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Mallee Track Health & Community Service (MTHCS) is governed by a Board appointed by the Governor-in-Council upon the recommendation of the Minister for Health.

Sound Board governance systems provide protection for the organisation, its stakeholders and the Board against fraud, illegal practices and poor performance by its own members, its Chief Executive and staff.

The Board is committed to the adoption of ethical conduct in all areas of its responsibilities and authority. Board members are committed to acting honestly and in good faith at all times. The Board is required to regularly review its own performance as the basis for its own development and quality assurance. The Board of Directors meets monthly.

Mrs Joy Lynch
Mrs Joy Lynch (Board Chair)
Appointed July 2016

Joy has over four decades experience as an educator at schools throughout the Ouyen district and Loddon Mallee. She has a passion for student welfare, including involvement in projects that develop lifelong learning opportunities for rural families, and working with vulnerable and disadvantaged families. Joy understands the challenges of accessing health and community services in rural and remote communities and the need for the health service to be innovative and able to utilize every opportunity. Joy has a vested interest in the future success of MTHCS - she and her family continue to rely on its cradle to the grave services as residents of the local community.

As a resident of the Mallee since she began teaching at Underbool in 1979, Joy is also a local primary producer on the family’s property, Lynch Ag, in Underbool, where she manages staff and contractors and Occupational Health and Safety compliance. Joy is actively involved in the region’s economic development - from agribusiness, health and community sectors, and a wish to promote tourism and arts.

Community life in Ouyen means a willingness to serve multiple roles and the ability to form strong working relationships and partnerships with stakeholders. Joy has proven ability to establish and maintain alliances with government agencies and representatives to achieve strategic outcomes for the health service.

Community capacity building is one of her biggest passions with Joy’s community involvement and professional and personal life including development of local sports such as junior swimming and gymnastics. Joy is a keen advocate of early years learning, with expertise in literacy and physical education. She believes strongly in the health and social support programs delivered by MTHCS and the importance of reducing social and geographical isolation to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for the community.

Ms Kathryn Munro
Ms Kathryn Munro (Senior Vice Chair)
Appointed July 2020

Kathryn's 35-year Finance and Accounting career included delivering significant business restructuring projects with CSL Limited, evolving regional governance and financial reporting frameworks with McCormick Foods Australia and leading strategic information technology, financial investment and risk mitigation initiatives with Cheetham Salt Limited.

Kathryn's desire to join the Mallee Track Health and Community Service Board stems from her experience overseeing, and supporting businesses in rural communities, including Sea Lake.

Kathryn is a Director of the Australian Orthotic and Prosthetic Association and chairs the Finance Risk and Audit Committee. She was recently appointed to the Board of the Latrobe Regional Hospital. Kathryn is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Steve Fumberger (Junior Vice Chair)
Appointed July 2020

Steven joined the North West Victorian Ambulance Service in 1981 where he progressed clinically to the standard of MICA Paramedic. During the last 12 years of service, Steven was the Area Manager for the Northern Mallee District based out of Mildura. He has also undertaken additional studies throughout his career which included a Diploma in Management and Project Management, Certificate in Business Studies (Accounting) and a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health. Steven has also practiced as a Registered Tax Agent since 1988 and was formerly a partner in Taxation & Accounting Services (Sunraysia).

​Both Steven and his wife Michelle, have mostly resided in the Mildura area where they raised four children. Steven has been actively involved with most community sports and is a life member of the South Mildura Football & Netball Club and currently the President of the Mildura Golf Club.

Steven brings a range of business and clinical experience to the board. He has closely worked with regional hospitals and health services throughout his Ambulance career and wishes to continue to see these health sectors continue to provide effective and efficient services to our rural and remote communities.

Mr Darren Law
Mr Darren Law
Appointed November 2019

Darren began his career as a paramedic in 1994 in Queensland and has worked as a paramedic since in metropolitan, rural and remote areas. Darren also acted as an industrial officer and Harassment Referral Officer in Queensland. He secured a position as a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria in Ouyen in 2005.

Since working in the Mallee, he has enjoyed the challenges associated with delivering patient care in a rural area such as the Mallee district. He met and married his wife, Leonie, in Ouyen where they continue to live and work.

Darren brings extensive clinical knowledge and experience to the board and has developed a passion for delivering better patient outcomes in a rural and remote health setting.

Mr Philip Down
Mr Philip Down
Appointed July 2020

Philip was born in the Ouyen Hospital and has spent most of his life living in the local community. Managing the family farm at Speed, he is the fourth generation producing on his home property.

He has been progressive in his approach and forward thinking in promoting agriculture and the opportunities presented in the industry.

Philip is an enthusiastic photographer who uses this medium to promote the local landscape and lifestyle. He also enjoys mentoring others to further their knowledge and creativity.

Philip is a member of numerous community groups and has held executive roles in sporting & service clubs. He has a passion for promoting the local community and is a great advocate for rural living.

Mrs Mary Rydberg
Mrs Mary Rydberg
Appointed November 2019

Mary has over 25 years of management experience with a number of government, community and health organisations. Most recently, following 14 years of managing community care services for the City of Greater Dandenong, Mary and her husband in 2017 returned to the Mallee and now once again reside in Mildura. She is currently a non-executive Board member with Mallee Accommodation and Support Program (MASP in Mildura) and a Board member of SEHCP Inc. (trading as Enliven Vic) in Melbourne.

Mary is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is committed to maintaining her governance knowledge and skills to better contribute to the important work undertaken by local Boards in supporting organisations within the community.

Mr John Papatheohari
Appointed July 2021

John has twenty years’ experience as an executive, including the past eleven working across private and public health. John has assumed CIO/Digital Transformation roles over the past six years, having previously led the Health Shared Services entity for the Victorian Department of Health. John made the transition to the health sector after 26 years as a Management Consultant, leading global and regional practices and having spent over 12 years in various overseas postings.

John is a Board member of Benalla Health (Vice Chair) and Distinctive Options, and is a Chisholm Institute Board Sub-Committee member as a Digital/ICT advisor. John has undertaken the Australian Institute of Company Directors education, and is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

John is currently General Manager Digital & ICT for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He brings enthusiasm for governance, risk management, financial management and digital adoption.

Mr Frank Piscioneri
Appointed July 2021

A qualified accountant (FCPA) with over 28 years’ experience in the education sector at an executive level in the role of Chief Financial Officer and Director Operation.

Frank brings insights from his experience across corporate finance, operations and governance.

He currently serves as a Director on the Board of Mildura Base Public Hospital, Mallee Accommodation Support Program, Chaffey Aged Care and is the Chair of the Finance Audit and Risk committee of Mildura District Aboriginal Services.

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