Our Board of Governance ensures WHIN operates lawfully, ethically and in accordance with the purposes set out in our Constitution.
Board members bring knowledge, expertise and influence relevant to WHIN. All of our Board members have recognised leadership skills and specific understanding of women’s health issues relevant to WHIN’s Strategic Plan.
Teresa Capetola (Chairperson of the Board) was elected to the board in 2015. She is a lecturer at Deakin University in Health Promotion and Public Health. She has worked as a Community Health Educator within the community health sector focusing on women and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Teresa served as a Co-Chair of the Committee of Management for Healthsharing Women while working at BreastScreen Victoria. She is a member of the Development and Renewal Sub-Committee.
Elizabeth Young (Deputy Chairperson of the Board) was elected to the Board in 2016. She has a passion for public health and prevention and has significant experience in the health sector. Elizabeth has worked across community, hospital, academia, local and state governments. Elizabeth brings considerable knowledge and skills in public policy, program management, evaluation, strategic planning and advocacy to the Board. She is a member of the Development and Renewal Sub-Committee.
Anita Trezona (Treasurer of the Board) was elected to the Board in 2013. Anita has completed a Master of Public Health and is currently completing a PhD on health literacy and health systems at Deakin University. She has worked in policy and program roles for the Commonwealth Government, as well as in population health roles across the community sector. She is currently a Project Coordinator at the Inner North West Primary Care Partnership. Anita is a member of the Business Development Advisory Group.
Jennifer Arnold was elected to the Board in 2014. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Business and IT and over 18 years’ experience in the risk, IT risk, auditing and consulting field. She is currently employed as Head of Internal Audit Australia & New Zealand at Bupa. Prior to Bupa, Jennifer worked as a Risk Director at Ernst & Young. Jennifer is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Management Sub-Committee.
Peta Fualau was elected to the Board in 2015. Peta currently works for the Department of Education, supporting schools with the roll out of the State Government’s Respectful Relationships Initiative. Peta was actively involved in the Black Saturday bush fire recovery supporting volunteer coordination and emergency relief services. She also established a housing brokerage project to combat the risk of homelessness for vulnerable clients in the Whittlesea LGA. Peta is a member of the Development and Renewal Sub-Committee.
Dr Sabitra Kaphle was elected to the Board in 2016. She has completed a PhD in Public Health on the socio-cultural context of childbirth in low resource settings. Sabitra has worked in policy, research and practice for a number of years in various sectors including UNICEF and Universities in Nepal and Australia. Her current work addresses the socio-cultural determinants of health in disadvantaged communities, women’s empowerment and social equality. Sabitra currently works at Dianella Community Health. She is a member of the Business Development Advisory Group.
Cath Lancaster was elected to the Board in 2015. She is a social worker, educator and preventative health worker. She works at cohealth. Previously, she worked at Anglicare, Whittlesea Council, Plenty Valley Community Health and WHIN in the NIFVS Team. She is a member of the Development and Renewal Sub-Committee.
Siobhan Newman was appointed to the Board in 2015 as a representative from Community Health. After completing a Masters in Public Health, she has worked largely in the northern region in the community sector and has over twenty years’ experience, in both clinical and administrative roles. She is currently employed as the Manager of Quality and Integration at Darebin Community Health. Siobhan is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Sub-Committee.
Marketa Silhar was appointed to the Board in 2017. She has over 15 years’ experience in both direct service delivery and management roles in federal and state government, including holding the position of Executive Officer in the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal. Marketa currently works at the Department of Education and Training’s North-Western Region. Her qualifications include a Master of Management. Marketa is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee.
Katherine Wozitsky was appointed to the Board in 2017. Katherine’s work as a social researcher has involved projects across local government and community sector. Leading the Culturally Accessible Gateway Strategy at the Municipal Association of Victoria, Katherine developed local government resources to address systemic discrimination, produced a number of Council strategies and plans, and evaluated client support services of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Katherine is a member of the Development and Renewal Sub-Committee.