Meet our board
Our board comprises of up to 15 members, consisting of five office bearers and 10 ordinary members. Currently the board meets in Adelaide for a full day meeting twice per school term. Representatives from the board participate in departmental meetings and consultative groups in addition to sub-committees formed to meet our strategic directions. All members of the board highly value representing our members and are elected for a two-year term.
Tracey has worked with the SASBA (formerly SASSAOA) management committee since 2016, most recently as Secretary, and has 11 years’ leadership experience in both primary and secondary settings.
Tracey is an advocate for relevant professional learning that builds capacity of members, successfully piloting and completing the Graduate Certificate in Education Business Leadership through Deakin University, and recently commenced a Masters degree. As a committee member, Tracey is passionate and vocal about mentoring aspiring leaders, system-wide innovation and reform, and empowering our profession and its changing demands as a crucial component of leadership teams.
Tracey is the Business Leader at Seaview Secondary School.
Julie has worked in education since 2001, holding positions in area, primary and secondary schooling. Her roles have been extensive and include curriculum support, reception, finance and administration. Julie has been on our committee since 2010 and has been pivotal in providing future focussed leadership, strategic directions and guiding partnerships to provide an authentic and influential voice for our members at national, state and corporate level.
Julie is passionate and committed to ensuring the workforce responsible for administrative, financial leadership and management are recognised, valued and listened to.
Julie is the Business Leader at Riverbanks College.
After attending so many excellent events provided by SASBA (formerly SASSAOA) Chris decided it was time to help share the workload and joined the committee in 2016. In her role as vice president for secondary schools, Chris is part of the executive team that meets once per term with department leaders to discuss issues that relate to SASBA’s members. From time to time Chris has been one of SASBA’s delegates that meets with department leaders to discuss managing under performance and environmental issues.
In 2019 Chris was a delegate of the departments funding stakeholders committee which has looked at 2020 funding reform options.
Ibi has worked in both primary and secondary schools since 2000. She has been a member of SASBA (formerly SASSAOA) since 2006 and a committee member since 2009. In 2015 Ibi was appointed as a life member of SASSAOA.
Ibi chairs the professional development and events committee which organises the leaders’ day, annual conference and seminar day. She is passionate about providing relevant and significant professional development opportunities for SSO’s state-wide.
Julie has worked in a secondary school since 2003 originally as finance manager and since 2016 as business manager. She has been a member of SASBA (formerly SASSAOA) since 2005 and became a member of the SASBA management committee in 2017.
Julie is a member of the professional development and events committee which organise leader’s day, annual conference and seminar day. She is passionate about contributing towards continuous improvement provided to other members and colleagues in administrative and financial management roles within the association via professional development opportunities.
Corina has worked in schools since 1983 and has been a business manager since 2003. She has been a member of the SASSAOA Committee since 2005 and was awarded life membership in 2015.
Corina is passionate about providing opportunities for all SSOs and supporting them with the most up to date administrative, financial and HR processes available to realise their full potential and equity in their roles.
Sue has been Business Manager at Golden Grove High School for the past 17 years and have been a member of SASBA (formerly SASSAOA) for 18 years. Sue has been on the management committee for 16 years and during that period was President for 4 years. She is also a Life Member of the Association.
Sue has been on many DfE steering committees over that period of time including as a member of the EMS Reference group since 2014. Sue is part of the committee to provide insight and advocate for her peers in all aspects of their roles and to ensure that our voices are heard within the Department for Education.
Wendy started working in schools in 1997 and commenced her first role as a business manager in 2001. She has worked in primary, secondary and now an area school, predominantly in country South Australia.
Wendy is passionate about raising the profile of our state wide association, bringing business leaders together in quality professional development opportunities and networking with peers across the state. She is part of the marketing & media committee and her role this past year has been overseeing the smooth transition of the association’s new website, including assisting people with membership, chatline and other website functions.
Wendy is excited about the future direction of schools, witnessing the updating of school facilities across the state, as well contributing to a world class public education system and great learning outcomes for students.
Denise has worked for the Department for Education since 2003 at a variety of sized schools in a finance position. Since leaving school she worked in a range of industries from motor to hardware, engineering and electrical contracting.
Denise is passionate about her role with SASBA as a member of the finance and professional development committee and attends the executive committee as the finance representative.
Jayne commenced work in the school system in 2003 and has worked in a variety of SSO roles. She has been the business manager at Birdwood High School since 2009.
Jayne joined the committee in 2017 and is part of our finance committee. Over the last two years Jayne has represented SASBA (formerly SASSAOA) at various department work groups and panels. She is passionate about advocating the value of support staff within our schools.
Robert commenced work with the Department for Education in 2019 as a finance officer at Hillcrest Primary School and was elected to the SASBA (formerly SASSAOA) Committee in 2020. His prior experience includes over 15 years in corporate banking with the Commonwealth Bank. Robert completed a Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management in 2016 with the University of Adelaide and a graduate diploma in Project Management in 2020 with University of South Australia.
Robert is keen to continue and build on the already great work completed by the association. Robert sees its members as playing a pivotal role in reaching the department’s vision for a world-class public education system by 2028
Marisa has worked for the Department for Education since 2011, working in finance at various primary and secondary schools. Previous work experience includes 13 years as a credit manager in Adelaide and Sydney. She strives for continuous improvement and is an advocate for change management.
Marisa believes all staff should have access to professional development, and strongly supports staff in their continuous improvement journey.
Verlaine is a multi-faceted professional with more than 30 years’ experience across multiple sectors including banking and financial services, regional economic development and administrative leadership in education (Public, Catholic, Independent, VET and Higher Education).
Verlaine has considerable amount of experience working in advisory capacities on boards and is comfortable meeting with senior executives and leaders to discuss new opportunities and ways forward.
Verlaine is focused and dedicated to my profession and am always open to exploring fresh ideas. She is quite a relaxed and easy going person who is not easily flustered and enjoys a good laugh.
Verlaine enjoys networking as a member of SASBA and meeting new members at events and sharing the knowledge, skills and experience that she has gained over the years from other members as well as the interaction with colleges from various sites.
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Deb has been the Business Manager at Victor Harbor Primary School for 14 years and has worked for the Department for Education for 27 years, working mainly across the Fleurieu region. Deb joined the SASBA board to be an advocate for country and primary schools.
Deb is committed to continuous improvement, improved systems and the impact of workload for primary school leadership and administration staff. Deb is a member of the Marketing & Communcation sub-committtee.