Mick Overman joins VAFA Board

15 February 2017

Congratulations to lifetime Clubman Mick Overman on his VAFA appointment

The VAFA Board has appointed four new members ahead of the 2017 season; Mick Overman, Laura Racky, Felicity Frederico and Jeffrey Jankie.

Following the recent departures of Bruno Conti, Davina Connors-Calhaem, Phil De Young and former President Michael Hazell, the four new appointees take the Board to 12 members, including CEO Michael Sholly.

The Board meets monthly throughout the season with VAFA Members invited to attend the key Annual General Meeting on the first Monday of December and for a pre-season Members Meeting on the first Monday in March.

Read about each new Board member below:

Mick Overman

Mick joins the VAFA Board as Director of Representative Football and a member of the Finance and Risk sub-committee.

Mick played over 120 games with St Bernard’s in the ‘80’s and after establishing his professional career and young family, he returned to St Bernard’s as an administrator and coach. He joined the Junior committee in 1999, later becoming the Junior’s President and Director of Football for five years. He graduated to become the Senior President from 2006 until 2009.

Mick started the St Bernard’s Auskick program in 2000, received life membership in 2004 and was awarded Best Clubman in 2008.

Since 2010, Mick has worked with the VAFA as a volunteer Board Ambassador and held roles as the Big V representative team manager at all levels. He has been the manager of the senior representative team for the last three seasons.

Mick is an accountant in public practise with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He is married with three adult children and is a keen fisherman.

Laura Racky

Laura is the founder and Director of llgold – a law firm that focuses on working as a partner to commercial businesses.

She is an experienced senior corporate lawyer with commercial and technical expertise developed in litigation, banking, finance and insolvency. Laura’s clients have included major banks, insolvency firms, accounting practices and private businesses. Her 10 year career in the law has spanned across top and mid-tier firms and in-house at Liberty Financial. She has a Bachelor of Laws, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree in Commercial Law.

Laura is passionate about giving back to the community and is also a non-executive Director of Channel 31 (Melbourne and Geelong).

Laura enjoys spending time with her son, Ari, and her partner Christian – Saturday VAFA games are always a highlight.

Felicity Frederico

Felicity’s career spans 25 years, working in marketing for global and national brands including Heinz, Clark Shoes, Berri and Myer.

More recently, she has specialised in the development and implementation of growth strategies for small business.

She also has over 10 years experience at board level; including, eight years as a Councillor and Mayor at Bayside City Council, Director of the South Metro Junior Football League, Trust Member of the Southern Metropolitan Cemetery Trust, Vice President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and many other Boards and organisations.

Both her children currently play in the SMJFL league for Brighton Beach Juniors and Hampton Rovers.

Jeffrey Jankie

Jeffrey has had a long career at community based club AJAX, five years as a player (five grand finals) 20 years as a senior runner (no grand finals, but plenty of relegations) and over 15 years as the club executive, including seven years as club president (four premierships).

Jeffrey has also “helped out” as VAFA level as rep side team manager, finals ground manager and as an inaugural VAFA ambassador.

Jeffrey has been awarded life membership and hall of fame status at AJAX and the VAFA ‘Certificate of Merit’.

Professionally, Jeffrey is a dentist; he has chaired the Victorian Dental Association practice management committee, spent some time in dental education and currently runs a private dental practice in Windsor.

Jeffrey is married to Debra and father to three sons, Marcus, Corey and Luke who have collectively played over 300 games at AJAX.

The Committee