The Wollumbin Family Support Team


With forty years nursing experience within the Australian public health system including clinical practice, education, middle management and quality management Ilze has codesigned and facilitates NeuroPlus© Leadership Development through her practice PowerMind Leadership.

Passionate about social issues and supporting independence and self determination, Ilze was involved for 3 years in the management committee of the Tweed Valley Women’s Service. Witnessing the transformation of women and children who were successful in escaping domestic violence to create new positive futures is the catalyst to be part of the Wollumbin Family Support Board. Harnessing the power and goodwill in our community is central to the vision of WFS to foster support for everyone to be safe and to experience respectful caring relationships.

Effective leadership, teamwork, accountability and gratitude are my core values in fulfilling the President’s role and it is a privilege to serve.

Dip Teach, RN, BASAN, M App Sci (Social Ecology), Cert Pastoral Counselling, Member Australian College of Nursing, Cert IV Life Coaching; Cert Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner and Principal PowerMind Coaching.

Public Officer

Marty has worked as a Massage Practitioner and Counsellor for over thirty years and has been involved in creating and facilitating Mens groups, Mens Sheds and Landcare organisations as well as contributing to global fundraising initiatives and third-world projects. Having relocated from Melbourne in 1985, Marty, his wife and five children transformed their lives – calling the Tweed Valley “home”. The deep sense of place and belonging Marty found in this area greatly contributed to his desire to build local networks and positive social engagement.

Marty has a strong drive to be a part of and contribute to this community, and to assist people to experience enriching connection with each other. With additional management and organisational experience, and an interest in social networking, Marty brings focus to establishing quality relationships. Marty believes we all have a part to play in providing a connected, safe and supportive community for all.


Michelle has been a Registered Nurse (General & Mental Health) for 40yrs, she has also achieved a Graduate Diploma (Social Ecology) and a Master of Science, Health Policy & Management (MaSci HPM).

Having many years experience in health leadership & management, strategic planning, quality and risk mitigation, Michelle is passionate about expressing spirituality (values, life purpose, meaning and belonging) and looking after ‘our mental health’. She is driven to encourage people to be the best they can be, to develop and to grow. Michelle consciously role models how we influence our environment and how it influences us. A core value of Michelle’s is kindness, which underpins safety for all. She strives for balance in life, is open to discover and being stretched past her comfort zones.

Recently retired from the public health system & moved to Murwillumbah, Michelle has taken up attending some local art classes. Wanting to contribute to the local community she has also recently become a volunteer joining the Board of Wollumbin Family Support Inc. and has now become the Treasurer. Seeking to make a difference, Michelle believes she has much to contribute to the fledgling yet evolving role of Wollumbin Family Support.

Board Member

Diane was the third female bank manager in Australia which, in those days, was an achievement for women.

Diane & her husband, Ern, have been foster parents since 1988 and, upon her retirement in 1998, she volunteered as a teacher’s aide with children with intellectual difficulties at Condell Park till 2004 when they moved here.

Since then she has been a teacher’s aide at Dungay Public, Girl Guide leader, secretary of the Banana Festival, committee member of Murwillumbah Hospital Auxiliary, volunteer at The Family Centre, Tweed Heads and volunteer administration officer for Story Dogs. She was the treasurer and president of Tweed Valley Women’s Service from 2004-2015 and the President of Nokia Toastmasters for 7 years.

Diane always was, and always will be, passionate about “Women’s Liberation” and carries those ideals about reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. She wants to make a difference to the lives of as many people she can touch in the Tweed Valley. Diane and her husband moved to Murwillumbah 14 years ago. They used to holiday in the area and it always felt like they were coming home.

Diane brings a depth of experience in finance & governance and has joined the board the Wollumbin Family Services Inc as secretary and believes she has much to contribute to the board.