Gail comes from a career in teaching, Social Services and the community sector, both in New Zealand and overseas. She has had a long association with Age Concern Hamilton having been their Chief Executive Officer for over 12 years and has a special interest in strengthening the lifelong learning opportunities for the older population, including volunteering. Gail trained as a Zumba Gold instructor in order to provide fun, low impact dance based exercise classes for older people and others in the community and currently runs four classes a week in Hamilton. She is very pleased to be a Trustee of Volunteering Waikato in order to help contribute to their community work.
Emma is a Chartered Accountant who has experience working for and with multinational organization both in New Zealand and overseas. As a financial analyst Emma uses her analytical skills to identify key messages and drivers behind financial results, in order to best support management's decision making. Emma is currently working at IDEXX Laboratories supporting the enhancement of the complete diagnostic solution for animals, water and food. Emma is looking to build upon her community involvement and is excited to apply her skills on the Volunteering Waikato board to add value where possible.
Vicki is Centre Manager of Wondernauts, a not-for-profit community based Childcare Centre in Hamilton. She has been an active board member of the Wondernauts board since 2009. Wondernauts is a member organisation of Volunteering Waikato, and Vicki has experienced first hand the benefits of receiving volunteer assistance accessed through Volunteering Waikato. Vicki has recently competed her Masters of Educational Leadership at Waikato University. She is looking forward to adding further diversity of skills and experience to the Volunteering Waikato Board.
Raewyn comes from a career in volunteer management, having worked for Volunteering Waikato, Hospice Waikato and the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society. She currently delivers volunteer training for the Cancer Society, and has conducted some training for Volunteering Waikato. She also conducts facilitation and training in the corporate sector. Raewyn is a board member on the Waikato Breast Cancer Trust and volunteers as a cancer consumer representative, both roles which fit well with her passions. She is also a celebrant who enjoys working alongside people during significant times in their lives. She is delighted to be a part of the Volunteering Waikato team again!
Dean is the Business Support Manager in the Resource Use Directorate at Waikato Regional Council. This team undertakes administrative and business support functions, while also implementing continuous improvement initiatives. Dean started work at the Council in 2003 as the Schools Programme Co-ordinator. He is enthusiastic about contributing to the board of Volunteering Waikato. He is committed to actively supporting healthy communities. Dean is also involved with the Toimata Foundation Board, the Kirikiriroa Marathon Society, Lugton Park Squash Club and is an active participant and volunteer at New Zealand parkrun events. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Education.
Jaydene is a Chartered Accountant with extensive public and private sector commercial experience through her roles based in New Zealand and abroad in Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. Jaydene has operational and oversight experience in business and financial performance, business continuity, change management, customer service, project management and risk management. Jaydene understands the positive impact volunteering can have through having undertaken volunteer roles both in New Zealand and overseas and is excited and proud to be part of the Volunteering Waikato whaanau.
Vivek is a military veteran having retired as a Brigadier from the Indian Army. His career spans myriad challenging assignments in India as well as an international experience that involves work and training assignments in South Africa, United Nations Mission in Ethiopia Eritrea, USA and Nigeria. An alumnus of the National Defence University, USA, Vivek has expertise in the areas of international politics, strategic planning, national security, information operations and project management. A lifelong learner and literacy coach, Vivek has taught at the University of Waikato and is now looking to contribute his skills for the benefit of the community.
Rachel is a Marketing Consultant, developing marketing strategies and managing multiple clients marketing campaigns at any one time. She loves the ‘light bulb moments’ where clients see the results of their marketing. Rachel also has a passion for the social space. She has been a Rotarian since 2013, is often helping not-for-profits with their marketing, runs her own social enterprise in the mental well-being space, is part of a new community initiative to help bring people together, and has recently joined the Seed Waikato Board.
Tasman is currently an independent tutor, while also running events for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tasman has a background in youth work, working in both his church and various organisations around Hamilton, such as Zeal and the YMCA. Tasman also completed his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and English, and served on the Academic Board for the University of Waikato. Tasman has years of volunteering experience from planting trees to cleaning streets, and understands how beneficial volunteering is to helping those in need.