‘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.
Rosie Brennan (she/her) is Manager of Health Promotion. Prior to this she was in the role of Coordinator, Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). Rosie is responsible for coordinating the work of the Gender Equity and Preventing Gender-Based Violence team and the Sexual and Reproductive Health team. 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.
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.
Languages: Arabic, English
Languages: Greek, English
Languages: Arabic, English
Shazia Syed is a Health Promotion Officer – Financial Capability & Content Manager and ‘Let’s Talk Money’ Program – Team Leader. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kirsty Kain (she/her) is a Health Promotion Officer – Gender Equality. Her work focuses on promoting gender equality through an intersectional approach, including provision of support for defined entities under the Gender Equality Act 2020 (Vic). A member of the Health Promotion Team, Kirsty joined WHIN in August 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.
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.
Amelia Arnold (she/her) is Health Promotion Officer, in Sexual and Reproductive Health, and is a member of the Health Promotion Team. Her work focusses on training and knowledge translation, to improve the sexual and reproductive health of people living in the north of Melbourne. As a queer woman with professional experience in LGBTIQA+ capacity building, Amelia has a special interest in increasing sexual and reproductive health in sexuality, sex and 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.
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.
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 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.
Michele Szekfy is an Administration Support Worker. She provides high level administration support to assist the work WHIN does. A member of the Corporate Services Team, Michele joined WHIN in July 2022.
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.