Our board of directors

Lee Ann Green


Academic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Education – Deakin University
  • Diploma of Teaching – Coburg State College

Professional / Volunteer Experience:

  • Educator of 33 years – Retired
    • Principal – Eastwood Primary School and Deaf Facility
    • Senior Project Officer – Eastern Metropolitan Region
    • Project Officer for the Navigator Schools Project – Dep’t of Education
    • Assistant Principal Network Chair – Boroondara Network
    • Various leaderships and teaching roles
  • Student Support Services Executive Manager – Maroondah/Whitehorse Network
  • Volunteer Tai Chi teacher – Various clubs
  • Volunteer Community Relations Coordinator – Bao Lin

Personal Statement:
Having worked with children and families for many years I am constantly amazed, and buoyed, by the level of kindness, caring and cooperation that surrounds us. By and large this comes from a culture that upholds community values and the rights of individuals.

Each person has unique experiences through life despite appearing to take similar paths to family and friends. With each experience being shaped by the previous it is so important to ensure that our young ones begin life in a positive and nurturing environment.

Jo Schutt


Academic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Health Science – Naturopathy

Professional / Volunteer

  • Creator – Bloom Networking & Event Management – (current) past 4 years
  • Event Organiser – Peninsula Health & Sustainability Expo – 5 years
  • Creator of www.jellyfishconnection.com – an online resource for holistic pregnancy, parenting, health & wellbeing – 3 years
  • GNC Livewell – 13 years
  • Store Manager of several locations across Melbourne
  • Natural Therapies Trainer & Facilitator
  • Special Events Committee – Overport Primary School

Personal Statement:
The importance of a positive attitude and ability to overcome obstacles are apparent in all areas of life, from parenting to running a business or maintaining personal relationships. Unfortunately positivity and resilience are not traits we are all born with, which makes resources like the Attitude books essential for parents and teachers – helping kids understand their own value, importance and abilities. I am extremely passionate about helping the youth of today become the thought leaders, innovators & change makers of the future and I would like to see every Australian child given the opportunities they need to grow as strong and independent members of society.

Colleen Rees


Academic Qualifications:

  • Specialised training in Voice and Kodály Music Development for Young Children

Professional / Volunteer Experience:

Colleen has been teaching singing and music for over 30 years, teaching voice and piano to adults and children with Private classes, School Holiday Group Workshops and weekly Music Therapy for Seniors & Aged Care.

In 2008 she established Yes You Can Sing on the Mornington Peninsula.
With a background as a performer, teacher and vocalist in television, theatre stage and cabaret, Colleen is a highly qualified and experienced singing teacher with innate teaching skills, supported by specialised training in Voice and Kodály Music Development for Young Children and she combines the principals of these methodologies with her own to teach children, teens and adults of all ages & abilities.

Colleen volunteered her time and expertise to assist the smooth launch of the Can Do Kids Club in a public event at Rosebud Secondary College in April 2016. She wrote the music for two Attitude Books songs and coached and supported two of her students to perform these at the event. Her continued interest in the work of the ABFI has lead Colleen to join the Board and continue her dedicated work to assist us in the development and roll out of future Can Do events.

Julie Davey


Academic Qualifications:

  • General Nursing Certificate Div 1 – Prince Henry’s Hospital
  • Self Esteem Facilitation Skills with Jack Canfield in USA
  • Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and personal coaching in Australia

Professional / Volunteer Experience:

  • Director – A for Attitude Productions
  • Author and illustrator of several life-skills books for children
  • Various positions working in medical profession
  • Former Rotarian – Rotary Club Rosebud-Rye
  • Former President – Social Committee McCrae Yacht Club
  • Former Secretary – Friends of the Eyrie Creek Inc.

Personal Statement:
I believe that success, in any area of life, is “all about attitude and the choices we make” and am passionate about helping children.

For more information please visit my websites: aforattitude.com.au and juliedavey.com.au


Nadia Hughes


Academic Qualifications:

(BA Hons, B.Bus & Comm CPA)

Professional / Volunteer Experience:

Nadia Hughes joined SMART Business Solutions, (our generous pro-bono accounting support team),  at the end of 2013 and has continued to work tirelessly in partnership with Shannon to grow a highly successful business. Receiving a ‘New Partner of the Year’ Australian Accounting Award within less than 12 months is a testament to Nadia’s dedication and skill.

Nadia brings to ABFI a wealth of experience having worked with countless business owners and high net worth individuals.

Having set up and run several successful businesses, Nadia thrives on helping her clients navigate legal and tax challenges so they can focus on growing their business and maximise their wealth.

In her spare time Nadia is a chauffeur for her four active children. She is passionate about health and fitness and establishing equal opportunities in the local community. This is demonstrated in her pro-bono work with underprivileged people, teaching them finance skills for life.

Personal Statement

 Our Can Do Kids

Madison Bailey

Attitude Ambassador

Madison has an amazing Can Do Attitude and we are grateful to have her as our Inaugural Ambassador for Australia.

We asked her to create a promo video to help sell tickets for our last Can Do Kids Concert — and she did it with great gusto and precision. We asked her to sing our opening song at the concert — and she did it with style and passion. And we asked her to be our mascot and ambassador and we know she will do a fabulous job. Welcome to our team, Madison!

Personal Statement:

Madison wants to help make children feel more confident, to help them know they have great potential to make this world a better place, and believes that teaching children in grade 3 to be happy, resillient and kind will in turn help our future generation to be happy healthy minded teenagers, and adults.

She hopes to inspire children to know they can be strong, confident and can do anything they put their mind to — and if at first they don’t succeed; to have the confidence try and try again. Madison has demonstrated this many times in her 13 years and has big dreams for her future. Because you can do anything when you’re a can do kid!

Hannah Milner

Can Do Kids Club Captain

Every team needs a great leader and Hannah is perfect for this role. Hannah sang beautifully at our Can Do Kids Concert in May 2017 and followed up soon after with a couple of stella performances in Dromana Secondary College’s ‘Wizard of Oz’. She has a great Can Do attitude to life and we know she will be a wonderful Kids Club Captain.

Personal Statement:

Captain Happy

Aussie Achiever interviewer

When Parker was invited to be one of our ace interviewers, he decided to make a name for himself, and ‘Captain Happy’ was born. So far he has interviewed two of our Aussie Achievers: Adam Alexander and Grant Denyer.

Personal Statement: