Leadership Team 

Centre for Non-Violence

Board of Directors

Erin Smith

Convenor

Erin is current Chair of the Board of Management. Erin fell in love with volunteering for non-profits in her first year studying at LaTrobe University Bendigo in 2003, when she started volunteering at events for the Bendigo Student Association. Erin moved on from this to become a member of the Board of the Bendigo Student Association and has since been a passionate volunteer, committee and board member for numerous non-profit organisations across Bendigo. Erin is a voice for social change and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Community Development, while also working in the youth mental health sector.  

Rachael Skipper 

Treasurer

Rachael Skipper is the General Manager of Asset Management and Maintenance at Haven; Home, Safe (HHS) and is responsible for managing and maintaining the diverse portfolio of Affordable Housing assets owned by HHS across Victoria.  Rachael has worked in the housing and homelessness sector for more than 20 years in both not-for-profit and state government settings.  Rachael has worked work across a diverse portfolio of programs including family violence, prisons, general and youth homelessness, social housing advocacy, community housing and emergency management.  Rachael has a Bachelor Degree in Social Work; a Graduate Diploma in Housing Policy and Management and a Graduate Diploma in Asset Management.

Andie West 

Board Member

A solid foundation was established for Andie, after completing her tertiary studies with a focus on psychology, sociology and women’s studies. With 25 years’ experience working in the sector, Andie’s passion for working with vulnerable families and children began as a Foster Care worker in Shepparton, Victoria.   It was in this case management position she realised her place was working directly with children who had been exposed to trauma, rather than referring on to specialist services. Andie has held positions with Centre Against Sexual Assault (Bendigo), Bendigo Community Health Services and EASE (now the Centre for Non-Violence.  Andie also established her own Equine Assisted Therapy program, to provide counselling and experiential learning opportunities for those who had experience significant trauma.  Andie is currently Manager Community Services for the City of Greater Bendigo.

Dr Helen Hickson

Board Member

Dr Helen Hickson is a Researcher and accredited Social Worker. She has worked internationally and has a long-standing interest in sustainable and healthy rural communities. Her interests include health workforce planning, community recovery after disaster, and community health and wellbeing. Helen is a Graduate of the AICD Company Director's Course and holds Board Director roles, where she contributes skills in stakeholder engagement, strategy and planning, and risk management.

Naz Pond

Board member 

Nazirite (Naz) Pond is an Investment Banking Analyst at BNP Paribas currently covering the natural resources sector and in particular, metals and mining. Naz is passionate about CSR and sustainability issues and sits on the BNP Paribas Australia and New Zealand CSR Committee. She is a key member of the BNP Paribas Environmental Working Group that focuses on driving and implementing everyday sustainability solutions. An avid global learner, Naz has worked and studied in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. Naz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University. Naz also serves her community as a Justice of the Peace. 

Priya Chandra

Board Member

Priya Chandra has over 20 years’ experience as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy and is the founder of a consultancy specialising in helping small businesses go digital. Priya served two deployments in the Middle East and worked in many different areas including marketing; communications and public affairs; information technology; human resources; and risk and governance.  Born in India and brought up in Adelaide, Priya has lived and worked in nearly every State and Territory, as well as in the UK. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is studying for a Master in Strategic People Management.  

Gemmah Kurzke-Michell

Board Member

Gemmah has shaped her passion for non-profits through finding a love for community and personal development on a local and global scale. Gemmah has worked in developing countries, providing a person-focused approach to volunteering. Gemmah passionately applies herself to increase the access and opportunity for members of the community to thrive within their day-to-day lives. 

Gemmah is excited and driven to be a board member for the Centre for Non-violence, working to implement programs and policies supporting and empowering women of the community. 

Grace Rogers

Board Member

Grace has qualifications (including a PhD) in social work. She moved to Central Victoria about 20 years ago to take a break from social work and to escape the city. After establishing businesses in hospitality and tourism, Grace moved into social work academia and now works in her business as an academic consultant. Grace is passionate about the work undertaken by CNV and has been a member of the CNV board for much of the past 20 years. She is committed to ensuring women’s voices are heard in the tertiary education sector. 

Executive Group - Innovation and Impact Unit 

Margaret Augerinos

Chief Executive Officer

Margaret Augerinos (B.SW) is a qualified Social Worker who has been working in the not-for-profit community services sector for the last 30 years.  Margaret has worked in many different settings including family counselling, community health, community legal services, and advocacy and rights organisations.

