Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program

Vision, Mission



The Team


Our Board

  • Anthony Griffiths
  • Kevin Powell
  • Clare Kiely
  • Graham Nickless
  • Emma Avery
  • Jemma Galvin
  • Lisa Mangelsdorf
  • Kirsten Williams
  • Ty Caling

Anthony Griffiths - Chair - (AVCLP 2006)

Anthony GriffithsAnthony is a graduate of the 2006 AVCLP program, joined the AVCLP Board in 2011, and became Chairperson in 2012.

In addition to AVCLP, Anthony’s other community roles include Treasurer of the Greta Valley Landcare Group and one of the Trustees of the historic Greta Cemetery. Anthony works at the Tax Office in Albury 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.

Kevin Powell

Kevin PowellDr Kevin Powell is a Principal Research Scientist at the Rutherglen Research Centre of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Kevin is in high demand internationally for his expertise in Phylloxera research, a pest that attacks grape vines- so his work is very dear to the heart of many living in the North East of Victoria, too.

Kevin joined the AVCLP Board in 2015 after graduating from the 2014-2015 Program and is very keen to keep contributing to the development of the region’s future leaders.

Clare Kiely - Treasurer

Clare KielyClare joined the AVCLP Board in 2014. 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.

Graham Nickless (FLP 1997)

Graham NicklessGraham owns and manages a sheep and cropping enterprise near Glenrowan. Graham has extensive experience at a management level in Local Government, most recently working for the Rural City of Wangaratta. He previously worked for the former Delatite Shire and prior to this worked with the Upper Murray Development Committee in Corryong. A founding Board member of AVCLP and graduate of the inaugural Fairley Leadership Program, Graham has been actively involved in a range of local and regional initiatives across the Alpine Valleys for many years. Graham has been formally recognised for his work and commitment to the Alpine Valleys Region with a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Awards.

Emma Avery (AVCLP 2011)

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

Jemma Galvin – (AVCLP 2014)

Jemma GalvinJemma joined the AVCLP Board in 2014 after graduating from the 2013-2014 Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program. Jemma began her professional life as a teacher, and has since found her niche in the administration of the performing Arts.

Jemma has held positions at the Arts Centre Melbourne, the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre and at Wodonga’s Cube, specialising in conference and events management. Jemma lives in Albury and is currently an inaugural Committee member of City2City- a proposed charity fun run that will benefit border health services.

Lisa Mangelsdorf (AVCLP 2009)

Lisa ManglesdorfLisa joined the AVCLP Board in 2011, after graduating from AVCLP in 2009. Lisa recently completed her Master's in Business Administration and works in relationship management with various sectors of the community.

Lisa holds experience associated with marketing, communications, public relations, and event and staff management. Her community involvement has included membership of the North East Young Professionals Network and support of a number of charities in the Albury/Wodonga area including the Border Ball Committee, Relay for Life and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Kirsten Williams

Kirsten WilliamsKirsten joined the AVCLP Board in 2014. Kirsten works for Victoria Police as a strategic analyst and is enjoying her tree change from Melbourne to the region. Kirsten has experience in policy development and high level research. Since moving to the region, Kirsten has become involved with her local tennis club, and Rotary.

Ty Caling

Ty Caling Ty joined the AVCLP Board in 2014 and is a graduate of the Leaders for Geelong Program. Based in the Ovens Valley since 2013, Ty is currently 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 spends his spare time with his family in the outdoors and contributes to his children’s local school.