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Governance and leadership

Our Leadership Team

Kaya Latage

Kaya Latage, Chief Executive Officer

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.

Katherine Wells

Kathleen Wells, Manager, Helpline & Bereavement Counsellor

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

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.

Our Board

Russel Barnes

Russel Barnes, Chair

Melinda Jackson

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.

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Joanne Bryant

Joanne Bryant

BApSc (OT), Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy, AAOT, ASCH

Joanne is an occupational therapist and hypnotherapist. She currently runs her own company as clinical occupational therapist, providing mental health services.

Accompanying her 25 years’ experience in the health sector, Joanne has also been an expert witness for court proceedings, and also managed a family printing company for 13 years.

Nicky Mackie

Nicky Mackie

Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw

Chris has extensive background in retail and banking businesses and spent many years in the fashion industry as a wholesaler and importer running his own company. He is now retired.

He has been a Director of Beaumaris Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank since 2012 and is also the current Chair.

Chris holds a B.Com [Melb], Graduate Certificate in Management [Univ. Western Sydney] and is a member of AICD.

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Dennis Tarrant

Dennis Tarrant