Kathie Thomas, Owner of VA Directory and “A Clayton’s Secretary” registered her business in 1994. She has been full time in her business almost from the beginning and loves working in areas of administrative and secretarial support. With over 20 years’ experience in the Not-for-Profit Sector she fully understands how NFPs work, as well as appreciates and understands the VA Industry. When not working she can be found out in her garden or wandering local parks and gardens with a camera in hand. Kathie is grateful that this industry allowed her to be home for her 5 young daughters as they grew up. Kathie can be contacted at
Monika Newman, Principal of Absolutely Virtual, has more than 20 years experience in Secretarial, Personal Assistant and administrative positions. She has worked with a variety of companies, ranging from small to large multinational enterprises; they include import/export, travel, government, major oil companies and independent consultants.
Anita Kilkenny started her virtual career started back in 1994 when she registered THB Secretarial Solutions but didn’t become a full time VA until 2000 when AKA Virtual PA was born to help business owners, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs with their administration and secretarial needs and, more recently, with social media, email marketing and online events.
Having a long time interest in yoga, meditation and alternative health modalities. Anita saw a gap in this niche market and on 16 July 2014, The Holistic Virtual Assistant was born.
Anita’s passion is to help make the lives of business owners less stressful by assisting them to integrate email marketing and social media into their marketing plan, as well as day-to-day operations. She has a talent for cutting through all the noise and just do the things that matter and for people who don’t have the time or interest to do it for themselves.
Sandra O’Connor. PAvirtual began in 2012 when Sandra O’Connor decided to take the plunge into self-employment after she wrapped up her 17 years of being an administration worker. PAvirtual assists businesses with administration needs, freeing up valuable time and leaving business operators to concentrate on the areas they have expertise in.
Sandra offers services such as preparing reports, agendas, recording minutes and actions, budget monitoring and any work with detailed or extensive documents. Her work involves research, online invoicing, word processing, customer service, presentations, appointment management and personal tasks.
She has a passion for organising, helping others and always enjoys the feeling of achievement and looks forward to being part of such a dynamic team that supports an industry that she loves.
Committee Members and State Representatives
New South Wales – Monika Newman
Queensland – Catherine Price
Victoria – Gail Widmer
Gail has over 30 years experience in large corporate and hospitality industries as well as small businesses, with a variety of roles which included reception, administration, secretarial and executive assistant positions. She has worked predominantly in Banking & Finance, Insurance, Hotels & Accommodation and most recently the Residential Building industry. Living within a small coastal community Gail has a passion for beautiful beaches, nature and native wildlife.