A society where women and girls are respected, safe and free, and achieve their full potential; where they enjoy well-being, prosperity and equality, and fully participate in a local and global community.
To provide a range of feminist comprehensive and integrated health care and well being options for women in a unique, safe and empowering setting.
Judy Daunt – ChairwomanI am a Mum, step Mum, wife, daughter, sister, aunty, cousin, friend, mentor, colleague and a professional educator.
I am a qualified early childhood teacher with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and I am currently completing a Masters of Educational Leadership.
I have worked for the past 35 years in positions associated with the education and care of young children and their families in the early childhood education sector, and in the boarder child and family service sector. My professional roles have focused on identifying, realising and supporting opportunities that extend and enrich the lives of young children plus those who love and care for them. I am passionate about developing strong partnerships and relationships as I believe it is through these connections change can happen.
I have been on NGO Boards and management committees all my life. I have also been employed as Program Manager and Manager in several early childhood education and child and family NGOs, demonstrating I have a very strong commitment to social justice and building social capital within our community.
I have been a member of the Council of Women for 4 years, 2 as Chairwomen. IWHC provides me with an opportunity to continue governance responsibility and community connection in regard to programs specifically for women and girls. As Chairwomen, a recent highlight was the 2017 strategic planning process for the organisation in which the vision for the IWHC was confirmed; a community in which “women and girls are respected, safe and healthy, and experience full participation and equality in their lives”.Vi Blazevska – Treasurer
Vi has worked in the banking sector in the Illawarra for nearly 18 years. Her strong communication and relationship skills are instrumental to her rise through the ranks of the banking industry over the years and she is one of the most respected Business Banking Managers. Vi is committed to her job and her customers; hardworking, focused, strong attention to detail and goal driven.
Vi brings to the Board expertise, which include her strong analytical skills and theoretical practice ,this includes gathering all required information, completing capacity to service, analysing financial statements, identifying adverse trends, performing sensitivity analysis and recommending appropriate course of actions.
Vi is actively involved in the local business community via her networking associations with Illawarra Business Chamber and also being one of the judges for Illawarra Women In Business annual awards and active supporting member of their networking events. Vi is also involved in numerous charitable activities such as the Leukaemia Foundation, Light the Night, and Angel’s at Work.
In her spare time Vi enjoys spending quality time with family & friends, travelling, reading mushy romance novels and helping stimulate the local retail economy.Sue Dignan – Secretary
Sue is currently a senior Practitioner with the Family Referral Service, Barnardos South Coast.
Sue has worked in the Community Sector for 39 years, 31 of those have been working with women and children experiencing and escaping domestic violence. This has included working in Women’s Heath Centres, Community Legal Centres, Legal Aid; setting up rural and country WDVCAS’s.
She set up and managed two Supervised Contact Centres for Catholic Care and coordinated the WDVCAS at Campbelltown for 10 years. Sue managed the Domestic and Family Violence Intervention Service. There were 2 pilots in the state, Campbelltown and Wagga. This was an innovative integrated court model, that laid the groundwork for collaborative practice and capacity building.
State trainer with the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service; delivering training throughout NSW to Police, Social Workers and DVCAS Coordinators and staff on how to work in the legal system.
She is trained in Counselling, Community Services, Leadership and Mentoring, Training and Assessing, Life Coaching, Child Protection.
She has been the COW for 2 years.Mary Papakosmas
Dr Mary Papakosmas has a PhD in Social Marketing from the University of Wollongong, a background in media, training and tertiary education, and a commitment to the provision of inclusive, quality women’s health services.
Barbara SantosBarbara has worked in community services for most of her working life. She has experience working with young children, youth and adults from various social economic backgrounds, cultures and complexities, but her passion is working with youth. Barbara works within a holistic approach and sees the youth she works with as our future. She has worked hard at understanding their challenges, the situations they may find themselves in and why they do what they do. Barbara holds a Master of Social Work, an undergraduate degree in Social Science, a Diploma in Community Services and a Diploma in Early Childhood.
