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Our People

“Any community organisation is only as good as its people are”.

Committee of Governance:

Leah Douglas


Leah Douglas is a true leader of SLAC governance team. Leah has served on SLAC Committee for many years, she was the Secretary since 1997 until 2014 when Leah was elected President.  With tertiary qualifications in Education and Finance and years of experience in business executive roles in the insurance sector, Leah makes invaluable contribution to SLAC work.

Bev Douglas


For the largest part of the past 35 years, Bev looked after the people inside and outside of SLAC. As a true leader she would always have a wise and friendly solution for any problem, and make SLAC experience unique and enjoyable for everyone. Bev Douglas was awared Citizen of the Year 2015 Greater Dandenong Australia Day Award.

Ken Branch


Ken joined SLAC Committee in 2011. He brings in business acumen, energy and sharpness to our work. His sense of humour and genuine concern for other people are admirable. Ken has been an active member of the Springvale Rotary Club.

Kim Tao


Kim has been an active Committee member since 2014.

Kim is involved with a range of community groups and organisations in the area and makes valuable contribution to SLAC and the community. Kim holds qualifications of Diploma of Community Development and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Committee Members:

Kevin Tram

Kevin is an active member of Melbourne Asian Basketball Associations and regularly organises special fundraising events for charitable purposes. With his strong community ties and professional background in Finance and Banking, Kevin plays a vital role in SLAC work.

Alf DeHombre

Alf joined the Committee in the middle of 2017. Alf brings in wealth of experience in design, digital and print marketing.

His unique artistic flair coupled with professional design skills give SLAC marketing material a competitive edge and help wider community visualise our aspirations and reflect on the day-to-day work.

Tuan Tran

Tuan has been involved with  SLAC  for many years. He joined the Committee in 2017 to work closer with SLAC team to make a positive difference in the community.

Tuan brings in extensive knowledge in the printing industry and marketing services sector.

Tuan is also an active member of the Melbourne Asian Basketball Association and the Wah Chin Sports Club of Melbourne


David Hawkins

David holds tertiary qualifications in Business Studies. He has had over 35 years of experience working in managerial roles for State and Local government.  David has been involved with the local community for many years and is making a substantial contribution to the Centre with his vigour and experience.  David was awarded The Caroline Chisholm Award in 2014 and we commend David for many years of volunteering for the community.

Team of Staff

Elena Sheldon


Elena has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly fifteen years and has been a Manager of SLAC since 2005. She holds tertiary qualifications in Education, Linguistics and Business Management. Elena is a NAATI accredited interpreter and a qualified Trainer and Assessor.

Elena’s energy, inspiration and positive attitude lead SLAC, its students and the community to prosperity, stability and success.

Mariela Sonn

Administrative Officer

Before joining SLAC team, Mariela was our student in Business Course. The Committee and staff were thrilled to have welcomed Mariela to the team in 2011.

Mariela is looking after SLAC students and groups, coordinates the use of facilities and maintains important databases. Mariela is the first point of contact for SLAC and always demonstrates patience and empathy to all people.

Lina Lim

Digital Literacy Trainer

Lina holds tertiary qualifications in IT Systems Management and facilitates Digital Literacy and Cultural Learning Club for parents at Springvale Rise Primary School. Lina’s classes are very helpful for beginners, her students share great friendship and the sessions become real problem solving forums.

Hyleen David

Volunteer Line Dancing Tutor

Our popular line dancing classes are held at SLAC every Wednesday, 10am – 11.30am and Hyleen makes each and every class fun with lots of cheer and smiles.

Nabila Marzouk

Trainer/Community Development Coordinator

Nabila joined our team of staff in 2013 and instantly became the great asset for the Committee, staff, students and participants. Nabila is running two courses at SLAC and works with community groups on a range of projects.

She holds Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Associate Degree in English Language and Literature. Nabila has wealth of experience working in business and non-profit sectors in Australia and overseas. Her energy, professionalism and positive attitude empower SLAC students to achieve postive change in their lives.

Nabila is also a qualified Trainer and Assessor.

Ann Pathmasiri

Finance Officer

Ann joined SLAC team later in 2014. diligence, attention to detail and professionalism are vital to ensure that SLAC financial matters are handled properly.

Jenifer Poudret

Business Administration and Community Services

SLAC team and students are very fortunate to have Jenifer on board. Jenifer holds qualifications in community services and business accounting; she is a qualified Trainer and Assessor. Jenifer generously shares her knowledge acquired over many years of professional experience in the community sector. Students who complete Jenifer’s classes always give great feedback and feel more confident in their work and social life.


Dianna Masciuli

English language and Adult Learning Facilitation Trainer

Dianna has a successful career as a Beauty Therapist and over the recent year completed training to become a Trainer in adult education. Dianna runs Adult Learning Facilitation program; facilitates very popular English language conversational classes and Cultural Learning Clubs in outreach. Dianna generously shares her positive outlook on life and encourages students to take on a challenge of learning and achieve positive change in their lives.

Trang Chau

Communtiy Engagement Officer

Trang joined SLAC team in the middle of 2014 and is working on Guiding Leadership Opportunities for Women project. Trang holds Diploma of Community Development and makes invaluable contribution to SLAC community development and learning programs.


Nooroa Andrew

Nooroa is our new committee member elected to the position at the AGM on 14 October 2015.

Nooroa is studying towards Diploma of Community Development and brings in valuable learner insights to our work.  Nooroa is very experienced and highly sought after community volunteer, we are delighted to have Nooroa joining SLAC team

Jikany Deiwal

Information Technology Trainer

Jikany has delivered training in Information Technology at SLAC since 2009. Jikany holds tertiary qualifications in Information Technology and is a qualified Trainer and Assessor. He has a unique combination of IT expertise and professional skills in community engagement. Jikany is a very popular trainer at SLAC and is respected by all students regardless of age, gender and cultural background.