About Our Board

Kerry Burns

Chief Executive Officer

Kerry is a social worker and a feminist practitioner committed to developing knowledge and understanding of women’s, children’s and men’s experiences of sexual assault and family violence, knowledge that rests on the work of pioneers in this field. Drawing from a strong interest in research Kerry has a quality management system in place which creates connections between all organisational activities and people working in the organisation. Kerry’s goal is to ensure Centre Against Violence is strongly positioned in the field, providing excellent care for clients and promoting innovative practice that will contribute to a community that is safe for all to live in.

Corina Modderman

Chairperson

Dr Corina Modderman is a Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy at the La Trobe Rural Health School, Shepparton campus. Corina has spent over 18 years as a senior manager and practice leader in child protection in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia. She brings extensive international social work expertise, demonstrated leadership capabilities and strong networks in the statutory and not for profit sector. Corina is leading research in the field of child protection, health systems and intimate partner violence. She applies a strong feminist lens over her work and to her role as chairperson of the board. Corina is determined to see better outcomes for people living in rural and regional Victoria in inclusive communities free of violence.

Virginia Mansel Lees

Board Member 

Virginia works as an academic in the La Trobe Rural Health School Social Work program and has been involved in the provision of services in sexual assault and family violence throughout her professional life. Virginia is a feminist who is committed to working with others to achieve a world where violence no longer dominates the landscape so that women and children can live their lives through reaching their full potential.

Sandy King

Board Member 

Board Member Sandy has been the Treasurer on the CAV Board since 2016. She has worked in the Community Development, Youth, Women’s Health and Coaching sectors for over twenty years. She has a private practice in Kids, Youth and Families Coaching and Culture Co-Creation. Sandy is certified in Conversational Intelligence, is a Leader of the accredited Kids Coaching Connection program, and brings this, a feminist lens, unending curiosity and a wide range of life skills to her Board Role.

Lisa Neville

Board Member

As a health promotion officer at Alpine Health, Lisa has always been a strong advocate for equity in health and champions opportunities to provide our rural and regional communities with equitable access to services and support systems through positive partnership development, evidence based work and by increasing community capacity to undertake evidence-based prevention planning processes.

Lisa is passionate about the promotion of healthy youth development and improving outcomes for young people and families, particularly in country Australia and has a strong interest in the role of gender equity in family violence prevention.

At Alpine Health, Lisa has led several prevention projects and currently is the project officer for the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence systems change which includes all staff training and support.

Belinda Fenn

Board Member

Belinda is new to the Board having joined in 2019 and is currently working as a Lawyer at Nevin Lenne & Gross in various locations in the North East Region, predominately working in personal injury law. 

Belinda has a strong interest in human rights, social justice and equality.  She currently sits as a volunteer on a number of boards and committees including as Chair of Open Door Neighbourhood House in Wangaratta and is a director of Aspire Support Services Ltd in Albury Wodonga.

In her work as a lawyer, Belinda has acted for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Victims of Crime Tribunal applications and understands the complexity of the justice system as it relates to victims and the barriers in accessing appropriate services in regional areas.

Amanda Crane

Board Member

Amanda Crane is a passionate youth advocate with background in community services, community housing, disability advocacy and education support.

Her interests in joining the board derive from a passion for empowering young members of the community, supporting them in having a voice and providing holistic support to victim/survivors of family violence.

Amanda is a dedicated and committed advocate for social justice and provides active support for local youth as evidenced in her current positions as a Senior Case Practitioner. Her vision is to actively contribute to creating a society where equality exists for all women and  children’s voices are heard. Additionally, her mission is to ensure they live free from violence and are empowered to reach their full potential.

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