Our Staff

Bonnie’s staff are all highly skilled women from diverse backgrounds. Our shared creed is “The right to safety”.

Homelessness and domestic and family violence, affect people from all different cultures. In order to best assist women from non-English speaking backgrounds, our bilingual staff are fluent in English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Serbian, Greek, Croatian, French, Tamil, Malayalam, German, Dari, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu. We can connect with interpreters at all times if you speak another language.

Read one of our Caseworker stories…

Our staff come from a variety of professional disciplines.

Their qualifications include a Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology), Diploma of Community Welfare, Graduate Diploma of Social Science, Mediation, Accounting, Bachelor of Adult Education, Bachelor of Social Work, Art Therapy, Social Housing, Management, Psychotherapy, Customer Service, Diploma of Management, Human Resources, Bachelor of Arts (Media), Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting), Youth Work, Health Sciences, Business Administration, Master of International Security Studies, Art Therapist, Graduate Diploma in Couples and Family Therapy, Applied Social Science, Fine Arts, Master of Art Therapy, Community Services, Social Science (Criminology), Graduate Certificate of Writing, Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies, Criminology, Disability Support, Children’s Services, Leisure and Health, Criminal and Community Justice, Real Estate.

All staff regularly undertake professional development and training to build upon their capabilities and update their skills and knowledge.

Meet our wonderful workers…

TRACY PHILLIPS – Executive Officer

Tracy was born in Sydney. Throughout the 1980s she worked for ABC Radio in the broadcaster’s archives and has since spent 25+ years working in the community and not-for-profit sectors as well as in government departments, including Social Security, FACS and Health. Her work in the community sector has primarily been in child protection, mental health and domestic violence. When she is not working, Tracy enjoys reading, travelling and hiking.

SANDRA – Administration Officer

Sandra was born in Bankstown. She has an administration and finance background, spending many years in the Tax Office before a 15-year stint in community organisations in the Liverpool and Bankstown areas. Her hobbies include reading, dancing and gardening.

AN – Program Manager

An was born in Vietnam and is fluent in Vietnamese as well as English. She has a background working in mental health, child protection, domestic violence and social work. An says she likes to cook and look for kitchen gadgets though ‘This is not to say I am a good cook!’

HEIKE – Finance Officer

Born in Germany, Heike is fluent in both English and German. She has worked for community organisations for the past 25 years in a variety of roles, and is highly experienced in the areas of commerce, community services and accounting.

ALISON D – Community Network Officer

Alison comes from a background in art psychotherapy. She has been working with women and their children for over 10 years in the areas of domestic violence and homelessness.

SUE – Community Network Officer

Sue was born in Sydney, Australia. Prior to Bonnie’s, she worked in domestic violence refuges for 6 years and the welfare sector for 14 years. Previously Sue has worked in a variety of administration and support roles for a range of industries before returning to her true passion, the community sector. Her main interests are mental health and community education and development.

CAROLINA – Team Leader

Carolina was born in Australia. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Carolina brings experience in education, behavioural therapy, youth and social work to her role as a Family Worker. She enjoys travelling to learn about and experience different cultures and customs.
She recently volunteered in Cambodia to work one on one with children.

NGUYEN – Family Worker

Nguyen was born in Vietnam. She has worked in the community sector for over 10 years and has been with Bonnie’s for 5 years. She speaks Vietnamese and English.

BABITHA – Family Worker

Babitha  was born in Kuwait and her cultural background is Indian. She has worked in the community sector for 6 years, and has experience working with youth, people with addictions and mental health issues; homelessness, with the migrant community and child protection. Babitha speaks Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam. Her  educational background is Health Science, majoring in Addictions counselling and Mental Health. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, road trips, and family time.

ALISON M – Family Worker

Alison has studied Criminology and Psychology and has approximately 10 years experience in the field.  Alison is passionate about children’s rights, justice and empowerment.  Some of her hobbies include photography, cooking and spending time with friends and family!

DRAGANA – Tenancy Officer

Dragana was born in Serbia. She speaks Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, Russian and Macedonian. Dragana has been with us since 2014. She has extensive work experience in the community sector, having worked in culturally diverse organisations for more than 9 years helping women and children in need. Dragana has experience in frontline management, customer service and social housing as well as children’s services.

