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:

Mediation Accreditation
Bachelor of Adult Education
Bachelor in Anthropology
Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Studies)
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology)
Bachelor of Community Welfare
Bachelor of Human Movement and Health Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Media Arts
Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Science
BA Anthropology
Bachelor of Visual Communication
Indigenous Community Health
Accounting Certificate
Advance Welfare Certificate
Pathology Certificate
Certificate I in Workskills Information Technology
Career Education and Employment for Women
Certificate III in Children’s Services
Certificate III in Transactional Analysis
Certificate IV in Business Administration
Certificate IV in Community Services Work
Certificate IV in Customer Contact
Certificate IV in Frontline Management
Certificate IV in Juvenile Justice
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Certificate IV in Youth Work
Diploma of Community Services Work
Diploma in Health Counselling
Diploma of Illustrative Photography
NSW TAFE Diploma of Community Services
NSW TAFE Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention
NSW TAFE Diploma of Leadership & Management
Advanced Diploma of Accounting
Advanced Diploma of Community Services Management
Graduate Certificate in Applied Anthropology (Refugees Studies, Migrant Communities and Human Rights)
Graduate Diploma of Social Science
Masters of Commerce (Professional Accounting)
Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Masters of Counselling Social Work
Masters of Human Rights Law and Policy
Masters of Social Work
Masters of Social Work (with Merit)
Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Anthropology
Qualified Junior Therapist in Applied Behavioural Analysis
Foundation Year of Art Therapy
Basic Counselling (2 Models)
Certificate of registration for real estate
First Aid

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

Heike is passionate about the not-for-profit sector, she has worked for community organisations for the past 30 years in a variety of roles. Her expertise is in the areas of accounting, commerce and community services. Heike sees hear role as ensuring that efficient financial systems are in place and that financial information is communicated timely, professional and easy to understand.

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.

ALISON C– Team Leader

Alison is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Gamilarray and Garawa people. She was born in Sydney and has worked in the Sydney area all of her working career.

She has a background working in domestic violence, supporting children in out of home care, assessing and training foster carers, child protection and working intensively with families.

Alison enjoys writing poetry, spending quality time with her family and friends and camping.

ALISON – Community Worker

Alison was born in Scotland and arrived in Australia aged 18. She has a background in Art Psychotherapy and Transactional Analysis (Psychotherapy). Alison has been working with women and children who have been victims of domestic violence since 2004. Alison has also worked with the chronically homeless in a program, Project 40. Alison’s passion is working with women in a group setting allowing the creative process to inform, empower, and facilitate healing. She has three daughters, two grandchildren and a cat named Maisy.

SUE – Community Worker

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.

NANCELY – Community Worker – Groups

Nancely was born in Fiji of Indian heritage and has worked in the community sector since 2002. 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 member of the Indian community and  is an active charity worker for the National Breast Cancer Foundation  holding an annual fundraising event for breast cancer research.

DONNA – Community Worker

Donna is a First Nations woman from the Boorooberongal clan of the Darug Tribe. She raised her 4 children as a single parent due to domestic violence. Donna has homes schooled 1 of her children with high anxiety, mentored in YWCA’s In-School Mentoring program, has facilitated in high school Drop-In service which involved talking to vulnerable and disturbed students and writing reports, contributed to workshops supporting the Homeless of Sydney, and she has worked in the NSW Public Service. Donna has a Cert. IV in Community Services Work, Diploma in Community Services Work, attended Build a Future Mental Health course and recently a co-facilitator of Bonnie’s Aboriginal Women’s Healthy Relationship Program. As a woman who has lived domestic violence and reclaimed herself and her identity. Donna has a passion for Social Justice and for women and children to improve wellbeing and to feel empowered!

NGUYEN – Family Worker

Nguyen was born in Vietnam. She has worked in the community sector for over 13 years and has been with Bonnie’s for 9 years. She speaks Vietnamese and English.

TANIA – Family Worker

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.

