Growing up in rural Victoria instilled a passion for the outdoors and nature in Bruce. He is an active research scientist with training in biology, land management and organisational leadership, as well as a Trust for Nature covenantor and a long-term volunteer in waterway management, environmental restoration and recreation. In 2015 he received a VEFN Best Friend Award.
Gerard first joined the conservation movement in the late 1960s, working with the Lake Pedder and alpine park campaigns. As a keen bushwalker, his loves are forests and mountains. After careers in education and social work, Gerard spent 20 years in IT positions with human services, hospitals and the ambulance service.
Rosemary Race, Secretary
Now a Wildlife Officer in south west Victoria, Rosemary has a passion for flora and fauna and has lived on the coast for most of her life. Rosemary is Treasurer of Australian Citizen Science Association, Grants Coordinator for Portland Coastal Cliffs Inc and South West Woody Weeds Action Team. Other roles have included her own business as Legal Annotator for the Victorian Bar, and Library Assistant for the Environmental Protection Authority.
Marilyne Crestias, Treasurer
Marilyne is passionate about advocating for better environmental protection. She likes to bushwalk, trail run, scuba dive and rock climb. She has a Masters in Economics and Finance and experience in the Victorian public service developing policy in the environment and renewable energy portfolios.
Lara works in clinical research. She has four children who love exploring and camping in Victoria’s national parks, and is passionate about preserving Victoria’s natural environment. Lara believes that VNPA in a unique position to advocate for our native plants and animals.
Ann is a cross-country skier and bushwalker, with long involvement in community and environmental campaigns. She is also a lawyer and has worked for government, law firms and environmental NGOs. Ann would like to see a fair and sustainable future for our children and greater protection of biodiversity.
Jan is an artist, media producer and communications academic. In his media work he is particularly interested in cultural ecology and the intersection of art, science and politics. He produced and curated a number of international art projects and festivals including the art/science collaboration Nature in the Dark in partnership with VNPA and Parks Victoria.
Michael is a semi-retired forest fire scientist/forest ecologist who lives near Healesville, but still commutes back to his workplace at the University of British Columbia in Canada (currently he is a Professor Emeritus there). He regularly recreates (bushwalking, mountain climbing, skiing, sea kayaking) in outdoor environments that usually need much better protection against development.
Deb is an avid outdoors adventurer of more than thirty years’ experience. She is dedicated to the care and protection of Victoria’s wilderness areas. Deb has previously served as President of Friends of the Prom and continues to serve on this committee. She is also a member of VNPA’s Bushwalking and activities committee.
Euan trained professionally in forest management and worked with invasive species control programs, followed by a career in information technology. Since retiring, he has been able to devote more time to furthering the aims of VNPA. He is a Trust for Nature Covenantor and past president of VNPA.
Dianne has a background in education, community engagement and public land management ranging across wetlands, Landcare, biodiversity, national parks, biospheres and Ministerial advisory committees. A geographer and keen bushwalker, she enjoys exploring natural places in Australia and the rest of the world.
Paul is Convenor of the Victorian Environment Friends Network committee and is also Deputy President of the Friends of Mt Worth State Park. Paul is also involved with the West Gippsland Seedbank Association and Darnum-Ellinbank Fire Brigade and has planted more than 20,000 indigenous plants on the property he shares with his wife Merrin.