The Cross Organisational Leadership Team (which includes the Governance Team and Client Services Service Managers) work together to plan, implement, monitor, support and celebrate achievements in the organisation.
Members of the management team work together as a whole, in project teams and in individual work portfolios to establish and sustain a supported, purposeful and productive workplace. A workplace where individuals can stretch in their professional potential and where teams share a culture committed to continuous quality improvement and have opportunities for new experiences, development and succession.
Sal has worked in strategy and development roles within human services for 20 years in London and Sydney. She joined DVSM in 2015 and established Sightlines – the Professional Services Division driving change in services and system design to reduce violence and improve responses for people experiencing and escaping Domestic and Family Violence.
With a professional background in education, including special education, early years, listening to young children through technology, using technology to reduce social disadvantage across generations and to improve education practice, she has worked throughout her career with communities facing intergenerational poverty and/or disadvantage. Her experience also includes working with corporate leadership firms in an associate capacity as a coach and advisor to NGOs and corporate executives. She has undertaken research with The London University of the Arts on the creative and cultural citizenship of young children, and has designed and led projects in service reforms, common assessment frameworks, child poverty reduction and integrated leadership programs across statutory and universal services.
Sal is a certified Work Place Mediator, Action Learning Facilitator and Certified Brain Based Coach, and is passionate about connecting people to people, people to ideas, and ideas to ideas.
Amanda (Mandy) Greaney
Contracts and Operations Manager
Mandy has worked in the Human Services Sector for nearly two decades. Mandy started her career working directly with individuals with disabilities and challenging behaviours and with people who were homeless or experiencing domestic and family violence. She then commenced working in a senior management role for a large not for profit across regional NSW. Mandy managed 18 services across the Southern Highlands, Eurobodalla and Upper Lachlan supporting some of the most vulnerable people within these communities.
Mandy has breadth of knowledge and experience across a range of community services including disability, gambling, youth, child protection, parenting, and homelessness services. Her experience includes training and mentoring front line practitioners.
In 2014, Mandy joined DVSM as Area Manager for its Western Sydney services. Since that time she has also joined DVSM’s Executive, leading the organisational and practice development of our services. Mandy is driven by her commitment to those who are most marginalised by society and to support their wellbeing. She also works to improve the service system to better respond to the needs of people with vulnerabilities in our communities.
Organisational Services Manager
Joanne has worked as an Audit, Risk & Compliance professional predominantly within the Financial Services (Wealth Management) industry, in Melbourne and Sydney. She has spent the last 1.5 years living in Kununurra, a remote town in the East Kimberley region, working with Aboriginal public benevolent institutions with responsibilities including program coordination and delivery (early intervention - education, suicide prevention & mental health and general community initiatives), grant research and coordination as well as financial reporting and compliance requirements.
Joanne’s colleagues describe her as organised, dedicated and that she adopts a collaborative approach to achieve best outcomes. She is a Certified Practising Accountant and is passionate about working and contributing towards positive social and community changes.
Suzan is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark but has lived in Australia for the past 15 years. During her time in Australia, she has worked in a number of roles across the Community Services sector, predominantly across the Mental Health space.
She has worked as a direct support worker for people with severe and persistent Mental Health concerns. She has also worked as a team leader in an accommodation program for people transitioning from Boarding House accommodation and to independent living in the community. She spent two years coordinating the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) in Sydney’s Inner West.
Over the past four years, she has worked as a manager overseeing up to 12 different programs across the Mental Health and Disability areas and has been involved with a number of projects and service improvement initiatives working in strong collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
Wilcannia Safe House
Mary was born in Brewarrina and comes from the Kamilaroi nation. She has been the Manager of the Wilcannia Safe House since 2013 and is part of the DVSM Management Team.
Over the last 18 years she has worked in a range of coordination and management positions within the Domestic and Family Violence sector in rural NSW. Her focus has always been to support women and children to realise their potential and help them understand that they are important and can reach their dreams. She has a wealth of experience of working with Aboriginal women and is aware of the complexities and disadvantage that comes with being an Aboriginal person. As such she is concerned with improving the wellbeing of Aboriginal women and children, families and communities.
Mary’s expertise is in listening to others, building relationships and connections with people and supporting people to come together and understand each other’s view point to reach a common goal. She is passionate about seeing people’s lives change for the better.
Mary holds a Diploma of Community Services Coordination and has Certificates in multiple other areas including Social Housing and Aboriginal Health.
Participation and Engagement Advisor
Sightlines - Professional Services
Geoff moved to Sightlines DVSM after his role as Manager of the International Youth Program at Oxfam Australia, in which he led a team of advisors who developed, trialled and refined different approaches to enable Oxfam to work in partnership with young people.
Prior to this role, Geoff was the Coordinator of the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) program and also for three years at the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) at the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.
Geoff has 10 years’ experience in designing, delivering and evaluating Human Rights, advocacy and leadership programs with specific experience in youth, Indigenous peoples rights, migrant worker rights and the impact on human rights of corporations.
Geoff is passionate about developing programs that enable the participation and leadership of people impacted by poverty and injustice.
Finance & HR Coordinator
Johanna has an Accounting Diploma and 10 years bookkeeping, payroll and admin experience primarily in the hospitality industry. She has worked and managed many restaurants, including an 18 month contract to set up and run a hotel and restaurant in Northern Tasmania. DVSM is her first role in the Not for Profit sector.
She is operational and personable, and as a main hospitality requirement is being able to juggle many balls at once, that comes naturally. Johanna understands the on the ground, hands on, finance requirements and can easily translate the finance language into an understandable one.