Our Staff

Meet the women of WHISE

 

Deb Pugsley - Quality Compliance Coordinator

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Deb began at Whise in January 2011 as a Project officer. Her work at Whise involves Quality Improvement, document control, supporting funding submissions and assisting the CEO and staff in reviewing and implementing improvements in internal systems and processes.

Deb has accumulated experience in State Government, Local Government, Corporate and Private Sectors. Deb holds a Diploma of Business and Project Management, Cert 1V in Training and Assessment and Certificate of Emergency Management.

Prior to joining WHISE Deb was a Project Officer for VBRRA the (Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority) and with the Shire of Murrindindi council.

 

                                                                           

 

Katrina Szetey - Finance Officer

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Katrina is the Finance Officer at WHISE and arrived in early 2014. She brings with her many years of experience working as a book keeper in many industries, including several years working in the Community Legal Centre space. She holds a Cert IV in Bookkeeping, but also a bachelor degree, graduate diploma and masters in Music Performance; and is currently studying part time at Monash University for a science degree.

Katrina is passionate about gender equity and combatting sexism, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sector.

 

Megan Bugden - Health Promotion Officer

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Megan commenced at Women’s Health in the South East in 2016 as a Health Promotion Officer. Megan has a strong interest in gender equity and the prevention of violence against women.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree and is currently completing she PhD at Deakin University. She has a strong research background exploring sexual and reproductive health, specifically how women negotiate their reproductive decision making, across the lifespan, in light of regulatory social and cultural forces.  Utilising Feminist theory, intersectionality, and human rights approaches to guide her research has enabled her to develop a strong theoretical and practical understanding of gender and gendered approaches.

 

Florence Chan - Health Promotion Officer
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Florence joined the team at Women’s Health in the South East in February 2017 as a Health Promotion Officer. She predominately works on promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and facilitating Gender Equity training and workshops.

Florence holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health, both from the University of Melbourne. She has also been involved in various volunteering commitments including assisting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women in learning English and delivering health related sessions to high school students in a disadvantaged suburb.

Florence is very passionate about advocating for women’s rights, the prevention of violence against women and empowering women to reach their own successes. 

 

Michelle Jones - Project Coordinator

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Michelle commenced with Women’s Health in the South East in 2017 as Project Coordinator.  Michelle holds a Bachelor of Health Promotion and a Masters of Human Nutrition degree at Deakin University.

Michelle has worked across both corporate and not for profit sectors in the last eight years across various project roles and has worked extensively with marginalised communities throughout Victoria and Queensland. 

Michelle is most passionate about a gender equity approach to health and prevention of violence against women.

 

Marian Salvage - Settlement Services Officer

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Marian is a Settlement Services Officer for the Settlement Services Program.

Marian has had a varied employment history from Public service in Canberra & Darwin then teaching swimming, integration aide, to working with marginalised teenagers, through to front line office manager in Drug & Alcohol Rehab and then to WHISE for the last 4 years.

Along the way she has done short courses in Mentoring, MYOB 1 & 2, Family support worker with Family Life, Cert IV in Workplace Training & Assessment, and Women’s Studies, Aboriginal History & Literature at Monash as part of a Social Science Degree part time for 10 years!

Marian loves her current role at WHISE working closely with refugee women and alongside the most amazing team of volunteers.

 

Shehani Cramer - Settlement Services Officer

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Shehani is a Settlement Services Officer for the Settlement Services Program and she started her role in July 2015.

Shehani holds a Bachelor of Social work from Victoria University and a Diploma of Community welfare work from Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. In her previous employments Shehani has conducted intensive case management with asylum seekers as well as family support work within an educational setting.

Shehani is passionate about empowering and strengthening women in an effort to promote confidence in decision making. It is her belief that with appropriate support women can improve their lives, the lives of their children, families and the wider community.

 

Doseda Hetherington - Communications Officer

 

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Doseda joined our team as Communications Officer in August 2016.

Doseda holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University of Technology and was employed at the university for 10 years. Doseda has worked in a number of marketing and communications positions at Swinburne, with her last role being media and communications adviser within the Corporate and Government Affairs team at the university.

Doseda has developed an interest in community-based communications work, with the aim of improving the opportunities of people who are most disadvantaged.

 

Marina Charalambous - Administration Officer

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Marina started working at WHISE in July 2016 as Administration Officer. She has returned to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mum.

Marina was previously employed for 10 years in various administration roles in the Adult and Community Education sector as well as in Neighborhood House and Community Centre settings.  She holds a diploma in Tourism Operations Management from Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Marina is passionate about equal rights and human rights in refugees and asylum seekers.

 

Kate Lowsby - Project Coordinator

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Kate commenced at Women’s Health in the South East in 2017 as the OMAC Project Coordinator. Kate’s role will focus primarily on the prevention of violence against women and their children through capacity building in refugee and asylum seeker communities.   

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion) from Deakin University in early 2017.

She has a background in international education and extensive volunteer experience in the areas of health promotion and community development.  Her interests include women’s rights, maternal and childhood health, and working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.