Our Board of Directors is made up of a group of committed, passionate locals who are keen to see the vision and mission of Olivia's Place realise in the Gippsland region.
The group is a mix of younger and older parents and grandparents who all bring a variety of professional backgrounds and personal experiences to inform their role within the team.
Anthony Mutton - President
GradDipAgedServsMgmt, FTIA, FGIA, FAICD
Anthony Mutton is a highly experienced Chair, Non-Executive Director (NED), and Managing Director with a strong background in Board and Not-For-Profit leadership and expertise spanning wholesale market operations, resource management, and compliance. Recognised for his strategic business contributions, Anthony was appointed to the Board of Mayflower in 2003, commenced two years as Deputy Chair in 2018, and was appointed Chair of the Board in October 2020.
Anthony has amassed over 30 years of experience in the aged care sector, excelling in senior roles including Senior Adviser with Aged Care Victoria (ACV) and Membership Relationship Manager with the Victorian Association of Health and Extended Care (VAHEC), formerly the aged care peak body in Victoria. Prior, he held the position of Chair of Edith Bendall Lodge and is currently fulfilling the executive leadership role as Managing Director of City Fresh Wholesalers Pty Ltd.
In 2021, Anthony completed a Governing for Nonprofit Excellence Program virtually with Harvard University and commenced his Master of Business Administration in January 2023. An insightful business professional, Anthony is renowned for identifying business-critical issues and overseeing the implementation of processes and systems to guide business transformation and embed change.
Mohan Lakshman - Vice President
BEng, MEng, Exec MBA
A dynamic strategist with over a decade of experience, Mohan is deeply committed to driving sustainable growth. This commitment is not just professional but also personal, stemming from a profound respect for the work of Olivia's Place in the Gippsland community.
Having honed leadership skills through an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School, Mohan combines academic insights with hands-on industry experience across diverse sectors like Telecommunications, Rail, Healthcare, Farming and Disruptive Technology. This rich diverse experiences has cultivated a unique ability to navigate complex challenges and identify strategic opportunities.
At the heart of Mohan's leadership philosophy lies a deep-seated introspection and a quest to understand the 'why' behind every initiative. This approach, coupled with a history of impactful board positions, showcases Mohan's capability to offer strategic guidance that harmoniously blends socialist and capitalist ideals for maximum community impact.
On a personal note, Mohan is a proud husband and a doting father to a young boy. His connection to Olivia's Place resonates deeply, as he understands the significance of community support for families. Outside of his professional and board commitments, Mohan enjoys the tranquillity of the golf course, finding it a perfect place to reflect while trying to improve his handicap.
As a proud board member of Olivia's Place, Mohan is eager to channel his passion, expertise, and personal experiences to further the organization's noble mission and deepen its footprint in the community.
Stephanie Green - Treasurer
Stephanie has over 15 years experience in the accounting and business industry and is an owner of a local business services firm.
Having grown up in Warragul and surrounds, Stephanie is raising her family in the area. As a mother to three young boys, she understands the importance of support and having a village around you during pregnancy and parenthood. As a result, Stephanie jumped at the opportunity to join the Olivia’s Place board when it presented itself in 2021.
Michelle Dohnt - Secretary
Michelle has worked with public and private health organisations for over 25 years with a love for operational management and team leadership positions. Originally from Western Australia but now calls Bena South Gippsland home. Michelle has always had a strong connection with community, with involvement in many different sporting groups and now more recently as a committee member for the Bena Hall, with all things community being the focus. Michelle is very passionate about creating an inclusive and safe environment for all, especially vulnerable groups who need just that little bit more care, love and support.
BN, GdDipNrsg(Emerg), DAPS, Certified Salesforce Admin, Nonprofit Cloud Consultant
Kirsten is one of the co-founders of Olivia's Place and continues to be involved in multiple levels of the organisation.
Holding the role of General Manager of Operations until late 2021, Kirsten has now moved into a volunteer role working within the team as a Salesforce Administrator as well as focusing on community engagement, partnerships and activities that contribute to the financial sustainability of Olivia’s Place.
Kirsten has been a qualified ALS Paramedic since 2008 and worked locally until late 2021. She is also a Registered Nurse with qualifications specialising in Emergency and Intensive Care Nursing and with experience in education at a tertiary level in the clinical setting.
Kirsten, her husband Julian and their 4 children Liam, Zoe, Joshua and Nate are all actively involved in many aspects of our community and have together lived in Drouin since 2010.
BA (SocSc), MBA
Solange has 15 years experience in relationship management for government and the charity and community services space. Solange owns a Melbourne based business management consultancy working to advance the collaboration between business, government and not-for-profits. Solange spends her spare time advocating access, fairness and progress through a number of committees that prioritise the needs of marginalised communities including migrant and refugee groups as well as creating equitable opportunities for women and children. Solange’s first interactions with Olivia’s Place were as Victoria Manager for GIVIT Listed, supporting the material aid functions of Olivia’s Place. She brings a generalist approach to strategy, capacity building and community engagement in support of our functions and growth.
BA (Hons), LLB
Lauri is a local, growing up in Warragul where her parents were a local dentist and school teacher. Her siblings and grandparents also live in the area, and her family is very close.
Lauri is an Immigration and Constitutional lawyer. She spent more than 10 years working in the not-for-profit sector before commencing her own practice in Warragul, Stewart Administrative and Migration Lawyers, and a continuing professional education training organisation, Chapagain Stewart Training.
Lauri and her family are passionate about supporting and encouraging positive growth and development in all aspects of our wonderful community.