Our Board

Eleonore Johansson – Chair

Eleonore has worked in the Community Services Industry for over 30 years. She is currently employed as the General Manager of Southern Youth and Family Services. Eleonore has a MA in Psychology, a Degree in Public Administration, and a Diploma of Frontline Management. She brings a wealth of experience in contract management, financial accounts and policy development.

Danna Nelse – Treasurer

With many years local experience in the community sector, Danna currently works as Manager Community Development at The Rail Neighbourhood Association Incorporated. Danna is our longest-serving Board member, having been a foundation committee member and has been awarded life membership of the Community Industry Group in recognition of her service.

Grant Vukasinovic

Grant is the Chief Operations Officer at Greenacres Disability Services. He has 34 years’ experience in service coordination and senior management in the disability sector working in accommodation support, day programs, respite and recreation services. Grant holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Psychology.

Maria Corsiglia​​​​

Maria is a Senior Manager at Barnardos Australia, in the Safety & Prevention portfolio, leading a team focused on early intervention across the South Coast in NSW. Maria has a Degree in Early Childhood and a Graduate qualification in Development Trauma. Maria has worked in the social welfare sector in disadvantaged areas in South America and Australia for over two decades in a range of diverse roles, from practitioner to practice specialist and management roles. Maria is passionate about improving outcomes for children, young people, parents, and the community, and ensuring evidence-based services that involve meaningful community collaboration.

Craig Smith

Craig is the Executive Leader; Service Integrated Communities at Warrigal. He has worked in the Aged Care Sector in Senior Management positions since 2005. Craig has maintained a strong commitment to the not for profit sector, working with Credit Union Australia as the Regional Manager prior to working in aged care. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Wollongong.

June Lowe

June is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Yuin Nation who has over 25 years’ experience working in both Commonwealth and State government and for the last six years in a few small non- government organisations mainly in portfolios pertaining to Aboriginal affairs. June is currently employed as the Parents Pathway Support Worker with Mission Australia.

Verica Sajdovska

Verica has over 20 years of experience in the community services sector, having worked in community development, settlement services, children, youth and family services, transport, aged and dementia care, carer support, management and other support services. She possesses a vast knowledge of operations, service coordination and governance on all levels and has been involved in variety of community advisory groups, regional panels and committees. Verica currently works as a manager of the Macedonian Welfare Association of NSW Inc and is passionate about promoting equal access to services and issues that are of concern to CALD communities.

Malindey Sorrel

Malindey has been the CEO at the Family Place since 2016, she has over 15 years senior and executive management experience. Malindey has a BA in Education and a BA in Arts (Australian Indigenous Studies and Alcohol and other Drugs Studies) obtained through Curtin University and Charles Darwin University. These qualifications have paved the way for Malindey to work in a range of sectors including education, Aboriginal health, population health planning, community and family services. Malindey is a strong advocate for additional resourcing and supports for the community sector to improve outcomes for people living in regional NSW.

Russell Fitzgibbons

Russell has worked in the community sector for the past 10 years with the last 3 as the CEO of CareWays. He is a Certified Public Accountant that brings 20 years of finance experience from a variety of sectors.

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