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.

Dr Sue Rosenhain 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 (currently on Parental Leave) 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 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.

Dr 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 about gender and disaster, and environmental justice. Deb joined WHIN in December 2010.

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-Nikam is Coordinator, Community Programs, and a member of the Health Promotion team. Manasi’s work has previously focused 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 Coordinator, Gender Equity and Preventing Violence Against Women, and is a member of the Health Promotion team. Her key responsibilities are overseeing WHIN’s prevention of violence against women and gender equity work. Rebecca joined WHIN in July 2018.

Tilly Mahoney is Coordinator, 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.

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.

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.

Dr Claudia Slegers is Communications Coordinator.  She is responsible for all WHIN communications, including digital and print publications and messages, WHIN’s website, and social media.  Claudia is a member of the Health Promotion team, and joined WHIN in August 2016.

Ada Conroy is 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.