Margaret has served on a number of Boards and Committees over the years and is presently the Victorian representative on WESNET (Women’s Services Network - Australian Women’s Domestic and Family Violence peak), a board member of Homelessness Australia, an Executive Member of the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance and is on the Interim Board of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters.

Margaret has presented at many conferences nationally and internationally and has presented at side and parallel events at a number of sessions of the United Nations Committee for the Status of Women.

Margaret is a passionate supporter of human rights and in ending gender-based violence against women.

Nicole Ferrie

Head of media and Communications

An experienced journalist, editor, manager and community engagement specialist, Nicole was previously editor of central Victoria’s daily newspaper, the Bendigo Advertiser. A multi-award winning journalist, her work has long been acknowledged for helping change community attitudes - in particular around gender inequality. Her acknowledgements include an Our Watch Walkley Foundation award on reporting on violence against women and children.

Nicole has held positions on several committees and boards and has presented locally and internationally.

Robyn Trainor

Senior Manager Strategic Projects

Robyn is a qualified social worker who brings a strong research and policy focus to her work.  She is committed to social work and social change, using research, evaluation and evidence to demonstrate the social impact of CNV’s work.

She has previous experience working at CNV in the role of General Manager - Prevention and Development and the Regional Integration Coordinator (Loddon Campaspe) to improve family violence service and system responses. Prior to working with CNV, Robyn was a Lecturer and Seminar Leader within Social Work Education and Education Curriculum at La Trobe University (Bendigo).

Executive Group - Programs and Services

Yvette Jaczina 

Executive Manager Programs and Services 

Yvette is instrumental in establishing strong partnerships, delivery of services and practices that deliver positive outcomes for service users and the broader community, in line with the CNV strategic plan and feminist philosophy.  Starting her career as a social worker, Yvette has been working in the community sector since 2000.  Since then she has held senior strategic leadership positions in mental health, homelessness, youth services and family services.  She has a strong commitment to women’s and children’s safety and to women’s empowerment. 

Cate Moloney 

Senior Manager Intervention Services

Cate is the Senior Program Manager for Outreach services in the Client Services Program at Centre for Non-Violence. Cate has been part of the Centre for Non-Violence’s journey for 17 years.

In 2014 Cate returned to study and completed the Graduate Certificate in Social Science in Male Family Violence, to support the work of the Centre for Non-Violence Men’s Behaviour Change Program.

Cheryl Munzel 

Senior Manager Therapeutic Programs

Cheryl (Che) oversees and delivers therapeutic/clinical services that are trauma informed, evidence based and informed, and underpinned by feminist theoretical frameworks.  

She has a long-standing commitment to understanding societal structures and culture.  Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work and has worked for the Centre for Non-Violence since 2002.

Heather Paterson 

Senior Manager Partnerships and Prevention

Heather brings more than 25 years of experience to Centre for Non-Violence.  Responsible for the development of relationships and partnerships with other organisations and individuals, Heather supports these relationships to strengthen and extend the scope and capacity of CNV to undertake its work and meet its strategic objectives.

Heather’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Diploma of Criminology and Master of Criminology.

Executive Group - Corporate Services

Lauren Davies

Executive Manager

Lauren’s responsibilities include leading the Corporate Services team, driving corporate services strategy, executing purposeful and targeted outcomes that reflect CNV vision, streamlining and integrating corporate processes and systems, and developing robust integrated management frameworks.

Lauren has significant leadership and management experience with more than 26 years in senior leadership roles within the Not-for-profit sector.  She has Diplomas in Financial Services, Human Resource Management and Management.

Karen Andrews

People and Culture Manager 

Karen is responsible for overseeing the human resources, IT and wellbeing portfolios.  After working in Human Resources leadership roles during the past 20 years and as a HR Consultant for the last 7, Karen brings an expertise in leading and mentoring people, and HR governance.  Karen has a love for painting, and you will find her either in the garden or working on a creative project in her spare time.

Cara McNamara

Executive Support Coordinator

Cara works closely with the Leadership Team and Board of Management to support the delivery of key strategic projects.  Caras responsibilities include delivering positive changes in areas such as IT and Quality Assurance and always looks for innovation and iniatives to support CNV acheive its strategic vision.

She brings to CNV over 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors, working previously in Agriculture and Energy industries.