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Ringwood  Vic  3134

Phone: (03) 9877 0311


ABN Number: 19 275 051 972

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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.

Maria Peterson

Maria is a senior leader with extensive experience in the Government, not for profit and private sectors having worked in senior roles across disability, housing, youth justice, public policy and strategy.  

She holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing (Policy and Management).

Maria has held numerous committee member roles in the public service and within community service organisations, and has recently been appointed as Vice President of the MCWA Board of Management in Victoria.


Maria is driven by a desire for a fairer society, committed to empowering individuals experiencing vulnerability to feel supported through effective leadership in advocating for essential services for our diverse communities. 

Lee-Anne Hunt

Lee-Anne Hunt joined the board in 2019. Lee-Anne, a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute ( MAHRI) has 30 years’ experience working for Not For Profits both in the Human Resources arena and at the coal face working directly with clients.

Lee-Anne is passionate about ensuring that everyone has a safe place to live and will bring her blend of skills to help Safe Futures and our people adapt and keep at the forefront of change.

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.


Ellen Matusko

Ellen is a senior health services professional with extensive clinical leadership and management experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Social Work and a Graduate Diploma in Health Administration, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Ellen has led many programs and large teams and is a proven leader of change. Her senior roles have focused on implementing and developing strategic and operational plans to meet organisational objectives and increase revenue. She has a record of successfully building teams and partnerships and achieving excellent service outcomes. Ellen has worked in Australia and the UK in a variety of not-for-profit organisations including Austin Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs and has extensive experience in working with the Government sector. Her board Directorships include Safe Futures Foundation and Irabina Autism services.


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