VALA Committee Members 2023

The VALA Committee provides governance, policy and strategic direction for the Association and is made up of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and up to 6 general committee members.

Executive | General Committee | VALA Secretariat


President – Sae Ra Germaine

Bio: Sae Ra is the Manager of Member Services and Digital Platforms for CAVAL and has over 15 years working with high profile systems companies from a diverse range of fields including IBM and Federation University. Sae Ra is an all things open, tech evangelist with a focus on leveraging user experiences and open standards as a driver for innovation and change. She is an active advocate of free and open source initiatives and is currently the President of the Linux Australia board and Vice-Chair of Internet Australia. Sae Ra is also on the Technical and General Advisory Standing committees for auDA (.au Domain Administration).

Vice President – Michelle McLean
Casey Cardinia Libraries

Bio: Michelle is passionate about library services and the online world, two things she has combined well with her role as Information Services Coordinator at Casey Cardinia Libraries. She is a past-recipient of a Ramsay Reid Scholarship (State Library of Victoria), alumni of the Aurora Institute, is a published author and has presented at many conferences and seminars around Australia, as well as in the US. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) and a Master of Business (Information Technology).

Treasurer – Andrew Iacuone
La Trobe University Library

Bio: Andrew is the Senior Manager, Library Business Services at the La Trobe University Library and has over 25 years’ experience in the university and not for profit sectors. Andrew’s experience in infrastructure and project planning, finance, resources and HR management together with strategic and business planning led him to the library world five years ago. His interests are in delivering an outstanding digital and place based library environment to the student cohorts within a challenging and changing academic library space. His achievements include the development of Digital Learning Labs across all five Library campuses and the new La Trobe Library, Bendigo Campus received a Commendation at the 2021 Australian Interior Design Awards.


Secretary – Keren Moskal
Monash Health

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General Committee

Monica Williams
Star of the Sea, Brighton

Bio: Monica is a freelance consultant and the Digital Literacy Specialist at Star of the Sea College, Brighton. Monica has a passion for e-learning and technology. Monica has over 10 years experience working as a Multimedia Technician within the corporate and education sectors. She also works as an IT consultant for the School Library Association of Victoria.

Kat Cain
Deakin University Library

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Shelley Carroll
Geelong Regional Libraries

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