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Bernadette Dobeli
Board Director
Bernadette joined the wider collective of Brenda House in 1990.
Bernadette Dobeli
Having served continuously since then, her family violence committee and governance experience now extends to over 30 years. Brenda House was one of the four refuges that amalgamated during 2012-2014 to form Safe Futures Foundation – now known as Refuge Victoria. The Board of these refuges worked tirelessly over many years to combine their strengths, collective energies and creativity and recognised the opportunities for systemic and programmatic reform through merging. Bernadette has enjoyed her career as a radiographer and continues in this role part-time. She has served on various school and church committees over the years and is dedicated to the eradication of violence in all settings and fostering respectful relationships in every interaction.
Emily Ryder

Emily Ryder

Chair

Director since 2019.
Appointed Chair July 2021.
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Raymond Burnett

Raymond Burnett

Deputy Chair

Director since 2018.
Appointed Deputy Chair July 2021.
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Kerrie McMahon

Kerrie McMahon

Treasurer

Director since 2018.
Appointed Treasurer 2021.
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Professor Karen Smith

Professor Karen Smith

Secretary

Director since 2020.
Appointed Secretary 2021.
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Kerryn McLean

Kerryn McLean

Board Director

Director since 2020.
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Bridget Thakrar

Bridget Thakrar

Board Director

Director since 2021.
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Lino Sinni

Lino Sinni

Board Director

Director since 2021.
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Paula Piccinini

Paula Piccinini

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed as CEO in 2019.
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