Jane is the CEO for e.motion21, she is well known in the not for profit and social enterprise sector, with an absolute passion for working with people, diverse thinking and making a difference in people’s lives. She brings with her extensive experience in building strong partnerships across the not-for-profit, industry, Government and academic sectors. Her previous roles include, Founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Founder of InnoWell Pty Ltd, Director of Partnerships for Reachout.com at the Inspire Foundation and Senior Program Manager at beyondblue. Jane is Chair of STREAT, a social enterprise supporting young people at risk of homelessness and Open Arms, the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS). Jane was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at the University of California and was Director of International Partnerships for Reachout.com at the Inspire Foundation. Jane held both a VicHealth and an NHMRC fellowship and an NHMRC scholarship. She has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide.
Coupled with her passion for working with people to make the world a better, more accepting place, Jane is mum to three children, Angus, Holly and Harry. Angus who has Down syndrome, Autism, and is non-verbal, has been instrumental in shaping the way Jane works with people, placing a major emphasis on loyalty, tenacity, optimism, honesty and authenticity.
As the new Artistic Director for e.motion21 I am thrilled to say I have been warmly welcomed by the performance company and their parents and I have been inspired by the talent and energy of our students, teachers and performers at our different sites. My professional background in the arts includes being the “Acting” Artistic Director at the National Theatre Ballet School in 2018, dancing with the Australian Ballet Co., acting with the Melbourne Theatre Co., and painting major sets and murals around Melbourne. I also have many years’ experience in inclusive projects and a PhD as a scientific researcher in genetics, neurology and interventions for global delay. This unusual move from arts to science was due to the birth of my twins. Mia – my daughter – was born with Prader- Willi syndrome (PWS). Due to the work my family did to help Mia’s development, I authored a book in 2010, utilising arts in early interventions which was forwarded by the Developmental Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital and launched by the Hon. Bill Shorten – the then Disability Minister for the Comm. Gov.
Really, I have come full circle… I first taught children and adults with Down Syndrome; dance, in 1975 (at 13yrs of age), when every Thursday I skipped school and travelled by bus, train and tram to teach ballet to a large group of students. Now after so many years of teaching, business and production experience, I’m thrilled to have arrived at e.motion21 with such wonderful collaborative projects ahead of us. Please, feel free to catch up with me when I visit your classes and I’m more than happy to find out what you are also inspired by too!
Bianca is the Bookkeeper for e.motion21. Bianca has a background in accounting in the not-for-profit and financial services sectors that spans 18 years. In 2010 Bianca became a mother and left her career in accounting for the Australian Red Cross to concentrate on raising her daughter, Ava. In 2013 Bianca took on the role of Bookkeeper for e.motion21 volunteering in the office, at our annual concert and at other key events.
Heather is the Volunteer Coordinator for e.motion21. After learning at 14.5 months that her first son was born with Down syndrome, Heather immediately looked for a positive outlet in the community. She was introduced to e.motion21 through her husband’s work at PwC and immediately became involved through volunteering at weekly dance classes, events and office support for over 2 years. Heather studied Human Resources and continued her career in commercial real estate for over 10 years. After taking a career break to help her first son through early intervention and having a second child she has returned to work with e.motion21 as a passionate employee, volunteer and parent.
Margaret has a background in the finance sector in Banking, Marketing, Communications and Event Management. She has now decided to focus her energy on Event Management and Marketing. With many years experience in dance Margaret is excited to be able to combine dance with event management here at e.motion21.
Laura is a loving mother of two who is looking forward to her time with e.motion21. She has a wealth of knowledge in human services having worked with people from diverse needs and backgrounds. She is passionate about encouraging an active lifestyle and fitness programs for people of all abilities.