Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation

Board of Directors

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The Echuca-Moama Beacon Foundation is unique to every other Beacon arrangement in Australia; we have a Board of Management that facilitates the Beacon events into our local schools with the assistance of a project manager from CCLLEN. The Board of Management is made up of business professionals, school representatives and interested members of the community. They are:



Sue Turner (Chairperson) - Company Director, Wesue Group, Group Training Specialists, Echuca
Sue has been a board member since 2011 and is currently pursuing a dream career change,
studying a Diploma of Nursing. She has previously delivered training in the local area and more recently at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre (KCLC). Sue sees the importance and value in creating positive opportunities for young people to successfully transition from secondary education into a meaningful career pathway




Mark Thomson (Treasurer) - Associate, Lockwood Partners, Echuca
Mark has been a Beacon Board member since 2003, and offers excellent financial and tax
expertise. Mark has been an employee, Director and Associate of Lockwood Partners Chartered Accountants for 25 years and is involved with other community based organisations.



Tod Collins - Travel Consultant, Echuca
Tod has been a Board member since the inception of Beacon in Echuca Moama. He leads The Sponsorship arm of the Board and also assists with his extensive knowledge and connections to local businesses and community groups.



Mandy Zanker - Human Resources, Echuca
Mandy has been connected to the work of the Beacon Foundation through her own children and via her employment for more than a decade. Mandy’s role as Human Resources manager with disability organisation Murray Human Services, aligns with the philosophy of the Beacon Foundation for all people to have the opportunity for positive engagement and inclusion in the community.


Chris Eeles - Principal, Echuca College, Echuca
Chris was appointed Principal of Echuca College in 2006 just after the College had been established. Since that time he has overseen the building and development of the new College and the consolidation of all year levels onto the College Drive site in November 2009. Echuca College has ‘Diversity Our Strength’ as its motto and we are proud that we provide a comprehensive curriculum for our students. Beacon plays an important role in supporting our vocational learning at the College and helping us to prepare our students today for tomorrow’s world.



Jaime Lake - Proprietor, Numanz Embroidery, Echuca
Jaime has been a board member since 2011 with a sound understanding of the Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Industry. Jaime is the proud owner of a Family owned and operated business - Numanz Embroidery. Numanz Embroidery has built a decade-long reputation based on outstanding personalised service, first-class products and an unwavering commitment to supporting our local community.


Adam Prime, Leadership Team, St. Joseph's College, Echuca
Adam has been teaching for 23 years and has moved from the Yarra Valley To Northern Victoria with his Wife Jevaise 7 Years ago. Now teaching at St Joseph’s and a member of the Leadership team, Adams focus is on enrichment and inclusion


Michael Zweck - Moama Anglican Grammar School, Moama
Michael Is a teacher at Moama Anglican Grammar with a role as the Year 9 Year Level Coordinator. He teaches Mathematics and Science and is honoured to be part of the Beacon Board, to help promote and encourage the development of young people to move into future employment as valued members of society.


Peter Nelson - Principal, River City Christian College, Echuca
Appointed to this role in mid-2016, Peter has been Principal in two other Christian schools, worked with young people in various settings plus had an earlier career in the manufacturing industry. Soon after arriving in Echuca he recognised the significant value in the work The Echuca-Moama Beacon Foundation was doing for young people in the region and in the bringing of local schools together, so was keen to begin having River City Christian College students involved In 2017, becoming a member of Beacon in 2018.

Sarah Phillips
Sarah joined the Beacon Foundation this year as she felt that her previous role as Secondary School Nurse provided her with valuable knowledge and experience to support young people in their education, and promote healthy and positive behaviours to further their education that will encourage happy and successful futures. Sarah continues to be a supportive member in our community as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator at a local general practice.



Catherine Lees - Director of Education at Echuca Regional Health
Catherine Lees shifted to Echuca in 2016 to accept the position of Director of Education at Echuca Regional Health. Cath joined the Beacon Board in 2017 after attending and being impressed by the opportunities Beacon provided to secondary schools through their Careers Expo and extensive local partnerships. Cath has a PhD in cancer research and worked at The Royal Children's Hospital for 11 years in Research & Ethics, Clinical Ethics and Education. Cath is passionate about providing innovative, evidence based education to health care professionals, and committed to supporting and encouraging local students to pursue a career in health.



Amy Lyon - Designer, REALM Building Design, Echuca
Amy joined the Beacon Board in 2015 with a keen interest in the foundation as she participated in Beacon in 2006 as a student and is now currently employed by one of the business owners from the Carers Expo workshops. Previously working in retail and hospitality, Amy now thoroughly enjoys her position at REALM, working in building and Interior design. Amy believes in the value of offering opportunities to students to successfully transition from education into careers they will enjoy.




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