Our Committee

Kevin Reader
Kevin ReaderPresident
Creative, honest, innovative and organised – I have a passion for our all sections of the LGBTI community and strive to ensure that not only do we make ourselves proud of our achievements but that we help everyone to join us for the journey. Our greatest strength is our inclusiveness.

“The world will always contain positives and negatives, it’s up to us what we learn from them and who we let ourselves become as a result.”

Darryn Paspa
Darryn PaspaVice President
Generally cool, calm and collected, I’m a hard worker who takes initiative and likes to get things done. Always up for a chat or a laugh, I love to balance the hard work with some great fun too, trying to look for the bright or funny side of most situations. I work in the public sector and take great pleasure and pride in providing outstanding outcomes for my community. I hope to do the same thing for VicBears’ members through everything I do as a member of the Committee.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” (Atticus Finch from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’) – Harper Lee

Mick J Calafiore
Mick J CalafioreTreasurer
I have been someone that has watched from the sidelines, and thought now is the time to step up as a committee member along with the amazing guys that share it with me.

I have always found the Bear tribe to be the most down to earth and accepting group where I have felt the most comfortable to be myself. So it was only more than fitting that I try and give back and help the bear community as much as it helped me.

I look forward to serving you, and please as a member reach out if you need anything. Proud to be on board!

Mal Miller
Mal MillerSecretary
Direct, passionate, focused driven, objective and a big softy – I have always been the champion of the “underdogs ” and will continue to do. Our community struggles with change sometimes, however, come on the journey with me and embrace it!

There will always be challenges. It’s not the challenge that matter though, it’s how we choice to deal with it. Bear with me … 😘

Ordinary Committee Member (AUG 2019 – Current)
Ordinary Committee Member (JAN 2019-AUG 2019)

Aaron Jensen
Aaron JensenCommittee Member
A strong, creative and innovative individual who strives for excellence in everything I do. Having been involved with the community organisation since the mid 90’s I enjoy representing those individuals who feel marginalised especially POC. I also have a strong affinity to the Leather and Kink communities.

Originally from New Zealand, I arrived in Melbourne in 1996 via Sydney the year before. The sights and sounds of our diverse community have always drawn me back to Melbourne when work commitments have required me to be away.

I look forward to representing our community.

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

Adam Walton
Adam WaltonCommittee Member
My life motto has always been “Can’t stop – won’t stop”, I live a fast-paced life between hosting events such as trivia nights, doing stand up comedy and living a massive social life.

I found the bears about 5 years ago, never really felt like a had a home till I did.

I have spent most of my career in sales or customer service, talking to people is what brings me joy, if you see me out at any of the events or just in general come say hi. Through the virtue of the friends I’ve made in Melbourne I have found a focus for LGBTI rights and Inclusivity.

Having competed in Mr VicBears, and volunteering for VicBears I figured it was time to join the committee and give back to the community that has given me so much.

Adrian 'Zads' Zadow
Adrian 'Zads' ZadowCommittee Member
Migrated from Western Australia to Victoria in 2015, though I love this city, I’ve never managed to quite find the place I felt I belonged. That is until I joined VicBears. My first interaction with a member of VicBears was at ActiveBear with Mick, who made me feel comfortable and welcome. Ever since then, every interaction and every event I’ve been to with the bear club has made me feel I belong.

I want to give back the skills I have to the community that has welcomed me with big open bear-arms. My background is in IT and in HR. I’m a bit of a hot-head at times, I’m also noisy and a bit of a joker. I’m passionate about what VicBears stands for and each of its members and committee. This club gave me hope and gave me a family to belong to. I want that for everyone.

As Mal Miller says, it isn’t a club, it’s a lifestyle! Please come and say hi to me whenever you see me as I’m always happy to have a talk! For the kinksters out there, ask me about my alter ego.

Cam Douglas
Cam DouglasCommittee Member
I’ve been to VicBears events over the last 21 years since I was thirty. As a shift worker I’ve managed to volunteer in several smaller roles at events but now I’m excited to contribute in a bigger way to a community that I love. I’m also bringing a wealth of experience in running events and hospitality that I really feel could help.

Committee Member (SEP 2019 – Current)

Patrick Viljoen
Patrick ViljoenCommittee Member
A strategist by trade, I have a background in member-facing organisations with a strong focus on member engagement. Although my focus will be on the bear community in particular, I am keen to build relationships and work collaboratively in the best interest of the broader LGBTI+ community.

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

Committee Member (AUG 2019 – Current)

Committee Roll

  • President – Adamm Ferrier
  • Vice President – Darryn Paspa
  • Treasurer – Clint Roberts
  • Secretary – Kevin Reader
  • Ordinary Committee Members – Jeremy Vincent, Mal Miller, Michael Rayner, Mikhail Ruzhanskiy & Scott Foggarty

From January 2018

  • President – Rob Camm
  • Vice President – Adamm Ferrier
  • Treasurer – Clint Robert
  • Secretary – Kevin Reader
  • Ordinary Committee Members – Darryn Paspa, Drew Ball & Jeremy Vincent

From September 2017

  • President – Peter Undy
  • Vice President – Nigel Wapling
  • Treasurer – Frank Kiraly
  • Secretary – Neil Olerhead
  • Ordinary Committee Members – Cheyne Oliver, Cam Smith, Daniel Foster & Mark Haden

  • President – Peter Undy
  • Vice President – Nigel Wapling
  • Treasurer – Frank Kiraly
  • Secretary – Neil Olerhead
  • Ordinary Committee Members – Chyene Oliver, Cam Smith, Daniel Foster, Marc Smith and Patrick Greber

  • President – Peter Undy
  • Vice President – Nigel Wapling
  • Treasurer – Frank Kiraly
  • Secretary – Neil Olerhead
  • Ordinary Committee Members – Cheyne Oliver, Garry Hilditch, Raymond, Marc Smith & Rob Camm

  • President – Peter Undy
  • Vice President – Nick Laws
  • Treasurer – Adrian Price
  • Secretary – Neil Olerhead
  • Ordinary Committee Members – Christopher McArthur, Erin O’Neil, Evan Crain & Nigel Wapling

  • President – Peter Undy
  • Vice President – Terry Xynos
  • Treasurer – TBA
  • Secretary – Nick Laws
  • Ordinary Committee Members – Jason Buttigieg, Matt Hill, Neil Olerhead, Ross Roberts & Ohad Mograbi
  • President – Peter Undy
  • Vice President – Terry Xynos
  • Treasurer – Kevin Byrne
  • Secretary – Nick Laws
  • Ordinary Committee Members – Matt Hill, Neil Olerhead, Paul Grinter and Ohad Magrabi

  • President – Rob Camm
  • Vice President – Craig Ingrey
  • Treasurer – Clint Roberts
  • Secretary – Peter Undy
  • Ordinary Committee Members – Drew Ball, Jack Chapman, Kevin Reader & Phil Webster

  • President – Ricky Cooper
  • Vice President – Luke Mitchell
  • Treasurer – Clint Roberts
  • Secretary – Peter Undy
  • Ordinary Committee Member – Jack Chapman, Joe Davis-Westland, Kevin Reader & Rob Camm