Roma lives on a dairy farm in Woolsthorpe she runs with her husband Glenn. A mother of four, Roma is a community and dairy industry leader.
Roma was the recipient of the 2009 National and Victorian Rural Woman of the Year and Australian Rural Woman of the Year award and is a Nuffield Scholar.
As a leader in Victorian agricultural, Roma has served as the Vice President of the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria, is a past Chair of the WestVic Dairy which focused on developing the South West dairy industry and served on a number of number of boards including the Geoffrey Gardner Foundation, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, Australian Dairy Farmers Federation, was policy Councillor with the Victorian Farmers Federation, was a member of the Great South Coast Group’s Economic Pillar and a committee member of the Warrnambool City Council’s Food and Agriculture into China project.
She is now a member of Business Professional Women South West, the Woolsthorpe Branch of the Country Womens Association, Australian women in Agriculture, Lions Club State Parliament Vic, Koroit Football Netball Club, Allansford Football Netball Club, Hampden Football Netball League, Australian Dairy Farmers, United Dairy Farmers Victoria, Australian Jumping Racing Association and is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Warrnambool East.
Roma is a regularly supports local events and community groups and is still involved with fundraising the Woolsthorpe Primary School, where her children went to school. Roma is also the patron of I CAN South West, a program which mentors young people on the Autism Spectrum to live life with an ‘I CAN’ attitude, to bring out the ‘awe’ in AWEtism through education, advocacy and providing opportunities.
Roma is also a qualified nurse and has worked in healthcare in the South West for 30 years and for 15 years was manager of the Kirrae Health Service at the Framlingham Aboriginal Community.
Roma understands that without a strong voice in State Parliament, South West Coast is at risk of being left behind under a city-centric Labor Government. She is determined to make the current government see that Regional Victoria matters and is vocal on issues important to her constituents, including improving the Melbourne to Warrnambool rail service and other regional public transport links, repairing our broken roads, improving regional infrastructure to facilitate population and business growth and to promote South West Coast as a premier food and fiber production hub.