Jenny Donnelly: Executive Officer

Jenny Donnelly has undertaken many roles in a number of organisations across North East Victoria. Starting her working life as a secondary school teacher, Jenny and her family then spent two-and-a-half years working as Australian Volunteers Abroad in Papua New Guinea.

Jenny worked with Ovens and King Community Health for 10 years managing the Victims Assistance Program, the Community Inclusion Program and then as an executive manager, particularly focusing on integrated health promotion. She then undertook project work in Indigo Shire, working with health services. Her next role was working regionally with the Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service. She then worked in Towong Shire and Tallangatta Health Service with volunteers and a positive ageing project. Jenny then managed the Hume Region Partners in Recovery Program before her appointment to the EO position with UHPCP.

Jenny has a strong commitment to social justice, including the valuable role of community. Collaborative responses to meeting the needs of community have always been key in her approach to her roles.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 0428 157 719

Glenda Chapman: COPD Project Coordinator

Glenda has a diverse background in both health and education. She began her career as a secondary teacher in 1989 where she worked in metropolitan, rural and remote areas.

In 2006, following a career change, Glenda graduated with a Bachelor of Health (Speech Pathology) with first class honours.

After a short career in speech pathology, Glenda’s enthusiasm turned towards the holistic client-centred work of chronic disease self-management. In her role as a Hospital Admissions Risk Program care coordinator at Albury Wodonga Health (AWH), she was able to blend both her health and education skills.

She was also instrumental in enhancing AWH’s organisational health literacy. Glenda is also co-director of Health Literacy Solutions, facilitating workshops on health literacy in Victoria and NSW.

Glenda works with the UHPCP undertaking project work to help redesign the current system for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the Upper Hume catchment to ensure that it is based on consumer needs and is cross-sectoral.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 0439 751 591

Tricia Hazeleger: Principal Strategic Advisor, Ovens Murray–Family Violence Partnership

Tricia’s primary role is as the Principal Strategic Advisor for Family Violence in the Ovens Murray and, specifically, working with the Ovens Murray Family Violence Partnership. Family violence is a challenging issue for every community and UHPCP is proud to be able to contribute through these positions.

Tricia’s secondary role is as our Engagement and Participation Coordinator. The purpose of this role is to build the capacity of community members and member agencies across the UHPCP catchment to understand and enable collaborative approaches to wellbeing, increase understanding and use of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) spectrum, develop policies, guidelines and tools to support effective, evidence-based consumer engagement and participation by member agencies, particularly with marginalised communities and individuals and engage in specific community engagement and participation initiatives which will inform an understanding of, and an approach to, co-design for system change.

Tricia has a background in community engagement and participation through working with rural communities, regional community development, community planning and research focusing on health needs, family and youth services development, disaster resilience, women’s health, advance care planning and family violence reform.

Tricia has worked with emerging refugee communities in Albury-Wodonga to keep families safe and prevent violence against women.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 0427 659 721

Stephen Montgomery: Coordinator—Family Violence Prevention

Stephen is a qualified counsellor with more than five years of experience working with at-risk youth in both metro and regional settings. Stephen holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Science (Male Family Violence) and has worked the past seven years as a Men’s Behavioural Change Coordinator\facilitator.

Stephen enjoys working collaboratively as part of a team and is enthusiastic about shifting his work focus from family violence response to family violence prevention.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 0428 769 031

Sophie Rhys: Engagement and Participation Coordinator

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 0428 387 768

Dr Kathleen Brasher: Coordinator—Prevention, Age Friendly Communities

Kathleen is a social gerontologist with a long involvement in the health and community sectors as clinician, academic, advocate and in policy and program development and evaluation.

Kathleen is the Principal Strategic Advisor for the Age-Friendly Northeast Victoria Alliance, based at Central Hume Primary Care Partnership. She has been a part of the international Age Friendly movement since 2006 where she contributed original research to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global age-friendly cities: a guide.

She is a member of the WHO Strategy Advisory Group for the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, and has advised state and local governments, and older person’s advocacy organisations, across Australia and New Zealand.

Recently, Kathleen managed the Better Care Victoria Building an Age-Friendly Indigo Health System project on behalf of the Indigo Consortium.

A number of Age-friendly resources authored or co-authored by Kathleen—several on behalf of the Age-Friendly Northeast Victoria Alliance—are available to view on our Age-friendly communities and initiatives page.

Alongside training as a nurse and midwife, Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and PhD from Monash University, and Graduate Diploma Arts (Philosophy & Social Theory), The University of Melbourne. She has certificate–level training in counselling and mediation with a focus on elder mediation. She is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and a member of the Australian Association of Gerontology, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the International Federation on Ageing.

In recent times, Kathleen has been hosting A Conversation hour’, our free weekly online event that brings together people from across the Ovens Murray and beyond to explore ideas that matter.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 0439 751 591​

Naomi Peters: CoordinatorCommunications

Naomi has a diverse background in both communications and education. After leaving Wodonga to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), her roles included editor of two national outdoor adventure magazines, and Project Officer for the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), an independent national agency set up to promote, audit, and report on quality assurance in Australian higher education. In this role Naomi was involved with the annual Australian Universities Quality Forum and the AUQA Good Practice Database.

A career change to education followed with qualifications including the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), Certificate II in IT (New Media), and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In her decade-long teaching career, she worked as a teacher at a local senior secondary school and two local TAFE institutes with diverse cohorts of students including young adults with disabilities, migrant and refugee adults, vision-impaired adults, and education support students.

After returning to the field of communications, Naomi has enjoyed coordinating the social media, e-newsletters and websites for both UHPCP and the North East Local Learning and Employment Network. She also takes minutes for Boards of local not-for-profit organisations, which have included a disability service provider and various Aboriginal organisations.

Email: [email protected]