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.

Amy Rhodes


Amy works in media and communications for the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regiond 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 Stawell.

Rachel Whittaker

Deputy Chairperson

Rachel's background is in psychology, social work and community development. Her past employment includes clinical, welfare, advisory and project implementation roles with extensive volunteering. Rachel has lived and worked in the Northern Grampians Shire since 2005 and joined the Board in 2016.

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.

Shani Cain

Shani Cain

Board Member

Shani is currently the CEO of Oaktree and has recently been elected to the ACFID's Boards of Directors. Shani joined the Board in November 2018. Shani has worked as the Multicultural Youth Worker and Case Manager for the Centre of Multicultural Youth and also worked for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She has a Masters of Humanitarian Assistance and is passionate about female and youth empowerment, sustainability, and equality.

Jennie Courtney

Board Member

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.

Shawna Dominelli

Board Member

Shawna joined the Board in 2019, lives in Ararat and has a background as a winemaker and viticulturist. Shawna would like to encourage women to have a more active voice in governance and community decision-making by gaining experience as a Board members and was on the committee for Raising Dust, which was a social group for young people living and working in Western Victoria.

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.

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.