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Our Team

Staff

We have a specialist paid staff of part-time employees.

Chief Executive Officer: Daile Kelleher

COUNSELLING TEAM

Counselling Team Leader: Nicole Huig-  Bachelor of Human Services

Senior Counsellor: Maureen O’Regan- Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Art (Visual Art)

Senior Counsellor: Brinda Taparia –Bachelor of Arts Honours (Humanities and Social Sciences), Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Arts and Leadership, Masters of Counselling

Counsellor: Katrice Bulgarelli- Bachelor of Social Work

Intake Worker: Shelby Mahoney – Completing Bachelor of Social Work

EDUCATION TEAM

Education and Training Team Leader: Christy Fischer –  Bachelor of Human Services, Masters of Social Work

Education and Engagement Worker: Amelia Busuttil –Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Psychology) Currently completing a Masters of Social Work

Education and Engagement Worker: Nia ArtetaBachelor of Marketing Communications and Advertising

Senior Research Assistant: Kari Vallury- Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Spanish), Masters of Health and International Development,  PhD Candidate, Public Health

Finance and Operations Coordinator: Sarah Rogers – Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Creative Industries & Masters of Professional Accountancy

Management Committee

Our Management Committee are all volunteers and we greatly value the dedication and expertise they bring to the governance of the organisation.

BPsych(Hons), PhD(Clinical Psychology)

President

Dr Nicola Sheeran is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer. Her research has looked at the transition to motherhood and long term outcomes for adolescent mothers, communication between adolescent mothers and health professionals, factors affecting service utilisation and the relationship between stereotypes/attitudes of adolescent mothers and outcomes in Australian. Nicola also has worked as a community educator at Children by Choice and has 10 year experience providing non-directive unplanned pregnancy counselling.

Diploma of Accounting

Treasurer

Selvin Kwong is a community worker and researcher with experience in financial inclusion, welfare reform, labour rights and women’s equity. Within the women’s sector, she has held roles advocating for and supporting women around domestic and sexual violence, and women’s rights at work. She has also worked within community finance and other non-profit organisations pursuing sustainable development and economic justice within Australia and the Asia Pacific. She holds a Diploma of Accounting and is passionate about furthering the financial capacity and well-being of women on both individual and organisational levels.

BA / BJ

Secretary

Carmen Seaby has a degree in Women’s Studies and a long-time commitment to women’s reproductive health and the goals of Children by Choice. Her career in administration has taken her into the private and not-for-profit sector in both the UK and Australia.

MSSB FRACGP

Committee Member

Claire Mohr is a GP working at Victoria Point and enjoys providing all aspects of care to a wide range of patients. She also works for Marie Stopes Australia providing reproductive health services in the Brisbane area. She has a keen interest in promoting access for women to reproductive health options.

LLB, B.Jus, GradDipLegPrac

Committee Member

Carly Hanson is a qualified Lawyer and Trainer with over 15 years’ experience in the legal, not-for-profit and tertiary education sectors. Carly’s current role is Sector Sustainability Coordinator with Community Legal Centres Queensland, where she supports community legal centres to provide effective, high quality services to their communities by facilitating professional development opportunities, undertaking projects to promote innovation and collaboration, and strengthening governance, quality assurance and legal practice risk management frameworks. Carly is passionate about providing holistic support to people experiencing disadvantage and advocating for the rights of women and pregnant people.

Committee Member

Fiona Martin is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who has worked in various health settings within metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia. Fiona’s professional interests have always been women’s health and midwifery. In addition to paid employment she has held volunteer roles with the Fremantle Women’s Health Centre in Western Australia and Children by Choice in Brisbane.

Fiona is currently employed as a Registered Nurse / Midwife by Marie Stopes Australia and provides peri-operative nursing care to people of childbearing age seeking termination of pregnancy and/or access to contraception. The role requires woman centred, non-judgemental, pro-choice clinical practice and includes education, counselling, patient advocacy, and referral to additional support services (relative to issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, child protection, cultural awareness, drug and alcohol use and abuse, and mental health).

As a Registered Nurse and Midwife working in abortion care Fiona practices with a pro-choice ethos based on two fundamental beliefs; that every woman has the right to choose what happens to and within her own body, and that women are capable decision makers. She believes that as community we must protect and support every woman’s right to reproductive autonomy and recognise that women are the experts in their own lives.

Volunteers

We have a team of volunteers who regularly commit their time and energy to helping us carry out the work of Children by Choice, in areas including counselling support work, policy and resource reviews, event support, and advocacy work. We’re incredibly grateful for all the support they continue to offer our staff and clients. If you’d like to join them, you can fill out an application form over here.

Student Placements

We love to accept university student placements where possible. Due to our limited capacity, only third or fourth-year students in Social Work, Human Services or Psychology will be considered for counselling team placements. Depending on capacity, we may also accept students from Public Health, Communications, or related fields, for non-counselling placements. You will also need to work from or be familiar with a feminist framework, and be pro-choice. If you are interested in doing a placement with us, please contact us.

Our Patrons

Children by Choice is proud to have the support of our three patrons – Senator Larissa Waters, and former Senator Sue Boyce and Claire Moore.Their ongoing support of the work and aims of Children by Choice is invaluable.

Claire Moore

Claire Moore is a former ALP Senator for Queensland. Claire is very active in the community, playing an active role in groups like Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and was a founding member of both the Australian Workers Heritage Centre and Emily’s List.

Sue Boyce

Sue Boyce is a former Liberal Senator for Queensland. Sue has a background in journalism and the manufacturing industry, and is very committed to improving the political participation of women. She is a disability advocate and a past president of the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland (DSAQ), and of Lifeways Inc., a Queensland organisation designed to assist ageing parents to plan for the long-term future of their adult child with a disability.  Sue is also a past president of the Liberal Women’s Council (Qld).

Senator Larissa Waters

Larissa Waters became Queensland’s first Greens senator to the Federal Parliament at the 2010 federal election. Larissa’s background is in environmental law, where she spent eight years practising in the community sector. Her policy portfolio areas for the Greens while in parliament included environment and biodiversity; women; resources, mining and coal seam gas. She was also a Deputy Leader of the Greens during her time in parliament.