Christine has over 18 years’ experience working with non-government agencies in the social welfare field. She has a BA Welfare Studies and is currently undertaking a Masters in Social Work at Charles Sturt University. Christine has a background in Child Protection through Family and Community Services, Mental Health and Youth Homelessness, in particular management of several NGOs as well as Community Development and Alternate Education Programs.
Christine is a strong advocate for social justice and is passionate about working together as a community to create change.
Axel, Outreach Worker
Axel commenced with Guthrie House in 2010 and brings significant AOD experience to the role of Outreach Worker and Case Manager having worked as a Health Education Officer and Administrator at the Resource and Education Program for Injecting Drug Users (REPIDU) at Redfern.
Axel plays a key role at Guthrie House through delivering the Smart Recovery Program and Womens Choice and Change to the clients participating in both the residential and outreach components of the Program and leading the Australian Service Excellence Standards (ASES) (Certificate) accreditation process through QIP (Quality Innovation Performance).
Axel holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology), Diploma in Community Service and Welfare and a Diploma in NGO Leadership and Management.
Wendy, Residential Support Worker
Wendy has been employed at Guthrie House for some five years in the capacity of Residential Support Worker (RSW). Wendy holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Criminology and a Diploma of Drug and Alcohol. Wendy brings extensive experience to Guthrie House through having worked at Juvenile Justice NSW.
Mariann, Aboriginal Support Worker
Firstly I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands where I work and pay my respects to elders past and present.
I am a descendent of the Kamilaroi Nation, a proud Gomeroi woman from Moree Northern NSW.
I have worked in the community services and disability sector for over 10 years. Most of my work experiences have been working with Aboriginal women, children and their families. I also have worked in various roles and positions across a number of remote, rural and urban communities of NSW in government, non-government, mainstream and Aboriginal community organisations, where I have developed and maintained ongoing skills, partnerships and networks.
I have a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree, although most of my skills and knowledge are learnt through my respect for my elders and lived personal experiences.
Gracia, Administration and Finance Officer
Gracia joined Guthrie House from August 2018 as Finance and Administration Officer. Gracia brings extensive knowledge and experiences in office management, finance, marketing and executive support within the Media industry.
Wanda, Residential Support Worker
Wanda is the longest-serving staff member at Guthrie House, which reflects her passion and commitment in relation to working with the client group. Wanda holds a number of tertiary qualifications including an Associate Diploma in Social Science and an Advanced Certificate in Community Welfare. Wanda brings to her role extensive experience in the non-government sector, in particular community-based agencies; and her knowledge, skills and experience are assets to the team.
Leah, Health Worker
Leah has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Population Health and holds a Diploma in Community Welfare. Leah has worked in women’s crisis accommodation services for almost 20 years and has always held a strong interest in the overall health needs of women experiencing homelessness.
Leah is the Health Worker at Guthrie House; her role involves assisting clients with their health outcomes and she achieves this though one on one consultation with the clients and facilitates group education sessions on a variety of health, physical activity and nutrition topics.
Giselle, Residential Support Worker
Giselle has been employed at Guthrie House for six years as a casual before moving on to a permanent position as Residential Support Worker. Giselle holds a Diploma in Community Welfare.
Giselle has worked in various NGOs and has extensive experience within the community services sector. Her previous experience includes: AOD Case Work and support work in specialist homelessness services. She has also supported women and children involved in domestic and family violence. Giselle works within a trauma-informed framework and is committed to culturally inclusive practices.
Vivien, Mental Health Nurse
Vivien commenced employment with Guthrie House in February 2021, as a Mental Health Worker.
Vivien has an extensive experience working with non-government agencies in the social welfare field. She has a Bachelor of Social Science in (Community Services), Diploma of Mental Health and a Master of Nursing Practice at the University of New England.
Vivien has a background in Social Housing through DCJ and correctional centres, Case management with children in an out-of-homecare setting and is currently practicing as a Registered Nurse in a Drug and Alcohol Service.
Vivien is passionate about advocating for people with mental health, domestic and family violence, and trauma. Vivien is also passionate about working with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals who may have barriers to accessing support.