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 Manager Strategic Partnerships and Health Policy. Sue also coordinates some work of the Health Promotion team, including the Community Programs team and Communications 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.

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.

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 is Manager, Economic Equality. Manasi leads the new WHIN priority Economic Equality and oversees the direction of the program ‘Let’s Talk Money’. Manasi also oversees community engagement and health education for migrant and refugee women in the region. Manasi joined WHIN in August 2016.

Maria Zygourakis is a Health Promotion Officer – Community Engagement, Migrant and Refugee Women. Her work focuses on progressing WHIN’s strategic priorities including through the delivery of financial and health literacy, in-language workshops to communities in Melbourne’s north. Maria delivers workshops in Greek and English.

Eman Al-Dasuqi is a Health Promotion Officer – Community Engagement, Migrant and Refugee Women. Her work focuses on progressing WHIN’s strategic priorities including through the delivery of financial and health literacy, in-language workshops to communities in Melbourne’s north. Eman delivers workshops in Arabic and English.

Shazia Syed is Coordinator, Financial Capability. Shazia coordinates the ‘Let’s Talk Money’ financial literacy campaign. A member of the Health Promotion team, Shazia first joined WHIN as a peer educator for ‘Let’s Talk Money’ in July 2017.

Xuan Vu – Peer Educator, ‘Let’s Talk Money’. Languages – Vietnamese

Youxin Zhu – Peer Educator, ‘Let’s Talk Money’. Languages – Chinese

Attia Rana – Peer Educator, ‘Let’s Talk Money’. Languages – Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi

Gemana Malih – Peer Educator, ‘Let’s Talk Money’.

Farhana Kuthupdeen – Peer Educator, ‘Let’s Talk Money’.

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.

Ellie Swindon (she/her), Coordinator, Gender Equity and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence, and is a member of the Health Promotion team. She is responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of initiatives to promote gender equality and prevent gender-based violence in the northern metropolitan region. Ellie joined WHIN in April 2023.

Emily Sporik (she/her) is a Health Promotion Officer – Preventing Gender Based Violence. Her key responsibilities are prevention of gender-based violence in the region. A member of the Health Promotion Team, Emily joined WHIN in August 2022.

Sydel Fernandes 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.

Heti Mackallah (she/they) is a Health Promotion Officer in Sexual and Reproductive Health, and is a member of the Health Promotion Team. Their 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. 

Amelia Arnold (she/her) is Health Promotion Officer in Sexual and Reproductive Health, and is a member of the Health Promotion Team. Her work focuses on training and knowledge translation to improve the sexual and reproductive health of people living in the north of Melbourne, particularly gender-diverse communities. Amelia joined WHIN in November 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.

Katrina Dickinson (she/her) is Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) MARAMIS and Workforce Development Coordinator. Katrina plans, delivers, and evaluates workforce and family violence sector development activities. Katrina joined WHIN in 2022 as a Health Promotion Officer, Gender Equality and moved to the NIFVS team in May 2023.

Valentina Botti (she/her) is Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) Communications and Project Support Officer and a member of the NIFVS team. She is responsible for the NIFVS communications and provides project support. Valentina joined WHIN in October 2023. 

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.

Fumiyo Toyoda is WHIN’s Finance Assistant and is a member of the Corporate Services team. She is responsible for the core financial processes including day-to-day financial functions. Fumiyo joined WHIN in September 2023.

Tracy Smart is an Administration Support Worker. She provides high level administration support to assist the work WHIN does. A member of the Corporate Services Team, Tracy joined WHIN in August 2022.

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