Board of Directors
My name is Tina Good, and I am a hard working single mother of two amazing resilient children. I became a survivor of homicide ten years ago when my sister was murdered at the hands of her ‘loving’ husband. In those ten years my family and I have fought for justice on all fronts for our beautiful Jody.
Ours was a high profile case in NSW with a lot of media coverage, so we learnt very quickly the perils of media intrusion at such a traumatic time in our lives. From the beginning of this journey we worked very closely with the homicide and missing persons units to locate help locate Jody’s body, get her murderer charged, and get him a life sentence. We then fought him on the last piece of control he held over her and was granted ownership of her gravesite so we could put a head stone on it, finally giving our Jody the dignity she deserves. We fought for her estate to be bequeathed to her daughter and not for her former husband to pay for his legal expenses. I also won a very nasty custody battle against him and his family for Jody’s beautiful daughter, whom they were hell bent on owning too.
Ten years on we still fight for justice against bureaucracies when it comes to cross boarder and interstate regulations that countermand the financial, emotional and mental health support my niece once received. As she witnessed the murder of her mother and suffers still, we fight an ongoing battle to maintain her emotional wellbeing and her mental health.
I tell you this not to gain your empath and sympathies, but to help you understand that I too have walked the path, and on that path I have seen and experienced a lot, so I understand that the ‘one size fits all’ support model does not resonate with everybody in the aftermath of homicide. I feel very passionately about building on our culture of support and working with members to build a support model that is specific to you and your journey.
I have served on the Board of Management since 2013 having served as Secretary, Treasurer and Deputy Chair.
This very special and unique organisation to bring cohesion and help cement the new direction as outlined in the Strategic Plan 2016-19. Most notably, these initiatives include re-invigorating the peer support “community of survivors” so valued by many of our members; continuing our member and public education; seeking reform of the justice system to better represent community expectations for the proper recognition of the rights of homicide victims; and securing QHVSG’s financial future.
I am very passionate about supporting the Board and staff to achieve greater outcomes for our members in all facets or the organisation; be it support, legislative reform, education programs and research projects; building awareness and developing an inclusive engagement strategy.
As Board Chair I will continue to strengthen existing relationships, while forging new ones with community organisations and government departments in all states because I believe that a collaborative voice will yield greater results for our members, particularly those that find themselves battling interstate rules and regulations like my family.
I will continue to support the Board of Directors to develop new and innovative programs, to re-engage with our members, to identify additional support mechanisms we can implement to transition some support activities from the Family Support coordinators to our member for the purpose of providing local support for new and existing members.
In my professional life, I am a strong, and inclusive leader and motivated team member. I have a Diploma of Marketing and a Diploma of Business. I am a strategic thinker, and possess the ability to analyse situations and workflows to develop new strategies and processes.
Having worked for the Government for the last 12 years I have extensive experience with writing funding submissions, business plans, strategic plans, marketing plans, events management, project management and Ministerial briefings, and if voted in I would bring all of these attributes to QHVSG as your Vice President.
I have a background in marketing and extensive experience planning events and fundraising; attributes I have utilised in the successful planning of major QHVSG events; the Brisbane Family Fun Day and Walk for Support; the International Women’s Day Dining with Daisies Breakfast; and the Inaugural Annual Night of Recognition and Christmas Celebration.
First and foremost however, I am a member of QHVSG and this is, in my opinion the most important factor I can bring to the organisation. I am very passionate about our members because I have walked the journey you now face and feel blessed to walk with you on yours. I have devoted countless hours to advocate for you from behind the scenes and I would be honoured to continue to do this on your behalf.
I look forward to serving you in 2007.
I first became a member of QHVSG when my 36 year old brother Mitchell was murdered in April, 2009.
I my first year as a member, I became a joint Team Leader on the Gold Coast, which is a position I still hold today. I feel extremely privileged to support our members in memory of my brother, and find a great deal of comfort in surrounding myself with people who unfortunately find themselves in a similar position.
It was a fantastic opportunity to be involved with the development of the new Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2019. I wish to continue the hard work that the board of Management has contributed to the organisation this year, in working towards a new strategic direction of QHVSG.
