Michael Hangan– Chair
Michael has lived in West Moonah for 16 years, but his Tasmanian family history goes back to 1803. He has worked in Government, Local Government and Statutory Bodies around Australia. He is presently the Office Manager for St Therese of Lisieux Moonah Lutana Parish, and Chaplain for St Therese’s Catholic School, Moonah.
He holds a Bachelor of Theology and a Diploma in Information Services.
Michael is married to Eva, with four children.
He is on a number of State and National Board, including:
- Board Member and Treasurer, Australian Parents Council;
- Board Member and Treasurer Parents Australia;
- Deputy President, Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council:
- Parent Representative, Guilford Young College:
- Webmaster, National Association of Deacons
Maureen Carter – Vice-Chair – Life Member – (Public Officer)
Maureen first came to the community house in 2005 and became a board member in 2011. Serving one term as an ordinary board member, one year as vice-chair and three terms as a secretary. Maureen was awarded life membership in 2014. She also volunteers at the house with the community pantry and lunch.
Volunteering at the house is important to Maureen as it gives her great pleasure meeting a wide variety of people. She says her reward for this is seeing their happy faces during our time together.
Abby Jacobson (Secretary)
Abby has recently joined the board at the West Moonah Community House.
She discovered the WMCH when she returned to
Tasmania after living in Melbourne for 4 years.
Abby has completed a Diploma of Community Services and has always had a passion for helping others. She established her connection with people whilst working as a Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in pregnancy massage in Melbourne.
Abby is currently working with the Department of Health, Mental Health Services and hopes to still
volunteer with the WMCH and stay connected to the wonderful community.
Nicki Kastner (Treasurer)
After obtaining a Masters in Political Science at UTAS, Nicki followed her passion for gardens!
This included volunteer work for 4 years at her children’s primary school in Bridgewater, establishing an extensive
kitchen garden that involved the students in every aspect of its development and maintenance.
Her re-entry to the paid workforce was with WMCH 2 years ago when she worked as the Food Co-op Officer for one year and at the same time worked at
tagari lia Child and Family Centre in Bridgewater running a Tasmanian Bush Food gardening and cooking programme. These 2 short term projects and the experiences that they provided assisted her in obtaining her current position as Southern Development Officer with Playgroup Tasmania.
Nicki’s recent volunteer and paid work history has seen her work closely with children and families from all diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about enabling families and their children to be happy and healthy, and believes that providing opportunities and resources that allow families to connect with each other is vital to their long term physical and mental health and wellbeing. With 3 children, Nicki fully understands the often overwhelming challenges that parenthood can present and champions the often life saving role that playgroup, and other early years programs play in a community.
Nicki’s particular areas of interest include supporting families with children with developmental delays and diagnosis’ of Autism; migrant and refugee families experiencing increased isolation due to their lack of community connection; and in these new times, enabling families to reconnect to their communities and other families after increased experiences of isolation.
Nicki’s current position sees her engage with communities and their families from Nubeena to Huonville, to Herdsmans Cove, to Ouse and to West Moonah – and everywhere in between! Her position involves visiting and supporting Playgroup Tasmania playgroups; enabling and supporting communities to establish new playgroups in their area; and engaging with all early year’s stakeholders in Southern Tasmania, including Neighbourhood Houses.
Nicki is excited to be given this opportunity to return to WMCH in a new capacity as a Board member and looks forward to making a positive contribution to the local community and their families.
Danielle Beer (Board Member)
Danielle joined the WMCH Board recently. She has been involved with Community Houses in Tasmania for many years as both volunteer and participant. She has recently returned to Tasmania after spending a few years around Australia working with refugees. Danielle now works as a support worker with children and is currently studying her Diploma in Community Services and Bachelor in Public Policy. She enjoys being involved with West Moonah Community House Board and exciting upcoming events.
Kylie Murphy (Board Member)
Over the years, Kylie has taken part in varies activities and programs at the West Moonah Community House. Participation in these experiences provided her with many wonderful memories and now living within the area, she is pleased to be a board member.
Her skills and passion lie within Community Development and Community Engagement.
Kylie has over 20 years’ experience combined in the area of community services, education, leadership roles, community development, community engagement, community liaison, working with children, youth, families, project development and project management in large cities and rural communities.
She holds a Graduate Certificate in Participatory Development from the University of Tasmania and a Bachelor of Teaching Degree (Early Childhood Education).
Kathryn (Kat) Foster (Board Member)
Kat, her husband and children have been residents in the West Moonah area for many years now.
She has five children and another on the way.
After leaving school Kat worked full time in aged care for 10 years and is now a full time mother and doing part time in aged care.
Her children attended the preschool at the House and Kat has attended classes and loves being involved in the House activities;
hence she joined the Board of the West Moonah Community House.
Keith Ellis (Board Member)
Keith has been a long term volunteer and for a wide variety of organisations.
He was involved in his children’s Parents & Friends association and helped to set up afterschool care at their primary school. He has held various position, in a variety of organisations as President, Secretary, Treasurer and general committee.
He was Clarence Plains Community Shed, coordinator for 10 years, which is part of the Clarendon Vale neighbourhood House. Where he has attended numerous Neighbourhood House conferences, courses and meeting. This has helped him to understand the benefits and roles that they provide to their communities.
He is currently President of the Tasmanian Men’s shed Association and will continue in the role for the 2020-2021 years. Prior to this he was Secretary of the association.
In both these roles, he was/is extensively involved in securing funding (both Government & other), working on sustainability, health initiatives, day to day management (as coordinator) and at a board level (as Secretary & President). He continues to work with all parties from the Government, State based Organisations, local businesses and may other organisations, to foster the benefits of being part of a community.
He is now retired after running a successful company over the past 23 plus years and also volunteers at FoodBank.
He is looking forward to make a positive contribution to West Moonah Community House.