Vu Nguyen: Secretary/Director
Vu was appointed a Director of Lupus Victoria in January 2016.
Vu was only 9 when diagnosed with Lupus in 1995. She has experienced many symptoms of Lupus since that time, including suffering a stroke in 2007, when her family was told that she would not recover. However, Vu's amazing fighting spirit prevailed and she made a strong recovery. Vu's recovery took a number of years and made her determined to help to fight Lupus. Vu has established an organisation which raises funds for Lupus and is increasing community awareness of Lupus. Vu subsequently founded Lupus Victoria and has recruited people along her journey to join Lupus Victoria.
She has also established motivational speaking seminars where she aims to help others who are going through difficult journeys in their lives.
Vu holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Marketing from Swinburne University of Technology.
Rob Jolly: Chair/Director
Rob was appointed a Director of Lupus Victoria in January 2016.
Rob is an Independent Advisor on Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) and Modern Slavery. He is also a Rob is a member of the Social Responsibility Alliance Development Committee.
Rob was Director of Utilities Trust of Victoria (“UTA”) from 2011-2019 and Chair from 2014-2019. Rob is a former Treasurer of Victoria and prior to assuming the role of Treasurer of Victoria, Rob held a senior role with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).
Rob was appointed a Commissioner to The Liechtenstein Initiative for a Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. The Commission is a public-private partnership that aims to put the financial sector at the heart of global efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking. The project is a partnership between the Governments of Liechtenstein, Australia and the Netherlands along with the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research as well as a consortium of banks, philanthropic foundations, and associations.
Rob is an Honours Graduate in Economics with a Master of Economics and a Diploma of Education from Monash University.
The Lupus Victoria Board works together to improve outcomes for people in Victoria living with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
Our Board includes our Founder and Vocal Advocates for people suffering from Lupus, Vu Nguyen, Rob Jolly; Kaye Thomas, Michael Kim, Sammi Palinkas and Dovi Domingo.
Dovi Domingo: Treasurer/Director
Dovi Domingo was appointed a Director of Lupus Victoria in December 2018.
Dovi is a CPA qualified accountant with over 10 years’ experience working in both industry and public practice.
Her first role was with the Gillon Group of Companies where she commenced working in the Admin/Accounts section, after completing her Bachelor Degree in Business (Accounting/Finance) at Swinburne University of Technology. During her time with Gillon she was promoted to the role of Senior Financial Accountant, and has also worked for a number of public practices.
With her passion for numbers, she is the founder of a bookkeeping business, BWise 4 Business, which assists small to medium sized businesses become more profitable by providing accurate, complete and meaningful data.
Kaye Thomas: Administration/Director
Kaye was appointed a Director of Lupus Victoria in January 2016.
Prior to her retirement in 2011, Kaye held a number of senior administration/secretarial roles in the superannuation industry and within the Victorian Government.
Kaye also served on the Volunteer Committee of the Mother’s Day Classic walk/run for Breast Cancer Research for over 10 years from its inception in 1998.
Kaye was a host volunteer with Interchange Inner East for 26 years, resigning in early 2019.
Kaye is also a volunteer with Clothes4U, an organisation in Rosebud which assists women and men in need on the Mornington Peninsula, by providing free clothing, shoes, bags and toiletries to them.
Michael Kim: Marketing/Events Director
Michael was appointed a Director of Lupus Victoria in January 2016.
Through an extensive career in marketing and events management, Michael developed a passion for customer service while developing a multitude of skills through studying business management, marketing, e-commerce and graphic design.
Michael has worked with international apparel brand G-Star RAW, local brand Forty winks, produced music concert tours, sports tournaments and many large events.
Sammi Palinkas: Director
Samantha (Sammi) Palinkas was appointed a Director of Lupus Victoria in December 2018.
Sammi is currently Portfolio Delivery Manager for Network, Operations and Technology at Australia Post, where she has been employed for six years, and has over 10 years’ experience working in technology and project management roles at Australia Post and with other companies.
In Sammi’s spare time, she is an avid singer and songwriter.