HCO has, for many years, enjoyed the services of a very able and committed Board, who have come with a very applicable set of skills and understandings, whilst always being prepared to develop their capacities and skills to take the organisation through its many stages of change and growth. Their contribution is invaluable.
Chair of the Board
The current Board is chaired by Ms Yvonne Todd. Ms Yvonne Todd has experience in both the public sector and the not for profit, delivering employment and training programs and community engagement strategies. Ms Todd is very committed to improving the community we live in by creating participation opportunities and is a councillor with her local Council.
Deputy Chair of the Board
The Deputy Chair, Mrs Rosemary Dixon, is very experienced in service delivery and has strong and beneficial connections in the local community. She has served on the Board in excess of twelve years, having in the past undertaken the role of Chair. Rosemary has given untiring service to HCO.
Ms Jeanette Brown has been involved in Health Services delivery and management for over 30 years and brings an astute and perceptive level of insight and consideration to issues and decision making. Jeanette provides a focus and concern for client outcomes.
Vivien Hazel joined the board 2015 having retired from a career in Community Services. Vivien brings a strong commitment to practice and service standards drawing on her experience as a social worker, manager and director in the SA Public Service. Vivien has sat on several boards and been active in the not for profit sector for many years both here and in the UK.
Graham Ross joined the Board of Hills Community Options in 2015. Graham offers nearly 30 years of experience in supporting low income people in housing. He started working with homeless families in 1982 at the Lutheran Family Shelter at College Park and has continued on in helping people secure medium to long term accommodation.
Established nearly two decades ago as Lutheran Community Housing, Cornerstone Housing Ltd. is now our state's third largest not-for-profit housing provider.
Graham has also served as Chairperson on the National Community Housing Forum Policy Advisory Committee representing churches and provided advice at a national level on joint venture approaches and other policy areas of community housing.
Graham is currently registered as a Real Estate Agent and has been instrumental in positioning Lutheran Community Housing now known as Cornerstone Housing Ltd., for future growth
Graham is also currently serving as CEO for;
Teen Challenge SA Inc. an organization to assist young people with Life Controlling problems
Help at Home Inc. and organization established to assist disabled and elderly people in their own homes whom are the most vulnerable people in society to maintain their dignity of life whilst aging in place
Cornerstone Housing Ltd., an organization established to provide affordable housing to those most in need.
Joining the Board in Oct 2016 Karen brings a unique blend of skills and experience gained over 20 years in both commercial and not for profit environments. With accounting degree qualifications, CPA membership and a Masters of Business Administration Karen has significant underpinning capacity to contribute to HCO at the strategic level and she looks forward to working with other members of the HCO Board to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the Organisation.
Sam Pearse joined the board 2017 and is currently a Business Partnership Manager with Dept. of Education and Child Development building partnerships between schools and industry to strengthen student learning and achievement. Prior to working in Government, Sam worked for 15 years in the Disability Employment sector with organisations such as Barkuma and Minda where he established Minda’s open employment service. Sam is very passionate about the disability sector and has served on a number of boards in the not for profit sector since 2010.