Peter Lewis – Acting Deputy CEO
Peter has worked in Indigenous affairs for over 20 years. He was the Advocate lead on Indigenous Affairs at Oxfam Australia for 3 years, Manager for Policy and Research at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency for 10 years and National Director for Reconciliation for the Uniting Church Assembly for 5 years. He is a foundation member for ANTaR and is currently in his 7th year as President and has held positions at the National Sorry Day Committee and Reconciliation Victoria. His work included taking the lead in the development of Victoria’s Department of Human Services Aboriginal Cultural Competence Framework and worked as a researcher for the Northern Territory Inquiry into Child Protection in 2010.
John Burton – Social Policy and Research Manager
John holds a Master of Laws specialising in Human Rights and Social Justice from the University of New South Wales. He has worked in areas of policy and research, community-based child protection, refugee advocacy and youth support programs over the past 12 years in Australia and Southern Africa.
At SNAICC, John has specialised in child and family welfare policy and research. His work has had a strong focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in decision-making, inter-agency partnerships and integrated service delivery to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
David Ellis – Sector Development Manager
As the Manager of training and workforce development, David leads the design, development and delivery of national training programs for the Early Years and Child and Family services area. David is a passionate supporter of social justice, addressing disadvantage and building community capacity processes across the Community Services and Health sectors and particularly when working with and training Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in areas including family violence, trauma, partnerships, social housing, disability and child and youth welfare.
Throughout his career, David has focussed primarily on state-wide training and sector development in areas including working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Male Family Violence, Social Housing, disability, CALD and Child/Youth/Family Welfare. David has worked as a practitioner, manager and training consultant in Victoria, NSW, SA and Tasmania with Aboriginal Affairs, Human Services, NGOs and Peak bodies in residential care, child protection, youth welfare, general practice and counselling.
Prior to his role at SNAICC David worked as a training consultant with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Department of Human Services Office for Women, and for the previous 20 years as a Manager and Senior Training Consultant for the School of Health and Community Services at Swinburne University.
Katherine Hinton – Corporate Services Manager
Katherine is the Corporate Services Manager with SNAICC.
Ian Bloomfield – Child and Family Support Training Coordinator
Ian is the Child and Family Support Training Coordinator with SNAICC.
Katrina D’Angelo – Training and Resource Officer
Katrina is of Greek origin and was privileged to have had the opportunity to live with the Yankunytjatjara Tribe of Central/South Australia for 25 years and work with the local Aboriginal community and the Umoona Community Council for 15 years, focusing on community development. Katrina also worked for the Department of Community Welfare (also known as Family and Community Services) for 12 years, based in Coober Pedy and on the APY Lands; her primary roles being community development and case management. She served as the Deputy Mayor of the region for two terms with the view to giving a voice to the Aboriginal community and to advocate for Aboriginal issues.
Katrina relocated to Melbourne with her two children and commenced working with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy, establishing and capacity building the financial well-being program for 12 years in various roles. She worked for specialist family violence – both mainstream and Indigenous-specific – for a period of 8 years in a variety of roles, including direct service, middle and senior management. She ventured into working for a National Philanthropic Trust as the Program Manager for Indigenous Projects, and has most recently worked with youth homelessness. Due to funding realignment, Katrina felt the need to work within the disability sector in education to gather the required learnings that sit with the changes in disability and mental health funding.
Katrina is married to an Aboriginal Elder from the Yorta Yorta tribe, Wollithica of the Bangerang People, and has been fortunate enough to be welcomed as a family and community member for close to a decade.
Jenine Godwin-Thompson – Training and Projects Coordinator
Jenine is a proud Yaggerah Aboriginal woman from Brisbane, around the Moreton Bay area in sunny Queensland. Over the past ten years she has been working extensively across government and non-government Aboriginal health, education, and mental health sectors within the Townsville community, as well as with Aboriginal communities in the gulf and North West regional communities in Queensland.
