Our Staff

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Kristine Olaris – Chief Executive Officer

Kristine commenced at Women’s Health East in February 2012. She has much experience in the health sector including in the acute, subacute, private, Aboriginal health and community health sectors. Kristine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy and a Master of Health Administration. She has robust leadership and management skills and knowledge developed through her studies and through many years in senior management positions. write my essay

Kristine is passionate about health promotion and has been responsible for many innovative and responsive programs targeting disadvantaged populations. Kristine sits on the Independent Advisory Board implementing recommendations of the VEOHRC report into sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Victoria Police. She is also a member of the Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality. 


Melissa Tully – Finance Officer

Melissa started at Women’s Health East in October 2012.  She holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and has been a practising CPA for over 10 years.  Melissa has worked in various industries including Printing, Pharmaceutical and Internet Service Provider and is passionate about now being part of the non-profit sector and the team here at Women’s Health East.


Amy Kendall – Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer

Amy Kendall has a strong background in business administration and executive level support having worked for corporate and community focused non-profit companies. She is passionate about empowering, encouraging and supporting women and is enthusiastic about working with Women’s Health East in the capacity of Executive Assistant. 


Colleen Russell – Quality/Project Officer

Colleen started at Women’s Health East in December 2003. She has had a diverse career in the local government, state government and not-for-profit sectors, as a social worker, social planner, program manager and consultant. Colleen has degrees in Social Work and Arts and a post-graduate management qualification. Her work with Women’s Health East includes compliance and risk management, development and review of policies and procedures and continuous quality improvement.


Sue Rosenhain – Health Promotion Manager

Dr. Sue Rosenhain joined the Women’s Health East team in August 2013. Sue has a background in physiotherapy and health promotion, holding a PhD, Bachelor of Applied Science, a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Health Education and Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training. She has worked in a range of health and community service settings which have enabled her to pursue roles that promote a social model of health, contribute to reducing inequities, foster continuous quality improvement and involve community and other stakeholders in decision making.

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Vanessa Czerniawski – Health Promotion Officer

Vanessa began at Women’s Health East in 2011 as a volunteer helping to organise International Women’s Day, and later that year joined the health promotion team as a Research Assistant. Vanessa was appointed as a Health Promotion Officer after she completed her Bachelor of Health Science Degree at Deakin University at the end of 2013 where she majored in Health Promotion. Vanessa grew up and currently lives in the EMR, and is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of women in the region through her role as a Health Promotion Officer at Women’s Health East.

Vanessa is currently on parental leave.

Jill Exon – Health Promotion Officer

Jill brings a range of experience and skills working across a range of different sectors and public health issues. Having completed a Master of Public Health, majoring in Health Promotion, and with a background in Social Science, Jill is passionate about social determinants approach to health, with a particular interest in women’s health, health equity and the prevention of violence against women.

Jill has grown up and worked in the EMR and is keen to contribute towards improved health outcomes for women in the region.

Jayde McBurnie – Health Promotion Officer

Jayde began at Women’s Health East in 2015 as a student volunteer for the Evaluation Working Group of the ‘Together for Equality and Respect’ Partnership. Following graduation from her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree with majors in Health Promotion, Jayde joined Women’s Health East as a Health Promotion Officer in December 2016. Jayde’s role at Women’s Health East has a focus on health promotion activities, evaluation and communications.

Jayde is passionate about improving health and wellbeing for all women.



Lara Gerrand – Health Promotion Officer, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Lara Gerrand began her role as Health Promotion Officer in 2017, and focuses on sexual and reproductive health. Lara has a Bachelor of Public Health & Health Promotion & a Diploma in Youth Work. Her previous work gives her extensive experience working with youth in delivering reproductive health services and education.

Angela Walsh – Together for Equality and Respect (TFER) Manager

Angela Walsh has been driving community and organisational led approaches to Ending Violence against Women and Girls and enabling Gender Equality for 19 years. Angela has worked on major projects across Australia in urban, rural and remote communities and more recently internationally in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Bangkok, Thailand and now the Solomon Islands. The focus of this work has been predominantly on co-creating new cultures, curriculum and programming around enhancing social and emotional wellbeing, specifically building strong and respectful relationships and managing change. This work has been implemented in partnership with public and private schools, preschools, non-government organisations, government departments, and indigenous organisations.  Angela has an Honours degree in Politics and Social Policy, a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare and a Masters in Social Change and Development.


Claire Butselaar – Health Promotion Officer, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Claire began her career as a registered nurse, working in several of Melbourne’s major tertiary hospitals before completing a Master of Public Health, specialising in Sexual and Reproductive Health.  Claire worked as a SRH nurse and clinic manager with Marie Stopes International Australia for several years before spending a year working as quality assurance advisor to Marie Stopes International Vietnam’s clinic network.  She has gained considerable experience in sexual health and family planning education and advocacy through her work at Marie Stopes International and then as National Peer Education Program Manager with YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS), before joining WHE in August 2016.

Claire is currently on parental leave.

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Taylor Nally – Health Promotion Officer

Taylor started at Women’s Health East in 2016 on a student placement whilst studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin University. Taylor went on to complete a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours) with her research exploring the use of resources to support the creation of gender equality in Australian workplaces. She joined the team as a Health Promotion Officer in 2018 following completion of her studies. Taylor has an interest in gender equity and the prevention of violence against women, and is passionate about contributing to the creation of a society where all people are valued and offered equal opportunities to succeed.