WHG has a passionate and committed team with a proud history of collaboration and achievement. Staff members bring a range of skills and experience across public health and health promotion, social work, education, government and administration.
Marianne has worked across the Grampians region for many years. She has extensive senior management experience in community health and primary care in our region, bringing to WHG her strong leadership values, an unwavering commitment to working within a feminist framework and exceptional partnership development skills.
Rose started working at WHG in March 2019 and brings with her extensive health and social policy experience across the not-for-profit and government sector. She has worked in women’s health promotion and advocacy, cancer screening policy, and adoption and fostering research. Rose has a combined Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services). She is committed to improving women’s health and challenging gender inequality.
Valma commenced working for WHG in November 2017 and holds the position of Office Administrator. Valma has previously worked within the education sector and television industry, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience for our office team.
Jess joined WHG in June 2019 as the Principal Strategic Advisory for the Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee, supporting leadership, system change and increased collaboration across the region. Jess has a PhD on feminist theories of embodiment, and has completed postdoctoral studies on responses to trauma, gender inequality and social memory. Most recently working on information sharing and the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework at the Department of Health and Human Services, she has an extensive background in research, consultation, advocacy and policy in relation to violence prevention and response, with a focus on its intersectional manifestations.
Upon joining the team in 2017, Kate brings over 14 years of experience in community development and health and wellbeing planning to WHG. She has previously developed public health plans, social policy, strategy development and community engagement. Kate has a Bachelor of Media Studies and a Masters of Business Administration and is passionate about working with organisations and communities to improve the health and wellbeing of women in the region.
Melissa has worked for local government and community sectors for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in community development, community engagement, strategic planning, policy development and partnerships. Melissa has worked in the Wimmera region for 13 years and joined WHG in 2016.
Belinda-Sue has a Masters and Bachelor degree in Social Work. She has a wealth of knowledge in community development and social work, with professional experience as an Inclusive Support Worker, Project Worker and in Child and Family Services. In 2018 she joined WHG as the Equality for All Project Coordinator to raise awareness of inclusion and diversity, to empower local women to lead change within their communities and to strengthen WHG’s broader region-wide initiative for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children – Communities of Respect and Equality.
Dee became a WHG team member in 2015 after six months abroad in Cambodia as a research assistant for Deakin University exploring the sexual and reproductive health perceptions of garment factory workers, and as a health promotion worker for the National Centre for Health Promotion, increasing dialogue on maternal and infant mortality and contributing to tobacco legislative reforms. Dee has a Masters of Public Health, a Bachelor of Food Science & Nutrition with Honours and a Bachelor of Health Science. As a health promotion officer and nutritionist Dee is dedicated to improving the health outcomes of women.
Having worked in a variety of industries Shannon has extensive experience in project management, communications, technology, and women's sexual and reproductive health. Shannon joined the WHG team in 2012, inspired by the opportunity to return to her home town, to increase community awareness and understanding of the sexual and reproductive health issues that women face across Grampians region.
Marieke has been working in mental health, community services, policy development and adult education for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and is a registered Adult Trainer. Marieke is passionate about empowering women, both at policy and individual service delivery levels. Marieke lives in a small rural community, and, looking through a rural and remote lens, is a big supporter of increasing and decentralising health services and reproductive choices options for women.
Ange van den Berg
Ange has worked in various community, sporting and not-for-profit organisations over the course of her career, and brings with her experience in project management, community engagement, event management, fundraising and partnerships. She is passionate about advocacy, social justice and community development and is committed to a using collective impact approach to drive change. Ange has previously studied a Bachelor of Arts/Education and is currently working on a Bachelor of Social Sciences.
Deb joined the WHG team in 2018. Deb commenced her career as a registered nurse and has lived and worked both interstate and overseas including third world countries. She has also worked in the primary care, corporate and education sectors. Deb has a passion for improving the lives of those in her community with a particular focus on those in marginalised communities. When she is not at work Deb loves spending time with her family, gardening, reading and exploring the region.