Our Board

Doreen Stoves

Doreen Stoves worked for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for 25 years before coming to Doncare 18 years ago, she held Management positions in several program areas, she previously managed a large Children's Institution from phase down to closure. Doreen is a Clinical Family Therapist with a passion for the prevention of violence against women and children. Doreen has been awarded two Australian Honour Awards, a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 and a Public Service Medal (PSM) in 1995. Doreen is the current Chair of the Safe Futures Foundation

Bernadette Dobeli
Deputy Chair

Bernadette Dobeli joined the board in approximately 1990. She has enjoyed working as a radiographer and continues in this role part-time. She has been on school and church committees over the years and is dedicated to the eradication of violence in all settings

Florence Mauwa

Florence Mauwa joined the board in 2016. Florence has over 17 years experience in Accounting and Human Resources. She is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD UK). Florence has a particular passion for developing and transforming communities to thrive, and volunteers on several community boards.

Kerrie McMahon

Kerrie McMahon joined the board in 2018. Kerrie, a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA), has more than 30 years experience in finance in the government, private and community sectors. Kerrie is committed to developing systems within organisations to improve the quality of service delivery and outcomes for clients. She has a Diploma in Quality Auditing and extensive experience and knowledge of risk management and policy. An enthusiastic supporter of the not for profit industry, Kerrie has extended her work philosophy through her volunteering roles for many not for profit organisations

Pradeepa Jayawardena York

Pradeepa Jayawardena York joined the board in 2018. Pradeepa is a solicitor and provides legal services in Victoria through her law practice. She has a deep interest in community and justice issues. She has a extensive career in law, management and government.

Pradeepa was Chief Legal Counsel of a large local government in Queensland, the Toowoomba Regional Council. Pradeepa was the lawyer responsible for human rights law, criminal law, administrative law, government law, and constitutional law at the Law Council of Australia in Canberra. Pradeepa worked in senior tax advisory and management positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and at the Australian Taxation Office.

Raymond Burnett

Raymond joined the board in 2018. He is a dynamic executive leader and consultant with significant senior experience in all levels of Government, the community sector, private sector and academia.

Raymond's experiences include sitting on National decision-making panels and senior evidence advisory bodies; leading major service and organisational redevelopment; strategic plan facilitation and oversee national and state-wide training initiatives. He holds a range of qualifications including a Masters in Leadership and Management, a Masters of Public Health, a Bachelor of Social Work and has completed the Institute of Company Directors and the International Partnership Brokers Association Programs.

In addition to his work with Safe Futures, Raymond is President of the Doncare Community Services Board, a member of the Deakin University Health Academic Advisory Board, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on the Opening Doors Community Leadership Management Committee.

Emily Ryder

Emily is a mum to four grown children, an experienced information and technology leader with over twenty years’ experience within Health and Government across the UK and Australia. She holds degrees in Nursing and Law and is a Member of the Australian Institute of company Directors. Emily has had roles in operational leader and management consultant for EY and KPMG. She has a passion for data and analytics to drive performance improvement and to help the organisation make well informed evidence-based decisions. Emily leads Analytics at Medibank – focussing on the clinical outcomes and value of Health Service delivery.  She is an experienced programme and business change manager for large complex projects. Emily also sits on the Parenting Research Centre Ethics Committee and aims to use her experience to help vulnerable families live full, healthy and happy lives.


Paula Piccinini

Paula is a lawyer with extensive experience in the practice of family law, governance and the family violence sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Laws from the Australian National University as well as a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution.  She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Paula practised as a barrister in family law for many years and she served as a Non-Executive Director of the RACV for nine years. 

She has worked in a managerial capacity at both InTouch, the Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and EDVOS before joining the Safe Futures Foundation in the role of CEO.


Paula is an elected councillor of the City of Manningham and served as Mayor of Manningham in 2018/19.


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