About the Board and Staff

Glenn Kruithoff (President)

Glenn is a Chartered Accountant who began his career at KPMG before moving into the non-profit and health sectors.  For the past 20 years Glenn has worked at a senior and executive level supporting charitable organisations in over 20 countries including the Big Issue and the Royal Deaf Society of Victoria (now Expression Australia), and currently works as the CFO for Quantum Support Services in Regional Victoria.  He holds a Masters in Business Administration, post-graduate qualifications in Counselling Practice and Psychology, and is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Business Administration.  Glenn has worked as a consultant and representative for the Non-Profit industry to governments and the commercial sector for many years, most recently as the international delegate for charitable investors for the sale of Virgin Airlines.  He was also recently named the President of Rye Community House.

Glenn is married and he and his wife Michelle have 6 kids between them, 5 of them girls, and they live in the SE suburbs of Melbourne.

Christopher Greig (Vice President)

Chris has an international background in technology and communication sectors. He is an experienced non executive board director, has represented Industry groups and has been a mentor for Leadership Victoria with a special focus on helping new migrants settle into work in Australia. Chris has been a permanent resident in Rye for over 6 years now, he balances his time between a principal at B2B-Relevance and, where he can, helping his wife’s holiday business.

Deb Allen (Treasurer)

Deb has worked in a variety of roles during her career as a Certified Practicing Accountant and is currently the finance manager with a Primary Health Network. She has often held voluntary positions whilst working in paid employment and loves lending her skills to not for profits. Born and bred on the Mornington Peninsula, she enjoys the many sights and natural beauty the Peninsula has to offer.  Her passions are her family, pet rescue and she spends much of her spare time following these pursuits.

Gareth James (Secretary)

Gareth has an extensive background in the hospitality and healthcare support services space. A Senior Manager in the NFP sector, he also drives his own boutique hospitality consultancy firm, is an active volunteer mentor and student, completing his Masters in Sustainability. An avid traveler, he fell in love with the Mornington Peninsula, and it soon became home. He is passionate about community, sustainability and driving shared value. He can often be found enjoying the coastal walks, wineries and bespoke eateries with his wife and young family.

Haylee Hazelwood

Haylee is a small business owner and with her husband James they build passive and high performing homes on the Mornington Peninsula. Haylee is also a registered BAS Agent and previously held a variety of roles across Banking and Superannuation.

Haylee became a part of the local community 8 years ago and now lives in Rye together with James, their son Nash and border collie Marty. She feels lucky to live on the Mornington Peninsula and when she’s not working, Haylee loves getting out in nature as well as sampling great produce and wine from local makers.   

Chris Samartzis 

Chris is currently the CEO of Master Pool Builders Association Australia. He has had a long career in small business and in executive administration. He has owned and operated several businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors and he has led organisations, whilst providing transformational opportunities to members in challenging environments. Chris provides balance between strategic thought and operational activities and is known for his leadership impact as an advocate for incremental innovation.

Chris has been a Non-Executive Director of VANA Ltd, Australian Lotteries and Newsagents Association and Newspower Australia. He also is a committee member of Standards Australia, a member of the RMIT VE Industry Advisory Committee and sits on a range of working committees that are aligned with Federal and State lobbying.

 

Marg D’Arcy (House Manager)

Marg joined Rye Community House as Manager in May 2021, interrupting her retirement to get back into the workforce. Her career included managing Child and Family Services for EACH and setting up Early Childhood Early Intervention programs in Qld, NSW and the ACT in partnership with the NDIS. Marg held a number of positions in the prevention of violence against women and children, working at the grassroots in a women’s refuge, managing CASA House, the Centre Against Sexual Violence at the Royal Women’s Hospital and setting up the Family Violence Project Office for Victoria Police. Marg loves to explore walks around the Peninsula with her dog Jac, swim in the sea when the weather allows and support the local winemakers.

Marlene Fox