Jenine likes to view herself as a ‘positive change agent’ towards enhancing the status of Aboriginal people through development; therefore, independence through self-determination. She believes that being an active participant within community development and research is the key towards influencing change to the issues impacting the well-being of individuals, and as such this is central to her personal and professional life.
Jenine is specialised in community and policy development, research, developing and delivering educational curriculums/workshops/lectures, and implementing and coordinating culturally appropriate programs for service delivery.
Reflective of her experience around building capacity and community development programs, Jenine’s role as Resource Manager has her working across Training, Research, and Policy areas. Jenine is dedicated towards building and developing SNAICC’s research capacity, training development and review, while ensuring and informing relevant policy across SNAICC’s key priority and project areas.
William Hayward – WA Family Matters Project Coordinator
William is the WA Family Matters Project Coordinator with SNAICC.
Daniel Kovacevic – Communications Coordinator
A trained writer-editor with a background in publishing, Daniel has an extensive understanding of persuasive writing, reader engagement, and language usage and structure.
Daniel is also skilled social marketer and is hands-on in managing the SNAICC digital strategy. Daniel is a firm advocate of the power of social media and strives to consistently amplify SNAICC messaging through all digital platforms.
Daniel is passionate about the ability of language to elicit emotional connections from an audience, and firmly believes that positive change within the sector must come from a greater societal shift in thinking.
Joanne Lau – Senior Policy Officer
Joanne is a Senior Policy Officer with SNAICC.
Judith McKay-Tempest – Early Years Training Coordinator
Judith is the Early Years Training Coordinator with SNAICC.
Shannon McLeod – Training and Resource Officer
Shannon is a Larrakia woman and a qualified early childhood teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has previously worked as an educator in urban and regional early childhood services and, recently, as an early childhood teacher in an Aboriginal-controlled organisation in remote NT.
Shannon is an advocate for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in education for all children to access. She values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, understanding it as essential in strengthening the identities of families and children.
Yanee Myint – Finance Support
Yanee is Finance Support with SNAICC.
Eva Ruggiero – Senior Training Officer
Eva has experience in providing program management and workforce development support for frontline workers of family and community services programs. Eva focuses her support on building the capacity and confidence of human services workers to strengthen existing knowledge, skills and cultural practices to respond to community needs.
As a trainer, Eva draws on her unique background of having both government and non-government service delivery and program management experience, as well as research experience with the University of Queensland (UQ). Eva takes a non-judgmental approach and values two-way learning, which has led to successful contributions to service delivery work with people who choose to use illicit drugs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, children and families subject to the statutory child protection system, and other marginalised community members.
Prior to SNAICC Eva also worked in the areas of social inclusion and digital inclusion across Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres. Eva conducted community education sessions on coding and robotics, including at World Science Festival 2016, and received national recognition for a collaborative community engagement project she established (called Picnics in the Park) through the Excellence in Hepatitis C Health Promotion Award. She holds a Masters of Social Science (Health Practice) from UQ and undertook her Bachelor of Arts in the US where she grew up.
Claire Stacey – Senior Policy Officer
Claire is a Senior Policy Officer with SNAICC.
Maylene Slater-Burns – Communications Assistant
Maylene is the Communications Assistant with SNAICC.
Fleur Smith – Family Matters National Campaign Coordinator
Fleur holds an Honours Degree in Anthropology and is planning to complete a Masters in Public Policy and Management. She has spent 8 years working in the not-for-profit health sector in policy and advocacy roles, with a focus on Aboriginal health advocacy. Prior to that, Fleur worked in a range of casual academic positions including tutoring Anthropology and International Development. Her previous roles included state and national level political liaison and communal advocacy on key issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes and life expectancy.
Fleur has always had a passion for addressing inequality and enjoys working in partnership to create strong consensus advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice.
Tanya Wells – Training Projects Officer
Tanya is the Training Projects Officer with SNAICC.