Mark brings a mix of artistic and IT skills to the board of the Philanthropic Collective. Mark works as a finished artist, graphic designer, programmer and trainer. Mark can often be found quietly volunteering in our local community. He loves that the Philanthropic Collective makes such a valuable contribution to the community and is proud to be a small part of it.
Kimberley was born and raised in the Dandenong Ranges and adds to the group with her extensive background in Early Childhood Education and a strong base in volunteering. As both a Kindergarten assistant and long day care educator Kimberley has also led community-based music sessions for children and has a Certificate IV in Education Support. With a passion for helping students with additional needs she wholeheartedly believes that every child possesses wonderfully unique talents, and deserves the right to be supported and given the opportunities to flourish. A keen advocate and lobbyist for human rights issues, Kimberley is a trained community services specialist who has volunteered with Discovery Community Care in Lilydale, providing emergency relief to those in need. She has a background in volunteering at the Doveton Neighbourhood learning centre, mainly assisting in disability programs and currently undertakes a primary role in the delivery of the free food program run by the Collective at Sherbrooke Community School.
Fabian has extensive financial and corporate experience, including 11 years as the CEO of Trading Numbers Pty Ltd, which was contracted by the Victorian Government to audit the public transport network and all fixed assets within the state, and as the Executive Director of The Oracle, trading in Sassafras. He also has a broad record of service to community, including providing pastoral care as a Catholic Chaplain Assistant at the Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and as a mentor within the ‘Big Brother, Big Sister’ programs.
Strategic Development & Event Director
Andrew Fillip-Gautier has extensive experience and expertise within the public transport industry, including roles as a Planning Assistant, Survey Designer, Patronage Analyst and Survey Logistics Manager. This experience has provided him with essential skills in project management and staff engagement, which have supported his mobilisation of the local business community through the creation of the Villages of Mount Dandenong (Business) Association. Andrew is also heavily engaged with his local community as a volunteer, and has supported disadvantaged students through numerous projects and donations, including establishment of a free food bank, and the ongoing collection and donation of food, clothes and essential school infrastructure, such as computers and furniture.
Lauren Schmidt is a successful local small business owner, with Dandenong Ranges Cleaning and Gardening Services, and brings her small business acumen to the group with her wealth of experience. Lauren is an enrolled endorsed nurse and nurse practitioner who moonlights in the role of managing a small team within the industry.
As a member of the Collective, Lauren and her husband, Lee work tirelessly within our community through many volunteer hours. Both within our Free Food Program and as amain contributor on the ground in the pre- and post-Halloween on the Green activities.
Lauren also actively participates in charity hiking and walking fundraisers for the Fred Hollows Foundation, Walk for Autism and Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.
Grants and Legal
Genevieve brings legal and governance skills to the board of The Philanthropic Collective. She has been employed for over a decade in the Victorian public service administering legislation in the sport and major events portfolios, and has served on numerous boards, including five years as the secretary of a state sporting organisation. A long time local resident, Genevieve is committed to maximising resources and creating opportunities for children in our community. She has served as a fencing coach in Olinda for nearly ten years, is the current secretary of the Ranges Chess Club Inc. and frequently volunteers her time to local fundraising projects.