NDIS central Victoria disability

The Board

Dr Jan Mahoney
Board Chair              

Dr Jan Mahoney is currently President of Riding for Disabled Victoria, Secretary of Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association, Member of Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board and the Consumer & Community Advisory Committee Kyneton District Health.

She has previously held board positions with Victorian Catchment Management Council, Parks Victoria, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, Woor Dungin Ltd, Mali Initiative, ACAS Ltd, the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

She had a long career in Agriculture beginning as a research scientist to executive roles in grains and dairy industries and as CEO of the Grainfoods CRC.  She has worked with many organisations in the NFP sector assisting with strategic and business planning, policy development, performance management, mentoring, project development and implementation.  She has worked in communities in Mali and in Cape York.

Her qualifications include BA, PhD, Grad Dip Business, Grad Cert International Health, Advanced Company Directors Diploma, FAICD, Associate Leadership Victoria.

Bette Sartore

Bette joined the Board in August  2014 and has lived in the Macedon Ranges for over 11 years. She is the published author of Diagnosis Autism — Where To Go From Here. She is an internationally published poet, and has contributed articles to the global e-magazine Autism World. Bette is a qualified Applied Behavioural Therapist, working with autistic children over a span of twenty years. For over thirty-five years Bette has been the President/Artistic Director of Cathouse Players, an award-winning community theatre company. Bette’s son Galen attends Windarring Kyneton.

Stephen Feiner

Stephen has been living in Woodend for the past 8 years.  He retired from a position as Project Controls General Manager with a large multi-national mining company after a career of over 30 years, and working in many countries around the world.  Duties included management of a large professional team, advocacy at all levels within the business, preparation and monitoring of standards and guidelines, as well as audit and detailed review functions.

Along with an engineering background, Stephen has a Bachelor of Business Management (Chisholm) and has been a member of a number of professional bodies.


Michael Rowland                                          Secretary
B Comm (Melb) B Ed (La Trobe) Dip Ed (Monash) FACE FBEA

Mike works primarily in strategic review, training and planning related to organisational improvement typically with, but not limited to, organisations associated with education and education service provision, small businesses and community agencies. He is currently a director of Hickock International PL, Locim Group (Australia) PL, the Rowhobbs Corporation PL and is a Board member of Windarring. He was formerly Executive Director of National Curriculum Services PL.
Community interests include or have included:

  • Past President Hanging Rock Racing Club
  • Past President Kyneton Racing Club
  • Past President Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club
  • Committee member, Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club
  • Chair, Kyneton Recreation Reserve Committee of Management
  • Past Australia Day Ambassador for the Australia Day Committee (Victoria)

Mike is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and a Fellow of Business Educators Australasia (FBE). He has farming interests in the Macedon Ranges Shire where he has resided for 32 years.

Elvira Brown

Currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate through Victoria University. Previously Lecturer, Discipline of Midwifery & Women’s Health (formerly School of Nursing & Midwifery), Victoria University. Previous study Master of Nursing by Research, Victoria University, Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing), Phillip Institute of Technology, Midwifery, Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria


Chris Chaplin

Chris has been living in the Kyneton area for over 40 years. He has extensive knowledge in the engineering and welding sector having worked all over Australia as a boiler maker. He is the owner operator of a business in Kyneton called Vintek. Chris has been the longest serving member of the Disability Advisory Group for the Macedon Ranges Shire. He has lived with a disability for over twenty years having lost the use of his legs after an accident.