Board of Management

Ryan Leemon

Appointed to Board in August 2013 Ryan is a registered company auditor and tax agent with over 15 years’ experience in professional practice and a strong knowledge of the not-for- profit sector. Ryan is involved with local community groups and is a member of Rotary International.

Deputy Chairperson
Jon Mamonski
MCom, BBusMark

Apointed to Board in November 2011 Jon has significant experience in communications, community relations and marketing. As an accredited technology journalist, Jon writes regularly for Business News Magazine and appears weekly on local radio.

Deputy Chairperson
Sally Maes
Adv Dip of Bus Mgmt

Appointed to Board in November 2016 Sally is a Human Resources generalist with extensive experience in a large multinational company including learning & development, talent management, recruitment and workers compensation.

Krystine Canny-Smith

Appointed to Board in September 2013 Krystine, an Accountant since 1998, is a qualified CPA and made the Dean’s List at Deakin University. She has a keen interest in Geelong’s northern suburbs and the not-for-profit sector.

Lachlan McColl
BCom, M. App Fin, CA, FFin, CA BV Specialist

Appointed to Board in November 2016 Lachie is a finance professional specialising in the valuation of businesses, legal entities and intangible assets. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years’ professional experience. Lachie has been a Board Member of GKA since 2012 and is now the Chair of the Bethany Kindergarten Services Board.

Chris Bowly
BE Chem (Hons), CPEng, MIEAust

Appointed to Board in May 2017 Chris is an engineering consultant with almost 40 years’ experience in the petroleum, chemicals, hydrocarbons and metals industries and 10 years’ experience on the Board of Bellarine Community Health. He has worked in design, operations, maintenance and management and is committed to continuous improvement. Chris is a founding member of Barwon Head Community Arts Garden.

Tara Paatsch

Appointed to Board in May 2017 Tara is a Senior Lawyer with over 7 years of experience in a professional practice. Tara has extensive experience in family law and litigation. Tara has been a Board Member of GKA since July 2015. She currently works part time as a Senior Family Lawyer with a local law firm and cares for her two young children.

Lynne Kidman
BA; TSTC, Grad Dip Sp Ed; M Ed

Appointed to Board in April 2017 Lynne is a retired post primary school teacher. She held the position of Barwon South Western Region Disability and Special Needs Coordinator and Autism Consultant from 2001 to 2009. Lynne has extensive experience in developing disability programs and curriculum for schools and delivered disability training to teachers, specialists and parents. She enjoys being involved in community projects such as development of The Eastern Hub Community Centre, East Geelong. Lynne spent 21 years serving on the Board of Directors for Corio Bay Innovators (dal cafe).

Dr Karen Lane
PhD; BA Hons

Appointed to Board in November 2017 Karen is an ex-Researcher/Lecturer in Sociology, Faculty of Arts, Deakin University. Her research areas include: Mothering, Migration and Social Inclusion; Sociology and Politics of Maternity Care; Theories of Knowledge and Power; and Public Policy Analysis.

Mr Daryl Starkey
MBA, BBus, Bus Cert Accounting, Fellow IML, Fellow AICD

Appointed to Board in November 2018 Daryl has held various CEO roles in not for profit organisations over 25 years. Currently he is Deputy Chair of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network Regional Integrated Council, an advisor to a private equity company, a leadership mentor, a judge for the Geelong Business Excellence Awards and a Board member of the Rotary Club of Geelong.

Ms Anthea Whan
M. Inter. & Comm Dev, Dip AICD, BCom

Appointed to Board in July 2019 Anthea has 7 years’ experience working and living in remote Aboriginal communities in the NT and WA, and 1 year working in the Pacific in Community Development.  She is skilled in program management and design in early childhood, youth and family support programs and have worked across private and community sectors, and is currently working for Save the Children.

Grant Boyd – Chief Executive Officer 
BA(Ed), Grad Dip Sp Ed, Grad Dip Child Adol Psych, GAICD

Appointed to Board in November 2008 Prior to joining Bethany Grant has had extensive experience in both the government and private sectors in education, disability and health. He has held practitioner, senior management and consulting roles.