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.

Virginia Mansel Lees

Chairperson 

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.

Trevor Barker

Board Member and Quality Management Representative  

Trevor Barker joined the board of UMCASA (now CAV) in 2000 serving a term of 6 years and returning for another term commencing 2009. Trevor has worked in the community services sector from 1995. He served as Social Welfare Officer at Yarrawonga Community Health 1995-2006. Between the years 2006-2013 he undertook drought support and community development with Foodbank Victoria. He is since worked with GV Medicare Local. Prior to 1995 Trevor was an active, voluntary member of NAPCAN Victoria as committee member and as President.

He has a keen interest in advocating for safe communities free from all forms of violence and in providing holistic responses to victims of childhood and family abuse.

Trevor values the work of CAV, the committed and strategic focus of the Board, and being part of a team that supports the invaluable work of staff in advocating for and supporting victims of violence.

Corina Modderman

Board Member

Corina Modderman is an accredited social worker and lecturer at La Trobe University. She arrived in Australia in 2009 and has worked within the field of child protection and family violence since 1997 in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Australia. She considers herself a passionate feminist and has a keen eye for social justice.

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.

Janette Bussell

Board Member

A Board Member since 2008. Social welfare worker for 15 years and passionate about my community and violence prevention motivates me to be part of the solution. I enjoy working with a strong, dedicated team and board to educate our community and support victim/survivors of all forms of violence.

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.

Margaret Collins

Board Member

Margaret has a background in nursing & business including working at Government level both in Australia and Internationally.

She is currently a Manager of an Aged Care Facility and also works at Odyssey House Victoria. Her passion is that both men and woman are equipped and empowered to come into their full potential and identity and be a valued and contributing member of society

She sees her role on the board as being an active part of a team that works together to find solutions and to educate both victims and survivors of family violence.

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