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.

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  • Lauri Stewart - President

    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.

  • Cindy Pullar

    BA(SocSc), PGDip(SocWel), GdCert(Developmental Trauma)

    Cindy has more than 25 years experience working with both voluntary and statutory services in the provision of care and support to our community in the areas of child, youth, family services, homelessness and family violence. She has a background in managing service development, planning and evaluation with extensive experience in mentoring and coaching emerging and new leaders in the field. Cindy is a strong advocate for our community members experiencing vulnerability, ensuring they have a voice in program development to meet their identified needs.

  • Stephanie Green - Treasurer

    CA, BBusCom

    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.

  • Kirsten Finger - Secretary

    BN, GdDipNrsg(Emerg), DAPS

    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.

  • CJ Rovers - Vice-President

    BPsychSc (Hons), MCouns

    CJ is passionate about supporting families through their pregnancy and early parenting journey with a holistic and compassionate approach. She grew up in West Gippsland, then moved to Melbourne and began to study nursing.

    After feeling a pull to focus on the social and emotional aspects of caring, she went on to complete her Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at ACU in 2012. CJ completed her Master of Counselling in 2021 through the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors.

    Having two children of her own and personal experience with postnatal depression, CJ recognises the great need for accessible support for those facing parenting challenges. She aspires to increase her capacity to offer this support both educationally and experientially.

    CJ joined the Olivia’s Place team soon after the birth of her second child. She worked in a Senior Family Support Worker role with Olivia’s Place until late 2021, identifying client needs and assisting them to make their own best decisions to reach their personal and parenting best. CJ currently works with young adults in a school setting and thoroughly enjoys the difference she makes.

  • Julian Finger

    BN, MNursing(Emergency), MAdvNursing(NursPract)

    Julian is a local, growing up in Drouin where his parents still live in the family home.

    Julian is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner working in the Emergency Department at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon. He has advanced qualifications specialising in emergency and intensive nursing care and has completed two Master’s Degrees. His professional experience has included working several years at Monash Clayton, 8 years as a Registered Nurse at West Gippsland Hospital Emergency Department and many years in specialist agency nursing in hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne.

    Married to Kirsten, Julian is a very dedicated and involved father to their four children – Liam, Zoe, Joshua and Nate. He is very passionate about seeing supports in place for dads in our community, and recognises the value and importance of the role of a dad to his children.