The DVSM Leadership Team work together to plan, implement, monitor, support and celebrate achievements in the organisation.

Members of the leadership 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 Dennis

General Manager

Sal has worked in strategy and development roles within human services for 20 years in London and Sydney. She joined Domestic Violence Service Management in 2015 where she established Sightlines – the Professional Services Division driving change in services and system design to reduce violence and improve responses for people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence.

With a professional background in education and special education, developing early years professional practice, leading projects to reduce social disadvantage across generations, she has worked throughout her career with communities facing intergenerational poverty and/or disadvantage. Sal has designed and led projects in service reforms, common assessment frameworks, child poverty reduction and integrated leadership programs across statutory and universal services. Her experience also includes working with corporate leadership firms in an associate capacity as a coach and advisor to NGOs and corporate executives.

Sal is known for her strategic and purposeful approach to working with others, creating common ground amongst stakeholders with differing goals and motivations. Sal’s legacy is in developing the leadership of others and distilling clear ways to understand and make progress through complexity. 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.

Mary Ronayne

Community and Culture Manager

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, and is now working a cross-services role as ‘Community and Culture Manager’.

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 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.
Mary is currently studying (online) a Diploma in Business.

Suzan Delavere

People and Practice Manager (cross-services)

Suzan is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark but has lived in Australia for the past 17 years. During her time in Australia, she has worked in a number of roles across the Community Services sector, predominantly across the Mental Health and disability space.

She has worked in direct service delivery to 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.

Prior to joining DVSM, Suzan has worked as a manager overseeing up to 12 different program contracts 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.

Suzan is passionate about upholding the dignity of all people and works with flexibility to ensure people can lead their own supports and development. This way of working extends through all her work and informs her work with colleagues, stakeholders and people accessing the service system.

Suzan is currently studying a graduate certificate of management at Australian Business School.

Joanne Tan

Organisational Services Manager (cross-services)

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.

Amanda (Mandy) Greaney

Contracts 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.

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