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Board and Staff

Kerri Jefferis


Kerri brings a hybrid brain to her leadership role at the Centre with years of experience in community organising, social art projects, tertiary education and third sector work.

She is a habitual plotter, thrives in collaborative contexts and is committed to creating spaces full of transformative potential.

Kerri has worked in universities, colleges, community interest companies, social enterprises, and was self-employed for several years facilitating projects and workshops, teaching, and working as an evaluation consultant.

Kerri has a BA in Visual Art, a Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication and is a self-confessed Community Development nerd.

Kerri joined the Centre in early 2022 as Community Engagement Officer and has since moved into the role of Manager. She is a BIG fan girl of Vic Park!

Lenon Rodrigues

Facilities and Admin

Hi, I am Lenon, an accomplished Office Administrator with a proven track record of over five years in the dynamic field of environment and community sustainability in Brazil.

Fuelled by a passion for overcoming challenges, I moved to Australia in pursuit of professional growth and learning. During my career, I have honed qualities that define me: resilience, focus, and an unyielding determination. These attributes have been instrumental in my successes and continue to drive me towards new achievements.

Beyond the professional sphere, I am an ardent lover of football, music, and travel. Family, friends, and faith hold paramount importance in my life. Looking ahead, my aspiration is to glean wisdom from the diverse tapestry of individuals I encounter. Above all, I seek to savor the precious moments that life unfolds.

Bess Chetkovich

Community Development Coordinator

Tracy Gordon-Velle


Tracy is an active member in the Vic Park community as well as a an experienced professional with over 20 years of experience under her belt in finance, business and marketing.

As a creative, divergent thinker and operator she has broad ranging qualifications which include: depression counselling and crystal healing to behavioural and personal finance management.

Tracy is a Xero wiz and someone who is always seeking to learn, grow and innovate with the help of technology. She is currently completing a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and BAS, as well as a Certificate in Financial Counselling.

In her spare time, Tracy can be found being a singer of a band and contributing to her neighbourhood via a number of voluntary roles including with the Perth Basketball Association, Auskick, and local dance schools. Her commitment, strong work ethic, and passion for helping others make her a valuable asset the have at the Centre.

Zoe O'Neill

Chair person

A senior lawyer with over ten years’ experience in the community legal sector, Zoe also has expertise in not-for-profit governance, social impact and service design.

A long-time resident of the area, as well as having been engaged on an employed and volunteer basis in 'The Park' for over a decade, Zoe operates with a passion for community, facilitation and equity, and a firm belief in starting local and developing and supporting neighbourhood interconnectivity.

Zoe joined the board of the Victoria Park Community Centre in 2019, initially serving as an ordinary board member, before serving as Secretary in 2020/2021. Zoe believes in collaboration, connection and celebrating the incredible and diverse assets the community of Victoria Park has to offer and focuses on the Centre's value of generosity; of time, of goodwill and spirit, as a driving force for the "little neighbourhood centre with the big heart".

Belinda Gault

Deputy Chair

Belinda brings a wealth of business experience to the Board including strategy implementation and organisational governance. She has held Management and Executive level roles for more than 20 years in a diverse international arena working extensively in Australia, Asia, USA, UK and Canada.

She is passionate about the pursuit of innovation and community inclusion and is excited to be working with the Centre to add value to the Victoria Park Community.

Elaine Makinya


Elaine is a dedicated and detail-oriented Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of experience. She has attained a broad range of professional skills from diverse industries and backgrounds that range from public practice (audit), not for profit, health, education, manufacturing in Africa and Australia. She is currently the Financial Accountant at Royal Flying Doctor Service WA.

Working in the Not-for-Profit sector has allowed her to realise her passion to work for a values-based organisation that has a direct social and community impact.

She has developed a keen interest in improving public services and community engagements and hopes to make a difference in the community by utilising her experience, skills, and education.

Kristen Soon


Inspired by the Vic Park Community Centre’s values and initiatives, Kristen embraced the opportunity to serve in a Board capacity with her experience and organisational background in November 2021.

Kristen has extensive career experience in the higher education sector before stepping out to pursue her lifelong interest in people and social justice which led her to a humanitarian organisation working with refugees and asylum seekers, and subsequently to the family law sector and an environmental youth organisation.

Driven by her pursuit to see people flourish and her passion to building connectedness in culturally diverse and vulnerable communities, Kristen dedicates her available time to volunteering and championing purpose-driven initiatives in the community.

As a mum of two young children, she believes in leading by example and impacting future generations.

Mary Hewitt

Board Member

As Digital Operations Manager for a global resources company, Mary is a self-professed technology nerd, having worked in the areas of Robotics, Data Science and having a deep interest in anything else that is cutting edge - Quantum Computing, Augmented Reality, you name it.

Mary recently moved into her forever home in the Town of Victoria Park, where, keen to be a part of the community, she co-founded the Carlisle Street Activators in 2020 - a group that tries to build local connections within the Carlisle community and activate unused public spaces.

As a part of the Vic Park Community Centre board, Mary wants to ensure that the centre's activities are inclusive, leveraging digital technologies to ensure that all can benefit from the centre, and continue to support a centre that truly reflects the diversity of the Vic Park community.

Lucy Smales

Board Member

Lucy Smales seeks to make things happen in their most useful and flexible form. Her capacity for listening to the whole and integrating perspectives to find the simplest next step (or dance move) enables communities to dance on the shifting carpet together.

Lucy embraces the Vic Park community life, catalyzing ideas, and sparking and nurturing connections. Lucy brings her experience as a learning designer, facilitator, social, government and commercial innovator into our work and play spaces.

A natural capacity builder, Lucy loves learning and creating learning experiences and spaces with connection and belonging at heart.

Rahul Seth

Board Member

Rahul is the founder of Perth’s biggest mental health support group, Activate Mental Health.

A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Rahul has built a network of volunteer-led fun social activities throughout the Perth metropolitan area for those who identify with lived experiences of mental health issues.

Rahul has been an active user of the Victoria Park Community Centre, where he’s hosted a monthly board games night since August 2016.

Renee Darbyshir

Board Member

Renée is a Vic Park local who believes in the power of community for changing the world and transforming lives. She brings to the board over 20 years experience in community development and social impact leadership.

Renée is a strategic thinker and strong collaborator who looks forward to contributing to the good governance of this vibrant community centre

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