Current Board

Dennis Johanson

Dennis Johanson

Chair

Dennis and his wife Pip moved to Strathfieldsaye 30 years ago and raised their three children there while running their legal practice in Bendigo. They have been involved in many community groups including school councils for Strathfieldsaye Primary School, Bendigo South East College & Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Strathfieldsaye Cricket & Football and Axe Creek Landcare as well as a director of SDCE for over ten years

Kat Charnas

Kat Charnas

Director

Kathryne (Kat) Charnas has a degree in Environmental Engineering (Land and Water Management) and has a career spanning three levels of Government focusing on business management, community development and grant administration. Kat grew up in Elmore as a 5th generation local with strong family ties to the community. Kat and her family (husband Kane and children Cooper and Amelia) moved to Strathfieldsaye in 2010 and have been active participants and supporters of the local schools and sporting teams. Kat joined SDCE as a Director in early 2017.

Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin

Treasurer

Josh grew up in Strathfieldsaye when his family moved to Tannery Lane in 1994, he and his two brothers attended St Francis Primary School during its first year of opening. Since moving out here, Josh and his family have enjoyed being part of the local community. After living in town Josh has recently moved back to Strathfieldsaye in 2018. He now has a family of his own with two young boys and would like to see them enjoy the community and surrounds as much as he did when growing up. Josh is a Chartered Accountant and Partner at AFS & Associates, his experience with local community groups and his accounting background comes in handy, he was appointed Treasurer in 2019.

Julie Brady

Julie Brady

Director

Julie’s family has a wheat/sheep farming background and she grew up in the Mallee township of Ultima; providing an upbringing rich in participation, understanding and respect of community involvement. A sense of community has always been a part of Julie’s life and she is passionate about contributing and making a difference.

Julie is a primary school teacher and strives to make a difference in the lives of students and is currently the Education Improvement Leader for the North West Victoria Region.

Julie and her husband moved with their family to Strathfieldsaye in 1996. Their three children attended St Francis of the Fields Primary School and played for various netball, cricket, basketball, soccer and tennis teams over the years. Julie is a life member of the Ultima Football and Netball Club and values the contribution that diverse community groups make to the fabric of areas that people call home. Julie still resides in Strathfieldsaye and feels a strong connection to ensuring that it grows stronger, healthier and more vibrant

Brad Knight

Brad Knight

Secretary

Brad and his family moved to Emu Creek in 2011 attracted by the allure of a semi-rural lifestyle and the ability to bring up children in a smaller community/rural setting. He continues to see this as a major attraction of the Strathfieldsaye region and is passionate to see its development strike the right balance between the city and the country and continue to be an ideal location for families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds to live and thrive. Since moving to the area, Brad and his wife Sian have also become involved in numerous community organisations and local schools in the area. From a commercial perspective, Brad owns and operates his own consultancy business working with broadacre farmers across the state as well as being on the board of CEPA Farm supplies

Laura Patterson

Laura Patterson

Director