Our Board is made up of local women who bring a range of valuable experiences, knowledge and skills to WHG. Our Board members’ are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of women in the Grampians region, bringing drive and energy to progress the vision and work of WHG.

Shani Cain


Shani is a leader and strategist working in the social impact space, currently at Decade of Action. She is an advocate for youth, gender and intersectionality. Most recently, Shani was the CEO of the Oaktree Foundation, Australia's largest youth-led international development agency with over 250,000 supporters. She had worked across settlement, climate and development and brings a wealth of experience in leadership, advocacy and strategy.

Jennie Courtney

Deputy Chairperson

Jennie currently works as the Director of Community Engagement at Ballarat Health Services. Jennie has over 15 years of professional experience in strategic management across marketing, fundraising, leadership development and community engagement and has a range of experiences on committees and working with boards for a variety of organisations, from small member groups to University and Health Service governing bodies. Jennie joined the Board in 2019 and resides in Ballarat.

Julie-Ann Zajac


Julie-Ann joined the Board in 2019. Julie-Ann has a background in Human Resources with experience in local, state and federal government with a focus on governance and risk, procedural policy development and people management. Julie-Ann resides in Ballarat.

Frances Salenga

Board Member

Frances joined the Board in 2017 and currently works at The City of Ballarat as Coordinator Cultural Diversity. A graduate from the University of the Philippines in Sociology and Anthropology, she is passionate about intercultural affairs. Frances also brings with her experience from being a member of the Regional Advisory Committee and was Deputy Chair of the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network and lives in Ballarat.

Jessica Grimble

Board Member

Jess joined the Board in 2020 and brings with her a passion for furthering cultural change when it comes to gender equity and women’s rights. Jess brings with her over 13 years experience within the media, including the role of Editor for the Wimmera Mail-Times, Stawell Times-News and Ararat Advertiser. A Horsham-born professional Jess is driven to further the future development of Wimmera communities through advocacy and positive and collaborative engagement. Jess currently works as the Project Manager for Wimmera Development Association and resides in Horsham.

Amy Rhodes

Board Member

Amy works in media and communications for the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and has experience in community and youth development. She has formal qualifications in journalism, public relations, youth mental health, and is a volunteer ambassador for beyondblue. Amy joined the WHG Board in December 2016 and currently lives in Ballarat.

Di Thomson

Board Member

Di is an Inspector of Police with Victoria Police and joined the Board in 2019. Di brings with her extensive governance and committee experience from across a range of positions within Victoria Police. Di is passionate about all women being able to reach their full potential in life. Di resides in Horsham.

Carly-Anne Myers

Board Member

Carly joined the Board in 2021 and is the Experts by Experience and Promotions Coordinator, Workforce Development Program at Women with Disabilities Victoria. Carly has recently been accepted into the Master of Public Health course at Deakin University which has a focus on health promotion with a stream on disability and ethics which is of key interest for her. Carly has experience serving on various Board and Committees including Government Liaison Officer, Short Statured People of Australia; and President, Genetic Support Network of Victoria. Carly currently resides in Ballan.

Onella Cooray

Board Member

Onella currently works with Agriculture Victoria Research as a Technical Officer. Onella is interested in improving access and awareness around sexual and reproductive health. Onella also has lived experience as an intersectional minority being a queer, immigrant, woman of colour working in the STEM field and her commitment to equity, increasing awareness and removing discrimination is supported by her positions as Events Chair for the Victorian Public Sector Pride Network and active participation in the Women in STEM initiative at Agriculture Victoria Research. Onella joined the Board in 2021 and resides in Horsham.