Our Staff

‘Audacious, tireless and dedicated are words that I use to describe WHIN’s staff members.’

Helen Riseborough, Chief Executive Officer

Helen Riseborough is the Chief Executive Officer. She is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the organisation. She works to ensure that WHIN delivers high-quality and effective programs, resources and professional education in collaboration with regional partners and stakeholders. Helen joined WHIN in March 2010.

Sandra Morris is the Manager of the Health Promotion Team. Her key areas of responsibility are providing strategic advice and leadership in the development and delivery of WHIN’s population health work in the region, fulfilling the objectives of WHIN’s Integrated Health Promotion Plan, and managing staff and projects that fall within the scope of the Team’s work. Sandra joined WHIN in April 2007.

Sarah Johnson is the Principal Strategic Advisor of Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS), and she manages the NIFVS Coordination Team at WHIN. Her key responsibility is implementing the NIFVS Regional Plan with regional family violence service providers, and managing staff and projects that fall within the scope of the Team’s work. Sarah joined WHIN in January 2014.

Deb Parkinson is the Manager of Research, Policy and Advocacy and the Gender and Disaster Pod partnership. Deb is responsible for conducting research, developing policy advice and responding to public policy debate to achieve the organisation’s mission and strategic plan, and managing staff and projects that fall within the scope of the Environmental Justice team’s work. Deb joined WHIN in December 2010.

Adriana Uteda is the Manager of Corporate Services. Her key responsibility is providing on-going development, implementation, maintenance and coordination of WHIN’s administrative, human resources, IT and financial services/systems, and managing staff and projects that fall within the scope of the Team’s work. Adriana joined WHIN in October 1991.

Monique Bouma is the Coordinator, Gender Equity and Preventing Violence against Women. Monique is a member of the Health Promotion Team. Her key responsibilities are prevention of violence against women and gender equity. Monique joined WHIN in May 2012.

Intesar Homed is a Health Promotion Officer. She is a member of the Health Promotion Team. Her key responsibility is the provision of health promotion projects and activities focusing on communities in which the practice of Female Genital Cutting (FGC) is known to occur. Intesar joined WHIN in October 2015.

Manasi Wagh-Nikam is a Health Promotion Officer and member of the Health Promotion Team. Her work focuses on ‘Let’s Talk Money’, a financial literacy peer education project with migrant and refugee women in Melbourne’s north. Manasi joined WHIN in August 2016.

Rebecca Tipper is a Health Promotion Officer, Gender Equity and Preventing Violence Against Women. Her key responsibilities are supporting the implementation of the Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2017–21 and supporting workforce development in gender equity and the prevention of violence against women. Rebecca joined WHIN in July 2018.

Nisha Liyanage is a Health Promotion Officer, Gender Equity and Preventing Violence Against Women. Nisha is a member of the Health Promotion Team. Her key responsibilities are prevention of violence against women and gender equity. Nisha joined WHIN in June 2018.

Rosie Brennan is the Coordinator, Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health. Rosie is a member of the Health Promotion Team. Her work focuses on improving the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of women in our region including implementing our SRH regional strategy and overseeing the Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program. Rosie joined WHIN in September 2018.

Sadia Khalid is a Health Promotion Officer and member of the Health Promotion Team. Her work focuses on ‘Let’s Talk Money’, a financial literacy peer education project with migrant and refugee women in Melbourne’s north. Sadia joined WHIN in February 2019.

Tilly Mahoney is a Health Promotion Officer, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and is a member of the Health Promotion Team. Her work focuses on improving the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of women in our region through a gendered, intersectional and capacity-building approach. Tilly joined WHIN in March 2019.

Dr Claudia Slegers is the Communications Officer.  She is responsible for all WHIN communications, including print and digital publications and messages.  Claudia is a member of the Corporate Services Team, and joined WHIN in August 2016.

Ada Conroy is a Senior Workforce Development Officer in the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services Coordination Team. Her key responsibilities are project management and the delivery of violence against women education to a wide range of community partners. Ada joined WHIN in September 2012.

Robin Gregory is the Regional Integration Resource Officer. in the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) Coordination Team. Her key responsibilities are the resourcing, coordination and support of family violence and related services in the northern metropolitan region. Robin joined WHIN in July 2016.

Jaspreet Kaur is a Research Assistant in the Research, Policy and Advocacy Team. Her key role is to support WHIN’s research and policy development, with the focus of this work on the impact of natural disaster on gender. Jaspreet joined WHIN in November 2018.

Giuditta Monsone is WHIN’s Finance Officer and is a member of the Corporate Services Team. Her key responsibilities are providing high standard financial and human resource support and building positive relationships with stakeholders. Giuditta joined WHIN in October 2018.

Elizabeth Gray is an Administration Officer and is a member of the Corporate Services Team. Her key responsibilities are providing high standard administrative support and building positive relationships with stakeholders. Elizabeth joined WHIN in June 2015.

Kester Naismith is an Administrative Officer and Executive Assistant to the CEO. Kester is a member of the Corporate Services Team. Her key responsibilities include providing high level administrative and human resources support and coordinating WHIN events.