LEAH – Family Worker

Born and raised in Sydney, Leah started her career as a chef before moving into the community services field. Leah has worked in domestic violence field for the last 5 years, previously working with children and young people experiencing mental health issues, homelessness, domestic and family violence. Leah has a passion for working with women and children to better their future and empower them to succeed. In her spare time Leah still enjoys cooking, especially cakes.

MARGY – Family Worker

Margy has a BA Anthropology, Grad Cert in Applied Anthropology (Refugee Studies, Migrant Communities and Human Rights) and a Diploma in Health Counselling.  Margy has enjoyed working  at Bonnie’s as a Family Worker since the beginning of 2018. Prior to this, Margy has worked for about 14 years with asylum seekers and refugees from diverse backgrounds. Margy has also worked with people with intellectual and physical disabilities and in Aged  Care. Margy is passionate about social justice. Margy enjoys travelling and learning about the lived experience of people’s lives and learning more about our planet.

PETA – Family Worker

Peta is a Gooreng Gooreng / Kabi Kabi woman, from Gladstone and Sunshine Coast Areas of QLD. She was born in Brisbane and was raised in both Brisbane and Sydney!

Youngest of 10 children (9 being women!), who are all practitioners / educators in the same field.

With over 15 years’ experience of working in the community service sector, Peta likes to “fight the good fight” for social justice in our communities.

A founding member of Breaking Silent Codes (Movement of First Nations Women from Australia, New Zealand and Pacifica). Speaking up about Family DV / Sexual Assault in our communities, our aim is to educate and empower women.

Peta is a trained facilitator in Circles of Security and Parent Trail.

CIARA Domestic Violence Response Enhancement Worker (DVRE)

Ciara was born in Sydney, although completed some of her studies in both Ireland and Sweden. She has completed a Bachelor of Human Movement and Health Education (Secondary) at Sydney University and is completing her Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of New South Wales. Prior to working at Bonnie’s, Ciara was working as a high school teacher teaching Maths, Food Tech & PDHPE. Ciara enjoys meeting new people, learning about different cultures and travelling. Ciara spent four months teaching English to children in Cambodia.

MAYSSA – Domestic Violence Response Enhancement Worker (DVRE)

Mayssa was born in Sydney Australia and is of a Lebanese background. Mayssa completed her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Western Sydney. Mayssa has experience in working with youth, refugees, and asylum seekers. Mayssa enjoys socialising and reading.

JENNIFER – Domestic Violence Response Enhancement Worker (DVRE)

Jennifer was born in Sydney and is of Vietnamese descent.  She completed her social work student placement at Bonnie’s before joining the team as a Domestic Violence Response Enhancement Worker (DVRE). She is undertaking a Master of Social Work at the University of Wollongong and has attained a Bachelor of Social Science from Macquarie University. Previous to working at Bonnie’s, she worked in the legal and commercial sector as a Legal Secretary,  Marketing Assistant and Personal Assistant. She has always been interested in social justice and women’s rights and decided to make the switch to Social Work in the middle of her double degree of Social Science and Law.

NATASHA – Domestic Violence Response Enhancement Worker (DVRE)

Born and raised in Sydney to South American parents, Natasha is fluent in both English and Spanish. She began her career in hospitality before moving into the community services field. Natasha has completed a cert 4 and diploma in Community services and a diploma in counselling. 

MADDY – Domestic Violence Response Enhancement Worker (DVRE)

Maddy was born in Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Medical Science with a Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science Honours at the University of New South Wales in 2017. She started working in administration and is now a part of the Domestic Violence Response Enhancement (DVRE) Team.  Maddy has always had a passion for the not-for-profit sector and enjoys reading and travelling.

DRAGANA – Tenancy Worker

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. She has a Diploma in Community Services and Certificate IV in Frontline Management.

BIANCA – Tenancy Officer

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

Marryanne was born in Australia and is of Greek Cypriot descent. Marryanne has a Media Arts background and has worked in the Art/Film and Design area for many years, before deciding to work in the homeless sector. Marryanne has worked in the homeless Sector for 7 years and still practises her Art.

MARY – Environment Officer

Mary has worked with Bonnie’s since 2003. 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.