BIANCA – Tenancy Officer

Bianca was born in Gosford before being raised in the Sydney area. Before joining Bonnie’s in 2011, she worked in the real estate and property management areas. In her time here, Bianca has learned a lot about social housing and values its importance in a fair and equitable society.

MARRYANNE – Child and Youth Worker

Maryanne’s cultural background is Greek Cypriot and she has worked in the field for 3 years.

JACKELINE – Domestic Violence Response Enhancement Worker (DVRE)

Jackeline studied Criminology and completed her honours thesis designing a drug prevention program. Focused in understanding more global issues and Transnational Organised Crimes, she completed her Master’s degree in International Security Studies. She has expertise in community building and social empowerment. Jackeline has had an interest in sports from the age of five. She swims regularly and now she is taking ice skating lessons. Jackeline is passionate about society and cultures.

TANIA – Domestic Violence Response Enhancement Worker (DVRE)

Tania was born in Sydney and is fluent in both Spanish and English.  She has two years experience working directly with children.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, shopping, and traveling.

NANCELY – Community Worker – Groups

Nancely was born in Fiji of Indian heritage and has worked in the community sector for 12 years. She has particularly worked with women and children who have experienced domestic violence, mental health issues and/or homelessness. Nancely is running a weekly health and information group for Hindi and Urdu speaking women. She is an active charity worker and holds an annual fundraising event for breast cancer research.

MARY – Environment Officer

Mary has worked with Bonnie’s for 12 years. She was born in Germany to Maltese and English parents. Her responsibilities include looking after the premises, assisting with the annual general meeting, women and children’s groups and all of Bonnie’s major events. Previously she spent 7 years working in childcare. Mary enjoys travelling.

ZUAL – Family Worker

Zual was born in Kabul Afghanistan and migrated to Australia at the age of 6 on a humanitarian visa with her family. She can speak Dari and English fluently. Zual grew up in south west Sydney, attended University of Western Sydney completing a double degree in Social Work and Community Criminal Justice. She has 6 years of experience in the field and has worked with asylum seekers, refugees, homeless youth and out of home care. Zual has previously volunteered with Lifeline on the suicide helpline and a food truck service. She loves watching crime shows and solving a good mystery.

LEAH – Community Worker / Child and Youth Worker

Born and raised in Sydney, Leah started her career as a chef before moving into the Community Services field. Leah has spent over a year working with children and young people experiencing Mental Health, Homelessness, Domestic and Family violence. In her spare time Leah still enjoys cooking as well as reading.

CATHERINE – Project Worker

Catherine (BA, BSW, MSW, Grad Cert Writing) was born in Belgium to French and English parents and migrated to Australia as a young child. Catherine has worked in social services across Australia for the past 20+ years in a variety of practice fields including youth services, women’s services, migrant and refugee services, employment related social work service delivery, rehabilitation services, counselling services for people with disabilities, remote service delivery for Aboriginal people and has also worked to provide specialised trauma counselling for survivors of sexual assault and family/domestic violence. Catherine enjoys reading, writing, making people laugh, cuddling dogs, appreciating the ocean, travel, riding her scooter and is passionate about social justice! 

STEPH Family Worker

Steph was born in Sydney and grew up in south west Sydney. Steph completed her Bachelor of Social Work at James Cook University whilst living and working in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Australia. Steph has 6 years experience working and volunteering in the human services sector in a broad range of practice fields including women and children services, youth services, social enterprise, HIV support and education, and early intervention. In Steph’s day to day work with families she holds values of justice, compassion, openness, and honesty. Steph is passionate about social justice, yoga, and loves being in nature!

RANJANI Child and Youth Worker

Ranjani was born in Australia and is of Tamil, Sri Lankan cultural background. She has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology major) and a Masters of Social Work (Qualifying). She has 8 years of experience volunteering and working with children and young people through community development, Applied Behavioural Therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum and supporting people experiencing thoughts of suicide, mental health concerns and grief & loss at Lifeline. Ranjani is passionate about providing safe and supportive environments for children and young people so they can reach their potential. She enjoys travelling, astronomy and going rock climbing in her spare time.