MEET THE TEAM
CHASM Housing is a volunteer organisation, currently with no paid positions. New member inquiries and volunteers are asked to submit their resumés to firstname.lastname@example.org and attend one of our general meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, to see if we are a good fit. Photos courtesy Jody Gilchrist Photography.
Marg McKenzie is a founding member of CHASM Housing. Marg has 27 years public service experience as a manager in the disabilities and housing sectors. Marg is on the Board of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre and volunteers as the housing coordinator.
Margie Richter represents Zonta Club of Blackall Range at CHASM Housing. She has been submitting monthly reports to Zonta long enough to be totally absorbed by the CHASM Housing ethic and the members' enormous commitments and values; she's now in there for keeps.
Sammy Ringer is a former TV writer of documentaries, drama and shorts, and is now into wildlife and ‘the novel’. She is on the Board of the Maple St Co-op and head of the sub-committee for the Co-op's Community Garden. Sammy runs the Australian Bushfoods website.
Graphic Design & Marketing
Julia Peddie is a founding member of CHASM Housing. Julia is a professional graphic design and community artist and therapist, with experience in community development and mental health. Julia is a social and environmental activist committed to social change.
Julia was the key driver of the Healesville Community Labyrinth and the Marysville 1000 Hands project in Victoria, both significant memorials for the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires for which she was on the Marysville Recovery Committee.
Writing and admin support
Debra Deloraine is a writer and a published author. Her non-fiction metaphysical book, MU - Deva Dreaming was published in New Zealand in 2011 and she has spent the last seven years holding occasional classes and workshops on the subject. She is also a self-published author of two young adult fiction novels. Debra has at various stages in her life worked in the fields of diversional and music therapy in aged care for many years and also as a teacher of English overseas in Finland, Nepal, New Zealand and China. She draws upon her many and varied experiences in life for the subject matter of her books.
Kelli Dendle has a background in both small and corporate business roles. She changed career mid-life and retrained with a health degree. This experience focussed her awareness on the importance of housing in people’s lives.
Kelli now works in paid and volunteer roles in the community, housing and research sectors. Kelli is completing a PhD looking at the links between older people’s housing circumstances and their contribution to sustaining their communities. Her priority is working on tangible ways to ensure everyone has a home that meets their needs.
Cynthia Daniels says she is "passionate about helping the less fortunate in our society." Cynthia is a member of Maleny Queensland Country Womens’ Association and Maleny Probus. Born in Sydney, she lived in Central Queensland on a cattle property for 37 years after marrying her husband Dallas. She moved to Maleny in 2006.
Frances Harper is a founding member CHASM Housing, of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre and believes that housing is a fundamental need, and that the community should do everything possible to help everyone get a safe and secure home.
Nicole Hilton is the Business Development Officer for Maleny Credit Union. Maleny born, Nicole has many local connections. Nicole is the President of the Maleny Chamber of Commerce, on the Executive Committee for Hinterland Tourism, and is a Director of Lions Club of Maleny-Blackall Range. She runs the Hinterlands 'Chick in Biz' group and gives a lending hand to other groups and businesses where she can. She loves working with proactive people and her motto is “one person can have a good idea but many can make that idea great”.
CHASM Housing acknowledges the Kabi Kabi & Jinabirra people, the traditional custodians, present, past and future, of the land where we live.