Chalk Circle’s small team is made up of passionate volunteers from all walks of life – students, professionals, disability workers, mums, farm kids, nurses, and tradies – we value diversity of ideas and people.
Michelle has extensive experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors as an advisor, consultant, educator, researcher and manager. Michelle has industry expertise in justice and criminology; health promotion; preventing violence; and social change. She commenced her career at Victoria Police in research and policy, and later moved to KPMG as a Senior Advisor to Australian Federal and State Governments. Later, Michelle worked for Beyondblue leading the Youthbeyondblue team. From here, she commenced her first executive role with White Ribbon Australia. In these capacities Michelle has developed, implemented and evaluated partnerships, projects, programs and services that target diverse groups with a particular focus on gender and young people. In recent years, her Board and Director roles have included those at Left Right Think Tank and Kingswood College in Victoria.
Michelle is currently pursuing her PhD at Swinburne University with a research focus on the fear of crime gender paradox, and is becoming qualified as a Clinical Psychologist. In addition, Michelle runs a small business in which she provides advisory services to not-for-profits and emergency services. Michelle convenes two subjects at RMIT University, one in criminology and crime prevention, the second in responding to family violence. In her spare time, she provides strategic advice and support to the dedicated team at Chalk Circle, does a terrible job of playing the guitar, and travels to far-away places where she tests the boundaries of airline luggage allowances.
Conor is an Australia/New Zealand dual citizen finishing up an Honours Program in International Studies at RMIT. He came into Chalk Circle from a Communications background working in NGOs and wanted to put his energy and experience into something that makes a difference in the lives of young people. He cooks to relax and writes to embarrass (himself). Though he likes to think of himself as a valuable member of the team, and capable of making good decisions, one time he nearly got run over by a cruise ship and it was pretty much all his own fault.
Chelsea is a provisional psychologist currently studying a Master of Organisational Psychology. Her true passions mainly involve travel, wine and dumplings…especially if she can indulge all three at once. She also loves chatting, which is one of the reasons why she is so excited to be creating conversations about gender with Chalk Circle. Chelsea has always been fascinated by human behaviour, and is particularly interested in looking at ways to help people flourish at work and in their personal lives. With gender norms impacting everyone, and often restricting our ability to thrive and achieve, this is an area of particular interest for her. In this vein, her master’s thesis explores how gender biases can prevent men from accessing flexible work arrangements.
Michelle is a doctor working in public hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne. She is an advocate for equitable and accessible healthcare, with a particular focus on education and gender literacy. Alongside holding committee positions with several medical and women-led organisations, she also facilitates violence prevention programs and advises State Government on LGBTI policy. A published writer and fiction editor, Michelle enjoys the vibrant arts scene in Melbourne – though not, perhaps, as much as she enjoys its food. She endeavours to eat her way across the city, one smashed avo at a time.
Sarah is a provisional psychologist with a background in health and wellbeing training. She has worked with business, government and community organisations on projects that aim to improve respectful relationships and break down gender bias within our society. Sarah is currently completing her Masters is in Organisational Psychology at Deakin University, with a thesis that explores workplace outcomes and awareness surrounding Domestic and Family Violence policies. She can also be found obsessing over her dog Spence, indulging at her favourite burger or donut places around Melbourne, or planning out her next summer getaway.
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Bec is a current International Studies student at RMIT, a massive politics nerd and a passionate traveller. Through her studies she has developed a passion for gender issues, and is particularly interested in the power of education for improving the lives of women and girls in the future. A gap year spent in France cemented her love of languages, and she’s eagerly awaiting an upcoming community development project in India. When not busy with her attempt to eat brunch at every café in Melbourne, Bec enjoys drinking endless cups of tea and settling in bed with a good book.
Vivien recently graduated with degree in Psychology and Social Science at RMIT University. After completing an internship with Chalk Circle as a School Liaison she is continuing on with the foundation in the Program Evaluation team to work towards creating meaningful change for the future.