Kaya has more than 20 years professional and academic experience working across a broad range of health, welfare, mental health, education and disability services. Throughout her professional career, her passion and commitment has been to lead, develop and implement innovative evidence based best practice programs across a number of organisations.
Kaya holds a number of academic qualifications including Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy from Swinburne University, Master of Psychoanalysis and is currently completing a Masters in Project Management from RMIT.
Kathleen is a Loss and Grief Educator and Bereavement counsellor with over 26 years’ experience. Before GriefLine, she worked for 10 years as a Co-ordinator of Moongala Women’s Community House.
Kathleen has also worked as a volunteer in various roles within the community including schools and in grief and loss programs in her local parish.
Kathleen was awarded Citizen of the Year in 2014 in recognition of her contributions to the community.
Susan Mathew, Counsellor
Susan Mathew, GriefLine counsellor, looks after the Online Counselling and the Children & Youth Counselling Program. She designs and runs tailor-made programs for each of GriefLine’s young clients, while supporting their parents. She also works on the helpline and on various other education programs and projects at GriefLine. Susan’s experience living in different countries has given her an insight into the issues of migration and she is an active member of GriefLine’s Migrant Forum.
As part of Susan’s previous career in Agricultural sciences and Environmental management, she has worked with rural farming communities in India. From this exposure she has developed an acute sense of community development and identified her passion to help others achieve their full potential. At GriefLine she has been able to follow her passion, while raising a young family.
Russel Barnes, Chair
Melinda Jackson, Secretary
Melinda has extensive experience assisting small to large large companies assisting to develop and maintain their policy and procedure documentation, process mapping and management. As well as extensive experience as a technical writer for software documentation in many varied industries.
She has worked with a diverse range of industries, including retail, IT, education, hospital and finance and holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from Latrobe University.
Melinda also actively volunteers on various school council and sporting committees and in 2017 was recognised as Calisthenics Victoria Volunteer of the Year.