About the Foundation

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life is made up of a group of people who have a strong desire to work for the benefit of humanity. The board members come from a wide range of backgrounds bringing with them a kaleidoscope of skills and experiences.

The role of the Foundation Board is to fulfil the vision, mission and purpose of the foundation.

The Board Members

Steve Shortis


Steven Shortis B.Bus, FCPA,  has a background in Public Accounting and has been in his own business, SVS Management based in Melbourne since 1976. Steve is a Registered Tax Agent and was made a Fellow of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Australia in 1997. He is also a Fellow of the National Tax and Accountants’ Association (NTAA), a member of the Financial Planning Association and a Director of a number of small companies.

Steve has a generous nature and is a Rotarian actively involved in supporting many local initiatives He brings a diverse wealth of knowledge, talents and experience to his position on the Foundation Board.

   Jeannie Lovel

Jeannie brings to the foundation a wealth of clinical experience and a deep understanding of the complexities of both being a family carer and a health professional.

Jeannie has a background as a Registered Nurse with 30 yrs experience in the field of health care with palliative care and community nursing being her areas of expertise. After providing at home palliative care for both her mother-in-law and her mother, she developed an interest in health advocacy.

In 2011, Jeannie was introduced to the Spark of Life Philosophy at a 3-day Practitioner course and since then has passionately committed to suppor this philosophy in becoming known within the wider community.  

Jeannie is now a member of the Health Consumers Council and a consumer advisor on the Community Advisory Council at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital. She is married with one son, 5 stepchildren and 5 grandchildren. Her interests are yoga, walking, reading and cooking.