As a Team Leader I am aware of the importance of peer support, and would like to continue engaging with members to involve them in the decisions that affect the organisation, and provide them with opportunities to help build a strong support network of peers. I am also committed to raising awareness in the community, supporting our education programs and providing advocacy for our members, all of which ar in line with the Strategic Plan.
I am dedicated to making a difference in the life of our members, and will support them in whatever way I can.
I am a professional Early childhood educator and have run my own successful business for the last 16 years. In my job, I nurture, educate and care for children, follow legislations and policies and liaise with families to develop the best outcomes for their children. Additionally, I participate in professional development training and undertake all of the financial work that comes with running your own business. I have great communication skills and the ability to work well individually, or in a team environment. I also have the ability to make decisions and solve problems, as well as develop and implement plans to achieve the best outcomes possible.
As previously mentioned, I have been a member of QHVSG since 2009. As a volunteer, in 2015 I served on the QHVSG Board of Management as a General Board Member and on the Support and Regional Development committee. I have served as the Honorary Treasurer in 2016 and I am also currently the Secretary (since 2016).
I am a dedicated and keen fundraiser and I volunteer at numerous fundraising barbecues and events. I have been involved in the organising of many events in my time with QHVSG namely; the 2015 Brisbane Walk for Support and Family Fun Day and the Inaugural Annual Night of Recognition and Christmas Celebration. I have also established the Children’s Christmas Party concept.
I feel a great sense of pride in being able to give something back to the organisation and its members, and I enjoy organising events for our member to participate in and to help raise public awareness.
I am committed and hard working Team Leader, and have supported many members through peer support, home visits, telephone support, Court support and facilitating the monthly Gold Coast Support Group meetings. I was recognised for my volunteer efforts in 2014 when I was honoured to be awarded the QHVSG Volunteer of the year.
I am passionate about supporting our members, and giving them a voice. I am an enthusiastic advocate for members needs, and I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe is in their best interest.
I became engaged with QHVSG in 2012 after our son Tim was listed as a missing person. Even though so far six people have been sentenced in relation to Tim’s homicide, Tim’s remains have never been located.
Our family has appreciated immensely the support provided by QHVSG. I have a little verse which I believe epitomises the wonderful care given by QHVSG – “Thanks for showing me that even on the darkest days the sun is still there, just behind the clouds, waiting to shine again – Lisa Harlow”
I believe the Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2019 compiled after much thought and effort is going to be a positive move for QHVSG. I am proud to have been part of the planning process and look forward to being able to move forward with the organisation and help implement these strategies. My main focus and passion is on providing support for members especially those living in rural and regional areas.
I am both a passionate and compassionate person showing great empathy towards others and always give 100% of myself to whatever I undertake. I have always been a carer and cared for my Mum until her passing in 2002. I am extremely passionate about and proud of my family and am so blessed to have their love, friendship and support.
From 2006 to 2012 I was extensively involved in raising funds and awareness for the RFDS through the Spirit of Queensland Awards. During this time my dedication saw hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to help purchase lifesaving medical equipment for RFDS aircraft.
Throughout our different journeys in life, my husband Gary and I have been honoured by the people we have met and humbled by the stori3es to which we have been privy.
My passion these days definitely lies within being able to support our members and being a voice for them and a confidante. I am dedicated to making sure that our support meetings are successful and encourage members to attend.
It never ceases to amaze me how a group of people have come together through such tragic circumstances but have gone on to forge such valuable friendships.
I would like to be able to extend my support to providing court support to members.
I believe my caring nature and dedication to supporting fellow members makes me a suitable candidate for being on the Board of QHVSG.
Dr Samara McPhedran is a Senior Research Fellow with the Violence Research and Prevention Program at Griffith University. Dr McPhedran returned to academia in 2012 after spending a number of years at the Executive Level in the Australian Public Service, where she worked extensively in social policy development and analysis. Before joining the public service, Dr McPhedran was Director of a private research consultancy business. She has over 50 journal articles, book chapters and conference presentations on topics ranging from suicide prevention and interpersonal violence, through to disability policy and rural issues. She has particular expertise in firearm-related injury and gun policy.