Team Bios

Drew Gormlie

L’Arte Central Founding Director

Drew has had twenty years of experience in senior management roles within the financial and community services sectors. He is the Founder and CEO of Life! Central Services which helps people that have been marginalised and are dealing with ongoing life issues and instigated the birth of the Café after an exhaustive 8 year development process. 

Drew is passionate about suicide prevention and has implemented the largest holistic schools based suicide prevention pilot ever run in Victoria, training more than 7000 during 2016.

He is CEO of Suicide Safer Communities which has developed a leading edge suite of products and software distributed internationally.

Anthony Cheeseman

L’Arte Central Director of Café Operations

Anthony Co-Founded the MadCap Café Social Enterprise that comprised 12 cafes over three states including cafes in Masters home improvement stores and Westfield Shopping Centres. During operation more than 200 people were employed and more than 500 participated in Barista and Hospitality courses. He was a Michel's Patisserie Regional Manager from 2015-March 2020 mentoring and coaching Franchise Partners across Vic, QLD and SA. Anthony is Director of Café Operations and has a passion to help people in our community that need that second or tenth chance. 

Dr Michelle Sanders BA, MA, DMin

L’Arte Central Community/Personal Development Program Leader

Michelle is currently the Head of Art and Community Development at Eastern College Victoria. She is also a keen writer authoring 'Generating Conversations in the Community Using the Medium of Art’ and ‘Art and Soul'.

Michelle spends time traveling for lectures and running programs including in USA (Chicago prison system), UK (Birmingham prison system), Romania and here at Deer Park correctional facility. Her regular programs are for victims of family violence, at risk teenagers and adults struggling with depression, anxiety.

Rex Hartley B.Com, CA

Executive Director

Rex has over 40 years experience managing and running businesses over a variety of industries. He currently remains a Director of WebTRIM Pty Ltd, a niche software development business, specialising in improving the profitability and efficiency of people in the crash repair industry, that he pioneered 20 years ago.

Over the past decade, Rex has had a passion to see God's Kingdom transform people's lives. Having traveled to many countries around the world, he believes Australians can demonstrate how their "mateship" and love for one another can be harnessed to transform communities and nations for the better.