Board of Directors

Karen Sherry
Chairperson
Director since 11th January 2017

 

I hold a Bachelor of Social Science and Policy (Hons.) and a Graduate Diploma of Economics.

I have recently worked as an accreditation specialist in homelessness and housing services. I have also worked at the peak bodies Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) and Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) in policy roles. I am currently a City of Hume Councilor.

 

 
 

Stephen Gagen
Deputy Chairperson
Director since 11th January 2017

 

I hold a BSc degree and postgraduate degrees in biological science. I work as a political adviser to a government MP. I previously worked as a research scientist and IT manager in the former Victorian Department of Agriculture.

I am a current Director of Your Community Health (formerly Darebin Community Health) and have been on Boards of various community groups for many years. I am a Justice of the Peace.

 
 

Prameend Singh
Secretary
Director since 11th January 2017

 

I have worked in the housing and homelessness sector for 17 years. Notably with the former Homeground Services and North East Housing in the provision of frontline crisis housing services. I was a Board member of the state peak body for social housing Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) for two years. I am currently employed as the CEO of Inner East Social Housing Group which is a Registered Housing Provider.

 

 
 

Mark Goodie
Treasurer
Director since 11th January 2017

 

I am the current Coordinator of Youth Services at Melton City Council. I have extensive experience in development and delivery of specific housing programs in Melbourne’s western metropolitan region. I am Deputy Chair of the Western LASN (local area service network for homelessness) and committee member of the North West Networker steering group.

 

 
 

Alison Dumaresq
Director
Director since 11th January 2017

I have a background in higher education, human resources consulting and Management.I am also the secretary of the Lakes Historical Cottages Inc.  This involves providing advice to the local shire council and residents regarding the preservation of a group of historical cottages.

 
 

Oscar Ramos
Director
Director since 11th January 2017

 

Board Member of the Youth Workers Association. Bachelor of Youth Studies

Diploma of Youth Work

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

Currently undertaking a Bachelor in Psychological Science.

 

 
 

Angela Pitts
Director
Director since 11th January 2017

I hold a BA in history, language and politics.  Previous executive member of a national students organisation. I live in social housing and this helps me understand what the housing crisis is all about.

 
 

Philip Di Biase
Director
Director since 11th January 2017

 

I hold Certificates of Administration and Justice.

I have also volunteered in the community with other groups such as the Brotherhood of St

Laurence, Launch Housing, my local community centre and for local MP’s. I have a lived experience of homelessness.

 

 
 

Simon Daly
Director
Director since 11th January 2017

 

I am currently a Vocational Education
working with a renowned Australian vocational college to develop courses and educate people interested in working in the community sector.

I also run a private consulting business, providing information and policy development services to NFP sector organisations.My experience in the community sector dates back 25 years.

 

 
 

Younes Benhim
Director
Director since 11th January 2017

 

I have 15 years in the welfare sector including planning, leading and managing a variety of welfare programs and services for communities from low SES and CALD backgrounds.

Currently conducting an education needs analysis for six community learning centres based in/near public housing estates.

 

 
 

Gurhan Araci
Director
Director since 11th January 2017

 

I have 12 years’ experience in Local Government and the Homelessness sector. This includes

7 Years managerial experience in property management, homelessness support and finance.