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. She has a strong commitment to women’s health and wellbeing, social justice and environmental sustainability. Kristine sits on the Independent Advisory Board implementing recommendations of the VEOHRC report into sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Victoria Police.


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.

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Deanna Imbriano – Administrative Officer

Deanna started at Women’s Health East in September 2011. Deanna has previously worked in the Finance Industry. At Women’s Health East Deanna supports our work in all areas of administration. Her enthusiastic and dedicated style is highly valued and ensures she is a key part of our team here at Women’s Health East.


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 / Project Manager for Together For Equality and Respect

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 WHE 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 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.

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 is currently on maternity leave.

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


Kate Gibson – Health Promotion & Communications Officer

Kate commenced in her role as coordinator of the Eastern Media Advocacy Program in July 2014.  Kate has a degree in Social Welfare from Monash University and has worked in a variety of roles, including over 10 years experience in local government within Melbourne’s outer eastern region.

Kate’s role has a focus on the coordination of the Speaking Out Program, but also includes some general Health Promotion activities and Communications.  

Kate has grown up and worked in the EMR where she now resides with her family.  Kate is passionate about making positive impacts on health outcomes for women across the eastern region.


Bron Martin – Health Promotion Officer, Increasing the Odds for Safety & Respect

Bron holds qualifications in Registered Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Organisation Dynamics, and has many years’ experience in the health and community services sectors. Having worked as a Service Coordination Officer and Project Manager with two Primary Care Partnerships and as a statewide Industry Consultant, she has expertise in project managing cross-organisational networks to guide systemic change and improve consumer outcomes. Bron also has broad clinical experience working with vulnerable women, young people and families in sexual health, pregnancy counselling, homelessness support nursing and broad service access roles. 

 Since joining WHE in February 2016, she has been applying her skills and knowledge to achieve local outcomes in Phase Two of the innovative Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect Project.