Kerry became involved with Country Hope in 2003 – firstly, as a carer and then in 2005 he was invited, and gladly accepted, to join the Board of Directors. Kerry became Chairman of the Board in 2015 after being nominated by the existing Chairman, John Studdert, who wished to have more time to travel.
Married to Kaylene, Kerry has six children and ten beautiful grandchildren, Kerry has had a very interesting, varied and successful career, including the hotel and club industry for over seventeen years, and the real estate industry for approximately thirty years.
Kerry has also been heavily involved with the South Wagga Wagga Rotary Club for over fifteen years, being a past President and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a Life Member of the Wagga Wagga Brothers Rugby League Football Club and held the positions of Vice President and President and was also a major sponsor of the club.
Kerry is extremely passionate about Country Hope and the great work they do. He feels very strongly that the money donated and raised in this region stays in this region, supporting children diagnosed with cancer and other chronic life threatening illnesses and their families in Southern New South Wales and North East Victoria.
Deputy Chair & Secretary
Pat and his young family reside near Mangoplah and he works as a solicitor at Walsh and Blair Lawyers in Wagga Wagga.
In 2010 Pat was introduced to Country Hope through his role on the Wagga Wagga Picnic Races Committee, which has donated over $300,000 to Country Hope since it was established in 2003.
As former Managing Director of 2WG Radio Wagga Wagga and retired business woman, Yvonne is one of the founding members of the Board of Directors for Country Hope. She dedicates her time to Country Hope by promoting its imperative Vision.
Former Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga. Owner and operator of Pascoe Constructions, Kerry is a dedicated member of the Board of Country Hope since 2012.
Dianna Somerville is the founder and director of Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services. Her passion for regional Australia coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit has seen Dianna become a voice for innovation in the bush.
Dianna is also the founder of Regional Pitchfest, Agrihack, Bush Angels and the ROPE program. Born and bred in the Riverina, she has a sound understanding of the regional community. She currently resides with her husband and two children on their sheep and cropping farm in the Riverina.
Sally is the finance manager of Wagga RSL Club. She is a CPA and registered company auditor. Sally is a Riverina local and has worked in the Wagga Wagga accounting and financial industry for over 25 years. Sally joined the Country Hope Board of directors in 2017 and has the position of Treasurer. Sally lives with her husband and three sons on a farm in the Mangoplah area.
Jen was born in Wagga Wagga and spent her childhood in Yerong Creek, NSW. After leaving Wagga in 1993 for a twelve-month exchange student experience in Japan, Jen developed a life-long love of travelling and Asia and completed a degree of Asian Studies and Commerce, majoring in Japanese and Accounting at ANU. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accountancy.
Jen and her husband Paul have two children and they spent eight years living and working in Hong Kong. Jen now works for Murrumbidgee Local Health District and is the Government, Risk and Audit Manager.
Jen has supported several organisations as a committee member, including Country Hope, Wagga Wagga Multicultural Council and the local Riverina chapter of Chartered Accountants (and previously Community Access Support Services CASS, Creating Hope in Cambodia, Help Cambodia and Mater Dei Primary School).
What started as an idea "wouldn't it be cool to order a coffee on your phone" between two mates has turned into a global tech company, with the flagship 365cups.com the order ahead Apps that can be white labelled and franchised.
Now Simone spends her time growing her business and building more 365 products while also giving back to her community. Through mentoring, speaking and most recently becoming a board Director with Country Hope.
Simone is also a published author with her book Kidney Kidnections sharing stories of Australian Families whose children have Kidney Disease. Simone's son Josh had a rare kidney disease and underwent successful transplant surgery in 2012.
In 2015 Simone will oversee a complete re-structure of 365cups as the business continues to grow releasing more products and delivering more custom tech projects.
After retiring as a successful businessman John became a valued member of the Board of Directors in 2005 and became the Chairman of Country Hope in 2006.
Married to his wife Carol, he and his family reside in Wagga Wagga. John is passionate about ensuring that our regional families are supported when going through hardship. Through his generosity and compassion he continues to deliver the mission of Country Hope to children diagnosed with cancer of other life threatening illnesses in Southern NSW and North Eastern Victoria.