Janet Johns


I’ve been working at the House since July 2016. Prior to joining, I worked in publishing and the arts for many years.

I’ve worked in marketing at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne Festival and ran my own marketing business for a number of years. Back when newspapers were still popular I worked for inner suburban newspapers before my move into the arts.

I moved to Mount Eliza in 2015 and was looking for a way to get to know my new neighbourhood, when the position at the House came along. It has been an absolute delight getting to know the members of the community as well as our wonderful staff and volunteers.

It’s been great to introduce new programs and activities to the House over the past couple of years.

Kelly with our youngest Playgroup member

Kelly with our youngest Playgroup member

Kelly Kealey

Activities facilitator, Playgroup Coordinator

Hello Mount Eliza,

I am Kelly and I have been working at our wonderful Neighbourhood House since January 2017.

My working background has always been with people.  I began in childcare, transitioned into the disability sector and finally decided to join the nursing profession.

I now run social programs on Monday and Thursdays that are for anyone who enjoys a laugh, board games, the arts and movies.  We like to go out for the odd lunch or excursion too.

Wednesday mornings are where I like to add a bit of magic, pop on my fairy dress and run a playgroup for the little people of the area.  Lots of playing, singing and stories and of course fun!

I look forward to seeing you, so pop in and say Hi.

Kelly K

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Sandie Keeble

Receptionist and volunteer

My name is Sandie Keeble and I have been working at Mount Eliza Neighbourhood House since June 2017. 

I was a carer for my late husband for 18 years, and worked in retail part time.  I have also volunteered at Somerville Community House in their office.  I love what Neighbourhood and Community houses offer to their communities. I enjoy meeting the members of our neighbourhood house, and listening to the stories they tell.  There is always so much more we can learn from others.

I have a passion for patchwork quilting, which I have been doing for the last 5 years, and enjoy giving my quilts to friends, family and charity

I look forward to helping to develop more programs and continue to do the work that I love.




Elain Bakker


I started working at the house in 2016 when Marilyn the former manager went on long service leave, she then resigned so I stayed until the end of June.

I am now working one day a week as assistant manager.

I was formerly the manager at Rye Community House for 7 years, prior to that I was a primary teacher for 20 years and have also been a nurse worked in offices and an industrial laboratory.

I have moved house many times and love to travel, my next trip is to Japan next April.

I do some teaching, a drawing class at Benton’s Square and Introduction to Diversional Art Therapy at Mount Eliza, and am on a number of local committees.

I’m enjoying working part time and still keeping my connection to the community


Rohanne Stevenson


I have been at Mount Eliza Neighbourhood House for the past 6 years beginning with a traineeship in Community Services. My title is Community Engagement Officer/Receptionist and my job at the house involves answering the telephone, taking messages, answering inquiries and booking clients into the activities that we offer here. I also help out with community café and have become an expert scone maker! I also help out with community lunches and facilitate Playgroup on Thursday.

Outside of work, I’m kept busy with my two beautiful children Mason and Willow. 

I enjoy working with the community and helping the manager bring new and exciting programs to the house. One of the highlights of my work is having lovely conversations with a wide range of people from the young to elderly. 

 I look forward to meeting you at reception.