Executive and Senior Leadership
FSA Psychology is one of six service streams within our governing organisation Family Services Australia. The executive and senior leadership group listed here ensure delivery of our organisational goals.
Managing Director & Company Secretary
Enjoying 28years as a C-Level Executive, Company Secretary, Director & Chairman. Gary has held offices of CEO & Chairman, an Executive Director of Health, Disability & Employment Services Group Advisory Boards, Chair of Clinical Governance Committees & Expert Industry Advisory Panels.
Gary has chaired Group Finance, Audit & Risk Committees and been a Management Committee Member & Treasurer of an International Charity. Gary has had 17 recent years in NFP NGO Human Services incl. Intl Development, Health, Disability, Medical Research, Mental Health, Allied Health, Child Protection, Child Safety, Education, Employment, Disability, Housing, Community & Professional Services.
Executive Assistant, Community Engagement
Joining FSA from Barnardos, Communities for Children program Lisa has enjoyed a 20year career in community services, environment and sport administration, customer service, operations and 8years as a volunteer Teachers Aid.
At FSA Lisa enables internal and external stakeholders to deliver outstanding community support and engagement services in NSW and QLD, while supporting the work of the Managing Director and Company Secretary and broader Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and Senior Leadership Group (SLG).
Lisa is a key organisational and NGO sector support in the launch of the inaugural Family Services House, Illawarra-Shoalhaven Community Services Hub and its multi-disciplined service stream expansion for community continuity of care that has been secured by FSA on 30year terms.
General Manager, Community Services
Sharlene holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), is a qualified Lead Auditor, is completing a Diploma of Quality Auditing and a Masters in Social Work. She is passionate about assisting organisations to create quality systems and to identify, design and implement innovative services that support and enhance opportunities for people in the community.
With over 12 years senior leadership experience in the Employment, Education, Health and Community Services industries, Sharlene brings fresh ideas from her experience in Quality Management, Risk Management, Program Management, Project Management, Contract Compliance, Change Management and People Management.
Sharlene has experience developing and implementing International and Australian Standards, such as Human Service Quality Standards, Disability Service Standards, Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001), Risk Management Standards (AS/NZS4360), Client Feedback Systems (AS ISO 10002-2006), Compliance Frameworks (AS 3806-2006) and International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards).
Stevie is a registered psychologist who has experience working with children, adolescents and families from a variety of backgrounds within the Illawarra region. Stevie has been involved with Warehouse One7 for the past five years, following graduation from the University of Wollongong.
Stevie’s work has encompassed individual and group psychological support, as well as establishing strong community network connections in the service of holistic client care. Stevie has a particular interest in assisting individuals and families experiencing difficulties with anxiety, low mood and autism spectrum disorder.
Stevie works with the focus of assisting people to hold healthy perceptions of themselves, and strengthen their relationships and connectedness with those in their world through an attachment-based intervention.
Dr Esther Davis
Esther is a clinical psychologist with experience supporting young people with mild to severe mental health issues and their families. She takes a client-centred and systemic approach to therapy in which she actively seeks to collaborate with the young person and the important people in their life.
Esther uses a variety of therapeutic modalities directed at helping young people better understand how to manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and strengthening family relationships.
Quality & Innovation Coordinator, FSA WHS Officer
After ten years working within the health and education sector, assisting the implementation and monitoring of quality management systems, Emma understands the importance of empowering her colleagues to perform to their full capability by helping to provide the tools, processes and support systems necessary for them to succeed.
Working collaboratively with National and Global Executives and external consultants associated with the Division of General Practice and global education institutions, Emma has in-depth understanding of overarching regulations, guidelines and legislation and the value of relationships management.
Emma’s wide range of experience in project, risk and people management combined with formal qualifications in Graphic Design and Training & Assessment, enables her to promote innovative practices and support the Family Services Australia team to achieve its community and business objectives.
Intensive Family Preservation
Jo has worked in the Welfare sector for past 17 years and has a strong commitment to working with disadvantaged children, young people and families.
