Board of Directors

Frank Carlus

Chair Board of Directors


Frank is a former state public servant with over 32 years’ experience in the Department of Human Services/Department of Health and is passionate about ensuring access to quality services to all who need them. He’s worked in direct care, policy and senior management positions across a range of services and programs, including in Barwon Southwest region where he led child protection, adoption and permanent care services (late 80’s-early 90’s).


He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Community Studies from Ballarat University (now Federation University), and a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Behaviour from Swinburne University. Frank is an experienced Board Director and is currently also serving on the boards of Westgate Community Initiatives Group and Hepatitis Victoria. He is a Life Governor of Colac Area Health where he served as a Board Member for 10 years. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Community Directors.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

TDHS Frank Carlus

Alison Byrne

Vice Chair Board of Directors


Alison’s career has been in professional fundraising and management for over 20 years.  She is currently the Deputy Director at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation which proceeds senior management appointments at St Michael’s Grammar School, National Stroke Foundation, MIND, Autism Victoria and HeartKids Victoria.


Alison was involved for 17 years with HeartKids and the Royal Children’s Hospital where she was awarded life memberships for both organisations. She has spent some time on the Quality and Safety Board at the Royal Children’s Hospital and was instrumental in bringing all state HeartKids organisations together to form HeartKids Australia – a national entity supporting families who have children with a heart condition.


Alison has held numerous local, national and international Board and committee positions initially with HeartKids followed by ANZ Children’s Heart Research Centre, ANZ Gastroenterology International Training Association. She is currently a member of the Camperdown Courthouse Committee.


Having been born and bred in Broken Hill and spent most of her life in regional Victoria, Alison moved to Melbourne 12 years ago to further her career. She recently moved to Camperdown to join her partner on their Chocolyn farm.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

Anthony DeJong

Chair of Audit Committee


A CPA qualified finance executive Anthony was appointed to the TDHS board in July 2019.


Anthony has spent the last 20 years in senior finance roles in government statutory authorities, across health, energy, sport and transport with a particular focus on regulation and financial sustainability.


Anthony is married and has two children.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

TDHS Anthony DeJong

Toinette Hutchins


Toinette is a Registered nurse at South West Healthcare and has over 20 years of Emergency Nursing experience. Toinette is also an ALS paramedic with Ambulance Victoria and has been a paramedic since 2009.


She is employed in varying clinical and education roles within Southwest Healthcare, Deakin School of Medicine and Ambulance Victoria. Toinette has a strong focus on interdisciplinary education, facilitation and collaboration and has a Masters degree in Clinical Education.


As a clinician working across these areas, she has an insight and strong desire to support the roles, abilities and future needs of TDHS. She lives in Warrnambool Vic.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2021 – June 30 2024

TDHS Toinette Hutchins

Claire Murphy


Claire has an extensive experience in the public health sector in change and project management, though she started her working life as a physiotherapist. She currently works as a consultant in governance and strategic business improvement and has served on governing boards in the community and education sectors as well as on professional bodies.


Claire holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Physiotherapy, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a project management practitioner in both PRINCE2 and Agile PM. Claire is passionate about public health and education and believes that we should be striving for the best services in these areas and that they must be accessible for all members of our community. Claire is married and has three children.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023

TDHS Claire Murphy

Anne Skordis


Anne Skordis has a background in Social Work and over 30 years of experience working in government at Local, State and Commonwealth levels, in areas of social policy and intergovernmental negotiations particularly related to ageing and disability.  Anne’s current role is as an independent consultant and Expert Advisor for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).


Anne’s previous role related to the implementation of the NDIS including development of approaches related to rural and remote service delivery. Anne is also currently a member of the Board of a not for profit aged and community care provider in NSW.  Having grown up in country Victoria Anne also has an appreciation of, and connections with Western District communities.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

TDHS Anne Skordis

Ashley Nesseler

Chair of Clinical Governance, Quality and Credentialing Committee


Ashley is a doctor currently completing her specialist training in General Practice, and was one of the inaugural graduates of the Deakin University Medical School, completing her training at the South West Healthcare Warrnambool Campus and working in the region since.


She has previous experience in research science in the fields of vaccine design and immunology and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from Deakin University.


She is also employed in medical education for Deakin University and resides locally with her young family in Princetown.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

TDHS Ashley Nesseler

Simone Renyard

Board Representative of Consumer Advisory Committee


Simone has lived in the Timboon district for over two decades and operates a dairy farm with her husband Nick. She brings extensive board experience having been the chair of Westvic Dairy for several years and is currently on the board of Emma House. Simone is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. Early in her career as a counsellor (psychology) she worked out of the Timboon and District Healthcare Service’s (TDHS) Community Health Centre. Simone has been a member of the TDHS Consumer Advisory Committee for some time and was keen to become further involved.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

Kieran Donoghue


Kieran runs a consultancy firm in the energy sector advising business and government on energy policy. Previously an experienced accountant, Kieran brings financial and audit expertise to the role.


Previously Kieran has been on the board of LiverWELL, including periods as treasurer and president, and is currently the treasurer of the Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning & Employment Network (BGKLLEN). Originally from the UK, Kieran has lived in Australia for the past 13 years and resides in Melbourne with wife Adrienne who is a teacher.


Current Term of Appointment:  July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

Janelle Jakowenko

Janelle joins the TDHS board with over 25 years’ experience in the health sector. Her roles have included medical photography and telehealth, and she is currently the Executive Director Operations at Western Victoria Primary Health Network.


Janelle’s expertise in healthcare reform, financial sustainability and change management, is supplemented by her tertiary training including Master degrees in eHealthcare and Business Administration (MBA). Her drive is to continually improve the way complex organisations work to ensure they remain purpose-driven.


Having grown up in a country town not too dissimilar in size and rurality as Timboon, she understands first-hand the barriers to health for those living far from big cities.


Current Term of Appointment:  March 8, 2022 – June 30, 2024