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.


Carolyn Hastie is a mother, grandmother, registered midwife and registered nurse. During her long career, she has demonstrated her commitment to life-long learning through the completion of a teaching degree, a Graduate Diploma of Primary Health Care and a Masters. Other qualifications include Sexual and Reproductive Health and Lactation.

She is in the last stage of her PhD research on how health students can develop the social and emotional competencies required for effective teamwork. Her midwifery practice has been focused on enhancing the wellbeing of women, their partners and their families during their childbearing experiences through the provision of best practice maternity care. Carolyn has joined the Board of Wollumbin Family Support Inc. as Secretary.

In 2012, a dear midwife friend of Carolyn’s was murdered by her husband. Since then, Carolyn has been committed to the provision of services that seek to eradicate domestic violence while supporting the development of emotional and social well-being of women and their families.

Board Member
Project Officer

Kym McMillan has achieved a Certificate IV and Diploma in Community Services and is currently nearing the completion of the Bachelor of Social Welfare at Southern Cross University. Her driving passion is to make a difference to the issue of family violence in her community. She aims to do this by working alongside the team at Wollumbin Family Support, as they progress towards the vision of providing further support to affected families in the Tweed region. Kym is the Project Officer on the development of this website, which she hopes will provide locals with easy access to relevant family violence information and support.