our people

T H E   B O A R D

The NORWACS Board is comprised of six dedicated volunteer members with a diverse range of skills, interests and experience.  If you are interested in joining our Board register here.

Justine Dorrell

Justine Dorrell

Acting Chair

An experienced Recruitment Consultant, Justine has been supporting businesses in the Northern Rivers and QLD with their recruitment and training needs since 2011, and is experienced in temporary, permanent and executive recruitment.  

As the Talent and Culture Manager for Elements of Byron over the past two years, Justine Dorrell has embedded a culture of care, belonging and growth through her leadership of recruitment, culture and training.

Jane Gold

Jane Gold

Acting Secretary

Jane has worked in Community Services for Non-Government Organisations for 30 years.  Jane’s career included Women’s Refuge Work in Victoria for 13 years, Family Services Work back in NSW for 5 years and as Manager/Executive Officer at Penrith Women’s Health Centre from 2011 and lastly some contract work for Women’s Health NSW before retiring from the workforce in 2021.

Tricia McKay

Tricia McKay


Trish has dedicated the last 15 years to working with vulnerable families and children in various areas of welfare /child protection including, early intervention with at risk families,  residential youth care, Statutory Out of Home Care and child protection. Utilising her positions in management to ensure services and programs deliver high standards of ethical practice that are centred around Trauma Informed Care.  Trish continues to promote the importance of transparency, integrity and humility in order to achieve best outcomes.  She has also had the privilege of being a registered foster carer for 5 years, she hopes to share this unique perspective and knowledge with the board.

Gabrielle Lavis

Gabrielle Lavis


Gabrielle is an Aboriginal woman from the Bundjalung Nation with over 20 years experience working alongside her communities in positions that includes community development, youth work, reconciliation, casework, project management, advocacy and policy development. Gabrielle has recently completed a Graduate Program fast tracking her career within the Australian Public Service where she is now appointed as an Assistant Director where she continues to represent her people as a senior policy actor.

Amy Colli

Amy Colli


Amy is Northern Rivers Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle Coordinator. She has been involved in local women’s networks for many years as the previous coordinator of Sourdough Business Women. Amy is also an advocate for local farmers, chefs and food and beverage producers. She has a Master of Gastronomic Tourism and believes supporting our local producers is the key to helping communities thrive for locals and visitors alike.

Peta Yaxley

Peta Yaxley


Bio to follow – watch this space

T H E   S T A F F




Kelly Banister
Chief Executive Officer

Jacqueline Alinaitwe
Operations Manager

Sandra Denison
Finance Officer

Madeleine Smith
Executive Assistant

Emma Siegal
LWHRC Project Manager

Krsna Mayshack-Mendero
LWHRC Intake, Information & Referral

Emma Pearse
LWHRC Intake, Information & Referral

Daniela Bataglia
LWHRC Counsellor
Program Worker – WORTH

Karin McLennan
LWHRC Counsellor


Nerida Colley
LWHRC Health Promotion Officer

Rhiannon Hill
LWHRC Assistant Health Promotion Officer

Kath O’Driscoll
Women’s Health Nurse – LWHRC & WORTH

Kristin Alexander
Shark Cage Group Lead Facilitator

Emmal Naiun
Counsellor / Group Facilitator – LWHRC

Alyse Parham
WORTH Project Manager

Micaela Martin
Social Worker – WORTH

Sonja Habernicht
Psychologist – WORTH

Jessica Barrett
Program Worker (Social Worker) – WORTH

Alice White
DV Specialist – WORTH


We are committed to creating a workplace that reflects the diversity of our community and encourage women from diverse backgrounds to apply.

NORWACS considers being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

A Working with Children and P0lice check will be undertaken on preferred candidates.

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We work collaboratively with other service providers to meet the needs of women in our communities, particularly for those who are at higher risk of poor health and wellbeing outcomes. If you are interested in working with us and would like to discuss partnership opportunities we’d love to hear from you.


We work with a small number of skilled volunteers. If you would like to donate your time and skills in support of our work, you are invited to register your interest here.