Bluebird Foundation is a not-for-profit incorporated association managed by a volunteer committee of management.
Marion Bayley (President) BA(Hons) Performing Arts (Music & Dance)
Born in the UK, Marion studied Musical Theatre at the Arts Education School before graduating from Middlesex University, UK in Performing Arts. Marion emigrated to Australia in 2002 and has held various senior management positions in hospitality including Director of Sales & Marketing for Novotel Wollongong. Marion relocated to Geelong in 2014 to commence her current role at Deakin University as General Manager for Deakin Residential Services, Geelong. Reigniting her passion for the arts, Marion has loved being on the Committee of Management at Bluebird Foundation for the last two years and is excited to step into the role of President.
Debbie Elea (Treasurer) GradDip (Management)
Debbie worked in the Family Services Department at the City of Greater Geelong for 30 years, ‘semi-retiring’ in 2011, and has been a volunteer with the Bluebird Foundation since its early days. Singing is a passion and Debbie is Assistant Director of Geelong Harmony Chorus and sings with Something Else! quartet.
Angelica Klein-Boonschate (Secretary) BHlthSc & IntDev
Angelica(Gel) is Bendigo born and bred but made the sea change to Geelong in early 2017. Graduating University with an Undergraduate in Health Science (Biomedical Science) and International Development, she is a lover of travel and is an avid explorer. Passionate about positive mental health and volleyball, Gel is the Coach of the Victorian Boys U16 School Sport Victoria Volleyball Team and Assistant Coach of the Bendigo Academy of Sport. Lover of all people, Gel really comes alive when integrating her love of music and singing, with the next generation; seeing children and adolescents exploring the power of the arts.
Tony Belcher BE (Civil) Hons
Tony graduated from Melbourne University in 1993 and has subsequently worked in private, not-for-profit and public sector organisations. He has a long record of project delivery and strategic project management, with a particular focus on public and private sector collaboration and partnerships. Tony currently works as the strategic projects coordinator at Barwon Water, managing a $35m property consolidation, land development and community infrastructure program. He has been a resident of Geelong since 2008 and has a passion for innovation and creativity.
Di was born in Launceston, Tasmania to a Dutch organist and a jazz pianist. She was destined to have music play a vital role in her life. The family moved to Melbourne when Di was about to start school, growing up in Gladstone Park and after many moves along the way, has resided in the Geelong area for the past 6 years. Di is kept busy running two businesses, Surf Coast Bookkeeping and School of Uke but also makes time to volunteer with Barwon Health in the Children's Ward at University Hospital along with Cottage by the Sea in Queenscliff, sharing her love of music and the ukulele. Di runs ukulele workshops and private lessons from Bluebird House and is very excited to be a part of the committee of management.
Kylie Whyte BSW AdvDip(Music Perf) GradDip(Ed) GradCert(TESOL)
Kylie has had an eclectic career, with over 20 years working in the community in various youth and community work roles. She has qualifications in Social Work, Music Performance (Jazz/Popular), Secondary Education and English as a Second Language teaching. Her passion is in community arts; and she has facilitated music workshops with a variety of young people, administered a youth circus and played her double bass in bands and for theatre and dance. Kylie moved to Geelong around 2.5 years ago and is loving being near the sea, and in this friendly and artistic community. She is incredibly excited about being part of the Bluebird family and looks forward to contributing to the development of the organisation.