Board & Governance

Board Members

TINA KARANASTASIS

Chairperson

Tina is the Senior Program Manager for Service Development at Ethnic Link Services, UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide. She has qualifications in Psychology and Applied Psychology and has over 30 years experience in the health and community services sectors.

Tina has also been actively involved in the multicultural sector as a senior manager, policy analyst and community development worker and has actively contributed to the development of a diverse range of services and programs for different waves of migrants and refugees settling in South Australia. She was awarded the Australia Day Medal for her contribution to the work of the former Commonwealth Office of Multicultural Affairs within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she held the position of Regional Coordinator for South Australia. Tina currently holds the elected position of Senior Deputy Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA) which is the national peak body representing the voice and aspirations of Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities. She also sits on a number of Government Boards and Committees where she provides advice and advocates for the rights of people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Her particular area of expertise is Access and Equity reform which supports equality of access and participation for migrants and refugees in all spheres of community life, focusing particularly on those who are the most vulnerable and at risk.

LEAH MARRONE

Company Secretary & Deputy Chair

Leah brings her vast community, organisational, political, and social justice, experience to the Welcome to Australia Board. She has qualifications in Law, Politics, and Indonesian. With this she has developed cultural awareness, historical and socio-political knowledge and rational, logical, thinking.
Leah’s families came to Australia as post-WWII migrants from Italy, Poland and the Netherlands. She has a strong commitment to social cohesion, social inclusion,and inter-culturalism. She is a Lawyer, and her career has been predominately in the public and community sectors. She is the current President of the Women Lawyers Association of South Australia and has worked in the area of gender equity and women’s rights for over 15 years.

Leah has been particularly involved in access to justice, chiefly relating to young workers, and people seeking asylum.
Leah has extensively volunteered her time and skills for Welcome to Australia over the past few years.’

HELENA KYRIAZOPOULOS

Board Member

Helena Kyriazopoulos has over 30 years’ experience within the ageing and multicultural sectors and has a Degree in Business, Industrial Law. Helena is currently the CEO of the Multicultural Communities Council of SA (MCCSA) and an affiliate of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia. The MCCSA is the Peak Multicultural Advocacy and Support  body for South Australian CALD Communities. Helena previously worked for Alzheimer’s Australia for over 22 years as the Access and Equity Unit Coordinator and the Secretariat for the  National Cross Cultural Dementia Network. Within these roles she challenged the way in which Alzheimer’s Australia delivered its services to the culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia. Helena has also undertaken social research in the areas of CALD carer and ageing needs.

Helena was appointed to the Federal, Australian Multicultural Council and she sits on a number of Boards including Parkinson’s Australia, Council of the Ageing,  and Disability Rights Advocacy Service.

ANISA LEAVER

Board Member

Anisa has a background in law and policy. As a lawyer she has worked in Adelaide representing the Crown Solicitor’s Office, with a human rights law firm in South Africa and with the United Nations in a number of capacities in Cambodia. Her focus has always been on issues relating to human rights, due process and access to justice. When in Australia she has maintained her commitment to public interest work in both her personal and professional life. Amongst other roles she has been a volunteer coordinator with Amnesty International managing a Refugee Advocacy and Support Network, an engaged member of the Young Women’s Christian Association, long-time supporter of Welcome to Australia and is currently the convenor of SA’s Labor for Refugees. Over the last three years she has spent working with Australian Red Cross as a caseworker and Team Leader for their Migration Support Programs (a program that supports the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers in the community). At present Anisa is the Team Leader for the Australian Red Cross Justice Programs. In May she was selected as one of this year’s outstanding young leaders in the Australian Institute of Management’s 30 under 30 program.

KATE DOOLEY

Treasurer

Kate brings to the Board, almost 20 years experience in public sector finance roles.

She is an advocate for diversity and has Chaired a public sector gender equity initiative for a number of years, including leading the design and development of a ‘Gender Equality in Leadership’ strategy; the first of its kind in the SA Public Sector.

With a strong people focus, and a passionate interest in the interaction between public administration and issues of social justice, Kate has always viewed her roles in finance, risk and compliance as a means of promoting equality within the South Australian community.

In her current role, Kate is a dynamic senior manager with strengths in leadership, strategic planning, financial and data analysis, and risk management. This, combined with hands on experience volunteering in local community clubs and schools, as well as in a Care Home for HIV infected children in India (2014), Kate brings a diverse perspective to the Welcome to Australia Board.

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