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.
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.
Mobile: 0439 751 591
Brydie Donnelly: Coordinator of Access and Equity
Brydie has worked with the UHPCP since 2016, initially as Coordinator: Chronic Care. Since 2018 she has been the Coordinator: Access and Equity. Her role has recently expanded to include oversight of the implementation of the Ovens Murray Goulburn Chronic Care Strategy, in the Ovens Murray area.
Brydie grew up in rural Victoria, and has also lived and worked in metropolitan, regional, and remote areas of Australia, and acknowledges the need, and potential, to overcome some of the inequities and inequalities that exist because of location and distance.
She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry), and a Masters of Public Health (Primary Health Care). Brydie has more than 10 years experience in clinical work as a podiatrist, and has worked within many realms of the health system, including a tertiary hospital, Aboriginal health service, community health, aged care, and private practice. She has worked in various locations, including Victoria, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory, giving her a solid understanding of many parts of the system, and challenges faced by those attempting to navigate it.
Brydie has a strong interest in innovative approaches that can change the status quo of a system that doesn’t work for many of the people it is meant to serve, particularly those from disadvantaged or marginalised communities.
She is a strong believer that in good partnerships, the whole can certainly be greater than the sum of its parts, if respect, transparency and joint accountability is enabled, and strives to develop, enable, and maintain these relationships across the system within which we work, and access services.
Mobile: 0427 985 055
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.
Mobile: 0427 659 721
Sarah Crosthwaite: Coordinator—Community Resilience for Dry Conditions
Sarah has lived most of her life on the land, coming from the Riverina and spending the last 15 years on her dairy farm in the Kiewa Valley. Sarah has a Master of Social Work and has experience in counselling and support as well as working within the community during times of stress such as bushfires and the dairy crisis.
Sarah has a strong understanding of the issues facing the farming community, and is a firm believer that working with communities in collaboration is key for strong growth, development and support.
Mobile: 0436 122 547
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.
Mobile: 0428 769 031
Sophie Rhys: Engagement and Participation Coordinator
Mobile: 0428 387 768
Naomi Peters: Coordinator—Communications
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.