contributes to his children’s local schools and the community.

Robyn Farley

Ty Caling Robyn joined the AVCLP Board in 2015, and works for Charles Sturt University in the role of Partnership Manager. This role involves high level strategic planning in complex international environments, and includes many overseas trips! Robyn has held a wide range of senior executive roles in the adult education sector, including the inaugural Centre Manager for the CSU/GOTAFE campus in Wangaratta. Robyn lives near Benalla with her family and enjoys spending free time on their rural property.

Sue Gold

Ty Caling Sue joined the AVCLP Board in 2016. Sue is a business consultant, grant writer, mentor and educator with experience spanning the business, community and social enterprise sectors. She lives in Beechworth and works with clients across Australia.

Sue has qualifications in business, project management, education, innovation and organisation change. Sue’s community involvement includes Board membership of the Small Business Mentoring Service; and pro bono facilitation, advisory and grant writing services for small business, community, not for profit and for purpose enterprises.

Linda Griffiths-Brown

Ty Caling Linda joined the Board in 2016. Linda Griffiths-Brown is the Managing Director of TotalHRM, a business that works with other local business to improve their performance and profitability. Linda has over twenty years of business and consulting experience including executive and senior management roles. She has worked in numerous industries including mining, energy, government and transportation. Linda’s community contributions have included five years on school councils and costuming for dance and theatre groups.