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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr Claudia Slegers (she/her) is Communications Coordinator.  She is responsible for all WHIN communications, including digital and print publications, messages and style guide, 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 (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.

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.