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Committee Members

Dr Rosemary Hermans

Rosemary is an experienced Project Specialist who has worked in complex human services and operational environments throughout three decades.   This includes working, volunteering and studying with more than 450 not-for-profit organisations.  With three university degrees in Community Development, learning leadership, social capital and politics combined with extensive experience on several community boards, she brings diversity and knowledge as well as innovative thinking and creativity to both her working and voluntary life.  She spent more than two decades studying part-time which culminated in a Doctorate of Philosophy at the School of Business and Law at Swinburne University.

When not relaxing with her children or working hard, Rosemary can be found training and competing in martial arts in which she has won several National Championships.  She has lived and travelled to approximately 45 countries, enjoying both the adventure and advancement of communities.  It is her belief that we should always aim to understand culture better and contribute positively to this wonderful planet.

Rob James
Vice President

Rob is the current Vice President of the Rowville-Lysterfield Community News.

Jan Bates
Kevin Tse
Digital Administrator

Kevin joined the RLCN committee in 2017.  With a background in engineering and computer science, along with a strong passion in the technical and digital domain, Kevin joined the team to bring the newspaper on the journey of digital transformation, utilising the latest technology and online platforms to bring the newspaper experience to the next level - more interactive, more real-time and more accessible. 

Irina Shevchenko

Irina was born in Ukraine.  She did a degree in psychology and started her working career in a non-profit organisation helping people in family violence situations.  Her next role was a HR manager in a retail business.   She moved to Australia in 2005 to reunite with her mum.  Irina had a few jobs in retail and customer service always keeping an open mind and looking for new opportunities. 

In 2016, Irina did a Diploma of Accounting and an additional course - Xero Accounting - in 2019.  A busy family life leaves just enough time for her creative and curious mind.  She loves to make unique pieces of clothing and accessories.  Good books are her other life long passion.  Psychology, child development, popular science and human behaviour are some of her interests. 

Nadia Porter

Nadia Porter nee Brikhia was born in Beirut Lebanon to Assyrian parents. 1968 after finishing school, she started her working career at Polish Airlines Office in Beirut, as a reservation clerk and ended it, upon leaving to migrate to Australia in 1972, as the Reservations’ Supervisor

 She migrated to Australian in 1972. In 1974 met and married her husband in Melbourne. She travelled around Europe, North African and The Middle East with her husband in 1976 and 1977, with a short stint living and working in administration London with Stimvac Extraction Company in Wembley.

Back in Australia, Nadia spent most of her working life in the public health system. The last twenty

years in Mental Health.

She worked for a while in the head office of Tradelink Plumbing supplies, as administration support to the accounts department and had other private sector jobs, as well as, running her own retail business, for a couple of years, at Parkmore Keysborough Shopping Centre.

Nadia is fluent in four languages Assyrian, Arabic, French and English. She considers herself a citizen of the world. Assyrian by heritage and ethnicity, Lebanese by birth and Australian by choice. She likes walking, dancing, doing puzzles, cryptic crosswords, writing and has published a number of short story books on Amazon and Kindle. Prior to taken on the role of Editor she wrote a column for the RLCNews – “Tell It Like Scheherazade”. She has two adult children, no grand-children as yet!

Peter Rumble
Distribution Co-ordinator
Brian Pittard
Advertising Co-ordinator
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