Our Chamber executive are a group of local business owners and executives that dedicate their time to the Chamber mission, vision and objectives. They meet monthly and are involved in projects and tasks on an ongoing basis that that reflect the actions/tasks set out in the Strategic Plan. Please Meet:
Acting President – Francine McDonald
Hi, my name is Francine, Mum, to a few and Glamma to a couple and growing. But Fran to most.
I am a passionate and energetic happy person with an ambition to be the best I can be, which is a continual journey.
In my current role as Operations Manager for South West Coach Lines, I have lifted and improved the culture and level of customer service, equipment and other assets.
I have also maintained a high level of commitment and communication in regards to relationships with current stakeholders, as well as being able to develop new clients.
I am a detail-oriented person, who is a responsible communicator with an emphasises emotional intelligence and I can think collaboratively, independently as well as outside of the box.
I use good judgment and thrive on understanding customer demands with planning how to meet those deadlines which generates into sales for the company as a result.
I have Owned and Managed and Overseen, a portfolio of small businesses and have dealt with all aspects of campaigning ensuring sales targets are achieved. I bring a positive attitude and possess a friendly personality with an intuitive understanding of people, which makes me a great team player.
I look forward to encouraging all people that I meet to be the best they can be.
Treasurer – Caroline Portelli
Caroline is a passionate volunteer and is always looking to help with community and charity organisations.
Caroline is the local Area Manager for WFI in her role she takes the time to understand you and can help people by protecting their possessions and businesses. She has been part of the insurance industry for over 20 years, her knowledge as well as commitment to providing a friendly, personalised service, is second to none.
Being a board member for the DYCC, is an extension to Caroline’s passion for helping others and sharing her knowledge.
Executive Member – Steve Chapman
General Manager and part-owner of Lot 80 Wines and Tavern, Steve is a man of few words but has a wealth of experience across the hospitality industry.
An innovative, creative and highly successful, Chef, Restauranteur, Venue and Function Manager.
Lot 80. was the dream of Ron Wise and two passionate Chefs, Brad Lamb and Steve Chapman, who have a dream of doing something different from the norm and creating a venue that is truly unique.
Executive Member – Joyce Odom
Joyce’s varied career has spanned many industries across four continents. She has worked in non-governmental organisations, the travel industry, international development, American overseas Chambers of Commerce, tertiary education, food & beverage/hospitality and most recently in the real estate industry in her nearly five years living in Yallingup, Western Australia.
Joyce’s roles have been in business development, marketing, outreach and social policy design in capacities as both employee and entrepreneur/business founder. She understands people and what motivates them.
Joyce is passionate about community participation, involvement and development; and has brought her experience & dedication to many community organisations while living in the US, The Netherlands, Brazil, the UK, Indonesia, East Timor and Singapore.
Executive Member – Cindy Weise
Cindy is the owner of a small, progressive event management business operating across the South West region. Current projects include Event Director of Jazz by the Bay Festival and Conference Planner, South West Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
With a background in insurance and stock broking, Cindy also holds the role of joint Director and Financial Controller of KSC, a software development business servicing the mining and resources industry.
Cindy’s core strengths are in project management, business development, finance and marketing.
Passionate about the South West region and it’s economic development, Cindy welcomed the move from corporate to the community not-for-profit sector and embraces the opportunity to work across many projects with their unique responsibilities.
Cindy also serves on the board of directors for the Jazz by the Bay Festival.
Executive Member - Tanya French
Tanya has extensive business and networking experience;
Tanya and late husband had a successful golf course construction company in the 90’s and employed up to 30 people, building throughout Asia and Australia and as far afield as Cairo. They won many local and state business awards.
After relocating to WA in the year 2000, Tanya gained further experience in sales with Danish product Bang and Olufsen before jumping passionately back into the business field through the Stirling Business Association as Executive Officer and co management of the Stirling Regional Business Centre.
More recently Tanya has worked with the Wheatbelt Business Network and RSM as a business advisor through the State Government’s (SBDC) ‘Business Local’ program which saw her assisting small businesses in 14 Shires within the southern wheatbelt region whilst simultaneously managing networking events throughout the region.
Executive Member - Glen Alexander
Glen has lived and worked in the southwest since 2006 and still revels in the excitement of being ‘down south’, as well as working as an Environmental Scientist. As a Geologist he is easily distracted and can happily spend his day ruminating over rock types, soil colour or discussing groundwater flow direction, however, as co-owner of a Dunsborough based Environmental Consulting company, Glen more often has to focus on meeting client needs and providing cost efficient services.
Glen completed his MBA in 2002 and has worked across several industries for small, medium and multi-national companies. These experiences have provided him a good understanding of the challenges that small regional firms face, and also the advantages of local knowledge and a big horizon view. Glen is keen to ensure that local governments and State and Federal agencies live up to their local procurement policies and hopes to proactively contribute to the local social, business and economic well-being, through involvement with the DYCCI.
Immediate Past President – Pauline Vukelic
Pauline is committed to community capacity building through leadership, mentoring and positive encouragement for leadership development in community organisations.
She is a director of the Vukelic group of companies with commercial property investments across this region. She has extensive experience as a board and committee member, and leader in the not-for-profit sector, in the fields of higher education, health, medical research, women’s interests, the arts, tourism, Chambers of Commerce and Industries and sister city relationships.
Pauline is committed to the development of sound governance, financial and organisational management of the DYCCI , through the implementation of a newly formulated strategic plan, cooperative and collaborative partnerships and engagement with our local business community.