For the past three years Jo has worked with the Intensive Family Preservation program with Family Services and has a passion in supporting families who have had their children restored back into their care and also supporting children and carers where Out of Home Care (OOHC) placement is at imminent risk of breakdown.
Jo has a wide spectrum of experience within the welfare sector. Jo’s other roles have included CareSouth, Brighter Futures Caseworker, supervised contact and mentoring program; Juvenile Justice Youth Worker; Darcy House, Support Worker; St Vincent De Paul House Caseworker; Southern Youth and Family Services – OOHC Kambyio – Residential Support Worker.
Jo has also undertaken a range of professional development courses including: Trauma Informed Practice – Therapeutic Core Model Training, Trauma Informed Care working with Aboriginal people, Safe and Secure – exploring trauma informed practice with children and young people affected by family violence and Safeguarding Children.
Domestic & Family Violence
With over 10years with FSA, Fiona previously enjoyed a career in supporting community service organisations including Community Health, Darcy House, Cringila HACC Centre and Citylife Community Initiatives.
Fiona has coordinated a local community kitchen for over 10years and also worked in community development programs in Vietnam. Fiona has been a part of the FSA team Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) service stream and the Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV) Program since its inception in 2010.
Fiona is passionate about making a difference in the local community and assisting the disadvantaged to reach their potential.
Child, Youth & Family Support
Suzi is focused on supporting vulnerable families, especially working alongside her Team to ensure the best outcome for the families and children we are privileged to work with.
Suzi has worked as a Human Resources Specialist however felt that her qualities as a compassionate and caring person were more suited to a career in Community Services. She obtained her Diploma in Community Services and commenced with Family Services Illawarra in 2010.
Her new role co-ordinates family referrals to ensure families receive practical support, case management and access to specialised help. This compliments her extensive experience with facilitating parenting programs to ensure parents and carers build positive and stronger relationships with their children.
She is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Behavioral Studies & values learning to enhance her personal development and leadership.
Team Coordinator Shoalhaven
Craig joined Family Services through its Intensive Family Preservation (IFP) Program in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region. At Family Services, Craig has been a selfless team first leader, applying his skills as a registered Circle of Security Parent Educator, The Sanctuary Model Trauma and Attachment Trainer.
Craig has completed FaCS Mandatory Reporting Training and Structured Decision Making; ACWA Effective Casework and Management, Accidental Counsellor and Workplace Health and Safety Training; ACCYO Safeguarding Children Training; UNSW Indigenous Pre Law Program and Anglicare Leadership 101 experience.
Craig has enjoyed further Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Functional Behaviour Analysis Training, Domestic Violence Assessment and Victims Services Training, together with that as a Suicide Prevention Intervention Strategies Facilitator in regional primary schools.
In a human services career spanning 27years Craig has supported Aboriginal Community Engagement as a respected community contributor and is a Deadly Award’s, Triple Finalist 2010-2012 Health Worker of the Year.
Craig’s community service work has included that of House Manager of Respite Accommodation and Aboriginal Foster Care on the South Coast NSW; Senior Youth Worker, Barnardos; FaCS Case Worker; South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation; Therapeutic Residential Care Leader, Anglicare Tasmania; Brighter Futures Team Leader, CareSouth and he was an Aboriginal Specialist for NSW Housing.
Aboriginal Community Engagement
Amy is a Wiradjuri woman and is passionate with working alongside Aboriginal children, families and communities. With experience in project management, family support/preservation and community engagement, Amy has worked throughout the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Far South Coast in a number of roles over the past seven years. Amy holds a variety of tertiary qualifications in areas such as Project Management, Aboriginal Health Science & Indigenous Trauma Recovery. Amy has previously worked for organisations such as the Heart Foundation, South Coast Medical Services Aboriginal Corporation and CareSouth.
Being at the forefront of community engagement for Family Services Australia, Amy believes that there is always learning to be done, stories to be heard and connections to be made. Thankful for the opportunity to be able to work within local Aboriginal communities, Amy strives to work effectively to help build a strong community culture for our next generations.