Our Staff

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

Helen Riseborough, Chief Executive Officer

Helen Riseborough (she/her) 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.

Dr Sue Rosenhain (she/her) is the Acting Manager of Health Promotion and coordinates the work of the Health Promotion team. Sue has extensive experience in the community and women’s health sector, including five years as Health Promotion Manager at one of our sister organisations, Women’s Health East.

Rosie Brennan (she/her) is the Manager of Health Promotion. Prior to this she was in the role of Coordinator, Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in WHIN’s Health Promotion team. Rosie is responsible for coordinating the work of the Health Promotion Team and managing the staff and projects that fall within the scope of the team’s work. She joined WHIN in September 2018.

Veronica Hunt (she/her) is the Principal Strategic Advisor of Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS). She manages the NIFVS Coordination Team and is responsible for implementing the NIFVS Regional Plan with regional family violence service providers. Veronica commenced with WHIN in October 2021.

Adriana Uteda is the Manager of Corporate Services. She is responsible for providing on-going coordination of WHIN’s administrative, human resources, IT and financial services/systems, and managing staff and projects within Corporate Services. Adriana joined WHIN in October 1991.

Melissa Collins (she/her) is Coordinator, Gender Equality and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence. Melissa manages the Gender Equality and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence team and coordinates, implements and evaluates the regional prevention of gender-based violence strategy, Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2022–2026. She is a member of the Health Promotion team. Melissa joined WHIN in January 2022.

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 Coordinator, Community Programs. She manages three programs: ‘Let’s Talk Money’, ‘WOMHEn’ (Workforce of Multilingual Health Educators) and the Vaccine Ambassador Program. Her team of eight Health Educators and two Health Promotion Officers deliver health literacy, financial literacy and COVID-19 vaccine information to newly arrived migrant and refugee communities. Manasi joined WHIN in August 2016.

Eman Al-Dasuqi
Health Educator
Languages: Arabic, English

Neha Gogia
Health Educator
Languages: Punjabi, Hindi, English

Gemana Malih
Health Educator
Languages: Arabic, English

Daniela Mitreska

Health Educator
Languages: Macedonian, English

Huda Al Saba

Health Educator
Languages: Arabic, English

Maria Zygourakis
Health Educator
Languages: Greek, English

Malavika Kadwadkar
Health Educator
Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English.
Profiled below in Prevention of Gender-Based Violence team

Tilly Mahoney (she/her) is Coordinator, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and is a member of the Health Promotion team. She leads regional work to promote good sexual and reproductive health outcomes for women and gender-diverse people through a gendered, intersectional and sex-positive approach. Tilly joined WHIN in March 2019.

Katrina Dickinson (she/her) is a Health Promotion Officer, Gender Equality and Preventing Gender-Based Violence. Katrina is a member of the Health Promotion Team. Her key responsibilities are prevention of gender-based violence and gender equity. Katrina joined WHIN in June 2022.

Sydel Fernandes (on Parental Leave) is a Health Promotion Officer, Gender Equity Training, and member of the Health Promotion Team. Her key responsibilities are delivering gender equity training to WHIN partners and supporting workforce development in gender equity and the prevention of violence against women. Sydel joined WHIN in September 2020.

Malavika Kadwadkar is a Health Promotion Officer, Gendered Violence Prevention, and member of the Health Promotion team. Her focus is supporting the various WHIN activities and strategies relating to gendered violence prevention and gender equity. Malavika initially joined WHIN as a bilingual educator for the WOMHEn project in March 2021.

Heti Mackallah (she/her) 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 of women and gender diverse people in our region through a gendered and intersectional approach. Heti joined WHIN in January 2021.

Farhana Kuthupdeen is a Bilingual Health Educator, Vaccine Ambassador Program. She delivers COVID-19 and women’s health information sessions, and develops social media about boosters and culturally and linguistically diverse childrens’ vaccination to address vaccine hesitancy and increase uptake. A member of the Health Promotion team, Farhana joined WHIN as a bilingual educator for the WOMHEn project in March 2021.

Shazia Syed is a Health Promotion Officer – Financial Capability & Content Manager. Shazia coordinates the ‘Lets’s Talk Money’ project including its progress and reporting, and manages the project content library. A member of the Health Promotion team, Shazia first joined WHIN as a peer educator for ‘Let’s Talk Money’ in July 2017.

Jun Zeccola is a Health Promotion Officer – Peer Educator Team Leader, and is a member of the Health Promotion team. She coordinates with WHIN staff members to deliver the ‘Let’s Talk Money’ project including training and supervising a team of bilingual peer educators who deliver financial literacy workshops within their communities. Jun joined WHIN in January 2022.   

Dr Claudia Slegers (she/her) is Communications Coordinator.  She is responsible for all WHIN communications, including messaging and style guide, WHIN’s website, social media and annual report.  Claudia is a member of the Health Promotion team, and joined WHIN in August 2016.

Jessica Leonard (she/her) is Communications Consultant – Digital. Jessica consults on all things digital communications at WHIN, including social media, the WHIN website and WHIN e-News. Jessica joined WHIN in March 2022.

Ada Conroy (she/her) is Senior Workforce Development Officer in the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) 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 Communications and Project Officer in the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) team. Her key responsibilities are the development of high quality communications and resources to support the work of the NIFVS Regional Integration Committee. Robin joined WHIN in July 2016.

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.

Kester Naismith (she/her) 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.