We have a specialist paid staff of part time employees.
Manager: Holly Brennan (OAM)
Sian Tooker (BPsySc(Hons), GDAppLaw)
Michelle Reynolds (BA, M(Couns))
Liz Price (BA, BSocWk(Hons))
Stephanie Chen (BA,M(SocWk)
Education and Training Coordinator: Pamela Doherty (BA, MA(ComDev))
Communications Coordinator: Molly Howes (BCom)
Regional Rural and Remote Project Officer: Rachael Smith (BIntDev, DipRM, GCPubHealth)
Finance and Admin Officer: Sarah Rogers (BBus/BCI, MProfAccy)
Our Management Committee are all volunteers and we greatly value the dedication and expertise they bring to the governance of the organisation.
Bonney is an urban and regional planner with postgraduate qualifications in conflict transformation and violence prevention. Bonney has 10 years of experience using partnership models to facilitate sexual and gender based violence programs in Australia, Africa, Europe, South and West Asia. Since moving to Queensland, Bonney has worked predominantly within areas of reproductive and sexual health and sexual violence prevention. Bonney is passionate about creative and intersectional approaches to social and community wellbeing.
Dr Caroline Harvey
Caroline Harvey works as a Senior Medical Officer in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health in Brisbane, and has recently worked as a GP for the Brisbane Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service in the Murri School clinic at Acacia Ridge. She was the Medical Director at Family Planning Qld for 12 years until early 2014 and has previously worked in Far North Queensland and Sydney in Family Planning, Aboriginal Community Controlled health services, General Practice, Sexual Assault and Womens Correction Centre clinic settings. She is a co author of “Contraception: an Australian Clinical Practice Handbook” and the national statement on Long Acting Reversible Contraception “LARCS: Time for a Change”. She has published research on Chlamydia, Implanon, IUDs and the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people. She is passionate about all aspects of womens reproductive health including the quality and accessibility of clinical services, teaching and training, research, policy and governance.
Bsc(Hons) CPA, FGIA, FCIS
Vanessa has an honours degree in Business, is a CPA and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Vanessa’s career has been as a Financial Controller in both the private and government sectors in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. More recently she has worked as a Finance Manager and Company Secretary in the not for profit sector in Canberra and Brisbane. Vanessa brings a wealth of financial knowledge and experience to Children by Choice.
Dr Nicola Sheeran
BPsych(Hons), PhD(Clinical Psychology)
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 utilization 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.
BA / BJ
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.
BA, BSocWk, LLB, GDLP
Katherine is a Social Worker and a Legal Practitioner, and has extensive experience in the domestic violence sector, providing frontline responses, as well as contributing to emerging research and analysis, policy development and community education. Her research has focused on the impact of criminalised and restricted abortion on women experiencing intimate partner violence. Katherine also collaborated with Children by Choice in their research into reproductive coercion, and has been a proud supporter of the organisation and their goals for many years.
BA, Dip TESOL, Dip Accounting
Paula has worked for many years as a finance officer in the not for profit sector, in such areas as sexual assault, homelessness, domestic violence, disability and currently with the LGBTIQ community. She has served on several boards, was the President of Sunshine Welfare and Remedial Association for two years and is currently on the board for Queensland Youth Housing Coalition. Originally from the UK, she has lived and worked in several other countries and has been involved in women's community groups in several overseas countries. She is a passionate advocate for women's rights, especially for older women who are often marginalised through age or race. She is a strong believer in a woman's right to make choices and is proud to be able to play a role with Children by Choice.
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.
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.
Children by Choice is proud to have the support of our three patrons - Senators Claire Moore and Larissa Waters, and former Senator Sue Boyce. Their ongoing support of the work and aims of Children by Choice is invaluable.
Senator Claire Moore
Claire Moore is an 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. Claire is currently the Shadow Minister for Women, Communities and Carers; the Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate; and Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development. For more information on Claire, visit her website.
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.