Janine Morton – President
Janine Morton is the founder of JEM when it transitioned, over a decade ago, from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program into a change-making community of young people who wanted to see direct impact in their local and global community around social justice issues, such as homelessness. Janine is the coordinator for Community Development in the First Nations led organisation, Children’s Ground. Children’s Ground has a radical approach to addressing extreme inequity and disadvantage for Australia’s Indigenous community. Janine has also had extensive experience in working within different NGO’s across nine developing countries from Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She has recently been part of a fellowship in Berlin with the Unschool of Disruptive Design and has a Bachelor of Ministry and Masters in International Health.
Jesse Mitchell – Chairperson
Jesse has been involved in JEM since 2009. His roles at JEM have included overseeing Jem’s partnerships with international projects and mission work as Global Link Coordinator, Managing Director and also served as a lead tenant in one of JEM’s houses. He also previously ran Little Tree Shop, a fair trade business, which was overseen by JEM, and as part of this he co-managed an income generation project for Akha women in northern Thailand. Jesse now works in marketing for a theatre, and is a singer-songwriter and filmmaker. A keen traveller, he has visited more than 30 countries. He is passionate about worship, bringing people together, using his gifts to serve others and dreaming up crazy ideas to change the world. He lives on Sydney’s northern beaches with his wife Emily and enjoys surfing.
Luke was first introduced to JEM after joining one of their teams overseas on a mission's trip in 2009. This was his first exposure to developing countries and was able to see first hand the impact JEM was making on ground with the organisations they were supporting. After this trip, Luke was challenged and his heart transformed. He felt compelled to use his skills as a plumber and his knowledge in the building industry in a way that could benefit the broader community, including those communities which he visited while on the JEM team. In early 2010 Luke started an initiative called the Fair Tradie Project, which involves teams of trades people and labourers from all different fields and backgrounds using their building skills to assist people in need, locally and overseas, particularly orphans and widows. Luke lives at the foothills east of Perth with his wife and 3 children. He runs a plumbing business with part proceeds helping to fund the Fair Tradie Project initiative, which he coordinates under the JEM umbrella.
Chris has been around JEM since it’s early stages of life. Starting in 2005, Chris has been involved with the original JEM House in Montrose, where he provided care of the disadvantaged youth that lived there, as well as working alongside interns, organising community dinners and more recently (in 2010) supporting the JEM School. Chris now resides in Camberwell, VIC. Oversees a few businesses and has started his own business in the wine industry. He still is actively communicating with past JEM kids making sure that they are doing OK. He is passionate about seeing people reach their full potential, whether it is in the workplace or just life in general. He is also passionate about connecting people together.
Cammi Marshall is a proud Wurundjeri woman with ties to Durumbal and Arrente people. She is currently undertaking a PhD on the topic of Indigenous Psychology, Wellbeing and International Development, and employed at Oxfam Australia in the Program Expertise team. Cammi has worked across the fields of International Development, Indigenous Health, Research, Community Development and Social Work. Cammi began her 11-year journey with JEM through its Global Link Programme, which gave her the opportunity to volunteer abroad in Uganda and Thailand. After this, Cammi worked with JEM in administration, project management, and board member representation. She cites JEM as opening her up to a different side of community engagement, one where relationships are key and, as evidenced through JEM's history, can be quite long lasting and mutually enjoyable. To prove that point, she is set to marry fellow-JEM volunteer, Jabby later this year.
Russell is a retired accountant. He worked for Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH), a mission agency within Churches of Christ, for the last 10 years of his career, as their Administration and Finance Manager. UNOH is, like JEM, a registered charity, and works with the poor and marginalised in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. During his time at UNOH, he was invited to join the board of JEM, and has served in that capacity for over seven years. He currently volunteers as JEM’s treasurer. Russell is married to Judy, and they have three adult daughters and five grandchildren. They live in Melbourne and enjoy caravanning, especially to warmer places each winter.