Our Board

img-Directors-Betty

Betty Green – Chairperson

Betty is a committed feminist advocate and her work in the women’s community services spans three decades. Violence against women, particularly domestic violence, has been her focus.

She has served on numerous management committees and boards in the community sector locally as well as a state-wide peak body, Women’s Health NSW and on government committees such as NSW Premier’s Council for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (2009-2013) and the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team (2010-2014) and nationally as a committee member of Australasian Council of Women and Policing. She co-founded NSW Domestic Violence Committee Coalition in 2006 and is the recipient of an Edna Ryan Award for Community Activism (2006). She is currently a PhD candidate undertaking research on domestic violence death reviews in Australia.

Wendy Morgan – Vice Chairperson

Wendy Morgan is an Aboriginal Woman from the Dyiringanj People of Wallaga Lake that forms part of the Yuin Nation on the Far South Coast of NSW. Wendy is an activist and Aboriginal rights advocate who has worked with government, NGO’s and local land councils for more than 30 years. She is currently the director of Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council and founder of Guntawang Aboriginal Resources Incorporated, an organisation that facilitates arts and crafts activities. Previously Wendy was employed by the Commonwealth government for 28 years and has since been an experienced board member, working on boards such as: The Gulaga and Biamanga National Parks Board of Management, Aboriginal Housing Office, Seniors Rights NSW, The Commissioner on Aged and Disabilities, Aboriginal Fairfield Advisory Group, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing (MACA), The Fairfield Working Group with Govt and Non-Govt representatives. She is currently the chairperson of ‘Our People our Way’ with the South West Sydney Department of DCJ.

img-Directors-Frances

Frances Atkins – Treasurer

Frances has over 10 years’ experience in banking and finance and is a vice president at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Frances is currently completing a Masters in Business Administration at AGSM. She has experience advising senior management, boards and committees on a range of corporate and strategic matters. She participates in confidence-building programs for young girls in primary and high school, and mentors female university students seeking a career in business and finance. Frances has a keen interest in supporting women in the workforce and is pleased to join Bonnie’s board to contribute to improving opportunities for women.

img-Directors-Amelia

Amelia Scott

Amelia Scott is Bonnie’s longest serving Board member. Amelia has a wealth of experience in health and in particular women and children’s health. She completed General Nursing and Midwifery and is currently employed by a Local Health District as a Child and Family Health Nurse. Amelia initially joined Bonnie’s Board to promote community liaison with the Area Health Service and has been inspired by Bonnie’s innovative support work with women and children, to stay involved.

Karen Beetson

Karen Beetson is a Mandandanji woman from south west Queensland. Karen has worked for over 30 years in Aboriginal Community Development beginning her career in Aboriginal Employment and Education and has worked for NSW Juvenile Justice. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Director Aboriginal Health SWSLHD Karen was the Manager of Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation/ AMS Family and Community Programs. Her managerial scope included Tharawal’s Child and Family teams as well as the Social and Emotional Wellbeing team, Sexual Health, Hepatitis and HIV and the Djurali Tackling Indigenous Smoking Team and Healthy Lifestyle Programs.

Karen has served on several Boards of Aboriginal Corporations throughout her working career and is a current Board member of Bonnie Support Services.  Karen is an artist and in her earlier career has been involved in the development of the Mil-Pra Art Exhibition, Commonwealth Education State-wide Art Camps and her work has adorned the Juvenile Justice Annual report as well as utilising her artistic skills to develop cultural representations of core CBT concepts for their Dthina Yuwalli Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol program.

Karen has a diploma in counselling and Advance Diploma in leadership and management.

Kiri-Ana Libbesson – Secretary

Kiri is a lawyer working in the not-for-profit and social enterprise spaces. Having commenced her legal career as a commercial lawyer in a well regarded law firm, she brings a wide range of experience in both the not-for-profit and legal sectors. Kiri has lived in several different countries, and has travelled extensively. Her varied experience includes working as a refugee lawyer in Mexico, as well as in a human rights organisation in Cambodia. She has also worked as a community lawyer in a Women’s legal service in Darwin, lending to her passion for working towards furthering women’s rights and opportunities.

Prior to joining Bonnie’s Board, Kiri has several years experience serving on the committee of a grassroots, volunteer-run charity, including as President and Secretary, as well as managing several aspects of the charity’s operations. Kiri currently works as an in-house lawyer, managing the in-house legal practice in a large community organisation and social business that has a focus on the refugee and migrant sectors. She has been a finalist for several legal industry awards for her work in that role. Kiri has also recently started her own legal practice to support other not-for-profits, social enterprises, and community businesses.