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The Manningham YMCA Leadership Team, which is comprised of Board members and management staff, is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the development of healthy lifestyles through its policies and initiatives.

Board membership

Manningham YMCA is governed by a Board of volunteers who are appointed on an annual basis to ensure effective governance of the Association whilst representing the views and needs of the Manningham community. The Board is committed to governing and communicating with transparency, accountability and integrity with all of our stakeholders and with the Manningham community.

Board member profiles 

Paul Dunn, President
Customs Broker 
Paul joined the board in 2009. He has lived in Templestowe for the last 18 years and in that time has worked within other community organizations. He enjoys exercise and golf. The ideals of the YMCA - building strong people, families and community are ones that he also believes in. Paul is a Licensed Customs Broker and company director working in the international transport industry. He is married with 2 children.

Dimitra Ferizis, Vice President 
Physical Education Teacher
Dimitra has been a member of Aquarena for many years and has lived in Manningham for over 30 years. Today, along with her 3 young children, she uses many of the invaluable and extensive programs and services within Aquarena. Dimitra is an enthusiastic Physical Education teacher at a local primary school, where she promotes the health of children and the community. Dimitra believes that physical activity, sport and recreation play an important role in our lives by providing opportunities for challenge, personal growth, enjoyment, health and fitness. As a MYMCA board member, Dimitra is looking forward to increasing the connectedness of our community to the initiatives of the YMCA.

Julian Yule, Treasurer
Finance Consultant
Julian has been a Templestowe resident since 1998 and has been actively involved with a number of community projects over this period. Julian has approximately 25years experience in matters relating to finance and governance gained from his operational and consulting experience gained with a Merchant bank and Ernst & Young. He joined the board in 2011 and will provide assistance and guidance in matters relating to finance, reporting and overall governance. He is actively involved with cycling (road and mountain bike) and regularly competes in various events held during the year the highlight of which was following the 2011 Tour de France and riding in the Pyrenees. Julian has been an active Aquarena member for a number of years and believes in keeping fit and active. He is married to Rose and they have two daughters Sarah and Caitlin.

Shereen Amin, General Committee
Student of Architecture
Shereen has been a volunteer at YMCA Manningham youth services for over 9 years. In this time she has worked on countless programs and campaigns aimed at empowering young people and breaking down the stigma associated with youth mental health. When she's not volunteering, you'll find her actively engaged in her studies and work as a student of architecture or atop a mountain chasing adventure. ​

Katherine Georgakopoulos, General Committee
Sales Capability eLearning Associate, GlaxoSmithKline
Katherine has been a volunteer at YMCA Manningham Youth Services since 2007. She has a passion for continuous learning and empowering people to become the best version of themselves. Kat is also into fitness, good food and quality wine; especially on a warm summer night with live music playing in the background.​

Marita Ireland, General Committee
Critical Care Nurse 
Marita has been a member of Aquarena for over 10 years and loves the atmosphere and friendly culture that Aquarena provides. Marita is a Critical Care Nurse and manages the day to day running of a large intensive care unit. It is a busy and challenging role which provides a lot of personal reward. Marita has always believed in preventative health such as ongoing exercise, healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle which is the key to a long and healthy life. She is excited about being a member of the MYMCA Board and in helping bring change to the community to enhance people's lives through the services of the MYMCA. Marita, and her family are all active member of Aquarena.

Nicole Matthews, General Committee 
Business Risk Consultant, Ernst & Young
Nicole has been involved with the Manningham YMCA since 1999 when she began working as a Pool Assistant at Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Nicole was a valued member of the lifeguard team for over 7 years, spending many hours supervising the pools and surviving long summers with thousands of patrons. Although Nicole no longer lifeguards, she has formed many community associations and joining the YMCA of Manningham board last year has enabled her to represent their needs and ideas.

Carcy Wong, General Committee
Carcy has been a member of Aquarena since 1994 and loves the friendly atmosphere and people at the centre. Since joining Aquarena, her lifestyle and health have improved. Her husband Sam is also a member of Aquarena. Carcy came to Australia from Hong Kong in 1991 and has practiced as a solicitor since 1978. She has practiced in Hong Kong and Australia and for a short period in England. She is now retired. She enjoys being a member of the MYMCA Board and hopes to help people's lives through the services of the MYMCA.


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