Our people – 

Meet our team –

Amanda Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Amanda’s work is about looking at the context in which an organisation operates and creating a plan to achieve the organisation’s vision. She works within a community context where human rights are upheld, the underprivileged are nourished, asylum seekers are provided with a haven and minorities find a voice. She sees this as a place where creativity thrives and much is made out of very little.

Renata Lucas

Regional Manager

Working in health promotion and primary prevention for the past decade, Renata has extensive and varied experience across a number of sectors, including women’s health, community health, primary care partnerships, and local government. Held since 2014, Renata’s current leadership position at Women’s Health Goulburn North East utilises her range of skills in strategic planning and stakeholder management to advance gender equity goals in rural communities.

Dr Deb Parkinson

GAD Pod Manager

Dr Debra Parkinson has worked in the women’s health sector since 1997, undertaking a diverse range of health promotion, research and evaluation work. Her work during the past decade has focused on environmental justice and gendered experiences of Black Saturday and other disasters.

Rachael Mackay

Regional Change Coordinator

Rachael is a social worker, committed to gender equality and social justice. As a Gender and Disaster POD member and specialist in the prevention of violence against women, she has developed and facilitated training to a range of emergency management organisations, police, justice and human services agencies. 

Bernadette Fraser

Health Promotion Officer

Bernadette Fraser has worked with young people, professionals and community members in health, education and community sectors. Her work with Women’s Health Goulburn North East and partners focuses on achieving the rights of all girls and women to optimal sexual and reproductive health.

Melissa Rowland

Health Promotion Coordinator

Melissa is a health promotion practitioner with experience working in local government, community health and the sport and recreation sector. She is passionate about transforming the settings where our community live, work and play to be safe and inclusive spaces for all women; providing equitable opportunities for them to thrive. Melissa has a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Health Sciences.

Teresa Carney

Health Promotion Officer

With a background in health and international and community development, Teresa has a wealth of experience in international aid, health and development programs. She enjoys working in cross cultural settings and has worked overseas and on refugee settlement programs in rural and remote Australia. Most recently she has worked with Local Government with a focus on addressing family violence. When not in the workspace you can find her walking in nature or doing yoga, often at the same time!

Irene Day

Gender Equity Training Officer

Irene is a training professional who has worked in a variety of education and professional settings including disengaged youth. She has an interest in wellness and climate action. Her vision is to see that vulnerable and remote rural communities have education and access to the full range of health and wellness services as well as being educated on the importance of climate action. Irene is determined to see that all girls and women live in an inclusive Australia.

Sarah Hill

Gender Equity Training Officer

Sarah is a social worker with experience in the family violence sector, delivering programs aimed at reducing violence and creating safety for women and children. She has worked extensively in crisis response, and with men who have used violence towards their families. Sarah believes that structural and social changes are foundational to reducing violence against women and children and working towards gender equity. 

Lorri Butera

Knowledge Translation Officer

Lorri is a knowledge translation professional with more than a decade of experience in federal and state governments. With a background in advocacy for women, education and home learning, she is passionate about creating spaces for people to learn and grow, that are accessible and easy to understand. When she’s not translating knowledge, you’ll find her enjoying motherhood in regional Victoria, collecting vintage magazines and growing fruit and veggies in her home garden.

Lauren Salathiel

Communications Officer

Lauren brings to WHGNE more than a decade’s journalism and editing experience with organisations ranging from regional newspapers to international environmental bodies. A values-driven communications professional, her passion for correctly used punctuation is only surpassed by her interest in climate justice movements and her determination to grow the perfect Brussels sprout.

Our Board –

Katherine Robertson

Chair

Katherine works as a workplace mediator and workplace investigator and has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology/Behavioural studies), Graduate Diploma Family Dispute Resolution and Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She is currently studying for her honours in psychology.

Jacqueline Eckert

Deputy Chair

Jacqueline is a registered nurse and has a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (General Practice), Graduate Diploma Population Health, as well as qualifications in Flinders Model Chronic Disease Management and as a Nurse Immuniser.

Emma Butko

Treasurer

Emma has extensive experience in the finance industry, working at Lend Lease Corporation Sydney and Melbourne.  She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Commercial Law) and a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology – Advanced).

Sara Noori

Board Member

Sara has extensive experience with the United Nations, International Organisation for Migration and Australian Red Cross, working in the fields of community development, settlement of refugees and support for asylum seekers. She currently leads the settlement network of Greater Shepparton region and is a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Honours) and a Diploma in Community Development.

Bek Nash-Webster

Board member

Bek works as the Coordinator of the Grit and Resilience Program across the Rural City of Wangaratta. As a qualified social worker for 18 years, Bek is passionate about social justice and working with communities to find their own place-based solutions to “wicked” complex problems.

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