Home   Board Members

Board Members

Professor S. Caroline Taylor AM

Professor Caroline Taylor AM is the Founder of Children of Phoenix. She is a Director on the Board for Children of Phoenix and is Chair of the Board. She has the portfolio for the Scholarship Committee and is involved in the Grants committee. Professor Taylor’s academic work is focussed on child abuse which she sees as a human rights and social justice issue. She is the author of several monographs, books and many peer reviewed journal articles and opinion pieces. She provides professional reports for sexual assault court proceedings and is often invited as a speaker at professional, public and community events. She herself experienced long term childhood sexual and physical abuse with the perpetrator being convicted and sentence to prison. With no family and few resources she rebuilt her life from childhood poverty and little school education to achieve high levels of tertiary education including First Class Honours and a PhD that won a presitigious national award, to become a leading academic and social activist around children, abuse and human rights and law reform. Children of Phoenix is not charity but change. It provides educational scholarships to children, adolescents and adults whose lives and educational pathways have been affected by childhood sexual abuse to achieve their educational goals and dreams. In doing so they take control of, and build a future for themselves fuelled by their own skills and determination.

 

Julie Christopoulos Board MemberJulie Christopoulos

Julie Christopoulos is currently a Senior Advisor, School Improvement for Independent Schools Victoria. Her role extends to conducting workshops and professional development seminars on Wellbeing, Positive Behaviour Management and Coaching, and the use of Reflective Practices in the classroom. She also provides Coaching, Mentoring and Facilitating sessions to staff individually and in groups. Julie is one of the Board Directors for the Children of Phoenix Foundation and is on the Foundation’s  Scholarship Board.Julie has been a qualified educator and co-ordinator in the Secondary Education sector in the disciplines of Accountancy, Business Management, Economics and Legal Studies that spanned over 23 years. She has taught in the Independent, Government, Catholic and TAFE sectors. She has been an assessor in the Economics discipline, writer of Economics and Accountancy papers for a number of organisations that provide practice external examination papers for the Victorian Certificate of Education, author of numerous articles for the Commercial Teachers’ journal called COMPAK.Julie presented sessions and workshops regularly at Latrobe University during the Commercial Teachers Conference called COMVIEW.Julie also worked for the online organisation ‘Worldschool’ where she wrote online Economics modules. Julie has a Bachelor in Business Studies and Master of Education with a major in Counselling.

 

Pietta Damianos Board MemberPietta Damianos

Pietta is the Administration Officer at Children of Phoenix and can be contacted with any questions or queries on either info@childrenofphoenix.org or scholarships@childrenofphoenix.org

Pietta has completed a Bachelor of Psychology and Management/Marketing (Honours) and has recently completed RACV’s Corporate Graduate Program. Currently Pietta works in Human Resources and is passionate about helping others. Outside of work Pietta enjoys travelling, reading, keeping fit and spending time with friends and family.

 

Daniel Torpy

M.TH; M. PSYCH., Registered Psychologist (Aust).

Daniel has been involved in Children of Phoenix since it inception, serving as a Director and Board member since 2008.  Daniel has the portfolio for the Finance Committee and is also Chair of that committee.  Daniel is a registered psychologist (Australia) and has worked as a psychologist around the world in countries such as the UK, Ireland, Italy, US, Poland, India, Sri Lanka. He has also given his time and expertise on a voluntary basis to work in developing countries including The Philippines, The Pacific Islands and India.  Daniel works as a psychologist with the Department of Education and Early Childhood working with children and their families.  Daniel is a long term member of the Australasian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) and is currently Chair of the ASTSS West Victorian Chapter and served 4 years as an Executive Member of ASTSS, with 2 of those years as the Secretary of ASTSS and 2 years as Executive Officer.  He is a keen golfer and has a strong interest in harness racing.

 

Kathy Macfarlane

Kathy is a long time supporter of Children of Phoenix and has recently returned to the Board. Her diverse career has spanned four different industries and two continents, with education and change being the common themes. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary & Secondary) and a Masters in Linguistics. She has held numerous positions on Boards and Committees in both a professional and voluntary capacity. Kathy is committed to promoting education and skills development as a vehicle for those affected by trauma to gain confidence and build positive futures. Outside of work, wood carving, reading and voluntary work, Kathy’s passion is her 34 foot yacht on which she regularly competes in club racing on Port Phillip. In 2013, Kathy re-named the yacht Children of Phoenix as a means of raising the profile of the Foundation amongst the broader community. This continues to generate interest and awareness amongst Melbourne’s sailing community. The main aim of boat ownership for Kathy is to provide an opportunity for people new to the sport to learn new skills, challenge themselves and gain confidence in a friendly, supportive environment.

 

linkedin_005a794_50_cop

Sandra Harris

Sandra first met Caroline when she attended one of her workshops in 2005.  Since then Sandra has been a Friends Of Phoenix member advocating and fundraising for the Educational Scholarships provided by Children Of Phoenix.  She has 30 years of business transformation experience in both the Corporate and Private sectors, with a Bachelor of Education & Training, Diploma of Teaching (TAFE), Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and numerous other Project Management certifications.  On a personal level, Sandra has had a lifetime of experience as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse involving her paternal father and then her stepfather (in 2008, with the assistance of Caroline’s book “Surviving The Legal System”, the invaluable assistance from Members of the Victoria Police and the Department Of Public Prosecutions, Sandra’s stepfather was charged, convicted and then sentenced to 9 years and 3 months jail for his crimes of sexual abuse and incest).  Additionally, she has endured family and domestic violence, and many other traumatic events which led to her daughter attempting suicide in 2013.  As a Children Of Phoenix Educational Scholarship recipient, Sandra is now studying Equine Assisted Learning through the Equine Psychotherapy Institute (specialising in Personal Development) where she will become a certified therapist working with clients to assist with their trauma associated recovery of health and well being.  In June 2016 Sandra accepted the honour of joining the Children Of Phoenix Board and is responsible for National Events & Fundraising Management.

Sandra can be contacted via email at: Sandra@ChildrenOfPhoenix.org

on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/childrenofphoenix.org/

or on Twitter at:  

     Friends of Phoenix:

 

Vicki Biggs

Ms Vicki Biggs is the FoP (Friends of Phoenix) Volunteers Co-ordinator for Children of Phoenix.  Vicki is herself a past recipient of one of the foundation Scholarships, enabling her to undertake a certificate in business studies course. As a result of gaining this further education and the associated benefits of improved confidence and self-esteem Vicki was able to set up her own small business from home doing business adminstration for other small businesses in her area. The Board are delighted that Vicki is giving back to the foundation in such a positive manner. Vicki is active in assisting with our fundraising efforts and is happy to be contacted should people like to donate goods or services for our charity fundraisers or find out more about being a FoP volunteer.  Friends of Phoenix is a voluntary group of supporters who assist with the operations of Children of Phoenix, participating in a variety of working parties. If you would like to be involved in Friends of Phoenix, please contact us at: info@childrenofphoenix.org