Community Advisory Board
Chairman: Mrs Gayle Danson
Gayle Danson has lengthy experience within the Disability and Aged Care Sectors along with Community Development.
She also had 9 years on the Executive of the Northern Mallee Primary Care Partnership.
Gayle completed the Company Directors Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an AICD member, Collaborative Case Management course at University of Wollongong and has undertaken a range of short courses within the disability sector.
Gayle also has both teaching and librarian qualifications.
Gayle has been elected Director of MADEC Australia for the last nine (9) years, a member of the MADEC Audit and Risk Committee, Convenor of the MADEC Building and Facilities Committee and serves on the MADEC Nominations Committee.
Gayle is also currently into her second term as the elected Chair of Mallee Sports Assembly and has served on that Board for five years.
Mrs Ada Peterson
Ada Peterson is employed at the Mildura Aboriginal Corporation in the role of Closing the Gap Partnership Coordinator.
Ada attended the Red Cliffs High School and has completed a Diploma in Community Education RMIT Melbourne, Certificate in Business Administration, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing & Management Training Course, RMIT- Basic Koori Counselling and DHS Child Protection and Youth Justice Professional Development Unit- Beginning Practice in Child Protection.
Ada has been actively involved in a number of organisations in Mildura including the Director Mildura Aboriginal Corporation- Secretary, Convener Mildura Aboriginal Network, Chairperson Mildura Rural City Council Aboriginal Action Committee, LMML Advisory Committee, LMARG, Interdepartmental Committee Mildura.
Mr Gerald Purchase
Gerald was born, raised and educated in South Africa. He holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology (Rhodes, 1981). After lecturing at University, he emigrated to Australia, settling in Mildura. After ten years with the Victorian Department of Health working with young children he went into private practice. His current research interest in Neurofeedback.
Mr John Tesoriero
John Tesoriero, is currently Chair of the Board of Directors, of Lower Murray Water and until recently Project managed the development of a business case for the Sunraysia Irrigation Modernisation Project for the Mildura Development Corporation.
John has extensive experience in the water industry including General Manager, Water Supply for Southern Rural Water, Chief Executive Officer of the First Mildura Irrigation Trust and General Manager Western Murray Irrigation.
John is a former Chairperson of the Murray Valley Citrus Board and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of that organisation.
John previously served on the Mildura Base Hospital Board between 1991 and 1993. He has a Graduate Diploma of Business (Administration) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kathy studied her Bachelor of Accounting at La Trobe Mildura and is currently studying Chartered Accounting while working as an auditor accountant at Crowe Horwarth Murray Darling. Kathy is an active advocate for youth in the Sunraysia community. She is also heavily involved in sporting, youth and cultural interests, including the Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council, the Filipino Community of Sunraysia.
Tara is a lecturer and campus lead with the Department of Rural Nursing and Midwifery, College of Science, Health and Engineering, at the La Trobe University Mildura Campus. She undertakes curriculum development, teaching and assessment within the Core First Year of the Health Science degrees and across the Bachelor of Nursing as well as working in a co-ordination role and representing the Mildura Campus within the wider University system. She is a Registered Nurse with current AHPRA registration and holds a Bachelor of Public Health, Graduate Diploma of Health Service Management and Master of Public Health where her thesis explored how communities strengthen cross-sector collaboration through collective impact. Before joining La Trobe University in 2008, Tara worked in a number of clinical roles as a registered nurse at Mildura Base Hospital, Mildura Private Hospital, Sunraysia Community Health Services and the Mallee Division of General Practice.
Mr Dale Thompson
Raised in Mildura, Dale completed a nursing degree at LaTrobe University and returned to Mildura Base Hospital to practice at the previous 13th street site. Dale has previously held the primary health manager role with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, nurse manager with the Northern Territory Department of Health and Assistant Director with a nationwide service operated by Menzies School of Health Research and after 11 years returned to Mildura married with three young children. Dale now works at Sunraysia Community Health Service in primary care. He holds a Masters of Public Health and extensive experience working across much of remote and regional Australia and is passionate about primary care, preventable chronic conditions and reducing the health inequalities experienced by marginalized people in our local community.
Dr Philip Webster
Dr Webster was raised in Red Cliffs and has been a GP in the Mildura area since 1980 with over 40 years’ of experience in medical practice. Dr Webster is a director on the Mildura-based Zoe Support Australia and has been on the Executive of the Mallee Division of General Practice and the Rural Workforce Agency of Victoria as well as serving as councillor at the Mildura Senior College. Dr Webster has a strong commitment to Mildura and district community, compassion for the disadvantaged or marginalised and a great belief that education is essential to health, personal growth & development and hope.