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Ada Conroy – Senior Workforce Development Officer

Ada has worked in women’s family violence services for over 20 years in outreach, case work, crisis response, counselling, refuge and training roles. Ada is also an experienced men’s behaviour change practitioner. As part of the NIFVS team, Ada currently designs and delivers training, facilitates communities of practice, runs forums and provides consultation on effective family violence response to organisations in the northern metropolitan region (NMR).

Jac Dwyer – Sessional Trainer

Jac has worked in community organisations for over 10 years supporting individuals and families in justice, health, homelessness and family violence programs. Currently, Jac is a Senior Supervisory Specialist Family Violence worker at Berry Street’s Northern Specialist Family Violence Service, supporting victim survivors to navigate the service system and promote their own and their families safety and recovery from family violence. Jac has a keen interest in supporting other services respond to family violence.

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Zenaida Mello – Sessional Trainer

Zenaida is a Social Worker, who works at Anglicare and coordinates a therapeutic group for victim survivors. Zenaida also facilitates groups for fathers and their children, coordinates the Working with Fathers Network and in her role as an Integrated Family Services Practitioner, supports marginalised families. Her passion for social justice and ability to engage people is evident from her previous roles in youth justice, homelessness, parenting support, refugees and asylum seekers and family violence.

Lani Pereira – Sessional Trainer

Lani has worked in the human services sector for over 15 years with experience in youth work, homelessness, settlement services, governance, Bush Adventure Therapy and the family violence sector.

Currently a Senior Specialist Supervisory Family Violence Practitioner with Berry Street, Lani is excited to combine her passion to support systems to work more effectively to make an impact in reducing family violence, with her love of facilitating groups.

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Charelle Jackson – Sessional Trainer

Charelle is a Proud Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara woman who has worked in the Aboriginal community within the homelessness/family violence sector, including in refuges. Charelle is currently the coordinator of a family violence outreach team at Elizabeth Morgan House. She strives to empower and meet the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities; and through co-facilitating and public speaking to effectively advocate to mainstream services to understand, respond appropriately and safely to the community.

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Sharon Simon – Sessional Trainer

Sharon is an Industry Fellow at RMIT and is currently co-developing and teaching RMIT’s Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence. Previously, she has coordinated the Domestic Violence Resource Centre’s Partners in Prevention Network, established place-based prevention of violence against women projects in community health, supported schools in North East Melbourne to deliver the Respectful Relationships Program and managed the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence project at Peter Mac.

Genine Clements – Sessional Trainer

Genine Clements has worked across the north for the past nine years at Anglicare Victoria with families in case management, Family Services and in group work supporting the experiences of parents, children and victim survivors. She currently works at Maribyrnong Council within the Community Strengthening team, supporting responses to family violence locally. Genine is a strong believer of prioritising care and kindness when working with individuals and communities and how this ethic can continue to inform our broader systemic responses to family violence.  

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Rodney Vlais – Consulting Trainer (Resisting Collusion with Male Perpetrators

Rodney is a trainer, writer, researcher and policy advisor in family violence perpetrator interventions, and in broader efforts towards accountability for the harm men cause through gender-based violence and oppression. He consults to NGOs and governments across Australia and has considerable experience as a men’s behaviour change program practitioner.