Nyan Thit TieuM.A, B.Ed, Dip T.E.F.L.,Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management.Mrs Nyan Thit Tieu migrated from Burma in 1977. Her career spanned over 30 years working in education and training and management within the Department of Education as Operations Manager of NSW Adult Migrant English Service. In 2013 Thit was diagnosed with breast cancer, a life changing experience that ushered in a new phase in her life. She founded the Illawarra based not-for-profit organisation – “Sisters’ Cancer Support Group Inc.” that provides support to those women in CALD communities who are affected by cancer. She is a member of the CI NSW “Community and Consumer Advisor Panel”.Her vision and mission is to provide a better life after treatment for all women affected by cancer from Multicultural communities by sharing, caring and supporting each other in our cancer journey.Dimitria PapavasiliouI have worked in community development and humanitarian projects for around 9 years. From 2009-2012 I had worked in partnership with public housing residents in various positions, including community development and sector capacity building roles in Australia. Since finishing my Masters in International Relations/Public Policy I have succeeded to work in international aid, specifically on refugee and internally displaced humanitarian response in the Middle East, including Jordan and Iraq. Now based back in Sydney, Australia I have joined a vibrant team of professionals within an Australian international aid organisation who are supporting projects across Asia and Africa, including gender specific programming.Tanya SaintyTanya’s background is electrical engineering and project management. She attained her electrical engineering degree at University of Wollongong while working as a trainee for some of Wollongong’s local metal refining and manufacturing plants. She has consolidated that knowledge recently with her project management CAPM accreditation and her Masters of Business Administration.
Tanya has spent a number of years working for women’s causes, from being a Playgroup leader as a young mum, to Regional Coordinator for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Women’s Minister for Wollongong Church of Christ. She is passionate about women’s issues and empowering them to have greater choices in life, especially those who may feel disenfranchised, such as older women, single mothers and LGBTIQA+ women.
Tanya enjoys combining her people management skills, developed through many years working in leadership in not-for-profit organisations, with her engineering and project management skills, where she can make a real difference with her ability to understand trade-off situations and solve complex problems for the best long term strategic solution.
Life Motto: Be the best person you can be and empower those around you to be their best.Natalie Croker
Natalie Croker has a Diploma in Marketing from Tafe Illawarra, a Diploma in Fashion Business from FBI Fashion College and a Bachelors Degree in Media and Communications with a major in Marketing and advertising from UOW.
She has a background in Public Relations and Marketing and is currently a Marketing Coordinator at Wollongong based Marketing Agency, Waples Marketing Group.
Natalie has recently joined the Council of Women as the Public Relations advisor and social media coordinator. She is also an International Women’s Day Illawarra committee member and the Marketing Coordinator for the inaugural event.
A local entrepreneur, Natalie also owns two side businesses, a recently launched lifestyle brand South Coast Abode and a soon to launch swimwear label Hyams Beach Swim.
Natalie is passionate about women’s rights and the changing roles of women in today’s society. Having lived in the Illawarra her entire life she is dedicated to helping local Illawarra women.
Sally Stevenson – General Manager
Sally has been working at the centre for five years. Over the past thirty years, Sally has worked in community development, humanitarian relief and public health, in Australia and internationally with organisations such as Medecins sans Frontieres, the World Bank and the World Health Organisation. In the 1990s she worked in the Northern Territory and was part of the team that established the Traditional Credit Union, the first Aboriginal owned financial institution in Australia. In 2000 she established the indigo foundation, which is an international community development organisation that provides support to local communities in countries such as like Afghanistan, South Sudan and India. In 2013 she became a Member of the Order of Australia for ‘her work in social welfare both in Australia and overseas’. Sally has a Bachelor of Commerce, Masters of Peace Studies and a Masters of Health. She plays hockey for the Fairy Meadow Hockey Club and enjoys doing embroidery with her friends.
Grace Jennings – Community Liaison and DFV Manager
Alice Martin – Business Manager
Sue Ilievski – Operations Manager
Linda Bradshaw – Massage Therapist
Editt Melgarejo – Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Sharon Stewart – Nurse
Denika Thomas – Social Worker
Kim Sattler – Project Officer
Belinda Fabrianesi – Evaluation and Research Officer
Karen Vitale – Receptionist