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

Chief Executive Officer

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 (cross-services)

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.

View Mary Ronayne’s Leadership Portfolio

Joanne Tan

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 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.

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Leeanne Curtis

Services Lead (WSH)

Leeanne has worked in the Human Services Sector in excess of 30 years and brings with her extensive experience in leading teams and providing support services to communities across NSW. Her work and experience have primarily been with individuals in accommodation programs providing support to youth, children and adults who have varying levels of disabilities, mental health issues or are homeless.

This includes the last nine years as Operations Manager (Far West region) with Life Without Barriers, where her work spanned across care and protection, disability, mental health, homelessness, youth justice and immigration. Prior to that, Leeanne was the Service Manager (Broken Hill) at The Richmond Fellowship of NSW delivering various programs to assist adults and youth facing mental health challenges.

Leeanne holds an Advance Diploma in Nursing and is currently pursuing her Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management course qualification.

Judy Cole

Services Lead (MOMO)

Judy came to work in Domestic Violence after spending most of her career working in the field of mental health. Before joining DVSM she was clinical leader / team leader with a team of mental health professionals. The team’s work involved conducting mental health triages for rural and remote areas in NSW. The team also managed the beyondblue line, the Quit line, and previously, the Gambling Help line.

Prior to that, Judy worked in private practice as a social worker, in paediatric brain injury rehabilitation out of Westmead Hospital, and on a Community Mental Health Team on the Lower North Shore of Sydney.

Judy is a calm person who loves working in teams. Her passion is walking alongside others to help empower and support them. Judy has a degree in social work and a Cert IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

Zoya Syed

Services Lead (ROAR)

Zoya has several years experience as a case manager in employment service programs such as Work for the Dole and Personal Support Program (PSP). PSP was a specialised program designed for long term unemployed clients, facing multiple social and psychological barriers to employment. Her role as a case manager was to assess and refer people to appropriate services that could assist them to overcome these barriers and develop their employability skills. Zoya has also worked as a trainer for employment training programs for youth and mature aged clients and assisted them to explore their employment options.

Zoya worked as a case manager at Australian Red Cross and then four years as a team leader at Settlement Services International working with asylum seeks, assisting people to settle in the community while addressing their psychological and social issues. Her most recent role was as a case manager with Employer Mutual Limited in psychological claims for NSW Police.

Besides other qualifications her Diploma in Counselling has significantly enhanced her communication skills and the knowledge to understand human behaviour.

Zoya is passionate about social justice and equality. She has always been an advocate for human rights.

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